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Hot Dining Spot: Hendrix Now Open

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Date Night, Dining News | 0 comments

  The team behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach concepts, has introduced its newest restaurant in Orange County, Hendrix, at the Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel (32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel). This neighborhood restaurant offers a style of cuisine that reflects the current “New American” trend, which assimilates flavors from the melting pot of traditional American cooking techniques. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz’s menu items include recognizable preparations and emphasize the main ingredient at its best. These include popular cuts of fish, steaks and chops as well as rotisserie items with interesting and flavorful accompaniments and appetizers reflecting seasonal availability and quality. Some of the standout dishes from Hendrix’s rotisserie will include spit-roasted Porcetta and Colorado Rack of Lamb, which will be available for takeaway and in-house dining as entrees or sharable platters. The menu also...

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Taco Mesa Tortillería Orgánica & Café Opening Soon

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

  Ivan Calderon, founder and chef of Taco Mesa and Taco Rosa, introduces a new concept, Taco Mesa – Tortillería Orgánica & Café in Orange, CA. The new restaurant, which is slated to open at the end of April 2017, will provide artisan GMO-free corn masa and tortillas to all his locations. Recognized for pioneering healthy and authentic Mexican cuisine in Orange County, Calderon builds upon 25 years of success with this expansion. A staggering 92% of all corn in the world is genetically modified. In February, Calderon made the switch to GMO-free corn at all six of his locations, but the opening of Taco Mesa – Tortillería Orgánica & Café will give him control over sourcing, along with the creative freedom to mix unique corn masa blends that incorporate superfoods and spices. Taco Mesa – Tortilleria Orgánica &...

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Eat, Drink, and Give at The Taste of Huntington Beach

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Taste of Huntington Beach is pleased to announce the return of Food Network TV personality Simon Majumdar as celebrity judge and host at the Taste of Huntington Beach on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Simon, who appears as a judge on Food Network shows including Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef and Beat Bobby Flay, is also an author and food and travel writer! He Simon has written three best-selling books “Eating for Britain,” “Eat My Globe,” and “Fed White and Blue.” He first participated in the Taste of HB as guest judge last year. The Taste of Huntington Beach is a one-price, all-inclusive event highlighting the outstanding food and beverage companies in our vibrant community. Attendees enjoy unlimited samples and sips from stellar culinary establishments, California and boutique wineries and premium and craft breweries....

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ADYA’s 3rd Annual Curry Festival

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  ADYA presents its 3rd Annual Curry Festival from Tuesday, March 28th through Monday, April 10th at its Anaheim and Irvine locations. The event will feature two weeks of special curries highlighting India’s regional culinary styles and providing 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. “Curry, in simplest terms, is a saucy dish flavored with a mix of different spices – the composition of these spices varies greatly among the regional cuisines native to India,” commented Chef Shachi, whose diverse menu of fresh Indian flavors features a variety of traditional curries. “As curries become increasingly popular, diners are beginning to realize that curry isn’t just Chicken Tikka Masala. My goal is to provide...

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The Loft Celebrates National Grilled Cheese Month in April

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month in April, The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach will introduce weekly specials featuring Chef de Cuisine Michael Campbell’s unique spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich in these four presentations: Monday, April 3rd Monterey Jack Cheese with Pickled Fresno Chili and Aleppo Pepper on Sourdough Monday, April 10th Goat & d’Affinois Cheeses with Fig Mostarda on Brioche Hoagie Monday, April 17th Swiss & Gruyere Cheeses on Caramelized Onion Park House Roll Monday, April 24th Fried Green Tomato, Bacon Marmalade & Smoked Cheddar on Sourdough “We are using this ‘national holiday’ as an opportunity to take a dish that most know and love, and have a little fun with it,” explained Chef Campbell. “My menus at The Loft already take an inventive perspective on familiar cuisine, so we’re excited to see how guests...

