Tuesday, August 31, 2010

giveaway scout!!

i decided to add my blog to giveaway scout's giveaway database!

(image: giveaway scout logo)

here's a little about giveaway scout straight from their site:

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for more info, visit http://www.giveawayscout.com/

check out their cool widget!

high-tech, right?

win tickets to the pacific festival this saturday & sunday!!

cali green is offering a 2-ticket giveaway to the pacific festival going on this saturday the 4th and sunday the 5th of september!

(image: pacific festival event brochure)

the pacific festival aims to bring people to celebrate culture, community, art, music, entertainment and philanthropy.

expect steve aoki, the sounds, rebelution, the expendables, the aggrolites, dj sets, and more! the event is 21+ .. to find out more about pacific festival, click -here-

(image: pacific festival event brochure)

to enter cali green's contest follow these steps:
  • sign into facebook
  • click -here- to visit the cali green page
  • click "like" (if you do not already "like" the page)
  • scroll down to the wall post that says: "cali green free tickets to pacific festival..."
  • follow the directions according to the post
winner announced on thursday!

(image: cali green logo)

cali green "is a west coast lifestyle clothing company inspired by the diversity and creative freedom that california has to offer" -facebook info page


Monday, August 30, 2010

celeb favorite: the cheese store of beverly hills

my most recent article just got published on travelin' local! the cheese store of beverly hills is a treasure trove of delicacies and rare finds. it's been a celebrity secret for decades!

check it out, -here-

the article features my interview with store owner, norbert wabnig!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

where can your kids eat free in the oc today??

"kids eat for" offers a list of restaurant locations where you can get your children free grub each day of the week!

(image: kids eat for logo)

the site features listings the oc and many other areas. for oc listings, click -here -

and if you have an iphone or an android you can get the kids eat free app for $3!

check it out:

(image: kids eat for logo)


Friday, August 27, 2010

urban outfitters' lstn 11!!

features arcade fire, best coast, ra ra riot, and more!

click the image to visit urban outfitters' lstn 11 site download platform. =D


tomorrow: oc foodie fest - the big day!

have you bought your pre-sale tickets yet? they're just $12!

(oc foodie fest logo)

oc foodie fest is a day of yes, food truck treats, but much much more! expect:
  • a kiddie section
  • shopping
  • wine and beer area
  • dj sets
  • local businesses
  • performances by the beat freaks (from mtv's america's best dance crew), dusty rhodes & the river band, the new limb, seedless, denny white, and more!
  • ...and still more!

so if the 50 food truck party didn't intrigue you quite enough, i am sure all the many other fun festivities will have!

see ya there!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

tonight! oc foodie fest outdoor movie night preview event

oc foodie fest's final preview event is tonight! and it's free!

come out to the fox fullerton theater in downtown fullerton from 7-10pm and catch the first james bond thriller, "dr. no"

(photo: the fox theater)

bakerytruck, kona ice beach cities, seabirds, and taco dawg food trucks will be present so you can enjoy a sneak peak of oc foodie fest! bring your pre-sale tickets and get some great deals!

watch this clip posted by fox theater on youtube:

there will also be a "bond girl contest" at the event! so if you're a super-classy lady, come dressed up and enter to win! see the guidelines -here-

(image: the fox theater, bond girl contest)

lastly, come to the event to enter a raffle for tickets to vegas!

the fox fullerton theater
500 n. harbor blvd. suite e
(corner of harbor blvd & chapman Ave)

check out what else is making me so hungry for oc foodie fest - here-!!

tonight! jet-lagged magazine toga party, free drinks, stellar music

are you shocked? "free drinks"? it's true! read on...

tonight 9pm, jet-lagged magazine of uc, irvine will host a toga party at lan doan's studio of greener grass photography. this is a fundraising event for jet-lagged.

(image: jet-lagged magazine logo +togas)

$5 cover gets you in. then it's all the free drinks you want! just be safe...

(image: amherst aisle logo)

amherst aisle will be playing their killer rock tunes. yess! here's a video of the band doing a classy cover:

the venue
3500 w. moore ave, suite e
santa ana

whether you're in college, out of college, or never bothered, you'll agree that there's one college activity that should never be passed up - the almighty toga party (especially with free drinks!)


free music from the past!! (last monday the 23rd)

just for "sink/let it sway" by "someone still loves you boris yeltsin" ^^

check it out!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

free dinner and free music tonight - dinner with dave!!

tonight at 10pm, come out to memphis at the santora, santa ana for some dinner with dave!!

(photo: preacher's sons)

free music by local folk/rockers preacher's sons, free late night dinner prepared by dave mau, chef at the re{treat}, costa mesa

(image: dinner with dave)

also... no cover! free food, free music... i will definitely be there tonight!!
btw, this event is 21+

(photo: dave mau, dinner with dave)

memphis at the santora
201 n. broadway
santa ana

see you there!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

tonight: dj am lives celebration benefits charities, west hollywood

exactly one year ago on august 28th, 2009, adam goldstein (aka: dj am) tragically passed away from an accidental drug overdose.

