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MAY 2018 - FREE

ISSUE 01

LMVL SoCal A LIVING MI VIDA LOCA PUBLICATION

FAMILY OUTINGS

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH IDEAS

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO

9 FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO DO THIS MONTH

A LIST OF RESTAURANTS TO ENJOY FOR MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

WHERE TO CELEBRATE THIS LATINO HOLIDAY


CONTENTS GOOD EATS 15 Boysenberry Sangria Sparkler Recipe 12 Make your own donuts at Poquet Donuts 23 Foodie Guide to Dining at Pixar Fest

TRENDS 16 DIY Jewelry Box

SPOTLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS How to help a loved one with a mental illness / p9

18 Where to see planes landing at LAX

PRETEND CITY

20 Now Playing: Marvel

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

20 Celebrate These National Days 22

How to make the most of your visit at this children's museum. / p8

Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney

FEATURES 07 Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 17 9 Family-friendly things to do and see this month 18 Inexpensive places to buy Mother's Day Flowers 25 Visiting Flower Fields Carlsbad Ranch

BRUNCH GUIDE ON THE COVER MOTHER'S DAY

MONIQUE + JEREMY

Suggestions on where to go this Mother's Day. / p13

Photography by Stephanie Weber StephanieWeberPhotography.com

Magazine Name is published monthly by Cordova Media Group LLC and available online at LMVLSoCal.com. All rights reserved. Copyright 2018.


EDITOR'S NOTE

Pattie Cordova EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The ever-evolving online landscape has led us to this - our inaugural issue of LMVL SoCal. Throughout the coming months, and beyond, we hope to bring to you what our online audience has come to expect from us - the best family-friendly events, our views on trending topics, our favorite finds, and advice - from one parent to another. The amazing team that you have come to know online are all contributing to this online publication, so make sure to keep an eye out for their contributing pieces! We will continue to share up-to-date news on our social channels (follow us everywhere: @LMVLSoCal) and hope that this online publication will become a staple on your phone and on your computer, and a reference for navigating life in Southern California. Welcome to LMVL SoCal. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 03


STAFF WRITERS

Melissa Fe Garcia Chapman

Isela Edens

Belinda Espinoza

Alma Pedroza

Stephanie Powers

Stephanie Weber

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CONTRIBUTORS

Michele Whiteaker

Raquel Pineira

Mary Tran

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ORGANIZEDISLAND.COM

LETSPLAYOC.COM

Sharon Garofalow

Melodi Steinberg

Caryn Bailey

CUPCAKESANDCUTLERY.COM

FAMILYREVIEWGUIDE.COM

ROCKINMAMA.NET

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WHERE TO CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO DECEMBER 2016

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by Isela Edens Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday! We’ve rounded up some ideas for some restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the day, or night!

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TEMPO URBAN KITCHEN, BREA Start the day off with their Brunch, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or enjoy their Happy Hour from 2p.m.-6 p.m.,or 9 p.m.-close. Try a few of our favorites including the Gardez Margarita and a Miche Mango Michelada. 12-11pm tempourbankitchen.com   

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EL TORITO, ORANGE El Torito is throwing a party with beer girls, a shot bar, DJ, and much more! ElTorito.com

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Enjoy specials on cocktails, foods, and other items on their menu. Start with Saturday Bottomless Mimosa Brunch from 11-3 p.m, and then choose to stay for their ongoing party later that day, which will include a DJ and specialty cocktails, and beers. chapteronetml.com

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Rancho Days Fiesta will feature a variety activities, exhibitors, and vibrant performances and demonstrations for all ages. Gather the family for a day of hands-on fun including piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping. The celebration will also feature Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, along with Native American and Folklorico dancing. 11-3 pm ocparks.com/historic/heritage

'LOCO BREWS, LOCO GROOVES', ANAHEIM House of Blues Anaheim will host the ultimate craft beer, food and music festival, “Loco Brews, Loco Grooves.” The fiesta will feature some of Orange County’s finest local breweries, hottest local bands, and tastiest culinary creations. 3-9 pm houseofblues.com/anaheim

EL PUEBLO HISTORICAL MONUMENT, LOS ANGELES Enjoy mariachis, folklorico, and children's arts and crafts. There will also be a Taco Madness food festival. Experience a theatrical performance of "The Real Cinco de Mayo: Made in California." elpueblo.lacity.org

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CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA, RIVERSIDE Celebrate the 106th Annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta. This free event will showcase bands, dancers, different food vendors and game booths. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs. 10-8pm facebook.com/VPAC4COMMUNITY

