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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Georgia’s at the Anaheim Packing House

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Georgia’s Restaurant will celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th with a special 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket with choice of two sides for $20. The offer will begin on the popular food holiday and run for one week, through Thursday, July 12th, in honor of Georgia’s 4th Anniversary! Georgia’s Herb-Seasoned Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk Fried Chicken has been noted for being extra crispy, insanely juicy, perfectly golden and utterly addictive. Anaheim Packing House Soul Food restaurant only uses dark meat and puts its own spin on traditional Fried Chicken with the a special brine inspired by co-owner Marlon Machado’s Brazilian upbringing. The 8-piece Fried Chicken Bucket will be offered with two choice of sides for $20 beginning on National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6th through Thursday, July 12th. Available for dine-in or take-out. Georgia’s is located...

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Tastes of Summer at Casa Barilla

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Summertime is here, and it’s the time of year to live a little more carefree, being out and about in the sunshine and letting someone else do the cooking as you gather around the table. Casa Barilla at South Coast Plaza delighted us with a recent visit to enjoy “A Taste of Summer.” It is happening right now through July 8th with two flavorful dishes, an Insalata Bietole and a Spaghetti Dell’Orto. Both pairs perfectly together and lean on the lighter side with an emphasis on summer vegetables. Since we are big fans of all things from the garden, we enjoyed the flavor and the vibrant colors that scream beautiful and healthy. The Insalata Bietole is a refreshing, sweet, savory salad of Mixed Greens, Arugula, Green Apples, Roasted Beets, Candied Walnuts...

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Angels Baseball Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 13 comments

  Calling all Angels Baseball fans! Baseball season is in full swing and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company is giving away 5,000 Angels Baseball tickets this summer! While supplies last, guests can receive 1 Angels ticket voucher when they mention the promotion (at any OC/LA location) and spend $20. If the table spends $40 and mention the promotion, they will receive 2 Angels vouchers – it’s that simple! Guests can enjoy popular menu items such as World Series a specialty pizza made with special BBQ sauce, all-natural chicken breast, Gouda cheese topped with red onions and fresh cilantro, and the Texas Burger made with BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, crispy homemade onion strings, melted Cheddar, spring mix blend, and tomato. Complete the meal with Oggi’s award-winning craft beers such as the California Blonde and the Scottish-style Ale. GIVEAWAY! We are...

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2018 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Father's Day, Holiday | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is just days away, and Orange County’s top restaurants are rolling out the red carpets for dad’s and offering exquisite special menus for the big day. Make the dad in your life feel extra special this Father’s Day by treating him to brunch, lunch or dinner at one of these restaurants listed in our Orange County father’s day dining guide. From buffets to burgers and cigars to seafood, Orange County has Father’s Day in the bag for dads, dads-to-be and dad-like figures. At Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio is a champagne Father’s Day brunch that includes live entertainment and games. A gourmet brunch with signature burgers and chicken and waffles is being served at Selanne Steak Tavern by dad/Chef Josh Severson complete with a selection of creative cocktails. For a more playful day, dads and their families...

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A New Twist on Pastrami: Pretzelrami at Togo’s

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When I was going to college, Togo’s was a place I would go to at least twice a week a hot pastrami sandwich. Togo’s has a lot of great sandwich and salad choices, but a good pastrami sandwich done right is hard find, especially at a regular sandwich chain. With Togo’s, the biggest problem I have is where I live. The nearest location is about 15 miles away making other sandwich shops more desirable just because of faster drive to them. With this, I had not been to a Togo’s in quite some time. I saw that Togo’s changed their Pastrami Sandwich, calling it the Pretzelrami Sandwich, so I had to go in and try one. I googled locations and found one that was closer than I thought, so I made...

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Dad’s Eat Free in June at Grasslands Meat Market

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Give Dad the best gift of all this Father’s Day with Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible selection of deliciously prepared meats. Grasslands will offer Dads a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. The special ‘Dad’s Eat Free’ offer will be available every date in June. On Father’s Day, treat dad to a free brunch or dinner, with the purchase of one brunch or dinner meal. The brunch menu highlights include Grasslands signature meats, such as smoked prime rib, famous BBQ ribs, pulled pork chimichurri and peel & eat shrimp, as well as brunch staples like bacon, sausage, shirred eggs and French toast. WHEN: June 2018 Dad’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Father’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in June with purchase...

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Angelina’s Pizzeria New Menu Delights Us

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Every so often, my heart skips a beat for a delicious, savory Italian meal. I’d been recently dreaming about a great pasta dish accompanied by a glass of vino. Imagine my delight when I was invited to dine as a guest of Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana. A chance to discover their new Spring Menu with a unique and fresh take on some familiar but also new, creative dishes. I began with the dish Burrata di Primavera; a lovely marriage of Burrata, English Peas, Fava Beans, Mint + Lemon. It’s one of my favorites now with a burst of flavor and reminds you of Spring. The idea of Burrata with anything makes me happy. This next dish, an Antipasto of Charred Octopus, Braised Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Marjoram is imaginative, smokey and delicious. Chef...

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Moms Eat FREE at Grasslands Meat Market All Month Long in May

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  In honor of all moms, Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible ‘Mom’s Eat Free’ special. Every date in May, Grasslands will offer Moms a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. WHEN: May 2018 Mom’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Mother’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in May with purchase of one family-style platter. ADDRESS: Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco 400 West Disney Way, Suite 199, Anaheim, CA Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour, validation provided for second hour. RESERVATIONS AND CONTACT: For more information, please call 657-208-1133 or visit...

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Family-Friendly Steakhouse Dining

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Some of my favorite memories growing up in Orange County was having a delicious steak dinner with my grandparents at Black Angus. My family decided to surprise me last week with a pre-Mother’s Day dinner at Black Angus, and our entire family agreed that the restaurant is better than ever. One thing that I loved about dining at Black Angus was that I was able to get a high-quality steak dinner in a relaxed family-friendly environment. It is one of the only steak restaurants that I have visited where my children did not have to dress-up, and they could relax without feeling the stress of having to be on their “best behavior” in a fancy steakhouse. Our meal started with some freshly baked bread and a shrimp cocktail. All of my...

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Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea at Hotel Shangri-La

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend I was treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch by the sea at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to treat mom to brunch on Mother’s Day because of the hotel’s beautiful ocean views, timeless decor and excellent cuisine. While I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch in their elegant restaurant, brunch on Mother’s Day will be served al fresco under the beautiful Santa Monica sun on the outdoor hotel patio. Brunch began with a champagne toast before embarking on an epicurean adventure. Our first course was a refreshing gazpacho shooter that perfectly cleansed our palate before savoring the next five courses. The highlight of our brunch was the avocado toast. The dish featured perfectly crisp toast topped with thinly...

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Salt & Straw opening at Downtown Disney

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

  Salt & Straw will open its first Orange County scoop shop at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim later this year. The family-run ice cream company known for its taste-provoking flavors will offer flavors that uniquely capture the spirit of classic Americana. Founded in 2011 by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek in Portland, Ore., Salt & Straw has become a West Coast favorite with scoop shops in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, in addition to its soft-serve dessert bar, Wiz Bang Bar, in Portland. Each of head ice cream maker Tyler Malek’s inspired flavors is handmade in small batches using the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients, including cream from Scott Brothers Dairy, a family-owned farm in Southern California. Special offerings will be available seasonally, showcasing Tyler’s passion for working with local produce and artisanal products....

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5th Annual Taste of Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

  CALLING ALL FOODIES! Santa Ana’s favorite food party is coming to MainPlace Mall on May 19, 2018! Presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, prepare your taste buds for incredible culinary creations from over 40 local restaurants, enjoy booze tastings, live music from Pop Gun Rerun, a photo booth and charity raffle! Bring the fam to this amazing event, tell all your friends, and get ready to EAT! Kids 5 & under are FREE with adult paid admission. GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: Doors Open at 6PM. Tickets include unlimited food tastings, local beer and wine sampling, live music, photo booth, kid’s activities and more! VIP ACCESS TICKETS: Early entry begins at 5PM. Tickets include full access to the 21+ VIP lounge with an open bar, games, covered lounge seating and food samples from some of Santa Ana’s best...

