Tuesday, November 20, 2018

True Food Kitchen Fall Menu Healthy & Delicious

Good Food

MBE was hosted by True Food Kitchen, but opinions are our own

It's been several weeks since my hubbie and I were invited to try the seasonal fall menu at True Food Kitchen, which recently made OpenTable's 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America list. As you'll see in our review, this tried-and-true eatery is really that good. Both of us can't seem to stop talking about how much we enjoyed all the delicious and healthy vegan and vegetarian options we sampled here and can't wait to go back again before this limited edition menu is retired at the end of the season.

True Food Kitchen Seasonal Fall Squash Pizza

Beautiful Food & Ambiance

From start to finish of this tasting experience, we spent three blissful hours on a Sunday afternoon drinking and eating outdoors at the True Food Kitchen El Segundo, California location where you can smell the ocean which is less than a mile away. 

As you can see from the photos throughout this family restaurant review, this was truly an Instagramable culinary adventure overflowing with imaginative and beautifully presented healthy dishes that will appeal to kids and grownups who appreciate good food and a creative range of tastes and ingredients. Speaking of kids, parents will be glad to know there is a mini-me menu of children's foods the kids will love that are actually good for them, too.

True Food Kitchen Brunch

Brunch on Weekends

On weekends, both Saturdays and Sundays, brunch is served until 3 pm, then the restaurant switches over to the regular menu -- both featuring the special fall menu items. Since we arrived shortly before the turn over between meals, my husband and I had to opportunity to try a few things off the brunch menu first. Camille, a student at USC School of Business, served us starting with a Banana Nut Expresso Muffin ($4) and Smashed Avocado Toast with eggs cooked to order ($12). This was followed by an artfully presented fall-inspired Cinnamon Latte ($6) for me and a refreshing tangy and not too sweet Pomegranate Chia Limeade ($5) for my sweetie.

True Food Kitchen Pina Colada

Cocktails & Starters

After a short breather, we went on to sample some seasonal and regular items from the standard menu. We began this stage of the meal by trying two fall limited edition cocktails: a spicy Pomegranate Margarita (organic reposado tequila, apricot, lime, ginger, jalapeno, $13) for the hubs and a Lime & Coconut Colada ($12) which was only 220 calories and elegantly garnished with a pineapple leaf for me.

Farm Fresh Crudite Bucket with Dips

With eight starters on the menu to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down. But, we pushed forward, finally deciding on three dishes for this course including Brussels Sprouts with Chili Threads ($10) from the fall options and Charred Cauliflower ($10), and Farmers Market Crudites with Tzatziki and Black Olive dips ($14) from the year-round selections. 

All the vegetables in these dishes both cooked and raw were divine. But, I was really wowed when the exotic crudites (watermelon radish, broccolini, green cauliflower, multi-colored heirloom carrots, and more) were presented at our table in a galvanized ice bucket -- making it crystal clear to me why this is True Food Kitchen's most photographed menu item. 

Health Food Restaurant Review

Pizzas, Sandwiches, Entrees & More

Moving on to the main part of our dining experience we were again confronted with many more options than we could imagine actually eating. So we opted to try the filling and lovely looking Butternut Squash Pizza ($16) which was bejeweled with dried cranberries, along with organic kale, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, sage, and vegan almond ricotta "cheese."

In the sandwich category, I just couldn't resist ordering the  T.L.T. Sandwich ($13) which I last had here over the summer and is thankfully available year-round. This popular vegan sandwich is presented highly stacked on my favorite Dave's Killer Multi-seed Bread. It features tempeh smoked "bacon," butter lettuce, tomato, avocado, and vegan mayonnaise, served with your choice of kale salad with lemon vinaigrette and/or sweet potato hash.

Grilled Salmon with Ancient Grains

For an entree from the fall offerings lineup, we tried the Grilled Salmon ($24) which is served with caramelized onion farro, quinoa, arugula, roasted beet and cilantro pumpkin seed pesto. The ancient grains were absolutely wonderful so I wasn't surprised when Camille told us this grain blend is very popular with diners. 

We just didn't have room to try all the delicious main courses ranging from dinner sized salads to vegan bowls featuring eclectic flavor combinations. For example, on the fall limited edition menu is the vegan Dashi Ramen Bowl ($15) made with sweet potato glass noodles, grilled portobello and other interesting locally-sourced fresh ingredients.

