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Wife Appreciation Day!

Yeah, I never heard of it either!

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Thanks to a press release from The Tuck Room Tavern, I’m now in the know, and so are you. Just forward this article to your hubby and hope for the best. Or, if you really want to be appreciated forward AND make a reservation at The Tuck Room Tavern for this Sunday, September 18th between 4 and 11 pm. You could even write a note for your husband to read aloud at the table that says, “I appreciated my wife.” Just make sure he reads it while the waiter is within earshot and you’ll be treated to a signature dessert and a glass of perfectly chilled Prosecco. More details below.

The Tuck Room Tavern Celebrates National Wife Appreciation Day on September 18
with Four Simple Words. Whisper “I Appreciate my Wife” to your Server and receive a complimentary Prosecco and Dessert by Chef Sherry Yard.

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation DayThe Tuck Room Tavern is a jovial neighborhood dining + drinking den serving craveable American fare and a touch of whimsy under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development Chef Sherry Yard.

Happy wife, happy life—so the saying goes.

All couples visiting The Tuck Room Tavern on Sunday, September 18, can enjoy this offer with the mention of four simple words. Whether you shout it from the rooftops or whisper it into her ear, just be sure that your server hears you say the magic words: “I appreciate my wife.” Those lucky wives will receive a decadent raspberry soufflé made by Chef Sherry Yard and a glass of Prosecco to enjoy on the house. If you’re lucky, she might even share a bite.

  • *One dessert per table. Must have dinner reservation for a minimum of 2 people. Minimum purchase of 2 entrées.
  • Wives can be showered with adoration from 4-11 p.m. on Sunday, September 18
  • The Tuck Room Tavern Westwood: 10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
  • (310) 307-7004

Hope to see you there being appreciated this weekend! Cheers 😉

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Sherry Yard’s The Tuck Room Tavern is now open in Westwood, California. Under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development and three-time James Beard Award winner chef Sherry Yard and Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, guests can enjoy an extensive menu and handcrafted cocktails that present a liquid love letter to Los Angeles. The Tuck Room Tavern is tucked away inside iPic Theaters, located at 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. For reservations visit, http://www.thetuckroom.com or call: (310) 307-7004.

 

 

Natalee Thai 

My mom and I had the chance to visit a wonderful Thai restaurant in Culver City named Natalee Thai. This restaurant is casual but visually beautiful and modern. The food is affordable but the price doesn’t compare to the quality and love presented. I felt totally comfortable in leggings and flip flops while being served incredible food. I ordered the Won Ton Soup and the mussels appetizer and was full in the best way possible. Although, I ALWAYS have room for dessert. The soup is delicious and was probably the best Won Ton soup I have EVER had. Before I start talking about the mussels, I would like to say that I have never had mussels before. After trying these, mussels are my favorite food! And, yes, I ate every single mussel in that dish. To top of one of the most flavorful meals of my life, I ordered Espresso ice cream and yes it is as good as it sounds.

If you ever want to have an amazing meal, stop by Natalee Thai. 🙂



Popin’ Cookin’ Sushi

My friend Katie and I decided to experiment with the Sushi edition Popin’ Cookin’. Like most of the Popin’ collection, the sushi package is sweet and candy flavored rather than savory and realistic. It was a BLAST making all the different parts of the sushi and then putting them all together. The kit comes with a mini mixing spoon, the mixing “bowls”, “seaweed”, and powders to make rice, fish, and fish eggs. My favorite part of creating candy sushi was making the tiny fish eggs. You mix two powders with water separately and then with an eye dropper, you drop small portions of one liquid into the other causing it to instantly solidify in balls. Then you can scoop the eggs out of the solution and place them as a final touch on top of the rice and seaweed.

   
         

Here are some tips:

1. Look up the directions online. Since the whole package is in Japanese, it would make the process much easier to look up the English translation. Popin’ Cookin’ Sushi Instructions

2. Take your time. Buy a couple boxes and share them with your friends. Making this fun mini foods isn’t about the taste, it’s about the experience. Take your time and have fun watching each other’s reactions as you take your first bites. 

3. HAVE FUN!! ☺️

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

EncinoMom Unboxes Del Real Foods for Cinco de Mayo.

Del Real Foods Unboxed on EncinoMom.

