Archives for August 2013

Oxford Dictionary new words: guac twerk buzzworthy cake pop and digital detox

The oxford dictionary has added several new words to the dictionary including guac, twerk, buzzworthy, selfie and digital detox.  As a techie, I’m really surprised internet of things was not already included.  As a foodie, I’m so glad that cake pop, street food and guac made it on the list.

Here is the complete list of new words:

apols

A/W

babymoon

balayage

bitcoin

blondie

buzzworthy

BYOD

cake pop

chandelier earring

click and collect

dappy

derp

digital detox

double denim

emoji

fauxhawk

FIL

flatform

FOMO

food baby

geek chic

girl crush

grats

guac

hackerspace

Internet of things

jorts

LDR

me time

MOOC

omnishambles

pear cider

phablet

pixie cut

selfie

space tourism

squee

srsly

street food

TL;DR

twerk

unlike

Question:  What is your favorite new ocford dictionary word?

Five Safe Teen Driving Tips

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Did you know that 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among other teens? I’ve never witnessed anyone I know texting and driving, but if I did, I would tell them it can wait.  Texting and driving can be fatal, but too many people ignore it.

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According to statistics over 100,000 accidents occur every year as a result of texting and driving. When most people hear about the statistics, many ignore the facts because it doesn’t affect them. However, as parents and teens who share the road it is an issue that does affect all of us.

AT&T has partnered with several champions to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving via the It Can Wait  website.  Since the It Can Wait movement was launch in 2009, more than 2 million pledges have been logged via the website, social sites, facebook and events.   The movement has made a difference in saving lives.  The website has a lot of resources to help teen drivers and adults understand the risks of texting and driving.  

Here are 5 steps parents and teens can take to become safer drivers. 

1. Read the stories of real people affected by texting and driving.

2. Watch the videos of people whose lives were changed in an instant.  The people in the videos are not actors.  The incidents described in the videos really happened.  The videos are available in english and spanish.

3. Take the Pledge.    Go to  www.itcanwait.com and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.  

4. Get Involved.  You can also share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.

5. Spread the word.  No text is worth the risk.  Take action to educate others about the risks of texting and driving.  If you are having a hard time sharing your concerns about texting and driving with friends and/or family, share these resources.   It can wait.  

I decided to get involved with this campaign because I want to help educate others about the risks of texting and driving.   If these resources change one life it will make a difference in the safety of everyone around us. I’m looking forward to standing along side you to make a difference in our communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  Did you visit the website and take the pledge? Will you share the resources with people you know?

Los Angeles Food Event: LA Times The Taste

Mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend 2013!  The Los Angeles Times, The Taste Food and Wine event is scheduled for August 30-September 1.  If you are a food enthusiasts, I definitely recommend this event.  The best part about LA Times The Taste is the fact that you can enjoy over 100 food and spirits under one roof.

The event will feature five food events, top celebrity chefs, food columnist, top chefs and local restaurants.  In addition to food, the highly acclaimed event will also feature local bartenders and chefs from Southern California food scene.

I have attended the event and always walk away with a list of many favorite restaurants to visit.   It truly is the best way to taste Los Angeles area cuisine.  If this is your first time, I’d recommend the Field to Fork event which features local area sustainable food tasting, food preparation demonstrations and wine pairing class.   The event is made for foodies and home cooks.

If you want to make it a day trip, I recommend you also purchase a ticket for The Flavors of LA. The evening will feature the areas best cuisines, so you will want to make sure to attend at least two events.   If you are a foodie at heart like myself, I recommend you purchase tickets in advance to all the events you want to attend, book  a local hotel, take UBER  to the event.   The Los Angekes Food and Wine Event of the Year will feature five food events to choose from.  Check the details below for  a complete list of participating restaurants.

I can’t pick one particular event I prefer out of all the events because they are all include tastings from the areas best restaurants.  Tickets for the weekend pass have already sold-out!  Make sure to purchase your tickets so you don’t miss out.

