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Breakfast with a View at Las Brisas

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue If you’ve been following us on social media, then you are aware of how we’ve become very fond of the new menu items at Las Brisas. While staying loyal to favorite traditional dishes here, we love to explore the new entrées that are being introduced to complement their menu. One recent morning we were invited to dine and enjoy a fantastic breakfast at Las Brisas. What’s better than Las Brisas on a beautiful, bright, crisp morning after a fresh rain the night before? Seated inside with a gorgeous view of the ocean, we were grateful for the opportunity to slow down for a bit during the holidays to share time and an excellent meal together. If you’ve been to Las Brisas, you know the views are stunning! Chef Johannes continues to...

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The Pizza Press Opens in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I had heard so much buzz about the pizza being served at The Pizza Press but was never able to make it to North Orange County to try it. The minute that I heard they were opening a new location in Rancho Santa Margarita; I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some of their freshly made pizza. When my daughter had a day off school last week, I brought her to the new location for lunch. The minute that we walked into the restaurant, we loved the vibe. The restaurant is decorated with black and white colors with rich mahogany woods. We were greeted by a staff member at the door who was ready to help us with taking our order. There were so many delicious options on the...

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Mysterious World of Magic at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The mysterious world of magic will once again cast its spell upon The Queen Mary at the 2nd annual FantaSea Saturday, April 8, from 12 – 6:00 p.m. The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse – The Magic Castle, will converge to create another captivating day of show-stopping performances and sleight-of-hand tricks. Get up close and personal with roaming magicians ready to captivate, learn a trick or two from expert performers, and experience the thrill of tarot card reading. Enjoy an enchanted cocktail in the Magic Mushroom Bar, and let your senses bubble over with eccentric libations made by wizards of the cosmic world at Magic Mixology. Following a day of tantalizing fun, experience the one-of-a-kind evening magic shows with celebrity magicians. Step inside the...

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Anaheim White House Foodie Fundraising Event

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  In a show of solidarity, many top OC chefs and restaurateurs are uniting to help their colleague, Sir Bruno Serato, in the wake of a fire that closed his Anaheim White House restaurant, leaving his staff unemployed. The public is invited to attend the event to be held at Highway 39 Event Center (1563 South College Blvd, Anaheim, 92806) on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include menu samplings; VIP tickets at $75 each offer early admission at 5 p.m. and beer and wine are included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/HelpAWHEmployees or call (949) 310-5839. Participating restaurants will prepare samplings from their menus, allowing guests to enjoy diverse offerings from many well-known and beloved establishments. Among them are Mozambique, Zov’s Bistro, Provenance, Taps, The...

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Romance on the Water with Hornblower Cruises

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of having parents with a healthy marriage. The one thing that I have found to be key in keeping the spark alive in my marriage of almost 20 years is to spend as much time together alone as possible. We go on date nights at least a couple of times a month and try our best to have romantic getaways whenever we can. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our children’s busy schedule has us booked driving them around town on Valentine’s Day, so we celebrated earlier this year by having a romantic morning enjoying brunch on the water while on a Hornblower Cruise. We had always wanted to do a dinner or brunch Hornblower Cruise, and this year seemed...

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Unforgettable Italian Food at North Italia in Irvine

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After marrying into an Italian family, I feel like I never get to eat at Italian restaurants. My husband is always so critical of most Italian restaurants where we got out to eat and is always comparing the food to his Grandmother’s authentic Italian cuisine. When we can’t go to his parent’s house and craving Italian food, I am always trying new places in hopes that I will find one that my husband likes. Before going to Mammoth for a weekend, I planned a date night at the new hot spot, North Italia. I have heard so many of my friends raving about it and was finally able to get a reservation to have dinner with my husband. The minute that we walked into the restaurant, it was buzzing. The restaurant...

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International Frozen ‘Yogurtland’ Celebration

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Calling all Yogurtland fans, the day we have been waiting for is almost here, International Frozen Yogurt Day!  Forget National Frozen Yogurt Day, Yogurtland has taken it to the next level and is making it an international affair by including locations around the world.  That’s right on February 6th Yogurtland will be handing out free froyo from 4-7 pm, you can RSVP on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/766824393485947/. Each guest will receive a 5oz cup to top to their heart’s content and also be able to collect the limited edition Hershey’s spoon (while supplies last).  We were invited to the Yogurtland headquarters for a sneak taste of the upcoming flavors and let me tell you; you won’t be disappointed.   If you are a fan of Yogurtland, you have probably already had their Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake and have been...