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Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl is proud to release the program schedule for 31 days of food celebrating L.A.’s amazing food and drink scene. Spanning the entire month of May, Food Bowl will feature over 200 events with many of the chefs and restaurants that have put Los Angeles on the map as one of the world’s great food cities alongside internationally renowned chefs in rare local appearances. In its second year, the festival will continue to raise awareness and funds to fight food insecurity and hunger and promote waste reduction and sustainability through charity partners and participating events. The extensive lineup of dining events, panel discussions, chef collaborations, volunteer projects and other food and drink-inspired happenings can be found at​ lafoodbowl.com​. ​ Carlos Salgado​ (Taco Maria), ​Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken​ (Border Grill), ​José Andrés​ (L.A....

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2018 Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Celebrate Mom this year on Mother’ Day by treating her to an unforgettable Sunday brunch at one of these premier Orange County dining destinations. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Seafood Station Ahi Poke, Shrimp Cocktail, Ceviche, Oysters in a Half Shell, and Chilled King Crab Legs with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon, and Tabasco Cooked to Order Omelets Omelet or Whole Eggs Made to Order with: Country Ham, Sausage, Bacon and Bay Shrimp, Assorted Cheeses, Diced Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Fresh Cut Peppers, and Salsa Smoked Fish Station Gravlax, Scallops, Trout, Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce, Sliced Red Onions, Capers, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, and...

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Family, Friends and Fun at Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My kid’s favorite thing to have for dinner is pizza. What kid doesn’t love pizza? I had heard a lot of my friends talking about Oggi’s Pizza in Mission Viejo, so we planned a family night out at the popular pizza place for dinner. When we arrived at Oggi’s, I fell in love with the vibe. The entire restaurant was full of families enjoying dinner together while watching their favorite game on one of the many televisions hanging on the walls. The restaurant features plenty of seating for families and for big groups, making it a perfect place to bring your kids sports team for dinner together after a game. The menu at Oggi’s is great. There are plenty of options for everyone in your family, and I loved that they...

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Sessions West Coast Deli Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Our favorite place to take the kids for sandwiches has recently expanded with an all-new location in the heart of Irvine. Whenever we are planning a family picnic or a day at the beach Sessions West Coast Deli has always been our go-to place for delicious and fresh finely crafted sandwiches. The all-new location is in the newly redesigned Woodbridge Village Center and features a relaxing outdoor patio complete with a fire pit and views of the beautiful lake. On the eve of their grand opening, I took the kids to get a first look at the new restaurant and their newly redesigned menu. We found a seat on the outdoor patio, and I sipped on a cup of cold brew coffee while enjoying the company of a dear friend and...

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Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Onion. Pistachio and avocado. Marshmallows. Maze. You read that last word right –the chemical found in pepper spray and all of the aforementioned food products imparted some of the many flavors found in craft beers at Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. Bostonians and East Coast beer aficionados braced the cold weather in an extremely long line outside the Seaport World Trade Center as they waited to enter the 15th annual event. Onlookers may think they are crazy and ridiculous, but the attendees received instant gratification once they step into the conference hall. EBF showcases the extreme of the extreme beer and the festival highly encourages brewers to explore their identity as creators and masters of their craft. These “beer scientists” did not fall short from impressing their peers and the thousands who flocked to EBF just...

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  Following another record-breaking year, the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the world-famous OC Fair opening weekend on July 14 and 15, 2018 with more fun than ever before. The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games, and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. Tickets are available April 11 at brewheehaw.com. At the highly anticipated 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of...

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Alien Pizza Planet Landing soon at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Everyone’s favorite Aliens from Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be invading Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, and we are eternally grateful! Throughout Pixar Fest, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park will transform into Alien Pizza Planet – “A Better Place.” The Aliens have sourced the finest ingredients from across the universe to deliver fresh, hot pizzas that are out of this world. A specialty of their home planet Pepperonia is a special pepperoni pizza topped with green peppers and mushrooms. They’ll also be cooking up a hearty cheeseburger pizza with ketchup, yellow mustard and pizza sauce on a sesame seed crust and topped with cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, slider patties, a house-made burger sauce, and pickles. Stay tuned for more details about this playful re-imagination of Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, and more new menu items. This exciting...

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Brunch with a view at Back Bay Bistro

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I’m not one to indulge in buffets very often, mostly because I don’t have that large of an appetite. But, I was recently invited to a brunch buffet at Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. And, since my last outing there about a year earlier for a small event had been a thoroughly enjoyable one, I gladly accepted and brought along my friend, Kathy. Kathy, it should be noted, is a fantastic candy and dessert maker. More about that later. If you’re not familiar with Back Bay Bistro, it’s understandable as it’s tucked away on Back Bay Drive, just off of Jamboree next to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. You’d never even know a restaurant was hidden there… a restaurant with a relaxing marina view and a wide-open, light-filled interior perfect for...

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It’s Spring At Five Crowns

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We were recently invited to explore and taste a sampling of the new Spring Menu at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.  Introduced by Chef Alejandra, she’s been cooking up some creativity in the kitchen and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. Chef Alejandra Padilla is the newly appointed Executive Chef at Five Crowns; she is humble, kind and brings to the table a stellar resume of experience.  She also happens to be the winner of the season premiere episode of “Chopped”.   Of course, you would never know any of this unless someone else tells you or you read about it; because she is here to follow her passion, to create dishes that give you comfort and yet surprise you. We don’t usually begin with dessert but...

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2018 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Dining, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is a time for families to come together and create memories that will last a lifetime with enjoying delicious cuisine. While there are many dining choices on Easter, these are our top picks of where to spend the holiday with your family. Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun in the Ballroom Sunday, April 1; seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For this holiday, it’s time to round up the family and hop over to Fashion Island Hotel for an Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun! They’re transforming the Ballroom into a colorful Easter wonderland with live entertainment, kids’ face painting and egg decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a family photo to capture all the fun memories. The bountiful brunch buffet features favorites like made-to-order crepes, seasonal salads, tasty desserts and a selection of kids’ favorites. And...

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The Royal Palace on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Disney Cruise Line, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference After having dinner at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, we couldn’t wait to experience dinner at the highly-acclaimed Royal Palace. Our family was going to attend a pirate party after dinner, so we arrived at the palace in our favorite pirate attire, ready for a delicious dining experience. My children were the most excited to see our servers again, Sudarmaji and Vinay. They treated my children so wonderfully and would perform magic tricks for them. They even knew what my kids favorite foods were after just one night and made some excellent recommendations for them. For the appetizers, I started with the iced lobster and jumbo shrimp. The dish was simple, yet flavorful. It was the perfect prelude to my main course. And, while I...

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2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 2 comments

  KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 7 bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment oceanfront. As the first stop of the festival series — now in its fifth year in Southern California — KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival gives craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample over 150 brews and a variety of delectable tacos while watching lucha libre style wrestling, playing games, and enjoying live performances by The Offspring, Pennywise, The Vandals, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Unwritten Law, and Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), KLOS Sabroso Craft...

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You’re Invited: Farmhouse Local Artisan Dinner

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

  Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead is pleased to host an evening of unforgettable food and great company on Monday, March 19 from 6-9 p.m. Taking place during Roger’s Gardens’ annual Spring Celebration and benefitting The Ecology Center, the Local Artisan Dinner will feature an exclusive, multicourse menu and beverage pairing highlighting the season’s freshest flavors. Under the stars and amongst the olive trees, meet and mingle with the real stars of the evening, the local food and drink artisans who made the special dinner possible. In attendance will be Evan Marks of The Ecology Center, Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms, Sherry Mandrell of the Tehachapi Grain Project, Peter Schaner of Schaner Family Farms, Meredith Bell of Autonomy Farms, Brian and Robin Christenson of Blinking Owl Distillery, Sara Lezama and Kyle Titterud of Rye Goods Co.,...

