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Whitestone in Dana Point Debuts New Cocktails

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Unique and distinct from other beverage programs in the area, Whitestone proudly debuts a libations lineup showcasing innovative infusions including fat-washed liquors and house made shrubs along with bold ingredients like squid ink, celery bitters, and golden milk. In July 2019, Whitestone opened with an unparalleled menu which struck a balance between renegade and refined. Dishes showed co-Executive Chefs Tony Celeste and Nick Herrera’s aligned affinities for fermentation and Japanese ingredients. While their dishes enchanted diners the cocktails were drastically simple. With a desire to elevate their existing bar program to one that paralleled the funky finesse and flavor extracting methods of the kitchen, Celeste and Herrera partnered with award-winning beverage consultant Emily Delicce to craft a lineup of craft cocktails that mirrored the ethos of the kitchen. The cocktail program boasts well-balanced drinks with velvety viscosity and bold...

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The Butchery: Delicious Date Night Dinner

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership Want to spend a romantic night at home with your partner? Nothing is more romantic than cooking a delicious dinner for the one you love. The Butchery is the ideal place to get high quality meats for an unforgettable meal. The Butchery has four locations across Southern California. All of the locations feature highly skilled butchers who will suggest the best cuts for your meal. When I went into The Butchery recently, I didn’t know what to expect. The butcher took his time to walk me through all the different types of meats they offer, helping my to select the perfect meat for my meal. They feature freshly cut meats along with pre-packaged seasoned meats (and sides). It was the pre-packaged meats that caught my attention, and I found myself selecting multiple meats to bring home to prepare...

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Delectable Dining at Asian Street Eats

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining | 0 comments

Partnership Upscale dining as quick service fare has come to Downtown Disney District! Asian Street Eats, located across from the Earl of Sandwich, brings delectable dining at under $10 a bowl. The walk-up counter features nearby patio seating. Chef Hung Huynh, the season 3 winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, showcases his unique twist on traditional potstickers along with scallion pancakes and rice bowls. All of the dishes are offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces. Gluten-free sauces include sriracha aioli, miso honey, and spicy avocado. Plus, other options include teriyaki, citrus soy, and spicy teriyaki. Chef Huynh’s personal pick is the tofu bowl with spicy avocado sauce. Bowls big enough to share but so delicious you’ll keep all to yourself, visit Asian Street Eats to fuel up outside the park as you enjoy the ambiance of...

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Universal Studios Hollywood: Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood announces the roster of “Top Chef” alumni participating in its first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival along with a first look at some of the appetizing dishes guests will have the chance to sample at the event taking place on March 19-20. “Top Chef” alum and Fan Favorite Chef Shirley Chung is at the helm collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Chefs on a specially-curated, eclectic menu inspired by the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Bravo series. Cheftestants from the upcoming “Top Chef” Season 17 – All Stars LA participating in the festival include Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, and Joe Sasto. Additional names will be announced at a later date. Sample menu items featuring cuisines from around the world and inspired by the series include,...

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Justin Wine Dinner at Henry’s Ocean View Dining

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Henry’s Ocean View Dining invites you to take part in a memorable spring dining experience hosted by Justin Baldwin, Founder of Justin Wine. On Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., join Justin Baldwin as he discusses the winery’s history and background, as well as being a pioneer of the wine-making region of Paso Robles, California. In addition, Chef Kenny Seliger will craft a sustainable, spring-driven tasting menu to compliment the specially-curated pairings from Justin Wine. The evening will conclude on a sweet note with a dessert course created by Chef Jacky, Orange County Golden Foodie’s Best Pastry Chef. See below for menu details: 1st Green Asparagus & Cured Meyer Lemon Gazpacho 2018 Justin Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, CA 2nd Radish & Arugula Salad with Charred Spring Onion Dressing 2018 Justin Rose, Paso Robles, CA 3rd White...

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National Pizza Day at The Pizza Press

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Just in time for National Pizza Day this Sunday, Feb. 9, The Pizza Press has added Double Dough thick crust to its menu of custom and signature pizza options for a $2.50 upgrade. Known for its array of fresh and high-quality ingredients, customers are now invited to “publish” a pizza on a thick crust as well as the traditional thin crust. Set in a fun 1920s newspaper theme, The Pizza Press draws fans who want to create their own custom pizzas, as well as their curated selection of local craft beer. Guests can choose from a selection of toppings, cheese and sauces to create their own pizza that is “hot off the press” in under four minutes. The Pizza Press also offers signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, and finished...

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Korean-Mexican Fusion at Urban Seoul 2.0

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership Two of my favorite cuisines have collided at the Irvine Spectrum Center at Urban Seoul 2.0. The chic family-friendly restaurant serves a cuisine, unlike anything I have ever experienced, and quickly became one of my favorite new spots to dine in Orange County. What is Korean-Mexican fusion food? The comforting dishes mix flavors from Korea with a hint of Western influence that boosts with incredible flavors. While dining at Urban Seoul 2.0, we sampled a variety of menu items, with these being our top picks. Ambiance The restaurant features a sit-down environment that is very kid-friendly. There is a large outdoor (heated) patio and indoor dining. The indoor ambiance has a gastropub feel along with a small bar. For parents who might be looking for a cocktail, they offer a cocktail list along with beer and wine. Tacos...

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Orange County: Valentine’s Day Dining

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Dining, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love? We have found the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in Orange County. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Treat the special someone in your life to a romantic dinner at Watertable inside Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Priced at $70 per person, lovers can enjoy a 3-course menu on Friday, February 14. Standing out menu items include Roasted Cauliflower Bisque, Crispy Tempeh and a Petite Filet with chive mashed potatoes and red wine demi. End your evening with the “Be My Valentine” dessert for two featuring chocolate cake, raspberry and cream cheese mousse, raspberry champagne coulis, frosted raspberries and blackberries, and freeze dries raspberry meringue kisses. Toast Kitchen + Bakery 1767 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627...

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Creating Family Memories at The Ranch Restaurant

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Partnership This past holiday season was a year of new traditions for our family. For years, we would have a huge Christmas Eve party. All of our friends and family would gather at our home to celebrate all of our memories shared throughout the year. The one problem with this tradition was that I would never get to visit with our guests. I was always hosting the event and spent most of the holiday in the kitchen and serving our guests. This year, I wanted to focus on being on spending quality time with our children. I spent a great deal of time researching local restaurants and discovered The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim. It looked like the perfect setting to have an intimate family dinner on Christmas Eve. I planned for an early dinner so that I could have...

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‘Curry Up’ and Get Authentic Indian Cuisine at the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Dining, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership Finding good (and authentic) Indian food has always been a challenge in Orange County. In the past, there have only been a couple of restaurants where I would seek authentic flavors, and most are sit-down restaurants. When I learned that Curry Up Now, a fast-casual dining destination, was opening at the Irvine Spectrum Center, I ‘curried’ over to get a taste. The restaurant is located in the new wing of the Irvine Spectrum and is right next to the new playground. The best part is that parents can eat a delicious Indian dinner while watching their children play in the outdoor play structure. It has a fast causal set-up which is perfect for busy families with young children. When I entered the restaurant, I went up to the counter to place our order. The menu featured everything from...

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You’re Invited: Curry Up Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Curry Up Now, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Indian fast casual concept known for its innovative Indian eats, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Southern California restaurant in Irvine at 922 Spectrum Center Drive on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. The restaurant, which is best known for its iconic Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Sexy Fries, Naughty Naan, Indian street food and more, will celebrate the opening by offering a free burrito or bowl to the first 100 guests in line. Curry Up Now began as a food truck in 2009, founded by husband and wife duo, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and ably supported by co-founder and Senior VP of Operations, Amir Hosseini. Since day one, Curry Up Now has been on a mission to serve Indian flavors and ingredients in a way that is...

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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

This holiday season + beyond, join LIT Cafe in giving back to the local Anaheim community! Beginning on Thursday, December 19 and running through Friday, January 31, the restaurant will be hosting a book drive that serves to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. Guests are invited to dine at the restaurant and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch with the opportunity to bring in new or used book donations for children and teens ages 5 to 18. Plus, anyone who donates a book will receive a goodie bag of Ms. T’s Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies! Not only is this book drive a great way to support a local Orange County business + enjoy some tasty cookies, but it’s also a fantastic way to give back to the youth in the local community. LIT...

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Dining at The Boardwalk in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Dining, Huntington Beach | 0 comments

Partnership While enjoying a winter staycation at The Waterfront Beach Resort, we loved the resort so much that we did not want to leave. While there are multiple dining options within walking distance of the resort, we decided to have dinner at the family-friendly hotel restaurant, The Boardwalk. We arrived at the restaurant early, and my kids could not wait to start eating. My favorite thing about The Boardwalk is the incredible service. The staff was friendly upon arriving, and the server, Sara, took her time to ensure all our needed were met. Her level of service far exceeded our expectations for the evening. Dinner began with the lamb flatbread and lobster macaroni and cheese. The flatbread was a hit with the kids. It featured arugula pesto, merguez sausage, arugula lemon oil, and pecorino. The kids savored every last...

