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Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go Special

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Executive Chef Zov Karamardian is at it again this fall with her annual Thanksgiving Take-Out Dinners. The critically acclaimed chef who recently took top honors as Chef of the Year at the Golden Foodie Awards says she will “remove the hassle from the holiday” by preparing the traditional feasts and all of the trimmings (warming instructions are included). Only a limited number of Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go meals will be prepared and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. To reserve one of the limited dinner packages, call (714) 838-8855 ext. 21. Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go serves up to 15 people and is priced at $450. All orders must be secured in advance no later than Wednesday, November 16 and picked up at Zov’s Bistro in Tustin (17440 E 17th St.) on Wednesday, November 23 between 1 p.m....

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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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Eats Kitchen Celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in American, Holidays, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a Partridge in a Pear Tree.” This classic carol is the inspiration for twelve whimsical creations Chef Jason Montelibano will be serving to guests at Eats Kitchen & Bar located in Hotel Irvine. And a December 1st invitation to their media tasting celebrating The Twelve Days of Christmas, was the perfect way to kick-off this month’s festivities. Our evening began on the restaurant patio around the fire pit with a new seasonal cocktail, The Snowflake. Served in a sugar rimmed old fashioned champagne glass, this light, refreshing and not too sweet, drink blends Blueberry Stoli, sparkling wine, a little simple syrup, a bit of lemon juice to balance it out and is garnished with three fresh blueberries. I think...

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12 Days of Christmas at A Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  This holiday season, A Restaurant is pleased to open doors for twelve special days in December with the 12 Days of Christmas Lunch. Beginning December 1 and continuing Tuesdays through Fridays for the first three weeks of December, A Restaurant will offer a seasonal holiday lunch menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford. A Restaurant’s 12 Days of Christmas Lunch menu offers both the lighter and more decadent sides of lunch. A variety of classic starters include a lobster bisque, mixed baby beets salad, and veal + pork meatballs. A diverse list of entrees features the porchetta sandwich, deep-dish quiche, smoked chicken cobb salad, and braised lamb + papperdelle. A Restaurant’s classic steak cuts are also available for lunch. Favorite side dishes are offered including green beans, broccoli, mac ‘n’ cheese, and bistro fries. 12 Days of Christmas...

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Red, White & Blue Frozen Margarita at Solita

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Dining News, Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Everything is coming up red, white and burritos in Huntington Beach this Fourth of July at sophisticated Mexican hot spot solita Tacos & Margaritas! Open for Brunch and Dinner on Saturday, July 4th, solita will be serving up signature dishes from Executive Chef Deborah Schneider. Those looking to sip on something with a bang will enjoy Beverage Director Colin Pflugradt’s Red, White & Blue Frozen Margarita, layered with blueberry puree, solita house-made frozen margarita mix, and a rim of red pop rocks. It is like fireworks in your mouth! Wine lovers will also be pleased to savor glasses of Sparkling White Sangria made with sparkling wine, chardonnay, house-made hibiscus reduction and fruit juice, and Frozen Red Sangria made in-house and layered over solita custom frozen margarita mix. Cheers to America and solita Tacos & Margaritas! solita Tacos &...

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Bruxie 4th of July Specials

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in American, Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

 Creator of the waffle sandwich, Bruxie will once again celebrate the 4th of July in culinary style with holiday specials worthy of fireworks! In honor of the American holiday, Bruxie’s culinary team is once again flying in LIVE MAINE LOBSTERS to create the ultimate New England Lobster Bruxie, only available on Saturday, July 4th. Other holiday specials, which will be available Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th, include the new Vermont Apple Pie Bruxie and a Red, White & Blue Shake. The New England Lobster Bruxie will be available at all Orange County and Chino Hills Bruxie locations (guests advised to come early, as these will sell out). Bruxie Fourth of July Specials
 New England Lobster Bruxie Combo – Tender Maine Lobster simply tossed with a touch of Mayo, Fresh Chives, Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt, with...

