It’s been over a year since our family has lasted dined at Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza. Since we all decided to go vegetarian last summer, we have narrowed down our eating out options to our favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants. We used to enjoy the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung. Those soup dumplings are all the rage. You can watch the dumplings being made fresh by their staff though a viewing window. It looks like a clean room with laboratory technicians in their white coats making the dumplings. We used to get so excited when the servers were heading towards our table circular bamboo trays in hand, with the steam rising out. Those little morsels were our favorite… until we gave up meat. Needless to say, we haven’t eaten there since. Until…. we had show to attend recently at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center across the street. Whenever we were in that area, Din Tai Fung was our stop. Hmmm. “What if we had dinner at Din Tai Fung before the show?” We hoped that there would be vegetarian options there, and we were so happy that Din Tai Fung did not disappoint!

Vegetarian Options at Din Tai Fung South Coast Plaza #MeatlessMonday

We started with the Fried Vegetarian Noodles – tasty!

Vegetarian Options at Din Tai Fung South Coast Plaza #MeatlessMonday

Vegetarian Dumplings – If you know the scrumptiously soft texture of Din Tai Fung’s fresh-made soup dumplings, then you will find the Vegetarian Dumplings to be just as satisfying! 

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NAMM Show 2018 – NAMM aka music makers mecca, is an annual music convention held at the Anaheim Convention Center held every year. This year it was held on January 25-28 and was even bigger than last year. Tons of exhibitors were there, representing products from more than 7,000 brands.

NAMM Show 2018

(NAMM = National Association of Music Merchants)

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We recently enjoyed a San Diego Gaslamp Getaway. It’s our go-to weekend staycay spot! We stayed at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, which is conveniently located next to the Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Center. A hotel next to a mall? This made our teenager so happy! I love that San Diego is less than a 2 hour drive away from our home in Irvine. Just a quick road trip and we’re in a totally different and fun place.

gaslamp San Diego Westin

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Fitness Goals for 2018 at Racquet Club of Irvine

Happy New Year!!!! Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018! As we reflect on all the highlights of this past year, we also think about what kinds of things to expect for the New Year. Fitness goals, financial goals, vacation goals, career goals, education goals, all kinds of goals….

One of the most popular New Year’s goals is fitness. How can we achieve this? Daily exercise is key. Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, participating in sports or dance class… anything fun that keeps you moving! There are many options to live an active lifestyle. Most people join a gym. The thing is, you have to actually GO to the gym. Ha ha! Motivation is what will get you out of the house and doing something active. 

22 hard courts at Racquet Club Irvine

We recently came across an opportunity to check out the Racquet Club of Irvine. It’s more than just a tennis club. Not only are the tennis offerings a plenty, there’s racquetball courts, a fitness center, swimming pool and locker rooms with dry and wet saunas and massage services available. The restaurant, Top Spin Bar and Grill  provides a variety of food options, drinks, and even smoothies. View Post

Recently we discovered a very promising brand new smartphone accessory company in Irvine, CA called Vibes Audio. They had us at vibration-powered detachable bluetooth speakers for iPhone. Intriguing. But that was just the start. You see, they created a line of new modular smartphone accessories that are swappable and shareable. They call this new line up the ROXON Modular Smarphone System. Named after the CEO’s dog Rox Von Wilder? (see about us page on company website). Probably. Whatever the source for this name we think the name is fitting — these things really do ROCK. 

Check out our unboxing and review video with all the fun ways we used Vibes Audio’s products!

The ROXON system consists of their BASEROX modular phone case for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones and some really cool snap-on accessories. They have an impressive product roadmap (Stay tuned for future posts). Two accessories we had the great fortune of reviewing is the VIBROX Sound Engine and the VOLTROX Power Bank. What are these delightful techie gadgets? For us, it’s a new way to enjoy your music on the fly and charge your phone in those moments when really need some juice. 

Before we get to the GIVEAWAY, here are some details about these exciting new products starting with what could be the most bad-ass smartphone speaker ever created:

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