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Dutch Bros. Coffee in Redding

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Breakfast, Coffee, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

  Before leaving the town of Redding to continue our family summer road trip, I couldn’t leave without trying some of the popular Dutch Bros. Coffee. I have been hearing about Dutch Bros. coffee forever, and couldn’t wait to see if their coffee lived up the hype surrounding their brand. There are multiple locations throughout the city, and while we went to one of their drive-thru locations, we still got out of the car to order our coffee. As we walked up to the window to order our drinks, we were immediately greeted by the friendliest staff I have ever come across at a coffee shop. They took their time to not only welcome me…but also my children! I ordered my usual latte with extra shots of espresso, and the kids ordered their smoothies. With it being in the...

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Portola Coffee Lab Expands to Four New Locations

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Coffee | 0 comments

  Portola Coffee Lab has announced that it will open four new Orange County locations in 2015, with the first three set to open in February. At each of the four new locations, Portola Coffee Lab Owners Jeff and Christa Duggan will focus on creating a 100% single-cup craft brew coffeehouse designed and constructed as a nod to craft, quality, and freshness. These are the hot new places where you’ll be able to get Portola Coffee in 2015! Portola Coffee Lab – Union Market, The District at Tustin Legacy – Monday, February 9, 2015 Portola Coffee Lab – 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village – Monday, February 16, 2015 Portola Coffee Lab – Provisions Market, Old Towne Orange – Late-February 2015 Portola Coffee Lab – Union Market, Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo – Summer...

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The Waffle Affair Opens in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Breakfast, Coffee, Dessert, Dining News, Reviews | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of The Waffle Affair I’ve always been more of a waffle person than a pancake person. As a kid the only breakfast I really liked was waffles, especially with strawberries and whipped cream. I did not like pancakes and to this day am not a fan. I did not like eggs, though I love them now. But give me a waffle and make it crispy and I was a happy camper. Too bad I’m not a kid growing up in modern times when waffles seem to be all the rage in food. I would have loved to eat myself into oblivion at Newport Beach newcomer, The Waffle Affair without worrying about the consequences. And if you too are a waffle lover and fortunate enough to be in or around Newport Beach you can satisfy...

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Newcomer Al Forno Caffe Delights Locals

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Coffee, Reviews | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of Al Forno Caffe Mesa Verde Shopping Center in Costa Mesa has added a charming trattoria that is becoming a favorite local hangout for near by residents. Though opened since April, Monday was newcomer Al Forno Caffe’s official grand opening complete with ribbon cutting ceremony and guests were invited to sample several appetizers from their menu. Local regulars enjoy a bottle of wine and appetizers after work at the Grand Opening.   Gorgonzola Dolce and Fig Bruschetta   Tomato, Basil, Garlic Bruschetta   Pesto Pizza with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pancetta, Goat Cheese and Walnut Pesto & Pear, Honey Bruschetta  Margherita Pizza with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and tomato sauce and Ricotta    Fried Artichoke Hearts with lemon aioli   In addition to these favorites, owners Majid and Zara serve up classics such as Caesar salad, caprese, beet salad,...

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Breakfast at Bruxie

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Breakfast, Coffee, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the Bruxie baristas are brewing an all-new bold blend of coffee for breakfast goers. The Bold Blend is now available at all six Bruxie locations, so we went for Breakfast at Bruxie earlier this week to sample their all-new coffee. Yes, I admit that I am a coffee snob, and only like high-quality coffee. I also like choices when it comes to my coffee. I order my coffee based off my mood, the weather, and what I am eating for breakfast. Bruxie was reading my mind when they decided to add a full-service barista service so I can order flavored lattes, cappuccino or espresso. Before ordering my favorite Bruxie breakfast waffles, I started with a cup of their new bold blend coffee. Since I wanted to get a...

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Latte Macchiato Mondays

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Coffee, Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Do you have Latte Love? Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are hosting Latte Macchiato Mondays. On January 13th, 20th and 27th, customers can enjoy a small Latte Macchiato for $2 after 10am at participating locations. The celebration is to introduce coffee lovers to their new Latte Macchiatos, the company’s latest line of espresso-based beverages. Now through March 2nd, customers can enjoy three varieties of the new caramel, vanilla bean or dark chocolate beverage. The new beverage is made with whole milk and the choice of caramel, vanilla bean, or dark chocolate sauce, topped with foam and a drizzle of sauce. A shot of espresso is then poured over the top to “mark” the beverage. Mark your calendar for this special dates to try this new beverage at Coffee Bean & Tea...

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Support our Troops with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf through August 11

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Coffee, Featured | 0 comments

  The OC Mom Blog has been nominated as a Top 25 SoCal Mom!  We need your votes to win…you can vote one time every 24 hours.  We greatly appreciate any support you can provide! Supporting our troops is easier than ever with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Through August 11th, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf customers can pay tribute to U.S. service members and their families by purchasing the limited edition Support at Home coffee and tea from stores.  With over fifty years behind them, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has renewed their partnership with Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance and other support to families of service members and wounded warriors.    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will donate $1 from every sale of this special limited edition collection:  Support at Home ground coffee...

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London West Hollywood Launches “Oz The Great and Powerful” Tea Series

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Coffee, Dining News, Featured | 0 comments

 We spent a wonderful morning with Joey King last week at The London West Hollywood to celebrate “Oz The Great and Powerful” being released on DVD and Blu-ray.  It was truly a special time for Shelby and I to enjoy girl time with our daughter’s while enjoying tea and light bites together at their “Oz the Great and Powerful” Tea Series. This event highlighted a special tea series that The London West Hollywood is launching.  Starting June 22nd families can experience afternoon tea at The London where the décor, food and menus are inspired by “Oz the Great and Powerful”.  From a selection of fine teas or Wicked Witch Brew Juices for Munchkins to Emerald City miniature sandwiches & canapés paired with delicious Flying Monkey Bite black currant and peanut butter scones, the experience celebrates the film in a...

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BOGO This Week at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Coffee, Events | 0 comments

  Cool off from the Orange County sun this week as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf celebrate their 50th Birthday by offering BOGO on their drinks until June 7th from 2pm to 6pm. New summer Ice Blended® flavors—Birthday Cake, Mocha, and Rocky Road—will be available for Buy One, Get One Free at participating stores across California and Arizona, celebrating favorite childhood flavors with guests, those young as well as those young-at-heart. The Original Ice Blended® drink from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® pioneered the frozen coffee craze when it was created in 1989. Today, over 20,000 Ice Blended® drinks are served daily worldwide and over 7 million annually. In honor of the Southern California-based brand’s 50th anniversary, the City of Los Angeles will proclaim the week of, June 23, 2013 as ‘The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®...

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