Here are the details:

EVENT HOSTS

Michael Cimarusti, Providence
Sang Yoon, Lukshon
Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza
Matthew Biancaniello, premier mixologist

LOCATION

Paramount Studios

5555 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA

EVENT DETAILS

Opening Night – August 30 – 7:30-11:30pm

Field To Fork – August 31 – 11am-3pm

Flavors of LA – September 1 – 7:30pm-11:30pm

Labor Day Block Party – September 2 – 11am-3pm

Cocktail Confidential – September 2 – 7:30pm-11:30pm

List of restaurants Participating in LA Times – The Taste – Food and Wine event

* My Favorite restaurants from 2012 event

9021PHO
A 1 Cucina Italiana 
A/K/A Bistro
A-frame
American Tea Room
Ammo
Avalon Grille
Ayara Thai
Bibigo
Bistro 45
BLVD 16
Boa Steakhouse
Border Grill 
Bouchon
Brite Spot
Bru Haus
Bulgarini
Burger Lounge
Cakes Suzette
Candela Taco Bar & Lounge
Canele
Carvel 90210
Cast Iron Gourmet
CHAYA Downtown*
Chichen Itza Restaurant
City Tavern
Clementine
Cook’s County 
Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches
Corkbar
Coupa Café
Craft
Creme Caramel LA*
Dolly’s Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy
Factors Deli
Farmshop
Fonuts
Golden Road
Got Kosher?
Gottsui
Haven
Huckleberry Café
Ice Ice Shavie
Juan’s Restaurante*
Katana
Le Comptoir
Lexington Social House
Locanda del Lago
Lukshon
M Cafe
M Street Kitchen
Manhattan Beach Post
Marsatta Fancy Chocolates
Mayura
Meals by Genet
MexiKosher
Milo & Olive Milling Co.
Mohawk Bend
Momed
Mr. Chow
Nonna Of Italy
Oliverio at Avalon Hotel
Ombra
Picca/Mochica
Piccolo Venice
Pinches Tacos*
Pizza Antica
Plan Check
Public School 612
Pure Cheesecakes
Ray’s & Stark Bar
Red Lion
Red O
Rivera
Rocios Moles de Dioses
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Rosa Mexicano
Rosa’s Bella Cucina
Rosebud Cakes, Inc.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
Saffron Spot
Salt’s Cure
Sam’s By the Beach
Schulzie Bread Pudding
Simmzy’s
Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar
STREET
Sunny Spot
Sushi Roku
Sweet Rose Creamery*
Sweets for the Soul
Takami Sushi
Tamarind of London
Tender Greens
The Blvd at Beverly Wilshire Hotel
The Cake Mamas*
The Counter
The Fat Dog
The Glendon Bar & Kitchen
The Grilled Cheese Truck
The Park
The Roger Room
The Spice Table
Tony’s Darts Away
Valerie Confections
Villains Tavern
Vivoli Catering
Waffles de Liege
Whist at Viceroy Hotel
Wood & Vine
Wurstkuche

Question:  Have you attended the Los Angeles Taste Food event?  What featured restaurant are you looking forward to visiting at the Taste?

Ford Trends – Go Further With Ford Conference 2013

I had the opportunity to attend the Further With Ford  ‪#‎FordTrends‬ 2013 Event & Conference in Detroit, Michigan.  Ford brought together 200 of the nations thought leaders, media and influencers to discuss 13 Trends of 2013, focusing on  five key trends: Disrupting the Drive, Greentopia, Returning to Your Senses, Sculpting the Future and Trust Is the New Black.  

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get an insiders look at the Ford culture and innovation.  Ford shared how they bring value and innovation to product design by focusing on the relationship with the consumer and the importance that trust has in the success of a company.  Ford  also gave us a sneak peek to test equipment, partnerships they are working on to improve sustainability and a first hand look at car prototypes of the future. I’m very excited about the way Ford is integrating technology into their product testing & development to make the vehicles of the future almost human-like.  Can you imagine a car of the future sensing your mood and modifying the climate in the car based on it’s interpretations? It’s going to happen!

One of the things I also liked about the Ford Trends conference is that I was able  to reconnect with fellow bloggers and influencers.  Ford Trends conferences provided the forum to learn, network and  partner with fellow bloggers on the test drives and sessions. 

 

Top Five Highlights at Go Further With Ford — Ford Trends 2013 Conference

Visiting the Henry Ford Museum. I was able to learn about Henry Ford’s innovation and legacy.  There are many Ford vehicles, including the Model T and several Presidential cars.  I was also able to sit in the restored Rosa Park’s bus which inaugurated the civil rights movement.  The Ford museum acquired the bus in 2001 after outbidding the Smithsonian Institute with a winning bid of $427, 919.  After doing a little more research, I also learned I sat in Rosa Park’s historic seat.