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, helmed by Executive Chef Paige Riordan has opened its doors in Rancho Mission Viejo on Monday, January 6th. With the luxe and allure of old Hollywood, the modern speakeasy combines elevated comfort cuisine and East Coast classics balanced with West Coast ingredients and influences. At 2800 sq. ft., the restaurant boasts modern black and white decor with gilded trimmings and glimmering accents. A large 14ft window, which gives guests a glimpse into the exhibition-style kitchen, takes center stage in the dining room. Framed by a trio of floor-to-ceiling arched mirrors, the focal point of the restaurant is its 16-seat grey quartzite bar lined with luxurious grey velvet chairs. An East Coast native, Riordan has cooked in some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants including Reynard at The Wythe, widely recognized for bringing farm-to-table cuisine to...

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Best known for its Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Bruxie now offers Chicken Wings in three flavors – Original Seasoned, Spicy Red Rub, and Gung-Ho Glazed. The large, meaty wings have been given the full-on Bruxie flavor experience: an overnight marinade in buttermilk, hand-breading in Chef Kelly’s own spice blend, and then fried to order, never pre-cooked. The wings are offered in the following flavors, along with a choice of Bruxie’s 7 dipping sauces: Original Seasoned The original Chef Kelly spice blend that launched a thousand Bruxie fried chicken sandwiches. Spicy Red Rub A dry rub mix of Chipotle Chile for an earthy heat, Smoked Paprika for a hint of smoky outdoor flavor, and a bit of Cayenne Pepper that adds a punch of latent heat. Together the spices provide depth of flavors that are rarely found on chicken...

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Awaken180° Menu at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, with locations spanning coast to coast, has partnered with Awaken180° Weightloss to offer guests the ease of ordering healthy meals within the program’s dietary guidelines. Taking weight loss while dining out to the next level, Awaken180° blends the science of weight loss, ease of meal preparation, and frequency of meals with support and accountability. The program provides users with 80% of their daily food, but what happens when you need a night out or have an important business lunch? Davio’s Awaken180° Menu offers guests an array of entree selections, as well as appetizers, salads and even dessert! The Awaken180° Menu is available at all Davio’s locations for lunch and dinner. Davio’s Awaken180° Sample Menu Antipasti Sautéed Asparagus, Black Pepper, Olive Oil *2 oz Beef Carpaccio, Arugula, Capers, Lemon, Olive Oil *Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Mustard Shrimp...

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Robert Earl, Chairman and Founder of Planet Hollywood International, Inc. and Earl Enterprises, is thrilled to announce a partnership with acclaimed Chef Hung Huynh, to create new restaurant concepts with Pan-Asian influences and Chef Hung’s distinctive culinary style. The first concept Chef Hung has developed for Earl Enterprises is the fast-casual ASIAN STREET EATS BY CHEF HUNG HUYNH, featuring a crowd-pleasing menu consisting of pot stickers, scallion pancakes, and rice bowls all offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces, with a wide range of beverages rounding out the menu. The first ASIAN STREET EATS opened at LAX in the Tom Bradley terminal in September with an abridged menu. The newest location at Downtown Disney® District in Anaheim, California, opens today with the complete menu offered. Hung Huynh, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, will oversee Asian Street...

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Taste of Mexico at Red O at Fashion Island

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Dining, Newport Beach | 0 comments

Partnership Red O has been on my list to visit for many years. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that while I love living in Orange County, my heart is in Mexico. When I got invited to attend brunch at Red O at Fashion Island, I jumped at the chance to get my first taste of the popular dining destination. I invited a friend to join me. The minute we arrived, we embarked on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant. I felt like I was swept into my favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Live music was playing, people were laughing, and delicious food was abundant awaiting guests. The only downside to having brunch early at Red O on Sunday morning was that there is only the buffet...

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Holiday Traditions and Gingerbread at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by Davio’s The last few weeks of the holidays are so hectic from school events, last-minute shopping, work/friends/family parties, and must do traditions. I try to balance the chaos of the holidays with joy such a hot cocoa holiday lights drives (we drive around the neighborhood after looking at lights while my kids drink hot coco in their pjs), the Nutcracker, an amusement park, gingerbread houses and whatever else I find that is holiday related. For our traditional holiday gingerbread experience, we decided to try someplace new and found that Davio’s in Irvine was hosting an event. Now, if you haven’t dined at Davio’s, then I suggest you do so STAT! Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and salads as well as prime...

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Parties, dinners and tasting menus welcome the new year at some of Orange County’s hottest and most elegant establishments. The lux of Montage Laguna Beach beckons with a variety of dinner and drink options at The Loft, Studio and the Lobby Lounge. At the center of OC is Hotel Irvine with dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar and partying at Red Bar and Lounge. And to end the evening fashionably late is the always stylish Fashion Island Hotel offering a dinner party at Oak Grill and a hot countdown party with bubbles at Aqua Lounge. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH New Year’s Eve at The Loft: Four-Course Tasting Menu Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Loft is serving an extra special celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu prior to New Year’s festivities at midnight. Revelers might start with Vichyssoise...

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Enjoying the Comforts of the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Toys | 1 comment

I’ve partnered with Cooked Perfect® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. The holidays are my favorite time of the year to cook comforting dishes for my family. One of my kid’s favorite things to eat are meatballs, and since I am a busy mom, I don’t always have time on the weekdays to make meatballs from scratch. One brand that I recently introduced to my children has been Cooked Perfect Meatballs, and they love them. The meatballs taste, just like the ones that I cook from scratch, and they have a variety of different flavors. Plus, they are available at our local Walmart, which makes it easy to purchase them when getting our weekly supplies at Walmart. This year, I took my kids to our local Walmart, where I...

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In partnership with Las Brisas For one night only, San Francisco-based Scott Baird will prepare festive cocktails as part of an evening with live music, giveaways, and more in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, and Scott Baird, renowned bartender and owner of the famed San Francisco cocktail bar Trick Dog host a holiday pop-up with Ancho Reyes on Thursday, December 12 in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge. Hand-crafted cocktails prepared by Baird will be served along with Ancho live music from 6-9 p.m., and more. Having earned several accolades since its opening in 2013, Trick Dog was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for an Outstanding Bar Program in 2014 and 2016, and a finalist for the prestigious award in 2015 and 2018. Making a special appearance at Las Brisas,...

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In Orange County during the holidays the only white powdery ground cover Bing Crosby should be crooning about is the beach sand. The holiday season in balmy OC is all about sea views, ocean breezes, elegant dining and outdoor family fun. The always elegant Montage Laguna Beach has decadent dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Hotel Irvine is throwing a family holiday bash in The Backyard, and at Fashion Island Hotel, holiday guests will be treated to a five-course dinner or bountiful buffet. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Christmas Eve at The Loft Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft offers a four-course celebratory Christmas Eve menu highlighting seasonal options such as Roasted Carrot Soup with applewood-smoked bacon, Braised Veal Cheek, Pan Roasted Branzino and Gingerbread Semifreddo. $135 for...

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Join Domino’s in Helping Kids at St. Jude

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Dining, Giving Back | 0 comments

In partnership with Domino’s and St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understand, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Did you know? Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything, because all they should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing discoveries freely, St. Jude is inspiring more collaboration and possibilities worldwide and saving more children everywhere. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. And they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. It will cost approximately $1 billion to operate St. Jude this year and the majority of that must come from generous donors. Domino’s has participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign...

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Little Onion Mexican Restaurant Opens in Irvine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of its 1963 namesake, Little Onion Mexican Restaurant’s much anticipated second location opens today at Irvine’s Walnut Village Center. Featuring warm Spanish Hacienda style interiors and a lively outdoor patio, the new casual Mexican eatery is owned by Lori Reich Rowe, whose father Lorin Reich founded the original Little Onion Mexican Restaurant 56 years ago. The Little Onion brand has enduring Southern California roots. After years of restaurant work, founder Lorin Reich acquired a Red Onion location in Hawthorne – renaming and transforming it into the hugely popular “Little Onion” brand. The Hawthorne location closed in the mid-1970s, and his daughter Lori bought the Santa Ana eatery from her father in 2010, which still operates today. The newest Little Onion Mexican Restaurant encompasses 4,240-square-foot and is located at 14429 Culver Dr. in the former Bank...

