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Romantic Date Night at The Anaheim White House

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in American, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  It feels like forever since my husband and I have been able to sneak away for a night alone. The Anaheim White House has been on my list of places that I’ve wanted to go, and when the grandparents offered to babysit the kids, I jumped at the chance to go to dinner with my husband. The restaurant is located just a short distance from Disneyland and is right in the heart of Anaheim. When we arrived at The Anaheim White House, I was in awe of the beauty of the lights and the building. It felt like we had been swept into another era upon entering the restaurant. There is extreme attention to detail with every part of the decor from the hand painted murals to the light fixtures. I was already in love with the restaurant...

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Stacked: Food Well Built

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

  I have Graves’ disease and have been on medication for about nine months, and hoping to go into remission.  At my last doctor’s visit, it was suggested that I reduce my gluten intake to help with not only my weight gain but also my energy level.  As you know, gluten is in everything which makes it difficult to go out to eat.  When our editor asked if I would like to attend a tasting at Stacked in Huntington Beach I had mixed feelings, how would I be able to maintain my new diet and still be able to enjoy all the yummy food?  I figured that I would have a salad while my family enjoyed everything that Stacked at to offer.  We arrived at 7490 Edinger Ave to the newly constructed building directly across from Bella Terra decorated...

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A Hidden Gem: Park Ave in Stanton

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

  The last place I expected to discover one of the best restaurants in Orange County was along Beach Boulevard in Stanton. It was pouring rain, and the last thing I wanted to do was make the long drive from South OC to North OC, but I put my rain jacket on and headed out to have dinner at Park Ave. We pulled the car up to the front of the restaurant, and the valet parked our car for us. When we walked into the restaurant, I was captivated by the beautiful ambiance. The restaurant has an old 40’s feel with the bar separated from the dining room with a large velvet curtain. The minute that we took our seat at the table, we were greeted by one of the friendliest servers. She welcomed us to the restaurant and...

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Dinner With a Spectacular View at BLK Earth Sea Spirits

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in American, Seafood | 0 comments

  Huntington Beach. Downtown Huntington Beach to be specific. As a lover of live music and local bands, I always look forward to heading to the downtown area for Surf City Nights on Main Street, but to be honest I’ve always been at a loss for where to go for dinner. When you drive from San Clemente, you’re hoping for something at least a little memorable and while there are some fine enough local joints and restaurants, not much has jumped out at me that I can look forward to. So, I was excited to receive an invite to the recently opened BLK Earth Sea Spirits. I’d heard good things and was hoping for a Downtown Huntington Beach find. Set just off the ocean, this sister to BLK Burgrz features a restaurant that wows with incredible sweeping views of...

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Corona Del Mar’s Five Crowns Celebrates 50th With Winter Menu

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue It has been about 15 years since I’ve dined at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar. That is until recently, when I was invited to a five-course tasting featuring a winter menu brought to life by Executive Chef Steve Kling in celebration of the restaurant’s 50th year catering to locals and vacationers alike. While I remember little of the actual meal I had there so long ago, I do remember the warm pub like atmosphere and mostly just having a good time with sidesplitting laughter with the family and friends I was with while on a visit from New York City. With so much time gone by and very vague memories of my first dinner there, I was unsure of what to expect The Five Crowns has been a family owned...

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Eats Kitchen Celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in American, Holidays, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a Partridge in a Pear Tree.” This classic carol is the inspiration for twelve whimsical creations Chef Jason Montelibano will be serving to guests at Eats Kitchen & Bar located in Hotel Irvine. And a December 1st invitation to their media tasting celebrating The Twelve Days of Christmas, was the perfect way to kick-off this month’s festivities. Our evening began on the restaurant patio around the fire pit with a new seasonal cocktail, The Snowflake. Served in a sugar rimmed old fashioned champagne glass, this light, refreshing and not too sweet, drink blends Blueberry Stoli, sparkling wine, a little simple syrup, a bit of lemon juice to balance it out and is garnished with three fresh blueberries. I think...

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Holy Cow! Holsteins Makes Tasty Burgers for the Whole Family

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Before we dive into the food and drink that is served up at Holstein’s Shakes and Buns, we must address the cow statue. There’s a big ol’ pink and white one standing proudly behind the hostess station, semi-separating the entrance from the lounge, restaurant name branded on its side. It’s a three-dimensional logo of sorts, but it’s so much more. For anyone that remembers this space being Charlie Palmer’s – which is pretty much everyone that had visited South Coast Plaza within the last seven years – the bovine is the perfect symbol of the changes that have been afoot in the massive space for the past few months. In a way, the changes that it represents aren’t as drastic as you may have thought. The space is still sleek, the...

