2017 Crave Expo

Happy Thursday loves!

I was lucky enough to get 2 VIP tickets for the Crave Expo this past Sunday February 19, 2017. Crave Expo used to be more on the industry event but for the first time this year, they opened it to the public! Even in the gloomy rainy weather, it was a great outcome!

They had a variety of foods, snacks, sweets and beverages on site. For the VIP people who came at 11am till 1pm were able to get free snack samples of most vendors.

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Here are some honorable mentions that I loved!!

Norigami: They had samples of their sushi taco..Yes you heard right?! They used crispy lightly seasoned seaweed for the taco shell and then added spicy tuna and some sauces on top.

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Street Churros: They gave out full size churros which had a perfect combination of sugar and cinammon. I sure do love anything with cinnamon!

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Mad Dumplings: They have a variety of dumplings and were giving out the pork belly longanisa dumpling which has sweet Filipino inspired sausage, and topped with a bit of pork belly and a slice of jalapeno.

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Belly Bombz: I first saw this at Foodie Con and missed it the next day. I was so disappointed! However, we ran into them again at Crave Expo and this time I had to sample something! They were giving out their firecracker boneless chicken strips with a side of coleslaw. Firecracker was sweet and spicy traditional Korean fried chicken. I was so glad to have known that they now have a brick and mortar restaurant in Artesia, California!

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Burger Monster: The line for this one was actually pretty long. They had 5 different samples available and we ended up getting the Satyre slider. It has caramelized onions, goat cheese and fig jam. It’s pretty good since the goat cheese and fig jam balances the flavor out.

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The Halal Guys: A Chipotle style Middle Eastern restaurant. They opened their first hot dog stand in New York City in 1990! They were giving out sample sizes of their bowls which had chicken, gyro, rice and 2 different sauces: their famous hot sauce and white sauce. They just opened up a store in Cerritos and Long Beach.

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Califa Farms: They were giving out samples of their lemonades, iced coffees and the nitro cold brews. I was surprised that they were giving out full sizes of the nitro cold brews. I loved the Nitro Cold Brew in Mocha.

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As I was leaving the event, I saw T-Rex and I was so upset that I wasn’t able to take a picture with him! Stella Rosa was there as well as a few more wine and alcohol booths.

I can’t wait till the next Crave Expo and will be better prepared!

 

 

 

 

2017 LA Cookie Con

Happy Wednesday loves!

We’re halfway through the week?! I don’t know about you guys but this week has been quick!

I just wanted to give you a few details about the 2017 LA Cookie Con that is next week!

I went last year and let me tell you it was fun! A lot of samples and purchasing many baking products. They even had a booth where a young lady was making balloon animals and cupcake hats.

The West Coast’s Largest Baking Convention takes place at the LA Convention Center!

 

LOS ANGELES – After selling out two years in a row, the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is returning for its third year. The West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo will take place February 18 & 19, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to increased demand, the show is quadrupling its space over last year’s event to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With nearly 50,000 guests expected throughout the weekend, sweets enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 275 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite foodie TV stars, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops.

The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show will be complete with five stages and classrooms for workshops focusing on Traditional Baking, Vegan/Gluten-Free/Paleo Baking, Cake Decorating, Cookie Decorating, and the Celebrity Guests stage. Attendees can also admire the incredible cake displays as part of the Decorator’s Showcase competition. 100% of the proceeds from the Decorator’s Showcase entry fees will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.

Fun for the whole family, The Kids Zone will offer free face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, games and more.

Special Guests:

This year’s celebrity lineup includes Saturday’s headliners Duff Goldman of Food Network fame and Elise Strachan, Founder of My Cupcake Addiction, who has amassed over 10 million followers worldwide. Elise’s channel is in the top 1% of food channels on YouTube, placing Elise’s online baking community in the top 3 food channels around the world.

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Sunday’s headliner is  Rosanna Pansino, New York Times best-selling author and creator of the show ‘Nerdy Nummies’, which airs on her YouTube channel Rosanna Pansino, garnering more than 7 million subscribers and 1 billion video views.

Additionally, Burt Ward, known best for playing Robin in the Classic Batman TV series, will be speaking on stage about his career. He also created a healthy dog food company, Gentle Giant, that helps improve the health of your pooch through nutrition. Burt will also be bringing the 1966 Batmobile, which will be on display throughout the weekend!

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S. Figueroa St.

When: February 18 & 19 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days) VIP ticket holders get early entry at 9 a.m.

Cost: $25/adult and $12/child for a one-day pass OR $45/adult and $22/child for a 2-day pass. Guests can purchase their tickets at www.eventbrite.com

VIP Passes also available for purchase, which allows early entry (before general admission), an official tote bag and access to 2 VIP Rooms with an exclusive selection of bites, sips, spirits and more.

For more programming information, visit the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show website.