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

From the heart of Orange County to the easy breezy coast, Orange County has some of the most delicious Thanksgiving offerings available in Southern California. Montage Laguna Beach Resort brings four times the fun with a four-course tasting menu in The Loft, brunch and dinner at Studio and its annual Masterpiece Celebration in the Grand Ballroom. Just a little north in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern’s patrons will savor a three-course spread. At Hotel Irvine, diners can select indoor Thanksgiving dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar or outdoor family fun and dining in The Backyard. And to round out the festivities, Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill will serve a holiday buffet for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 Thanksgiving Day at The Loft Thursday, November 28, from 12 to 9...

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Spooky Duck Donuts

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Dining, Halloween, Holiday | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue It’s Halloween, and the perfect time to surprise your kids with a delightful treat. The Spooky Donuts box at Duck Donuts is a wonderful treat to get anyone in the Halloween spirit, from watching the production line to devouring the scrumptious creations. The kids loved the doughnut-making process to watching each doughnut being hand-dipped in a specific icing flavor and finished off with unique toppings. The donuts were the perfect temperature of warm, which kept the icing the perfect blend gooey and messy. The combination that Duck Donuts created were delicious, from the ooey Brain Bits to the Dirt ‘N Worm themes. The Spooky Halloween doughnut box was a great way to taste all the creative combinations all at once. Duck Donuts are a fantastic treat for any occasion. There are...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Irvine | 0 comments

Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine for a culinary wine tour of Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. Taste along with guest host Jeff Ehrlich from one the most respected vineyards in the country. Designed for oenophiles of all levels, the five course dinner with wine pairings will feature regionally inspired foods prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth such as Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Confit Leeks, Caviar Mousse and Brandt Beef Eye of Ribeye, Petite Potato Fondant, Charred Caulilini, Truffle Au Jus. Sir Peter started Peter Michael Winery in 1983 with a singular vision: to make wine in the terroir-driven tradition of Burgundy and Bordeaux, under the California sun and in California soil. Today, they make fifteen wines in four varietal categories. All but one are estate-grown in their mountainside vineyards, and all are crafted by hand and in...

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Fogo de Chão at Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined as a guest It should be a known fact that the Irvine Company has this fantastic ability to finding the perfect additions to their restaurant family. I do not know how they do it, but they once again hit gold by bringing Fogo de Chão to the Irvine Spectrum. It is huge for Orange County. For those who are not familiar with Fogo, de Chão, let me give you a little history. Internationally renowned Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique. It all started in 1979 on the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazilian, on a farm, in the Serra Gaucha, that the founding brothers decided to share their culinary treasure with the world. Tradition, family, and love of churrasco (grilling meat)...

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Tommy Bahama Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

Liven up your holiday celebration with fun and festive cocktails from Tommy Bahama. The Coconut Eggnog Martini and Happy Huladays Cocktail are a great way to celebrate the season. Simply follow the recipe here or stop by any Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store or Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and enjoy! The Coconut Eggnog Martini is a rich creamy cocktail that packs a nice kick with equal parts Jim Beam® and Cruzan® Coconut rum. For added flavor, coconut milk is combined with heavy cream, vanilla and nutmeg for an out-of-this-world eggnog full of flavor. Coconut Eggnog Martini Recipe 1 part Jim Beam®, 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum, 2 ½ parts coconut eggnog (recipe below). Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg. Coconut eggnog: 5 egg yolks, ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup...

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Portola Coffee Roasters’ new Theorem menu offers a multi-sensory craft coffee experience that allows guests to attempt to taste colors. As all Theorem menus, this one features barista-driven coffee creations that focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. SYNESTHESIA MENU RED Flat Brown – espresso, red velvet ganache, beetroot powder, milk (served hot or cold) PURPLE Iced Latte – espresso, grape juice, lavender, milk (served cold) GOLD Gaspar – espresso, honey, turmeric, milk (served warm) PINK Cold Brew – beetroot powder, strawberry syrup, rose syrup, heavy cream, maldon sea salt (served cold) GREEN Matcha – fresh mint, milk (served warm) The Synesthesia Theorem Menu is available now through Black Friday, November 29. For more information on Portola Coffee Roasters, locations and hours, please visit https://www.portolacoffee.com. Locations – The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa...

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Recipes | 5 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my children is to cook a healthy dinner and then spend the rest of the evening play board games together. I learned that one of my favorite produce companies, DelFrescoPure, was hosting a family game night giveaway. When I discovered the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I try to grow most of my fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden. But, I still need to rely on trustworthy companies to purchase high-quality produce for our family meals. I was recently introduced to DelFrescoPure, and I love everything about their company. First, I love that they are located in Canada. Next to Mexico, Canada is one of my favorite places to visit. The people, the scenery, and the culture is something that I feel everyone...

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Don’t Miss Savor Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

Orange County’s premier all-ages sidewalk food festival featuring more than forty tastes from downtown Santa Ana restaurants, Savor Santa Ana, returns Saturday, October 12th. At Savor Santa Ana, sample tastes from unique, local and Michelin-rated restaurants and bars throughout downtown Santa Ana. Live musicians and local youth performance groups will perform in pop-up shows along the sidewalks, and a trolley will provide free rides around downtown. The theme will be “Fall Food Carnival,” featuring fire dancers, mystique, and fall food flavors. This marks the seventh Savor Santa Ana festival for downtown Santa Ana, serving thousands of visitors since 2014. Organizers expect to sell the 150,000th tasting ticket this October, a milestone reminiscent of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Santa Ana this year. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets. Tickets...

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You’re Invited: Las Brisas 40th Anniversary Party

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, celebrates 40 years of business. To memorialize the milestone, Las Brisas invites the community and guests for a day of celebratory happenings! Giveaways $100 Las Brisas gift card giveaway to every 40th guest to arrive during the hosted reception (4-10 p.m.) 40th Anniversary Party Join Las Brisas for complimentary appetizers and passed bites from 4-10 p.m. in the newly refreshed bar and lounge area. The party will feature a live Mariachi band from 4-6 p.m., acoustic musician Justin Hopkins (from season 2 of The Voice) from 6-9 p.m., a photobooth for guests to commemorate the celebration, and celebrity appearances including Audrina Patridge! All-Day Happy Hour Special prices all-day from the new happy hour menu Free Appetizer Cards Guest can use during their next visit to Las Brisas! At Las Brisas, a strong...

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Second Annual The Taste in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Los Angeles Times The Taste is an annual food and drink festival celebrating the diverse and vibrant flavors of Southern California. In 2018, the festival expanded to Orange County with The Taste in Costa Mesa and now returns for its second year celebrating Orange County’s dynamic culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ editorial staff and featuring some of the city’s hottest chefs, restaurants and bars, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place in the expansive courtyard of The MET, transforming the space into a multi-sensory pop-up of music, live demonstrations and delicious cocktail and food samples. Tickets ($80-100) are on sale now and grant access to unlimited tastings from Orange County’s best and brightest. The Taste in Costa Mesa, presented by City National Bank and co-presented by Travel Costa Mesa, is produced in association with Best Events. Second...

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The Guild Club Experiences a Rebirth at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Husband-and-wife team, Chef Noah and Marín von Blöm, reopen the doors to The Guild Club on Friday, October 4th at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection (3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite G). This sophisticated space located next to acclaimed sister restaurant, ARC, first opened in 2017 as a reservation-only concept by the von Blöms’ DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group. The Guild Club uniquely combines simplicity and stunning details to create the ultimate sophistication. New cocktails focus on classics that are made from scratch using rare and superior spirits and technique. Stylistically traditional European beers and a crafted wine list are meant to complement Chef Noah’s limited menu of classic offerings. The Guild Club’s cocktail menu offers the von Bloms’ take on the classics, named after those who enjoyed them. Guests will be able to sip on Kennedy, a daiquiri featuring El Dorado 21...

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Girls Night Out at Bacchus

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

We dined at Bacchus as a guest Are you looking for the next best place to have a girls night out? We recently discovered one of Orange County’s hidden gems when dining at Bacchus in Irvine. I have been going to the Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine for many years, and I don’t know how I never noticed Bacchus? The fun and chic restaurant is tucked in the corner for the shopping community and offers guests incredible cuisine and spirits. Recently, I planned to have dinner with two of my closest friends at Bacchus, and we had an unforgettable dining experience. When we first arrived, we found a quiet table in the back of the restaurant where we took some time to talk and catch-up on all our busy lives. After getting settled in for the evening, we...

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Panificadora Rosarito Bakery

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

Shortly after checking into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, we had lunch at Tacos El Norteño. After lunch, we were in the mood for something sweet, so we walked next door to the Panificadora Rosarito Bakery. The minute that we walked in the door, my tastebuds were tantalized. All I smelled was the scent of freshly baked loaves of bread and pastries. The bakery featured all of my favorite Mexican pastries. There was cookies, cinnamon rolls, freshly baked bread, and more. The owner provided us with metal trays and tongs to select the pastries we wished to purchase. It was the hardest part because I wanted to have a little bit of everything. And, that is exactly what I did. I selected a wide variety of desserts to enjoy back at the hotel. Plus, I purchased some to bring home...

