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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

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

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

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Romance on the Water with Hornblower Cruises

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of having parents with a healthy marriage. The one thing that I have found to be key in keeping the spark alive in my marriage of almost 20 years is to spend as much time together alone as possible. We go on date nights at least a couple of times a month and try our best to have romantic getaways whenever we can. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our children’s busy schedule has us booked driving them around town on Valentine’s Day, so we celebrated earlier this year by having a romantic morning enjoying brunch on the water while on a Hornblower Cruise. We had always wanted to do a dinner or brunch Hornblower Cruise, and this year seemed...

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Irvine Spectrum Valentine’s Day Carousel Party

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  You are invited to a special event on Valentine’s Day at the Irvine Spectrum Center. There will be complimentary carousel rides, face painting, entertainment, and more. The event is free to the public. Don’t miss creating special Valentine’s Day memories with your children at the Irvine Spectrum Carousel Party. We look forward to seeing you there! When: February 14th Time: 10am to 12pm Location: Irvine Spectrum Center (Carousel Court) 670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618 Cost:...

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Memories

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love to give my children handmade gifts on Valentine’s Day. I love them so much and want them to know how much they mean to me. Every year, I try to think of something special that I can make for them that they will cherish in their hearts forever. This year, instead of making a craft or recipe, I am going to give them the gift of our memories together by making a photo slideshow. I recently started using the Moto Z Droid from Verizon and have the Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, so I thought it would be perfect to surprise them on Valentine’s Day by sharing my photo slideshow on their bedroom wall before going to bed with my Moto Z Droid Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod. When I told my husband and what I was going...

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Give the Gift of Roses on Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored There is nothing better than giving or receiving roses on Valentine’s Day. Whether you are giving them to your mother, friend or wife, you’ll want to gift the highest quality roses that are beautiful, and superior quality. The premier source for luxury roses to give someone you love on Valentine’s Day is Rosehire. Rosehire roses are delivered to your home within hours of being cut from the field. They arrive in a beautiful box with each rose having their own individual water tube to help keep them fresh. Each set of roses has a signature from the person who personally put the roses together along with care instructions and a letter from the founders. With proper care, the roses should last from 5-10 days. If you have someone who loves Disney, which many moms do, they have an...

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2017

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Dining, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just weeks away. Surprise your loved one with an unforgettable date night at one of these top Orange County dining locations to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Bluewater Grill Newport Beach in Cannery Village 620 Lido Park Drive Newport Beach , CA 92663 (949) 675-3474 Bluewater Grill Tustin at The District 2409 Park Avenue Tustin, CA 92782 (714) 258-3474 Foods of Love Valentine’s Menu Event (Three-course Menu of Love-inducing Favorites with Champagne) (Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017). Our popular February tasting starts with Domain Ste. Michelle Brut or Mionetto Prosecco Italian sparkling wine and then lets romantics select their own meal from such choices as Oysters with Shallot Mignonette, Red Crab Salad and Grilled Prime Top Sirloin to Saffron Crab Risotto and Seared White Seabass. For dessert. guests decide between...

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Five Best Valentine’s Day Wines

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Whether you are planning a romantic night out or an evening at home, serving your Valentine the perfect wine on Valentine’s Day makes the evening perfect. Every Valentine’s Day, we put the kids to bed, and then pop open a bottle of sparkling Stella Rosa Moscato. We toast to our love and our life together. Are you looking for the perfect wine to toast with your love on Valentine’s Day? These are our five top Valentine wines. Moscato Imperiale Rose This superb sparkling Moscato Imperiale Rose from Northwestern Italy is a unique “semi sweet” wine with light effervescence and approachable sweetness. Crafted with exacting standards, this Moscato Rose or pink moscato is of the highest quality. Stella Rosa Red This refreshing wine reveals deep, red color and is combined with natural flavors of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, and...

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Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day Card Kit

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Crafts, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Looking for something different to do with your kids this Valentine’s Day? Instead of purchasing pre-made Valentine’s at the local grocery store, have fun creating memories with your children while handmaking their Valentine’s. Know I know that we are all busy mommies, and don’t have time to purchase all the supplies needed to create handmade Valentine’s, and Stampington & Company took care of that for all of us. They have created a unique kit that has “almost” everything you need to make Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day cards with your kids. Over the weekend, I sat down with my daughter to make the Teeny Tiny Valentine’s Day cards together. Everything was carefully placed inside of a cellophane wrapper with instructions on how to make the Valentine’s. We put all the supplies on the table and got ready to have...