We’ve got an awesome prize package to offer you from Del Real Foods! It’s a Party In A Box! We received one of these at EncinoMom headquarters and immediately ordered up an impromptu fiesta for a few friends. The Tacos Al Pastor kit contains seasoned meat, tortillas and enough salsa for 20 street tacos. Sold in the refrigerator section, these dishes are easy to heat and eat. You can sample some of these tasty offerings yourself as Del Real Foods gives tastings this month, making the rounds of Costco stores in the West (including California, Oregon and Utah). Check their website for dates and details. The cheese Pupusas and Tamales were also a hit with our Vegetarian guests.

Del Real Foods have been serving up fresh, flavorful and authentic Mexican meals since 2003. Their gluten, trans fat and MSG free, products are fully cooked and ready to heat and serve. We heated tortillas in the oven (in a clay tortilla warmer), pupusas on the stove top, tamales steamed in the top of the rice cooker and we used a cast iron skillet for the seasoned taco meat. Everything was ready to go in a matter of minutes.

We mixed up a batch of Margaritas for our adult guests and served limeade and horchata to the kids. I tossed some greens with Persian cucumbers, scallions, tomatoes, a sprinkling of Taco Seasoning from Ground 2 Table and a light citrus dressing (homemade) for a refreshing side salad. Friends brought tortilla chips and a ripe avocado and we had more food than we could eat!

Giveaway from Del Real Foods on EncinoMom.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Giveaway from Del Real Foods on EncinoMom.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tell us which differences you found in our Feliz Cinco de Mayo pics! This prize box comes with a colorful blanket with moisture resistant backing to spread out on the grass, sand or picnic table. When you’re finished, it folds back up into a neat bundle with a carrying handle and zippered pouch. The pouch is large enough to hold your phone, keys and sunglasses, or maybe some napkins and utensils.

There is also a folding fabric cooler to carry your food and beverages. For this giveaway we’ve created the two pictures above for you to compare. Can you spot the differences? Here’s a hint: No tequila is included in the giveaway!

Speaking of tequila, you might like to know that the Angels pictured below are searching Los Angeles’ neighborhoods for Latino Angels in Training who are contributing to their communities with selflessness and virtuous service. Gran Centanario Tequila will be honoring these Angels In Training at a special VIP event on May 19th. That’s also the day that we will announce the winner of this Party In A Box!

Angels land at Blue Plate Taco to fuel up before their search for Angels in Training in LA neighborhoods.

At Blue Plate Taco in Santa Monica for the launch of Angels in search of LA’s Angels In Training!

Urban Accents Brunch Box Giveaway

Click the picture to enter for a chance to win this prize from Urban Accents.

Urban Accents Unboxed on EncinoMom

OMG. At EncinoMom, we received this amazing array of mixes, seasonings and toppings for brunch from our friends at Urban Accents. I’m thrilled to be able to share this with you, too! This Brunch Collection is perfect for gifting. For Mother’s Day, we recommend you order the box early and fete Mom with brunch in bed! The directions are easy to follow and would be fun for Dad and the kids to deliver foolproof dishes of scumptiousness and love to Mom on her big day.

You’ll need a few ingredients on hand to create these dishes, but chances are you have them in your fridge already. For example the Frittata Mixes require eggs, the Coffee Toppers require coffee. When I cooked up the Mediterranean Spinach Frittata, I added Feta Cheese and garnished it with a dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh herbs from my garden. It seems obvious, but I thought I’d spell it out, just in case. Bread, butter, milk, oil, eggs, a little cheese, coffee and water ought to cover all your bases.

The decadent contents of the Brunch Collection gift box would also be brilliant for sending to friends warming their first home, perfection for Newlyweds and new Moms, too. I think this would make a fabulous thank you gift. Can you imagine receiving this from your Realtor, just in time to make breakfast the morning after escrow closes? This collection might be just right as a class gift for a special teacher, coach or classroom aide. Sure to kick off their Summer feeling appreciated and adventurous as they explore new taste horizons.