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Who loves a juicy cheeseburger? Everyone does! Tomorrow, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! We have found the best places in Orange County to celebrate the delicious big day! Farmer Boys Offers Its Signature Cheeseburger for $2 Farmer Boys, the home of farm-fresh burgers and always crispy fries, is celebrating with $2 Big Cheese cheeseburgers from 2 p.m. to close at participating locations. The Big Cheese is made with a 1/4 pound of fresh, 100% USDA certified beef topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. Farmerboys.com. Classic Cheeseburger at The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar What’s better than a regular cheeseburger? A cheeseburger with BACON! At The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita, guests can celebrate the most American holiday ever with the fan-favorite Classic Cheeseburger piled...

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Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Autos, Dining, General Motors, San Francisco, Sausalito, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Buick While on a girls getaway to Sausalito, we had a magical afternoon tree bathing at Cascade Falls, before driving our Buick Envision to Casa Madrona. We relaxed for a couple of hours before having an unforgettable dinner at Barrel House Tavern. We made the short walk from our hotel to the restaurant where we sipped on wine and craft cocktails while basking in the beautiful views of San Francisco. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio where we were served an array of delicious appetizers. We enjoyed flatbread, octopus, avocado toast, and more. Everyone in our group shared all their favorite experiences from the day while relaxing on the patio. As the sun began to set, it was time for everyone to come together in the restaurant for dinner. The tables were...

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Tacos El Norteño in Rosarito Mexico

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Dining, Mexico, Rosarito, Travel | 0 comments

The minute that we arrived in Rosarito for a girls getaway, the first thing that we all wanted was tacos. We checked into the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and the staff at the front desk recommended that we try Tacos El Norteño. The taco shop was just a short walk from the hotel, and the minute that we arrived, I could smell the al pastor cooking on the trompo. As the mean was spinning, the juices were dripping down the giant piece of seasoned pork. I was immediately in taco heaven. We went to the front desk to place our order, and I wanted to get a taste of everything. I decided to order an al pastor taco, an asada taco and a mulita (similar to a quesadilla). The meal was extremely affordable with the tacos being priced at just...

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Clean Eating at an Angels Game

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

We attended an Angels game as a guest While it is well-known that most people will have a hotdog, peanuts (and beer for the parents) at a ballgame, things have changed. Parents want healthier options for their kids growing bodies – even at a baseball game. Feeding my kids nutritious food is a passion of mine. Ever since my son developed severe food allergies, I saw the impact that processed foods vs. real foods had on his body. Packaged food isn’t always worth the risk of an epi-pen injection with an ER visit. With most stadiums not allowing guests to bring in their own food, we avoided bringing him to events where he would not have access to clean eating until recently. Melissa’s Produce now offers families healthy food options at Angels Stadium and many other locations. With my...

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery All-Day Breakfast Saturdays

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

“Breakfast served until 2pm” is a thing of the past at Toast Kitchen + Bakery! Now, when you dine at Toast on Saturdays, you can enjoy some of your breakfast faves all day long! Toast Kitchen + Bakery has quickly become an Orange County hotspot when it comes to breakfast and brunch and now guests can indulge in Chef John Park’s infamous Thai Chile Chilaquiles, Eggs Benedict Arnold Palmer, and Berry Shortcake French Toast from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every Saturday! All-day breakfast at Toast is the perfect solution if you’re getting a late start to your day or are simply craving breakfast for dinner. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is Costa Mesa’s modern diner with a twist. Every month, 10% of all proceeds are donated to a different local nonprofit so you can feel good about more than...

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TAPS Fish House 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

TAPS Fish House & Brewery will celebrate the opening of its landmark restaurant in Brea 20 years ago with a three-course menu of original dishes from 1999 on Monday, September 23, starting at 4 p.m. As a tribute to the 20th anniversary TAPS brewers are bringing back the cult classic and award-winning beer Trace of Remy. SEPTEMBER 23 $19.99 MENU OF 1999 DISHES On Monday, September 23, for dinner only at the Brea location, TAPS guests will be able to order from a vintage 1999 menu an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with choices in each category, for $19.99. Starters are French Quarter Egg Roll, Seafood Gumbo or Spinach Salad. Entrée selections are Black Magic Fettuccine, Chesapeake Bay Broiled Shrimp and Jerome and Jose’s Jambalaya. Guests will choose from two original desserts: TAPS Indulgence or Bananas Foster. The 20th anniversary...

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Bruxie Introduces Sinfully Good HOLY SAUCE

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of one of its favorite months of the year, SepTENDER, Bruxie is adding a sinfully good Holy Sauce to its already killer line-up of house-made sauces that perfectly complement the special herb and spice batter of its crispy tenders! About Bruxie’s Sauce Developed by Bruxie Founder & Chef Kelly Mullarney, the new Holy Sauce borrows from the flavors of the restaurant’s most popular waffle sandwich, The Holy Chicken. Made with real maple syrup, sriracha hot sauce and smoked bacon, Holy Sauce is a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and smoky — definitely a winning flavor combination. Bruxie Sauces With the introduction of the new Holy Sauce, Bruxie now offers eight unique sauces that each provide a distinct flavor experience. While Ranch and BBQ are the most popular choices, Holy Sauce is expected to quickly become a new...

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Brunch at Lit Cafe OC

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined at Lit Cafe as a guest One of my favorite things to do is going out for brunch. With all of my favorite dishes being breakfast foods, I am always looking for a fresh new place to dine out. Lit Cafe Chef Erica Tjangnaka The one thing that had me eager to dine at Lit Cafe was knowing that the talented chef, Erica Tjangnaka is the pastry chef. Chef Erica is one of the most well-known pastry chefs in the world. She is known for some of her incredibly talented work at ST Patisserie Chocolat, the St. Regis Hotel, and more. Lit Cafe David Fujimura Plus, there is chef David Fujimura, who is a culinary genius. He has been a significant part of the success of many Orange County restaurants including Marche Moderne, Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine, and...

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Family-Friendly Dining at Farmer Boys

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Dining, Family | 2 comments

We dined at Farmer Boys as a guest There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a place to dine out with your family. But, few are 100% family-friendly and offer a wide variety of food. Let’s be honest. When you have a family, everyone wants something different to eat for dinner. One of my family’s newest favorite places to eat is Farmer Boys. Family-Friendly Ambiance The restaurant has a relaxed environment, so the kids don’t have to stress about needing to sit quietly at the table. It feels like home when dining in their restaurant. Families can easily order from the front desk, and the staff will bring the food to your table when it is ready. Food Options When it comes to the menu, there is something for everyone. The menu features breakfast, salads, and...

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Celebrate National Avocado Day at Puesto

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In honor of National Avocado Day on Wednesday, July 31st, Puesto is offering up a free guacamole to any guest who orders a pitcher of its perfect margaritas. This offer is available all day at both Orange County Puesto locations. Puesto has three types of guacamoles to choose from: Classic, Puesto Perfect and Nogada. Puesto Perfect has the unexpected addition of Parmigiano-Reggiano, while Nogada features the Classic topped with pomegranate arils, mango, chile de arbol and candied walnuts. Puesto has SEVEN margarita varieties to choose from, starting with the Puesto Perfect (blue agave reposado, fresh squeezed lime juice, organic agave nectar) to the Cilantro (blue agave reposado, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and a touch of dry curacao) to the Fruit Cart (Don Julio Blanco, mango, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, chamoy and Tajín). Find Puesto’s full menu, addresses and hours online at...

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Five Crowns New Summer Menu

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Five Crowns welcomes a new summer menu courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla. Experience the rich flavors of the season’s most inspiring ingredients to complement Five Crowns’ favorite classic dishes. The vibrant menu features sixteen new seasonal menu items including Ricotta Ravioli with tomato consommè, basil oil and heirloom tomato, Stone Fruit & Burrata with puffed quinoa and lavender & blueberry vinaigrette, and Soft Shell Crab with corn salad, diced mango and pickled fresno chili. Save room for decadent new dessert options like Coconut Pie with banana, pineapple sauce and caramelized Rice Krispies or Chocolate Cherry Cake with chocolate ganache, melted black cherries and chocolate crisp. SUMMER MENU HIGHLIGHTS: Small Plates Ricotta Ravioli tomato consommè, basil oil, heirloom tomato, 16 Grilled Colorado Lamb Ribs black cherry mustard, pickled cucumbers, 21 Fruits del Mar Soft Shell Crab corn salad, diced...