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Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Ever since I heard about the opening of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, I couldn’t wait to try their culinary creations. Over the past couple of weeks, it felt like everyone I knew was dining at Farmhouse, making me eager to give it a try. When Newport Beach Restaurant Week started, I finally made plans to dine at Farmhouse with a friend. When we arrived at the restaurant, I was immediately in love with the decor. The restaurant has open air seating with an ambiance that made me feel like we were dining in an ultra chic barn with pastel colors and distressed wood accents. We took a seat at one of the tables and began our epicurean adventure. We sipped on our glasses of ice tea while looking over the menu....

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2017

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just weeks away. Surprise your loved one with an unforgettable date night at one of these top Orange County dining locations to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Bluewater Grill Newport Beach in Cannery Village 620 Lido Park Drive Newport Beach , CA 92663 (949) 675-3474 http://www.bluewatergrill.com/locations/newport-beach Bluewater Grill Tustin at The District 2409 Park Avenue Tustin, CA 92782 (714) 258-3474 http://www.bluewatergrill.com/locations/tustin Foods of Love Valentine’s Menu Event (Three-course Menu of Love-inducing Favorites with Champagne) (Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017). Our popular February tasting starts with Domain Ste. Michelle Brut or Mionetto Prosecco Italian sparkling wine and then lets romantics select their own meal from such choices as Oysters with Shallot Mignonette, Red Crab Salad and Grilled Prime Top Sirloin to Saffron Crab Risotto and Seared White Seabass. For dessert. guests decide between...

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Dinner under the Stars at Saffron in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Dining, Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Mayakoba is a magical place. When the sun goes down, the stars light up the sky, making it the perfect place for couples to reconnect together. While I was staying in Mayakoba, we made plans to have dinner at Saffron, Banyan Tree Resorts signature restaurant. The restaurant features Thai cuisine to be savored while sitting on a wood deck that floats over water and surrounded by lush tropical mangroves. We took the complimentary resort shuttle from the Fairmont Mayakoba over to Banyan Tree Resort for dinner at Saffron. We walked over to the restaurant where we saw the beautiful deck with twinkling lights strung over the tables. They guided us to a table overlooking the water where we were about to go on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. There were so many...

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Organic and Clean Eating at Green2Go in Brea

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I am always looking for a place to bring my children out to eat that makes their food with whole “real” ingredients and has a wide variety of healthy dining options. One of my friends has been raving about Green2Go in Brea for months, and during the holiday break, I decided to stop in for lunch with my kids. The restaurant is located in a popular shopping center in the heart of Brea and has large indoor and outdoor seating. When we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted by one of the owners who told us about their specials and helped walk us through their menu. There is something for everyone at Green2Go. There are vegetarian, vegan, and meat options at their restaurant. The best part is everything is made...

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Lunching at Corner Bakery Cafe

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 14 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my kid’s favorite places to go out for lunch is Corner Bakery Cafe. There is always something for everyone; the dishes are filling and delicious. Since the portion sizes are large enough for two of my kids to share, they are always taking turns ordering their favorite dish to share with one another. When I told them that Corner Bakery Cafe recently introduced a choose any two menu offering, they were thrilled to know that they can still share a dish, and each gets what they want. The best part is that the meals are priced under $9!! When we went to Corner Bakery Cafe last week, we tried their choose any two menu offerings and got a Chicken pomodori half panini and caesar salad. The chicken pomodori sandwich...

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Lunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Dining, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of having the opportunity to dine at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously Ahwahnee) and during my recent trip to Yosemite, my dream came true. When making reservations for our tour of Yosemite National Park with Discover Yosemite, we were able to include lunch at the Majestic. When we arrived at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel for lunch, there was a red carpet waiting for us. We walked the red carpet and into the dining room. The dining room was truly “majestic, ” and it felt like we were dining in a castle. We had pre-ordered our lunch when booking our tour, so everything was taken care of when we arrived. My daughter and I sipped on an ice tea and talked about...

