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Bruxie to Open 7th Location in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Dining News, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Bruxie just announced that it will expand to open their seventh location in the Fall of 2013 in Costa Mesa. Bruxie is in high demand for their sweet and savory gourmet waffle sandwich creations. The new location will be located on 17th Street at Santa Ana Avenue in the location of the former Greek Town Grill. “We opened our first location with confidence in our concept, but we had no idea the sensation that Bruxie would become, so we are continually looking for ways to better serve our guests,” explained Dean Simon, Managing Partner of Bruxie. “From the lines at our restaurants, the great social media following, incredible Yelp reviews, and national media attention, we know we have started something truly noteworthy and are on our way to building a strong brand.” Nothing on the menu at Bruxie...

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Smashburger Debuts Raspberry Sorbet Shake to Benefit Susan G. Komen

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Dessert, Events | 0 comments

  For a limited time, Smashburger, will serve a Häagen-Dazs® Raspberry Sorbet & Vanilla Ice Cream Blended Shake Made With All Natural Ingredients to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The shake will be available from October 1st through the 31st in all Smashburger locations. The limited-edition shake will retail at $4.49, with 40 cents of each Raspberry Sorbet Shake sold donated to the foundation. Smashburger also guarantees a minimum donation of $25,000. “Komen has made it their mission to work hard every day towards discovering and delivering the cures for breast cancer and we are pleased to help support this important cause,” said Dave Prokupek, CEO and Chairman of Smashburger. “Our Häagen-Dazs shakes are a favorite among customers at Smashburger and now guests can enjoy our delicious limited time Raspberry Sorbet Shake while making a contribution to a...

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The 2013 Golden Foodie Award Winners

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

 The 2013 Golden Foodie award ceremony was held at the Fairmont Hotel last night in Newport Beach. All of the top culinary masterminds came together for this highly anticipated awards ceremony to honor the best in Orange County culinary excellence. All of the guest sipped on exquisite cocktails and delicious food while the award winners were announced. And the 2013 Golden Foodie Award Winners are… Best Mixologist: Dave Castillo, 320 Main Best Happy Hour: Wildfish Seafood Grille Best Cocktails: Hopscotch Tavern Best Wine List: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Best Steak: The Ranch Restaurant Best Beer List: Provisions Market Best Burger: Mick’s Karma Bar Best Pizza: Pizzeria Ortica Best Italian Food: Antonello’s Ristorante Best Tacos: Sol Cocina Best Mexican Food: Matador Cantina Best Sushi: Sushi Noguchi Best Asian Cuisine: AnQi by Crustacean Best American Food: The Ranch Restaurant...

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Prego Ristorante Francis Ford Coppola Wine Dinner

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Events, Italian | 0 comments

  Prego Ristorante is hosting a special Francis Ford Coppola wine dinner on Friday, October 18th at 7pm. Executive Chef Ugo Allesina will feature a 5-course dinner perfectly paired with the perfect Francis Ford Coppola wine. The dinner is priced at $64.95 plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are currently available by calling 949-553-1333. The special menu will feature: Hors d’Oeuvres Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Blanc De Blanc, Monterey County Salmone Norvegese Smoked Salmon with Fennel, Mango and Arugula Drizzled with Lemon Vinaigrette Francis Ford Coppola, Pinot Grigio, California Pappardelle ai Porcini e Goccie di Tartufo Homemade Ribbon Pasta with Porcini Mushroom and Black Truffle Cream Sauce Francis Ford Coppola, Director’s Merlot, Sonoma County Spiedino Rustico Skewer of Spicy Imported Italian Sausage, Beef Tenderloin and Chicken Served with Sautéed Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes Francis Ford Coppola, Director’s Cut...