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Exclusive Zimzala Restaurant Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect cocktail recipe for your Valentine’s Day dinner or looking for one of the most romantic places to go out for a cocktail in Orange County? Zimzala Restaurant at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach is one of the hottest new places for couples to escape together for the night to sip on delicious handcrafted cocktails while enjoying the fresh ocean breezes. The general manager of Food and Beverage at Kimpton’s Shorebreak Hotel, Blake Brissette-Mathias, let us peek into his recipe book, and share two of his Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes. With more than eight years of experience, Blake is at the forefront of the culinary scene in Orange County by creating cutting new food and beverage initiatives. Get your cocktail glasses ready, and entice your husband tonight with one of these distinctive cocktails. Sex...

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2016 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Dining, Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Love is in the air. Hire a babysitter, and plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day evening at one of these top Orange County restaurants. Babette’s 7962 East Coast Hwy Newport Coast, CA 92657 Celebrate your love by enjoying the picturesque sights and sounds of the Newport Coast while indulging in a spectacular meal. Join Babette’s Newport Beach on Sunday, February 14 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. as they provide guests with an experience to give them an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. They will be featuring their regular meal time offerings as well as a special a la carte menu for those looking to enhance their experience. Featuring only the finest in locally sourced ingredients, Babette’s focus is on providing patrons with clean food in an eclectic, cutting edge environment. Their dining room features both family-style and intimate seating to...

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2015 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Events in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Valentine’s Day is not just for couples but families too. Take the kids on a Valentine’s Day walk in the wild at the Nix Nature Center or listening to music at the Mission, there is something for every family to enjoy at one of these kid-friendly Valentine’s Day events in Orange County. Pretend City 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 February 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wear pink or red to receive $1 off general admission! Cards, candy, flowers…Valentine’s Day is here! Children will love making Valentine’s Day art and celebrating this holiday at Pretend City with the sweetest of activities. Sensational Story Time: The Very Special Valentine is a heartwarming story that will encourage your child to appreciate the gift of love. Smart Art: Heart art will fill the art studio today! From love bugs to...

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Lady and the Tramp Valentine’s Day Dinner and Movie at the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Entertainment, Film, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

 In honor of Valentine’s Day, guests can see the classic Disney film “Lady and the Tramp” at the historic El Captian Theatre from February 13-19th. Guests are invited to make reservations for a candlelit dinner before the movie catered by Miceli’s. During the dinner guests can enjoy their choice of Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti with Meatballs, a garden salad, Miceli’s famous dinner rolls and mini cannoli. (limited seating available, and reservations are required for the sweetheart dinner) The El Capitan Theatre will host Tiny Tot Tuesday on February 17th at 10:00 am. During this special screening of the film, parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a Tiny Tot-friendly way – complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels. Daily showtimes are 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now,...

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Sweet and Savory Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini Recipe

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Featured, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Making a romantic dinner for your honey this Valentine’s Day? Maybe like me you have a Valentine’s Day themed party and are looking for a festive dish that captures the holiday. These easy to make Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini are a perfect blend of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. Crispy baguette toasts are topped with a creamy mascarpone mixture and topped with a heart shaped strawberry that’s been resting in a luxurious bath of chocolate balsamic vinegar. Turbinado sugar lends a satisfying crunch and sweetness with roasted pistachios countering with a bit of salt. The basil adds a perfectly paired herbal note for the strawberries. Appetizer or dessert? You decide! Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini PrintSavory and Sweet Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini Ingredients1 French Baguette sliced ½ cup Olive Oil (enough to brush on both sides of baguette...

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Take a Romantic Break on the Water with Sunset Gondolas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Featured, Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Zerve All of you out there with little kids – I mean tiny, little ones – I feel for you. I do. You are sleep deprived, stressed, and running in three different directions at all times. I was totally there. And now that my two girls are 11 (11 and three quarters, thankyouverymuch) and 14, you would think I have it made. All the free time in the world, with two middle schoolers. You’re jealous, I know. But yes, I’ve paid my dues. I do sleep through the night and don’t have to worry about chokeable items around the house, but I hate to break it to you – it just gets busier. Between six dance classes, confirmation, girl scouts, band and orchestra performances, homework like algebra that I don’t remember how to...

