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September 3, 2015

Taste of LA County Fair's Food! Opens Friday, 9/4! #LACFnaturalhigh #lacf

It's that time of year again. The sights, sounds, and smells of the Los Angeles County Fair are back again in Pomona starting on Friday, September 4th and runs through the 27th. One thing that always keep people coming back year after year (besides the rides, attractions, and furry critters) is the food! The kind of food that makes some of us feel guilty, but we do it anyway. Yesterday, I went to check out some of the Fair Favorites and sampled a few new ones. Here are a few of my top picks!

Catheryn's Top Picks at the LA Fair

Chicken Charlie is your one stop shop for everything you can imagine Fried. They also fry up things that you didn't even know COULD be fried like Fried Guacamole or Fried Slim Fast Bar. For a non-fried option, try their Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Bowl. It's super tender and not over-marinated. I highly recommend it!

So Ricco's Italian Ice has these amazingly delicious drinks made with real fresh fruits and veggies. Above is the Mango Michelagua with a chili rim. It's the drink to get at the LA County Fair! Additional flavors are strawberry, watermelon, and my other two favorites - pineapple with spinach and cucumber all with the chili rim. They will also be offering Chamoyeadas which are shaved ice cups filled with syrups and chili. So good on a hot day at the Fair right?

September 2, 2015

Segerstrom Center: Mariinsky Ballet's RAYMONDA Opens Int'l Dance Series 9/24 – 9/27! #SCFTA

We're getting excited for the start of the 2015– 2016 International Dance Series at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts! This year Russia’s cultural treasure returns for the the Southern California Premiere of Mariinsky Ballet's RAYMONDA September 24 – 27, 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA.

Segerstrom Center - Mariinsky Ballet's RAYMONDA - Photo by Valentin Baranovsky
Segerstrom Center - Mariinsky Ballet's Raymonda - Photo by Valentin Baranovsky 

Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most important and historically rich dance companies, opens the Segerstrom's 30th Season with RAYMONDA. Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet. RAYMONDA has been called the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century. The choreography by Marius Petipa to Alexander Glazunov’s atmospheric and dramatic score is filled with dazzling solos and beautiful duets. The ballet is set in medieval Hungary and tells the story of a beautiful young noblewoman who is conflicted by her love for her betrothed, the crusader knight Jean de Brienne, and a handsome Saracen warrior.

FREE PREVIEW TALKS: Get more out of it, and go one hour early for Preview Talks. Here you will have the chance to meet Yuri Fateev, director of the Mariinsky Ballet. The Friday, September 25 Preview Talk will be sign-language interpreted.

September 1, 2015

What's New for Knott's Scary Farm 2015! #ScaryFarm

Disclosure: We attended a media preview.

What do you most fear? If you can think it, Knott's Scary Farm will arouse your deepest, darkest fears and bring them to life! Enter with sharpened senses and prepare to meet your worst nightmares. Here's what to expect at this highly anticipated yearly event, I promise it won't disappoint. Dare to join us? They are dying to see you.....

Knott's Scary Farm 2015

Knott's Berry Farm hosts their 43rd season of Scary Farm, and it kicks off September 24th and runs through October 31st. Hours vary by day, so please check the site out for details. Below are all the gruesome details of what's new this year, and the return of some of your favorites.

August 31, 2015

We're Going Orange for Team Denny's No Kid Hungry in September!

This is a sponsored post written by me for Denny's.

Did you know that one in five children struggle with hunger every day in America? It is hard for me to believe that this is still happening, but I've spoken to teachers throughout the year, and they tell me children go to school hungry all the time. This month I'm going ORANGE to support No Kid Hungry, and as a blogger ambassador for Denny's, I've joined their efforts to help raise money and awareness to end child hunger in America!

Now through Oct. 12th in their 5th annual fundraising efforts, nearly 1,600 Denny’s restaurants nationwide will join the campaign and help the fight against childhood hunger. (Denny's have donated $2.3 million-to-date which provided 23 million meals to kids in need across the country!) They want to do better and have an even greater impact this year. Here's what you'll see:
  • Denny’s restaurants are going ORANGE (the campaign color) to show their support for No Kid Hungry. PLUS you will also see DreamWorks Animations' characters this year. 
  • For just a $3 donation, guests will receive $9 worth of coupons for diner favorites redeemable at participating locations or Guests can contribute online