True Food Kitchen Vegan Squash Pie Dessert

Dessert & Coffee

But, there's always room for dessert and coffee, right? So kindred spirits aren't going to want to miss having a perfect ending to your own dining experience here. By all means, try the vegan Squash Pie ($9) in a graham cracker crust with coconut whipped cream. 

This treat is made with naturally-sweet butternut squash not pumpkin, so it requires less added sugar. Not only is it delicious and healthier, a generous slice clocks in at just 480 calories, making this less fattening than traditional pumpkin pie. The Cappuccino ($4.50), even without the rock sugar it is served with, is a great guilt-free way to enjoy this dessert with some really good coffee.

Healthy Family Restaurant

About True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen, which recently received financial backing from Oprah Winfrey, is based on Dr. Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet. If you ask me, I think Dr. Weil and Oprah are definitely on to something healthy and good tasting that is truly different from other boutique style family-friendly national chain restaurants which reflect their local cultures. Check out the complete fall menu (available till the end of the season) and the year-round selections as well as find the location nearest you by visiting True Food Kitchen's official website. You can also stay up to date on what's new by following the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Nixplay WiFi Cloud Frame Connects Generations

Family Gifts

MBE partnered with Nixplay for this review

Gather Family Together for the Holidays

During the holidays it's particularly difficult to be separated from loved ones who live miles away. If you're looking for the ultimate lifestyle tech gift for the grand parents or great grand parents in your life, I think we've found it. Meet Nixplay Iris, the WiFi Cloud Based Digital Frame which can bring family together virtually from all over the world not only during the holidays but year-round.

Nixplay Iris Cloud Frame Family Gift

How it Works

Unlike digital frames with memory sticks or cards, Grandma and Grandpa don't need any technical skill or even a computer or smart phone to view and enjoy photos on their Nixplay Iris. After one of the younger generation's tech savvy family members sets up the physical frame, all that's required to start enjoying the endless picture show is a power source and WiFi signal, the latter which many assisted living and independent living communities provide for their residents.

Anyone who has access to the compatible cloud-based iOS or Android smartphone app who receives an email invitation from the manager of the frame can send photos to the picture display for the recipients to enjoy. It's worry-free too, since one of the best parts of Nixplay is that, once the physical frame is up and running, children or grandchildren can manage the frame from afar from their own location using the app.

Connecting Generations Through Digital Photos

Grandparent Tested

As my brother Forrest and his wife Tina -- grandparents of two young grandkids living out of state -- explain it, "Nixplay is like seeing a surprise whenever we walk into the room. All we have to do is glance over where the frame now stands and we get to see our grandchildren smiling and having fun. 

"Distance limits our visits," Tina says, "So we're glad Nixplay makes it possible for us to keep in better touch with everyday activities with all the pictures our son and wife send to our frame from their smartphones. Our other grownup sons, including one who lives abroad, have found it equally easy to send photos our way even when they hundreds or thousands of miles away.

"What a surprise it was when we looked over the other day and saw an image of two of our sons with their wives (the couples like many miles apart from each other) smiling as they enjoyed a great weekend get-a-way together. It warms a parent's heart to see our adult children enjoying each other, especially when a fun descriptive caption pops up under the picture to make us laugh or smile." 

Nixplay Gifts for Great Grandma

Perfect for Great Grandparents, Too

This item would make a great gift for grandparents, great-grandparents and especially those who are more housebound. It brings loved ones close, reminding them others care and are always thinking of them. Nixplay helps close the distance gap. Over the holidays and special family times such as birthdays, the frame can also help the viewer feel like a more active participant in all the big celebrations and day-to-day life events of the ones they love.

Simple Setup

1. Connect frame into DC adapter connector
2. Plug USB into power adaptor
3. Plug power adaptor into wall socket
4. Follow screen prompts to connect to WiFi using remote control
5. Visit Nixplay.com to create your account

While your frame can be placed in a portrait or landscape position on a table top, shelf or other level indoor surface, there are many control functions including the light sensor, transition type, transition time, volume, clock, the sleep schedule and even an activity sensor setting that can enhance the viewing experience.  There are multiple albums available in your Nixplay cloud account, too, making it easy to go into your account and save added pictures to photo collections as well as organize and delete photos. Another plus: the frame is capable of connecting to all social platforms to deliver more images.

Choosing the settings button on your remote allows the user to navigate through and easily select multiple transitions, transition time, volume, captions, updates and much more. The Nixplay app can be downloaded and then used to send pictures directly from chosen devices. Loved ones you invite through email will be able to easily set up their own account and send photos directly to the picture frame. 