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Bruxie ‘Get Lucky’ Fried Chicken Sandwich

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  In conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day, Bruxie will offer its guests an opportunity to “get lucky” with an Irish riff on The Original Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich at all locations. This new “Get Lucky” Fried Chicken Sandwich will be offered from Wednesday, March 15th through Tuesday, March 21st at a special price of $9.95 for a weeklong celebration of the holiday! “Get Lucky” Fried Chicken Sandwich – Guinness-Honey Glazed Fried Chicken with Corned Beef & Cabbage Slaw, Pickled Carrots and Mustard Vinaigrette “We took our original Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich and gave it an Irish twist by incorporating our favorite St. Patrick’s Day foods,” explained Bruxie Founder and Chef, Kelly G. Mullarney. “In addition, guests will also be able to indulge in our acclaimed Irish Nachos and our fresh Mint Shake!” The “Get Lucky” Fried Chicken...

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How to Get Your Free Charburger at The Habit

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

  The Habit Restaurants, Inc. is giving all existing and new CharClub members a free Charburger with cheese during the month of March. The Habit CharClub is a free program that offers members perks including exclusive updates from The Habit executive chef, a special treat on your birthday, invitations to grand openings and special events, first-hand information about new menu items and limited time offerings, and more. For a limited time, March 1-31, 2017, The Habit will be rewarding existing CharClub members with an offer for a free Charburger with cheese. Everyone is invited to participate, and if you are not a member, ‘make it a habit’ and sign up for the CharClub by visiting http://www.habitburger.com/charclub. Once you have signed up for the CharClub, your free Charburger offer will be sent directly to your email, no strings attached. Connect...

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Macallans Public House St. Patricks Day Celebration

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

  Macallans Public House, will host an epic St. Patrick’s Day celebration starting at 10 a.m. and running continuously until the wee hours of the morn’ March 18. Festivities will include performances by live bands, a DJ and Irish-inspired food and spirits including fine Irish beers on draft. Steps away, the dramatic Guinness Sky Lounge will be transformed into a VIP party with step-and-repeat photo ops, an Irish buffet, spirits, Guinness beer and music. Admission to the VIP lounge is $25 and includes the Macallans Irish buffet and one cocktail or beer. It also includes a dish offered only in the lounge, “The Dublin Coddle” — a savory delight made with scalloped potatoes, sausages, bacon and white cheddar Guinness Mornay sauce. Also on St. Patrick’s Day, Macallans will be showcasing Jameson’s new Cooper’s Croze, a limited-edition, high-end offering from...

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SOL Cocina 3rd annual Mole Festival

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

  SOL Cocina is hosting its 3rd annual Mole Festival, MOLES & MEZCAL, during the month of March. Guests will be able to try mole specials presented by SOL Cocina Executive Chef Deborah Schneider and hand-made artisan mezcal cocktails created by SOL Beverage Director Colin Pflugradt. For the month of March, all SOL Cocina locations nationwide will feature four mole specials, as well as two inspired mezcal cocktails designed to give guests a smooth introduction to the unique flavors of the spirit and show how it can be utilized to create interesting cocktails. During the month-long celebration, guests will be able to enjoy the following moles from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. as part of the MOLES & MEZCAL special menu: FEATURED MOLE SPECIALS served as entrees during dinner hours mole verde with shrimp-stu­ffed California squid – fresh Monterey...

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New Vegetarian Tasting Menu at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dining News, Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Known for presenting extraordinary seasonal tasting menus, Executive Chef Craig Strong has introduced a new vegetarian Tasting Menu at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach. The new tasting menu, now offered at the Laguna Beach waterfront restaurant, highlights the restaurant’s 1,000-square-foot raised bed garden with dishes that play on classic French specialties made vegetarian. Studio’s Vegetarian Tasting Menu currently includes the following dishes: CRIMSON BEET TARTARE – golden beet “yolk,” horseradish crème fraîche Roasted red beets are chopped to create this tartare, and topped with a golden beet “yolk.” The tartare is dressed with a ring of horseradish crème fraiche and garnished with micro herbs and edible viola flowers. Contains: Dairy CRISPY RICE PAELLA – bouquet tiny vegetables, romesco sauce Crispy risotto rice is cooked in vegetable stock with sofrito and saffron, finished with grated cheese, then sautéed until golden...