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The Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Dining, Disney Cruise Line, Family, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference When planning our upcoming family vacation on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to dining. We had the option of selecting one of two different dining times, and we would be assigned to dine at that specific time at a different restaurant each evening. The first evening, we dined at The Enchanted Garden restaurant, and it was one of our favorite restaurants on the cruise ship. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant, we were immediately guided to our private table where we would embark on an epicurean adventure. The staff was already aware of my older sons food allergies, and they came over to go over the allergies with us to ensure that he did not have any issues during...

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2018 Orange County St. Patrick’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Dining, Family, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

 You’ll have the luck of the Irish this year while enjoying delicious authentic food at one of these top dining destinations in Orange County. The Blind Pig Restaurant + Bar — Rancho Santa Margarita The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar serves up shareable gourmet American cuisine, by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider, with an expansive selection of craft beers and specialty craft cocktails, by Bar Manager Ryan Autry. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the team will offer a selection of $5 craft Irish beers on tap, a featured Irish whiskey for $6, and a single malt flight, along with craft Irish-inspired cocktails to be paired with Irish-themed dishes on special like Bangers & Mash, Irish Beer Battered Fish, and Corned Beef. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen — Brea, CA & Irvine The Latin inspired menu at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen...

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Fast and Healthy Family Dining

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Today I tried out SAJJ Mediterranean, a popular Bay Area restaurant that just opened up their first SoCal location in Rancho Santa Margarita, and I couldn’t wait to share all about it. Their cuisine begins with locally sourced produce, antibiotic/hormone free meats, and they offer many vegan & gluten free options to create fresh, healthy meals. The menu is fully customizable. You go down the assembly line and choose the items you’d like, and can enjoy it in the form of a wrap, bowl, salad bowl, or with pita bread. They also offer traditional Middle Eastern beverages such as Tamarind and Mint Lemonade (which I ordered and was so yummy!). My husband ordered the Steak Shawarma Rice Bowl, and I had the Chicken Bowl, both were super good! Thankfully for my...

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Sip and Savor at the OCWineFest

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Come celebrate the oncoming of spring at the upcoming OCWineFest, with festivities March 10 and 11 on the historical grounds of A Stones Throw Winery in San Juan Capistrano. Guests at OCWineFest will learn about and sip award-winning wines from around the globe – including from producers hailing from Israel, Croatia (hello, aged at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea!), Greece, France, as well as those you might be surprised to learn were grown and made right in Orange County and Los Angeles. They haven’t forgotten about beer lovers – the team has specially curated some tasty craft breweries into the mix, honoring the craft beer phenomenon of Southern California. OCWineFest blazes the trail to bring wine and people together – from the newbie to the aficionado – in a way that balances fun, exploration and education. For...

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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Treat your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day date night at one of these romantic Orange County dining destinations. AVEO Table + Bar Enjoy a seaside dining experience this Valentine’s Day at AVEO Table + Bar. Executive Chef Collin Thornton has created a special 4-course menu ($89 pp) with standout dishes that mirror the effortless coastal elegance of resort including taragon-poached lobster with a saffron-tomato marmalade, brown butter John Dory with ricotta gnocchi, and an herb-crusted rack of lamb in a raspberry red wine reduction. The final course is a large macaron filled with Itakuja chocolate mousseline, bejeweled halved raspberries, and finished with a sangria reduction. AVEO Table + Bar 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 Taco Rosa Taco Rosa takes a different approach to Valentine’s Day, by offering a special experience instead of...

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Tru Grits: Modern Asian Fusion Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love when I stumble upon a hidden dining gem in Orange County, and that was the case when I brought my family for dinner at Tru Grits in Anaheim. After a fun day at the Disneyland Resort, we were in search of something delicious and new for dinner that was within close proximity of Disneyland. I had heard a lot of buzz surrounding Tru Grits and decided to bring the family for dinner. The restaurant is located in the most unexpected place – the lobby of a local hotel! Normally, a hotel restaurant is ‘average,’ but that is not the case with this delicious dining destination. The cuisine is modern Asian fusion style that is 110% kid-friendly. Since it was our first time dining at Tru Grits, we decided to...

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Viva Los Tacos Event + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Things are getting festive at the MainPlace Mall this month for Viva Los Tacos, a celebration of food, culture and art. Aiming to please, Viva Los Tacos will introduce some the best taco items, chefs and menus the Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles areas has to offer to 1,500 attendees. Viva Los Tacos will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (VIP admission at noon) at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample tacos from the following confirmed Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles restaurants / catering companies: Amor Y Tacos, Botana Express, Carnitas El Momo, Del Real Foods, Día de Los Puercos , El Pepino Loco, El Pollo Norteño, GoodFellas Taco Catering, Infinity Sauces, Kitchen Culture Catering, La Vegana Mexicana, My Taco Guy,...

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What to Expect at Bella Terra’s New Restaurant: The Public House by Evan’s Brewing Co.

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited The Public House by Evan’s Brewing Co. as a guest of the restaurant. Bella Terra in Huntington Beach recently gained another restaurant on its property that offers foodies and beer enthusiasts another place to dine and indulge. The Public House by Evans Brewing Co. is the brewery’s second tasting room and restaurant which opened approximately a year after its first location in downtown Fullerton. The venue itself gives off a casual vibe to patrons as they walk in. With multiple TV screens playing various shows and dim lighting to set the mood, the open space is complete with high top and low top tables, bar, and an outdoor, intimate patio space complete with fire pits and keg stools. On Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. through midnight, patrons enjoy live music performed by local musicians. The menu...

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It’s France vs. Italy at Bluewater Grill

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

  Bluewater Grill is kicking off the 2018 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a January 9th showdown between Europe’s two famous fish stews paired with hand-selected wines from each country. Following the special events, seafoodies will be able to declare which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The “French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino Tasting Event” – planned for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Bluewater Grill restaurants in Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Temecula and Phoenix; Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill in Coronado; and Bluewater Avalon on Catalina Island – are part of a month-long competition between the two European fish stews. The $34.95 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato-based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively. For the first...

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Las Brisas: Ocean Breezes and Delicious Cuisine

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Being invited to Las Brisas is always a welcome treat for us. We love the new menu items that continue to take us by surprise, the views, of course, are stunning and the genuine interaction with their staff (feels like family) always continue to delight us; full of laughter, kindness and impeccable service. A new midday menu has been introduced; exploring fresh ideas and keeping true to the classic favorites. You’ll discover great choices for the light eater, the seafood lover and all things comforting to many of us. Our favorite starters hands down and we think our smiles give it away; Guacamole and the Classic Ceviche with a generous basket of chips. If you are a lover of either or both, you’ll be delighted by their flavors. Order the Laguna...

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2017 Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining Events

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

  Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year? These are the hottest dining spots to ring in the New Year in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 All aboard for Ways & Means Hawaiian New Year’s Bash! Throw on your cheesy Love Boat costume and get ready for a night of music & dancing! Guests can enjoy themed cocktails, costume contests, and giveaways all night long! Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 2607 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614 Start the year off in a charitable way with Andrei’s special New Year’s Eve menu (100% of the net profits are donated to The Andrei Foundation). For $89 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing, guests will enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, fun party favors and complimentary champagne toast...

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Extreme Beer Festival

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

 We visited as a guest of the venue “Extreme Beer: A beer that pushes the boundaries of brewing through creativity and innovation.” This definition, which was featured in the festival’s program book, truly describes what Extreme Beer Festival is all about – showcasing independent breweries who are experimenting with flavors, evolving beer styles, and shaping the future of the beer industry. We had the pleasure of attending Los Angeles’ inaugural Extreme Beer Festival at the California Market Center on Saturday, December 9. Between the afternoon and evening sessions, attendees collectively tasted more than 200 beers from over 60 breweries. Arriving to the festival’s location was fairly easy – thanks to the train and a prominent ridesharing app. After we shared an elevator ride with attendees to the 13th floor, we were surprised to see a fairly large yet intimate...

