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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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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 planned a family dinner out at our local CPK. Over the past year, CPK has re-imagined their restaurant design and has transformed into a chic family dining destination. From reclaimed woods to locally inspired artwork, it feels like a whole new restaurant but with the same high-quality food that families expect when coming to CPK. When we first arrived at...

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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. I brought our family to Square One for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I not only fell in love with the owners, but also the delicious cuisine they were creating. The restaurant has a fun hipster ambiance, and a beautiful outdoor patio that is perfect for parties and special events. Since there was a graduation party...

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Mother’s Day at Mimi’s

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in American, Events, Holidays, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There are only a few restaurants in Orange County that cater to multiple generations like Mimi’s Cafe. Mimi’s is a dining destination where my children and my grandma would all enjoy a flavorful meal in a family-friendly environment. It has always been one of my go-to restaurants for multi-generational family celebrations, and it’s a perfect place for families to celebrate Mother’s Day together this year. Since we are going to be in Florida for Disney Social Media Moms over Mother’s Day, we had an early Mother’s Day celebration at our local Mimi’s Cafe. We had a chance to sample some of the dishes being offered on their three-course menu for $16.99 per person. For a starter, there is the option of a house salad, caesar salad, cup of soup or croissant...

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Sip and Savor at the 2016 Great Wine Festival

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

  The Great Wine Festival blends the OC lifestyle with the wine country experience. Every year, wine lovers and foodies alike enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, decadent food, superb tastings, and live entertainment. Conveniently located at the heart of Orange County, the event will take place in the newly renovated Hangar 244 at the OC Great Park, the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. Citrus plantings, native shade trees, and the iconic Great Park Balloon serve as the backdrop to our center stage: 30+ wineries, breweries, spirits, and restaurants serving all-inclusive samplers to your heart’s desire. Delight in the wine country experience in your own backyard without the long drive, traffic, or parking headaches. The event is produced by and will benefit the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free legal...

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Luna Grill Fresh Spring Menu

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Best of OC, Events, Featured, Mediterranean | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue I was recently introduced to Luna Grill, and it has become my go-to place for eating out on Tuesday evenings because of their kids eat free night. Our family of five can get more than enough food (often with leftovers) for less than $20 on Tuesday nights. The modern family dining destination just keeps getting better as they recently introduced some fresh and delicious spring menu items. When dining at Luna Grill last week, we were eager to try the new spring menu items. When looking at the menu, it was the spring arugula salad that caught my eye. It was larger than I had expected and featured Ancient grain superstar quinoa, tabouleh with chickpeas, celery, tomato, feta and roasted pumpkin seeds; all tossed with Luna’s signature house vinaigrette. The salad...

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Newport Beach Duffy Boat Lunch Spot: The Trough Sandwich Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in American, Featured, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue While on our Spring Break family staycation in Newport Beach, we picked up lunch from the popular sandwich shop, The Trough Sandwich Kitchen on the Peninsula to take with us on a Duffy Boat ride around the harbor. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen is one of the most innovative new sandwich shops in Orange County that uses high-quality meats, cheeses, and freshly baked bread. We walked into the restaurant and immediately was greeted by the friendly staff who helped us to select some sandwiches that would be good to enjoy while on the water. Once our sandwiches were ready, they provided us with everything that we needed to take lunch on the boat including utensils, and napkins. While our on the boat enjoying the beautiful sunny spring afternoon, when the kids tummies...

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Boudin Fresh New Spring Salads

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in American, Bakery, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Spring has sprung at your local Boudin where they are serving fresh and delicious seasonal salads for a limited time. I recently went to Boudin with my two children to see how the salads stack against other salads in the area and the flavors of the salads far exceeded my expectations. Boudin has always been my go-to place for soup or sandwiches, and this was my first time trying one of their salads. We placed our order at the cash registers in the front of the restaurant, filled our cups with sweet iced tea, and then took a seat in a comfortable booth to await our lunch. When the mouthwatering salads arrived at our table, we couldn’t wait to sink our taste buds into the fresh and healthy dishes. We began...