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Creating New Family Memories at The Ritz Prime Seafood Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in American, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Some of my fondest childhood memories were from dining at The Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach with my parents. I would always get dressed up in my prettiest dress complete with tights and patent leather shoes before going to dine at The Ritz with my family. It was a place where we celebrated my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, birthdays and family milestones. When the time had come for the iconic Ritz Restaurant to close their doors, many people were saddened by the news that a place where so many of us created family memories together would be gone forever. That was until they decided to re-open their doors offering the same Ritz Restaurant that we all know and love but with a fresh new look, vibe, and location. When the restaurant...

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Bad to the Bone BBQ So Good to the Bone

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I have to confess to being somewhat cynical when anyone tells me about a good BBQ place in these parts. Every time I get suckered into going, which admittedly isn’t very often, it seems like I walk away disappointed. Sorry but oversauced, falling off the bone ribs just aren’t my thing. Especially when they’re fatty and lack that deep smoky flavor I crave. This for the most part sums up my experience, so I was a little skeptical when I and several fellow food bloggers and writers were invited to an early lunch at Bad to the Bone BBQ on a recent Saturday. My first order of business was finding the place. It’s a bit hidden away in a strip mall in San Juan Capistrano. Though I’m pretty familiar with the...

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Celebrating Fall At Fig & Olive

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Fig & Olive After a long hot summer in Southern California, it’s finally Fall. At last, the evenings are getting cooler… even if the days are still warm. Such a welcome change! And with that, menus are changing to celebrate the season’s ingredients… chestnuts, squash, beets, mushrooms, pears. I am a huge fan of Fall foods, so when I was invited to a dinner to taste some of Fig & Olive’s latest seasonal dishes, I was more than happy to oblige! If you’ve never dined at Fashion Island’s Fig & Olive in Newport Beach, the atmosphere is calm, open, airy, and elegant with a lounge area, an outdoor patio, and an all white indoor dining room. We were seated in the softly lit dining room inside. So calm, so relaxing, and the perfect...

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Stonefire Grill Opens in Lakewood

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Stonefire Grill Stonefire Grill has opened a new location in Lakewood near the Lakewood Mall! Known for its value oriented menu and family-style dining, Stonefire Grill specializes in Mesquite BBQ Tri Tip, Lemon Garlic Chicken Breast, Baby Back Ribs, Sesame Glazed Salmon, several oven-baked gourmet pizzas, yummy salads, and delicious pasta dishes. Recently they expanded their menu to include more vegetarian options such as the Whole Roasted Cauliflower and quinoa. They also have hand selected, cost-conscious bottled wines, wines by the glass and a nice craft beer selection. Stonefire also offers off-site catering. My family had a wonderful dining experience at Stonefire Grill. We were greeted by a very friendly staff, including Justin Lopez who is a part of the Stonefire Family. We placed our order at the counter and then our meal...

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OPM Serves Up Bold Flavors

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in American, Asian, Date Night, Italian, Reviews, Seafood | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One of the aspects I enjoy most about food blogging is having the opportunity to try restaurants I might not have heard of or thought of because they’re not in my neck of the woods. Such was the case when I was invited to try the recently opened OPM in Huntington Beach. With Chef’s Tastings and special events, including an 80’s New Wave Music night, a masquerade party, a fashion show, speed dating, live DJs and more, OPM is part restaurant and part club attracting a young couples and girls’ night out crowd. Having taken over and completely redefined the space for what was once The Tap House, there is plenty of room for large parties and dancing. There is even a speakeasy downstairs with it’s own bar for private parties...

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You’ll Feel the Love Tonight at Leatherby’s Café Rouge

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in American, Events, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue “Can you feel the love tonight….” You’ll find yourself singing this classic song from “The Lion King” while savoring the delicious cuisine prepared by Chef Ross Pangilinan at Leatherby’s Café Rouge before going to see The Lion King at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Chef Ross is one of the most talented chefs in Orange County, and his limited-time three-course theatre inspired menus are my all time favorite. Before taking my son to see the Lion King, I surprised him with dinner at Leatherby’s. We joined our friend Anita at Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman and her friend to embark on an epicurean adventure into the jungle. Not only do I love the theatre menus prepared by Chef Ross, but also his soups. Whenever I dine at Leatherby’s, I...

