Sep 21, 2017

Darius Rucker Hosts New Doc Film Series REEL SOUTH Premiering 10/3 on Link TV

Hootie & The Blowfish’s Darius Rucker Hosts
New Documentary Film Series REEL SOUTH
Premiering Oct. 3 on Link TV

Anthology Series About the American South Explores Alluring and Complicated Region with Diverse Voices and Points of View
(Image of Darius Rucker - Courtesy of NETA)

 Link TV, a national independent public satellite television network, announced today a new documentary film series called REEL SOUTH. The series highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view. REEL SOUTH is hosted by platinum-selling, Grammy®-winning recording artist Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish) who brings together the authentic stories from one of the most unique corners of America. REEL SOUTH premieres Tues., Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV available nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410).

The episodes of REEL SOUTH in October will telecast as follows (subject to change):

Soul City – Tues., Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Learn the story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia – “Soul City” - in the heart of North Carolina’s Klan Country in the 1970s. Founder Floyd B. McKissick and his band of idealists who thought the odds were stacked against them risked it all to build the city of their dreams.

Eat White Dirt – Tues., Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
The film collects and combines the experiences, processes and explanations of people who eat white dirt with information from the scientists who study the phenomenon.

The Exceptionally Extraordinary – Tues., Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
The film highlights the creativity and personal expression linked in the cultural identity and narrative of New Orleans, providing a deeper look into the significance of costuming and the carnival season.

Last Barn Dance – Tues., Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Randy Lewis struggles to save his dairy farm in the piedmont region of North Carolina where dozens of family-owned dairies have disappeared. While keeping the business afloat, Randy also hosts one of the only true old-time barn dances left in the region, keeping the tradition alive and the community that loves it.

Red Wolf Revival – Tues., Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Three decades ago, the nearly-extinct red wolf was reintroduced in North Carolina. While this flagship conservation effort paved the way for reintroducing several other species across the country, today fewer than 100 wild red wolves remain. Learn how their fate hinges on significant biological, political, cultural and economic challenges.

Join the conversation on social media using #ReelSouth

Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent viewer-supported media organization dedicated to providing programs that engage and educate its audiences with unique perspectives and activate them to become involved in the world.  Reaching more than 34 million U.S. satellite households nationally, Link TV (DirecTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410) connects American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations at the forefront of social change and the vibrant cultures of an increasingly global community. Link TV is a service of KCETLink Media Group. For additional information about Link TV productions, web-exclusive content and program schedules, please visit Select programming from Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV and Roku platforms.

Kids to Form First Kid-Run Government in Carlsbad, Kidifornia


"Capital of Carlsbad, Kidifornia" was designed by Visit Carlsbad, the city’s tourism authority, to jump start the conversation on why kids (and their parents) love Carlsbad. Through a series of online promotions, social media activations and special events, Carlsbad will be the first city to officially form a government in Visit California’s Kidifornia including a Mini-Mayor, City Architect, Head of R&D and City Planner. In Carlsbad, kids take charge of their vacations…and the government!

“Capital of Carlsbad, Kidifornia” launches today with a series of activities in participating locations throughout Carlsbad, as well as on social media:

·         CARLSBAD, KIDIFORNIA CABINET: With the approval of their parents, kids are encouraged to form part of the city’s new administration and win fantastic prizes including a stay at West Inn & Suites, trips to LEGOLAND, dinners at Bistro West and Grubby’s, aquatic adventures at Carlsbad Lagoon, and more:
o   Mayor: To run for Mayor, kids will be asked to upload a 1-minute video on social media highlighting why they love the city; one winner will be chosen by Visit Carlsbad to be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia from videos submitted under the #MiniMayorCarlsbad hashtag
o   Head of R&D: Kids will be invited to participate in the “Kids’ Check Out Survey” and share what they love most about the city; one winner will be selected at random to become the Head of Research & Development
o   City Planner: Kids can participate in a social media scavenger hunt and visit Carlsbad kid-friendly locations; one winner will be selected at random to become the City Planner from posts under the #HuntCarlsbad hashtag
o   Architect: Kids can attend the final event to be held at a Carlsbad beach and create their own “sand capitol”; the maker of the winning design will be awarded the title of City Architect
·         PACKAGES & OFFERS: Travelers are invited to enjoy special Kidifornia promotions available from participating hotels and resorts including West Inn & Suites (recently designated Best Family Hotel in California by Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site), Sheraton Carlsbad, Omni La Costa, and Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort, as well as electric bike company Pedego
·         CARLSBAD KID-FRIENDLY ROUTE: Travelers are invited to explore the many kid-friendly activities in the destination including seven miles of pristine beaches, theme parks like LEGOLAND® California Resort and SEA LIFE® aquarium, as well as the Leo Carrillo Ranch & Historic Park, Carlsbad Watersports, So Cal Surf Lessons, the Carlsbad Golf Center, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, the Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad Skate Park, and more

The campaign will conclude on October 21, 2017 with the celebration of a “sand capitol” building contest at a Carlsbad beach where the names of the official kid-cabinet of Carlsbad, Kidifornia will be revealed.

