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Holsteins Shakes & Buns Birthday Celebration

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Holsteins Shakes and Buns, located at Bloomingdale’s in South Coast Plaza, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a week-long toy drive for Giving Children Hope. Guests who dine at the restaurant and bring an unwrapped toy to donate between Tuesday, August 30 through Monday, September 5 will receive a complimentary virgin “Birthday Cake Shake,” made with birthday cake crumble and topped with rainbow sprinkles. The contemporary Las Vegas burger concept, which opened in Costa Mesa last September to rave reviews, is known for its creative menu of specialty burgers, small bites, salads, & the alcohol-infused “Bam-Boozled” shakes. Signature menu items include The Gold Standard burger featuring a dry-aged beef patty stacked high with tomato confit, smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese with arugula; and the secret-menu Billionaire Burger made with a thick Kobe beef patty and topped with foie gras, port onion marmalade, frisee and truffle mayo. The Orange County restaurant is housed in a 11,000-square-foot space featuring 13-foot ceilings and walls accented by bright and instinctually nostalgic pop art. Guests are welcomed to dine in rustic, leather-tufted booths with matching banquettes and red leather accent chairs. Holsteins boasts extensive beer and wine lists, after work and late-night Happy Hour and live music in the bar/lounge Friday and Saturday nights from 9-11...

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TAPS Brea 17th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in American, Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea will celebrate its 17th anniversary by serving TAPS Signature Burger for $1.99 (signifying “1999,” the year of opening) on Friday, September 9, 16, 23 and 30 with purchase of any beverage. The anniversary special, regularly priced at $14.99, will be served in the bar/lounge and dining room. It will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the restaurant serves 300 burgers. TAPS Burger is a hefty eight ounce blend of aged choice Angus chuck, short rib and brisket, and layered with sharp cheddar cheese, red onion, tomato, pickle, remoulade, butter lettuce. It’s served on a toasted brioche bun with TAPS garlic parsley fries. ADD-ONS: Guests may embellish the TAPS Burger with bacon, sautéed mushrooms, guacamole, avocado, jalapeños, fried egg or a double patty for an additional charge. BREWER’S RECOMMENDATIONS: TAPS’ director of brewery operations, David Huls, recommends two of his award-winning beers to complement TAPS Signature Burger. Amend This!, an American-style Pilsner modeled after a pre-prohibition lager (5% ABV) and El Moreno, an American dark lager (5% ABV), pair well with TAPS burger. WHEN: Fridays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11 a.m. – 3...

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Pokéworks Opens First SoCal Location

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Poké, the Hawaiian raw fish trend that has now launched countless new restaurants, continues its hot streak. Pokéworks opens its first Southern California location today at Culver Plaza. The expanding chain, which opened its first outpost in New York in 2015, is set for a national rollout of additional locations. “Pokéworks serves up a very pristine rendition of the classic Hawaiian staple – it’s it’s a light and healthy meal perfect for SoCal’s year-round sunny weather,” said Easther...

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Bistango Introduces a New Menu

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Bistango, a popular dining spot located in the Atrium building in Irvine, has rolled out a 2-tier menu featuring entrée selections that come in both traditional and petite sizes. Executive Chef Tim Doolittle, a protégé of luminaries Wolfgang Puck and Emeril, says that the expanded offerings are ideal for those with lighter appetites or who may be on a budget. The 2-tier menu is available during lunch and dinner. Among the dinner entrees are a grilled Pacific swordfish...

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$1 Buttermilk Pancake Short Stacks at iHop

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  IHOP and No Kid Hungry will come together again in the fight against child hood hunger. IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer a short stack of their world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Please help IHOP, the pioneer of breakfast all day, every day, reach its goal of serving one million pancakes to make an impact in the lives of hungry children across America. For close to six decades,...

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Tender Greens Smoke N’ Beers Event

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  On Sunday, August 21st, Tender Greens will be hosting a Smoke N’ Beers event, featuring Golden Road Brewing, on the outdoor patio at the Irvine location. Executive Chef Tara Johnson and Sous Chef Jonathan Gonzales will be serving unlimited smoked offerings and complimenting brews from Golden Road Brewing. Menu highlights from the extensive family-style spread includes Pretzels with Smoked Sea Salt and Golden Road Beer Cheese, Cold Smoked Yellowtail Crudo with Ponzo Gellee, Yuzu Cream, Tograshi , TG...