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Win an Epic Valentine’s Day at Kaleidoscope

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Events, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day? How about winning an epic Valentine’s Day at the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo? It’s easy to win…but you only have until Wednesday to win dinner, movie and spa treatments to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special! Start sharing your picture today. Valentine’s Day #SweetheartSelfie contest You could even win a wonderful evening with your special someone by taking a photo of you and your sweetheart at Kaleidoscope, or your favorite spot at Kaleidoscope framed in a heart, and post it to the center’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SweetheartSelfie. The winner will receive dinner for two at Riptide Rockin’ Sushi & Teppan Grills, 2 movie passes from Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, and two 25 minute spa treatments at Burke Williams Day Spa and Massage Center. The contest...

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10 Simple Ways to Show Love

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Holiday, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Many people seem to take elaborate steps to show their love on Valentine’s Day. And it’s no wonder since approximately $13.19 billion is spent on Valentine’s Day yearly, and more than 195 million roses are produced for this the day of love. But fancy gifts and expensive dinners not only take a hit on your pocketbook, they do not always speak from the heart. After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about? At one time, it wasn’t about aisles of sappy Hallmark cards, overindulging in a high-fat five-course meal, and standing in an endless line at See’s Candy. It used to be about the simple act of showing love to one another. To get back to the ‘heart’ of the matter, here are 10 simple and powerful ways to show your love without breaking the bank: Make a handwritten note...

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Apple Turnover Recipe

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family, Featured, Parenting, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 sample kit provided One of the best Valentine’s Day gift is one that is handmade with love. For Valentine’s Day gifts, me and the kids made heart-shaped apple turnover recipe using the Foodstirs cooking kit. Foorstirs offers shipments with everything that your family needs to make the suggested recipe. Everything comes pre-packaged with labels so that even kids can make the recipes with parental assistance. They make a great gift idea or something to order for your kids on a regular basis. Apple Turnover Recipe courtesy of foodstirs Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 Tbl. brown sugar 1/2 tea. salt 12 Tbl. unsalted cold butter 1/3-1/2 cold water 1 egg 3 tea. sparkling sugar Apple pie jam Bertolli olive oil spray popsicle sticks clear plastic covers/ribbon heart-shaped cookie cutter cookie sheet Directions: 1. In a bowl mix flour, brown...

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Clever Strawberry Valentines at Manassero Farms

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Featured, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Manassero Farms What shall I do for Valentine’s Day? This is the same question I ask myself every year. How about something special for my daughter’s teachers? Let’s face it, there are many people I would like to surprise with a special treat. This year, Manassero Farms has many delicious Valentine’s ideas. I was familiar with Manassero Farms because I buy their delicious organic strawberries at Whole Foods. But they offer so much more. Manassero Farms has been a family owned farm since 1922 and today the third generation is in charge. I visited their beautiful Irvine Market location where you are surrounded by fresh herbs and the expanse of the fields. There is a produce stand with an impressive selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as a cute gift store with...

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Factory Tour

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Events, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

  Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way with your kids this year at the ChocXO chocolate bark making class and chocolate factory tour. They will pour warm liquid chocolate onto a cookie sheet, and your kids can help to add their own toppings. While the chocolate is hardening, you’ll get an exclusive tour of the ChocXO Chocolate factory! $25 per person Includes bark making experience, 20 minute front of house tour, and your chocolate bark to take home. Approximately 1 hour Only 16 spots available per time slot, so book online today! Children over 6 are welcome. Valentine’s Day Schedule: Friday, Feb 13: 4pm: Chocolate Factory Tour 5pm: DIY ChocXO Bark +Tour 6pm: DIY ChocXO Bark +Tour 7pm: DIY ChocXO Bark + Tour Saturday, Feb 14 1pm: DIY ChocXO Bark + Tour 2pm: Chocolate Factory Tour 3pm: DIY...

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Hotel Palomar Valentine’s Day Lover Package

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in San Diego, Travel, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

  Rekindle the romance in your marriage by planing a romantic Valentine’s Day this year at the beautiful boutique hotel in San Diego, Hotel Palomar. The resort is offering a Lazy Lover Package making it the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway. The new Lazy Lover package includes the following: · Deluxe accommodations · $100 credit/night to Nature’s Spa by Jurlique OR $100/night dining credit to be used for in-room dining from Saltbox Dining and Drinking · Cliché romantic welcome amenity: rose petals, cheap champagne, Whitman Sampler™ chocolates, mylar balloon, intimacy kit and a teddy bear · Morning coffee and tea service in the living room to help with the aftermath from that cheap champagne · Hosted evening wine reception in the living room · 24-hour access to in-house fitness room to work off the entire box...

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