About LA Cookie Con and Sweet Show:

Now in its 3rd year, LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show features over 125 vendors from local bakeries to national favorites, making it the West Coast’s largest sweets and baking convention. The show brings in renowned bakers, TV celebrities and local vendors for two days of tastings, baking classes, family fun and more. Major sponsors include Cupcakes Magazine, Num Noms, Food and Beverage Magazine, Paasche Airbrush Company, BakersBodega, Sugary Essentials, Cottage Baker and R&M International.

For more information, visit www.lacookiecon.com.

La Cookie ans Sweets Con 2016 Preview

Happy Monday loves! Merry almost Christmas! I know I usually post Mani Monday on Monday but this week I just had to switch it up. I’m really excited for this event coming up!

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I’ve got some fun news…The 2nd Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is coming up in February!! That’s a shoutout to all of those who love baking or who just loves sweets in general! It’s the West Coast’s Largest Baking Convention that takes place February 6-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show, the West Coast’s largest baking and sweets expo, is returning for its second year February 6 & 7, 2016. After a sold out event in 2015, the show is expanding to the Los Angeles Convention Center to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With over 10,000 guests expected, sweets-enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 125 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite TV stars and watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops in cookie and cake decorating.

 

The Kids Zone will offer free face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, games and more, compliments of Mommy Nearest, Urban Sitter and Baking with Melissa.

 

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S. Figueroa St.

 

When: February 6 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and February 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

 

Cost: $21/adult and $10/child for a one-day pass OR $35/adult and $15/child for a 2-day pass. VIP tickets are also available. Guests can purchase their tickets at www.lacookiecon.com. 100% of the proceeds from the sugar art and baking competitions will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Last year’s event raised $5,000 for CHLA.

 

Special Guests: This year’s celebrity lineup includes Saturday’s headliner Ron Ben-Israel of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius”, “Cake Wars” and famed cake decorator in New York luxury baking market. Sunday’s headliner is Rosanna Pansino, New York Times Best Selling Author and creator of the show ‘Nerdy Nummies’, which airs on her YouTube channel RosannaPansino, garnering more than 5 million subscribers and 1 billion video views.

About LA Cookie Con and Sweet Show:

Now in its 2nd year, LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show features over 125 vendors from local bakeries to national favorites, making it the West Coast’s largest sweets and baking convention. Presented by AKT Entertainment, LLC., the show brings in renowned bakers, TV celebrities and local vendors for two days of tastings, baking classes, family fun and more. Major sponsors include Amoretti Ingredients, Formosa Flexible Packaging America (part of the Toyota family of companies), Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough, Heilala Vanilla, organic dairy purveyor Humboldt Creamery, bakery supply distributors Americana Ingredients and Divine Specialties, and cake/cookie decorating industry staples Paasche Airbrush Company, BakersBodega and Kake Kreations.

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For more information, visit www.lacookiecon.com.

Gardein Beefless Tips Recipe and Review

Hey loves, hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

I was lucky enough to get chosen from Bzzagent to review the Gardein Deliciously Meat Free entrees. I received 2 free coupons and a pack full of $1 off Gardein entrees.

Varieties:

*Seven Grainy Crispy Tenders                                                               *Mandarian Crispy Chick’n

*Beefless Ground                                                                                      *Beefless Tips

*Meatless Meatballs                                                                                 *Golden Fishless Fillet

*Crispy Chick’n Sliders                                                                            *Meatless Meatloaf

*Boneless meatless wings                                                                       *Veggie Burger

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Benefits:

*tastes great

*made with non-GMO soy and wheat

*ancient grains and veggies

*cooks in minutes

*easy to substitute the meat in your recipes

My Recipe:

I had chosen to get the Beefless Tips but at the same time, I didn’t just want to eat that. So I got creative and here’s what I came up with!

Paramesan Pasta and I  sauteed veggies (including red bell peppers, spinach, brocolli, kale, green beans and garlic) with the Beefless Tips. Oh and I added a little Korean BBQ sauce to the veggies! I wanted to add some color to my dish so I added a cucumber, some colored cherry tomatoes and black olives on the side.

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My Review:

I personally liked it because I added flavors to it. It couldn’t come in a better time for me! It being Lent as well, it was the perfect time to get chosen for this mission. It really does cook really quick, mine only took about 4-5 minutes. It’s easy to make and healthy and especially time efficient! Especially for those times that you don’t have enough time to cook a meal.

Coffee Code Review

Hi loves!

I hope you all are enjoying November! Is it just me or are the days going by so quickly?

I wanted to start doing reviews on restaurants and places I indeed believe people should know about! I recently went to a coffee shop called Coffee Code located in Buena Park, CA (across from Knotts Berry Farm)  and this definitely is different type of cafe. It’s not what I expected at all. Once I walked in, I was overwhelmed by the scent. It smelled of sweets and coffee. Such a daring mix!