The collection retails for $49.95 and includes a stack of 3 coffee toppers (Hazelnut, Cinnamon & Cocoa), 2 French Toast Drizzles (Sea Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cheesecake), 2 Frittata Mixes (Mediterranean Spinach and Southwestern Jalapeño) and 2 Flapjack Mixes (Potato Cheddar and Chive and Ginger Carrot Cake). You can also purchase these items individually. I’ve included a couple of links to these products on Amazon for your convenience. There are additional flavors available there as well, like Blueberry Lemon Lavender Flapjack Mix which sounds Heavenly to me. The Coffee Toppers, Frittata Mixes and French Toast Drizzles are Gluten Free. All of the products boast no GMOs and are made in small batches from all natural ingredients.

The perfect combination of savory and sweet for slow starting, luxurious weekend mornings, you will love giving this gift to yourself or someone else. With a little luck, you may be invited to enjoy the good eats when you give this as a gift! Enter today for a chance to win. It’s our way of saying thanks for being a loyal subscriber.

Please see entry form for official rules and disclosures.

SSOTD

Happy Easter everyone! It’s officially Easter Sunday and I’m happy to say that I started the day off on the right foot with Lindor Truffles. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)

    

You can probably tell that the photos aren’t their normal size. These photos weren’t taken with Snapchat. 😁 This photo is actually my favorite picture of my mom. I think it captures her happiness and sirenity. This Easter was by far the best as we were joined by our close friends who I met before I was born. I have to say I do enjoy watching my dog play with his new bunny stuffed animal. This year, I have learned that you may not be able to choose your blood, but you can choose the people you surround yourself with. You may as well surround yourself with people who will laugh with you at your best moments and cry with you at your worst. Believe me when I say that it is wise to stick with people who make you happy and don’t bring you down. Anyway, shout out to my mom for making an incredible feast! Happy Easter Sunday y’all!

SSOTD

Today was a slowly-paced day full of sleeping, walking, and online shopping. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)



In complete honesty, my favorite thing about Snapchat is seeing the temperature or my own speed. So I pretty much took a picture of nothing and watched my speed increase and decrease as my posse and I walked to yogurt land. You are probably imagining a group of obnoxious teenagers strutting down the middle of the road and although that is much more extravagant and creative than reality I should probably put your mind at ease. My posse included my mom, dad, Toby (my pup), Rico (my neighbor’s pup), and myself. We went over to the center of Encino where we stopped at Wells Fargo and Yogurt Land. I cashed my Easter check. (Shoutout to the best Grandpa around, my Papa.) Then, we stopped for some fro yo. Since I just received $50, I decided to do some serious online shopping. Once my items arrive, I may be able to snap a picture and include them in my next SSOTD. Goodbye for now. 

SSOTD

Today I went to a party of two, including me. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.) 

Today my dad and I spent the whole day together. We went shoe shopping. The original plan was to get Converse and running shoes. However, when it took us seven stores to look for running shoes to peak my interest, we just decided to purchase Timberland Boots. After our long shoe journey, we went home, kicked up our feet, and started watching corny horror movies. Sorry Friday The 13th Part 2. Anyway, the above picture that you may or may not have recognized is a picture of my favorite beverage. Unfortunately, coke is a bad habit I have yet to shake. Comment below any guilty pleasures you are trying to get rid of. Okay well, I will see you next time. 

Tea & Tears

Tea & Tears: The Best Of Me Movie Screening Party

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A movie date with good friends, good food, fun times and goodie bags! (The teenagers took their own pictures on their phones in the next room.)

The Best Of Me Blu-ray & DVD Box Art.

The Best Of Me – Tears Of Joy Edition

Okay, here’s what we did. We screened the *Tears of Joy Edition of The Best of Me here in the EncinoMom screening room on Sunday! Before the movie (which arrived with a box of Kleenex – I’m not kidding) we had some tasty samples lined up for our guests.

Exquisite cupcakes from SusieCakes.

Here’s a snap of the SusieCakes cupcakes before we even took them out of the box. The cake part was perfect – read – not a crumb left on anyone’s plate – and the frostings were swoon worthy. Sigh.

Ultimately, we decided to watch the theatrical release version of the movie because none of us would watch it if we saw the storybook “Tears Of Joy” ending first. So the Kleenex turned out to be a very good thing to have on hand in the studio!

When guests first arrived, everyone commented on how good it smelled. I credit the tea and the scented candles in the goodie bags, even though we hadn’t lit any of them, yet!

