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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 | 0 comments

 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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Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining 2016

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Dining, Family, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect place to ring in the New Year in Orange County? We have found the best restaurants in OC to celebrate the start of 2017! Reservations are highly recommended at these premier dining destinations. Old Vine Cafe 2937 Bristol St. Suite A-102 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 545-1411 Celebrate 2017 at Old Vine Cafe, where on NYE guests will have a choice of three tasting menus, The Original, The Veggie or The Vegan Tasting Menu, created by owner and executive chef, Mark McDonald. Wine pairings will be served with all 4-courses. $95 pp. Reservations required. HOLIDAY HOURS: Christmas Eve: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Christmas Day: Closed New Years Eve: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Dinner reservations only) New Years Day: Closed Coastal Kitchen 34091 Pacific Coast Hwy Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 449-2822 Early...

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Orange County Christmas Dining 2016

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  Once the last present is opened, and all the holiday stress is behind all of us, treat yourself to dining out on Christmas Day. Let someone else do all the cooking, so you can focus on spending quality time with your family vs. working in the kitchen. We have compiled a list of Orange County restaurants that are offering Christmas Day dining options. If you’re looking for Christmas Eve dining options, we have included some too. Hurry… reservations are filling up fast!! Las Brisas 361 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach, CA 92651 SEAFOOD TOWER – $79 (half) $149 (full) lobster, oysters, ceviche, shrimp, king crab cocktail STARTERS Fresh Fruit SOUP OR SALAD Roasted Butternut Squash Soup crème fraîche, fried kale Roasted Baby Beet Salad arugula, candied walnuts, goat cheese, ginger vinaigrette ENTRÉES Steak and Eggs – $60 skirt steak,...

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Couples Night Out at OC Brew Ho Ho

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Christmas, Dining, Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue In the midst of the holidays, we wanted to take some time for us; the big kids wanted to have some fun! So we popped over to Brew Ho Ho, Holiday Ale Festival on December 10th at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. After all, we know our local area creates some amazing brews! We saw the list of breweries participating and although we had only visited a handful; this was a great way to learn about more of them. Each brewery gave a couple of choices; usually, a sampling of their most liked beer and a clever, holiday blend available seasonally. This event was the perfect way to explore with over 80 breweries participating; some familiar but several we didn’t even know about yet. Choices. So many choices. Which tent should...

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Dine Inside of a Life-Size Gingerbread House

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue While our family was visiting Great Wolf Lodge this holiday season, we had the most memorable experience dining inside of a giant life-size gingerbread house. The gingerbread house is located in the lobby of the resort and is adorned with candy treats. The gingerbread house features: 663 pounds of gingerbread dough 5,635 Square feet of Gingerbread 70 Gallons of Icing 1,152 Peeps 450 pounds of Mike & Ikes 135 pounds of gumdrops 85 hours of icing 160 hours of house creation Everyone who visits Great Wolf Lodge during the holidays is drawn to the beauty of the life-size gingerbread house. Inside of the house is a circular table where families are invited to have an unforgettable dining experience. The second it was time for our family to dine in the gingerbread...

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Southgate Brewing Company Beer Tasting Dinner

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Dining, Family, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the resort After a fun day exploring Yosemite National Park, we returned to Tenaya Lodge to have a beer tasting dinner featuring beers from the popular Brewery, Southgate Brewing Company. Southgate Brewing Company is located near Yosemite in Oakhurst and is a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors of the area. They are known for making the best brews in the area along with delicious bites. I am not a big beer drinker, but I fell in love with all the beers I tasted during the tasting with the Tenaya Red IPA being my all-time favorite. The tasting dinner began with coconut shrimp with a cucumber cilantro sauce paired with the Gold Diggin Blonde beer. The shrimp had the perfect amount of crisp and the beer brought out the flavors of the...

