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Sessions West Coast Deli is Coming to Irvine

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Known for its inspired, chef-crafted sandwiches, Sessions West Coast Deli has signed a lease to open its third location at Woodbridge Village Center this fall. The new 1,160-square-foot restaurant will feature an outdoor dining patio and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, including its critically acclaimed sandwiches, breakfast burritos and gourmet salads. Additionally, the deli will offer full barista service, along with a selection of beer and wine. “Sessions has gained a cult-like following for its creative take on artisanal sandwiches and they’ll be a much-welcomed addition to the Woodbridge community,” said Dave Moore, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties. Since opening its first location nearly three years ago in Newport Beach, Sessions West Coast Deli has become known for its scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches and toasts are...

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solita Tacos & Margaritas Introduces Super Tacos

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  solita has introduced a new menu featuring more than a dozen new dishes, including the long-awaited debut of Super Tacos! Executive Chef/Partner Deborah Schneider’s Super Tacos became famous when it they debuted on the menu of sister concept, SOL Cocina, in 2009. Over the past 8 years, SOL’s ‘Super Tacos’ have gained much attention and a quite few awards (including OC’s Best Taco) for elevating the basic taco with more salsas, cheese, and garnishes – adding layers, toasting and frying, and generally pushing the taco to its limit. Chef Deb’s taco-focused cookbook, Amor y Tacos, fueled the popularity of the Super Taco with recipes for the home cook. Now, solita guests will have the opportunity to partake in five new Super Taco selections, including Chef Deb’s acclaimed Vampiro, inspired by great ideas from both sides of the border....

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2017 Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Long Beach restaurants are gearing up for Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0 taking place February 19-25, 2017. 40 restaurants are participating with a Chefs’ Cooking + Tasting Kick-Off, free to the public, Saturday, February 18 from 11-4pm at Friedman’s Appliances. Restaurants throughout the city will offer 2-option menus for breakfast and/or lunch starting at $10 and 3-option menus for dinner starting at $20. Some restaurants will also offer a shared menu where two guests can split an appetizer and dessert, but enjoy their own entrée. Others will do small plates and wine or beer pairings. As for settings and cuisines, California’s sixth largest city has an abundance of offerings. Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant Week 2.0 will feature some exclusive dishes, including alligator (available at Louisiana Charlie’s) and Chianina beef (available at Chianina Steakhouse – the...

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Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, & Music Festival

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  KLOS presents Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival, powered by Gringo Bandito, the 4th annual ultimate taco and craft beer celebration, is proud to announce its all-new location, hours, and date at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA on Saturday, April 8 from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM (VIP opens at noon). Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), KLOS presents Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature live music, pro wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA, games, contests, complimentary craft beer tastings (until 4:00 PM) from some of the best breweries in the country, and $3 tasty gourmet tacos from the region’s top chefs and restaurants. Sabroso features a music lineup headlined by Orange...

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Zov’s 30th Anniversary Throwback Pricing

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Zov’s Restaurant Group will celebrate 30 years since the opening of its Tustin flagship location in January 1987 by offering popular menu items at throwback prices. During the last week of each month Zov’s locations in Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Coast and Tustin will feature one dish at its original menu price. Chef Zov Karamardian—known for her unique Middle Eastern-fusion cuisine—turned to social media for input on what dishes should be featured. Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Angel Hair Pasta (with garlic, basil, parsley, tomato, pine nuts, feta, parmesan and extra virgin olive oil; $9.50) Feb. 26-March 4: Golden Lentil Soup March 26-April 1: Sautéed Calamari April 30-May 6: Roasted Rack of Lamb May 28-June3: Fusilli Pasta with Chicken June 25-July 1: Pork Prime Rib with Sour Cherry Sauce July 30-Aug. 5: Mezze Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Swordfish Piccata Sept. 24-30: Rosemary...

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First Lebanese restaurant debuts in Santa Ana

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Falasophy, a popular food truck in Los Angeles and Orange County, opened its first brick-and-mortar location Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4th Street Market in Santa Ana. The Falasophy Food Truck will remain serving public and private stops and events. Falasophy is the first Lebanese restaurant to open in Downtown Santa Ana and will celebrate by offering the first 100 guests at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Orange Blossom Lemonade and an order of their popular Spicy Falafel Tacos (2)—tacos Gustavo Arellano of OC Weekly called “more authentic than Frida Khalo.” Owner Rashad Moumneh, a former Taco Bell executive who launched Falasophy in 2014, has expanded his menu at Falasophy 4th Street Market to include more Lebanese street food, like 24-hour marinated steak shawarma, sumac chicken and a cheesy Middle Eastern dessert called knefe. Falasophy will also expand the...

