Houston Press Tacolandia Pre-Sale + Giveaway!

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The Morning After: A Houston Press Brunch Event + Giveaway

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before buuuuuuuuuuuuut breakfast is my favorite meal of all time.

I’m pretty sure they invented brunch because they wanted to make eating breakfast at a later time acceptable.

But really…I’ve been accustomed to eating breakfast at any time of day since I was two years of age.

Soooooo…I am pretty excited that I get to share with you the latest event that I am sponsoring with the Houston Press.

It’s all about brunch, people.

Yes, the event is called The Morning After (sooooooo clever, right?).


It’s a brunch sampling event that will feature bites from local Houston brunch hot spots, alongside drink samples and music.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bayou City Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 30th on ticketfly.com.

But guess what?

Because the Houston Press is awesome and I’m super special and you are amazing for reading my blog…they are offering you a pre-sale code to purchase tickets early starting today through Saturday, July 30th at 9 a.m.!

Oh yea!

All you have to do is enter the promo code “MANGIA” when you purchase your tickets.

Buuuut guess what again?

I’m about to give you two general admission tickets to the event.


To Enter the Giveaway:

Do one or all of the following (make sure to leave a comment for each thing that you do to increase your chances):

Follow @HPStreet on Twitter.

Follow @misschelsmangia on Twitter.

Tweet about the Giveaway: “I just entered to win two tickets from @misschelsmangia for The Morning After hosted by @HPStreet. Enter here to win http://mangiablog.com/2016/07/26/the-morning-after-a-houston-press-brunch-event-giveaway/!”

Leave a comment telling me your favorite brunch item.


This contest is open until Friday, July 29th at midnight.

I will announce the winner on Saturday, July 30th.

Mercola Probiotics Review and Giveaway.

I’ve decided to make up for my lack of posts with a giveaway.

This is for your health.

Because I care about your health…and want you to be healthy.

With cookies, cakes, and pies somewhere in between 🙂

I was contacted by Dr. Mercola Premium Products early last month.

It was like Christmas when I received my box of supplements.

I am all about probiotics, so any chance I can get to try a new one…I leap!

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic is the best one I have ever tried.


Others have left me feeling weird and irritable in the past.

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic is definitely my #1 pick for digestive health.

I take two in the morning with breakfast and feel great all day!

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics still has two highly-researched strains of beneficial bacteria — Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.* Plus, it adds multiple highly beneficial strains to give added support to your digestive system*.

Each power-packed dose of Complete Probiotics:Packs 70 billion “gut-friendly” bacteria in every 2 capsule serving

Promotes an optimal environment for the growth of good bacteria*

Provides critical support for your immune system health*

Aids in the breakdown and removal of harmful toxins*

Helps maintain blood pressure levels in the normal range*

Not only did I get to try this amazing probiotic, but I also received Mercola Joint Support Gummies.


I know I am still young but with all of the running around that I do…my knees are my main priority.

Seriously, I definitely felt the difference in my joints after using the joint support gummies.

Plus, they are in a tasty gummy form that makes you feel like a kid again.

They are designed to provide both short- and long-term support of joint health featuring these joint health ingredients:*

  • BiovaFlex™ water-soluble eggshell membrane – nature’s own “formulation” of joint nutrients that support joint mobility, flexibility, and function and provides your joints with the building blocks to build cartilage.*
  • Zanthin® astaxanthin – one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
  • Boswellia – helps maintain a steady flow of blood to your joints, thus supporting your joint tissues’ ability to boost flexibility and strength.*
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA) – a key component of your cartilage, HA serves as an effective way you cushion your joints.*

Hello, adult gummy bear!

Lastly, I also received a Silver Solution Dropper and Conjugated Linoleic Acid.


The Silver Solution Dropper is used for immune system support, intestinal/digestive support, and respiratory support.

This formula tastes like water and is easy to mix into or drop into your food.

I mix it into my yogurt.


The Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a great supplement because our bodies don’t make linoleic acid, therefore we must rely completely on food sources to get it. This is a great supplement for those that don’t eat enough meat or dairy products because linoleic acid is primarily found in these food groups.

Here is the best part. Dr. Mercola is offering 1 person the Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic that I got to try.

To enter the giveaway do one or all of the following. Make sure to enter a separate comment for each thing that you do.

Follow @mercola on Twitter.

Follow Mercola on Facebook.

Follow Mangia on Facebook.

Tweet about the giveaway: “I just entered to win @mercola Complete Probiotic from @misschelsmangia. Enter now! http://mangiablog.com/2015/12/11/mercola-probiotics-review-and-giveaway/

Leave a comment on what supplements/probiotics you use daily and why you are excited to try Dr. Mercola’s probiotic.