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Andrei’s Celebrates 10 Years of Giving with Month-Long Anniversary Fundraiser Benefiting Miracles for Kids

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in July and in honor of this milestone, the Irvine restaurant will be donating 20% of all sales for the month to Miracles for Kids, with the mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. In addition to the month-long fundraiser, from July 1st through 13th guests will be able to partake in a special menu of 10 Andrei’s signature items, all priced at $10. The menu features gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes, a shareable multi-dessert tasting, and the restaurant’s noted Bastille Day Cocktail, which commemorates Andrei’s opening on Bastille Day in 2009. Andrei’s Anniversary Menu EACH ITEM PRICED AT $10 Offered July 1st – 13th Calamari – Flash-Fried Calamari, Garlic, Shallots, White Wine-Lemon Reduction Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea Hummus, Avocado Bacon...

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Kick Off The Summer With Tasty Burgers + Brews at Tackle Box

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Join Tackle Box at SOCO the weekend of Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16 and kick off the summer with tasty brews + delicious specials! Orange County’s favorite coastal pub will be a hotspot this season and Co-Owner, Executive Chef and Top Chef Alum, Brian Huskey is excited to offer a Karl Strauss Takeover, Friday Night Flights and tasty Father’s Day specials to get the summer started off right! Tackle Box Karl Strauss Takeover The festivities will begin with the Karl Strauss Takeover on Thursday, June 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In a partnership with award-winning Southern California brewery, Karl Strauss, Tackle Box will feature five of the brewery’s most popular beers for diners to enjoy. And, anyone who purchases a Karl Strauss beer will enjoy 25% off any Tackle Box burger. The beer fun doesn’t...

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2019 Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

2019 is yet another milestone year in the Lobsterfest At Newport Beach legacy as we begin our second decade of celebrating summer. After celebrating its Ten-year Anniversary with last year’s Lobsterfest At Newport Beach at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, the Board of Directors for the Lobsterfest Foundation has decided to relocate the event to the Newport Beach Civic Green for 2019 and beyond. The new venue will allow for the return of the $65.00 general admission ticket price, complimentary beer and wine for our VIP guests, free parking for all of our patrons, a return to seating on the grass, and a more prominent exposure for our vendors. The 11th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Green on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 2 to 7 p.m. This annual celebration of...

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Sweeping Ocean Views and Delicious Cuisine at Las Brisas

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined as Las Brisas as a guest of the venue In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Las Brisas has unveiled an entirely refreshed culinary experience. Not only has the restaurant gone through some uplifting changes to their décor, but so has their menu. Michael Gaines, the new executive general manager, is collaborating with the Las Brisas team and has brought his vision of vibrancies to life. The minute that I walked into Las Brisas, I felt like I was transported to paradise. The restaurant features a bright, fresh, and calming surrounding on a cliff that overlooks the ocean. The changes in the décor are also reflected in the menu. Fresh ocean to table dishes, along with some of their most popular eats from the past makes your dining experience just that dining experience, add a little cocktail and...

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Sessions West Coast Deli to open at Macy’s Fashion Island

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Known for its inspired, chef-crafted sandwiches, Sessions West Coast Deli has announced that its fourth location is set to open at Macy’s Fashion Island in September 2019. The new restaurant will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that focuses on its signature sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, small plates and gourmet salads. Additionally, Sessions will feature full barista service, as well as kombucha, craft beer and wine on tap. Since opening its first location five years ago on the Newport Beach Peninsula, Sessions West Coast Deli has received national attention for its scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches, salads, small plates and toasts are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce and carefully selected ingredients. The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will feature...

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

Eat more pie. Because “Pie not”? When visiting Santa Rosa, we had an unforgettable dinner at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. After dinner we noticed that a new pie bar had just opened next door, so we went in to check it out before walking down to The Jade Room Wine Bar for a nightcap. The minute that we walked into the store, the aroma tantalized our tastebuds. They feature a select amount of freshly baked pies and ice cream. I couldn’t resist tasting almost every flavor of ice cream before making my dessert decision. All of the ice creams were rich, creamy and delicious. Noble Folk Ice Cream What makes their ice cream so delicious and unique? Because it is locally made and sourced. Everything made local is always better. It is made locally at their creamery in...

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Andrei’s New Seasonal Cocktails Make a Splash

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The bold, vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the season take center stage on Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails’ new Spring/Summer specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to partake in more than a dozen cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are pleasing to the palate. As with all menu items at Andrei’s, these new cocktails will benefit many charitable causes and organizations, as the restaurant donates 100% of its net profits through The Andrei Foundation. Among the new cocktails are: STRAIGHT UP The Good, the Bad and the Thirsty – Dickel Rye Whiskey, Rhubarb Liqueur, Strawberry Shrub, Cassis, Rosemary Napa Crush – Rain Organic Vodka, White Wine Syrup, White Grape, Champagne Chilean Spice – Spicy Citrus-Infused Vodka, Orange, House-Made Sweet & Sour, Lime Southern Lady – Elijah Craig Bourbon, Peach Liqueur, Peach Bitters, Champagne Cool as a...

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Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven as a guest of Santa Rosa One of my favorite restaurants that I visited while in Santa Rosa was the Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. The restaurant is a short drive from The Sandman Hotel, and offers guests authentic Indian cuisine with an upscale ambiance. The minute that I walked into the restaurant I felt like I was in a restaurant located in Manhattan. The space blends rustic elements, like unfinished wood and exposed brick, with modern furniture. We took a seat at one of the tables on the second floor and got ready to dine on Indian classics paired with local wine. Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven Appetizers I love Indian food, and one of my favorite dishes is Pani Puri. It is traditional Indian street food, and it is...

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The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 1 comment

We visited The Jade Room as a guest of Santa Rosa On our last night visiting Santa Rosa, we went on an epicurean adventure at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven and then walked over to The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette to have a nightcap before returning to our hotel, The Sandman. The chic wine bar is new to Downtown Santa Rosa and is a hot spot for locals and visitors. The minute that we walked into the wine bar, I felt a sense of relaxation come over me. When it comes to seating, you can take a seat at the long, and beautiful bar, at a small semi-private table or in the plush lounge area. Our group decided to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge area. We all took a seat on the comfortable seats and looked...

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Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails New Spring Menu

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails has welcomed Spring with new menu items that reflect that colors and flavors of the season. The restaurant, known for its commitment to donating 100% of its net profits to benefit many charitable causes and organizations through The Andrei Foundation, celebrates the cultural diversity of California cuisine, while incorporating the flavors and freshness of the Mediterranean. Among the new items added by Andrei’s Executive Chef Porfirio Gomez are: Double Dip Duo – Cilantro-Green Pea Hummus, Avocado Bacon Dip, Warm Pita, Seasonal Vegetables Summer Vegetable Platter – Grilled Artichoke, Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, Asparagus, Roasted Cauliflower, Feta Cheese, Micro Crudités, Mojo Sauce Herb Onion Fritters – Scallions, Greek Feta, Dill, Parsley, Tzatziki Grilled Halloumi & Watermelon – Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Watermelon, Chopped Mint, Fresh Basil, Drizzled Herb Olive Oil Main Street Wedge – Grilled Green Cabbage,...

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Best Restaurants in Orange County to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

It’s time to treat mom like no other by spoiling her at one of the many special options Orange County’s leading hotels have created for this most exceptional lady. At the beach she can be wined and dined at Montage Laguna Beach’s annual Masterpiece Celebration Brunch, at Studio or The Loft. If she doesn’t want to get up too early, she can celebrate with afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. If Newport Beach is more her style, then Fashion Island Hotel is the place to go with two delicious dining options: a garden party or brunch at Oak Grill. And for moms who want to be in the center of it all, Hotel Irvine is hosting Mother’s Day in The Backyard with fun for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420...

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery Donating May’s Proceeds to Bracken’s Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Let’s Toast to giving back! It has always been John Park’s, Executive Chef and Owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, mission to utilize his culinary talents to serve the community. Toast donateHs 10% of all proceeds each month to a different charitable organization year-round, and this month Toast is benefitting Bracken’s Kitchen. Bracken’s Kitchen partners with various businesses, restaurants and food industry companies to provide food for the homeless. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – closed on Mondays. Visit Toast with your family and friends to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert while giving back to a worthy cause! For more information on Toast Kitchen + Bakery, visit: https://www.toastkitchenbakery.com; for more information on Bracken’s Kitchen, visit: https://www.brackenskitchen.com DATE: Wednesday, May...