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2015 Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is on June 21st this year. Celebrate Dad this year on Father’s Day by taking him to brunch at one of these popular Orange County dining destinations. SOCIAL Costa Mesa 512 W 19th Street Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 642-2425 SOCIAL Costa Mesa is celebrating dads with a Fried Chicken “Sunday Supper.” Executive Chef Jeffrey Boullt is serving up the Southern favorite cajun-style with delicious, comforting sides. Whether ordering half a chicken ($22 includes buttermilk biscuits and one side) or a whole chicken ($38 includes buttermilk biscuits and two sides), Dad will get a complimentary ‘Gunslinger’ cocktail, SOCIAL’s top seller! The ‘Gunslinger’ is poured tableside and is made with Rye, Bourbon, Black Tea Syrup, Hickory Smoke, and Citrus Oils. The full Sunday Supper Menu is here: http://www.socialcostamesa.com/uploads/3/7/6/7/37676057/sunday_supper_at_social.pdf Scott’s Restaurant & Bar 3300 Bristol St across from...

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Casey’s Cupcakes Mother’s Day Awesome Almond Delight

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Bakery, Holidays | 0 comments

  Mother’s Day weekend is finally here and what better way treat your sweet momma than with a sweet gift! For this weekend only,Casey’s Cupcakes is offering their Mother’s Day Awesome Almond Delight. This special cupcake features a moist, light almond cake with delicious raspberry cream filling, topped with smooth almond-flavored frosting, decorated with sugar crystals, a fondant glitter heart and flower. Casey’s Cupcakes is a Food Network “Cupcake Wars” award-winning, sophisticated, and delightful confection boutique inspired by the delicious recipes of Casey Reinhardt’s Great-Grandmother. Casey’s Cupcakes uses only the freshest ingredients and offers more than a dozen delicious flavors including sugar-free, gluten free, and vegan options. A perfect choice for every mom who has a soft spot for delectable desserts, Casey’s Cupcakes is a fresh, tasty alternative to your standard card and flowers. If you can’t make it...

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2015 Cinco de Mayo Dining Events in Orange County

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Don’t know where to go? These local Orange County restaurants and venues are hosting fun Cinco de Mayo events complete with delicious food offerings. La Vida Cantina 1870 Harbor Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 612-2349 La Vida Cantina will be the place to be on Tuesday, May 5, with an all-day Cinco de Mayo celebration that will include specially priced margaritas, beer, tequila and tacos. Live guitar and vocals will add to the fun with Freddy Zuma from 4 to 7 pm, and Victor and Jose from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. La Vida Cantina will open early for the celebration – at 11 am – with Taco Tuesday specials, including $2 Crispy Tacos (shredded chicken or beef); $5 Mahi Mahi Tacos; $3 Coronas; $3 Domestic Draft Beers; $4 Imported...

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2015 Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Dining News, Events, Featured, Holidays | 2 comments

  Treat Mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch at one of these popular Orange County dining destinations. Stax Cookie Bar 4187 Campus Drive #M174 Irvine, CA 92612 (949) 861-2055 Make your own Sweet Stax Sandwiches at home with the family. Come to Stax this weekend 5/8 – 5/10 and take home a dozen fresh baked cookies along with two pints of ice cream for just $15.99 Show mom love – Stop by Stax on Sunday May 10th where all moms will receive a complimentary cookie of their choice. Clay Oven Cuisine of India 15435 Jeffrey Rd #116 Irvine, CA 92618 949.552.2851 11am-2pm Join Clay Oven on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10 and treat Mom to a three-course prix fixe brunch fit for a queen. Brunch begins at 11:00 a.m. and is priced at $40.00, excluding tax and gratuity....

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Orange County Easter Brunch Dining Guide

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  Have an unforgettable Easter brunch celebration filled with classic dishes, flowing champagne and egg hunts. Make your reservations early to celebrate with your family at one of these premier Orange County Restaurants and Resorts. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 $85.00 adults / $75.00 seniors 65+ / $28.00 kids 6-12 / kids 5 and under free Unlimited champagne, coffee, tea and juice included 10:00 am-2:00 pm Reservations: 714-845-4627 AnQi South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.557.5679 Sunday, April 5 – Easter Brunch from 11:30am to 3pm AnQi will offer a four course Easter Brunch Menu with choices in starters, entrées and desserts. The brunch will start with an amuse bouche. Special brunch cocktails will be available. 4-Course brunch $53 for adults The Capital Grille South...