The tables were laid out with vintage tea cups and ladies’ luncheon plates. You can definitely tell the plates are authentic because there is an ashtray molded into each one, so ladies could smoke while enjoying their lunch. Seems outrageous, now, but I imagine these plates were used at fashionable gatherings where the women wore gloves and girdles.

Vintage tea cups laid out on a glass table.

Vintage tea cups and saucers with a teapot my daughter made at Color Me Mine when she was 3.

We sampled the new Kale Caesar Salad from the Corner Bakery, some Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs (which I used to make egg salad sandos with cucumber) and then we tucked into some amazing cupcakes and treats from SusieCakes along with a limited edition tea from Teavana, created especially for Valentine’s Day.

Vintage glass luncheon plates.

The ashtray is in the lower right hand corner of the dish – the empty area next to the punch cup. Click to see the Kale Caesar (under 600 calories when paired with soup from The Corner Bakery’s 100 Combos Under 600 Calories Menu). The dressing is perfection.

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The First Blush Tea from Teavana. The color and flavor of this tea are exquisitely subtle and lovely.

The First Blush Tea features naturally scented Jasmine green tea blended with floral orchid oolong complemented by luscious strawberries, crisp rhubarb and effervescent undertones of bubbly rosé. It arrived in a big box with surprises that we put into goody bags.

Perfect Teamaker from Teavana

Available at Teavana stores and online.

This tea smells amazing! It is lovely and subtle and beautiful, too.  We used the Perfectea maker pictured above. It’s so simple to use and ensures that your tea comes out just right. It’s especially helpful if you’re a lazy tea maker like me. I tend to leave tea to steep too long which results in bitterness that no amount of milk and sugar can remedy.

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Here’s Teavana’s Perfectea Maker in action. So simple. Hot water goes in the top. Tea comes out the bottom.

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So much to taste and talk about!

The tea also came with this Pairing Tip: blend iced First Blush Tea with a glass of champagne for a fun and easy to make Teavana cocktail.

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Thanks to SusieCakes for the perfect assortment of sweets to go with our salty tears.

We knew just about everyone on the guest list would be down with that so we picked up our favorite Brut! This was a big hit and was the perfect complement to our menu. We added a few fresh raspberries and hibiscus flowers in rose syrup to the champagne/tea cocktail as a beautiful blushing garnish. The soft color of the tea makes this a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. Surprisingly, we sweetened the tea slightly with a few crystals of Teavana’s Perfectea Rock Sugar for just the right blend of flavors in the champagne cocktail.

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The egg salad sandwiches were light and mild and layered with leaf lettuce and Persian cucumbers for a new take on traditional crustless tea sandwiches.

So Sunday was like a mini restaurant tour and product Expo! We had a great time together which of course was the point of the whole thing and our guests were encouraged to take pictures and post to Instagram, Facebook or Tweet, Flip, Pin, Kick, etc. to share the fun.

In the EncinoMom Studio.

Here’s a shot of the movie in progress! You can click it to view the trailer.

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One more beauty shot of the sweets.

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You can have an event like this at home with your friends and we can help! We’ve got one copy of the *Tears of Joy Edition of The Best of Me on Blu-ray and DVD to giveaway. Follow the link to enter on Rafflecopter and don’t forget to leave us a comment!

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Vintage teacups in warm soapy water.

Parting shot. When all is said and done, a little hand washing allows for quiet reflection on the friends and festivities of the day. How sweet it is.

SSOTD

Yesterday, my mom and I hosted a tea party with the help of Susie Cakes, Teavanna, and Fox Home Entertainment, who provided pastries, tea, and the movie, The Best of Me. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.

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Let me start by saying that Susie Cakes has THE BEST CUPCAKES. I cannot believe the flavors I put in my mouth all day. All the cupcakes had disappeared within two minutes of being on display. After we all sat around, eating mini sandwiches and sipping on tea, we went into our movie room, where we project movies onto the wall. Anyway, everyone had a blast and at the end of the day I went to pick up Christmas Lights from a house down the street about to be bulldozed. When I brought the lights home, I separated all of them into three strands. I plugged them in and to my surprise, each strand lit up! I took one strand into my room and hung it in between the grid and the mattress of my bunk bed. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of how great it looks. Alright well, see you tomorrow! Goodnight! ❤️👽