THE INFO:

Name: Coffee Code

Address: 7855 La Palma Ave, Suite 6, Buena Park, CA 90620

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-11pm

Sunday-11am-10pm

Yelp: www.yelp.com/biz/coffee-code-buena-park

 

THE DECOR:

From the outside, it doesn’t look like much but when you walk in, the walls are red with quotes and drawings. There’s one awesome quote that says:

Sweet and hot coffee makes me sing,

A piece of cake makes me laugh,

Chocolate covered donuts makes us happy

Come and share with me.

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There’s also a TV in the corner (which I never noticed playing), you can’t help notice the LOVE shown under it. It’s so romantic! ❤ This is definitely a great place for a first date.

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I do love how in the corner there is a table that has more sugar, creamer and napkins in case you do need it. But when I first noticed the table, I saw the two plaques that had coffee quotes on them! One read: “Coffee made me do it” and the other one read: “Dear Coffee, I love you. That is all.”

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Of course the lights!

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The COFFEE:

I’ve came here already twice in one week, that’s how much I love the coffee and the art!

First time I came here my friend had ordered the peppermint white mocha and I had ordered the caramel latte. I definitely am in love with the latte art. It’s such a cool creative concept and it is pretty cool to see the baristas doing it. The coffee itself is awesome, a tad bit strong but pretty tasty.

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Peppermint White Mocha and Caramel Latte

CARAMEL LATTE

Caramel latte

hazelnut latte

Hazelnut latte

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Peppermint White Mocha

 

THE MENU:

Just like any other coffee shop, there’s much more than coffee. They have their famous french toast and waffles that can feed 2 or 3 people! They also have iced coffees, frappes, smoothies, and teas.

PRICE RANGE:

Both times I came here, I ordered 2 drinks and paid about $10 total. I hoenstly think this is more of a splurge 🙂 I will have to try the desserts next time though.

 

If you guys would like to see my yelp review, you can check it out here!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/coffee-code-buena-park?hrid=xTmraLkSX45yWQ6hUYcXkg

What do you guys think? Have any of you tried any great coffee places?!

Dunkin Donuts Downey Grand Opening ‘

Hi loves!

Hope you all are enjoying the beginning of fall especially with the pumpkin spice theme coming from all the coffee places!

I wanted to change up things a bit with a post about the 2nd Dunkin Donuts in Southern California located in Downey. When I first heard that they were going to open a Dunkin Donuts in Downey, I was so excited because I heard great things about the iced coffees and donuts. This is actually one of the first Dunkin Donuts that has a drive thru in SoCal!

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The grand opening was on September 23, 2014 and started at 5am! :-O For the first person in line as well as the first person in the drive thru line would get free coffee for the whole yr! The first 100 guests in line did get a Dunkin Donuts tote filled with goodies! For everyone who came yesterday did get a free medium iced coffee.

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I got there about 11am and the line wasn’t too long but I didn’t get my coffee and donuts until almost 11:50am. I think it was well worth it though, however I didn’t see anything about the “California-inspired donut”. I did get the medium iced coffee in Caramel. Not too sweet but not too strong, dare I say I might start getting this more than Starbucks iced coffee!

As for the donuts, I kind of wish there was more of a variety of donut flavors but I understand it was that grand opening so it was limited. For a dozen donuts, its about $9.95 and for a single donut it’s $0.99 which isn’t bad considering it to be a well known brand. As for the flavors I got: Boston Kreme, Chocolate Frosted, Old Fashioned Cake, Sprinkles, and Vanilla. At this point, I think my favorite would have to be vanilla.

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I am definitely looking forward to coming here more often and try more of the donut flavors and coffee flavors.

**they also have a rewards card called DD Perks. You get a free medium beverage when you first sign up, on your birthday and every time you earn 200 points. You earn 5 points for every $1 you spend.

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Kroger Skillet Meals Review

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Happy New Years loves!

I hope 2014 brings happiness and blessings to everyone!

As a Bzz Agent, this time I received the Kroger Skillet Meals which include a skillet dish, garlic bread and a salad.

*Tuscan Style Penne

*Sausage Rigatoni

*Penne with grilled chicken

*Chicken Florentine

*Chicken Fajitas

*Sorrento-Style Gnoochi

*Shrimp Lo-Mein

It takes about 10 minutes, each meal contains at least 2 servings per bag and 20 grams or more of protein.

It’s available at all Krogers, Ralphs, Food4less, Dillions, King Soopers and Smiths.

I was lucky enough to find the Chicken Florentine which was to die for! The chicken was so soft and juicy. The garlic bread was a pretty big size so that lasted me for a few days while the skillet was done in 2 days. For some reason though, the salads are pretty hard to find. Every time I found a salad, it was on clearance. Grr.

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I would buy this again, especially wanting to try the Sausage Rigatoni. 🙂