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Have a St. Patrick’s Day Date Night at Quinn’s

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Planning a St. Patrick’s Day date night? Don’t know where to go? Make plans to celebrate at Quinn’s Old Town Grill in Tustin. The celebration begins with Andy Scott playing authentic bagpipes from 9am to 3:30pm followed by Chrissy Orcholski from 4pm to close. Orcholski has been piping for over nine years and has been featured in many popular commercials and shows. With the music playing and plenty of delicious Irish food for all to enjoy, guests are encouraged to participate in the “Krazy Kilt” selfie contest. There will be a Harp & Guinness Beer truck awaiting your arrival in the parking lot ready to giveaway souvenir t-shirts. There will be a limited menu served with $12 entrees and $4 desserts. Quinn’s is also the only place in town to have Guinness Blonde Ale and Smithwick’s Irish Ale...

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Fig & Olive Easter Brunch

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  On Sunday, April 5, 2015, from 11:00am – 4:00pm, FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach will host a special Easter brunch featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu ($40*) of French Riviera-inspired dishes. The new Riviera Salmon with grilled asparagus, braised fennel, pea purée, and Coratina Olive Oil and Panna Cotta a L’Orange with cookie crumble will be offered alongside FIG & OLIVE’s signature egg dishes such as the traditional French Omelet, Vegetarian Quiche, and the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. Guests can sip on the newest addition to FIG & OLIVE’s weekend brunch, the new Bloody Mary Cart ($16*), featuring handcrafted tableside drinks for the cocktail enthusiast. Additional dishes from FIG & OLIVE’s Easter menu will include: § Maine Lobster Bisque with Pimenton chive mascarpone and olive oil crackers § Vegetarian Quiche with mushroom, spinach, parmesan and shallot savory tart served...

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Chai-phrodisac Tea at ADYA for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  This Valentine’s Weekend, ADYA will be offering a Chai-phrodisiac Tea and specials laden with mood-boosting ingredients and aphrodisiac qualities meant to induce sensuality. The special dishes will highlight vegetables and proteins from the tandoor, finished with sultry spices like cumin, ginger, paprika, and coriander. In addition to ADYA’s housemade chai, Chef Shachi will offer the following specials from Thursday, February 12th through Sunday, February 15th: Coconut Shrimp – ginger & saffron Mussels Masala – fennel & tomatoes Paneer Korma – garlic & almonds Lamb Roganjosh – cinnamon & nutmeg Date and Coconut Naan – dates & coconut Chai Crème Brûlée – vanilla & cardamom Chef Shachi urges couples to end things on a sweet note with ADYA’s selection of housemade desserts. Sweetened with aphrodisiac ingredients like vanilla, cardamom, wild honey and cinnamon spice, ADYA’s dessert offerings include a...

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Best Places for Valentine’s Day Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Events, Featured, Holidays | 2 comments

  Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day and we have the best places to dine with your loved one on Valentine’s Day in Orange County. Reservations are highly recommended for these highly sought after restaurants. Driftwood Kitchen 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane Laguna Beach, CA driftwoodkitchen.com (949) 715-7700 Valentine’s Dinner Menu Saturday, February 2014 from 4 PM – 9:30 PM $79 per guest For the table Fresh Baked Parker House Rolls Vermont Creamery Butter / Smoked Sea Salt ~~~ First Course Pan-Seared New Bedford Sea Scallops Cauliflower Purée / Caramelized Cauliflower Florets Fried Brussels Sprout Chips / Marcona Almonds – or – White Asparagus Soup Maine Peekytoe Crab Meat / Parmesan Crisp / Lemon Agrumato – or – Baby Mache Salad Burrata / Duck Prosciutto / Teardrop Tomatoes / Dates / Candied Pecans Asian Pears / White Balsamic...

