Lunch Specials for Tuesday, September 19, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Linguini Chicken Fajita

Sandwich: Philly Steak Sandwich With Small Garden Salad

Salad: Chicken Caesar Salad

Pizza: Small Margarita Pizza With Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Tomatoes

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Salmon Lemon Caper Sauce


17 Tips from Fit Moms on Finding Time for Exercise

17 Tips from Fit Moms on Finding Time for Exercise

1. First Things First

Work out before the day gets away from you. “If I waited until after work, I’d never get my workout in. There are just too many activities and commitments that come up,” says Angela Bekkala, clinical exercise specialist, mom of twins and creator of Happy Fit Mama. “No one will schedule a meeting at 4:30 a.m. That’s my time to rise and sweat,” she says. Meredith Atwood, author of Triathlon for the Every Woman and blogger at Swim Bike Mom offers another reason to sweat early. “You’re finished before the kids wake up!” she says.

2. Block It Out

If you have an appointment on your calendar, chances are you show up. That same tactic helps Madeline Glasser, the blogger behind Food, Family and Fitness and a full-time student, find time for her sweat sessions. “If I set aside specific times in my planner, they feel more like an appointment I have to keep,” she says. Each Sunday, Widrick manages her family’s calendar. “I’ll actually block out ‘Katy goes to yoga’ on Thursday nights, so my husband knows it’s his night to pick up our daughter and prepare dinner. I do the same for him,” she says. Schedule it as part of your day and make it non-negotiable.

3. Have a Plan for How You’ll Sweat

Once you’ve penciled in your workout, don’t forget to think about what you’ll actually doonce you get to the gym. That’s one strategy Ashley, of Coffee Cake and Cardio, uses to make her 5 a.m. workout a reality. Gia Alvarez of Run Gia Run and mom of twins adds, “It’s one thing to find the motivation to work out. It’s another thing to find the motivation to figure out what to do for a workout. If I know beforehand exactly what I plan to do, I make it happen,” she says.

4. Don’t Worry About Your Outfit

Printed capris or plain black? Tank top or t-shirt? Don’t waste your little free time debating wardrobe choices. To make it to her early morning workout, Ashley lays out her clothes the night before. “Heck, sleep in your workout clothes if that helps!” she advises. Glasser says, “Eliminating that one step of figuring out what to wear helps getting up at 5 a.m. easier.”

5. Take RUNch

If crack-of-dawn or after-work training sessions aren’t your jam, try taking runch aka “running lunch.” “Since I work full-time, I block out time on my calendar every day from 12 to 1:30 p.m. to workout,” says Nellie Acevedo, creator of Brooklyn Active Mama. Katie McFarland also believes in taking runch. The director of corporate real estate strategy and voice behind Mom’s Little Running Buddies runs in the afternoon at work when possible. “You have half an hour. Do your workout, run, yoga, whatever but you have to create the opportunity and then commit to it,” she says.

6. Include Your Kids

It’s hard to find dedicated “alone time” as a parent — but do you really need it? “I struggled with finding time to work out alone without the kids. I quickly learned that wasn’t always possible,” says Rachel Steffen of Running Rachel, a stay-at-home mom. “I’ve embraced working out with my boys, and they see that Mommy is a strong woman who enjoys working out,” she says. Personal trainer and mom Tamara Grand of FitKnitChickagrees that you should ditch the ‘either-or’ attitude. “Children instinctively love to move. Resistance bands are great for playing ‘hop over’ and Bosu balls make fun mini trampolines,” she says. As your children grow older, workouts can be bonding time. Tracy Morrison of Sellabit Mum has always made a point of introducing her daughters to fitness. “Now my oldest daughter runs with me a few times a week, and we just ran her first 10Ktogether,” she says.

7. Make the Jungle Gym Your Bootcamp

Who says that you’re too old to play outside? “When I take my kids to the playground, I try to play right along with them. I’ll do triceps dips off a bench, incline push-ups, step ups, and try to do a pull-up on the monkey bars,’ says Bekkala. “Those little bursts of activity do add up quickly!”

8. Run With ‘Em

When her childrens’ increasingly early wake-up times threatened to ruin her early morning jog, Morrison ran with it. “I’d put them in the jogging stroller and take them with me. I’d sing and chat during our run together. Instead of spoiling my run, it just made it a little bit sweeter,” she says. Michele Gonzalez of NYC Running Mama, also relies heavily on a running stroller. “It requires a bit more planning since the kids have to be dressed and I have to pack snacks, books and drinks, but it was a great way to spend time with them while exercising,” she says.

9. Sweeten the Deal

“I’ve learned to accept the time I do have and make the most of it.”

Sometimes, you have to grease the wheels in order to fit in your workout. “My best ‘trick’ is to bribe my children,” says Steffen. “Whether the bribe is a fruit snack, park play [time], or something else, my boys are more willing to participate with minimal complaining when there is something in it for them,” she says. No shame in that.