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Back Bay Bistro: Brunch with Santa

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday | 0 comments

  Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself at Brunch with Santa on Saturdays, December 16 and 23. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve as well with a special Sunday Brunch with Santa featuring fresh seafood and bottomless mimosas. Brunch seatings are available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For those who wish to dine out on Christmas Eve, Back Bay Bistro is hosting a gourmet, six course Christmas Eve dinner highlighting seasonal sides, three main course options and festive desserts with seatings from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Dinner Menu: First Course Winter Mixed Greens with candied pecans, cranberries and blueberries with raspberry vinaigrette Second Course Roasted Tomato Bisque with garlic croutons and...

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Back Bay Bistro: Stress-Free Holiday Meals

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

 Sponsored Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it is the one holiday where I host all of our family and friends. This year was a little bit different for me because I had planned a major surgery to be the day before the holiday so that I would have my family home to help me with the recovery. Everyone in my family insisted that I cancel Thanksgiving, but after almost twenty years of hosting the holiday I looked for other options to make hosting easier, and that was when I learned about the Back Bay Bistro Thanksgiving to-go option. With Back Bay Bistro being the premier place for families to dine out on Thanksgiving, I knew that the to-go meal would not disappoint and that my family would be able to enjoy a delicious meal while...

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Creating Memories at Mimi’s Cafe

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

 I am a Mimi’s Ambassador Whenever my daughter has a day off of school, we spend the afternoon having lunch together. We love trying new places around Orange County and also dining at some of our favorites like Mimi’s Cafe. It had been awhile since we had dined at Mimi’s Cafe, and we always tend to dine at the restaurant during dinner, so we decided to stop in for lunch on Veterans Day. When we arrived, there was a line that went out the door. Everyone in Irvine had the same idea in mind of having lunch at Mimi’s Cafe that afternoon. The staff worked quickly to get every guest seated at a quick pace, and within minutes we were sipping on ice tea and looking over the lunch menu. While we were looking over the menu, our server...

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Food Network Star Pays Visit to OCSA’s Culinary Students

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Dining, Education | 0 comments

  Laughter filled the room as celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli impressed Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) students from The Mekjian Family Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory with her expertise and down-to-earth personality during an exclusive OCSA master class held on Thursday, Nov. 9. Executive chef at Butter restaurant in New York City, Guarnaschelli is also a winner of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and a judge on “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior.” Early in her career, she spent seven years cooking at restaurants in France, including Guy Savoy and La Butte Chaillot. OCSA students, parents and VIP guests excitedly filled the school’s Event Center for a private demonstration from Guarnaschelli about creating herb-infused olive oils to transform an ordinary meal into a gourmet dish. She cooked olive oil with thyme, curly-leaf parsley and rosemary, and used it...

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Mom’s Night Out Holiday Cooking Class

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Christmas, Dining, Education, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  Enjoy a night out with friends or a special date night where you can learn some cooking basics, drink wine, eat what you cook, and have a great time! The classes provide hands on, practical culinary experience under the guidance of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)’s renowned Chef Instructors in their world-class teaching kitchens. Monday, December 4th – Fresh Pasta Anyone? Monday, December 11th – A Night in the Mediterranean Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per class Ages 21+ Cost of registration includes beer and wine! Registration is currently available...

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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  Enjoy a Festive Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful at one of these premiere Orange County Restaurants. Back Bay Bistro 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro is offering Thanksgiving To Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. NOV. 23 BUFFET MENU DETAILS: Fresh Salads Field Greens with Apples and Dried Cherries, Walnut Vinaigrette Grilled Asparagus Salad Spaghetti Squash Salad Beets with Goat Cheese Wild Mushroom Salad...

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Orange County Veterans Day Dining Deals

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  Local restaurants are honoring the men and women who have served our country by offering complimentary meals and dining specials to active and retired military personnel this upcoming Veterans Day weekend. Thank you to all who have served our country, and have created a safe place for us to raise our children. The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 On Saturday, Nov. 11, The Blind Pig will honor all veterans with buy one get one free draft beers all day. The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA serves up shareable gourmet American cuisine, by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider, with an expansive selection of craft beers and specialty craft cocktails, by Bar Manager Ryan Autry. The speakeasy-style bar and eatery’s menus change seasonally with eclectic and imaginative...

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A Taste of Hawaii at Ono Hawaiian BBQ

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My family loves Hawaii and misses everything about it.  It’s been 350 days since we left and we can’t wait for our next trip back. To ease the pain and sadness, we try to bring a bit of Hawaii into our daily lives.  My daughter takes Hula lessons, my son is learning to play the ukulele, my husband wears Hawaiian print loungewear, and I buy Hawaiian scented candles.  What our family loves to do together, to take us back to our days in paradise, is eat. When Ono Hawaiian BBQ invited us in for a tasting, we immediately said ‘yes’ and drove to Buena Park for a little taste of Hawaii. Brightly lit with Hawaiian accents here and there, Ono Hawaiian BBQ took me back to North Shore.  My family ordered...

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Best Places for ‘Saturday’ Brunch in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  When we think about making plans to go out for brunch, most of us look into Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea in mind, and the restaurants are often crowded, making it hard to have an enjoyable meal. A lot of restaurants are starting to recognize this and are hosting beautiful ‘Saturday’ brunches giving families more options to enjoy brunch during the weekend. These are our favorite places to have ‘Saturday’ brunch with your family in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House, Huntington Beach Enjoy the ocean breeze and bottomless real-fruit mimosas during Saturday brunch at Ways & Means Oyster House. Boasting a dog-friendly patio overlooking the Huntington Beach Pier, this seafood restaurant is the go-to spot for Saturday brunch and day drinking. From 10am -3pm, , guests can enjoy bottomless fruit mimosas and...

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5th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  For the 5th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 5 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Casamigos Tequila, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Nolet’s, Veuve Clicquot, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Piper Sonoma, Cote de Roses, Nicholas Freuillate, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Lavazza Coffee, Volvic Water, and...

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Date Night: Le Dîner en Blanc in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Dining, Events, Featured | 2 comments

  From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret”, Le Dîner en Blanc will take over one of Orange County’s public spaces on November 2, 2017, for the first ever refine pop-up epicurean event. Over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have already embraced this unique event. As stated very eloquently by the New York Times: “There are picnics and there are Picnics”. This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, pop-up feast and je ne sais quoi! Launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean sensation in nearly 80 cities in more than 30 countries. While the technology behind the event...

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Saturday Brunch at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The reason that I love supporting Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is that 100% of their net profits benefit The Andrei Foundation, which supports many charitable causes and organizations. How amazing is that? The owners opened the restaurant in honor of their son who was a great philanthropist and was passionate about how eating healthy can impact your health. Not only is your family giving back to our community by dining at Andrei’s, but you’re also going to savor some of the finest cuisine in Orange County. Recently, Andrei’s just introduced ‘Saturday’ brunch, and I went with my husband last weekend to taste some of their new dishes. I loved that there is finally an option of having brunch on Saturday, and we enjoyed the complimentary valet parking when arriving at...

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Caliente Southwest Grille

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Costa Mesa is a hot spot for great family dining spots, and we recently discovered a new favorite, Caliente Southwest Grille. The hidden gem has a family-friendly dining area, small outdoor dining area, and delicious food. When we went to Caliente last week for the first time, there were so many delicious menu choices that it was hard to decide. The menu features a fresh and healthier take on classic Mexican food dishes. We started our meal with some fresh guacamole and chips on their outdoor patio. We all shared our favorite parts of the day while sitting around a table together. I was the one in our family who had the hardest time deciding what to order. I was grateful for some fantastic recommendations that the staff member gave me...

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Milk Box Bar Comes to Honey & Butter

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Honey & Butter is one of my favorite places in Orange County to bring the kids to enjoy a sweet treat. When I heard the news that Milk Box Bar was coming to Honey & Butter for a limited time, I couldn’t wait to bring the kids for delicious macarons paired with our favorite Milk Box Bar drinks. When we arrived at Honey & Butter, it was the first day that they were serving Milk Box Bar drinks. I didn’t know what flavor drinks they would be serving, and I was over the moon with excitement to find out that it was their Mustache Iced Tea and Churro drink. It was the first time that I had tried the Churro drink from Milk Box Bar, and it quickly became one of...