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Farmhouse New Spring Menu and Seasonal Cocktails

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Farmhouse is pleased to present a new spring menu courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead. Featuring the freshest seasonal flavors sourced during weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, the menu welcomes twelve new main dishes, veggie sides and desserts. The full spring menu is also available in the Farmhouse bar which highlights exciting new spring cocktails hand-crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D, and his team. Developed to compliment Chef Mead’s ever-evolving menu, choose from thirteen new cocktails to enjoy al fresco in the beautiful, garden setting. New this season, sip on a selection of four non-alcoholic specialty beverages found on Laborin’s Counterfeit Cocktail menu. Ideal for any time of day, these healthy refreshments are the perfect addition to any occasion. Savor a delicious snack or indulge your sweet tooth between lunch and dinner...

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San Pedro Fish Market Grille

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

We visited the San Pedro Fish Market Grille as a guest One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to take the kids to San Pedro to have lunch at the Fish Market. My kids love seeing all the fresh fish, and we all enjoy having lunch prepared with the freshest fish available. San Pedro isn’t always the easiest part of LA to get to in Los Angeles, but once we make the drive, it always ends up being worth it. Having family in San Pedro, we find ourselves in town a lot, and I can’t believe that I have not made it into the new San Pedro Fish Market Grille since it opened a year ago. When we got invited to attend their one-year celebration, I made a point to clear my calendar, and drive...

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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Featured, Melissa's Produce | 0 comments

Yesterday, I embarked on an epicurean adventure in Artesia with Melissa’s Produce and Farhana Sahibzada. Indian cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, so when I was invited to attend this special walking food tour, I cleared my calendar to learn more about Indian cuisine in Southern California. Melissa’s Produce has spiced up my family cooking by introducing me to unique and delicious produce, and this event turned it up a notch. As an Orange County native, I have never been to Artesia (gasp!). I really didn’t even know where it was until I searched it on my GPS. I quickly realized that I drive right past it 2-3 times a week on my way to attend events in LA, and could of been experiencing the best Indian food in SoCal for all these years. I had only done...

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Best Places in Orange County for Easter Brunch

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Dining, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Orange County hotels are presenting egg-cellent egg-stravaganzas for Easter Day from glamourous dining by the sea to family-fun events that will have little ones hopping in delight with up close and personal visits with the Easter Bunny. Montage Laguna Beach offers three distinctly different, but all gourmet, scenarios in the Grand Ballroom, Studio and The Loft. And those who enjoy the Easter dining experiences, can join in the fun at the resort’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Fashion Island Hotel is offering two fashionably delicious brunch options, and at Hotel Irvine, guests will not only dine on delicious food, but also participate in fun bunny-centric activities and games including Easter Egg hunts, a petting zoo and live music. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Masterpiece Easter Celebration in the Grand Ballroom Sunday, April...

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Moulin Opens in San Clemente

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Moulin, the award-winning French bistro with locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, will open its third location in San Clemente today, April 1. Proprietor Laurent Vrignaud, who was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal, has also expanded the Moulin brand to include a French antique store, which opened in January. Moulin’s third bistro is now open at the historic Casino San Clemente (120 W Avenida Pico). Built in 1937, this seaside landmark has long been a gathering place for celebration and revelry, serving as a beacon for San Clemente, drawing in Hollywood starlets and travelers from around the world. Within walking distance to San Clemente’s popular North Beach, much of Moulin’s menu is available to-go, modeled after cafes along coastal France. Much like Casino San Clemente, Vrignaud created Moulin as a central gathering...

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Farmer Boys Debuts New Burgerless Burger

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

Sponsored by Farmer Boys Farmer Boys, the farm fresh fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers, will be rolling out an exciting new addition to their menu. The Burgerless Burger focuses on the quality and simplicity of Farmer Boys’ farm fresh food, and will feature just pickles, onions, and Thousand Island dressing on a sesame seed bun. In 2018, Farmer Boys refocused their marketing strategy on the quality and value of Farmer Boys’ everyday farm fresh menu. The introduction of the Burgerless Burger reflects a continuation of those efforts and focuses in more squarely on the natural simplicity of their farm fresh offerings. The Burgerless Burger goes back to basics with just four ingredients, and it is also a great option for vegetarian guests. “Farm fresh” was at the core of Farmer Boys when it started nearly four...

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Free Chronic Tacos at OC Beach Cleanup

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Free Chronic Tacos For All Volunteers Supporting Our Planet and Community Chronic Tacos is partnering with Eco Warrior to promote a healthier planet and stronger community in Laguna Beach. Free tacos will be offered to every volunteer participating in the beach clean-up in Aliso Beach. Volunteers can expect a wide variety of delicious tacos and the sweet taste of a job well done. Eco Warrior is proud to partner with a locally-loved restaurant to help make a change and spread the message of sustainable living. About Chronic Tacos The fast-casual franchise is known for its fresh Mexican cuisine that is customized for each volunteer’s distinctive taste. The Chronic Tacos experience consists of walking down the prep line and personally choosing everything that goes on your meal. Customers can choose from vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as choices of:...

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Five Must-Have Foods at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Dining, Events, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

We attended a preview of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival It is the most delicious time of the year to visit Knott’s Berry Farm for their yearly Boysenberry Festival. The event is a favorite of my family, with the food being the best part. This year is better than ever with more delicious boysenberry food than ever, and these are our top picks! My absolute favorite food this year is the boysenberry elote. The tasty corn is located at the Ghost Town Bank Stand, and I guarantee that you can’t just eat one. I may or may not be guilty of coming back for seconds. For those who are looking to eat healthier at Knott’s while attending the boysenberry festival will want to dine at Spurs Chophouse. The highly-acclaimed restaurant is featuring a boysenberry glazed salmon over mixed greens. Also,...

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Wagyu Week Returns to Sushi Roku Newport Beach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Sushi Roku Newport Beach welcomes a special delivery of award-winning Bungo Wagyu from Monday, March 25th through Saturday, March 30th with a limited-time-only tasting menu. Bungo beef is considered the highest-quality Japanese grade beef, originating from the Oita prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan. The award-winning meat, which has received accolades from the Tenno-sho (Emperor’s Prize) and Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, will be offered in six unique preparations to preserve its rich, delicious flavor. Each can be paired with refined spirits originating from Japan that delicately enhance each dishes’ overall profile. Bungo Wagyu Beef Tasting Menu Wagyu Sushi (2pcs; 0.6oz/each) Kizami Wasabi, Oscietra Caviar, Gold Flakes Wagyu Skewers (1.5 oz) Sweet Soy, Karashi Mustard Wagyu Carpaccio (2oz) Salt, Pepper, Garlic Chips, Red Yuzu Pepper, Tiny Veggies (carrot, white radish, red radish) Wagyu Katsu Sandwich (1oz/each)...

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Best Wine Is The One Enjoyed With Friends

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

Samples of Ammunition Wine was provided When planning our recent girls getaway glamping trip to KOA in Ventura, I knew that I wanted to serve my friends my favorite wine. I recently discovered Ammunition Wine, and ever since it has been my favorite wine. I picked up a case of Chardonnay and Zinfandel and headed up to Ventura for an unforgettable girls getaway. The minute that I arrived with the wine, we opened a bottle. Poured each other glasses of wine, and made a toast to our friendship. We sat together on the balcony of our cabin and spent the afternoon laughing together about all the funny moments we’ve experienced together while friends. The Chardonnay from Ammunition Wine quickly became a favorite of my friends who love white wine as much as me. By the end of the trip,...

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Indian Cooking Classes at Adya in Anaheim

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Adya is one of the best places to bring your family to get Indian food. Both locations in Irvine and Anaheim offer a relaxed family-friendly dining ambiance. Plus, they have delicious food that even the pickiest little eaters will love. During my recent visit to Adya, I attended a cooking class with Chef Shachi Mehra using fresh Melissa’s Produce. I have always been intimidated by the thought of making Indian food at home. During the interactive cooking class, Chef Shachi showed me how simple and easy cooking Indian food at home for my family can be. We learned how to make four simple family-friendly recipes using fresh Melissa’s Produce. The two favorite recipes that I learned how to make was the tangerine and radish salad with fresh mint and fennel. The salad was fresh, and when made with Melissa’s...

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Tangerine and Radish Salad with Fresh Mint and Fennel

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Dining, Recipes | 0 comments

We all love Melissa’s Produce. It is the freshest produce available. If you can’t grow produce in your backyard Melissa’s is the best option to feed your children. Today was an exciting day as I was able to visit one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, and one that uses Melissa’s Produce, Adya. I can’t believe that it has been five years since attending the media event for the grand opening of Adya at the Anaheim Packing House. Time has flown by. I first fell in love with Chef Shachi’s food when she was at Tamarind of London. It was my favorite Indian restaurant in OC, only because of the chef and her talents. Once Chef Shachi left, it closed its doors shortly after. Once Adya opened their location in Irvine, I always seem to find myself sneaking...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Dining, Family, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

For the first time ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and Yogurtland have teamed up to give fans a one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt experience inspired by Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s award-winning boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor was crafted alongside Knott’s and has arrived in stores nationwide, only a couple days away from the newly-expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival which runs daily from March 29 – April 28th. Each spoonful of Yogurtland’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt flavor is bursting with the jammy richness and sweet and tart taste of fresh boysenberries followed by hints of a butter sweet pie crust. Inspired by the world-class award-winning pies, it’s creamy and delicious, and no doubt Mrs. Knott herself would approve. For an added boysenberry touch, Yogurtland will be serving mini boysenberry shortbread cookies as a topping option. While getting a sneak peek of the upcoming Boysenberry...

