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Fairy Tale Date Night at Selanne Steak Tavern

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 Sponsored While on a recent staycation in Laguna Beach, my husband and I hired a sitter to stay with our children at The Laguna Beach House Hotel, and we went out for an unforgettable date night at Selanne Steak Tavern. When we arrived at the restaurant, the building looked like something out of a Disney fairy tale. There was an adorable wishing well by the front door that we dropped a penny into before walking into the restaurant for an evening to remember. The inside of the restaurant is just as beautiful as the outside. We took our seat at a private table and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. Selanne has a wide selection of wines available, and we were able to select the perfect glass of wine to toast before starting our dinner together. For...

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Five Must-Have Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Foods

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Dining, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue In just a couple of more days, Knott’s Berry Farm is going to transform into a festive festival where families can celebrate delicious boysenberries during the 2017 Boysenberry Festival. The festival this year is going to be bigger and better than ever with the delicious food offerings being one of the highlights of the festival. When planning your upcoming visit to Knott’s Berry Farm during the Boysenberry Festival from April 1st through April 23rd, these are five foods that you can’t leave without savoring. The Fun Bun It has always been a food favorite during the festival, and I can’t wait to sink my tastebuds into a warm freshly fried fun bun again this year. Along with the Fun Bun, the Fun Stick is also a fan favorite. Boysenberry Pizza The...

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The Cirque Magique: A Morning at the Circus

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue On a Sunday morning, we surprised our kids with news that we were going to take them to have breakfast at the circus. When we drove up to The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, my kids screamed “PIRATES” but soon learned that they were going to experience something fun and new at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, The Cirque Magique. When we entered the building, the entire lobby was set-up like a mini circus. There was popcorn being served, and everyone was dressed in circus attire. Clowns were walking around greeting and interacting with children until the time had come for everyone to enter the room for breakfast. In the main room, there were multiple tables and a large stage in the center of the room. Families took their seats and got ready for...

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You’re Invited: Ruby’s San Clemente Grand Opening

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Since its first location opened at the Balboa Pier in 1982, Ruby’s Diner has served millions of guests – but the new Ruby’s Diner at Outlets at San Clemente is unlike any other. This is among the few locations to offer premium wine and beer – a welcomed respite for shoppers – and the first in Orange County to include a walk-up in-diner ice cream shop. The location also features an outdoor, pet-friendly patio with fire pits and a private Tiki Room for birthday parties or small gatherings. The Tiki Room can seat up to 20 guests and is free of charge. Celebrating 35 years of success in 2017, Ruby’s Diner serves up America’s favorite burgers, hand-made milkshakes, and delicious fries in addition to a wide selection of breakfast entrees. Ruby’s Diner at Outlets at San Clemente will...

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Paisano’s at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun day exploring Temecula wineries with Grapeline Tours, we returned to Pechanga Resort & Casino to have a romantic dinner at Paisano’s. The minute that we stepped foot into Paisano’s, we were treated like royalty and had a delicious authentic Italian dinner. We started dinner by sharing the Bruschetta Con Pomodori that featured tomato, basil, baby arugula, olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted garlic and a balsamic pipette. The dish was beautifully presented and was the perfect start to our dinner at Paisanos. My husband and I sipped on a glass of wine while sharing our favorite memories from spending the day exploring Temecula Valley wineries together. There were so many delicious dishes on the menu that it was hard for us to choose just one. One of my husband’s...

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Ten Best Dishes at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney It is the most delicious time of the year to bring your family to Disney California Adventure Park for an epicurean adventure at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival. The festival features delicious cuisine, food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival and these are our top ten must-have dishes when attending the food and wine festival. Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese One of the all-time best macaroni and cheese dishes that I have ever enjoyed was this one at Disney California Adventure Park. The dish features creamy macaroni and cheese topped with pieces of smoked bacon and barbecue-seasoned crispy onions. You can’t just have one bite! This dish is available at the Bacon Twist Kiosk for $7.50. Maple-Bacon Whoopie Pie A fan...

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Wahoo’s ‘Wows’ with a Limited-Time Carnitas Taco

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Wahoo’s In celebration of South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary, Wahoo’s has created a limited-time carnitas taco that is only available at the South Coast Plaza location. Last week, we went to Wahoo’s at South Coast Plaza where we had a sneak peek taco tasting with the co-founder Wing Lam. The South Coast Plaza location is on the second floor of Crystal Court and is the perfect place for families to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of South Coast Plaza. The specialty taco was created by the culinary mastermind, Brian Huskey who is well-known for his competition on Top Chef and his culinary creations at Tackle Box. The taco featured Camarena Tequila Chipotle-Braised Carnitas with a citrus pineapple slaw. It is paired perfectly with rice and beans for just $5.50 (symbolizing the 50th anniversary). The...

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Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Dairy Queen is serving up a sweet deal to thank fans and celebrate the first day of Spring with a Free Cone Day. On Monday, March 20, participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations in the U.S. will host a Free Cone Day when fans can enjoy a FREE small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). At the same time, participating locations also will collect donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over the last 32 years, the Dairy Queen system of locations that are franchised by ADQ, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) company, has raised more than $120 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities. Last year, the Dairy Queen system raised more than $200,000 in one day for Children’s Miracle...

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Juice Served Here ‘JSH’ Marina Cafe

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There is one thing that I love, and that is juicing. The only thing I dread about juicing is cleaning up the mess it causes in my kitchen. Thankfully, over the past couple of years, high-quality juice companies have started opening their doors around Orange County, and I no longer have to juice at home. Since I get a fresh juice at least once a day, I am always on the lookout for a new place to try. I was hearing a lot of buzz surrounding the new Juice Served Here Marina Cafe (JSH), so I made plans to bring my son to have breakfast (and a juice) with me on a day when he was off from school. Since it was a rainy day when we went to Juice Served...

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Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  Ever since it opened, I have been dying to have breakfast or lunch at Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach. When arriving at The Inn at Laguna Beach for a weekend staycation, it was the perfect excuse to bring the kiddos for lunch at Urth. Urth Caffé is located in the historic building in which the popular dining destination, The Cottage was once located. It is right across the street from the Laguna Art Museum and has a spacious outdoor patio that is perfect for family dining. We ordered our lunch at the counter and then took a seat on the heated patio right next to the giant tile art sculpture. We waited just a few moments, and a server brought our food to the table. The moment that my taste buds touched my latte, I was in heaven....

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10th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21, 2017. A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction with live entertainment by the local band, The Kalama Brothers. As contributors to the charity, guests will enjoy the following: Celebrity Chef Tasting and VIP “Meet the Chefs” After Party | 2:00 p.m. –...

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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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