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Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Jimboy’s Tacos

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The minute that Jimboy’s Tacos opened in Aliso Viejo, it was all the buzz around our community. For months, I would drive past the popular taco hotspot, and couldn’t wait until the day that I would find myself sinking my taste buds into one of their famous tacos. Being the busy mom that I am, it took me longer than it should of for me to finally come into Jimboy’s Tacos for lunch. My kids had the day off school, and we were all craving tacos, so we jumped into the car and drove over to our local Jimboy’s Tacos. When we arrived, there was a line that went out the door – everyone in Aliso Viejo had the same cravings as us on that day. When I got to the...

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Miguel’s Jr Comes to Huntington Beach

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

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love tacos, and I am always looking for a new place to get delicious tacos. I had heard a lot of buzz about Miguel’s Jr, but there was never a location close to my house until now. The popular family-owned restaurant chain recently opened a new location right in the heart of Huntington Beach in the Newland Center at the corner of Beach and Adams. With it being right down the street from my in-laws, we stopped in for dinner one-night last week. When we walked into the restaurant, it was packed. The restaurant was filled with families spending quality time together while enjoying tasty Mexican food. I liked that the menu wasn’t too big, and it made it easy to order something delicious for dinner. We went up to...

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The Habit Burger Hatch Chile Menu Items

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love spicy food, and when I learned that The Habit Burger was introduced a limited-time menu featuring hatch chiles, I couldn’t wait to come into the restaurant for a taste. The Habit Burger is a popular dining spot for locals in our area, and there is always a line that goes out the door (because it is that good). Yesterday, I went early to avoid the lunch crowd and had a hard time deciding which menu item I was going to try. The menu features a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Charburger, a Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad, and a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich. The employee at the counter helped me to make my decision and order the grilled hatch and golden chicken salad. I took...

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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things to do when visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to try all of the tasty treats and savory foods. This year, Disneyland has brought back many of our favorite Halloween treats, and have added a lot of new things for your family to try when visiting this holiday season. These are some of the Halloween foods that you’ll not want to miss trying when visiting Disneyland this Halloween. Cake Pops and Caramel Apples One of my favorite things to get during Halloween Time at Disneyland are caramel apples. Disneyland has a wide variety of cake pops available for your family to enjoy. Spoke-y Cone Macaron This tasty treat is filled with marshmallow buttercream and candy corn. It can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel...

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Family Fun at Farmer Boys

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughters and I dined at Farmer Boys newest location in Laguna Hills this evening. We weren’t familiar with the restaurant chain, and I learned that they began 35 years ago and now have 90 locations. Their philosophy is “farm fresh food” that is made to order, using as much locally sourced produce and ingredients as possible. My girls were happy to hear that they served breakfast all day and choose to order breakfast for dinner. My kids are practically pancake connoisseurs and said that they were quite fluffy and delicious. They concluded their meal with thick creamy milkshakes and were VERY pleased! During dinner, I enjoyed a BLTA, it was delicious bread, and the produce was just as fresh and flavorful as they claim. The restaurant has an extensive menu...

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Fresh Brothers Family Pizza Night + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 6 comments

  In celebration of National Pizza Month on September 20th, we are hosting a giveaway for one of our favorite pizza places in Orange County, Fresh Brothers. Fresh Brothers is the best choice for families when it comes to ordering out a pizza. They use all-natural pepperoni, their sauce is made with fresh tomatoes (not concentrate), and their dough is made fresh daily. We all want the highest quality food available for our children, and Fresh Brothers pizza is made without preservatives, fillers or artificial ingredients ~ plus there are no GMO’s! They have multiple locations throughout Orange County, and we are happy to treat one lucky family to a Fresh Brothers Pizza night. Enter to win a family pizza night by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random...

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2017 Savor Santa Ana

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

  Each year at Savor Santa Ana, nearly 40 downtown Santa Ana restaurants fling open their doors for small bites and libations as you meander through music-filled streets of DTSA. Savor Santa Ana is a truly unique tasting event for Orange County on September 14th from 5-9:30pm. Walk door-to-door or take a trolley to hear live musicians and student performers, meet local food scene entrepreneurs, taste from local restaurants, and see downtown Santa Ana’s historic buildings beautifully restored with wood, brick, glass and steel. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets and are available online at savorsantaana.com and onsite at the event. TASTING TICKETS: $10 gets you 5 tasting tickets to redeem at any of 40 participating restaurants and eateries. Order as many sets of 5 tastes as you like. 2017 EVENT FEATURES Restaurant Tastings...

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The District’s Taste of 10 Anniversary Event

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The District at Tustin Legacy is turning the big 10 this year! When The District first opened in 2007, it was the largest shopping center to be built in Orange County during that decade. Original tenants for the million-square foot center included anchors such as Orange County’s largest Whole Foods Market, Costco, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods, PetSmart, AMC Tustin 14 and Target. The outdoor center now features nearly 100 specialty stores and restaurants—including Union Market Tustin, one of Orange County’s first food halls with over 20 unique eateries and independent retailers. This year, The District welcomes a wave of notable new retail and dining concepts, including Prego, Pressed Juicery, Planet Fitness, Bar Louie, The Halal Guys, UnionRyde, Joon Shabu Shabu, Bear Cheese Tart, Black Steel Barbershop and more. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, The District is hosting a “Taste of...

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Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Everyone loves good barbecue, but it can be hard to find around Orange County. I had heard a lot of buzz about Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano, so I decided to bring the family to give it a try over the weekend. The restaurant is hidden from the main road and is tucked in the corner of a small strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. We parked our car in front of the restaurant and got ready to embark on a delicious dinner at Bad to the Bone BBQ. There is a small patio in the front (with plenty of shade), a large indoor bar and family dining room. Guests can place their order at the front desk, take a number, and then the server...

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Host a Back-to-School Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Dining, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sample provided One of my favorite yearly traditions with my closest friends to celebrate the kids going back to school with a fun mom’s night out. While some years we have our yearly night away from the husband & kiddos at a local restaurant, the past couple of years, we have spent having a get together at one of my friends home. We will share our favorite summer memories together while sipping on wine and eating scrumptious appetizers. This year, I surprised my friends by bringing something different than our favorite Chardonnay to our get together and brought Two Chicks Cocktails. The minute that I walked in the door, my friends started asking me questions about the cocktails. They were all surprised to learn that Two Chicks Cocktails are all natural, gluten free and sweetened with stevia so we...

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BRIO Tuscan Grille Delicious Fall Menu

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my favorite places to dine al fresco at the Irvine Spectrum Center is BRIO Tuscan Grille. The restaurant features a beautiful outdoor patio that makes guests feel like they are dining at a restaurant in Italy. When I learned that BRIO Tuscan Grille was launching a new fall menu, I couldn’t wait to bring my kids for an early dinner at the exclusive dining destination. It was a beautiful evening when we dined at the restaurant. The sun was just starting to set, and the weather was starting to cool down. We took a seat at a table towards the back of the patio where my family embarked on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. I sipped on a glass of sangria while overlooking the menu with my husband. While we...

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8th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival Returns

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated 8th annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival returns to the beautiful Oak Canyon Park on Saturday, September 23 from noon to 4p.m. Dubbed “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival,” the event will offer unlimited tastes from more than 250 craft and import beer samplings from over 90 breweries. Super-fan craft beer enthusiasts will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to sample extremely rare and special release beers at Brew Ha Ha Festival’s NEW ‘Rare Beer Section’. This year’s Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival will break its own record of offering both the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange County, CA. Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy quality craft beer, gourmet food trucks and restaurant vendors, live entertainment, games, and more. The all-new ‘Rare Beer Section’ will offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for beer aficionados to...

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Hurricane Harvey OC Dining Fundraising Events

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  As we follow the Hurricane Harvey news coverage, we are all concerned for the people of Texas and the tremendous devastation they have suffered from the hurricane, historic rains and flooding that continue to wreak destruction and affect lives throughout South Texas. Families can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey by attending one of these OC restaurant dining fundraising events. MEAT ME IN TEXAS BoD Pop-Up benefiting Houston Flood Relief With much of Houston facing incredible flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills will be hosting a benefit dinner, MEAT ME IN TEXAS, for Houston flood relief at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd. The restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch, will host this special pop-up dinner for $200 per guest with 100% of the ticket price donated to charities helping those...

