I Flipped For It

This post is dedicated to places and things that I flip for because I love something about them. I will list what it is and why I love them. I am not wanting to complain about others but merely to applaud steps I see in the right direction or to express gratitude to others. You can try it for yourself and let me know what you think.

http://www.cachampionsforchange.net is a great website to learn about all kinds of fruits and vegetables. They have them listed by photo and name. When you click on it, you will get information on what to look for when picking it out, what the health benefits are, and suggestions on how to store it and cook it.

Portos in Glendale. This is an amazing success story. Betty Portos and her family run this delicious bakery and cafe. Her parents started with one small store on Brand Blvd. With their hard work and dedication to quality products, Portos has expanded to 2 large stores including a cafe. There are long lines to taste the wonderful treats that come out of the kitchen. Betty has a warm and inviting personality and personally gave my young chefs a tour of the bakery and a special tour of the underground set up that they have for the cake decorators.

Healthy Cheetos at Whole Foods there is a Cheese Puff that looks like Cheetos and has the same crunch with out all the junk in the ingredients list. I love the fact that they are oven baked. They have a low sodium count and is the 365 Brand (that is Whole Foods brand) If you have a child that love cheese puffs give these a try and I’m sure you’ll love them too.

Gluten Free Almond Cracker by Blue Diamond. I found these during my Autism Awareness Guacamole demo. I needed something for the kids to dip into the guacamole that was gluten free. My kids love these. I buy the one that has a hint of sea salt. Remember lower in sodium is better for you.

Dried Unsweetened Unsulfured Mango slices at Trader Joe’s. These are a great snack to keep in your purse, pack in your kids lunch, or take on car rides. I love the fact that they are unsulfured and unsweetened. You need to watch for those words. Although sulfur will keep your dried fruit looking pretty by keeping the colors, it is not healthy for you. Sulfur is a preservative.

The Dish in La Canada is a cozy restaurant that we go to often. Kevin, the owner, and Sasha, the pastry chef, were kind enough to have my cooking class come and get a tour and make a delicious Red Velvet cupcake. Some of the kids’ creations were so perfectly frosted it looked like it should be in the showcase. The Dish is a local favorite and often seen supporting various community events. Kudos to them.

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