Archives for July 2013

How To Create Perfect Posts On Social Platforms [infographic]

A great Infographic that details the perfect way to create posts for social media platforms and maximize your efforts in the Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Facebook.  This is a great cheet sheet!

 

 

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Disclosure: This is part of a supported campaign with Chef Merito.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Over the years I’ve inherited many recipes from my mom and tias.   My all time favorite recipe, next to my moms  tamales are my tias enchiladas. As a child I would watch my aunt make her spicy red enchiladas and vowed to make them just like her some day.   I was so enamored with her recipe I asked her to make her special enchiladas for our engagement dinner.  It ended up being a huge event with a cooking lesson and  her enchiladas served as our reward.   My auntie makes her recipe real spicy with hot red chiles.  As I got older, I learned the recipe and modified it with a mild red chili sauce instead of a spicy sauce.   I also experimented with green chiles and white sauce enchiladas.

I recently discovered Chef Merito seasons.   Chef Merito is the official season of the Los Angeles Dodgers and has created  spices to season chicken, carne asada or grilled chicken.   One thing I also love about the products is that it makes cooking easy.  Each Chef Merito recipe such as its carne asada seasoning, adobo marinade and achiote paste was personally created in the kitchen of Plinio Garcia Sr. The company is now run by a two generations of the Garcia family members.   They also have authentic mexican marinades in a bottle to save a lot of time with the preparation.  My favorite seasoning is the Chicken seasoning because it makes poultry taste good and adds a great flavor to seasoned grilled chicken.  It also helped me prepared this easy Enchilada recipe in less than 30 minutes! 

Can’t wait to try Chef Meritos seasoning to all my other favorite mexican recipes.  The possibilities are endless.

Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Ingredients

1 Chicken breast
2 Tomatoes
1/2 Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
8 Corn tortillas
2 Tablespoons of oil
2 Teaspoons Chef Merito® Chicken Bouillon
2 cups of Water
1/2 Pound of Shredded Cotija Cheese
1/4 Pound of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Pound of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Pound of Sour Cream
4 Tablespoons of Chef Merito® Adobo Costillas Norteñas

 

Preparation

Sprinkle chicken breast with 2tsp. Chef Merito® Chicken Bouillon Boil chicken in a pot with enough water to cover the breast. Until fully cooked. Once it is cooked and cool, shred the chicken breast.

In a blender mix: 2 tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 2 garlic cloves, along with 4 tbsp. Chef Merito® Adobo Costillas Norteñas in 2 cups of water and blend.

In a separate pot add the 2 tbsp. of oil, add the sauce and cook until it starts boiling (simmer 20 minute).

Place sauce in a dish and dip the tortillas one at a time. In a separate dish, stuff tortillas with the shredded chicken; fold in half or as a “taquito”.

Pour the sauce on top of the “taquitos” and drench to taste.

Add cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Place in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Cool.

Add cream, cotija cheese to taste.

 

For additional recipes and tips, visit Chef Meritos website at www.ChefMerito.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chefmerito  or Twitter at www.twitter.com/chefmerito.

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Ford EcoBoost Challenge in Pasadena, California

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#Ford Escape #ecoboostchallenge #pasadena via catalinainla

Have a need for speed?  I got my fix the other day during the Ford EcoBoost Challenge at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  It was part of their 13-city tour across the nation where Ford challenges drivers to put their cars up to the test with their competitors.  Bold move Ford.

Since I don’t know how to drive a manual transmission, I took 2 loops around the Performance Academy Track in a Focus ST with a professional racecar driver.  Can you say, WAHOOOO?!!!  (By the way, thanks for the new hairdo.)  I fell in-love with this spunky little car for its smooth comfortable ride and great torque.  The Focus ST took command of the road as we sped along the track, hugging each corner tightly with ease.  I was equally impressed with its ability to pick-up speed.  This engineering comes from the 2.0L EcoBoost engine paired with a 270lb peak torque and 252 horsepower.

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#Ford #ecoboostchallenge #pasadena via catalinainla

Following the Focus ST thrill ride, I smoothed my hair down while strolling over to the EcoBoost Challenge.  All four cars I drove in this round were automatic, so I drove myself.  First off was the Honda CR-V, which was okay.  It struggled to wrap the corners and it had a sluggish acceleration.  Then I slipped into the 2014 Escape – it was without a doubt a much better ride.  Again I noted similar results when driving the Toyota and comparing it to the 2013 Fusion.  Out of all four cars tested, I enjoyed the 2013 Fusion for its ability to hug cornerners unlike the larger profile vehicles.  Clearly, I love smaller cars – with fabulous torque!

Moving on to the Hypermile Challenge, I sat behind the wheel of the incredibly quiet C-Max Hybrid. Vroom, vroom?  Fuel efficiency is high on my “must have” list.  Unfortunately some hybrids still don’t measure up to the strength that its gas loving counterparts excel in.  As with the other vehicles, the EcoBoost technology is the same in the C-Max Hybrid giving it an added bonus of fuel efficiency with a 47 MPG city/hwy.  Wow!

The Ford EcoBoost Challenge is open to the public for FREE!  All drivers have to do is sign-up, here.  Below is a list of the next Ford EcoBoost Challenge:

• August 17 – New York City, Citi Field
• August 24 – Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway
• September 7 – Atlanta, Turner Field
• September 7 – Dallas, Cowboys Stadium
• September 14 – Orlando, Orange County Convention Center
• September 14 – Houston, Sam Houston Race Park
• September 21 – Miami, Gulfstream Park
• September 21 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Canterbury Park

Put the pedal to the metal and have fun!!

*Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own.  Information referenced is based on Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge event program and website.

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Summer Festival Of Arts Laguna Beach 2013

The 2013 Pageant Celebrates 80 Years of Living Pictures at The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.  The exhibit offers  original paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcraftedwood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.  In order to participate in the event, all eligible artists go through a rigorous selection process.  I had the opportunity to attend the VIP Preview event and was overwhelmed with the amount of original and unique art displayed. One evening is just not enough to explore and appreciate all the art, artists and culture experienced at this event.   The artists were also present and shared the inspiration for their artistic creations.  

Meet Artist Paul. Bond his work: Eleanor Dreams of a Miraculous Rescue #festivalofarts

The Laguna Festival of Arts is a must see arts event in local Orange County.  Consider planning your date in advance and making a day out of it by  arriving early and dining in the local community such as Laguna Culinary Arts or other local restaurants.  If you are a art lover also consider doing some research for upcoming classes or potential purchases to add to your art collection.  

It was my first time attending the event and I am enamored by the celebration, art, culture and community surrounding the event.  

Dates
June 30 through August 31, 2013

Location
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 494-1145

Additional Information 

Hours of Operation 10am-11:30pm 

Details & Special Events

Celebrities, Entertainers & Social Media Influencers React To Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

It’s warm again in our home.  During the spring and summer I’m always looking for creative methods to hydrate and make a lot of use of my  Breville Juice Fountain duo juicer.   Creating homemade juice with natural fruits is one of my favorite pastimes.  I love the taste of strawberries and put them on everything from pancakes, crepes, oatmeal and cereal.   Most recently I started experimenting with strawberry recipes and created a recipe with fresh strawberries and organic lemons.

I used a Breville Juice Fountain duo to make the delicious beverage at home.  I’m in love with this Home Tech gadget!  If you do not have a juicer you can also use a blender to puree the fruit.  For this recipe I will use a blender.

 

Strawberry Lemonade | Agua Fresca de Fresa y Limon

Ingredients

1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice (6 -8 lemons)
6 cups cold water
6 cups ice

Directions

In a saucepan over high heat, mix together water and sugar until sugar dissolves and it becomes a clear syrup. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Place the strawberry into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Place the lemons into a blender. Cover and puree until smooth.  Stir in 6 cups of cold water, the lemon juice and stir.  Add clear syrup. Divide the ice into 12 glasses, and then top with the lemonade. Gently stir before serving.

For lemonade with pulp do not strain lemons and strawberries after blending.  Add club soda to make fizzy lemonade.

Buen Provecho!

 

OC Dining: Tour de​ France Dinners at P​inot Provence​

In honor of the 100th Tour De France, Pinot Provence will be serving a luxurious four-course prix fixe dinner menu on Wednesdays July 10 & July 17 from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Chef Alfonso Ramirez has prepared a sophisticated menu to transport patrons to the countryside of France.

French wine pairings are also available.  Experience Pinot Provence, the ultimate French dining destination in Costa Mesa, for one of the most celebrated sporting events.  

 

The experience is also reasonably priced at $70 for the four-course meal and $100 with wine pairing.

   

MENU

First

Tomato Gazpacho, Dungeness Crab Beignet, Heirloom Tomato, Basil Pistou

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Chateau de St. Martin Rose 2012

Second

Seared Scallops, Parsley Gremolata, Basil Scented Jus

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Domain Cherrier et Fils Sancerre 2011

Third

Roasted Duck Breast, Celery Root Purée, Summer Squash, Duck Liver Jus

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Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas 2011

Fourth

Summer Peach Tartin, Brown Butter Crumble, Lavender Chantilly, Tonka Bean Gelato

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Chateau Grand-Jurga Sauternes 2007

 


Join Us! #Reinvented @Windows​Phone Twitter Party July 9 at 2pmEST

Summer time is a great time to get together with family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and create lasting memories.  After the fourth of July weekend I enjoy looking back at the events of the weekend with my family.    The moments we capture during a summertime celebrations make the best memories.

On Tuesday, July  9 from 2pm EST – 3pm EST (11amPST-12pmPST), we will be joining forces with  Windows Phone and Tap Influence to celebrate summertime and reminisce on the weekend events with our family and friends.

 

 

We will be looking back at our weekend celebrations and sharing how we reinvented our summer.   It’s going to be a huge party! Windows Phone will also be giving away lots of prizes so be sure to attend to qualify for the prizes.

Tweet Chat Details:

What:  #Reinvented @WindowsPhone Twitter Party

When: Tuesday, July  9, 2013 from 2pm-3pmEST (11amPST-12pmEST)

Hashtag: #Reinvented

PRIZES: SIX (6) PRIZES Nokia Lumia 928 Windows® Phone 8.

HOW TO  ENTER TO WIN: Beginning July 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET, @WindowsPhone will tweet six questions. Tweet your answer with the hashtag #reinvented for a chance to win. (You can enter up to six times—once for each question.)

Who to Follow:

 Hosts: @TapInfluence @dragonblogger @eva_smith @techsavvymama @Erica_D_House @ninasay

 Brand: @WindowsPhone

Rules: For the official rules, please click here:  http://sdrv.ms/107kyrg

RSVP:  NO RSVP needed.

 

This is part of a supported campaign with Tap Infleuence and Microsoft Windows Phone.  However, all opinions expressed are my own

New Official Trailer Release for Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn

You are the frist to preview the  New Official Trailer Release for Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn.  I’m looking forward to this movie!

 

 

The movie is about an underachiever who finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

 

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