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Vince Ferragamo Wine Dinner Meet & Greet

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Are you a Rams fan? Then you’re not going to want to miss the upcoming Vince Ferragamo wine dinner and meet and greet at Newport Dunes’ Back Bay Bistro on Thursday, August 18th from 6pm to 9pm. The event features a 5-course meal complete with wine pairings for $67 per person. Plus, guests attending this event will have an opportunity to meet Rams player Dennis Harrah (1975-1987). Reservations are required by calling 949.729.1144, and guaranteed to fill-up quickly....

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Saturday Brunching at Spear Steak and Seafood House

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Breakfast, Dining News, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Brunch and me. We have a love-hate relationship. Every brunch starts out the same for me. I start by drooling over the Eggs Benedict smothered in hollandaise sauce. Oh my. And bagels. Give me a great Everything Bagel smothered in cream cheese and lox, with a sliced tomato and capers and I am in heaven. The thing is, I rarely order these. And I pine for the days I could eat...

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Ocean Breezes and Delicious Bites at Las Brisas

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in American, Best of OC, Featured | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We were recently invited to Las Brisas in Laguna Beach to sample some new items from their Patio Menu. Hmm, summertime evening, taking in the coastline and enjoying the iconic restaurant? Absolutely! Upon our arrival we were thrilled to discover a favorite local chef of ours, Johannes Bernau, he is overseeing their menu, sampling new items with the guests and introducing dishes that are more seasonal. We love his creativity with...

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Try Einstein Bros. Bagels Egg Sandwiches for Free

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  To aid in the fight against America’s childhood hunger epidemic, Einstein Bros. ® Bagels has joined forces with No Kid Hungry. To kick off the partnership, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, Einstein’s will offer its customers a FREE all new, fresh cracked egg sandwich and for each sandwich given, Einstein’s will donate a meal to a child in need. The new sandwiches continue the company’s commitment to innovative and flavorful menu offerings with elevated ingredients and unique flavor profiles....

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GNO at Holiday in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Dining News, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue As a so-called “foodie”, for me, a girls’ night out usually means dinner and cocktails in a nice restaurant with friends. I am pretty clueless when it comes to lounges and clubs in OC, so when I was invited to the soft opening for Holiday in Costa Mesa this past week, I really didn’t know quite what to expect. I grabbed my sister, which I guess makes it more of a...

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Back-to-School Kids Eat Free at IHOP Event

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Kids Eat Free* at IHOP® Restaurants is back! Known for being the originator of serving freshly made breakfast at any time of day, every day, IHOP invites families to savor the last weeks of summer by spending time together at dinner — all while stretching back-to-school dollars since kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of adult entrées from August 1 to September 25, 4-10 p.m. every day at participating restaurants. The Kids Eat Free deal...

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Family-Friendly Sushi at Wokcano in Santa Ana

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Asian | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Wokcano opened up in Santa Ana a little over a month ago. It is an Asian restaurant that has an excellent bar and serves Sushi and other Asian favorites. My husband and I along with our toddler were invited to have a lunch date here. We went around 1:00 PM and it was not overly crowded. We were quickly seated and left to look over the menu. We decided to start...

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Celebrate National Lasagna Day at BRIO Tuscan Grille

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

 This Friday, July 29, is National Lasagna Day, and BRIO Tuscan Grille is celebrating with discounts on their mouthwatering Lasagna dishes! This special will be offered ALL DAY this Thursday and Friday ONLY at BRIO Irvine Spectrum (near Nordstrom). Specializing in delicious, northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on the finest and freshest ingredients available, BRIO’s signature Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno and Vegetable Lasagnas are not to be missed! On Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29, BRIO will...

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9th Green Feast Fall Farm-to-table Fundraiser

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

  Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Green Feast fall farm-to-table fundraiser on September 10th with the best regional chefs, from San Diego to Los Angeles, coming together to create an inspiring, sustainable feast at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano (32701 Alipaz Street). All proceeds from Green Feast support The Ecology Center’s ability to continue growing regenerative food systems, healthy watersheds, and vibrant communities. “With a line-up of the area’s best chefs participating, this Green...