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Tofu Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

  Families are attempting to make healthier meals, and the holidays are always a struggle to continue healthy eating. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, try swapping out that traditional pumpkin bread for this tofu pumpkin bread recipe. Your family will not be able to tell that the bread is even made with tofu. Tofu lightens up recipes and takes away saturated fats that most pumpkin bread recipes contain. We use House Foods Tofu because it is non-GMO verified, kosher, and gluten-free. We guarantee that this will become a new favorite in your family holiday recipe card box. Tofu Pumpkin Bread Makes 1 loaf/10 servings INGREDIENTS: ½ package House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft, drained ½ can pumpkin ½ cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup wheat flour 1 cup all purpose flour...

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Healthy Back-to-School Snack Recipes

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

 Back-to-School time is the perfect time to start thinking about healthy eating. I have found that eating fresh smoothies help to curb my appetite while the kids are in school. Try swapping out that diet coke and bag of chips for one of these healthy back-to-school snack recipes. Peach Nectarine Orange Juice Instead of a calorie-laden caffeinated beverage in the morning, add a cup of Peach Nectarine Sparkling ICE (www.sparklingice.com) to your Orange Juice for some added fizz, vitamins and antioxidants, without the extra calories. You’ll wake up your taste buds, without giving your body a caffeine shock. Very Berry Juice Ingredients: 2 cups of strawberries 2 cups of blueberries 1.5 cups of raspberries Directions: Wash all fruit. Press through an Omega VRT350 juicer, stir to mix the flavors, serve, and enjoy for breakfast or lunch. Juicing is a...

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OC Mom Owned Business Was The Star of the Emmy Gifting Suite

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Events | 1 comment

  Local OC Mom owned business, B.toffee, was the star of the Emmy Gifting Suite at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills this past weekend. Owner, Betsy Thagard, has been making her delicious toffee in Orange County since 2009. While at the Emmy Gifting Suite, celebrities got to sample her unique toffee, and bring some home to share with their friends. Celebrities like Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds, James Kyson of Heroes, American Idol’s Jackie Tahn and Hames Dumont of Treme were just some of the many who fell in love with B.toffee. B.toffee is perfect for your upcoming holiday celebrations and special events. Help support the local OC Mom business by stocking up on B.toffee for the holidays. If can be purchased at multiple stores throughout Orange County. Photos, and information provided on behalf of...

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Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

 National Hispanic Heritage Month is happening now until October 15th, and celebrates the richness of the Latino culture. Award-winning mixologist, Franciso Mora, shares his favorite cocktail recipes for celebrating this special holiday. Raise a glass in celebration of this diverse cultural celebration. Pasto Verde 2 oz. Sobieski Bison Grass Vodka ¾ oz. honey water (1:1) ¾ oz. lemon juice 6-8 basil leaves Add all ingredients in a shaker, then muddle. Add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a collins glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and lemon peel. Antiqua Plaza ¾ oz. CAMUS Elegance VS ¾ oz. blanc vermouth ¾ oz. anejo tequila 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters 2 dashes of Angostura bitters Add all ingredients in a pint glass with ice, then stir. Strain in a rocks glass. Garnish with large orange peel. Blanco Diablo 1...

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Get Fast Fresh Italian with Burrissimo (Restaurant Review)

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Featured, Italian, Reviews | 2 comments

  Costa Mesa has a new restaurant – Burrissimo: Fast. Fresh. Italian. – and it truly lives up to it’s name! Burrissimo is grab-and-go Italian dining, custom made right in front of you, but loaded with fresh ingredients. Your kids won’t even notice they are getting an extra serving of veggies in every bite. We ordered a Burrissimo (Italian burrito), a salad bowl and a pasta bowl. And that was plenty for our family of six because of their large portion size. I just asked for two extra bowls and we divided up the pasta among the kids. They have a simple menu but the fun comes as you customize any meal by adding as many toppings as you like, for no extra charge. See Burrissimo’s full menu here. Burrissimo is located at 1534 Adams Ave #D Costa Mesa,...

