Friday, July 3, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen's Next Chapter

New for 2015!

Our family was invited to check out the brand new Next Chapter menu at CPK and were surprised to find the restaurant has been remodeled, as well.

Can you believe I didn't know that the Long Beach Marketplace location has been open for 12 years?  Hmmm...that was around the time Rachel was born, so I was a bit busy then.  :-)

Of course, I had to start with the Strawberry-Lime Margarita.  Very refreshing for the summer, while my sister had the Fresh Strawberry-Mango Cooler.  Yum!


The Spinach Artichoke Dip is a staple and doesn't disappoint and then we were ready for our entrees.

I wanted to try the California Fields Salad with fresh watermelon, strawberries, and field greens.  Surprisingly not too sweet.

George loved the Maine lobster flatbread.

And finally, we had to try the Butter Cake, not new on their menu, but we asked them to add strawberries.  Divine.

George and Rachel had the new S'Mores Pudding, a decadent combination of Belgian chocolate pudding, dark chocolate chunks, double graham cracker and toasted marshmallows. OMG.

The restaurant has been completely remodeled using reclaimed wood and warm colors.  CPK is definitely ready for its Next Chapter!

*Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but the opinions expressed here are my own. -Cindy-

Thursday, July 2, 2015

4th of July!

On the morning of the 4th, join Justin Rudd and his Great American Kids' Bike Parade
10am, registration opens at 9:15am
Enter the beachfront parking lot at the end of Granada Ave.
Free to enter.
The out-and-back, two-mile parade route travels east along the bike path and continues down Bay Shore Avenue to Second Street.  Bring a chair and a cheering section for these youngsters.

Local firework displays begin at 9pm.

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
view from any shoreline in Long Beach or San Pedro

Joint Forces Training Base
11200 Lexington Dr.
Los Alamitos
Gates open at 4pm
Free admission, parking $5cash
Adults must have photo ID, minors w/out ID must be accompanied by parent
Arrive by 7:30pm to gain entry
Enter at Lexington Dr.
Food court, vendor fair, kids fun zone (additional fee), military displays, WW II re-enactment
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged
No alcohol, dogs, fireworks, or motor homes

Party on the Pier
Belmont Pier
Saturday & Sunday
Live music, food court, art show
$10/adult, kids free