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PLAZA MEXICO, LYNWOOD This free event includes entertainment, community activities and special guests! 12-8 pm facebook.com/plazamexicoLA


Kids are naturals at creativity and imagination. There’s really nothing parents need to do except stand-by and engage their kids with questions and pretend play — even narrating their endeavors lets kids know you’re paying attention. Pretend City in Irvine almost sounds like a theme park, but it’s more of an interactive play space where kids can engage in pretending with real world props and places. Want to pretend you’re a farmer? Visit The Farm and see the real baby chicks! Want to be a pretend chef or restaurant server? Go to the rotating restaurant space and see what’s on the menu! I’ve visited children’s museums in other cities, but this is the only one with so many play opportunities in Orange County. Think of Pretend City as a mini-representation of Orange County with each of 17 interactive exhibits (parts of a city) lending itself to play. After visiting, my favorite exhibits are:

CAFE It’s like the ultimate play kitchen! The cafe changes ownership quite frequently to express diversity. On my visit, the Mexico Consulate sponsored the cafe. Get ready to sit at the counter and have your child take your order and serve you. Play along and be a good customer — you might be here a while. Some days we never even got past this point.

GROCERY STORE Oooh! And the cash registers. But for some reason, kids always gravitated towards ringing the bells and the little carts. You can even dress as a crew member here.

FARM Plant pretend gardens and talk about what we eat that comes from the farm. We’ve had the great pleasure of watching eggs hatch here. The chicks are soooo cute!

CONSTRUCTION Build, build, build. And when one child starts building others will come to help!

MARINA Ahhh! Playing with water, floating boats and foam blocks, fishing. They even have slickers and foul weather boots to dress the part! My kids would spend hours here.

PRETEND CITY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW by Michele Whiteaker FunOrangeCountyParks.com


HOW TO HELP A LOVED ONE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS by Belinda Espinoza

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults will experience some

A more hands-on way to help someone who has a

sort of mental illness throughout their lifetime? This

mental illness is help them navigate through the various

illness is more common than you think, however

social programs that are available, including social

people tend to hide it because it brings about that

security assistance, low-cost housing and veteran

stigma of being labeled crazy. I am all too familiar with

services. These processes can sometimes be

this illness as I was diagnosed bipolar in the year

intimidating and as for me, I am grateful for my mother

2013. My road to recovery has not been an easy one,

who helped me get my health insurance at the time

however with the support of several avenues such as

when I needed medications.

doctors, family and friends I have learned to cope with the symptoms.

There are other ways you can support your loved ones and one way is to learn more about the illness by

There are many ways you can support your loved ones

attending support groups such as DBSA (Depression,

who may be suffering through a mental illness. One way

Bipolar Support Alliance) and your local NAMI chapter

you can help your loved ones is by encouraging them to

(National Alliance on Mental Illness). There are support

visit the doctor and take their medications. Many people,

groups for the mentally ill and there are support groups

when first diagnosed, do not want to comply because

for families of the mentally ill. They have helped me

they are in denial of having a mental illness. This

tremendously and I still go to them every now and then

happened to me, and at one point I didn’t want to take

as a refresher and to be an advocate and share my story

my medications because I was in denial. Over time, I

for the newly diagnosed. That’s another way you can

learned what worked for me and what didn’t, and found

support your loved one: encourage them to share their

a combination of medication that suited my symptoms.

story and help the newly diagnosed by offering a kind word as to what has helped them recover.

Going through this process of changing medications can be a nightmare. Please be patient with your loved

Meeting of the Minds, hosted by the Mental

ones through this process. Symptoms may get worse in

Health Association of Orange County, will be

between changes and the person can become irritable,

held at the Anaheim Marriott on May 30, 2018.

depressed, manic or suicidal. This is not uncommon.

Register at www.mhaoc.org.

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RECOVERY IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY AND IT IS NOT A STRAIGHT LINE Another avenue that has been crucial to

I would also like to say that sometimes

my recovery has been regularly attending

people who are severe in their symptoms

church service with my loved ones. I

may abuse drugs, end up homeless or in

regularly attend the mental health ministry

trouble with the law. I’ve seen it happen

at my church, and I'm sure there are many

over the years and that is why the best

churches that offer some sort of support

thing you can do is immerse yourself in a

group as well, if you are looking for a faith-

support group or a mental health

based group.

organization because you will need the help of professionals to assist you in how

I hope that you are able to find ways to

to offer assistance to your loved one.

support your loved ones by doing some of the things I have mentioned. Always know

I like to say that the mental health

that recovery is a life-long journey and it is

community is my extended family and we

not a straight line. Medications may need

find ways to cope when we face difficult

to be adjusted, doctors may need to be

decisions because one of the worst things

changed and having the support of loved

that can happen to a mentally ill person is

ones is crucial to help someone who

to feel alone and isolated. Let’s stay

many times may not be able to help

connected throughout this journey of

themselves.

recovery. Never lose hope.