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Quick and Delicious Dinner at Pizza 90

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Italian, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue As a busy mom, I am always looking for a new place for fast and delicious dinner. After a busy day driving the kids to all their activities and working, I wasn’t in the mood for cooking, so we tried Pizza 90 in Irvine for the first time. What I loved the most about Pizza 90 was how quick and easy it was to order our dinner. We walked right up...

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Sensational Seafood at Market Broiler

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Reviews, Seafood | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I love seafood, and I love that my children share the same love for seafood even more. On the last day of school, I took my older son for lunch at Market Broiler at The Outlets at Orange to celebrate him graduating middle school. Before sitting down for lunch together, we spent a couple of hours finding some great fashion deals at the outlet stores. When we arrived at the restaurant,...

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Urban Produce Opens 100% Organic Farm Store

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Urban Produce, Irvine’s organic indoor vertical farm, will host the Grand Opening of their Farm Store on Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Acting as a weekly pop up shop, the Urban Produce Farm Store will be the first on-site retail addition to their indoor growing facility in Irvine, CA. Chefs and consumers alike will be able to find a variety USDA-certified organic produce at wholesale pricing. The majority of items at the Urban Produce...

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Farmers Market to Table Dinner

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Events, Farmer's Markets | 0 comments

  Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market is collaborating with local Chefs in Orange County to present the inaugural “Farmers Market to Table Dinner” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th at the historic Villa Park Orchards Packinghouse (304 N. Cypress Avenue in Orange, location of the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market). Proceeds from tickets to the event will support operations and management of the new Orange Home Grown Education Farm in Old Towne Orange, which...

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CPK Fresh and Seasonal Summer Menu

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of CPK The best part about summer is all the sweet, fresh, seasonal foods that are available. Because of the abundant variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, restaurants around Orange County are adding delicious seasonal menu items. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is one of our favorite places to bring the family for dinner because of their diverse menu and family-friendly ambiance. When I first learned that they were adding seasonal summer menu items, I...

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Team Behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna introduce Hendrix

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Sentinel Restaurant & Hospitality Group, the team behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach concepts, will introduce their newest restaurant in Orange County, Hendrix, at the Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel (32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel). Hendrix Restaurant will be the newest restaurant to join Shea Properties’ Ocean Ranch Village, the popular neighborhood center located at the corner of Avion and Golden Lantern. This neighborhood restaurant will offer a style of cuisine that reflects the...

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ADYA’s 2nd Annual Curry Festival

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  This month, ADYA Executive Chef/Owner Shachi Mehra introduces four weeks of special curries in an effort to highlight India’s regional culinary styles and provide guests with a delicious, in-depth look at India’s culinary diversity. The curries will feature ingredients and styles of cooking unique to each region, from coconut and curry leaves, to poppy seeds and mustard. ADYA will journey through India as guests are invited to explore various curries. The following specials will be offered during ADYA’s...

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Angels Home Game Prix-Fixe at Anaheim White House

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Anaheim White House is offering a special prix-fixe menu​ from 5-6pm on the evenings of​ Angels home games​. $35.00 per person plus tax & gratuity Reservations required. Must mention the special when making reservation. Appetizer Cheese Ravioli — Ravioli studded with a combination of Italian cheeses in a porcini mushroom sauce Salad Contemporary Greens — Baby mescaline greens tossed with passion fruit-ginger vinaigrette served in a rice paper basket Entree (choice of) Filet Gorgonzola — Filet mignon oven...

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Mimi’s Chicken Under a Brick is Back

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Mimi’s, the popular neighborhood café offering French-inspired American comfort food, is bringing back a guest favorite and offering a new Coconut Cream Slab Pie for the summer. Beginning today through mid-September, Mimi’s guests can enjoy Chicken Under a Brick, fire-grilled half chicken cooked “under a brick” for crisp, crackling golden brown skin with juicy breast, wing and leg meat in two flavors, starting at $16.49: · Cowboy Rub Brick Chicken – brick chicken with flavors of rich, smoky...

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Tour de Fork Culinary Event

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Victoria Gardens has secured yet another impressive set of restaurants, breweries and wineries as they invite locals to experience the very best of the Inland Empire culinary scene at the fourth annual Tour De Fork event, which will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Ticket-holders will make their way, bite-by-bite and sip-by-sip, through a delectable assortment of dishes and drinks from over 18 local establishments with all ticket proceeds benefitting the...