(image: dj am lives poster)

in honor of the musician's life and music brent bolthouse productions presents "dj am lives," a fundraising party in the musician's memory tonight from 10pm to 2am at the trousdale in west hollywood.

100% of profits will benefit the dj am memorial fund and phoenix house.

visit the dj am lives facebook event page for more info - here- & contact grace@trousdalelounge.com to rsvp.

9229 w. sunset blvd.
west hollywood


Monday, August 23, 2010

win an annual passport to national parks + more!!

the national park foundation has joined forces with sunset magazine and merrell to offer the "passport to the parks sweepstakes"!!

(image: national park foundation)

to enter, click -here-

check out what you can win:
  • America The Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass
  • $200 Merrell gift certificate and Merrell Search backpack
  • Fodor’s Official Guide to America’s National Parks
  • National Park Foundation baseball cap
  • 12-edition subscription to Sunset magazine, Sunset outdoor fleece, Sunset t-shirt and Sunset water bottle

(image: national park foundation)

...and you can enter daily!
the final date for submission is september 10th.
to enter, click -here-

(image: national park foundation)

here's a list of the closest parks to the OC:
(1) cabrillo national monument, san diego
(2) channel islands national park, ventura
(3) santa monica mountains national recreation area, thousand oaks
(4) joshua tree national park, twentynine palms

get out there!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

tonight! oc foodie fest preview 9pm-1am, goat hill tavern

the 2nd oc foodie fest preview event, or pub & grub, is going on tonight from 9pm-1am at the goat hill tavern in costa mesa. the event is sponsored by azuñia tequila and orangecounty.com

the event is free to attend! and if you have already bought your ocff pre-sale tickets, bring them and get in on some food specials, azuñia tequila drink discounts, and more surprises!

you can also buy your pre-sale tix at the preview event.

(image: oc foodie fest "pub & grub" poster)

goat hill tavern
1830 newport blvd
costa mesa

check out my article at travelin' local -here- to find out why i have serious ocff hunger pains!

see you there!

Friday, August 20, 2010

oc foodie fest hunger-pains!!

oc foodie fest is coming soon...

august 28th brings us the first orange county food truck super-celebration at the honda center, in anaheim!!

(image: oc foodie fest logo)

i'm already feeling the hunger-pains, especially after my interview for travelin' local with james foxall, taco dawg fusion food truck owner and founding partner of oc foodie fest.

check out what the culinary connoisseur had to say -here-!

the event is a can't miss shindig with 50 food trucks, live entertainment, kid's play areas, shopping, and more. even better, the event will help out 3 great charities!!

(image: oc foodie fest 2010)

to learn more about oc foodie fest vendors, tickets, and directions, visit -ocfoodiefest.com-

i can't wait!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

$25 brazilian wax at jesse daniel salon from deal perk!

dealperk.com is offering an amazing deal today for 50% off jesse daniel salon's brazilian wax treatment! the brazilian usually goes for $50 at the salon but deal perk oc is selling the treatment for $25!

(image: deal perk logo)

this deal ends at midnight (12:00am 8.20), so check it out now by clicking -here-!

(image: jesse daniel salon and dealperk.com)

deal details summary: the deal is only for new customers, limit one per customer.

(image: jesse daniel salon logo)

jesse daniel salon
17331 17th st

don't wait 'til summer is gone!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

win tickets from oc weekly!!

(image: oc weekly logo)
oc weekly will be giving away:

(1) one pair of tickets to the bad brains' show at the house of blues, anaheim this friday 8.20
(10) ten pairs of tickets to oc weekly's "locally grown" series at the grove of anaheim thursday 8.26 featuring oc's leading indie talent:

the colourist, the union line, moonshine & the drugs, and yellow red sparks!!

(the colourist at detroit bar 7.8.2010)

to visit the oc weekly contest page and enter, click -here-
this giveaway is a part of oc weekly's (weekly) "free tix tuesdays"!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

win tickets, albums, and a picnic!! time for three summer concert!

pacific symphony presents:
time for three, acoustic folk jam band, at the verizon wireless amphitheater in irvine on
saturday, august 28th from 8pm-10pm!

(photo: time for three)

this performance is a part of pacific symphony's "kicked-up classics" summer series. in celebration of the event, pacific symphony will be giving away 2 copies of time for three's new album, "3 fervent travelers" along with 2 premium seats and 2 picnic meals at the concert!

(youtube video: time for three performance compilation)

to enter:

1)visit the contest facebook event page -here- (you will have to sign in to your facebook account and rsvp to the event)

(photo: time for three)

2) in a wall post on the event page, explain which song you are most looking forward to hearing off the program! the program can be found -here- under the "multimedia" tab (see image below)

(image: pacific symphony)

you can also win 2 free tickets to the performance if your comments are chosen to be featured on pacific symphony's twitter feed "tweetcert" during the concert!

hurry! this contest ends august 26th!


