July 28, 2013

Islands Burgers Summer Menu Tasting

I am totally a burger and fries type of gal. I don't eat them too often but when I do it better be a darn good burger. When I was invited to a tasting of the Islands Burgers summer menu, there was no hesitation on my part. The tasting event was put together by So Cal Lady Bloggers at Islands in Brea, CA. Islands has been a long time fave of mine, so yup I had to be there. 

We were welcomed in the patio area of the restaurant, which was perfect for a warm sunny So Cal day. I was quickly greet by the friendly staff and waitress who give me a drink. I mean like a real drink with alcohol! Not much of a drinker but hey I was there to try the new items so I had to drink. We had a choice of 2 different sangria (red & white) and 2 handcrafted beers. 

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I-Shandy and Ginger Berry Shandy handcrafted beers. Didn't try them since I was drinking the wine.
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Sunset Sangria (red wine) and Moonlight Sangria (white wine) both were good but prefer the white wine over red. If you love wine and sangria you must try these. 

To accompany our tasty drinks, we started off with some appetizers. Don't know about you, but drinking on an empty stomach is no bueno. Had to fill up on a little bit of food so I could enjoy the sangria.

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Poke Tuna served with fried wontons and avocado. This was my favorite seriously delish and perfect for hot summer days. 

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Buffalo Chicken Wings, with ranch and celery...tasty! 

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip, also very tasty. 

Then came the good stuff, burgers and fries. Islands has a new burger called the Heatwave with pepper jack cheese and Serrano chilies. If you love spicy food this burger is perfect for you. It was a good burger just too spicy for my taste. I ate more fries to help with the heat, definitely found out why its called the Heatwave. We also tried a salad from Islands called the Wiqui Wiqui BBQ Chicken Salad. It was all good and can always count a good meal at Islands.

If you live in California, Nevada or Arizona go give these burgers, appetizers and drinks a try. 

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Heatwave burger so spicy it will make you sweat! 

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Love the fries at Islands, good thing you get endless refills of fries with every burger. 

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If your not a burger person try the salads at Islands they are also so good and filling. 

Well I know by now reading this you are hungry and jealous you didn't get to try all this yummy food. No worries, you too can enjoy some delish Islands food. The awesome people at Islands in Brea gave me a gift card to share with my readers. Enter below to win a $25 gift card to any Islands Restaurant in CA, AZ or NV.

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*Disclaimer: I was invited to this menu tasting at Islands Burgers because I am member of the So Cal Lady Bloggers group.  I was not paid for this review but was given a gift card for my self and to giveaway on the blog.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

July 16, 2013

Crafty Diva In The Making

Let's get crafty shall we!  I am not really a crafty type person, but not because I can't craft.  Actually I like to think my crafting skills are pretty darn good.  Just don't do it much, due to time, money or space.  This past weekend my crafty diva made an appearance.  A couple of local bloggers put together an afternoon of crafts.  We had a lovely lunch from Green Tomato Grill and wine from Turning Leaf.  The wine totally got my crafty juices flowing.  After lunch it was time to craft. Three different craft stations were set up for the bloggers, a newspaper gift bag, wooden bead necklace and magazine gift box and other fun paper folding. 

I totally impressed myself with my skill level on these crafts. Totally thought my creations were going rival those of preschooler. Just proves anyone can be a crafter, you just have to give it a try.  I also enjoyed getting to chat and hang out with some other local bloggers.  It's always good to connect with other bloggers outside your niche.  We crafted, we ate and we laughed.  A good time was had and I am hungry for more crafting!!!   :)

I started off with the newspaper gift bag....easy and very cute. Great way to recycle your newspaper.  The ladies from Academy of Handmade hosted and guided this craft.  Learned about lots of cool techniques and washi tape was used to decorate the bag.  Check out my stripey polka dot gift bag!! 
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Next craft was the wooden bead necklace, Lisa the owner from The Makery where the event was held guided this craft.  I was most excited for this craft.  We used wooded ball beads and paint for our creations.  I was inspired by the blogs color scheme for my creation.  Totally want to make more and have one for all my outfits! 
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The third craft done used recycled magazine pages to create boxes, bows and cutest shirts.  A little Known Shop hosted this craft, and we also got to shop all their goods from other local crafters.  I hope to recreate these crafts with my nieces and share the crafty love!! 
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I might have a new hobby in the horizon, you have been warned.  More crafting coming soon to this blog.   Hey you know you like it!!   


So grateful to the bloggers who put this event together (Raised By Culture and Confessions of a Fat Girl) .  Thank ya ladies for your hard work and the awesome sponsors who helped make this happen!!!