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The Harvest Restaurant at The Ranch LB

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored We were recently invited to be a guest at The Harvest Restaurant in Laguna Beach. This gorgeous new gem has emerged in what we previously knew as Ben Brown’s at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. If you’re like us, you have very fond memories of visiting for dinner to celebrate special occasions with family throughout the years. The Harvest Restaurant’s new design is progressive and open with inviting views of the golf course and canyon; while still preserving the nostalgia of the property. We found ourselves exploring the various spaces; both inside and outside on the deck, slowly relaxing and breathing in the scenery. Our favorite surprise of the evening was Chef Charles Imbelli, who was recognized by Zagat as “30 under 30”. He invites you to embark on an adventure to experience his specially chosen...

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Honest Food That Taste Really Good

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I had the honor of tasting the New Fall Menu at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach at Fashion Island and let me tell you it was DELICIOUS!!!! True Food Kitchen believes in selecting and preparing simple and delicious foods to help people achieve and maintain optimal health. The Fall Menu is the most intensive menu out of all the seasons. Chef Chris says their days and night are long, but this is the most exciting season of them all. There’s something about fall that screams warm and hearty with everything in between, and that is exactly what I got! When I first walked into the tasting room, what first caught my eye was a beautiful spread of fruits and veggies perfectly placed in a wooden crate and some scattered around...

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Give the Gift of Gringo Bandito

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Dining, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you give your foodie friends who have everything? A couple of jars of Gringo Bandito private reserve. Every year, I purchase a bunch of jars of Gringo Bandito and use them to create gift baskets for my foodie friends – it makes for the perfect holiday gift. It is the private reserve bottles that are so highly sought after and sells out quickly. This year’s Private Reserve is an exclusive recipe featuring the Yellow Bhut, Yellow Moruga and Yellow Carolina Reaper. If you like your food hot – this is the sauce for you. There are three different packages available featuring the private reserve, and only a limited amount available. Super Duper’s $75 (only 350 available) Signed and numbered bottle Pine logo box Two guitar picks Insert Card T-shirt Cheapsake bottle Just Super Bundle $40 (100...

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Orange County Black Friday Dining Specials

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Christmas, Deals, Dining, Holiday | 0 comments

 After getting all your shopping done on Black Friday, you don’t have to worry about cooking with these great Orange County Black Friday dining specials. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (714) 960-4300 Specializing in fresh seafood dishes, tropical cocktails, and a waterfront views from their extensive outdoor patio, Ways & Means is a casual eatery at the Pacific City outdoor mall in Surf City, USA. To celebrate, Ways & Means is offering “Black Out Friday” specials on November 25th, which includes a free drink or snack with the purchase of a $50 gift card. Some of the redeemable options include their popular Fizz cocktail and fresh fish tacos. Brunos Italian Kitchen 210 W. Birch St. Brea, CA 92821 (714) 257-1000 Known for their impressive selection of reasonably priced wine...

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2016 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Don’t feel like cooking on Thanksgiving? The top restaurants in Orange County are helping to make Thanksgiving less stressful for families by offering delicious dinners to-go and unforgettable dining experiences in their restaurants. Find the best restaurant for your family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by using our Orange County Thanksgiving dining guide. Anaheim White House Restaurant 887 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 772-1381 Thursday, November 24th, 2016 12 Noon – 9 p.m. Traditional Thanksgiving Feast: Carved and seasoned oven roasted white & dark meat turkey with fluffy mashed potatoes topped with hearty turkey gravy, a helping of yams, seasoned stuffing, fresh steamed vegetables, and served with a side of cranberries $39.95 & $19.95 kids 12 and under Appetizers, salads, soups, sides, desserts, or any additional menu items not included Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay...

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Girls Night out at PUBlic 74

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Whiskey…no longer just for boys I’m not typically a whiskey drinker and I feel like most women would agree with me, but after sipping on PUBlic 74’s libations, this girl is singing a different tune. PUBLic 74 is hidden gem off Ortega Hwy in San Juan Capistrano, located directly above the restaurant Tannins. I’ve been to Tannins a few times and to be honest, was never quite impressed. Had I only known PUBlic 74 was above my head! Their vibe is relaxed, cool and has a 1920’s feel featuring brick, velvet pillows and incredible wood & iron fixturing. They specialize in high end comfort food with a “farm to table” feel and hand crafted cocktails, mixology at its finest. Gerry Kent, an award winning chef, showcases his incredible pallet for delicious fare. I enjoyed lighter bites such as...

