Farm Burger, Atlanta

Farm Burger, Atlanta raisedbyculture.com

Farm Burger, Atlanta raisedbyculture.com

I have a list of different types of restaurants I want to try when I travel.  The top three specs right now are local fare, farm to table or gastropub.  Blogging just made me fancy like that.  I don’t usually get a chance to eat at three different restaurants but sometimes you hit the jackpot and one restaurant like Farm Burger hits all the checkmarks.  If you are a first timer like me and the group I was with, staring at the huge menu boards behind the counter won’t help.  Grab yourself a paper menu and plot your meal choices before stepping up to order.  There are daily specials but I’m a fan of the build your own burger trend.  Never have I seen pork belly, oxtail marmalade or roasted bone marrow as an option.  I knew Farm Burger would be good.  Their staff was even better.  When in Atlanta, go.
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Duke Is Going Evenflo Platinum Too

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#EvenfloPlatinum raisedbyculture.com
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It’s been about a week since I shared how Omie went platinum with Evenflo.  A crazy busy week at that.  Driving around from shop to shop preparing for an event I was hosting, attending a local event, going to my own event, attending another local event with everyday driving… but it was all good!  Crying and whining was at a minimum!  My favorite is getting Omie in his car seat and him falling asleep a few minutes later.  The minute that magic moment happens, I want to go everywhere!  The real adventure is getting a sleeping baby out of a car seat and successfully putting him back in.  I have happened to master it now with the Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat.  I got this down and start chanting and cheering “Don’t wake the sleeping baby!”  Not only am I happy but my kid isn’t cranky.  Hallelujah for peace on our outings.

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Superb App: Experience Cool Places Together

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#dosuperb raisedbyculture.comI was invited to dinner a couple weeks ago to check out a cool new app called Superb – created by the founders of GrubWithUs.  I’m gonna go ahead and say it, the appeal to me of Superb was that it looked like Instagram (Rachael of glassofwin.com also attended dinner and brought up an interesting question about Instagram, read her post here) and Foursquare had a baby.  A very cool baby at that.  The new social networking app lets you share your favorite spots, browse places others find exciting and connects you with your friends that share a mutual desire to go out and experience these places.   I only peeked at Superb over dinner so this is not a review but rather an announcement about the launch today which is available worldwide in the App Store.  It is currently only available on iOS and I’m an Android user.  I did pester co-founder Daishin Sugano over dinner about getting it out on Android because I can see myself using the app daily.  Especially when I travel.  Superb is hip, looks clean and is simple.  I have a feeling this is going to take social networking to that next level – I need it now!

Check out pictures from the #dosuperb dinner at Picca Peru in Los Angeles!

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Knott’s Berry Bloom Signals Start of Spring

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Yay It is officially Spring!  The very loud birds chirping outside my window signaled that the first day of Spring.  (I have a feeling they were just waiting!)  Another signal and a new seasonal favorite, in it’s second year is Knott’s Berry Bloom!  Last year, the Search for the Easter Beagle was a huge hit with Duke and he’s excited for the Easter Beagle’s ENORMOUS Egg Hunt – there will be five interactive locations (that will also be prize locations – but shhh don’t tell the kids) and at the end of the path, a grand finale meet and greet with Snoopy!

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LAX Parking With The Parking Spot

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Disclosure: We partnered with The Parking Spot.  All thoughts are my own.

Traveling with a family can be stressful so I really look into simplifying everything.  To start off, we always use airport parking.  It’s just easier for our family – what if we forgot something and had to return home?  You really can’t do that if you use a shuttle.  Plus that can be more costly and time consuming.  I was bummed to find out that the airport parking lot we’ve used for the past 5 years was bought by a competitor and after reading reviews, found out it now sucked.  I started asking around and The Parking Spot came highly recommended, mainly by my friend and LA Kings fan Chris.  I had definitely heard about them before and saw the shuttles around LAX.

LAX Parking is as easy as it comes with the Parking Spot.  Their parking structure on Century Blvd. is easy to spot – it is right on the corner of Century and Bellanca.  We pulled in at around 6am, grabbed a ticket from the machine, my husband Chris pulled up to valet (but we didn’t use valet) so we could unload and then went to find a parking space.  While we were waiting for my husband to meet us, we saw two shuttles pick up and were able to catch the third one.  I was impressed!  Our driver was friendly and it took less than 10 minutes to get from the lot to our terminal.

