Chino, CA: Mimi’s Cafe

If you haven’t been to a Mimi’s Cafe in a while, then you haven’t seen their new menu.  The prices have gone up, and they took out a lot of the favorite sandwiches and salads that I once remembered.  It seemed they were going more for a bistro […]

Vegan Earth Balance vs. Challenge butter 

Influenster gave me a sample of the vegan product Earth Balance Buttery Spread ($4.99 without the free coupon), and compared it to Challenge Spreadable Butter. Earth Balance is noticeably harder, spreads harder, but not too bad. I spread both Challenge butter and Earth Balance (on the right) on […]

Studio Taste Lab at the Irvine Marriott

As a local blogger, I get invitations to attend previews of food places and community events. I was recently invited to a new food experience called Studio Taste Lab at the Irvine Marriott, and graciously accepted this generous invitation.  With my friends Matt and Christine Klousia, here’s a […]

Udi’s Gluten Free

  On occasion, I get asked to try new products for free in exchange for a review. I got Udi’s Italian Sausage Lasagna at Vons, where it would have cost $5.99 without the coupon. It was easy to make: four minutes in the microwave, without any stops to […]

Ruby Princess – Final dinner

It’s the last night on the cruise, and tomorrow we’ll be back in Los Angeles.  The week actually didn’t go by as fast as I thought it would. Perhaps the 2 days at sea helped make it seem longer? Our final dinner was an American theme, and they […]

Ruby Princess: Night 5 dinner

It was a full day in Mazatlan, and we even got to try some local food and pastry. Even though we had the corn muffins and coffee for our mid day snack, I came to dinner with an appetite. I started off with the soup, Pasta a Fagioli […]

Lunch at El Shrimp Bucket, Mazatlan

Our city tour of Mazatlan was done, and the bus was heading back to the ship.  Stephen’s parents stayed on the bus while Chilly Willy dropped us off at El Shrimp Bucket, a restaurant known for seafood, but primarily their shrimp. The restaurant was located across the street […]

Ruby Princess: Day 5 in Mazatlan

We left Puerto Vallarta right after sunset, and set sail to Mazatlan.  Our ship docked at 700 am, and according to the ship’s Princess Patter,  it was going to be another lovely, sunny day. This popular port is known primarily for their seafood, especially shrimp.  The tour company […]

Ruby Princess: Night 4 dinner

After a day of walking and shopping, I was ready for dinner!  Tonight’s dinner came with a starter, soup and/ or salad, then an intermezzo sorbet, followed with our main course.  For dessert, I just had a plate of their petite cookies and coffee.  A little boring, I […]

Ruby Princess: Night 3 dinner

The best part of a cruise is trying something new every night.  I focused on seafood for tonight’s dinner, while Stephen went for seafood and a whimsical pasta. We must have had “just ice cream” for dessert, as I didn’t take any photos of the sweets we had. […]