This giveaway is open until December 15, 2015 at 12 midnight.

I will announce the winner of the giveaway on December 16, 2015.

Happy Entering!


Houston Press Tacolandia and Giveaway!


Have a got some fun stuff for you!

Especially if you live in the Houston area and love to eat.

Especially, especially if you love to eat Tacos!

I have partnered with The Houston Press for  Houston Press Tacolandia, which is basically an insanely amazing taco festival that they are hosting on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 4-7 p.m..



Just think, the streets will be lined with samples of Houston’s best tacos, from urban to authentic street-style!

Plus, there will be live music, cash bars with beers and tacos, and awards for the best tacos in each category.

Did I menton tacos?


Guess what? Tickets just went on sale. Purchase them now!

But wait, don’t forget to use my promo code MANGIA15 when checking out!

Oh, wait! Here’s the best part. Guess what!

Houston Press really, really, really wants you to be at Tacolandia, so they have offered me two extra tickets to giveaway.

Plus, I know you want to grub on some tacos and drink a beer with me!

To ENTER the GIVEAWAY, do one or all of the following (the more entries=the better chance you have at winning).

Leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. Follow @HPStreet on Twitter.

2. Follow @misschelsmangia on Twitter.

3. Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter: “I just entered to win 2 tickets to @HPStreet Tacolandia from @misschelsmangia. ENTER NOW to eat lots of TACOS!”

4. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite taco is and who you’d take to Tacolandia with you!

This Giveaway will close on Monday, August 31st, and I will announce the winner on Tuesday, September 1st!

Happy Entering!

Sesame King Tahini Review and Giveaway

Let’s talk about one of my all time favorite ingredients to use in the kitchen.

When I was little, I probably would have said that my favorite “ingredient” was pop-tarts or any kind of sugary cereal.

Boy, have I come a long way.

I use this ingredient practically every day.

It’s tahini, otherwise known as sesame seeds that are pulverized to form a creamy, smooth, seed butter.

It’s used a ton in Middle Eastern cooking.

I use it to make hummus, salad dressings, and as a little sauce for my vegetables.

It can also be used to make baba ghanoush and halvah.

So, when I was contacted by Sesame King to sample some of their tahini flavors…I was floooored!

Seasame King Tahini is made from only the purest, natural, sesame seeds.

It’s also gluten-free and Non-GMO!

It’s absolutely delicious on bread, right from the jar, and the perfect addition to your favorite recipe.

I chose to try the Roasted Tahini and Garlic Tahini flavors.

Sesame King also offers flavors such as Light Roast, Honey, Cajun, and Tomato Basil.

Seriously, I wanted to try them all after my experience with the roasted and garlic flavors.

The garlic flavor was perfectly seasoned, not overpowering at all and added the perfect flavor to my garlic hummus, without actually having to add more garlic.

I used the roasted flavor to make my chickpea salad which was absolutely life changing!


These little delicate chickpeas are paired with zesty red onion


and tossed in a creamy, tangy, apple cider vinegar/tahini dressing.


Oh yes.

The best part about all of this?

I’m about to give you the chance to try two jars of any flavor of Sesame King Tahini that you want!

To ENTER this giveaway, you can choose to do one or all of the following (make sure to enter a separate comment for each thing that you do).

1. Comment on which two flavors of Sesame King Tahini you would want to try and what you would use it for.

2. Like Sesame King Tahini on Facebook .

3. Like Mangia on Facebook.

4. Tweet the following: “I just entered to win two jars of @Sesame_King Tahini from @misschelsmangia! Enter now to win!  http://mangiablog.com/2015/07/06/sesame-king-tahini-review-and-giveaway/”

If you can’t wait to enjoy some of this outstanding tahini, head on over and purchase a few jars!

I will announce the winner this Friday, July 10th!

Happy Entering!

This giveaway is now over. Dandi D, you are the winner! I will be contacting your shortly to claim your prize!


Tahini Chickpea Salad
Recipe type: Salad, Side
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-3
The perfect refreshing salad for summer, chickpeas tossed in a creamy tahini dressing and seasoned with Italian spices, salt, and pepper. Gluten-free, vegan.
  • 2 T. Sesame King Tahini (I used the roasted flavor)
  • 2 t. apple cider vinegar
  • warm water, as needed
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the tahini, apple cider vinegar, and just enough water to create a semi-thin dressing. I used about 1-2 teaspoons.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beans, onion, and seasoning.
  3. Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator or eat immediately.