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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

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

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

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Orange County Veterans Day Dining Deals

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

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

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A Taste of Hawaii at Ono Hawaiian BBQ

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

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

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Best Places for ‘Saturday’ Brunch in Orange County

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

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

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

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

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

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Date Night: Le Dîner en Blanc in Orange County

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

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

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Saturday Brunch at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

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

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

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Caliente Southwest Grille

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

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

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Milk Box Bar Comes to Honey & Butter

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

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

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Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Jimboy’s Tacos

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

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

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Miguel’s Jr Comes to Huntington Beach

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

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

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The Habit Burger Hatch Chile Menu Items

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

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

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Disneyland Halloween Frightfully Fun Foods

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

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

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Family Fun at Farmer Boys

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

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

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Fresh Brothers Family Pizza Night + Giveaway

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

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

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2017 Savor Santa Ana

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

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

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The District’s Taste of 10 Anniversary Event

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

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

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Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano

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

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

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Host a Back-to-School Mom’s Night Out

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

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

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BRIO Tuscan Grille Delicious Fall Menu

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

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

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