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Fourteen Candles At Medieval Times, Buena Park

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My boy with the light eyes, long hair and crazy sense of humor turned 14 on Sunday.  He is a little more mellow than our oldest and the littles so I really wanted to do something special for him to show that mama adores him.   Even though he is fourteen, he is still my baby.  He is the only one that tells me he loves me still (without me saying it first), the one always walking at my side and holding my hand just because.  I love it.  The surprise?  Dinner at Medieval Times.

On his Birthday morning, I was traveling home from Arkansas, barely slept two hours before my flight and my time was all out of wack so I didn’t text him “Happy Birthday” when he woke up that morning.  My husband picked me up from the airport and when I walked in the door I rushed to him, smothered him with hugs, kisses and happy birthdays.  Dinner wasn’t until 4:30pm so we hung out at Knott’s Berry Farm for a few hours and while we were there, I absentmindedly blurted out, “We still have a couple hours till Medieval Times“.  My 16 year old and 7 year old were shocked – I ruined the surprise!  What a fail!  But you know what… Medieval Times totally saved the day.  The dinner and tournament was AMAZING.  We all cheered for the Red & Yellow Knight and booed at the other Knights.  We ate without utensils, licked our fingers and watched swords spark!  It was a great time and the perfect way to celebrate my son Damien!
Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our ALL-NEW SHOW. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before.  As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty.

Hang on to your helmet. The show is about to begin.
After you check-in you make your way to The Court of Flags door.  (Doors open at 4:45pm for the 6pm show – we got there early so got to check out the action)

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The Lord Chancellor opens the door and introduces Don Carlos The King and his daughter Princess Catalina.  Our littlest Omar caught their attention by giving them a funny look!

Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA

After they greet you, you get colored crowns which signifies your section.  We got the Red & Yellow Knight!  And then you take a picture with the King.

Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA

You go through the courtyard and enter another hall (I forgot to catch the name) where you can order drinks, buy souvenirs, look at the horses and pay for a show announcement.

Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA
Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA
Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA
Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA
Medieval Times - Buena Park, CA

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The New Children’s Museum – San Diego, CA

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We recently went on a last minute staycation to our favorite city, San Diego!  One of our must-see stops:  The New Children’s Museum!  The reason why I wanted to visit is because they commission art pieces directly from leading contemporary artists and their themes are designed to help visitors think, play and create!  Trash is the current exhibition and the mission is to change how we see trash, and changing perspective starts by asking more questions.

How do we decide what is trash?
How does your trash impact the lives of others?
How can we imagine new possibilities, and a new future for our trash?

The New Children's Museum
Duke jumped right in and started exploring.  We all wanted to venture off on our own though!  There were so many things to look at and so many things to do.
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
My husband and I were so excited to see Vik Muniz as one of the artists.  We watched a documentary called, “Waste Land” about his work.
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
The New Children's Museum
This post is heavy on the pictures… there is more

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This Is Our LA #LoveThisCity

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There are a million ways to do Los Angeles and having lived in Southern California for over 26 years, I hate to admit that there are still things I haven’t seen, done or ate yet!  That is the beauty of this city, everyone has a different, priceless version!  There is always an adventure, I love this city!

Family and friends from out of state have visited California over the years and we always play tour guide.  We love playing tour guide, I think we’re awesome at it.  One of our ways to do LA and my favorite is our traditional Sunday Funday – we start off at the Hollywood Farmers Market, order lunch from one of the many vendors, grab a spot on a community table and just enjoy the beauty in the food and people.  Checking out music, sampling fruits and getting fresh squeezed orange juice are other farmers market musts.  Sometimes we peek in at the shops at Space 15 Twenty which is right next to the market.  There’s an Urban Outfitters and one Sunday Funday we saw Mr. Brainwash looking at a pair of Adidas.  Random, right?  Next door is Hennessey + Ingalls – an incredible bookstore with amazing titles.  Across the street is Amoeba Music, one of the last standing music stores!  One afternoon we lucked out and watched Peanut Butter Wolf spin a live set.  The area is also known for Nike Montalbán, Iguana Vintage, The Pantages Theatre, W Hollywood, Katsuya.

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