What's Included in the Box

  • Quick Start Guide
  • DC Connector
  • 3 Power Adapters (US, UK, EU)

To maximize enjoyment of this innovative product be sure to place the frame in a location easily visible to the user. The Nixplay Iris is a great reminder that family is as close as this cloud-based frame, even when kids, grandkids and other loved ones are actually miles away. 

About Nixplay Iris

The Nixplay Iris WiFi Cloud 8" Frame, $199.00, arrives beautifully packaged, ready for gift giving. Equipped with a motion sensor, the frame plays photos in 4:3 High Resolution IPS Display. In addition to the Peach Copper Silk Metal Finish Frame we received for this review, this Nixplay model also comes in several other finishes including Silver and Burnished Bronze to suit a variety of home decorating styles and living situations. The bendable power cable is flexible, providing a stand for frame orientation. Learn more and buy at Nixplay.com. You can also stay in the loop with everything the brand is doing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Nixplay WiFi Frame Family Gift

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Twitter Party Calendar With Prizes Twitter Parties Nov 18 - 24 Multiple Updates Daily

Twitter Parties

Constant Updates, Keep Checking Back + Sneak Peek at Future Weeks

Master Social Media Party  Calendar -  USA & Canada

Now listing Twitter plus Facebook Live, Pinterest, and Instagram parties with prizes, too!

Twitter Party Facebook Live Calendar

Here's how to find parties on Twitter, Facebook Live, Instagram and Pinterest offering great prizes. Get all the details in this free constantly updated Master Party Calendar listing tons of family friendly parties including specifics on prizes you can win and links to RSVP and participate. Includes social media parties in the U.S. and Canada.

A brand new weekly Twitter Party Schedule is published every Sunday at 9 am ET. Check back often each week as new events are added on an ongoing basis -- often with new prize-winning opportunities added several times per day. You'll also get a sneak peek at parties coming up next week and in the month ahead.

Be the first to know when the latest MommyBlogExpert party schedule goes live by subscribing to this blog and following MBE on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Unless indicated otherwise, parties are for U.S. residents only. Parties for Canada residents are highlighted in purple.


Monday, November 19

Hello Kitty Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @audreymcclellan @sentaikids. Prizes: SIX (6) winners, prizes TBA. #HelloKittyFriends Details

Tuesday, November 20

Winner's Tuesday PTPA Facebook Live Party at 10 am ET with Parent Tested Parent Approved. Prizes: TBA. Details

Orb Odditeez Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @orbtoys @thetoyinsider and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) winners get fun toys - see RSVP link for prize descriptions. #ORBOdditeeze RSVP

PH Costa Rica Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @candace_dx. Prizes: Grand Prize is trip for two to Planet Hollywood Costa Rica - Canada residents only eligible for prizes. #PHCostaRica Details

Women of Steel Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @biosteelwomen @shesconnected and others. Prizes: $500 in prizes - Both US + Canada residents eligible to win prizes. #WomenofSteel No RSVP, Details

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TWO (2) winners, see details for prize description. #BibChat Details

Wednesday, November 21

TTPM Live Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @ttpm. Prizes: SEVEN (7) winners, see Details link for prize descriptions - Both US + Canada residents eligible to win prizes. #TTPMlive Details

Friday, November 23

Mobile Living Weekly Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with the Mobile Living team. Prizes: TBA. #MobileLiving More info/RSVP link to be posted here when available


Monday, November 26

Control Your Finances Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @tangerinebank @robintaub. Prizes: $500 in prizes TBA - Canada residents only eligible for prizes. #ControlYourFinances No RSVP, Details

Holiday Games Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @las930 @swtsthrnsavings. Prizes: $860 in prizes - see RSVP link for details. #HolidayGames RSVP

Wednesday, November 28

TTPM Live Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @ttpm. Prizes: SEVEN (7) winners, see Details link for prize descriptions - Both US + Canada residents eligible to win prizes. #TTPMlive Details

Friday, November 30

Mobile Living Weekly Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with the Mobile Living team. Prizes: TBA. #MobileLiving More info/RSVP link to be posted here when available



About this Weekly Twitter Party List
Compiled by MommyBlogExpert.com, Master Twitter Party Calendar is the most comprehensive, constantly updated resource of its kind online. However keep in mind that each party is run by a different brand and/or hosts and MommyBlogExpert, unless specified otherwise, is not responsible for any dealings readers have with these events including, but not limited to, prizing of any party on the calendar.

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