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Make your own donut at Poqet Donuts, Irvine

by Sharon Garofalow, CupcakesAndCutlery.com I’ve never met a donut that I didn’t like. My sweet tooth is next level but given my love for dessert-like items, and my proclivity for making things even more fattening, you’d think that I’d go straight for the most ridiculous gourmet donut a shop has to offer. But I’ve got to say, the perfect, sweet/salty treat always wins my heart. Poqet Donuts (pronounced pocket) has been open for less than a year. We’ve been a few times and I like to try something new each time. There are other gourmet donut spots in Orange County but Poqet has something the others donut…(get it, do not? HA!). You can design your own donut creation! It’s such a fun idea. My kids had a blast trying this out on one of our past visits. 

You start with a plain donut and then choose what filling, glaze and toppings you want to add. While the toppings are not as varied as the sugar fiend in my soul would like, there are plenty of fun options to make your own gourmet donut concoction. And now they’ve upped the ante by adding an ice cream option! I have not tried this yet, but rest assured this will go down soon. Because, salted caramel chip. Every season, Poqet comes out with new seasonal flavors. I tested out Blackberry Sorbet, Apple Pie, Carrot Cake and the White Coconut Macadamia. SO GOOD! The Blackberry Sorbet was a little bit on the lighter side whereas the apple pie was heavier – it basically has pie topping on it! I naturally wouldn’t have gravitated towards the Coconut Macadamia donut but LOVED it. 

The macadamia nut gave it such a good crunch. I’m glad I took that suggestion. And the frosting on the carrot cake donut was rich and flavorful and full of delicious carrot cake spices.T hey also have some mini sizes, which are great if you want to try out a few different flavors. Check out their website to see what else they have to offer! And then go try one in person. You’ll be glad you did! PLUS they also do letter donuts in case you need them. Just think how crazy excited your kids would be if you brought out donuts to spell their name on their birthday! Poqet Donuts 17655 Harvard Ave. , Suite B Irvine, CA 92614

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RADAR

THE NEWEST TECH & GEAR OF 2019 FOR YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH GUIDE by Stephanie Weber

Plums Café and Catering Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Adult: starting at $28.95

Green Parrot Villa

Every menu item will include: Plums Friendship blend coffee, decaf or tea selection and your choice of one glass of the artisan brunch drinks or orange juice & Plums bagel bites, plus special dessert. Kids menu available! PlumsCafe.com

Time: 9:30 am – 11:45 am, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Adult: $24.95 Children (Ages 6+): $16.95 Brunch includes complimentary champagne, coffee and agua frescas; an assortment of dishes including: waffles, Italian pastas, taco bar, and a variety of Mexican entrees and sides, like Menudo. Save room for the sweets, like flan, pan dulce and more. GreenParrotVilla.com

The Hacienda Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Adult: $25.95 Children (ages 4-12): $12.95

Catal Restaurant Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Adult: $50 Children: $14 Enjoy a four-course meal with entrees including Short Rib Pappardelle, Crab Cake benedict, Lobster salad and a lot more.  PatinaGroup.com/Catal-Restaurant

Brunch includes fresh fruit, salads, taco bar, Spanish rice, beans, off the griddle items and an omelet station. The brunch includes complimentary champagne, sparkling cider and coffee. Don’t forget those tasty deserts!  TivoliTerrace.com


RADAR

THE NEWEST TECH & GEAR OF 2019 FOR YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Back Bay Bistro Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Adult: $75  Children (12 and under): $35

Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless champagne and mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere. Brunch menu includes a seafood station, cooked to order omelets, smoked fish station, a pancake station, antipasti display, a carving station, a salad bar, a risotto station, an assortment of desserts and much more! NewportDunes.com/bistro

Las Brisas Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Adult: $60 - $70 The brunch menu includes a four-course, full-service dining experience and complimentary champagne from Las Brisas’ own private stock, authentic Mexican pastries freshly baked your choice of coffee, tea or milk. ¡Buen Provecho! LasBrisasLagunaBeach.com