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen New Menu Items

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured, Mexican | 0 comments

  One of our favorite dining destinations in Brea is Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen. With their new menu items coming, we could not think of a better time to visit Cha Cha’s than now. The flavors of the new menu items reflect the true interpretation of Latin cuisine with a modern flare. The most noticeable change can be seen and tasted in their signature tacos that are served in certified organic corn tortillas and served with one of the various eight salsas made in-house and fresh daily. The tacos have been given a makeover by Chef de Cuisine Joseph Martinez who wanted to infuse the tacos with traditional Latin flavors, but with a contemporary twist. All tacos are served with salsa rice, epazote black beans and homemade salsas. To complement their already outstanding line of margaritas like the Mango...

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Special Gift for Dad’s on Father’s Day at Z’Tejas

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Events, Mexican | 0 comments

  Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza is celebrating Father’s Day with a gift card giveaway. Dads visiting the popular Costa Mesa restaurant will receive a $25 bonus card to be used on a future visit as long as his party purchases 2 entrees (1 card per table limit; cards expire August 31, 2013). Those seeking to purchase something unique for dear old dad or the grad in their life may consider Z’Tejas gift cards as they will receive a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchased (limit of 2 per person and must be used on a future visit before July 31, 2013). For more details call (714) 979-7469. “Z’Tejas gift cards are perfect for anyone who’s tough to buy for, especially dads and grads” said Jeffrey Grasso, the restaurant’s general manager. “We are a...

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Brunos Trattoria New Summer Seasonal Menu

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Featured, Italian, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 As the weather begins to heat up, Brunos Trattoria is embracing the season with traditional Italian dishes that are highlighted by fresh seasonal ingredients like squash blossoms, blood oranges, Bloomsdale spinach, artichokes and Galia melons. These ingredients, like all other Brunos Trattoria dishes, are prepared in a simple and rustic tradition by Italian Chef and Owner Peter Serantoni, who was influenced by his upbringing in Venice. “As we transition into warmer weather we wanted to create dishes that have the traditional flavors of Italian cuisine, but that reflect the spirit of summer,” explain Peter. “And what better way to enjoy the new menu than by dining on our patio overlooking Brea Downtown.” In addition, Brunos Trattoris will debut new wines and signature hand shaken cocktails. Based on the success of the structure of the wine list, which is comprised...

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Father’s Day Specials

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in American, Events, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Bring along your family’s best friend to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar for Father’s Day this year. All types of dogs and puppies are welcome to dine on the patio of the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. The family-friendly restaurant is serving some delicious Father’s dishes this year that dad will love on Sunday, June 16th. In addition to a $3 special on 16-ounce Lazy Dog House beers and Firestone DBA, every dad who dines at Lazy Dog on Sunday, June 16th will receive a free limited edition pint glass while supplies last. And because one can’t subsist on beer alone, dads can also dig into Lazy Dog’s famed BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs with housemade BBQ sauce, or a prime steak like the Garlic-butter Glazed Flatiron or Bacon Wrapped Coulotte. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar have locations...

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Pie Society Opens in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  The popular Pitfire Pizza is opening the first Pie Society in Orange County on Saturday, June 8th. The highly anticipated speakeasy bar will provide locals with a one-of-a-kind neighborhood saloon. Steve Garcia and Chef Jason Neroni will deliver guests handcrafted cocktails and unique cuisine at the Pie Society. Echoing the casual feel of a speakeasy with the fun yet relaxed vibe of a local bar, Pie Society’s design creates an intimate space, where guests are invited to gather and socialize. The dimly light 600-sq. ft. bar includes wood-planked floors and leather lounge furniture, providing patrons with a comfortable atmosphere. Pie Society at Pitfire Artisan Pizza is located at 353 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa, CA, and will be open starting at 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. More information can be found...