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Holiday – A Swanky New Lounge

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue On a recent Friday evening we had the chance to pop into Holiday, a charming yet classy cocktail lounge in Costa Mesa. After a very long week, it was nice to stroll into the newly opened Red Room and sit down with friends to relax. We found a cool little vibe; with some sweet, private seating areas and red leather sofas, high back chairs and of course, seating at the bar too. We tried out the bar since we wanted the chance to interact with Andy the bartender. The bartender can often be key to a great place; Andy is friendly, cheerful and somehow knew the perfect drink for each of us. The Red Room, which opened last weekend and has a specialty menu featuring four new cocktails. We were given...

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Among Friends Allergy-friendly Baking Mixes

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  When having a child with food allergies, finding baking mixes that turn out just like non-allergy baking mixes is a challenge. There have been so many times that I have purchased a gluten-free brownie mix, and the brownies turn out thin and tasteless – until being introduced to Among Friends Baking Mixes. I have been testing out their baking mixes for the past couple of weeks, and wish that I had heard about them sooner. Their pancake mix is my son’s favorite. It is hand-crafted using whole grain, gluten-free, no gums, no GMO’s, and no fillers. Only the ingredients that you would want in a pancake being served to your precious children. It’s not just pancake/waffle mixes that Among Friends makes but also a wide variety of cookies and cake mixes. They have something for everyone to enjoy....

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Frightfully Fun Treats at Nitrolado

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Dining, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue Are you looking for somewhere fun and unique to take the kids for a Halloween treat? I recently brought my kids to one of the newest hot spots in the OC, Nitrolado, for some of their mouthwatering ice cream. The store is located in the heart of Garden Grove, and they use dry ice to make frightfully fun treats for kids to enjoy during the Halloween season. When we arrived at Nitrolado, our kid’s eyes lit up with delight when they saw all the steam coming out of the ice cream makers. They didn’t want to stop watching them making ice cream until I pointed out the tasty candy bar. We then went over to select our toppings from the vast selection of candies and our ice cream flavor. The day...

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Dine for a Cause: The Outlets at Orange

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Following a successful year in partnership with Susan G. Komen, The Outlets at Orange joins the organization once more for the 2016 “More Than Pink” campaign. Guests looking to participate and dine at Dave & Buster’s from 6pm – 8pm on October 20 will be seated in a special area of the restaurant where 10% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Lucky Strike Lanes will also donate 10% of diners’ proceeds on October 27, all day. Donations can also be made through: Discount Card Program: $10 Discount Cards will be sold providing 25% off one item at participating retailers. All proceeds from the sale of Discount Cards go to Susan G. Komen. More Than Pink Hero Wall: An opportunity for survivors and their families to visually articulate their strength during their fight with...

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Customizable Mexican Food at Chronic Tacos

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Chronic Tacos has locations across Orange County, and it wasn’t until this week that I finally made my way into a location to see what all the hype is about. Since I spend a lot of time driving from South OC to Santa Ana for my son’s school events at Orange County School of the Arts, I find myself stopping in Tustin a lot to eat. While on my way up to Santa Ana earlier this week, the little ones were hungry, so we stopped at the new Chronic Tacos that just opened off Newport Avenue. I loved that there was plenty of parking in the parking lot, and when we entered the restaurant, I admired the decor. There is a beautiful mural on one side of the restaurant and plenty...

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The Habit Introduces the Golden Chicken Sandwich

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There are two go-to burger places in Orange County, In-n-Out, and The Habit. You get something a little different from each burger joint, and both of them deliver the highest quality burgers around. When I heard the news that The Habit was introducing a new menu item, I couldn’t wait to get all the details. The only downside was that I am on a 21-day cleanse, and eating a burger doesn’t seem to be something that will happen in my near future. What did I do? I took my little foodie along with me so she could try the new menu item, and give me all the juicy details. The biggest surprise of all it that it isn’t a new burger that has recently been added to their menu, but a...

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