Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Queen Mary

Looking for something awesome to do to cap off the not-so-awesome mess that was 2016? Well then why not jump aboard the legendary Queen Mary and party the night way? Long Beach and the Queen Mary will be hosting an unforgettable NYE celebration on one of the most famous ships around.

The party starts on the 31st at 7pm and will feature a Hollywood themed night with decor inspired by The Godfather, Urban Cowboy, Mambo Kings, Avator and  more. Each ballroom will have a specific theme and decor tied with each movie in order to create multiple NYE experiences in various sections of the ship. If you are looking for a classically themed NYE experience get suited up and hang out in the Godfather room. But if you are looking to get a little wild (and blue) try the Avatar section of the ship.

The night will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks show at midnight and a champagne toast. The event is 21 and over and cost $99 per ticket.  Here is a link to the Queen Mary’s site for more information.



Lakewood Living: Holiday Shopping Tips

What! You haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet? Well, don’t panic (ok, maybe you can panic a little), there’s still a week left to get those last minute gifts. But with online shopping and countless malls in every city, there will be plenty of opportunities to find great deals on presents. Here are a few holiday shopping tips to try.

Dont’ Shop Without a list: the key to holiday shopping is to make a list. Wandering aimlessly through the mall will take up extra time and cause you to waste more money. And to top it off you might end up purchasing gifts you are not happy with, so map everything out in your head before ever stepping foot in a store.  

Use Your Smartphone: download a coupon app or the app from the actual store you’ll be shopping at to find various discounts you wouldn’t get otherwise. You can even shop from an app and then pick up the items in store.

Don’t shop all at once: In a recent study from Yale University researchers found making a purchase triggers a “shopping momentum effect” which is an impulse to buy more items If you’ve ever shopped before, you probably didn’t need a study guide to tell you that. So to save money spread your shopping over two days in order to combat that impulse.

Foodie Heaven: Eat At the Most Popular Spots in Lakewood

Let’s talk about food. We’re already hungry. For those Lakewood restaurants searching for the best and most popular eats in the city, there’s no better person to ask than Lakewood residents themselves. The locals have been raving about two excellent spots according to Yelp reviews, so here is a quick look at two tasty places to eat the next time you go out.

I Luv Sushi

3215 Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone number (562) 421-8917

I love sushi, you love sushi, we all love sushi. I Luv Sushi has 1800 4.5 star reviews and is always one of the busier spots in all of Lakewood. Don’t let the crowds throw you off, however, as you can call ahead, place an order to go, or simply make a reservation.

Adobo Taco Grill

5695 Woodruff Ave
Lakewood, CA 90713
Phone number (562) 866-0608

The Adobo Taco Grill has a 4.5 star rating of nearly 1000 reviews, which means they must be doing something right. The guacamole is said to be amazing and the el pastor tacos just melt in your mouth. But the best part is the price. The tacos are as cheap as $1.50.

Adopt a Family This Holiday Season

The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on gratitude and be thankful for all the amazing things that happen over the course of a year. They are also an wonderful time to give back and help the less fortunate. While there are many wonderful organization that need help in the Southern California area, one great program is the DPSS Adopt a family holiday drive.

Every year the DPSS provides Christmas gifts to low income families in need. The program gives toys, clothes and food during the holidays and helps wonderful families across the Southern California area to have a happy and warm Christmas.

If you are interested in helping out, please head over to the DPSS’ website and fill out a form to adopt a family this holiday season. The charity drive is only possible because of the contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that participate in the Adopt-A-Family Program.

Anthony Leoni



Serve Your Mac & Cheese With a Twist This Thanksgiving

Mac & cheese is a classic Thanksgiving side that sits right next to mash potatoes and stuffing as the go-to food during the holiday. The dish, however, can be a little straightforward and boring at times, so if you are looking to class up your mac & cheese this Thanksgiving, here is a tasty recipe to try.


Kosher salt
12 ounces of gemelli or other twisty shaped pasta
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
Cayenne pepper (pinch)
1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley


For this upscale twist on mac & cheese start by cooking the pasta for about eight minutes. Next melt the butter, add the flour, mustard and cayenne into the saucepan and stir to make a paste. Now whisk in the milks and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let simmer and whisk occasionally for six to seven minutes. Once completed, throw in the cheeses and all but 2 tablespoons of the parmesan. Stir until the mixture is melted.