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The Impossible Burger at Umami Burger

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

  The world’s population is about 7.5 billion.  It has nearly doubled in 20 years and will continue to do so.  With growth comes the struggle to feed those mouths which to this point has caused a negative shift in the ecosystem.  In the US alone beef consumption, last year was 24.1 billion pounds; it is safe to say, American people love, their meat and I’m one of them.  Living in California, I am very conscious about my carbon foot print.  I recycle, use water conservatively, and drive a gas efficient car, so when I was invited to try Umami’s Impossible Burger, I said yes! I wasn’t really sure what the Impossible Burger was.  Before I ate it, I thought it would be a standard veggie patty, but I was very wrong.  After speaking to a representative from Impossible, I...

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Dinner under the stars at Cafe Santorini

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Dining, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When planning a family getaway to Pasadena, there are so many choices when it came to deciding where to go for dinner. I had heard a lot about Cafe Santorini, so I made reservations to have dinner on their rooftop patio on our first night in Pasadena. The restaurant was a short walk from The Courtyard by Marriott where we were staying for the weekend. We entered the restaurant through a small door on the side of the building and walked up the long and narrow staircase to check in with the hostess. My favorite feature of the restaurant is the outdoor dining ambiance. There are a couple of inside tables, but everyone who dines at Cafe Santorini wants to eat outside where there is a beautiful view of old town...

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Best Breakfast in Pasadena: Lincoln

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 3 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue On our last day visiting Pasadena, I wanted to go to the best place in town for breakfast. With Pasadena being a culinary hot spot, there are so many choices when it comes to dining out. I asked around, and everyone mentioned Lincoln. After checking out of our hotel at the Courtyard Pasadena, we drove in over to Lincoln for breakfast. While on our way to the restaurant, we spotted a fun fork in the road and stopped to capture a photo of the funky roadside attraction. When we arrived at the restaurant, it looked like a warehouse. I parked our Kia Sorento in the parking lot and walked into the restaurant. The minute that I entered the restaurant, I was in love with the vibe. There was a line of...

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Paella Wine & Beer Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dining, Events | 9 comments

  Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m. Nearly 50 local chefs will compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship in Sueca, Valencia, Spain. Event entry includes unlimited wine, beer and paella and features an experience reflecting what one would find while strolling through a lively outdoor market in Spain. There will be live entertainment including Flamenco performances and Spanish rock, and local vendors will offer tapas, sangrias, cocktails, cultural art, and much more. With thousands expected to attend, the Paella Wine & Beer Festival is one of the most authentic Hispanic culinary events in the United States and presents a unique opportunity for local chefs to...

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The Luggage Room Pizzeria in Pasadena

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dining, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue While on our Pasadena staycation, we got a little taste of history while dining at The Luggage Room Pizzeria. The restaurant is located in the 1934 luggage room of the Del Mar Train Station and is a great place for families to enjoy a delicious meal together. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the nicest staff who helped show us to a table for the evening. The restaurant is intimate, has a large bar in the center, and an open-air kitchen where guests can see pizzas being made in the wood-burning oven. After we got our drinks, we ordered some appetizers to start our meal. It is rare to see deviled eggs on a menu so I couldn’t resist giving them a try. The eggs burst with...

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Best Burger in Pasadena: Pie-n-Burger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Did you know that Pasadena is where the cheeseburger was invented? When I learned this fun fact, I knew that our first meal on a staycation in Pasadena had to be at the popular burger joint, Pie-n-Burger. Pie-n-Burger is located right in the heart of downtown Pasadena. We drove our Kia Sorento to the restaurant, parked on the street, and then went into the historic building for lunch. Inside the small building is a long bar where people were enjoying delicious burgers and creamy milkshakes. Because it is one of the most popular dining destinations in the area, there was a short wait for chairs at the bar when we first arrived. There is a giant menu on the wall of the restaurant, so my kids were able to decide what they wanted to...

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New Dining Hot Spot: Legado Bar + Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest After living in South Orange County for the past 15+ years, I am always in search of a new restaurant that serves fresh and creative culinary dishes. The only downside to South Orange County is that it is the chain restaurant capital of California with very few innovative family-owned restaurants. I always find myself driving to North Orange County to get a meal that is made with fresh, organic and GMO-free ingredients until now. I had heard a lot of buzz around the opening of Legado Bar + Kitchen, and I wanted to wait a couple of weeks after they opened before coming in to try their culinary creations so they could work out any kinks that go along with opening a new restaurant. I was thrilled that I happened to be in town...

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The Habit Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dining | 1 comment

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the best things about the summer is all the fresh produce, with strawberries being my kid’s ultimate favorite summer fruit. The Habit is one of my kid’s favorite restaurants to get a juicy burger and fries, but this summer they have a new favorite at The Habit, the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad. Never in a million years would I think that my children would prefer a salad over a burger, but it finally happened. I first got one of the salads at the beginning of the summer and my younger son asked for a bite. Once my other kids saw his reaction to tasting the salad, they all asked for a taste. They were all hooked. The salad features a bed of fresh hand-cut lettuce topped with sliced strawberries,...

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Philly’s Best BBQ Summer Menu

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Dining, Giveaways | 9 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue My daughter is a cheesesteak fanatic! Whenever we go out to eat, and there is a cheesesteak on the menu, that is what she will order every single time. Since she loves cheesesteak, Philly’s Best is one of her favorite fast casual restaurants. This summer, the popular dining destination is mixing things up by adding some summer BBQ items to their menu. Since there is a Philly’s Best next door to my daughter’s orthodontist, I surprised her with lunch after her recent doctors appointment. When we walked in the door, she was tempted to order her all-time favorite cheesesteak sandwich, but I convinced her to try the new dishes, and after one bite, she wasn’t disappointed. There are four new menu items, and we tried them all. Our favorite was the...

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Dinner & Live Entertainment at Maui’s Tiki Terrace

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort After our first day in Maui, we were in the mood for some delicious food. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Maui, and especially in the Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach area. When planning our trip, I had so many friends recommend Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and since we were staying at the resort, it made it an easy choice to enjoy our first dinner on the island. The best part about the Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach is the live entertainment. The resort offers free live entertainment every night for guests staying or dining at the resort starting at 6pm. We made our reservations for 6:30pm so that we could enjoy the live entertainment while dining on the restaurant patio. When we...

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Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim is back! Yes, and it’s a toe tapping, let your spirit be free and enjoy the good vibes kind of Sunday morning Brunch! If you walk in feeling down, you’ll walk out feeling up! The show will bring warmth to your soul and a smile to your face. I had my sister join me in celebration of her recent birthday, and I certainly scored good sister points. Just seeing her dance, sing, clap, and smile during the show warmed my heart. The real fun came when the gospel singers invited those celebrating a birthday or an anniversary on to the stage. Everyone danced, the room was filled with enormous energy while the audience stood clapping, singing and capturing photos of friends and...

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Best Fish Tacos in Maui: Ono Tacos

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, then you know about my obsession with tacos. Everywhere that I travel, I have to try and find the best tacos in the area. The last place that I expected to find good tacos was while on our trip to Maui. It was our first day together as a family on the island, and we just finished paddle boarding with Hale Huakaʻi around black rock, and we were relaxing on the beach under a cabana at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel when I received an Instagram message from one of our readers. She had noticed that we were in Maui and knew my love for tacos, and recommended that I try Ono Tacos. I immediately googled the taco shop and realized...

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Best Shave Ice in Maui: Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort After checking into the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, I went for a short drive up north to see the Nakalele Blowhole. While on my way to the blowhole, I was admiring the lush landscaping when I spotted the cutest VW bus I have ever seen on the side of the road. When I noticed that the sign on top of the bus said “shave ice,” I turned my car around to enjoy a sweet and refreshing treat at Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice. Little did I realize that I was about to sink my taste buds into the best shave ice I have ever had. Inside of the bus was the nicest man who helped to navigate me through their menu. There were so many delicious flavor choices and of...