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Zov’s Winemakers Dinner with Rombauer Vineyards

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Get a babysitter, and make reservations for a special evening at Zov’s for their winemakers dinner with Rombauer Vineyards on Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling (714) 838-8855 x22. Date: Tuesday, April 26th Time: 6pm Cost: $95 per person Four-course dinner paired with specially selected wines SMOKED RAINBOW TROUT Creamy shallot dressing, mizuna greens, pickled radish, chilled poached egg, chives. 2015 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc CRISPY BASIL BURRATA Herb fried burrata cheese, san marzano tomato soup, urfa pepper, basil oil. 2014 Carneros Chardonnay PAN ROASTED FILET MIGNON Twice baked potato with forest mushrooms, carrot puree, black pepper demi glace. 2012 Carneros Merlot SEA SALT CHOCOLATE CROSTATA Chocolate custard, chocolate ganache, chocolate whipped cream, shaved chocolate. 2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel Location: Zov’s Tustin Bistro 17440 E. 17th St. TUSTIN, CA...

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Save the Date for the Taste of Huntington Beach

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

  The annual Taste of Huntington Beach, a community gathering featuring food, drink, live music and fun will be held on April 24, 2016, from 12 – 4 pm at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex; 18100 Goldenwest Street (across the parking lot from the HB Central Library). The Taste of Huntington Beach is presented by The Friends of the Children’s Library (FOTCL) and proceeds benefit the Children’s Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Tickets are available for purchase online at tastehb.com and in person at the Children’s Desk at the Huntington Beach Central Library. General Admission tickets are $70 Includes four fun-filled hours of: – Unlimited tastes of food from 50 of the best local eateries – Sips from California and boutique wineries – Samples from premium and craft breweries – Live entertainment, silent auction and raffle –...

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The Book of Mormon Dinner at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in American, Events, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge is my favorite place to dine before seeing a production at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Chef at Leatherby’s, Chef Ross, is one of the most innovative chefs in Orange County and creates culinary masterpieces themed for every production in the Broadway series at the Segerstrom. While I have dined at Leatherby’s multiple times with my children, I have never brought my husband before. Since I was planning an unforgettable Book of Mormon date night, it would not have been complete without dinner at Leatherby’s before the show. The minute that we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted by the friendly staff who walked us to a table by the glass windows that overlook the beautiful Segerstrom Center. We sipped on a glass of chardonnay...

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March Madness Munchies at Islands

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue March Madness is in full effect, and Islands is offering some delicious dishes that will satisfy your cravings while watching the big game. NCAA fans are encouraged to come to the lively bar at your local Islands and cheer on your favorite teams while taking advantage of their slam dunk specials. When we went to Islands this week, the bar was full of sports fans sipping on Coors light and munching on the popular Islands hot dogs. With all the times that we have dined at Islands, I couldn’t believe that I have never tried one of their hot dogs before. I headed over to the bar to find out what I had been missing, and after one bite, I was in love. Of course, I had to try both of...

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Design Your Dining Experience at Stacked: Food Well Built

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After reading the story that Naz wrote on the grand opening of Stacked: Food Well Built, I have been craving their food. The location is conveniently located in the heart of Huntington Beach, across the street from the Bella Terra shopping destination. After spending the day visiting the Grandparents in Huntington Beach, our family was finally able to make our way into Stacked for dinner. We dined on a Friday evening, and the restaurant was hoppin’. There was a line that curved outside the door with families eager to try some of their delicious cuisines. We took our seat in a comfortable semi-private booth, and an employee helped to walk us through the online (iPad) ordering system. I loved the ordering system. No more having to wait for a server who...

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Pig Out at Pig Pen Delicacy

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in American, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue There is a delicious new reason to bring the family to 4th Street Market in Santa Ana – Pig Pen Delicacy. I recently went to the new restaurant for lunch to see what all the hype was about and discovered my favorite burger in Orange County, the maple bacon jam burger. It was my first time visiting the 4th Street Market, and I loved everything about the hipster dining destination. There are multiple restaurants to choose from, a relaxed indoor dining area, and a rad art inspired outdoor dining patio. I ordered my lunch at the Pig Pen counter, opened my cold bottle of coca-cola, and then found a perfect seat on the outdoor patio. The minute that I smelled my delectable lunch, I was in heaven. Inside of a soft,...

