Category Archives: Food

Get Your Free Haus Dogs in Pasadena on August 26

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To commemorate 6 years of delicious dogs, and recent menu additions of six new draught beers, Fosselman’s premium milkshakes and soft-serve, locals and long-time fans are invited to swing by Dog Haus located at 105 N. Hill Ave in Pasadena, California for a free Haus Dog on Friday, August 26th.

Guests can stop by from 11am-10pm and enjoy from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven hot dog creations featuring signature all beef skinless dogs served up on grilled Hawaiian rolls.

Options will include favorites like:

  • Sooo Cali, with arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado
  • Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup;
  • or the new Free Bird turkey dog, with avocado, ranch, smoked bacon and fresh tomato.


Here’s How to Make Sure No Kid Goes Hungry Today

Today’s Goal:
Serve one million pancakes to make an impact in the lives of hungry children across America.

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At least one in every five children (over sixteen million) across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive.

gia on the move pancakesSo today, Tuesday August 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP restaurants and No Kid Hungry will come together again in the fight against child hood hunger. nationwide will offer a short stack of their world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.

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Participating IHOP Restaurants in the United States

Hansen Natural Soda ‘Takin’ it to the Street – Art’

gia on the move natural foods graffitiOn Friday night, August 12, 2016, Hansens Natural Soda celebrated art and people by partnering with the Mar Vista Art Department in Venice, California with a one-night-only opening of Hansens House designed to bring west coast street art artists, musicians and other adventure seekers together to create one-of-a-kind originality at its one-of-a-kind party.

gia on the move natural foods graffitiWhile we could describe in words just how cool the Pedicab transporters, high-octane sets by Stones Throw Records DJ Peanut Butter Wolf & J-Rocc, party games, pinball, skate boarder giveaways, inspired cuisine by Chef Steven Fretz and California’s own original beverage (since 1935) were, show and tell is so much better!

Five premier L.A. street artists demonstrated once again with breath-taking live-painting murals that ‘All the worlds a canvas stage’ most specifically on the streets of Venice.  And you can see them right now for yourself by visiting the area.

#HansensHouse      #OriginalTaste

Here are the artists:

Apexer –
His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco.

gia on the move natural foods graffitiStarfightera –
Venice-based artist, street artist, photographer, producer and gallerist. She currently owns and operates StarFighter Studios, a gallery and production studio in Venice and California.

MadSteez –
After being born blind in his left eye and given 3hree first names (Mark Paul Deren), MADSTEEZ is a multi-faceted artist/designer based in WEENSV!LLE, CA. Growing up on the outskirts of Washington DC, surrounded by nicknames and the oh so frequent game of biscuit, his HEYD!K sense of humor emerged.

CANLOVE has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and London and they continue to gain global interest and momentum. Their work combines innovation, chaos, process, pain, curiosity, passion, wonder, whimsy and purpose. It fits somewhere within the merging worlds of art, sustainability, community and design.

Wyatt Mills –
Since moving to Los Angeles over two years ago, Mills has exhibited with Project Gallery, Sam Francis Gallery, Superchief Gallery, at Bergamot Station and at Miami Project with Visual Arts Gallery.

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Summer Pops, Pies and Dairy-Free ‘Frozen Paleo’ Treats

gia on the move paleo foodOn Summer days like the ones we’ve had, “I scream, you scream, we all scream,” for something sweet and cold to relieve the heat.

Scream no more except with delight! A new book,  Frozen Paleo: Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Pops, Pies, Granitas, Sorbets, & More  is now on the market with recipes to satisfy cravings and dietary restrictions.

Using whole ingredients like coconut milk, fruit, nuts and chocolate—with no refined sugar, dairy, gluten, or processed ingredients, these recipes are not only perfect for those on a Paleo or “clean eating” diet, but for anyone with a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance, or just someone who wants a better-for-you frozen treat!  And because they’re “do-it-yourself” treats, you’ll also be getting plenty of nutrition in every bite.

With flavors like Maple Caramel, Mint Chip, Key Lime and Chocolate Almond, plus quick-and-easy frozen treats like popsicles, frozen pies, granitas, and more, there is something here for everyone, like this antioxidant-rich recipe below:

Blueberry Pomegranate Popsicles

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2 cups frozen blueberries (240 g)
3 tablespoons raw honey (45 ml), divided
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (10 ml)
¹⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice (240 ml)

1. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan heat the blueberries, 2 tablespoons honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon over medium heat. Cook the mixture and stir occasionally until it begins to thicken and get bubbly. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Pour the blueberry mixture into a food processor or blender and buzz until mixture is smooth.