Monday, August 16, 2010

win a family 4-pack of tickets to wild rivers!

distinguished oc family mom-blogger, suzanne broughton, is giving away a family 4-pack to wild rivers on her oc family page!

(image: wild rivers logo)

to visit the oc family giveaway page and enter, click -here-

(image: oc family logo)

the giveaway ends wednesday august 18th, so hurry!!

(photo: wild rivers)

thanks, for the awesome giveaway suzanne!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

free event today: "symphony in the cities," lake forest

free "symphony in the cities" summer concert today at pittsford park, lake forest with target and the pacific symphony!

(image: pacific symphony virtual program - click image to access!)

this is the last event for the symphony in the cities summer program.
to view the event page, click -here-

(photo: pacific symphony)
  • music and family activities begin at 5:30pm
  • a cappella doo-wop group "the alley cats" will perform from 5:30-6:30pm
  • the pacific symphony will perform at 7pm

(photo: pacific symphony)

pittsford park
21701 pittsford dr

lake forest

rock out with some class(ics)!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

today, free concert in marina del rey w/ oscar castro-neves

(image: city of marina del rey)

oscar castro-neves, will be playing tonight at burton chace park, marina del rey at 7pm as a part of the city's "pop saturdays"

(photo: oscar castro-neves)

the jazz music of oscar castro-neves is crisp, smooth, and enchanting.

(photo: oscar castro-neves)

there will be food and beverages for purchase at the park. bring a blanket or two, a warm sweater, and some pals!

(photo: department of beaches and harbors, marina del rey)

burton chace park
13650 mindanao way
marina del rey


Friday, August 13, 2010

put a little zorro in your summer

mission san juan capistrano has a zorro summer exhibition going on now through to september 6th, 9am-5pm daily!

(photo: mission san juan capistrano)

the exhibit will feature all sorts of zorro-themed curios, original film props, and original costumes from the film "the legend of zorro" worn by antonio banderas and catherine zeta jones!

(image: mission san juan capistrano)

adult tickets: $9 (includes free audio tour)
seniors: $8 (includes free audio tour)
children: $5
children under 3 yrs old get in free!

for more about tickets, click -here-

to get a $1 off coupon offered by the mission click -here-

(image: mission san juan capistrano)

plus, every sunday from 12-2pm the zorro unmasked curiosity cart will be present and offer paper rose and zorro mask making tutorials and activity booklets for free!

catch the mark of zorro!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

today! 60% off entire spring stock at lf laguna

lf laguna will be opening their doors today at 10am. why should you be there? they are having a crazy sale - 60% off their entire spring collection!!

(image: lf stores)

lf laguna
278 forest ave
laguna beach

now you know! ...but what will you buy??

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

hotels, b&bs, or camping: catalina vacation fun and deals!

i have two exciting tidbits today:
(1) i found some great deals on stellar activities and lodging on catalina island and...
(2) my camping in catalina article was just published on travelinlocal.com!

i name this day... catalina day!

(linked to my article!)

catalina is just an hour away by boat. the island boasts so many activities, you probably won't be able to do them all in one trip! but it's worth a try.

let me show you what kinds of can't miss deals i found:

so i stumbled upon www.visitcatalinaisland.com where i found awesome deals on a zip-line package that includes your catalina express boat round trip tickets, 2 nights lodging at the "hotel atwater" and a zip-line ecotour!

some packages will be cheaper than others depending on the date, number of people, and type of room. i was able to find a zip-line package for 2 people, 2 nights, starting september 25th for under $500! click -here- to view the rooms and rates.

you can also stay at the historical banning house, in two harbors!

lastly, i found a charming bed and breakfast place in avalon called the old turner inn where you can rent a 2-person room for $180-$220 a night! if you have a family of four, you can rent a room for $240-$280 a night! click -here- to view the rooms and rates.

to read my article about camping at catalina, click -here-

catalina is so beautiful. i can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

hey costa mesa! win $5 starbucks card from distinguished local blogger!

holly schwartz, creator of 365 things to do in costa mesa is offering a $5 starbucks gift card giveway!

holly wants to know your favorite activity/location in costa mesa is. i've already submitted my favorite hangout! winners will be picked sunday, august 15th.

to read the giveaway post and find out how to enter, click -here-

(photo: 365 things to do in costa mesa)

365 things to do in costa mesa is a blog about, well, things to do in costa mesa! the blog offers all sorts of interesting info on locations, events, and businesses! it's really a great resource for anyone living in the OC and LA areas!

ms. schwartz is also the social media mastermind behind torelli realty. she also has remarkable experience as a producer of many hit hgtv shows.