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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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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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