3. Now pour this mixture into your popsicle molds. Place the molds into the freezer. If you’d like, you can tip the molds on an angle, so that you’ll get blueberry in every bite. Freeze for 2 hours.

4. Add the pomegranate juice and 1 tablespoon honey to a heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until the honey has melted and combined with the juice. You’ll need to stir this a little while the honey is melting. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

5. Pull your popsicles from the freezer and carefully pour pomegranate juice into the molds. Place the popsicles back into the freezer and freeze for
2 hours. Remove the molds from the freezer and insert popsicle sticks. Put the molds back into the freezer and freeze overnight.

Ice CREAM Alert Northridge, California!

gia on the move ice creamThis coming Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, San Francisco Bay-based dessert franchise, CREAM Northridge is celebrating a successful first year by giving away free mini ice cream sandwiches throughout the day.

The mini chocolate chip cookies can be combined with a nearly limitless combination of fresh ice cream and toppings. In addition to ice cream sandwiches, customers will have a chance to win t-shirts, hats and more CREAM products.

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Criss-Croissants and ‘Kids Eat Free’ Are Back at IHOP

gia on the move foodCriss-Croissants®, the 27 layer, waffled pastry are back for a limited time at IHOP and in three new flavors:

  • Salted Caramel and Banana – cool dulce de leche cream and sliced, fresh bananas followed with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce
  • Strawberries and Sweet Cream Cheese – filled with sweet cream cheese and topped with sweet, glazed strawberries
  • Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper – fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh spinach and roasted red peppers topped with white Cheddar and parmesan cheeses and a drizzle of hollandaise

Kids East Free!

The free kid’s meal offer is available every day from 4-10 p.m. through September 25 at participating IHOP restaurants and includes dishes from the “Made for Fun” kid’s menu, including the new Cheesy Cheese Pizza, made from a Criss-Croissant crust and topped with tangy marinara sauce and melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses.

Other kid’s menu favorites to choose from are:

  • the Silver 5 ― five of IHOP’s silver dollar-sized world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes served with a scrambled egg and hickory-smoked bacon
  • and Jr. Chicken and Waffles ― two all-white meat chicken strips paired with two Belgian waffle quarters and served with whipped butter and choice of dipping sauce
*Valid August 1 – September 25, 2016. Receive one free kid’s entrée with the purchase of each adult entrée. Free entrée valid for kids 12 and under on items from the “Made for Fun” kid’s menu, for a limited time at participating locations only. Drinks not included unless otherwise specified. Not valid with any other discounts or coupons. Dine-in only.

#ShuckYeah August 5th is National Oyster Day

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Celebrate the holiday with special invites from these local restaurants

Herringbone Santa Monica
Chef: Jason Witzl (CDC) / Brian Malarkey (Executive Chef)

Brian Malarkey’s oceanside hotspot will offer $1 oysters during lunch, happy hour, and dinner in honor of National Oyster Day. Guests can enjoy them à la carte with a glass of wine or specialty cocktail in the restaurant’s beachy chic lounge, or as an appetizer before indulging in hearty surf & turf selections.

La Bohème
Chef: Leonardo Daniele

In addition to a newly launched menu, the classic West Hollywood restaurant is offering a daily happy hour (Tues. – Sun., 5pm – close) available at the bar an in the lounge. Guests can take advantage of $1 oysters to celebrate the occasion, as well as $3 small bites (think: baked parmigiano fries, flatbreads, truffle mushroom arancini, and more), $5 beers, $6 well drinks, $7 sangria/martinis/margaritas, and $8 prosecco.

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Ivory on Sunset (at Mondrian LA)
Chef: Steve Ledden

Diners who visit one of LA’s most iconic – and stunning – restaurant patios on National Oyster Day can enjoy a ½ dozen bivalves for $21; boozy complements include signature cocktails (with $9 specials from 4 – 6pm), by-the-glass pours from a robust international wine list, and a selection of craft beers.

Owner: Max Marder

On National Oyster Day the popular wine bar will be shucking oysters all night to pair perfectly with glasses of Muscadet. Enjoy varieties like Kumamoto, Shigoku and Kushi in quantities of half dozen all the way up to 4 dozen! A limited menu will also be available that evening featuring items like Jamon Iberico served with tomato toast, Iberico & Butter Sandwich, Mussels, the Marvin Cheeseburger and more!

Ocean Prime
Chef: Geoff Baumberger

On National Oyster Day guests can stop by the Beverly Hills restaurant to enjoy $1 oysters on the patio and lounge bar from 3pm – 11pm. Pair it with their extended happy hour and enjoy $10 glasses of Veuve Cliquot or the $10 specialty cocktail of the day!