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Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine Debuts at South Coast Plaza

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Dining News | 0 comments

  The plates are small but the fresh and bold tastes are large at the new Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine, which is the latest addition to South Coast Plaza’s dynamic dining scene. The restaurant, which opened June 9, has a relaxed coastal vibe and it located in the Crate and Barrel/Macy’s Home Store Wing. Named for the wide array of Middle Eastern small plates called mezze, the tantalizing flavors of the Mediterranean can be enjoyed in an airy bar, on...

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ASID’s Wine + Design Event at SOCO Collection

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  You’re invited to explore SOCO’s premier design showrooms and view stunning vignettes designed by top interior designers at ASID’s Wine + Design Event at SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 15, 2016! Orange County’s top ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) designers will create innovative window vignettes at SOCO’s design showrooms, highlighting the latest trends in interiors and home décor. On the progressive tour featuring Farrow & Ball, Calligaris OC, Roche Bobois, HD Buttercup, DWR, Stark,...

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Hoag Hospital Foundation Summer Classic

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Celebrating its 29th year, the Hoag Summer Classic will feature live musical performances by The Chicago Experience and The Doobie Experience. The annual event, expected to attract thousands of Hoag donors and friends will be held at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the gorgeous Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. Hoag Hospital Foundation and the 552 Club are collaborating with more than 30 of the finest restaurants in Orange County to host an...

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OC Meets Napa & Baja Culinary Event

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  AltaMed, California’s largest community health organization, is excited to announce the return of OC Meets Napa & Baja on Saturday, July 16th after a successful inaugural event in 2015. The second annual fundraiser, held in San Juan Capistrano, will bring Latino chefs from Orange Country and Baja together with Latino-owned wineries from Napa and Baja for a unique celebration of culture and flavor. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go toward supporting the essential health programs AltaMed spearheads...

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Honey & Butter Opens at The Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in American, Dessert | 0 comments

  Honey & Butter, makers of adorable and wildly popular cartoon character macarons, opened its first brick-and-mortar location at Irvine Spectrum Center. Honey & Butter’s specialty macarons are crafted in distinctive macaron shells that are shaped into assorted character forms. The intricately detailed creatures vary daily and span a variety of themes, from pandas and underwater sea creatures to delectable homages to characters from popular culture, including Harry Potter, Star Wars and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The...

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Huntington Beach’s Asian FlavorFest – Wokcano

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Asian | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I always enjoy the prospect of a dinner out, especially when it’s sushi, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese. Basically any Asian cuisine and you can count me in. And as much as I love to cook, I never feel as if the effort I put in to making a great Asian dish compares to the flavors I can get out. So I was happy to receive an invite to try the recently opened...

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Southeast Asian Street Food Culinary Event

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents a culinary evening showcasing Southeast Asian Street Food on Friday, June 24, 2016. The experience is presented from 6 to 9 p.m. on The Dana Lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is $85 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Southeast Asia is known for its astonishing array of delicious street food. Executive Chef Brian Sundeen garnered his inspiration for the evening’s tasting menu from these roadside carts where many of the region’s...

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Healthy Summer Dining at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in American | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Summertime makes us want to play outside and spend less time in the kitchen, which leads us to look for healthier choices when eating out. On a recent evening, we were a guest at Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s new location in Mission Viejo to try a few items from their menu of wraps, bowls and flatbreads. We loved their slogan of “Eat Better, Feel Better” when we arrived. We were in the...

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Square One Pizza in Irvine

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Featured, Italian | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There is something special about a restaurant that is run by a mom and a dad with small children. I feel that when a family opens a restaurant during one of their busiest (and hardest) parenting phases that their entire family pours their heart and soul into the restaurant. I found this to be true when meeting the owners of a new local pizza place in Irvine called Square One Pizza....

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National Doughnut Day: FREE poqetDONUTS

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Irvine-based poqetDONUTS, the first doughnut shop in Orange County to offer custom doughnuts alongside signature gourmet creations, will be celebrating National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 3 with an incredible deal fit to satisfy any craving. The first 100 guests to pay them a visit that morning at 6 a.m. will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Classic Glazed doughnut. Guests will be able to choose from their house-made vanilla, strawberry, maple or chocolate glazes (while supplies...

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