The Garden at Eastbluff: Provenance Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Adult: $49

Five Crowns Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (brunch) , 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm (dinner) Adult: $38 - $85 Choose from mouthwatering mains featuring French Toast with mascarpone cream, poached plums and breakfast potatoes on the brunch menu and Beef Wellington with mushroom duxelle, spinach and truffled bordelaise on the dinner menu. Leave room to indulge in delightful dessert options.  LawrysOnline.com/Five-Crowns

This pricing includes complimentary champagne and a pre-fixed menu. The menu includes appetizers like salads, cheese platter and fruit. The entrees include, omelet’s, off the griddle items, chicken and lamb chops. ProvenanceOC..com


BOYSENBERRY SANGRIA SPARKLER by Pattie Cordova LivingMiVidaLoca.com Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park is home to world-class rides, shows and attractions in four themed areas including Old West Ghost Town and the beloved Camp Snoopy. There's always something new going on and when you visit, make sure to pick up some Boysenberry Punch Concentrate to make this delicious drink! If you're looking to visit this month, make plans to ride Hang Time, the first and only dive coaster! Hang Time towers 150 feet over the Boardwalk area showcasing a beyond vertical drop, gravity-defying inversions, and mid-air suspensions. It opens officially on May 18, 2018. INGREDIENTS

1 gallon Knott’s Berry Punch 1/2 gallon grape cranberry juice 1 bottle red wine 1 bottle white wine 5 cups lemon-lime flavored, caffeine-free soda, chilled 2 cups diced season fruit DIRECTIONS

1. In a large pitcher, mix all of the ingredients together. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least four hours, or preferably overnight. When ready to serve, top off the berry sangria with lemon and lime flavored, caffeine-free soda. 2. Stir gently to combine. Taste and add more if desired. Scoop a few pieces of fruit into each glass when serving.

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DIY JEWELRY BOX by Raquel Pineira Organized Island.com

This craft is easy to do and makes a nice gift for someone special, or just something for yourself that doubles as storage. You can also switch up the colors to match your home decor, or make it part of the decor for a special occasion (spring brunch or baby shower?) Most of the supplies are available at the dollar store or dollar bins from craft stores. These also do not require a lot of time to make, perfect for a party craft activity or girls-night-in craft. SUPPLIES

cardboard or paper mache box hot glue gun paper flowers embellishments (butterflies,etc) lace or ribbon (about 10″)

DIRECTIONS

Remove lid from box and attach lace to outer lid using glue gun. Let dry. Attach flowers and butterflies (or other embellishments) to side of box. Attach embellishments to center of lid with glue gun. Let dry completely before attaching lid. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 16


MAY 9 FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO AND SEE THIS MONTH

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Santa Monica Main Place Kidz Rock concert featuring Twinkle and Andy Z who combine music, movement, storytelling and character puppets. SantaMonicaplace.com/Events Heritage Hill Historical Park Travel back in time to explore Orange County’s rancho era, and enjoy activities, music, dance, and more. ocparks.com/historic/heritage

Pretend City Way to Play Day will focus on language and communication skills. They will also offer FREE ASQ screenings.  PretendCity.org

Old Pasadena Historic District This vibrant, free one-day art event showcases 13 selected large, temporary art installations throughout the historic alleyways. OldPasadena.org/boldpas Rocket Launch Hands-on activities including a competition where you design, build and launch a 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water. oc.discoverycube.org/event/r ocket-launch/

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U.S.S Iowa, Pacific Battleship Museum The Battleship IOWA will screen a free movie at dusk on the fantail of the historic ship. pacificbattleship.com PBS SoCal KOCE Open House Get a behind-the-scenes exclusive tour of the studio and meet Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog. pbssocal.org/events/pbs-socalopen-house/ California Strawberry Festival Take part in strawberry pie eating contests, strawberry relays, strawberry tart tosses and other free contests. VisitOxnard.com

Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town Alive! returns complete with bandits, cowboys, robberies, judges, a good ol’ western hoedown, and much more! Knotts.com LMVLSOCAL.COM | 17


5 INEXPENSIVE PLACES TO BUY MOTHER’S DAY FLOWERS By Belinda Espinoza

Home Depot During Mother’s Day week, you can find rows of assorted flowers that range from $12 for roses and up.

Costco 50 roses for only $39.99! They come in two bunches of 25 roses each and don’t include vases.