10. Be a Workout Ninja

Stealthy workouts become a must when your schedule is overflowing. “You have to sneak around and get your workouts in wherever you can – and sometimes that means in some curious ways,” says Atwood. “But you can do 10 to 15 minutes of strength training while the kids are eating. Find a show they love and get on the treadmill. You are guaranteed at least 20 minutes of uninterrupted time while they are calm and quiet,” she says. Amanda Tress of Fit Parenting and Pregnancy and work-from-home mom says, “If I have a super busy day, I will break up my workout throughout the day and do some high-intensity interval training (HIIT) at home in 10 to 15 minute spurts. Bethany Meyer of I Love Them Most When They’re Sleeping saves her strength training for the evening. “Getting it done in the family room while catching up with my husband and sons satisfies my need to multitask. Often, somebody will join me for planks and bicycle twists!” she says.

11. Take to the Streets

Being a soccer mom in a minivan is cliché — so ditch the ride. When weather permits, make your commute an active one. Walk your kids to school or bike to work. “I live about a mile and a half from my daughter’s daycare. When the weather is nice, I push the running stroller to and from school,” says Widrick.

12. Audit Your Schedule

“Regular exercisers don’t find time, they ‘take’ time,” says Grand. “Most of us have unused chunks of time in our day. Those 30-minutes we spend on Facebook or Pinterest. Those 10-minute intervals we spend checking email or cleaning. Pay attention to how you’re spending your time and figure out which activities you could ‘take’ time from,” she says. “If possible, lump them all together and use them for a workout. If not, spread your activity throughout the day.”

13. Music Class for Them…Gym Class for You

Between soccer practice, ballet or music lessons, kids are sometimes as busy as their parents these days. “Use the time that your kids are in classes,” says Alvarez. “Your kids are getting their fitness in, why shouldn’t you?” While her son is at soccer practice, Meyer squeezes in time on the track. “My kids decompress from their school day, get some exercise, and connect with their friends on the playground. And I get to do the same on the track,” she says. Naptime is another prime time to squeeze in a workout. “As soon as my kids go down for a nap, I leave them with Dad and I go out for a run or to the gym. I am back by the time they wake up and everyone is refreshed,” says Acevedo.

14. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Let’s face it, life happens in the form of sick days, tantrums and gigantic messes that won’t clean themselves. “There are days when I only have time for a few miles instead of the planned 7 or 8 miles on my training plan,” says Gonzalez. “I’ve learned to accept the time I do have and make the most of it. I might run the miles faster than planned or run a few more miles the next day,” she says. If you do miss a day, don’t stress. “Don’t compare yourself to other moms,” says Laura Peifer, Health and Running Coach, and creator of Mommy Run Fast. “Do your best for you.”

15. Make Any Space a Home Gym

While not making it to the gym or a class is a convenient excuse, the truth is, you don’t need fitness special equipment, or a gym membership, to work out. “If I’m truly stuck at home…I use what I have at my disposal,” says McFarland. “Sometimes it’s nothing more than a chair, but you’d by surprised at the range of exercises you can do with a chair!” For example, we’re pretty sure you can do these 10 booty-toning chair exercises and the “sexy chair” dance workout anywhere (well, almost anywhere).

16. Build a Support Crew

Juggling the responsibilities of family, work and life can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. Like-minded parents are a great support system. “Find a buddy or share your workout on Instagram. It really helps to have others hold you accountable,” says Ashley. Fellow parents can also sympathize when life gets messy. “I was up with a fussy, crying toddler at the wee hours of the morning and sure didn’t feel like working out after that!” says Widrick. She posted her experience in a local mom’s Facebook group. “Not only did I get some good tips on how to ease my daughter’s pain, I got a lot of empathetic comments that reminded me that this too shall pass,” she says. And ask for help when you need it. “A few times a week, I hire a babysitter for a few hours so I can accomplish housework and fit in a workout,” says Tress. “I’ve come to realize that it’s OK for me to ask for help. Then, I’m refreshed and able to focus on quality time with my family.”

17. Make It Worth It

“I’ve come to realize that it’s OK for me to ask for help.”

At the end of the day, spending more time with your family is always a priority. “Working full-time, traveling, blogging and everything else means less time with my kids. One of the mantras I’ve adopted is: Make it worth it,” says McFarland. “If I’m going to choose to run or go to the gym rather than spend time with my kids, I better make sure I’m pushing myself the entire time.” McFarland incorporates a mix of compound moves and HIIT to maximize her time at the gym.

Fitting fitness into a busy schedule is hard and exercise is often the first thing to get scratched from the calendar. But, with a little forethought and planning, it’s doable. “Make your well-being a priority,” says Widrick. “I just don’t allow myself to think of my health as a secondary priority. When Mommy’s happy and healthy, everyone else has a better shot of following suit.”