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Coastal Wine, Arts & Music Festival

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

  Wine aficionados will come together with music and art enthusiasts in Orange County for a unique experience that will excite both your senses and taste buds. During the Coastal Wine, Arts & Musicl Festival guests will sample premium varietals from wines around the world and enjoy small bites from local chefs plus indulge in a sushi and sake tasting, cupcake pairings and more all while music performers and local artists keep the party lively. Enjoy wine tasting, live music performances, small bites all while taking in beautiful works of art from various local artists. Where: Gray Matter Museum of Art 485 East 17th Street, #101 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tickets: Available online and starting at $59 The Coastal Wine, Arts & Music Festival is a live music, food,...

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Las Brisas Sunset Celebration Menu

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We have some exciting news about Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. The restaurant recently unveiled their new Seaside Cantina, and it’s a beautiful, sparkling gem! Our first impression had us feeling like we were on vacation as the airy, bright, modern and sleek decor enveloped us. Discovering a breathtaking new bar made of Koa wood surrounded by comfortable high back chairs and a beautiful back lit glass case filled with an impressive variety of tequilas. Chef Johannes has created a new “Sunset Celebration Menu,” and we love the beauty and playfulness of the dishes. His creativity in the kitchen is welcome; combining traditional flavors with new progressive ones, while continuing to surprise us. We enjoyed exploring the menu to find our favorites! A Mexican Shrimp Cocktail was up first with an...

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National Mai Tai Day Date Night at Islands Restaurant + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Dining, Family, Giveaways | 12 comments

  Tiki drink lovers rejoice! Time to plan an unforgettable date night this week at Islands Restaurant. National Mai Tai Day is coming up on June 30! To celebrate, Islands Restaurants is holding an all-day mai tai happy hour, serving up the ice-cold drink for just $4.75 all day. A fixture of the Islands menu since its opening, the chain has served more than 840,000 of their signature Mai Tais over the last five years – that’s a whole lot of rum. At under $5, Islands Mai Tai will knock your flip-flops off without breaking the bank. This ice-cold drink pairs perfectly with other Islands grub, like Islands’ savory Hawaiian Burger and warm gooey cheddar fries. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a $25 gift card to Islands Restaurant by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments...

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Ninth Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Newport Beach Waterfront Resort welcomes the Ninth Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 3 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh, whole Maine lobster dinner with dancing to live music, opportunity drawings, prizes and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live, whole Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event and prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salads, fresh baked sourdough rolls and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine lobster dinner and all its complements, Lobsterfest at Newport Beach features a full bar with craft beer and premium wine, live music from “West Coast Party Crashers”, and special activities on-site for children provided by Camp James. Event proceeds support Make-A-Wish® – Orange...

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Tickets available for the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  One of Southern California’s most exclusive and acclaimed wine and food events, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach, returns to the contemporary Newport Beach Civic Center on September 30th and October 1st. Tickets are now on sale for the weekend of festivities, kicking off on Friday, September 29th, which will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs, 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits, and brews, celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners, Master Sommelier tasting panels, VIP events, live music, and a new “Havana Nights” after party. Weekend Schedule of Events: Friday, September 29th Bravo’s Top Chef Women All-Stars dinner at Waterline Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort: Winner, Brooke Williamson with All Stars, Shirley Chung, Casey Thomson and Rachel Haggstrom. French Connection dinner...

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Celebrating Spring at Farmhouse Restaurant

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Dining, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I don’t know about you, but for me the luxury of living in an area with weather that permits year round outdoor dining is one of my favorite things about living in Orange County. And judging by the wait time to get a seat at the relatively new, Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, I am not alone in this sentiment. Since its opening last year, I’ve had an increasingly difficult time getting in to this, one of my favorite new spots. With lines for bar seating and long lead times for reservations, I consider it a real treat when I do get to dine here. So, when invited to a preview of Chef Rich Mead’s new Spring Menu, there was no way I was not going. There’s a reason for this. Farmhouse,...

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Did Someone say Doughnut? Voodoo Doughnuts Opens in Los Angeles

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Dining, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Today, June 2nd is National Doughnut Day. But down at Universal City Walk, Doughnut Day is EVERYDAY!! Just adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, Voodoo Doughnuts has just opened and is filled with some of the most fabulous doughnuts you have ever tasted, and seen. This new little shop fits right on the walk with its vibrant colors, original doughnuts and its giant Voodoo doll doughnut statue standing nearly 12 feet tall in front. The statue, of course, was my girls’ favorite part, mostly because they have a matching doughnut that is a replica of the giant one standing outside the store. As guests of Voodoo Doughnuts, we were able to sneak some tastes of the amazing doughnuts that filled the store with its aroma. Elle grabbed the most colorful sprinkled cake...

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Fun and Funky Art at Tio’s Tacos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Dining, Kia | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia I’ve seen pictures of the funky artwork at Tio’s Tacos on Instagram for many years. When planning a day trip to visit the California Citrus State Historic Park with my daughter in Riverside, I made sure to add to our itinerary a stop at Tito’s Tacos for lunch. Many of my friends who have been to Tio’s recommended that we do not go during the lunch or dinner rush. It is a popular place, and there is often a line that wraps around the building to order food. Thanks to my friend’s recommendations, we arrived around two o’clock, and practically had the place all to ourselves. The restaurant is an Instagrammers dream! I parked our Kia Sorento right under a giant skeleton sculpture riding a bicycle, and then we spent over an hour walking around....

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10 Must-Have Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Themed Food

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Dining, Disney, Family, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney Once your family is done experiencing the all-new attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, you’ll want to sink your tastebuds into the new themed foods. These are the must-have eats that your family will want to experience tasting when visiting Disney California Adventure Park this summer. Super Hero-Sized Sub Available at Studio Catering Truck The hero sandwich features a hoagie roll, creamy dressing, mortadella, salami, cappacola, provolone, shredded lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini, pickled onions, and a red wine vinaigrette. Quiver of Funnel Cake Fries Available at Award Wieners The dish features raspberry and mango coulis, and whipped cream. Infinity-Ade Available at Schmoozies The refreshing lavender lemonade with a light up glow cup. Maple Bacon Cream Filled pastry Available at Schmoozies The delectable dessert features...

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A Healthy Twist on Mexican Food at Taco Mesa

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I could eat Mexican food every night of the week. Unfortunately, most Mexican restaurants in Orange County do not offer a good selection of healthier menu options, until now. Taco Mesa is redefining Mexican food by opening a tortilla factory at Taco Mesa – Tortillería Orgánica & Café in Orange which makes GMO-free tortillas for all six of their restaurant locations in Orange County. When I learned about the innovative tortilla factory that founder and chef of Taco Mesa and Taco Rosa, Ivan Calderon, had created, I couldn’t wait to come in for dinner. My daughter and I went to the Orange location for dinner one night last week, and the restaurant was packed. The entire restaurant was filled with families enjoying healthy and authentic Mexican classic cuisine in the chic...

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Mother’s Day at Mimi’s Cafe

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Dining, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There are so many choices when it comes to dining out on Mother’s Day. This year, we celebrated Mother’s Day a little early by having a three-course meal at our local Mimi’s Cafe. I first fell in love with Mimi’s Cafe at a young age when my grandparents would take me out for dinner at Mimi’s to celebrate special occasions. As the years have passed, and my grandparents are no longer here to celebrate with me, it makes me feel closer to them by bringing my family to dine at their favorite restaurant. It makes my heart happy to know that I created so many special memories at Mimi’s Cafe, and I now get to create new memories with my children at this special dining destination. For Mother’s Day, Mimi’s Cafe...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Sea

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Dining, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of my favorite ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is being close to the ocean. This year, my husband gave me the gift of taking me out for a romantic Hornblower dinner cruise in Newport Harbor, and it was one of the best Mother’s Day gifts I have ever received. We had recently gone on a Hornblower brunch cruise, and my husband knew how much I enjoyed that afternoon. Last weekend, he told me to get dressed up, and we were going out somewhere special to celebrate Mother’s Day. The minute that we arrived at the Hornblower dock in Newport Beach, I was overwhelmed with delight. I couldn’t wait to experience Hornblower at night. We walked up to the boat where the staff took a commemorative photo, and the captain welcomed...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Olamendi’s Dana Point

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort mentioned One of our favorite places to get quick and delicious Mexican food in Orange County is at Olamendi’s. Olamendi’s is located in Dana Point right across from the beach, and was once a favorite dining spot of Richard Nixon. While on a recent staycation at the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, our family went sailing in Dana Point Harbor and then walked from our resort to Olamendi’s for lunch. The kids love the festive vibe of Olamendi’s Dana Point and always play a game of ISpy while we are dining in the restaurant. There is so much for the kids to see in the restaurant that it keeps them entertained so my husband and I can enjoy some quality time talking without being interrupted by the kiddos. After a long...