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October Celebrations at Fleming’s Fashion Island

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in American, Events, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 October brings the new Fleming’s 100® featuring 100 celebrated wines by the glass; a sophisticated Halloween 007 Spy night dinner; an irresistible surf-and-turf three-course menu starring a filet mignon and lobster duo; incentives for early holiday bookings for both you and your guests, and more! Fleming’s 100® October 16 is the launch date of the new Fleming’s 100®, an award-winning wine list featuring an internationally curated collection of 100 wines by the glass handpicked by National Director of Wine, Maeve Pesquera. Selections vary from bubbly such as JCB from Jean-Charles Boisset and Complicated Chardonnay, Sonoma County to Paraduxx Proprietary Red, Napa Valley and Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. Halloween Evening of Espionage Dinner Calling all 007 fans: Celebrate Halloween night in 007 style with a five-course spy-themed dinner and cocktails by Belvedere Vodka, the official vodka brand of...

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Vessel Restaurant at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in American, Featured, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue One our favorite things about staying at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego was dining at Vessel Restaurant. The restaurant came with the highest yelp ratings in the area and lived up to their expectation when we dined for dinner. We had made reservations to dine at sunset, and even though it was extremely warm outside, decided to dine on the outdoor patio. Once the sun disappeared the temperature cooled, and we were given a spectacular show of bright, beautiful colors blending in the sky. We began dinner with the delicious lobster macaroni and cheese. The appetizer featured a cheddar fondue, panko, chives and large pieces of fresh lobster. The sinful dish satisfied all our rich cravings and was the perfect prelude to our meal. For the main dish, my...

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California Pizza Kitchen: The Next Chapter

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in American, Italian, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Psst…have you heard the news about CPK (California Pizza Kitchen)?  They are revamping not only their menu but also their restaurants and I got to have a sneak peek at their Irvine location off of Alton and Jeffrey.   This location is the first remodel built from the ground up in Orange County and it is so very California focused. From inside out CPK is embodying California culture.  The building design has incorporated California’s notable environmental roots with the use of unfinished reclaimed wood.  As you walk into the restaurant you can see how different the design is as the structure is more open and warm. The opening of the area re-creates a communal space with flexible, less structured indoor seating.  No more cozying up to another family on benches as you...

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Irvine Gets a little Sweeter with the opening of Lemonade

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Whenever I would find myself in Los Angeles, Lemonade would always be my #1 choice for getting a quick lunch. It is still my favorite place to grab a healthy bite before catching a flight out of LAX. Since they have made their way to Newport Beach and now Irvine, I can enjoy my favorite salads and sandwiches more frequently. The new location recently opened in the popular shopping center off Jamboree and the 405 freeway where the Mother’s Market is located. I’ll be honest that it is not the easiest shopping center to get in and out of, but they have parking attendants to try and help ease the traffic congestion. My daughter and I were lucky to be one of the first people to try the food at the...

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Krusty Burger at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in American, Theme Park Dining, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Universal When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood this summer, I got super excited to see that they added a new Krusty Burger restaurant. When it came to lunchtime inside of the park, there was no question that we were going to eat at Krusty Burger. We entered the restaurant, and I felt like I had just walked into the real Krusty Burger in Springfield. It was a popular dining destination in the park as the line twisted around the restaurant and overflowed out the front door. When we got to the front desk to order our food it was Krusty Burgers for all of us that also included fries (something you don’t normally see in a theme park). We paired our burgers with a collectible character sipper that gave us $.99 refills in the...

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Deep Fried Artichokes at Moss Landing Cafe

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in American, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

  While driving to Monterey we couldn’t help but stop when seeing a sign for deep fried artichokes. The sign directed us to a small little coffee shop style restaurant called Moss Landing Cafe. While we had expected the sign to bring us to a pop-up type restaurant we were pleasantly surprised to find a full-service restaurant. Since we were not quite ready for lunch and had already eaten breakfast, we simply ordered a couple plates of deep fried artichokes. The staff was so sweet, and my children felt comfortable in the relaxed dining environment. When the deep fried artichokes arrived, it was love at first bite. They came in small bites with ranch dipping sauce. Our family gobbled up every delicious bite within seconds and we quickly found ourselves ordering a second serving. The area between Moss Landing...

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Burntzilla: Two Food Trucks Collide and make a Home in Irvine

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in American, Asian, Best of OC, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest I love truck food.  Where else can you try the most amazing gourmet food at half the cost?  I have never been into the food truck culture of waiting for hours in line or following their every move on my phone, which means I miss out on a lot of good food.   If there is an event and I happen to be there I try every truck out knowing that it will be a long time before my next feast.  Now if I were a genie of sorts, I would create a situation where food trucks would have stationary home and I could go there whenever I wanted to feast in their magic.  Abracadabra Kalamazam may I present to you Burntzilla!!! Located in a strip mall on the corner of Culver and Walnut in...

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