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Back Bay Bistro Vince Ferragamo Wine Dinner

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Back Bay Bistro is pleased to once again team up with Vince Ferragamo, former Rams Quarterback turned Vintner for Tenuta di Ferragamo, for a special evening of dinner, wine, education and entertainment. Vince will be joined by special guest Jim Collins, former Rams’ Linebacker. The evening’s festivities will feature a five-course menu courtesy of the bistro’s Executive Chef Bruno Massager, paired with Vince’s favorite Caressa J inspired and Italian wines. MENU DETAILS: Aperitivo Sul Plaza Assorted cheese, charcuterie, grilled fruit, vegetables Prosecco Aperitivo Grouper with shrimp almond on a bed of Truffle risotto Ferragamo Chardonnay Primo Polenta cake with smoked salmon and sturgeon caviar “Caressa J” Ferragamo Super Tuscan 2013 Secondo Osso buco ala Milanese 2008 Bruno Rocca Coparossa, Barbaresco Dolce Pare tore bread pudding garnished with pizelle Tenimenti Moscato D’ Asti WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m....

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$20,000 Raised at the 4th Annual Sip & Shuck

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 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, hosted “Sip & Shuck,” a fundraiser that raised $20,000 benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. The event gave 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 prepared delicious tastes from both The Deck and Driftwood Kitchen. The event also included beverages from Casamigos Tequila, Duke Whiskey, Luca, Vie Vite Rose, Captain Morgan, Milagro Tequila, Listel Rose, Paco and Lola, Hendrick’s Gin, Chandon, Patron Tequila, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Nolet’s, Veuve Clicquot, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Shakespeare Vodka, Piper Sonoma, Zonin, Nicholas Freuillate,...

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The Public House Debut Weekend Brunch

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Public House By Evans Brewing Company, which opened in the Downtown Fullerton SOCO District, is now expanding its offerings to serve brunch on the weekends. Amanda Platt, executive chef of The Public House, has developed a brunch menu that pairs well with Evans Brewery’s impressive selection of beers and features several of the restaurant’s most popular dishes alongside new offerings. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10AM-3PM. Standouts on the menu include: *Mc Egg Sandwich with honey country ham, white cheddar, garlic aioli on a buttered pretzel bun *Seasonal Pancake Skillet with honey butter and warm maple syrup *Biscuits & Gravy with house-made biscuits, scrambled eggs and sausage gravy *Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, monterey jack cheese, sweet potato tater tots, bacon, sausage & ham *Avocado Toast with tomato jam &...

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Opening in La Jolla

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has announced it will be opening its third Southern California location in San Diego’s Westfield UTC, an upscale outdoor mall in La Jolla in Fall 2017. The Winery Restaurant La Jolla will provide the same rich experience as its Orange County locations at The District in Tustin and overlooking the marina in Newport Beach. The Winery will also open a separate 1,000-square-foot wine bar within Westfield UTC, featuring a menu of small bites, grab-and-go foods and wine flights for guests and employees of the center to enjoy. Over the past decade, Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have created quite a stir by successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. They have been recipients of many awards and...

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Care Bears Cupcakes are Coming to Sprinkles

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dessert, Dining News | 0 comments

  Care BearsTM announced a partnership with the world’s first cupcake bakery, Sprinkles, as part of the beloved brand’s 35th Anniversary celebration. From January 5-25, Sprinkles will offer limited-edition Care Bears cupcakes and sweet surprises at all bakery locations nationwide. In addition to limited-edition Care Bears cupcakes, whisper words will be revealed weekly on the Care Bears and Sprinkles Instagram pages with instructions for fans to redeem freebies and special goodies at check out. Big celebrations will take place at select stores for National Hug Day on January 21, where fans of all ages can partake in product giveaways and cheerful activities. For more information regarding the Care Bears x Sprinkles cupcakes, including the select stores participating in National Hug Day, please visit: www.carebears.com and www.sprinkles.com and follow #SprinkledWithCare on...

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FREE Ice Cream Day at Häagen-Dazs

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Häagen-Dazs® brand celebrates the grand reopening of its shop in Mission Viejo. Community members are invited to enjoy irresistible creations made with Häagen-Dazs® super-premium ice cream and sorbet during an ice cream lover’s dream event. What: A free scoop of Häagen-Dazs ice cream given to the first 500 guests The chance to win free ice cream for a year ($480 value) Häagen-Dazs Shops’ mascot Coneman in attendance and available for photographs When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: Häagen-Dazs Shop – Upstairs near Macy’s Men’s Store
 608 The Shops at Mission Viejo Mission Viejo, CA...

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Fuego’s Monthly Latin Brunch Series

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Passports are not needed on this Latin American tour, simply pack your taste buds and culinary curiosity as Fuego sets course for a 12-country Latin Brunch Series beginning with Cuba at Hotel Maya on Sunday, January 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live Latin music will accompany each Latin brunch. And if one day in port is not enough, Fuego will offer a food and drink special each month corresponding with the featured country. Throughout January guests will enjoy the Cuban special Lechón Asado with pull pork braised with orange mojo that is served with Moros y Cristianos, a mixture of black bean and rice, along with fried plantains, and Coconut Flan. The Cuban drink of the month is a refreshing Cuba Libre. Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge, offers a unique seaside setting...