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The Newport Beach Restaurant Week is Back

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  Newport Beach Restaurant Week, presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, announced the full list of 2017 participating restaurants, featuring more than 60 of Newport Beach’s most delicious dining destinations. Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns for its 11th year, kicking off Monday, January 16 and continuing through Sunday, January 29, offering 14 days of exciting culinary offerings as Orange County’s longest standing restaurant week. Newport Beach Restaurant Week invites diners to explore Newport Beach, with culinary adventures for any taste, from fast-casual hotspots, to elevated fine dining experiences. All participating restaurants will offer special, two-or three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 and $25 for lunch, and $20 to $50 for dinner. This year’s participating restaurants include (with new participating restaurants highlighted in bold): 21 Oceanfront 3Thirty3 Waterfront A Restaurant Andrea Avila’s El Ranchito...

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Date Night Dining at Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There was one thing that kept me coming back to Leatherby’s month after month, and that was because of the delicious cuisine that Award-winning Chef Ross Pangilinan was creating in their kitchen. When news broke that Chef Ross was leaving Leatherby’s to open his own restaurant, I began counting down the days until I could enjoy his delicious dishes once again. Chef Ross is an OC Dad and one of the biggest culinary geniuses in Orange County. He pushes culinary boundaries with his Filipino-inspired cuisine, and guests are guaranteed to have an unforgettable dining experience at his new restaurant in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar. Mix Mix Kitchen Bar is the perfect place to plan your next date night. I first visited the new restaurant by...

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TLT Food Introduces a New Kids Menu

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The Lime Truck was one of my favorite food trucks that cruised around Orange County and now that they have a store location just a short drive away from my house, I can’t help but enjoy dining at TLT Food on a regular basis. TLT Food is growing with the newest addition being their Little Limer’s kids menu featuring a wide variety of tasty dishes for kids to enjoy. During the holiday break, I surprised my kids with lunch at TLT Food to try their new Little Limer’s kids menu items. Our children had the choice of ordering a Classic Cheese Quesadilla, PB&J Sliders or Shorty Sliders with Braised Beef Short Rib and Cheese. They couldn’t decide, so we ended up ordering one of each. The shorty sliders with braised beef...

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Jackalope’s Bar & Grill at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Dining, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There are so many dining options when staying at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite, and one of my favorite places to have lunch when staying at the resort is at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill. The restaurant has a wide variety of dining options and has a family-friendly ambiance. On one of the days when I was staying at Tenaya Lodge, my daughter and I went on an adventurous snowshoe hike. We got to look at trees and make snow angels while embracing the beauty that surrounds Yosemite National Park. After our hike, we had worked up quite a big appetite, so we went for an early lunch at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill. They had a lot of healthy dining suggestions on their menu, and our server recommended that I try the taco...

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Oceanfront Dining at The Lighthouse Cafe

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day on the road, we popped into the Lighthouse Cafe in Newport Beach to help in celebrating the restaurant’s one year anniversary. If you haven’t been to the bright, airy and relaxing waterfront restaurant; make a plan to go soon. You’ll enjoy the architecture of the Lighthouse Cafe with large windows overlooking the harbor, a modern rotating chandelier overhead and seating around the perimeter; offering a great view from each table. Seriously, there isn’t a bad view in the house. We enjoyed some delicious menu items prepared on this evening, by Chef Ryan Sumner. A few favorites he shared with us were a mouth watering Short Rib that will melt in your mouth accompanied by a Grilled Mushroom; you’ll find this dish to be comforting and full of...

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New Years Eve Bash at Habana in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Dining, Family, New Year's Eve | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue We were excited to find out that Habana in Costa Mesa created a great New Years Eve bash to ring 2017! “The End of Embargo” will usher in this New Year here at Habana with a classy, fun, beautiful environment feeling as if you decided to visit Cuba this year. Good news, you can do this locally in Costa Mesa. On a recent rainy evening, we walked through the door at Habana with a lovely, warm welcome as if we were visiting good friends. The inviting red glow around the bar area was full of smiling faces with a low whisper of conversation. We noticed intimate spaces in the restaurant both inside and out under the tree tops. The restaurant felt so inviting, but because of the taps of rain coming...

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Taste of Mesa

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I had the opportunity to sip on some cocktails and taste a few new items on the menu at Mesa. The ambiance at Mesa is sexy, and Chef Niki rocked it! Mesa is a perfect place for a date night or dinner with friends. I promise this place will have you feeling sexy too. Did someone say cocktails? I enjoyed a few of Mesa’s New Signature Cocktails and let me tell you; I could sip on them all night! From the Tempest infused gin to the Bonita Applebottom rye whiskey and the High Chi with kettle one, I was one happy girl. Each signature cocktail had its own unique taste, and you could taste that the mixologist put his heart and soul into each cocktail. I will be sipping on more...

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