Mission Viejo offering cake decorating class on Sunday, 11/7/10

Cake decoratingYep, the City’s at its sweet self again, this time offering a Holiday cake decorating class like a seasoned Cake Boss.  Participants will learn how to decorate a cake with roses, leaves, floral sprays, grapes, borders, clowns, stars and more.  The class is great for people looking to have fun or for those pursuing a career in professional cake decorating.

When:              12:30 to 4:00 p.m., Sun, 11/7/10

Where:             Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way

Bring:               3 X 8 round Duncan Hines white cake on a 10” cake board

Cost is $59 per person plus a $30 lab fee payable to the instructor. The fee covers the cost of the material kit, which includes basic tips, flower nail, practice board, decorating bags, icing and more.

To register online, visit eConnect.cityofmissionviejo.org and reference course #2076 for the cake decorating class.

For more information, call 949-470-3062.

Hand & Stone, A Massage & Facial Spa coming to Lake Mission Viejo shopping center

Yes!  Finally, a new business opening in the half vacant shopping center at Marguerite Pkwy and Vista Del Lago where Peppino’s and Tortilla Flats are located.  Looking at their website, it’s not clear if their regular price for a massage will be $39.95 and their Signature Facial, $49.95  or just the first visit.  Both are good prices but there’s a footnote that prices at some locations can vary.  It’s a franchise. Waxing services will also be available.

Address:  27722 Vista Del Lago A3,A4, A5, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 (in the same location as the previous 1940’s style women’s clothing store, and before that, the coffee/muffin/bagel cafe).

Let’s wish them well.

The Meat House is opening soon in Mission Viejo

The Meat StoreThey call themselves the modern revival of the neighborhood butcher-only better, offering a wide selection of expertly butchered premium beef, poultry, veal, lamb, and pork, their legendary marinades, fine cheeses, fresh produce, artisan breads, prepared side dishes, Boar’s Head Deli products, delectable desserts and pastries, and my personal favorite, prepared foods.

Not all their locations carry wine, and it’s not clear if Mission Viejo will, but if so, they carry over 200 varieties from around the world, which are hand selected by The Meat House’s Certified Wine Educator.

They’ll be located in the Gateway Shopping Center at Alicia Pkwy & Jeronimo, across the driveway from Saddleback Urgent Care.  Telephone: (949) 548-6328

Website:  http://www.themeathouse.com

Trick-or-Treating idea-Stop in at Frapy’s Yogurt

They have candy to pass out and kids 10 and younger can have a small free cup of frozen yogurt. Try the pumpkin flavor!   Older than that? 20% off.   If you haven’t tried their Chocolate Kiss flavor – you’re in for a treat (without the trick).  Ask for a sample first if you don’t trust me!

FRAPYS – Mission Viejo
24001 Via Fabricante (off Alicia, just west of Jeronimo), #1004
(949) 215-3100

Open daily
11 am to 11 pm

FRAPYS – Lake Forest, 23600 Rockfield Blvd., (next to Buffalo Wild Wings). They won’t be open on Halloween (Sunday), but the 20% off applies for anyone on Saturday. (949) 462-940011 am to 10 pm Mon-Saturday.

A cold sore’s early warning symptom can fill you with dread like nothing else

Two long weeks – that’s what you have to look forward to with a honker of a cold sore on your lip soon after you feel the early warning ‘tingle’.  Let me guess — when you feel the ‘tingle’,  you have an event coming up that makes the eruption occur at the absolute worst time!  No, I’m not psychic, that’s just the way it rolls.  Personal experience.

This guy did a video on Cold Sores Begone™, what a character!  A hood indoors?

You can buy it locally – Whole Foods Market, Mother’s Market, Sprouts, Henry’s Marketplace.

Ladera Ranch’s Corky’s Kitchen & Bakery-updated review

A few months back, I posted a highly positive review for this family style restaurant. After visiting several times since then, I still like the place, but must note that both I, and whoever I happen to have along with me, notice that most times, some part of our meal is not quite right – the baked potato may not be cooked all the way through, baked carrots still somewhat hard when served, salmon overcooked.

With that said, when it’s brought to the server’s attention, this restaurant bends over backwards to make it right.  The food is served again done right, lots of expressed desire that you’re happy, and usually, they throw in a free desert.  Without a doubt, Corky’s wants you to have a good experience with them.

Just be aware of this when you visit Corky’s, and don’t be shy about speaking up. They want to know where there’s weaknesses in their operations so they can make corrections.   The food is good, provide generous portions, and I’m still a good customer.

Soil class at Living Green Nursery tommorrow, Sat, 10/23

It can be confusing choosing the right soil with all the different brands available today.  Living Green Nursery has chosen EB Stone Organics as their preferred fertilizers and soils.   At 10:00am, Duane Wheeler from EB Stone will be onsite presenting an indepth talk about what’s in various products and how to choose the right one for you.

RSVP to events@livinggreennursery.com

Living Green Nursery 10% Off anything coupon on rainy days, no expiration date

25290 Jeronimo Rd, Lake Forest, (949) 768-4733 (former location of Laguna Hills Nursery)