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Valentine’s Lovers Menu at Prego Ristorante

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Events, Holidays | 1 comment

  This Valentine’s Day, Prego Ristorante Executive Chef Ugo Allesina is offering lovers a four-course dinner, complete with a Grand Marnier Molten Chocolate Cappuccino Mousse Cake dessert, for $68.95 per guests or $130 per couple (excludes tax & gratuity). This special menu will be offered in addition to the restaurant’s regular dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14th (also available Friday, February 13th and Sunday, February 15th). Valentine’s Lovers Menu Cenone di San Valentino $68.95 per guest or $130 per couple First Course Romeo y Julieta Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Tuna, Dungeness Crab Meat, Avocado and Mango Sweet Chili and Balsamic ~or~ Carpaccio Gran Paradiso Beef Tenderloin with Organic Arugula and Shaved Parmigiano Truffle Vinaigrette Second Course Linguine Sapori Amoroso Flat Ribbon Pasta with Shrimp and Lobster Meat Spicy Tomato Sauce ~Or~ Coure a Coure Heart-Shaped Ravioli Pasta Filet...

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New Year’s Eve Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of Orange County’s most sought after dining destinations. Make your reservations today for an unforgettable evening. Anaheim White House 887 S. Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 714-772-1381 (reservations required) www.anaheimwhitehouse.com New Years Eve 4-course Prix-fixe $85 pp, plus tax & gratuity 4 Dinner seatings – 4-4:30pm, 6-6:30pm, 8-8:30pm or 10:30-11pm The last seating will include a champagne toast and countdown to midnight, with DJ music & dancing until 1:30AM. Appetizer Tempura Artichoke Hearts: Artichoke hearts fried in tempura butter topped with Burrata cheese and in Italian pesto and spiced aioli Soup OR Salad Chef Salad: Locally farmed greens with celery remoulade, Kalamata olives and carrots drizzled with a Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar OR Watercress Soup: Cream of watercress soup made with potatoes, onions and milk Entrée Filet & Lobster: Oven roasted...

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Holiday Dining at Tamarind of London

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Holidays, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Tamarind of London Tamarind of London is my all-time favorite dining destination in Orange County for Indian food. With their superior service, pristine ambiance, and elevated food, Tamarind of London, is a prime destination for your holiday dining. While many might think Tamarind of London is not a family-friendly dining destination, it truly is. The restaurant is divided into two sections with one side of the restaurant for diners seeking a quiet or more intimate meal, and the other half of the restaurant perfectly set-up for family dining. After a day of holiday shopping, our family ended the evening at Tamarind of London. Once our family was seated at the covered outdoor heated patio, our server brought us a plate of papadum with various chutneys. Our kids shared the details of their day...

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Bruxie Holiday Specials

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in American, Holidays | 0 comments

  You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why, Bruxie holiday specials are coming to town! You dream of them when you’re sleeping, you enjoy them when you’re awake, they’re only here for a limited time, so go get them for goodness sake! From now through the end of the year you can have a taste of the holidays with the Holiday Bruxie featuring Oven-Roasted Pork, Vegetable-Sausge “Stuffing”, Fresh Apple-Cranberry Sauce, & Gravy, the Vermont Apple Pie Bruxie featuring Brown Sugar Spiced Apples, Vermont White Cheddar, Oatmeal Crumble, Caramel & a side of Bruxie’s Wisconsin Frozen Custard and festive shakes like the Candy Cane Shake and Egg Nog...

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Driftwood Kitchen New Year’s Eve Bash

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Dining News, Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Driftwood Kitchen, together with Tightrope Entertainment, will be ringing in 2015 with an exclusive New Year’s Eve bash in Laguna Beach. The celebration will take place at the beautiful oceanfront venue nestled up against the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. The main dining space boasts a large open-air patio with breathtaking views and an enchanting ambiance, which together create an unparalleled experience. Transforming the restaurant into an open space performance venue, guests will be transported into a Great Gatsby-like New Year’s party. One of Laguna’s favorite homegrown bands Common Sense will perform live, keeping the energy flowing into the new year. Nick-I Hernandez and his band, Common Sense, have been making waves in the Southern California music scene since the early ‘90s. General Admission tickets are currently available for $50 and VIP tickets are available for $95....

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