Lake Forest’s Sultan Market now El Toro Marketplace & Kitchen

Old owner, new name with middle eastern restaurant inside.  The food looks yummy, prices appear very reasonable.  They also offer a whole rotisserie chicken, $5.99.  The day I was there, there were a few organic items in the produce department.

They have a meat counter, but no fish.

The El Toro Marketplace is next to El Polo Loco in the Twin Peaks Shopping Center.  23611 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA  92630. (949) 588-2924

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My new favorite pizza in the entire world, at Brizio’s Pizza, Lake Forest

Last night, my friend and I had a yen for some pizza, and looking for coupons to get a cheapie. We found one for a restaurant neither of us had been to before, Brizio’s Pizza, offering a 14″ Chicago Style Pizza (somewhere between thin and thick crust) with one topping, $11.


Oh my gosh!  We both loved it!  We got to talking to some of the other customers, their favorite, too!


When I love or dislike something, I’m prone to spread the word. Another reason to support this wonderful small restaurant — they have a sign out front, “Free pizza for the homeless on Monday’s, 3-5 pm”.

And they deliver, $2.50 fee.

21771 Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest, CA (in the Ralph’s shopping center at Trabuco & Lake Forest).

(949) 951-7333.  They’re open 7 days a week, you’ll have to call for hours, they don’t indicate them on the website.

If you need a new dentist, here’s why I recommend mine

Shervin Ahmadnia, DDS, Family Forest Dentistry

  • Excellent work
  • Affordable prices
  • He’s a doll. (My 85 year old mother had a crush on him)
  • He’s gentle, patient and wants you to be happy
  • Friendly staff
  • I’ve been his patient since 1998, and have had crowns, fillings, teeth whitening, teeth cleaning
  • Did I mention he’s affordable?
  • Accepts Medi-cal, credit cards
  • Anyone I’ve recommended him to are very happy

He offers an in-office dental plan that saves me money every year.  As a single person, no children, it costs $105/year. Saves money on all dental work. No claim forms, deductibles, or annual maximums, and coordinates with other dental coverage. If you go in, ask about it.

Mon, Wed, Thur – 8am-7pm
Tues, 8am-6pm
Every other Saturday, 8am-2pm

22855 Lake Forest Dr., Suite B, Lake Forest, CA  92630 (between Muirlands and Rockfield, north side of street in strip mall)

(949) 583-1558

Milo’s Cafe video. Sell-out dog/human crowd!

Watch the heart-warming video taken yesterday for Milo’s Cafe opening day on Lake Forest Patch. Can’t wait to take my two little ones, and try some of that delicious looking healthy food!  The rescue groups were there also with beautiful, loveable-looking, wanting-to-go-home-with-you dogs.

Milos Cafe–a dog-friendly, healthy restaurant opening soon in Lake Forest

I can’t wait for the opening of Milos Cafe!   The owner, Scott Sellman, projects the opening for 2-3 weeks from now.  Take a look at the partial menu!  Once you go to that page, you can download the full menu.  Scott’s inspiration for this restaurant is his love for animals, good food, and health consciousness.

Listen to what a cool thing he’s doing. On the patio will be two pens for dogs to play, one for larger dogs, the other for smaller dogs.  Rescue groups will be invited to bring their dogs to play in the pens as well, allowing them a chance for adoption.  Customers who are considering adoption can see how their dog gets along with a rescue dog of interest. Both customers and rescue groups using the pens will be required to sign releases that their dogs have been vaccinated and will be responsible for the dogs’  behavior.

He’s attracted a great chef, Michael Pedersen, who has a wealth of credentials, including Planet Hollywood, HI; Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades; Hotel Nikko, Culinary Concepts, and more.

Scott has created strong relationships with dog charities all because of the adoption of his two dogs on the same day, Milo and Jake.  Milo is a mix of American Bulldog and Sharpei.  Jake is a pug, and both were adopted on the same day in February, 2009.  Brave dad!  Both are graduates of PetSmart obedience school, but Jake has aspirations to be an actor and furthered his education by attending Hollywood Paws in, where else?  Hollywood.

Their passion is poker.




These dogs are very hip and today, sharing a Facebook page with Scott.  Go over and ‘like’ them and keep updated on their interesting lives and Milos Cafe news.

Milos Cafe location:  26771 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest.

Smart & Final in Lake Forest is now SmartCo Foods

It was a bit of a shock.  I hadn’t been to Smart & Final for a few months, but this was the day.  As I drove up, something looked very different.  In the spaces previously occupied by Smart & Final and Office Depot was a new supermarket named SmartCo.

SmartCo, owned by Smart & Final, is now a supermarket with a full service bakery and deli, a large produce department with an organic produce section.  This is the only SmartCo store in California.  All other Smart & Final stores remain in the same format.

SmartCo also offers a large selection of natural and organic products, including their own brand, Sun Harvest, and over 8,000 new items in small, convenient sizes.   They still have products for commercial use, although not as much as before, such as styrofoam take-out trays and chafing dishes.

They’ll be offering two fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners to choose from,  for pick prior to Thanksgiving Day. Each costs $39.98 and serves 8-10 people. They’ll only have 100 of each dinner available, so first-come, first-serve.  The store manager  suggests  you wait until tommorrow, Saturday, November 20th to call in your orders.   Ask for the service deli manager.

Dinner #1:   7-8 lb spiral ham, 2.5 lbs of au gratin potatoes, 2 lbs green beans, 2 lbs candied sweet potatoes, 14 oz can of cranberry-orange sauce, 12 Hawaiian roles, choice of pumpkin or apple pie.

Dinner #2:  8-10 lb turkey, 2.5 lbs mashed potatoes, 2 lbs stuffing, 24 oz gravy, 14 oz cranberry sauce, 12 Hawaiian rolls, choice of pumpkin or apple pie.

Did you know that  Smart & Final is the owner of Henry’s Marketplace stores?

SmartCo Foods location:

Twin Peaks Plaza,  23631 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest  (949) 770-8281.  Days/Hours:  Mon-Sat, 7am-10pm; Sunday, 7am-9pm.

Lake Forest Residents Offered Free Document Shredding for Identity Theft Prevention

Click HERE for details. What a great service!  City of Mission Viejo, are you listening?!

The City of Lake Forest doesn’t offer the service for businesses.

To search if your city offers this program, do a search on ‘shredding program & [City of ____, CA]’.

If not, there are pay-for-service companies that offer it.  Do a search for ‘shredding services + [your city/state]’.