Two Cheers For Date Night at Savannah Chop House!

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

photo credit: Savannah Chop House

Last Thursday, my husband and I were invited by the Gigasavvy Social Media Club to wine and dine at Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California.  I had heard great things about this contemporary American restaurant, but had yet to experience it first hand.  Plus it was also the chance to spend quality time with my husband without the kids.  We were in for a wonderful treat!

Savannah Chop House is best known for serving American regional cooking that features an extensive variety of steaks, chops, seafood and Southern specialties.  Recently, they hired Executive Chef Chris Tzorin for his progressive culinary techniques to create unique and creative dishes for the chop house.

Chef Tzorin has more than 12 years of experience in professional culinary arts and extensive knowledge of Orange County’s restaurant scenes.  From working in the kitchen alongside his dad to attending the Art Institute of California in Orange County, Chef Tzorin brings a fresh face and menu to Savannah Chop House.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

For the Gigasavvy Social Media Club, Chef Tzorin created a “Date Night” menu.

The waiters started off the evening by serving us appetizers consisting of Smoked Salmon on a Toasted Point, Bruschetta and Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp.  Bon Appetite!

Then we dove right into the first course!  Tempura Stuffed Zuccini made with Herb Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomatoes, Baby Mixed Greens and Ponzu.  Since I personally love Japanese tempura, the Tempura Stuffed Zuccini was right up my alley.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

After the first course, my husband and I sampled two of Savannah Chop House’s most popular salads.  I selected the Caesar Salad served with Croutons, Fried Capers, Parmesan and House Caesar Dressing.  The Fried Capers were a nice addition to the classic salad.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

My husband enjoyed Savannah’s Watermelon Beet Salad made with Mixed Blend, Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese and Herbal Vinaigrette.  He said it was a very refreshing.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

Throughout the evening, we were also served a variety of different cocktails to enjoy.  My personal favorite was the Sangria.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

For the main course, Chef Tzorin prepared a Surf and Turf style entrée.  A Filet Medallion with Shrimp Scampi served with delicious Mashed Potatoes, Brussel sprouts and a Cabernet Reduction.  Perfecto!

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

To top off the evening, Chef Tzorin created two outstanding desserts.  I had the Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake.  I especially savored the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream served alongside it.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

My husband finished off his meal with the Strawberry Short Cake served with Warm Vanilla Cake, Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream.

Two Cheers For Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel, California!

Savannah’s private dining room with a warm ambiance and its own fireplace, creates an intimate setting for couples on date night.  Plus the restaurant has a beautiful 100 seat Sunset Terrace, with fire pit and distant ocean view, that is available for private parties.

To learn more about Savannah Chop House and see their full menu, please visit http://www.savannahchophouse.net/

Happy Date Night!

Jilleen

Exploring the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon!

Exploring the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon with kids!

While on vacation this past summer, my family and I visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.  The city of Astoria has a long and rich history.  It is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.  In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their Expedition here and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop, just south of town.  Astoria also sits alongside the 1,200-mile-long Columbia River.  Hence, how the Columbia River Maritime Museum got its name.

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The Columbia River Maritime Museum was founded in 1962 to preserve the rich maritime heritage of the entire Columbia River region.   The Museum also has the largest collection of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the country.  During our particular visit, we discovered stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world.

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

In the main exhibit hall there are numerous shipping vessels for visitors to observe and walk around on.

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The Museum places a strong emphasis on the fishing industry since Oregon is one of the largest salmon dispensories in the United States.

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

In the past, the means of catching the salmon were many and varied.  Fish wheels were like Ferris wheels that scooped up huge quantities of salmon from the river.  Fish traps were used.  Horses were employed to drag heavy nets to the sands.  Men and horses lived in the middle of the river during the season.

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

Aside from fishing vessels, the Museum has several other nautical exhibits for visitors to enjoy.  I was particularly interested in viewing the United States Coast Guard exhibit and seeing first hand how they rescue people from everyday dangerous situations.  They are true heroes in my book!

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Oregon!

The U.S.S. Shark Cannons was another interesting exhibit to explore.  The two cannons are a specific type called a carronade.  They were part of the 1846 wreck of the USS Shark, a US Navy vessel that ran aground on the Columbia Bar as it attempted to leave the Northwest after touring the territory.

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In the military area, my children also got to sit inside a retired military vessel.  However, pushing the buttons was the best part!

The Columbia River Nautical Museum Review in Astoria, Oregon!

The cost to visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum is $12 for adults / $10 for seniors (65+) and $5 for children 5 and under.

Field trips are also offered year round for K–12 school groups.  From docent-led tours of the Museum and the Lightship Columbia, to hands-on, interactive workshops, the museum is dedicated to encouraging students’ curiosity and appreciation of the maritime history of the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest.  Museum programs are provided FREE of charge for Clatsop County Schools.

The Museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon 97103.   I highly recommend that you give yourself approximately 2 hours to fully experience the Museum.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure:  We visited the museum as a member of the media.  All points of view and opinions are my own.

Smithsonian Magazine’s FREE Museum Day Live on September 26!

 

Sign up for Smithsonian Magazine's FREE Museum Day Live on September 26!  Over 20+ museums in Southern California are participating this year.  Registration is required.

It’s that time of year again for Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 26.

This is a great opportunity for your family to get in FREE to participating venues with a ticket.  My family and I have attended Museum Day Live! several times in the past.  The crowds can be a bit large, but it is worth it because you get FREE admission into some of the normally more expensive museums in Southern California.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket provides FREE admission for two people.  Since I have a family of four, my husband typically registers for one ticket and I register for another one (two tickets will get in four people).  But you need to have separate email addresses to do this.

The Southern California venues participating in this year’s Museum Day Live! are:

Los Angeles Area

  • California Science Center
  • Chinese American Museum
  • Craft and Folk Art Museum
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Los Angeles Maritime Museum
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • The GRAMMY Museum
  • The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum

Orange County

  • Heritage Museum of Orange County
  • OCMA / Orange County Museum of Art
  • Santa Ana Fire Museum

The Inland Empire

  • Orange Empire Railway Museum
  • Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Temecula Valley Museum

San Diego County

  • Creation & Earth History Museum
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Making Music
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  • San Diego History Museum
  • The Adobe Chapel Museum
  • The Martson House Museum & Gardens

Santa Barbara Area

  • Casa Dolores, Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexico
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House

To order tickets for a specific museum in your area for September 26, please visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! website.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.

Register for the FREE Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey Program!

Register for the FREE Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey Program!

Do you have a child interested in learning how to play hockey?  Well, how does FREE sound?

The “Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program” offers first-time hockey players the chance to get on the rink in full hockey equipment for FREE during a four-week session.  Your child will receive instruction on the basics of hockey as well as learn how to skate properly.

Participants in the “Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program” will be provided with an equipment bag, helmet, shin guards, hockey pants, elbow pads, shoulder pads, gloves and a jersey to be fully protected on the rink.  The use of full hockey equipment not only gives participants the feel of what it’s like to be a hockey player, but also enables them to get use to skating, wearing all of the hockey gear.  Equipment sizes are recommended for players under ten years of age.

Register for the FREE Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey Program!

The “Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program” is offered at the following Rinks locations.  Some rinks already have waiting lists.

  • Lakewood ICE (homeschool session available)
  • Westminster ICE
  • Yorba Linda ICE (homeschool session available)
  • Corona Inline
  • Huntington Beach Inline
  • Irvine Inline (homeschool session available)

The Anaheim Ducks are also offering sessions in:

  • San Clemente @ Shoot-2-Score
  • San Diego @ KROC Center
  • Carlsbad @ Icetown Carlsbad

For full details and to register your child, please visit http://ducks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=63987

Adults!  Are are you interested in learning how to play hockey too?  Register for the “Anaheim Ducks Adult Learn to Play” program at http://ducks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=85017.

Go Ducks!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.  Photos copyrighted by the Anaheim Ducks.

Attend Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on October 17 in Orange County!

Attend Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on October 17 in Orange County!

Are bats flying mice or rats?  Do bats live in graveyards?  To find out these answers and more, Cal State Fullerton’s Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary presents its sixth annual Bat Night on SaturdayOctober 17 from 4 pm – 8 pm.

At a Bat Night, a field ecologist whose research focuses on small mammals, will discuss why people should appreciate Southern California’s furry flyers and not fear them.  California is home to 25 bat species, 16 of which live in Orange County, including one of the most common, the Mexican free-tailed bat.

The Bat Interpretive Program will take place at 4:30 pm and 6 p.m. for families and 8:15 p.m. for an adult only program (ages 18+).

The family friendly program also features:

  • crafts and games
  • live animal encounters
  • pumpkin carving ($6)
  • wagon hayrides ($3)
  • face painting ($3)
  • barbecue ($3-$8)

The price to attend Bat Night is $5 adults / $3 for children / 5 and under are FREE.

 

Attend Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on October 17 in Orange County!

photo credit: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Proceeds from the event will benefit Tucker’s K-12 outdoor education program.  Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is 12-acre nonprofit nature preserve operated by the Cal State Fullerton’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  The facility serves as a research center for University students, faculty members and others, and is open to the public to enjoy and learn about the local wildlife and natural habitat.

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road,
 Silverado, 92676.

Event visitors can park for FREE on the corner of Santiago Canyon and Modjeska Canyon roads and take the shuttle bus to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.

For your information about Bat Night, please visit here.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.