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Bluewater Grill Winter Dining Events

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Bluewater Grill is the perfect dining destination for your next date night or to celebrate a special event. This winter, they are offering a variety of dining events that you’ll not want to miss. France vs. Italy: Battle of the European Fish Stews (French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino) (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017). Bluewater kicks-off its 2017 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a Jan. 10 showdown designed to empower seafoodies to decide which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The $34.95 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato-based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively. (The three-course meal can be ordered throughout January without the wine pairing for the same price.) Seatings start at 6:30pm on Tuesday,...

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iHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes is Back

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The anticipation has been building since fans took to social media last year to beg IHOP® Restaurants to bring back ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes.’ So, to thank loyal Breakfastarians everywhere, today IHOP announced the return of this wildly popular promotion, which lets guests dig into unlimited orders of its freshly made, world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes for a great price* throughout the entire month of January! Just in time to gather family and friends and celebrate the New Year, IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer features a great value on the fluffy, golden pancakes that set the breakfast standard almost six decades ago. After enjoying a full stack of five Buttermilk pancakes – or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and choice of sausage, ham or hickory-smoked bacon –...

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Hotel Irvine Winter Dining Events

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Although the weather outside is chilly, Hotel Irvine offers a warm welcome to travelers and guests who are making it the area’s popular vibrant lifestyle hotel. Guests love gathering at Red Bar and Lounge for Happy Hour – and for prime sporting events viewing – and locals appreciate Marketplace for its easy and affordable “grab-and-go” food. EATS Kitchen & Bar offers contemporary twists on comfort food with a patio and cozy fire for lounging on crisp SoCal winter nights. Here’s what’s new and happening at these favorite Hotel Irvine social gathering spots this coming season: Good EATS Weekend Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EATS Sunday Brunch is packed with so much flavor, another brunch day had to be added. The gastropub now serves brunch on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, complete with classic...

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Newport Beach BBQ Competition Returns

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to welcome the return of the Newport Beach BBQ Competition for a Winter Q & Expo on January 28, 2017 from 12-6 p.m. Fifty (50) professional BBQ teams from across the region will compete to win their share of $10,000 in cash prizes and for the title of Grand Champion. The Newport Beach Winter Q is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned Event and a California BBQ Association (CBBQA) Team of the Year (ToY) approved contest. The Winter Q attracts many of the top BBQ teams in California and the region. Nearly half of the teams registered to compete are rated Top 50 in the CBBQA. Big Poppa Smokers, who is currently #1 in California (CBBQA) and #3 in the nation (KCBS), will be defending his title as Grand Champion. Attendees...

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Twenty Eight’s New Winter Menu

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

  Twenty Eight’s Executive Chef Jay Lacuesta introduces a new Winter Menu showcasing comforting meat-centric dishes and vibrant, flavorful vegetables of the season. Guests are invited to enjoy a Three Squash Agnolotti, hand-made fresh daily featuring a combination of the season’s three best kabocha, butternut, and delicata squash; and the house specialty, Kurobuta “Char Siu” Pork Shoulder, slow cooked and caramelized to perfection. Chef Lacuesta’s Winter Menu sees the addition of the following dishes: Uni + Bone Marrow Toast – hickory-smoked salt, brown butter breadcrumbs, chives Mediterranean Octopus – soy garlic glaze, harissa-spiced roasted eggplant, pickled onions, frisée, lemon Wagyu Beef Cheek – Imperial Farm beef cheek, romesco sauce, oranges, torn croutons, celery Oxtail Noodles – braised, hand made wide egg noodles, caramelized onions, pork cracklings Allen Brothers Ranch Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye – 40 oz., garlic confit “Char...

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Lighthouse Bayview Cafe Boat Parade Menu

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

  After celebrating its milestone one-year Anniversary on December 9, Lighthouse Bayview Café will continue to celebrate the holiday season during the 108th Annual Newport Beach Boat Parade. Throughout the Boat Parade schedule December 14-18, Lighthouse Bayview Café will offer diners a special 3-course prix fixe menu courtesy of Executive Chef, Ryan Sumner, paired with the perfect view of the parade as it passes through the harbor. The Lighthouse 3-course prix fixe menu starts with a choice of albacore sashimi, garlic hummus or fried calamari with chili orange sauce. Main course selections feature stout beer braised short ribs with wild mushroom and pea polenta, gremolata, pan roasted sole with winter beans and potato puree, or a maple glazed pork chop served with caramelized apple puree, roasted root vegetables and chili apple gastrique. Dessert finishes strong with a choice of...

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Enjoy Cider and Cookies at The Crystal Cove Tree Lighting

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

  Celebrate a true California Christmas on the sand at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove this holiday season. Saturday, December 3 welcomes the 20th Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting and The Beachcomber invites guests to indulge in complimentary hot cider and freshly baked cookies on the date. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner year round, The Beachcomber offers the ideal winter retreat for the perfect meal on the sand. During the month of December, cozy up with the new California Christmas Cocoa, perfect for young ones and the young at heart. The rich creamy cocoa can be served simply hot or chilled over ice. Add a shot of espresso for those needing a pick-me-up or spike it with Bourbon for something extra special. Crystal Cove Alliance’s 20th Annual Tree Lighting on December 3rd offers an entire day of festive...

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