Take the #StackedMac Challenge To Win a $50 Gift Card!


Do you love macaroni and cheese? Do you love Stacked? Well, if you visit Stacked and build your own mac & cheese dish, snap a photo and share it online! You could win a $50 gift card to go back for more!

I visited Stacked recently with my friend Charlene to make a #STACKEDMac creation of my own. But first, drinks:


Once that part was taken care of, I wanted a #STACKEDMac dish that would go with my strawberry cocktail!


At STACKED, the options are so plentiful that I had trouble decided. Lucky for us all, the menu has some pre-built combinations that you can just order in 2 seconds by selecting them on the cool iPad menu. But I was determined to be creative, so here’s what I ordered.

Gluten-free macaroni and cheese, with pulled pork, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions, and cilantro. Sort of a southern charm pot of goodness.


It was delicious.

Charlene created a bowl of mac & cheese with lobster, jalapeno, and bacon. This dish also went well with the yummy beverage!


We both sampled the restaurant’s Buffalo Chicken Mac – made with chicken nuggets, buffalo sauce, celery, ranch dressing, and scallions.


Okay, now YOUR turn. It’s easy (and fun) to enter this contest:

1. Go to STACKED
2. Build your own #StackedMac dish and make it the most amazing mac & cheese you’ve ever had
3. Snap a photo
4. Share it on Instagram and tag it #STACKEDMac and tag me! @agourahillsmom

Enter all month long, because it’s MACovember at STACKED. The winner will get a $50 gift card for STACKED, where you can enjoy more #STACKEDMac!

New Year’s Resolution: If It Must Be Fast Food, Make It Veggie Grill

veggie grill westlake village
Our family was delighted when Veggie Grill opened up a location right here in Westlake Village.

Specifically, my 6-year-old son Brady was delighted. You see, he believes that Veggie Grill makes the world’s best macaroni and cheese, his favorite food.

He will not hear it if you try to tell him that it’s not actually¬†cheese,¬†and the macaroni is made out of quinoa.

In fact, everything at Veggie Grill is made with a non-dairy, meat-free substitute…or it’s just made out of vegetables. The mantra of the company is “We do our best to fuel you with delicious, nutritious calories.”

Brady and I attended an opening preview night of this newest location, and we got to sample a lot of different dishes. Well, Brady pretty much stuck with mac & cheese and pudding for dessert. But I took several bites of many things, and brought items home for my husband to taste, too.

veggie grill food

Standouts included:

Kale Caesar salad topped with Tempeh bacon, which, I swear to you, tastes just like bacon.

Sweet potato fries

Grillin Chickin’ sandwich – the patty didn’t actually taste like chicken (neither did the “chicken” fingers) but the sandwich’s toppings combined with the patty made a very satisfying meal

Carrot cake – the best I’ve ever tasted, really

I’ve also eaten at the Encino location, and there I tried the portabello mushroom sandwich, which was quite delicious. Brady loves the array of lemonades and iced teas, but he always opted for strawberry lemonade instead of trying more than one.

veggie grill drinks

At Veggie Grill you can get a quick, healthy meal in a fast casual setting. It’s in the same plaza as Trader Joe’s, so good luck finding parking, but once you’re in, it’s definitely worth it. And a bonus for being in Ventura County? They serve alcohol.

Veggie Grill
3825 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Westlake Village, CA 91362