Meeting Apple Computer CoFounder and Philantropist, Steve Wozniak,  was definitely a lifetime highlight for me.  As an Engineer, I have always admired his innovation.  Steve Wozniak is credited for being the main designer of the first Apple computers. Steve Wozniak also intrigued us with his input on how technology is being integrated into the cars of the future.

We also toured the city of Detroit and participated in various Ford car test driving expeditions and had the opportunity to preview the Ford concept Atlas truck.  The car is futuristic and perfect for a man that loves big trucks with a little edge.  I learned to drive the Fusion Energi efficiently and also tested tried to drive the Ford Fusion around the track in 40 seconds.  I definitely would recommend the Fusion Energi to drivers that are looking for an earth friendly economical vehicle.

 

We celebrated the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang, my favorite Ford vehicle! Happy Birthday Mustang.  Wishing you another 50 years of success! Ford launched a cool Youtube channel to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Mustang. Watch the Ford Mustang countdown on Youtube by clicking the link.

 

The most memorable part of the conference were the speakers. One of my favorite presentations was the Returning to Your Senses session by Google’s Jenny Lyyken and her discussion on personal choices that attribute to our health, happiness and work balance.  It definitely left a big impression on me and was a great reminder to be a compassionate leader in the workplace.

 

The 13 Trends to follow in 2013 video presentations are also available on Youtube.  If you have the time, I would recommend you watch them or at  least one presentation.

Question:   What was your favorite session at the Ford Trends conference?  What was your biggest takeaway from your favorite session.

Villa Metro Community Grand Opening

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Do you enjoy touring model homes?  I certainly do!  The New Home Company, Villa Metro is a new community of 315 homes featuring contemporary Mediterranean-inspired architecture and sustainable building practices.  The small-town vibe master planned community is located in Santa Clarita Valley and has several amenities including parks, 30 miles of walking trails, recreational gym facilities and easy access to Southern California’s regional rail network, Metrolink.  

Buying a home to raise a family is one of the most important decisions a couple makes.  Villa Metro provides several home buying options to help young families make home buying decisions to meet their family needs.  In addition to the 9 model homes, the community features top notch schools, access to shopping on Main Street, a family friendly pool and tot lot.   Picture your family playing in the park, swimming at the pool, or hiking the walking trails. 

 

Join us on Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., as we celebrate and showcase the model community in true Southern California fashion – with food, fun, giveaways and prizes.  Tour  the 9 model homes and see if a  home suits your family needs.   In addition to model home tours, the mediterranean street fair will feature live music, face painting, kids crafts and many Greek-inspired bites and refreshments.  There will also be several giveaway! I’m looking forward to celebrating the addition of this community under the sun.

So come on out and bring the kids and experience what life feels like in #Awesometown.

When:

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Where:

21853 Soledad Canyon Rd. Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Directions:

To get to the street festival Exit 1-5 at Valencia Boulevard and continue onto Soledad Canyon Road until you make a left on Prima Way. Follow the signage to the recreation center and model homes.

For additional information:

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/VALENCIAcalifornia

Twitter:

@ValenciaSoCal #VillaMetro #Awesometown

 

 

Question:  What is the most important feature you look for when  buying a home? 

 

Californian Millennials Love The Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta 2014 is a cute little car packed with lots of fun for the young at heart.  Millennials are beginning to enter the market choosing the Fiesta 30% more over the competition.  California seems to love this line of vehicles as well, selecting it 22% more times among the Scion, Fit, Yaris, and Versa.  Available at 41mpg highway fuel efficiency, it makes sense why millennials in California are drawn to the Ford Fiesta.

Earlier in the week I met this colorful bunch at the Ford event in Santa Monica.  We drove up the scenic beachside Pacific Coast highway looping around the curvaceous Mulholland Drive.  The technology in the 2014 vehicle has been simplified from later versions making it friendlier to all users.  It wasn’t dark enough for me to enjoy the ambient lighting, but I heard it’s an attractive feature.  Music lovers would appreciate the 8 speakers that surround the interior of this small car.  Thank goodness for My Key technology — parents can cap the volume level!

If you are planning on purchasing a car for your millennial, I would encourage you to test drive the Ford Fiesta.  Its compact size makes it easier to get around town without “elbowing” through traffic and narrow parking lots, which is ideal for new drivers.  Plus, it has a friendly sticker price!  Now what’s not to love about that?

 

*Disclaimer:  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information referenced is based on Ford’s website and notes from the Ford event in Santa Monica.

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