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Sunset Cocktails at MoQUILA Agave Lounge

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue While staying at the DoubleTree Doheny Beach, my husband and I enjoyed some romantic time before taking the kids to dinner, watching the sunset at MoQUILA Agave Lounge. The lounge is one of the best-kept secrets in Orange County because it is not super busy on a Friday or Saturday night and offers couples beautiful views of the sunset over the crystalline waters of Doheny Beach. Both nights that we stayed at the DoubleTree Doheny Beach, my husband and I had cocktails at MoQUILA Agave Lounge during the sunset before taking the kids to dinner. The lounge features bar seating right along the edge of the roof, high top tables, couches and a large fire pit in the center. There was plenty of seating for couples, and it never felt crowded...

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Miguel’s Jr. Delivers Fresh & Delicious Mexican Food

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

 Sponsored Miguel’s Jr. is finally coming to Redlands in the new Mountain Grove shopping center! Judging by the happy faces and empty plates at the preview breakfast, it’s sure to be a hit. Founder Mary Vasquez and her son Javier, who is the CEO and President, were on hand to welcome everyone to what will be the 16th store in the beloved family business. Mike and Mary Vasquez opened the first Miguel’s Jr. in 1975 with recipes inspired by Mary’s childhood, and they have been fine tuning and improving the food ever since. Their commitment to delivering the freshest, best tasting Californian Mexican food in an inviting ambiance is evident in this newest location. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter is the bright and fresh design and the hearty welcome from the excellent staff. Walking past the...

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The Best Places in Orange County for Mother’s Day Brunch

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Family, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Pamper Mom this year by bringing the family together to enjoy a celebratory meal on Mother’s Day. We have compiled a listing of the best places to take Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch in Orange County. Three-Course Mother’s Day Brunch at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink 370 Glenneyre Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Phone: 949.494.8686 370common.com Sunday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chef Ryan Adams’ team will please mothers and their families with a Three-Course Brunch. First Course selections include Tomato Soup with spring vegetable grilled cheese, Salmon BLT Salad and Avocado Toast with crab, radish, pancetta and cheddar. Second Course choices are Asparagus Ramp Frittata, Spring Scramble with chicken confit, cheese, vegetables and herbs, Crab Cake Benedict and more. And, For the Table: bacon, sausage and skillet potatoes. For Dessert: Toasted Honey Cake with citrus frosting,...

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Clean Cuisine at Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest All of my friends have been raving about Coastal Kitchen in Dana Point, so when I was making plans for our family seaside staycation at the DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach, I also made reservations for us to have dinner at Coastal Kitchen. After a long day of endless fun in the sun, our children had worked up a big appetite. We got into the car and made the short drive from our hotel to the restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant, I was in awe of how beautiful it looked. There is a large outdoor patio and a fire pit with androck chairs by the front door – the only thing missing was some marshmallows to roast. The inside of the restaurant is even more beautiful than the outside. The entire interior has...

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Coastal Breezes and Cuisine at Doheny Surf

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When checking into the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, I noticed the chic restaurant off to the side of the lobby. I took a peek at the menu and immediately knew that I wanted to have dinner with the family one night during our seaside staycation. After a fun day creating family memories at the beach, we returned to the hotel to have dinner at Doheny Surf. The restaurant has a coastal design that is perfect for families to enjoy an intimate dinner together. The one thing that I noticed in the restaurant is that they have a wood fire pizza oven which is rare to find in a hotel restaurant. The menu had a wide variety of culinary options making it easy for everyone in my family to find something...

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Taste of Aloha at Island’s Restaurant

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest Island’s is one of our go-to family restaurants. They always have something for everyone in the family to enjoy, provides a relaxing dining environment, and the service is always impeccable. Some of our favorite dishes to enjoy at Island’s Restaurant features sweet pineapple. While savoring a delicious dish with pineapples, it always makes us reminisce about our favorite Hawaiian memories. Did you know that Island’s uses 182,000 fresh pineapples per year? That is a lot of pineapples, and something worth celebrating! In celebration of pineapple season, Island’s has launched a tasty pineapple pairing menu that matches their pineapple menu items with the perfect tropical drink. When our family heard about the new pairing menu, we made plans to have dinner together at our local Island’s Restaurant. Shortly after being seated at our table, the...

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Best Sunday Brunch at TAPS in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Our family loves to dine out, and Sunday brunch is our favorite. We love getting dressed up and going to a beautiful restaurant to enjoy flavorful culinary creations being served at local Orange County restaurants. Our family has experienced Sunday brunch at many local dining destinations, but there is one that continues to be a family favorite, and that we love returning for brunch on a regular basis, TAPS in Irvine. Recently, we had Sunday brunch at TAPS in Irvine, and from the moment that we walked into the restaurant, we began an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The ambiance of the restaurant is upscale yet very family-friendly. There are many tables, and booths for families to enjoy creating memories together while savoring delicious food. The TAPS Irvine Sunday brunch includes bottomless mimosas...

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Monterey’s Fish House

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

  After a long drive from Orange County to Monterey, we settled into our room at the Monterey Tides Resort, and then looked online for somewhere to get dinner. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Monterey, and one restaurant that stood out to us among the rest was the Monterey’s Fish House. Little did we realize that we picked Monterey’s most popular restaurant to go for dinner. We arrived at the restaurant close to 8 pm on a Thursday, and there was a line of people that wrapped around the side of the building. We took our place in line and waited for a table at the highly acclaimed restaurant. Once we got a table, the service was phenomenal. We got a small table in the back of the restaurant and had one of...

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Tonita’s Mexican Food in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Dining, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

  There is nothing I love more than authentic Mexican Food. While on our recent road trip to Monterey, we made a quick stop in San Luis Obispo to look at Bubblegum Alley and to have lunch. When we arrived in town, there were endless choices of places where we could stop for lunch, but it was a small taco shop on the corner that caught our eye, and we had one of the best lunches at Tonita’s Mexican Food. The restaurant is a small building that has a large outdoor patio with a beautiful view of lush plants and trees. We were a little deceived at first because the Yelp app was advising that the restaurant was closed, but when we turned the knob on the front door, there was a lovely lady at the counter ready to...

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2017 Orange County Easter Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Dining, Easter, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter is just days away, and it is the perfect holiday to take your family out for a beautiful Easter brunch at a premier Orange County dining destination. We have found the best restaurants in Orange County to have an unforgettable Easter brunch together. The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Rd Anaheim, CA 92805 Menu is $75.00 Per Person, not inclusive of tax or gratuity Includes Endless Glass of Bubbles, Dry, Sweet, or Mimosa FIRST COURSE HOUSE SMOKED SKUNA BAY SALMON TARTINE Gribiche / Easter Egg Radishes / Everything Sourdough DUROC PORK BELLY English Peas / Oregon Morels / Spring Garlic Salsa Verde COUNTRY FRIED PETALUMA QUAIL Brentwood Corn Waffle / Apricot BBQ Sauce SALAD OR SOUP MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE CHOPPED SALAD Iceberg / Radicchio / Garbanzo Beans Soppressata / Provolone / Oregano Dressing WEISER FARM POTATO & SPRING ONION...

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