Sep 13, 2017

Costero California Bar + Bistro at Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel Debuts All-New Bistro

Costero California Bar + Bistro at Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel Debuts All-New Bistro and Bar Menu Featuring Globally-Inspired Small Plates
New Executive Chef Collin Smelser reinvents bistro and bar menu.
 Costero California Bar + Bistro, located inside the recently remodeled Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, has debuted an all-new bar and bistro menu featuring classic dishes with an innovative twist. Under the direction of Costero’s new Executive Chef, Collin Smelser, both the bistro and bar menus have been reinvented with new, globally inspired dishes that use locally grown and sourced products.
“We are trying to transform people’s perception of hotel restaurants,” said Chef Smelser. “When people come to dine at Costero or to grab a bite at the bar, we want them to have an elevated experience with gourmet dishes that they wouldn’t expect at a hotel. Instead of overwhelming diners with a huge menu selection, we have taken a different approach by carefully curating an exclusive menu with options that will entice one’s taste buds.”
The bistro menu will include sharable small plates and entrée sized portions, and feature dishes such as Pork Belly and Brussel Sprouts, Mediterranean Blue Mussels, California Bass, Charred Spanish Octopus, and Brandt Farms NY Strip.
For those who prefer a casual setting and are looking for a lite bite, the bar area will feature tapas-style dishes including Fried Dill Pickles, Mary’s Chicken Wings with a choice of Sweet Chili or Ginger Soy and served with Avocado Ranch, Barbacoa Tacos or Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos, and Charred Shishito Peppers.
Costero California Bistro is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Costero California Bar is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. For a full menu or to make a reservation, visit or call 888-627-7104.

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About Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel:Operated by the Pyramid Hotel Group, the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel is conveniently located adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport. It’s situated in close proximity to several favorite Los Angeles attractions, including numerous beaches, shopping centers, and entertainment venues.  A modern 803-room luxury hotel, the property showcases 50,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and event space, an award-winning culinary team with two full-service restaurants and bars, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, full-service business center, and a Sheraton Club with panoramic views of LAX (accessible to SPG members). For more information on Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel visit, follow @sheratonlax on Twitter, and Like Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel on Facebook.

Sep 7, 2017

Grab and Go Whole Food Soup!

Discover Soupure
Whole Food Nutrition on The Go for Busy Lifestyles

Are you always stuck in the office during lunch hour? Looking for ways to eat healthier while on-the-go?

Raise a toast to your health with Soupure -- an innovative brand of flavorful and nutrient packed soups you can enjoy from the office to the carpool lane. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Maria Shriver, Victoria Secret Model Alessandra Ambrosio and more are fans of the brand that makes eating smart easier than ever.

Developed by nutritionists and handcrafted by artisans, these whole food soups are nutrition powerhouses packed full of vitamins, micronutrients and fiber. Fueled by natural superfoods and whole food ingredients, Soupure’s nutrient and fiber rich plant based soups naturally provide an efficient food source which your body can quickly assimilate. The plant fiber and volume mean eating less to get more.  As a bonus, studies show on average, consumers who ate a low calorie soup, like Soupure’s, with their meal ended up eating 20% less calories overall.

Why Soupure?

  • Uses over 100 Whole Food Ingredients
  • Fiber-rich to fill you up while consuming 20% less
  • Made with Organic ingredients
  • Dairy-Free
  • Preservative-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Responsibly Sourced

Get ready for Soup season and dive into the flavors with their seasonal Pumpkin Miso and comforting Japanese Sweet Potato, or take a walk on the wild side with their veggie packed Kale Minestrone and invigorating Spicy Asparagus soups. With  a range of varieties to choose from, Soupure also has raw, cold soup "Southies," Bone Broths and more available on

Ideal for weight loss without the hunger, they also offer solution based programs like 1, 3, and 5 day soup cleanses so you can detox without sacrificing taste or letting your blood sugar spike.

Soupure can be purchased online at, as well as through select natural foods retailers and their retail store in Los Angeles.

Soupure is an up-and-coming whole food  brand of grab and go products that truly believes food is medicine. With this core philosophy guiding every aspect of the brand, their products are designed around a better and easier way to get the most from natural foods and to eat clean.  All in a grab and go bottle packed with colorful superfoods that include everything you need to feel and look great. Their artisanal offerings are created by nutrition experts and culinary artists to showcase the robust flavors of locally grown produce and organic ingredients with flavors that dance on your palate.  The seed of Soupure was born to be bottled.

2017 Mickey’s Halloween Party Ticket Info

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