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Burnt Crumbs Opens in Irvine and Huntington Beach

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

  Burnt Crumbs, the newest handcrafted sandwich concept, from the owners of the popular food trucks, The Burnt Truck and Dogzilla as well as the brick and mortar, Burntzilla, have recently opened two locations in Orange County. Longtime followers and new guests alike can now enjoy their signature gourmet sandwiches, that the owners hope will evoke childhood memories, in a modern and contemporary setting. Every sandwich from their meats to their sauces is created by Chef and Owner Paul Cao, who focuses on using ingredients that are made in-house. Cult-like favorites on their menu include the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese with pressed spaghetti, fresh mozzarella, sourdough bread and marinara sauce; Crispy Pork made with a pork shoulder, salsa verde, chili lime mayo, cracklings and house ciabatta, and Southern Fried Chicken made with buttermilk fried chicken, garlic potato spread, country gravy...

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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 the new dish. Mimi’s is my younger son’s favorite restaurant, and I was excited to surprise him with news that we were having dinner at his favorite restaurant. I waited to surprise him with the news until we arrived at Mimi’s, and he squealed with delight when he realized where we were eating. Our family was seated at a comfortable...

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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 Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “This is a trend that could be here to stay.” Pokéworks serves build-your-own poké bowls, poké burritos and poke salads with a variety of proteins, sauces and toppings to choose from. Guests can select from protein options such as ahi tuna, salmon, seared albacore, shrimp, scallops, chicken and organic tofu. Mix-ins...

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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 served atop lemon risotto, roasted pepper, olive tapenade and white balsamic vinaigrette for $32/$21; filet mignon served with roasted carrot and pearl onions in a wine reduction topped with bleu cheese and served with garlic mashed potatoes for $41/$21.50; and rack of lamb in a port wine reduction and served with garlic mashed potatoes and heirloom carrots for $39/$27.50. Lunch...

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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, IHOP has been the leader in bringing guests a freshly made breakfast served any time of day, every day ― but at least one in every five children across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive. No Kid Hungry works to connect our future leaders with a healthy breakfast by delivering food to where...

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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 Street Corn with Cotija Cheese, Lime Aioli, Cilantro and Chili Oil and Donut Holes filled with Chocolate Stout filling and rolled in Pot de Creame, Whipped Cream and Golden Road Beer Brittle. The all-you-can-eat event begins at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are sold here for $30.00. Tender Greens will also be hosting a Blind Beer Tasting, raffling off TG gift...

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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. The special menu will feature: Antipasto – Charcuterie with Fire Roasted Garlic Bulb served with Fresh Rosemary Bread & Cambozola Cheese Prosecco] Aperitivo Zuppa di Pomodori Heirloom Tomato Soup & Buffalo Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Paired with: Ferragamo Chardonnay Primo Risotto con Gamberi Florida Rock Shrimp, Chipotle, Cherry Tomato, White wine & Arugula Paired with: Caressa J Ferragamo Super Tuscan 2103...

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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 Feast dinner is a great follow-up event to our most recently farm dinner led by Alice Waters, who helped to bring national and international attention for the work being done at The Ecology Center,” commented Evan Marks, Founder & Executive Director of The Ecology Center. “Green Feast is now considered more than a great meal, it has become a celebration...

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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 to the counter where we could see them making pizzas with fresh ingredients. Plus, all the pizzas are personal size so everyone in my family could get their pizzas personalized to be just what their taste buds were craving. A 3rd generation craftsman oven builder in Napoli, Italy, created the oven used at Pizza 90. The pizzas are made in...

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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, I was immediately in love. The restaurant is large and features many semi-private booths that make for a perfect intimate family dining experiences. While we were looking at the wide variety of seafood options, a loaf of warm bread arrived at our table. The bread was soft, hot and fresh from the oven. We started our lunch with a plate...

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