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19th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

The Annual Taste of Huntington Beach will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the HB Sports Complex. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. with an exclusive VIP reception from 11 a.m. to noon. The Taste of Huntington Beach showcases the best local culinary talents and the region’s top wineries and breweries. For one all-inclusive price, attendees enjoy unlimited samples and sips from some of the area’s finest establishments. All proceeds from the event go to the Children’s Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Since 2001, The Friends of the Children’s Library and the HB Restaurant Association have helped the Taste of Huntington Beach raise more than $600,000 for the HB Children’s Library! Taste of Huntington Beach Ticket Pricing General Admission tickets are $70 and includes: – Unlimited tastes of food from 50 of...

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Lunch Specials and Bottomless Mimosas at Sapphire Laguna

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Dining | 0 comments

This month marks 12 years of culinary excellence at Sapphire Laguna, where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation, and from February 25th through March 3rd, Chef Azmin Ghahreman will host a weeklong anniversary celebration! Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Lunch February 25th through March 1st $12 Lunch Entrées – Guests are invited to enjoy any entrée on the Sapphire Laguna Lunch Menu for $12. Not only is the weather perfect for dining al fresco, but lunch menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes like our Chicken & Kimchi Stir-Fry Noodle, Sautéed Shrimp Pasta, and signature Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger! Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11am to 2:30pm. Sapphire Laguna Anniversary Brunch March 2nd and 3rd $12 Bottomless Mimosas – Just when you thought our Weekend Brunch couldn’t get any better… Sapphire Laguna offers $12 Bottomless Mimosas during Brunch service from 9am...

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Best Breakfast in Mérida: Rosas & Xocolate

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Dining, Featured, Mérida, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Rosas & Xocolate as a guest of Mérida After using the (CBX) Cross Border Xpress to catch a flight out of Tijuana with Volaris conveniently, Xperiencia Maya picked us up in Mérida to bring us to Rosas & Xocolate for breakfast. Decor of Rosas & Xocolate in Mérida The first thing that made with fall in love with Rosas & Xocolate was the beautiful pink building. The hotel and restaurant looked like something out of a movie, and I couldn’t wait to taste their food. We walked into the restaurant, and they led us to the perfect table on their outdoor patio. Our table was right next to a pond when I enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the small fountain. After sitting in the restaurant for a few minutes, all the stresses from traveling melted away....

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Indulgent Dinner with Daou and Black Angus

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Black Angus as a guest of the venue What a great evening we had when Black Angus and Daou Winery invited us to dine with them. Yes, these two have decided to partner and bring us a new menu complimented by the well known and delicious wines of Daou. Black Angus recently remodeled the Lakewood, Ca location; it has a bright, fresh, contemporary design; a brand new take on Black Angus for all of us yet still full of that familiar comfort. Introducing a new menu went hand in hand, and it has the “wow” factor! We were dining on Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli on Baby Greens, as Chef David Bolosan teased us with the most delicious flavors. We were excited to discover what other dishes were going to be shared. One of our favorite...

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In Melissa’s Kitchen with Nancie McDermott

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Last week, I had the honor of visiting Melissa’s Produce for a cooking demo by the highly renowned author, Nancie McDermott. I was in for a treat. Not only did I get a chance to sample some of the foods from her cookbook, Fruit: a Savor the South, by I also got to learn so much from her. My favorite thing that they served from her cookbook was a Horchata de Melon cantaloupe seed drink. It was light, refreshing, and boasted with fresh flavors. It was so delicious that I ended up going back for seconds (and maybe thirds). Another highlight from the luncheon was her arugula salad with persimmon. Persimmon is a fruit that I don’t often serve to my children, and to be honest, I usually forget about it. Having the fresh Persimmon from Melissa’s Produce paired...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Love is in the air in Orange County as sweethearts make dining arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they love. We have found the best restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach Studio’s Six-Course Valentine’s Dinner Created for Gourmet Lovers Thursday, February 14 Chef Ben Martinek is serving heartfelt selections to delight couples who desire impeccably served, delicious food presented in a stunning Craftsman-style ocean view setting. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of Shigoku Oyster on the Half Shell and next is Kampachi Crudo with romanesco, pearl onion, green strawberry, kaluga royal caviar and hearts of palm. Then Smoked Santa Barbara Red Abalone with forbidden black rice, cauliflower mushrooms and wasabi-english pea pearls is served. The third course is...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some fun. Get on your bowling shoes and get ready for a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy a friendly competition. Plus, you’ll get in a little work-out before lunch. Next, it’s time for lunch. There are multiple dining choices at The District at Tustin Legacy. There is a lot of love put into the sandwiches at...

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Lunar New Year 2019: South Coast Plaza Dining

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Select South Coast Plaza restaurants have created special dishes in honor of the Lunar New Year! Celebrate the year of the pig by enjoying delicious cuisine at one of these premier restaurants. AnQi by House of AN February 5-10, 2019 from 5 – 10 p.m. Join AnQi for a festive Lunar New Year. Start the Year of the Pig with beautiful décor, “Li Xi” Good Luck Red Envelope; and Heaven & Earth Good Luck Prosperity Menu of specials served at dinner only. Dishes include Quail Congee with Crispy Egg, Szechwan Stir Fry Egg Noodles with Tofu, Steamed Filet of Sea Bass in Sesame Shoyu, Crispy Skin Pork Belly with Harvest Root Vegetables and Gingerbread Pudding with Kumquat Ice Cream. Specials $12-$33; à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity) 714.557.5679 Water Grill Now through February...

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Upscale Pizza at Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined at Pitfire Pizza as a guest of the venue Pizza is the key to my heart. There can never be too much pizza in your life. So, when our family plans dinner out, we usually end up having pizza. There are so many choices when it comes to having pizza in Orange County, and I am always looking for somewhere new to try. Recently, we went to Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa, and it was love at first bite. Ambiance at Pitfire Pizza The downside to many pizza places is the ambiance. They are usually loud and have kids running everywhere. What I love the most about Pitfire Pizza is the ambiance. The restaurant has a beautiful bar in the center, multiple tables, and a beautiful outdoor patio. If you’re looking for a more upscale pizza place...

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Creating Memories at The Summit House

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Dining, Family, Fullerton | 0 comments

We dined at The Summit House as a guest There are so many fantastic restaurants to create memories with your family in Orange County. But, few offer an intimate dining experience, delicious cuisine, and stunning views like The Summit House. During the holidays, we dined at The Summit House in Fullerton for the first time and decided to make it one of our new holiday traditions. Fairytale Restaurant The restaurant looks like it just came out of a fairytale. The minute that we pulled up to the valet, I was swept away and embarked on an epicurean adventure. After checking in with the hostess, our evening began with cocktails in the lounge. The Summit House Lounge It was a weeknight that we dined at the restaurant, but it was full of people laughing, enjoying each others company, and creating...

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From Mexico to Malibu: The Lula Cocina Cookbook

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 1 comment

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how much love I have for Mexico. Last year, I traveled to the country over ten times, and currently working on purchasing a home in Mexico. I love the food. I love the people. I love everything about Mexico. Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce When my friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to an event to learn about a Mexican food cookbook, I cleared my calendar to attend. There is nothing I love better than authentic Mexican food, and when doing some research on the author, I learned that she is also the owner of Lula’s Mexican Restaurant in Santa Monica. Plus, I used it as a great opportunity to wear the new belt that I just got in Mexico City. As usual, I arrived at Melissa’s...

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Seasonal Fare at The Patio on 101 in Encinitas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dining, San Diego | 0 comments

We dined at The Patio on 101 as a guest of the San Diego Restaurant Week San Diego is well-known for having some of the best restaurants in California. Every year during the San Diego Restaurant Week, I head down south to try a new restaurant. This year, I brought my daughter to try The Patio on 101 in Encinitas. San Diego Restaurant Week During San Diego Restaurant week, they have a 3-course dinner menu for $40. Plus, there is the option of adding two full glasses of wine for $20. Small Cheese and Charcuterie Board I started my dinner by having their small cheese and charcuterie board. The appetizer featured a chef’s choice of meats and cheese. Also, it came with an assortment of bread and accouterments. It was light, fresh and the perfect start to my meal....

