5 Delicious Things To Try At Knott’s Boysenberry Festival


Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

The Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm is back for 2017 starting April 1st and continuing all the way through April 23rd.  With so many delicious choices of food you won’t even know where to start. So here are some helpful tips:

  1. Get a Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card. They are only $25, and the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:
  • Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
  • Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
  • Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
  • Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
  • Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
  • Boysenberry Pana Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery

2. Arrive Early. The Boysenberry Festival is wildly popular and draws large crowds.  Arriving early helps to reduce ride and food wait times and also gives you more time to experience all of the fun.

3. Purchase tasting cards at Sutters Grill, Pemmican Pickle, the Calico Saloon, the Churro Factory, the Berry Stand at the entrance of Ghost Town, the Ghost Town Bakery and at the Gold Trails hotel.

What are the Boysenberry MUST tries?

What exactly IS a Boysenberry? A boysenberry is is a cross between a European Raspberry, a European blackberry, an American dewberry and the Loganberry. All those beautiful berries make for amazing things to eat at The Boysenberry Festival and here are a few of the MUST tries!

1. Boysenberry BBQ Short Ribs


So tender, the meat practically falls off the bone! And you can buy the Boysenberry sauce in the Marketplace.

2. Boysenberry Chicken Wings

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Grab some napkins and sink your teeth into The Boysenberry chicken wings. They are my absolute favorite Boysenberry item.

3.  Deep fried alligator bites& fries with boysenberry aioli

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If you have never tried alligator before I highly recommend this. They are deep fried and crispy and the boysenberry dipping sauce pairs great with it. Plus the skinny fries are amazing!

4. Boysenberry Meatballs

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The Boysenberry Meatballs are a delicious protein packed snack on a stick! They are tender and flavorful and I get them every time I go.

5. Boysenberry Fun Bun


The fun Bun is a deep-fried cinnamon roll with Boysenberry cheese topping and a gooey cinnamon center. It will make your eyes roll into the back of your head.


 Craft beer and wine vendors

And whatever you do, don’t forget about the wine and beer vendors! You get a big plate of cheese and fruit that pairs so nicely with all of the wines! It was amazing to be able to try the different varieties and talk to the somliers. They have boysenberry wine, boysenberry cider and Belgium boysenberry beer.

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Don’t Forget these items!


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Hornblower Cruises Offer A Delightful Sunday Brunch




Hornblower Cruises are a great way to relax on a Sunday morning and enjoy a delicious brunch with a Harbor View. Grab a friend, or a family member and head over to Newport Beach for two hours of fresh air, music, and a buffet of endless food.

Video of a 2-hour Hornblower Cruise


When you first arrive you will be seated in the big, bright dining room with windows from floor to ceiling for an optimal harbor view. While you wait to eat, your server will ask you if you would like a mimosa or a different beverage. There is a saxophone player playing Jazz music and there is also a full bar towards the rear of the dining room.

Let’s Eat!

Bring your appetite because there is a large selection of food in the buffet. Even those with the pickiest palates will find something delicious to eat. The brunch features American breakfast dishes, plus plenty of seasonal lunch entrées and richly decadent desserts. You’ll enjoy relaxing background music and gorgeous views of Newport Beach’s seven islands, luxury yachts, celebrity mansions, and delightful sea life while you dine. Click here to see the full menu.

After you eat head to the upstairs deck for some fresh air and comfortable seating. There are several couches with beautiful views. Or, if you are feeling very adventurous you can go into the helm of the ship and meet the captain! I even got a chance to steer the yacht under close guidance and it was really fun and informative!


Horn Blower cruises are a great way to explore Newport beach. You will pass Balboa Island and you may even see a car ferry in addition to the wedge, which is a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California known for its large wedge shaped waves that makes it a popular spot for surfing. Hornblower Cruises have a variety of location in Southern California . You can find them here.

For more information visit Hornblower Cruises on Facebook and Twitter.

Amazing Lash Studio Will Make You Lash Fabulous


As a busy mom, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on make-up. I wish I did because in between school drop offs, school pick ups, and after school sports I have a lot of face to face time with various people. I do my best to wear the basics like foundation and mascara but let’s face it, sometimes I can’t even accomplish that. Don’t feel bad though, because I recently came across the art of eyelash extensions and now I can walk out the door feeling confident and fabulous!  Amazing lash Studios in Tustin, CA is the place to have this done. The location is clean, trendy and super friendly.


As a new client they will ask you to fill out a few forms but it doesn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes. The facility has very friendly staff and they are extremely accommodating. I loved how trendy the interior was with all of the cute chandeliers and comfortable couches.



When it’s your time to go back, you will be taken to a room with a hydrolic table where they will show you samples of different kinds of lashes to choose from. They have long lashes, full lashes, sexy lashes, and more. If you can’t decide what you like just ask your technician and she will give you her opinion. I let my technician decide for me and I was so pleased with her choice.


If you have never had eyelash extensions before be aware that a new set can take up to two hours. My technician finished in about an hour and a half and I took the most incredible nap I have had in a really long time.

How Are Eyelash Extensions Applied?


The process of eyelash extensions is very relaxing for you, the client. In a quiet room with your back on the massage table you will enjoy dim lights and soft music as you lay peacefully with your eyes closed. First, your stylist will use medical grade non-stick tape and tape down your bottom eyelashes. Proper care is taken to do this in effort to avoid glueing your bottom lashes to your top eyelashes. A tiny drop of black adhesive is placed on a stone. Tweezers are used to isolate an individual eyelash. The artificial eyelash extension is dipped in the medical grade adhesive then positioned on top of the natural eyelash. This process is repeated for up to 2 hours until the desired fullness of lashes is received.

