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Paul’s Pizza & Grill Coming to Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Dining News | 0 comments

  Paul’s Pizza & Grill, a new pizzeria and Mediterranean grill, will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, Sept. 23 at Plaza Antonio in Rancho Santa Margarita. The day will include food sampling of some of the restaurant’s popular dishes including pizza, falafel and baklava. In addition, Paul’s Pizza & Grill will donate 10 percent of all sales to the children’s charity, Newborns in Need. The 3,800 sq. ft. casual family restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, and offers an array of pizza, salads and sandwiches. Diners can begin their meal with appetizers such as hummus, chicken wings, falafel balls with tahini sauce, spanakopita and other Mediterranean specialties. The menu also features more than a dozen sandwiches, with cold sandwiches served on a roll or in a wrap, and ranging from roast beef and tuna, to Capicola, an Italian sub and more. Hot sandwiches include meatball, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, gyro wrap, chicken souvlaki wrap, falafel wrap, hot pastrami and more. Add some chips or homemade pasta salad for a buck more or upgrade to a soup or green salads for just an additional buck and a quarter. In a nod to the Italian side of the Mediterranean, Paul’s features calzones, including spinach, chicken cacciatore, all meat and veggie. Pasta dishes include...

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ADYA’s Opens Second Location in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Dining News | 0 comments

  ADYA, an authentic Indian restaurant that is a reflection of modern India and revolves around fresh, sustainable ingredients, will open its second Orange County location at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27th in Irvine’s University Center (4213 Campus Drive). Chef/Owners Shachi Mehra and Sandeep Basrur focus on contemporary interpretations of Indian street foods, tandoori specialties and rich curries. The menu combines modern creative and classic Indian styles of cooking, while balancing the bounty of Southern California with the bold flavors and spices of India. Menu favorites include Samosas, Chicken Tikka and Tandoori Shrimp, and also showcase Chef Shachi’s unique spin on the cuisine with dishes such as Watermelon Chaat with fennel, diced red onion, mint and lime vinaigrette, and a warm Naan, stuffed with goat cheese. At the heart of the menu will be Kebabs from the tandoor, Kaathi Rolls (wraps filled with potatoes, paneer, shrimp, chicken or lamb), and fresh-made Curries. A lesser-seen Indian specialty that Chef Shachi will focus on is Pavs, which are Bombay-style Sloppy Joes, that will feature spiced vegetables, chicken or lamb on butter-toasted buns. ADYA will offer a selection of desserts and the drink selection will be true to its Indian roots, with selections such as fresh lime soda, mango lassi, and classic Masala Chai. ADYA Irvine...

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Mimi’s Introduces a Tasty Honey Lavender Pork Chop

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in American, Dining News, Featured | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Mimi’s is one of our favorite family dining destinations in OC, and during the summer, they tested 175 guest-submitted recipes to find the newest addition to Mimi’s menu. With the help from Ellise Pierce, aka Cowgirl Chef, Mimi’s discovered the winning dish – a honey lavender pork chop. When I heard the news of this newest menu addition, I couldn’t wait to bring the family to our local Mimi’s to try...

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4th Annual Champagne & Oyster Sip & Shuck

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  For the 4th 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 13 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit the 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....

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Bayside

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  In Bavarian countries, Oktoberfest is known as the Wiesn, a colloquial name for “fairgrounds” and has been an integral part of the culture since 1810. While music and dancing often take center stage, one Newport Beach restaurant will concentrate on bringing traditional foods to life. Austrian-born Paul Gstrein, executive chef of the critically acclaimed Bayside restaurant, will tap into his Bavarian roots to create an Oktoberfest menu available September 17 – October 29. Each dish will be crafted...

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Shin Sen Gumi coming to Irvine’s Woodbury Town Center

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Asian, Dining News | 0 comments

  Shin Sen Gumi, the popular Japanese restaurant known for its authentic Hakata-style ramen, is coming to Irvine. Considered one of the most respected Japanese dining chains in Southern California, the Woodbury Town Center location will be its second Orange County location when it opens in late September. Shin Sen Gumi’s first Orange County ramen shop opened in Fountain Valley in 2000 and 16 years later, it continues to draw long lines daily. In addition to its award-winning ramen,...

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Temecula’s So-Cal Chef Open: Chefs Compete, You Eat, Kids Win

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  An invitation to the media preview of the 9th Annual So-Cal Chef Open set the stage for a gorgeous summer afternoon recently at Avensole Vineyard in Temecula where my favorite foodie in crime sister, Shan, and I sipped wine and enjoyed a variety of beautifully prepared bites. Sprinkled in were appearances by Celebrity Chef, Penny Davidi, as well as an award winning crew of Southern California chefs, all to benefit at risk youth and raise funds for Oak Grove...

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CulinaryLab Cooking School Now Offers Single Classes

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Orange County-based CulinaryLab, a contemporary cooking school that has revolutionized culinary education, has introduced new single-day and short series classes designed for the home cook who is looking to develop high-level skills. The new classes are now available to the public, regardless of skill level, at its new Tustin educational center and kitchen (17231 E. 17th Street Unit B), where CulinaryLab offers its noted Professional Culinary and Professional Pastry Certificate programs for those looking to pursue a career...

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Kids Eat Free at Slice Deli & Cakery Every Monday

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Slice Deli & Cakery has debuted a new kids’ menu and will be offering free meals to kids under 12 every Monday. The family-owned, fast casual restaurant in Fountain Valley is known for its sandwiches featuring house-cured meats, artisan ingredients, and house-baked breads. The deli-cakery duo has won over the hearts of diners of all ages with its modern interpretations of deli classics and stunning cake creations. The following dishes are available on the kids’ menu: Grilled Cheese...

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Weekly Taco Feature ‘WTF’ at Who Song & Larry’s

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Events, Mexican | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We recently had the chance to attend Who Song & Larry’s in Orange for their Weekly Taco Feature or “Wednesday, Thursday, Friday” also known as WTF. We know what you were thinking, but we’re a family blog site, and we keep it clean. Remember we love taco’s, so it was a perfect fit! It’s a very fun promotion with two new taco features introduced weekly at Who Song & Larry’s. A...

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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...

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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...

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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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