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A Taste of Italy at Angelina’s Pizzeria

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Dining, Irvine | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to have Italian food in Orange County is at Angelina’s Pizzeria in Irvine. The restaurant has one of the chicest ambiances in Orange County, and the food never disappoints. Angelina’s Pizzeria New Winter Menu When I heard that Angelina’s Pizzeria just released a new winter menu, I immediately made reservations. When I arrived at the restaurant, the friendly staff took us to a comfortable booth. As I looked over the menu, it was hard to pick just one item, so I ordered everything new! Meatballs Although the meatballs are not new on the menu, I always have to order them when at the restaurant. The meatballs are light, not heavy like at most Italian restaurants. They cook the meatballs in the pizza oven that gives them an authentic smoky flavor. When paired with their...

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Family Dining at Lake Arrowhead Pizza

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

It is one of our family traditions to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza whenever we visit Lake Arrowhead. The pizza place is packed every night, and the pizza is fantastic. During our recent visit to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we walked into the Village to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza. When we arrived, there was a line out the door. While we waited in line, the kids went into the arcade to play games. What to order at Lake Arrowhead Pizza When you first arrive, you order at the counter. The menu features everything from greens to pasta and even burgers. Every time we have dined at Lake Arrowhead Pizza, we order the same thing. Mozzarella sticks and a pepperoni pizza. We placed our order and found a table to enjoy dinner together as a family. While...

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Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe in Lake Arrowhead

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While waiting to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen in Lake Arrowhead, we walked around the village. While exploring the village, we stumbled upon Village Ice Cream. Since we were on vacation staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we decided to treat the kids to some ice cream before lunch. Location of Village Ice Cream in Lake Arrowhead Village Ice Cream is located right in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village. They offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors and lots of candy. It is a kids dream come true. It is also an excellent place for kids to get a souvenir. Flavors of Ice Cream There were so many tasty flavors that it was hard to pick just one. The kids and I sampled almost every flavor before making a final decision...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite popular, so we did have to wait for about an hour to get a table. While waiting, we walked over to the Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe to enjoy dessert before lunch. It wasn’t long until I got a text message that our table was ready. We were lucky to have gotten a table on the outdoor patio for...

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Lake Arrowhead Resort: Dining at Bin 189

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bin 189 as a guest of the Lake Arrowhead Resort The Lake Arrowhead Resort is the premier place to stay with your family in the San Bernardino Mountains. The resort features plush accommodations, stunning water views, and elevated dining at Bin 189. While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, our family started the weekend getaway by having dinner at Bin 189. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and almost every table features water views. The Bar at The Lake Arrowhead Resort I awaited the arrival of my husband by enjoying a glass of wine and appetizer in the bar. My son and I savored every bite of the chips and guacamole. The dish features fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, Cotija cheese, and hand-made tortilla chips. The bar area has a large bar and plenty of tables for...

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Best Brunch in Orange County: Toast Kitchen & Bakery

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We had brunch at Toast in Orange County as a guest Brunch is my meal to dine out. I am always on the lookout for a hot new brunch spot. I recently stumbled upon my new favorite place to have brunch in Orange County ~ Toast Kitchen & Bakery! Location of Toast in Orange County The restaurant is in the heart of Costa Mesa. It is on Newport Boulevard at the corner of 17th Street. It has a small outdoor patio, a large indoor dining room, and a bar. My daughter loves brunch as much as me, and she couldn’t wait to dine with me. I made plans for us to dine before exploring the new Balboa Island Museum. We found a table inside the restaurant, and the server immediately came over to take our order. Brunch is not...

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Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dining, Family, Santa Ana | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria made the Santa Ana food scene better than ever. Churrascarias are one of my favorite types of restaurant. The only problem is that many of them have overpriced menus. When I learned about Silva’s, I couldn’t wait to taste their meats. I went to dinner at Silva’s before attending the ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The restaurant is a short drive from the theatre. The minute that I walked into the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. It is a beautiful restaurant with a modern look. Menu Options at Silva’s Brazilian Eatery and Churrascaria There are a couple of different options when dining at Silva’s. There is the option of the all-you-can-eat feast for $22.95. Or, there is...

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Brunching at Pain du Monde at Fashion Island

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Pain du Monde at Fashion Island Pain du Monde at Fashion Island I love going out for brunch. I have been looking for new places to brunch in Orange County. So, I went to Pain du Monde at Fashion Island this weekend. The restaurant is in the heart of Fashion Island, and includes both indoor and outdoor dining. Since it was a chilly morning, we decided to dine inside. Upon arriving at the restaurant, guests select the item they want to select from the menu. Then, go to the register to place your order before selecting a table. The Menu The menu has a wide variety of items, such as sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. Furthermore, there is a giant case full of fresh pastries. To tell the truth, there were so many...

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Mess Hall Market: Where Inspired Chefs Come Together

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

We attended a preview as a guest of the venue If any of you have been following the new construction happening near the Flight at Tustin Legacy, then you know there is a mixed-use campus on its way for all of us to enjoy. Yes, and nestled in between will be Mess Hall; a 12,000 square foot area with offerings from a variety of well-known chefs. Among these spaces will find eateries to soothe your moments of hunger, quench your thirst and offer a great exploration of flavors. A campus of modern structures with wonderful use of glass to create buildings that mimic sculpture art. Meandering trails, open spaces with a park-like setting allow for strolling before or after having a bite to eat. You’ll even discover that it’s Metrolink friendly, which means you can meet friends and leave...

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Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Brings a Taste of the East Coast to Orange County

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

We dined as a guest of the venue When the Irvine Company announced that they were going to bring a little bit of the east coast to the west, with the opening of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse back in 2017, I knew that it had to be something spectacular. So what makes Davio’s so special? Chef/Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo. After graduating Boston University and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, the then 24-year-old Steve began his journey in making a regular Italian steakhouse into a fine dining experience. The first step in making his vision a reality came with the purchase of an established restaurant called Davio’s in Boston’s Back Bay. With hard work, insight, and a deep understanding of what people want in a dining experience, Steve’s empire grew from one restaurant in Boston to nine on the east...

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Dining, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Temecula, Travel | 184 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to have small weekend getaways. Before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I planned an unforgettable weekend getaway with my daughter in Costa Mesa. With my daughter being an art student at Orange County School of the Arts, I thought that she would enjoy a getaway enjoying the artsy community of Costa Mesa, and it ended up being one of our favorite staycations ever. Costa Mesa has some of the best small businesses to shop for the holidays in Orange County, and since I want all the holiday gifts that I will be giving this year to come from small businesses, we started our getaway by shopping during Small Business Saturday. We got up early on Small Business Saturday and went to The...

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Kids Eat Free at The House of Blues

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Whenever I hear the name House of Blues I think rock n roll, amazing venue, and their world famous Gospel Brunch. Well let me tell you House of Blues is so much more. Since moving to the Garden Walk in Anaheim, House of Blues has doubled in size giving them chance to expand their venue but also their kitchen. First of all they have an amazing happy hour Monday – Friday, 3PM-6PM as well as lunch specials starting at $9. So what is the inspiration behind their mouthwatering meals? Good old southern cooking. Their menu includes iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken, as well as great burgers, flatbreads, and salads. So what’s my favorite?...

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Make a Holiday Toast with Ammunition Wines

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored We are officially knee deep in the holiday season. Holiday parties are happening almost every night where friends and families are making toasts in celebration of a fantastic year and with the excitement of all the goodness coming to everyone in the New Year. When hosting my friends in my home during the holiday season, I only want to serve them the highest quality wines, and I have recently fallen in love with Ammunition Wines. Ammunition is the shared vision of two guys who had a dream and decided to make it happen. Andy and Bill partnered together to produce world-class wines from Sonoma County and bring them to their friends and family as a celebration of their shared American heritage. After some not-so-careful consideration, they pooled some money together with a few of their friends and started...

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Chronic Tacos Introduces Grass-Fed Carne Asada

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

I was recently a guest at Chronic Tacos for a tasting of the new grass-fed Carne Asada. Upon entering the Chronic Taco restaurant I was greeted by the open, clean and bright location. Moving to the starting point to choose an item was difficult. The difficult choice of making a meal has now gotten more complicated. The usual taco, burrito, Bowl-Rito, quesadilla, sorta, Chronic Salad and Tostada Bowl options are now available with yet another protein. I decided to go with the tried and true and ordered the taco, burrito and tostada with the new Carne-Asada protein. The steak is kept in a secret marinade for 24 hours before being seared and seasoned on the open grill, allowing for the boldest flavor profile. “We constantly have our customers in mind and adding this grass-fed steak to our menu falls...

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