Mina Flower Design Create your own bouquet with orchids and fresh cut flowers starting at $4.98.

Northgate Gonzalez Market A dozen roses of various colors starting at $10.99. There are also potted flowers starting at $3.99.

Trader Joe's Potted plants start at just $6.99. Seasonal bouquets start at $5.99.

WHERE TO SEE PLANES LANDING AT LAX By Alma Pedroza We found out a few years ago about this great park where you can see planes landing at LAX. The park is right next to the landing strip making it a picture perfect location. The park is separated by a wire fence… and if you’re wondering which spot to go to, we prefer the right side. The large planes fly right over you! On the left side, the kids love to run around the open space.  Another great thing about this park is the In-N-Out across the street. I usually park at In-N-Out parking lot since there are not many spots in the street. I’ll grab some fries and shakes for kids, then head across the street. Nothing better than great burgers and fries while kids run around. In-N-Out and watching planes landing at LAX, two Southern California treats in one location. The park doesn’t have an exact address but it’s in the corner of Sepulveda and 92nd St. in Los Angeles. The planes fly over every 15 minutes so there is always a new plane to look at. It is definitely worth a visit on your next LAX pickup or a fun family lunch.

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MARVEL MARATHON Want to cozy up to a movie marathon? Try this Marvel marathon challenge (in sequential order):

photo credit: Disney

NOW PLAYING: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

1. Captain America: The first Avenger 2. Iron Man 3. The Incredible Hulk 4. Iron Man 2 5. Thor 6. The Avengers 7. Iron man 3 8. Thor: The Dark world 9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 10. Guardians of the Galaxy 11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 12. The Avengers: Age of Ultron 13. Ant Man 14. Captain America: Civil War 15. Doctor Strange 16. Spider-Man: Homecoming 17. Thor: Ragnarok 18. Black Panther 20. Avengers: Infinity war

By Stephanie Powers

This epic finale has been building since we were introduced to Iron Man in 2008, and it delivers in action, laughs, drama, and cliff hangers! The movie starts with the boarding of Thanos and his crew onto the escape spaceship from Asgard, and from there it becomes the Mad Titans pursuit of the Infinity Stones. The Avengers are still broken up from the movie Civil War, however these dark times start to forge a bond between the different heroes because of the sanctity of the universe. The movie is really a two-front war between the different heroes, Thanos, and the Black Order having no mercy going after the Infinity Stones. Without revealing any real spoilers, this movie is a classic Marvel blockbuster - a start to finish epic cliffhanger! The story goes back and forth from space to earth, from character development to battle, and keeps you cheering and cowering. Enjoy a phenomenal family-friendly film with some extra snacks as it is over two and a half hours long. Also, don't miss the cut scene after the credits! It'll have you on pins and needles until the conclusion of the Avengers saga (coming May 2019).

CELEBRATE THESE NATIONAL DAYS We love to celebrate around here, and we'll take any reason to party! These are a few of our favorite "National Days" happening this month: 4 - National Star Wars Day 5 - Cinco de Mayo 6 - National Beverage Day 8 - National Have A Coke Day 9 - National Moscato Day 11 - National Eat What You Want Day 12 - National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day 15 - National Chocolate Chip Day 18 - National Pizza Party Day 24 - Red Nose Day 25 - National Wine Day 30 - National Mint Julep Day 31 - National Macaroon Day

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WHAT TO EXPECT: SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES AT DOWNTOWN DISNEY DISTRICT by Melodi Steinberg FamilyReviewGuide.com

The Downtown Disney District is undergoing some very exciting changes in 2018!  It gained an awesome new family friendly venue, Splitsville, a luxury bowling lane/restaurant and bar. This new entertainment concept boasts 20 bowling lanes interspersed throughout the location, four dining areas (indoors and out), more than 25 flat screen TVs, and the ability to host both live performers and DJs. The building fuses both modern and retro chic elements with lots of white, brick and bright neon colors. There is a really nice outside patio with a cozy fireplace where you can relax and watch live music.  Speaking of friendly, the servers are so good with kids! I like that even though this is an upscale bowling alley, it is still kid friendly, makes a perfect location for a date night, and also offers a place to sit and unwind. Disney Splitsville is a welcomed place to unwind and socialize for some fun-filled competition.