Your technician will give you a mirror at the end for you to see and you will be amazed at the difference. Take a before and after photo so you can compare.


After your treatment you can purchase eyelash products to keep them looking great and lasting longer. All of their products are specially formulated to work with their lash extensions and adhesive, and they are gentle on your face.

Amazing Lash Membership

For those who want to keep up the extension process, you can join their membership program where you get perks such as 25-35% off the regular prices on refills, 10% off on all Amazing Lash retail products, priority booking, referrals and so much more. The membership is valid nationwide so you can get your lashes near home, work or even when traveling.

Tips For Maintaining your lash Extensions

  • Do not use oil-based products of any kind, on or near your eyes.
  • Avoid touching lashes directly.
  • Sleep on your side, not face-down.
  • Wash lashes twice each morning and twice each evening, using an oil-free eye wash.
  • Brush lashes daily, from middle to the tips with your Retractable Lash Styling Wand.
  • Avoid applying oil-based or waterproof cosmetics and creams on or around the eyes.
  • Apply a translucent powder on top of any product applied to or around the eye area.

For more information visit Amazing Lash Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

STAX Cookie Bar Introduces Thai-Style Rolled Ice Cream


STAX Cookie Bar Introduces Thai-Style Rolled Ice Cream

There is a new trend of ice cream that recently landed in Orange County called Thai style rolled ice cream.  If you are wondering what that is, it’s little rolls of ice cream, about the size of a roll of quarters, that are packed into a cup, then topped with all manner of extras, such as toasted marshmallow, gummy bears, coconut and of course, hot fudge.

Video Of Rolled Ice Cream in Thailand

 Stax Cookie Bar is now one of the first in Southern California to offer thinly rolled Thai-style ice cream that has been all the rage on social media. Stax has also put its own spin on the Thai treat, creating new signature CreamRitos and Duo Layer Rolls, which are the first rolled ice cream desserts to feature two flavors.

Stax new desserts are hand-crafted with a fresh cream mixture poured and spread onto a negative 31-degree stainless steel wheel. As the thin layer of ice cream freezes, it is expertly shaved into rolls with a metal spatula and artistically served with toppings.

The Cream Rolls, available with yogurt or ice cream, are served in traditional Thai style, upright in a cup and topped with fresh fruit, fresh baked cookie pieces or chocolate syrup.

Duo Layer Rolls

Stax has also created Duo Layer Rolls, making the ice cream purveyor the first to offer two flavors of ice cream rolled together. Flavor combinations for the Duo Layer Rolls include Black Sesame and Green Tea, Chocolate and Strawberry, Cookie Cream and Coffee, and Strawberry and Green Tea.

CreamRitos and Flavors

CreamRitos, which are served on a plate and resemble mini ice cream-filled burritos, are crafted by topping the thin layer of ice cream on the frozen wheel with another unique-flavored ice cream before shaving it into rolls. The confection is then drizzled with chocolate syrup, pieces of fresh baked cookie, or other toppings of your choice. Flavors include Canjun Spicy, Sesame Stick, Ube (purple yam) and Bacon Chocolate Chip. The ingredients are added to the sweet cream mixture as it freezes on the wheel.

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New House of Blues To Open Soon!

The city of Anaheim is about to get a new addition to “The Gardenwalk” when the The New House of Blues reopens in a brand building that is twice the size of its previous location at Downtown Disney.  The House of Blues is one of a rare breed of venues which allows fans to see some of the biggest names in music up close and personal in an intimate, yet stellar setting.

The venue spans 44,000 square feet of space, with live music in four unique entertainment venues all under one roof including the main concert hall, the intimate Parish, the Foundation Room and House of Blues Restaurant and Bar.

Last week we attended a media preview of them lowering the iconic water tower onto the building complete with confetti fireworks and more.

We took a guided tour of the main concert hall which holds 2,200 concert goers while maintaining the intimacy House Of Blues is known for, The Parish with a 400 capacity, the signature Restaurant & Bar, and legendary Foundation Room and VIP club. The new venue is the most advanced House of Blues built to date, the first new House of Blues built in a decade, and the only venue of its kind on the west coast.

The Food

There is nothing better than some delicious down home cooking from the south and the new HOB menu does not disappoint. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar has created comfort food that’s classic, bold and contemporary. here is a sample of some of the items we sampled last week:

SMOKEHOUSE ST. LOUIS RIBS – Dry rubbed and house-smoked


NASHVILLE HOT FRIED CHICKEN SALAD – Spicy fried chicken, romaine hearts, grilled corn, blue cheese, diced tomato, red onion, avocado and tortilla chips with cilantro ranch dressing


FRIED CHICKEN SLIDERS – Buttermilk brined chicken, pimento cheese, coleslaw and housemade pickles


VOODOO SHRIMP – Sautéed shrimp simmered in an Abita beer reduction served over jalapeno-cheese cornbread


BOURBON BREAD PUDDING – Baked with bananas and white chocolate, finished with a bourbon caramel sauce topped with fresh whipped cream


Featured mixology specialty drinks:

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KENTUCKY BUBBLE BATH – Makers Mark bourbon, fresh lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, blue curacao, topped with bubbles $30

EL VIEJO -Pisco Porton, crème de cacao, toasted pecan bitters, cigar smoke

FATHER FIGURE – Monkey Shoulder scotch, Cynar 70, coffee- infused Cinzano, Green Chartreuse, bitters

About House of Blues

  • It was Founded in 1992
  • House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. 
  • Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. 
  • Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.

For more information visit HOB on Facebook and Twitter.