Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fun Products to Try: Caramels, Brioche and Rubber Shoes

Occasionally, companies send us their products to try and if we're interested we say yes. Here are three we tried recently that we thought we'd share with you.

Brioche Pasquier - yummy!
Brioche Pasquier sent over five varieties of their brioche. If you're not familiar with it, brioche is a sweet milk bread, and it is so soft and easy to eat (easy to eat more than one piece at a sitting!). So far we've eaten through all the rolls (called Pitch), which came with either chocolate chips or chocolate inside. The kids loved taking these on the go as their breakfast (not much nutritional content but they have no preservatives or transfats). We'll start next on the loaves, which would also make great French toast - though I'm not sure I want to cook it up. This French bakery has baking facilities in Richmond, CA and sells their products at Mollie Stone's, Draeger's, Lunardi's and Oliver's Market.  

Mox shoes sent us a pair of their all-rubber shoes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Coming up: Accessible Park Opens in Palo Alto

Perhaps the nation's most accessible park opens this Saturday in Palo Alto - the Magical Bridge Playground. Built so that people of all abilities can play side-by-side and use every piece of equipment, the park is easy for those in wheelchairs to access, with thought given to how kids with other disabilities (autism and others) could benefit. The park includes what you'd expect - but amplified, including slides, several types of swings, a 2-story wheelchair accessible playhouse, spinning apparatuses, climbing nets, a stage, interactive music experiences and retreat areas.

When: Grand opening is Saturday, April 16 - all day; park is open daily otherwise
Where: Mitchell Park in Palo Alto - 600 East Meadow Road

Coming Up: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck comes to San Jose

In case you missed it at San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival, you can catch the pink Hello Kitty Cafe truck at Santana Row this Sunday, April 19 from 10-7. They'll be by Park Valencia, or just follow the crowd and long line.

The truck is selling Hello Kitty themed treats, like petit fours, doughnuts, macaroons and some non-food items as well. You can see some of the cute offerings on their Instagram account. They're on tour to promote the first mainland Hello Kitty Cafe opening this summer in Orange County. If you go, post a picture on Twitter and tag us @friscokids!
Photo courtesy of Porcupiny/Flickr

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coming Up: Creativity Day at Children's Creativity Museum in SF - free

This Saturday, the Children's Creativity Museum is having their 3rd annual creativity day. The theme is “S.T.E.A.M. Powered Creativity” and they'll feature innovative programs to promote creative thinking in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. You and the kids can meet Bay Area innovators and community partners, and enjoy a variety of activities that nurture creativity through hands-on learning experiences and play.

Who will be there?
-Toca Boca - with an immersive camping experience, Toca Boca will have teepees, Toca Boca characters and iPads with their games to play.
-Direct a stop-motion LEGO® movie with Pley
-Create a video game with Tynker, a company that helps kids learn to program
-Code robots with Wonder Workshop
-Participate in the Egg Drop Challenge with University Games
-Plus a live music concert by Early Childhood Education Specialist Emmy Brockman

What: Creativity Day at Children's Creativity Museum
Where: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco
Cost: free for everyone

Monday, April 13, 2015

Coming Up: Focus Group on Financial Services

Probe Market is doing an opinion research study this Thursday, April 16th from 4-5:30 or 6-7:30. The topic is financial services and it's in downtown San Francisco. They're paying $150 by gift card (personal rant - just pay cash! Don't make people jump through hoops to claim their payment benefit). Rant over.

If you're interested, here's the pre-survey.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Food, Glorious Food!

With winter storms, we've been spending time indoors - yes, watching TV. We should be exercising, but we've been watching shows about FOOD! Here are some to watch on Netflix:

Cupcake Wars: Do you have a baker/decorator in the house? This show's 25 episodes include competitions where they bake themed treats for Weird Al, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Blue Man Group, the Country Music Awards and more.

Chopped: Chefs make creation using regular items.

Man v. Food Collection: There's nothing grosser than seeing how much and what Adam Richman can eat. The kids are glued! There's even an episode from San Jose.

Ramsay's Best Restaurant: This show looks at UK restaurant chefs in different cuisines.

Kitchen Nightmares: One more Ramsay special, this one helps restaurants get back on their feet.

I am a Netflix Stream Team member.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Coming Up: Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale

Chronicle Books is having a warehouse sale, where everything in the store will be 65% off. This is a great time to get teacher and kids' gifts, and stock up on other presents for yourself and others!

They'll have cookbooks, kids' books, lifestyle and home, art/craft/design, photography, travel, pop culture and music titles. And journals and stationery.

Where: Chronicle Books Corporate Headquarters - 680 Second Street, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.