Lunch Specials for Thursday, September 7, $7.99 plus tax for Dine In or Pick Up Only Monday – Friday (11:00am-2:00pm)

*Specials are subject to change without prior notice. Please feel free to call and verify specials before coming in (213) 742-0303.

Pasta: Tuna Casserole

Sandwich: Turkey Roasted Tomato Sandwich With a Small Garden Salad

Salad: Caesar Pasta Salad Grilled Chicken, Penne Pasta & Tomatoes

Pizza: Create Your Own Calzone Two Toppings

Today’s Chef’s Special ($12.95 plus tax – all day long): Salmon With a Pomodoro Sauce


2017 USC Trojans Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV (Click here for tickets)

Sep. 2 Broncos Western Michigan Broncos
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA 2:15pm PT

Sep. 9 Cardinal Stanford Cardinal
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA 5:30pm PT

Sep. 16 Longhorns Texas Longhorns
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA 5:30pm PT

Sep. 23 Golden Bears at California Golden Bears
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA Time TBA

Sep. 29 Cougars at Washington State Cougars
Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA 7:30pm PT

Oct. 7 Beavers Oregon State Beavers
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA Time TBA

Oct. 14 Utes Utah Utes
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA Time TBA

Oct. 21 Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN 4:30pm PT

Oct. 28 Sun Devils at Arizona State Sun Devils
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ Time TBA

Nov. 4 Wildcats Arizona Wildcats
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA Time TBA

Nov. 11 Buffaloes at Colorado Buffaloes
Folsom Field, Boulder, CO Time TBA

Nov. 18 Bruins UCLA Bruins
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA Time TBA

Nov. 25 OFF
Dec. 1
Pac-12 Pac-12 Championship Game
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Time TBA

Download 2017 USC Trojans Schedule

It’s never too early to protect your heart

It’s never too early to protect your heart: Tips for young adults

Good health habits help protect your heart. And the sooner you start them, the better.
Early in adulthood, the health of your heart may not be something you give a lot of thought to. But cardiologists have a message for you: It should be.

“[Heart disease] is your number one health threat,” says Tracy Stevens, MD, spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA). And it doesn’t always wait until later in life to strike.

Some heart problems, like high blood pressure, can affect even children. Others, such as coronary artery disease, typically progress over time, fueled by years of unhealthy habits. But they can become serious even at a young age—and be deadly.

To protect your health both now and later in life, it’s important to start taking heart healthy steps now. Here are eight such steps worth taking now:

1. Choose a doctor.

Do you know if you have risk factors for heart disease?

A doctor will. So it’s good to develop a relationship with one. He or she can educate you and guide you through the steps that can help you change any risk factors you do have. Forming that relationship is likely to be easier now than in the midst of a medical crisis.

A relationship with a doctor will also help ensure that you get routine screening tests—like blood pressure and cholesterol tests—as recommended. That way you’ll be able to spot any unhealthy changes and take action to correct the problem early on.

USC Trojans Football History & Facts

USC Trojans Football History & Facts

1. What are the official team colors of the USC Trojans?
A. cardinal and gold
B. green and gold
C. magenta and black
D. cardinal and cream

2. Hall of Fame Trojan football coach John McKay (’60–’75), coined a phrase for USC in relation to the many top tailbacks that have played there. What was it?
A. Full Back U
B. Tailback U
C. Running Back U
D. Halfback U

3. What is the name of the USC Trojan mascot?
A. Conquerer
B. Leader
C. Big Red
D. Traveler

4. What is the name of the USC Trojan fight song?
A. Get Stiff, Trojans!
B. Hail Bears!
C. Fight On
D. Mighty USC

5. The annual rivalry game between the USA Trojans and the UCLA Bruins is nicknamed the Crosstown Showdown. Th winner captures what trophy?
A. Stone Cold Trophy
B. Los Angeles Trophy
C. Governor’s Victory Bell
D. Victory Bell

6. One jersey number on the USC defense is so well respected and cherished that it cannot be chosen but has to be assigned by the head coach. The number is reserved for linebackers and is only assigned to the best players. What number is it?
A. 55
B. 10
C. 73
D. 22

7. Against what rival do the USC Trojans do battle for the rights to the Jeweled Shillelagh?
A. Notre Dame Fightin Irish
B. UCLA Bruins
C. California Golden Bears
D. Stanford Cardinal

8. What is the name of the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band?
A. Trojan Marching Troop
B. The Spirit of Troy
C. Band of Cardinal and Gold
D. Band of Triumph

9. Who did the USC Trojans hire as their head football coach in 2014?
A. Jeff Fisher
B. Pee Wee Herman
C. Steve Sarkisian
D. John McCay

10. NFL players Matt Cassel, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez all played what position for the USC Trojans?
A. tight end
B. wide receiver
C. running back
D. quarterback