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Father’s Day at Pizza Ortica

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Events, Italian | 0 comments

  Pizza Ortica is a wonderful place to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. Executive Chef Justin Miller will be creating amazing dishes that will include a pork-centric a la carte dinner menu of dishes all made from an American Kunekune pig, which Justin will handpick from Old Reminisce Farms in Mira Loma. The Father’s Day Menu will include: · Salumi Board: coppa di testa, cotechino sausage, pickled mustard seeds and rhubarb mostarda · White Ragu Pappardelle with fennel pollen · Fennel Sausage stuffed trotters and local cherries · Grilled Bone-In Pork Chops with baby tomatoes and salsa verde · Bruschetta with borlotti beans, braised ribs and agrodolce sausage · Bibb lettuce salad with peaches, gorgonzola, red wine vinegar and crispy pig’s ear · Simple risotto made with pork stock and parmigiano reggiano · House Cured Pancetta · Sliced Whole Roasted...

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Hooray for IPA Beer Class

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Events, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 Craft Beer fans will rejoice at the California Total Wine & More Hooray for IPA Beer class on June 13th. Lovers of hoppy, craft beers are always on the hunt for new brews, and Total Wine & More has just the thing – a new “Hooray For IPA!” beer class on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hops lovers and thrill seekers should prepare their taste buds for an India Pale Ale (IPA) style excursion. Guests will delight in tasting a variety of IPA styles including: English IPA, Belgian IPA, American IPA, American Double/Imperial IPA, and other hoppy goodness. This event will be held at the following California Total Wine & More stores: Redondo Beach, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Roseville, Sacramento (Arden), Laguna Hills, Brea, Tustin, Huntington Beach, and Rancho Cucamonga. This beer tasting class is only...

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Surfas Cooking Classes

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Cooking Classes, Events | 0 comments

  Have you been wanting to learn how to cook? Come to one of the many Surfas Cooking Classes happening this month. Surfas is a place to enjoy delicious food, purchase household and professional cooking supplies, and somewhere to learn how to cook. The cooking classes this month will feature cooking with chocolate, grilling with Dad, and more. Cooking with Chocolate Sunday, 6/9/13 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm $85.00 Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This tasty and informative hands-on cooking class focuses exclusively on your favorite ingredient. We’ll explore the different kinds of chocolate and create both savory and sweet dishes. In addition, you will learn how to grind your own spices; sear a steak to perfection; tricks of cooking with dry chilies; and creating baked custards. Enjoy a generous tasting of: Wilted Spinach, Chocolate and Blackberry Salad – Chicken Mole...

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Prego Ristorante Five Course Wine Dinner

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Events, Italian, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Prego Ristorante presents its final spring wine dinner featuring the wines of Brown-Foreman featuring Sonoma Cutrer on Friday, June 7th at 7 p.m. Italian-born Executive Chef Ugo Allesina will present a 5-course Italian menu featuring a shrimp, scallop and calamari starter; baked ziti with prosciutto; and pork loin. The dinner, priced at $64.95 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity), will be held at Prego in Irvine. The menu will include: Brown-Foreman Wine Dinner Friday, June 7, 2013 | 7 p.m. Antipasto Hors d’Oeuvres Southern Comfort Cocktail Frutti di Mare Shrimp, Scallops and Calamari, tossed with fresh Celery, Black Olives, Bell Peppers and Parsley, in a refreshing Lemon Vinaigrette NV Korbel Riesling Ziti al Forno Short Tube Pasta tossed with Prosciutto, Peas, Béchamel and Mozzarella, then baked in Prego’s Wood-Fire Oven Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Lonza di Maiale...

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Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar 10th Anniversary Specials

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in American, Events, Featured, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Can you believe that the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar is getting ready to celebrate their 10th Anniversary? In celebration of their anniversary, the talented Chef Gabe is creating some special anniversary specials that include a special brew, throwback menu items and more. Chef Gabe is a talented home brewer, and has collaborated with Firestone Master Brewer Matthew Brynildson. These unique special menu items and drinks will only be available at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar from July 4th through September 12th. The Anniversary Menu will include: Lazy Dog Anniversary Belgian Blonde Ale • A collaboration ale created by Chef Gabe Caliendo and Firestone Master Brewer Matthew Brynildson. Chef Gabe has been home brewing for almost 20 years and worked with the Firestone Master Brewer to create this crisp Belgian Blonde. $5.95 (13.5 ounces) Naughty Maggie Margarita •...

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