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Ultimate Meatball Subs at Philly’s Best

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in American, Reviews | 0 comments

  Finding a delicious meatball sub is not easy around Orange County. The meatballs are either too crispy or too soggy and rarely ever ‘just right’. When I heard the news that Philly’s Best had introduced a new meatball sub, I couldn’t resist going to try it out. Over the weekend, I brought my biggest meatball critic, my Italian husband to put the meatball sub to the test. When I first walked into the empty restaurant, it didn’t feel promising. The staff was not the friendliest, and one staff member seemed to be a little ‘put out’ by having to leave his television show he was watching from one of the tables to place our order. After we had placed our order for a meatball sub, and cheesesteak sandwich, he placed the order and went back to feeling at...

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Best OC Outdoor Dining at Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Italian, Reviews | 0 comments

  I have enjoyed dining at the new Cucina Enoteca many times since they first opened. Whenever I am in the Newport Beach area for lunch, and it is a beautiful day, it is my favorite place to dine. It isn’t just the food that I love at Cucina Enoteca, but also the ambiance. The restaurant has the most beautiful decor with colorful chic accents through the restaurant. Last week, my son had an afternoon doctor’s appointment, and I treated him to lunch at Cucina Enoteca before going back to school. The outdoor patio is the number one place to dine at this restaurant, and he was comfortable and relaxed in the outdoor dining setting. The one thing about Cucina Enoteca is that once you find your favorite things on the menu, you’ll find yourself ordering it over and...

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Risotto Love at Brio Tuscan Grille

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Featured, Italian, Recipes | 0 comments

 One of my favorite things to eat is risotto. When I learned that Brio Tuscan Grille was introducing two new delicious risotto dishes, I couldn’t wait to plan dinner at Brio with the family. We dined on a Sunday evening after a fun weekend exploring Orange County together as a family. The kids were relaxed in the family-friendly environment and enjoyed coloring on the “paper tablecloth” while waiting for our dinner to arrive. Dinner began with a spicy shrimp bruschetta with housemade lobster butter sauce, fontina cheese, and charred tomato relish. The bruschetta came beautifully presented on a long wood tray and cut into bite size portions. I was expecting the bruschetta to be very spicy, but it was just right. The spice wasn’t too overbearing, and even my daughter enjoyed the flavor combination. Next we shared the Brio...

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Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To Go Sale (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in American, Bakery, Dessert, Giveaways | 12 comments

  We are thrilled to share that now through February 29th, Marie Callender’s will be celebrating their annual Whole Pie-To Go Sale. During the sale, guests can choose from more than 30 varieties of Marie Callender’s pies for only $7.99, plus tin. The Marie Callender’s whole pie-to go sale includes: Apple: Sliced sweetened apples, spiced with cinnamon. Banana Cream: Fresh ripe bananas, rich vanilla cream, fresh whipped cream or a fluffy meringue. Berry: A variety of only the finest plump, ripe berries, baked in this double crust pie. Blueberry: Blueberries enhanced with flavorful apples. Cherry: With juicy, tart, red cherries. Coconut Cream: Coconut folded into our rich vanilla cream. French Apple: Our traditional apple pie with a crumbly cinnamon streusel topping. Lemon Meringue: Slightly tart, slightly sweet, topped with a light golden meringue. Peach: With thick sliced peaches. Pumpkin:...

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Zov’s Wine Pairing Dining Event

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Join Zov’s For An Unforgettable Evening Of Food & Wine Pairings (Ferarri-Carano Wine Dinner). Hire a babysitter, and make reservations today for this unforgettable night out at this premier dining location on Tuesday, February 16th at 6pm. MENU WINTER BURRATA Prosciutto, roasted hazelnuts, persimmon, watercress, fig syrup Fume Blanc, 2014, Sonoma “CHICKEN FRIED OYSTERS” Deviled shrimp bisque, herb lebni, pickled onion, petite chives Chardonnay, 2013, Sonoma SEARED FILET OF BEEF Parsnip and carrot mash, bordelaise, gorgonzola cream, morels Cabernet, 2013, Sonoma WARM ALMOND & BERRY CROSTATA Vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, sumac Eldorado Noir, 2013 $110.00/PERSON PLUS TAX & SERVICE RSVP: [email protected] Since opening her first restaurant in 1987, Zov Karamardian has become one of the best-loved chefs/restaurateurs in Southern California with glowing reviews in Food and Wine, Bon Appetit and the LA Times, to name a few....

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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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