Next mix together the panko, herbs, 1 tablespoon of butter and the remaining parmesan and microwave for one minute. Drain the pasta, and throw in one tablespoon butter, then mix in the cheese sauce. Season the mac & cheese with some salt and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.



Head Out on a Craft Beer Cruise

If you are a beer love, then do we have the event for you in this week’s blog–the Craft Beer Cruise. The fun starts this Saturday with a cruise ship departing from Long Beach at 6:30pm with a host of craft beers and tasty finger foods. The event is sponsored by local bars and microbreweries and might be a beer lovers dream.

Ticket prices start at $120 for the three hour cruise and includes unlimited craft beer tasting, a souvenir cup and other entertainment. Tacos and other tasty finger foods will also be served on the Catalina King Yacht. The event is expected to be an evening of amazing fun on the water, so check out the link below and purchase your tickets before they sell out. Parking will be $10 and remember to drink responsibly.

1046 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Check in 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Ship sails at 6:30pm & Returns at 9:30pm
Pouring starts at 6:30pm
3 hour cruise along Long Beach Harbor



How To Keep Your Senior Citizen Active in Lakewood

The older you get the more difficult it is to remain active. However, if you live in Lakewood the Burns Community Center continues to be an excellent resources for seniors in the area. The facility host various events throughout the months including things like: a Walking Club, Pickleball games, a Texas Hold Em’ Poker Club, a Tech Talk class. Nifty Yoga-Lite, various Educational Classes and a Diabetes Support Group among other things.

Lisa Litzinger, Director of Recreation and Community Services, mentions on the City’s website that “Staying active physically and mentally are keys to good health and with more and more baby boomers over the age of 50, we are trying to offer interesting activities and programs that are either free or low cost to participants.”


Even though most of you reading this may be younger than 55, these activities can be a great resource for your parents or grand parents. Staying healthy is difficult in older age, so if you have a senior in your life that needs a place to stay motivated, check out the Burns Community Center in Lakewood.


Sign Your Kids Up For Youth Basketball in Lakewood

Youth basketball is here! For those of you with little ones, youth basketball sign ups in the City of Lakewood begin on November 12 – 19 at all local parks. All participants must bring a birth certificate and submit a registration card. Lakewood residents will not be charged a registration fee, but proof of residency will be required.


Non-residents, however, will be charged a $20 registration fee along with the sign up fees. Each team practices twice a week–once during the week and once on Saturday morning beginning on December 5th. Coaches will contact players with practice times and dates. Actual games do not start until January 2017 and the season comes to an end during the beginning of March. The smurf division modifies the rules and places an emphasis on following directions and good sportsmanship.

Here is a bit more information about the sign ups and a link to get started.

Competitive Division: Ages 8-17
Smurf Division: Ages 6-7
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Recreation and Community Services – 562-866-9771 x 2408


Are You Ready For a Halloween Carnival in Lakewood?

The City of Lakewood is known for its Halloween Carnivals and 2016 will be no different. Scheduled on Monday, October 31st, this awesome event is a great alternative to trick or treating and continues to be a safe environment for families and children in the community. The Halloween event is currently scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Lakewood carnival plans to feature fun for the whole family with tasty food, snacks, games, contests, prizes and much more. Everyone attending is encouraged to come in costume, but be sure to skip the scary clown costumes this year (they might get you in trouble).


Events will be held at Lakewood’s four major parks: Biscailuz, Bloomfield, Mayfair, and San Martin parks.There will also be a “haunted house” just scary enough for the little ones to visit. If you are interested in the event use the City’s “Park Finder” at www.lakewoodcity.org/parkfinder to locate a park nearest you.


For more information contact the  Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2408 or visit http://www.lakewoodcity.org/services/recreation/events/halloween_carnivals.asp

3 Simple Yet Awesome Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween is all fun and games–until you have to begin decorating. Putting up decorations is tough, particularly if you are not the artsy type. However, we have a few simple, yet awesome decorating tips to try this year.


Silhouettes: you can use your lamp shades to create an awesome Halloween piece. Cut out spider or bat shapes from construction paper and tape them to the inside of your lamp shade. Once you turn the lights on, you’ll see amazing animal silhouettes.


Ghosts: crumple up a ball of paper and then put tissue paper over it. And hold it all together with a rubber band to create a ghost. You can make a large version with a balloon and trash bag. Now use a marker to draw some eyes and hang your ghost somewhere in your apartment.


Halloween face: if you really want to impress your kids, make a Halloween face above a door in your apartment. Place large eyes above the doorway and use the top of the frame as a mouth and put some teeth under it.