5 TIPS FOR A GREAT VISIT: #1. Order a 22oz cocktail in a souvenir squeeze bottle for $22. Refills are $15. #2. You do not need to bowl to dine at Splitsville. Dining and bowling are booked separately, so you can pre-book your lanes or just stop by for a delicious meal. #3. There are two Coca-Cola Freestyle machines on the property with 100+ flavors and free refills all day. Cost is $5.75 #4. Kids can order an ICEE with blue raspberry, coke or cherry flavors. #5. Bring Socks. However, if you forget you can buy socks for $7.54 (includes tax) onsite. Splitsville Luxury Lanes 1530 S. Disneyland Drive (2.96 mi) Anaheim, California 92802 LMVLSOCAL.COM | 22


FOODIE GUIDE TO DINING AT PIXAR FEST by Caryn Bailey RockinMama.net Dining at Disneyland has become an integral part of our experience at the resort, and there has been much talk and excitement surrounding the new Pixar-themed foods that debuted for Pixar Fest (runs through September 3rd, 2018). Along with new shows and entertainment, décor, and limited-time merchandise, there will be an expansive selection of vibrant, creative, decadent foods inspired by your favorite Pixar films.   Here are a few of my favorites, and where to find them:

Disneyland "Toy Story" Berry funnel cake, topped with blueberries, strawberries, cookie-and-cream crumbles, crème anglaise, white chocolate and gold-dusted whipped cream - Stage Door Café Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port transforms into Alien Pizza Planet. Try this hearty cheeseburger pizza topped with cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, slider patties, a house-made burger sauce, and pickles. "Coco" “Coco”-inspired menu items at Rancho Del Zocalo include a Mexican chocolate pot de crème, topped with a Miguel chocolate Coco Churro with rich chocolate powder, vanilla bean and salted cinnamon sugar is served with a spiced, Mexican chocolate dipping sauce

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Disney California Adventure "Monsters Inc." Chilled noodle salad features color-changing noodles with mint, Thai basil, shredded daikon and tofu at Lucky Fortune Cookery (special sauce activates the new color) Mike Wazowski-shaped sourdough bread at Pacific Wharf Café Mint chip smoothie and whoopie pie at Schmoozies

"Coco" “Coco”-inspired menu at Paradise Garden Grill, in the Pixar Pals area, with mole verde con pollo, tacos de estilo callejero, a Jamaica slush and “Coco” tres leches parfait Also featured at Paradise Garden Grill is a Mexican cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate served in a souvenir “Coco” jarrita

"Cars" A new menu at Flo’s V8 Café for Pixar Fest features items such as a classic cheeseburger, turkey club sandwich, cobb salad, fried chicken plate and more. Habanero meatball cone at Cozy Cone Motel


VISITING FLOWER FIELDS CARLSBAD RANCH by Mary K Tran LetsPlayOC.com One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is visit The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. It blooms for six to eight weeks out of the year (March to May), with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. This seasonal and popular attraction is family-friendly, handicappedfriendly, and great for couples and groups of friends too. Thinking of visiting soon? Here are a few tips: Take the antique tractor ride to scope out the area. The area is huge! There are little cut-outs in the fields where you can stand for photos, just be careful to stay out of the fields. The hardest part will be deciding which color flowers you want behind you... try them all! The tractor stops half-way so we can walk down to explore the area, and it also picks up passengers. The open wagon ride is handicapped accessible, and it includes an audio commentary which helps to understand the history. It takes guests along side of the American Flag of Flowers, but it doesn’t stop. You'll want to walk to the area to get a closer look and photograph. If you're visiting with kids, make sure to visit the Artist Gardens. Kids receive scavenger hunt cards at the entrance to use to collect stamps. If they get them all, they get a discount for the mining activity.

The Sweat Pea Maze is a fun activity too. Fun Fact: The children’s play zone, Santa’s Playground, includes whimsical playhouses and gigantic mushrooms that were once used at Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead. Lastly, bring hats for shade, wear sunblock, and bring water to stay hydrated. Also, be prepared to walk on dirt roads. I enjoyed my last visit, and will try to visit again every year. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 25


THE FLOWER FIELDS March 1 to May 13, 2018 9am – 6pm at Carlsbad Ranch 5704 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-431-0352 www.theflowerfields.com The Flower Fields provides two free parking areas, restroom facilities and accessibility for people with disabilities. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3–10 and free for children under the age of 3. Season passes and group tours are also available.

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May inaugural issue featuring family outings in Southern California, Cinco de Mayo events, Mother's Day brunch ideas and more!

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May inaugural issue featuring family outings in Southern California, Cinco de Mayo events, Mother's Day brunch ideas and more!

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