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Holiday Cocktails at the Village Inn on Balboa Island

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

 Watch the beautiful Newport Beach Boat Parade and then end the evening by sipping on special holiday cocktails at the historic Village Inn on Balboa Island. This year, the Newport Beach Boat Parade will kick-off with the Grand Marshals who Newport Beach natives, Actress Leslie Mann and Singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray. The Village Inn on Balboa Island has created three special holiday cocktails that will be available from December 15th through December 31st. The holiday cocktails include: 1. The GingerbreadMANN: Made with cranberry rosemary ice cubes ($12) 2. The Village Inn Balboa Bar: a festive cocktail garnished with a piece of world-famous Balboa Bar frozen banana (12.95) 3. The McGrath Moonshine Mule: served in a copper mug ($12) The Village Inn on Balboa Island is located at 127 Marine Avenue in Newport Beach. Reservations are available by...

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Guide to Christmas Eve Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Holidays | 0 comments

  The holidays are the busiest time of the year. Some of Orange County’s top restaurants are preparing delicious menus for your family to enjoy together when dining out on Christmas Eve. Eats Kitchen & Bar 17900 Jamboree Road Irvine, CA (949) 225-6780 eatskitchen.com Wednesday, December 24 from 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, December 25 from 4 – 9 p.m. If you’ve ever wondered what professional chefs make for their own holiday celebrations, now is your time to experience it for yourself at Eats Kitchen & Bar on Christmas Eve, December 24 and Christmas Day, December 25. Eats Kitchen & Bar Executive Chef Jason Montelibano is serving up a remixed family-style menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day featuring a playful combination of favorites you’d see on his table at home. Pair a demi-glaze rib roast with shepherd’s pie...

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Orange County Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Best of OC, Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 15th! Show Dad how special he is by treating him to a relaxing brunch at one of these popular Orange County dining destinations featured in our Father’s Day dining guide. FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach 401 Newport Center Dr., Suite 151 Newport Beach, CA 92660 212.924.1200 www.figandolive.com On Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach and celebrated Executive Chef Pascal Lorange invite Orange County families to celebrate Father’s Day at the 12,000-square-foot olive oil oasis at Fashion Island. Chef Lorange will serve a special three-course prix-fixe brunch ($40*) and dinner ($52*) menus, comprised of signature dishes highlighting flavors from the South of France including: Truffle Mushroom Croquette with cremini mushrooms, parmesan béchamel, and truffle olive oil aioli Crab & Heirloom Tomato with jumbo lump...

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Orange County Mother’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Best of OC, Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  Treat Mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch or dinner at one of these top dining destinations in Orange County. Reservations are highly recommended for all of the restaurants featured in our Mother’s Day Dining Guide. Hilton Anaheim Queen for a Day Mother’s Day Brunch 777 W Convention Way Anaheim, CA 92802 (714) 750-4321 Prego Ristorante 18420 Von Karman Ave. Irvine, CA 92612 949-553-1333 Tuscan-Style Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet $36.95 for adults * $17.95 for children 7-12 * free for 6 years & younger (excluding tax & gratuity) Served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Made-to-Order Omelet Bar Seasonal Insalate Bar Antipasti Freshly Made Pastas Carni Calde Prime Rib Carving Station Italian Pastries Ways & Means 513 E Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92866 (714) 516-1800 In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th, Chefs de Cuisine Benjamin...

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St. Patrick’s Day Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Holidays | 0 comments

 St. Patrick’s day is one of the most festive days to dine out in Orange County. Whether looking for a fun place to have a date night or a place to dine with the family, we have the best guide to dining out on St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County. Family Dining Destination Ruby’s Diner Rubys.com (multiple locations) Ruby’s has a special March Madness Monday dining deal for St. Patrick’s Day. Families can order 2 classic RubyBurgers with fries plus your choice of 2 classic shakes for $19.99. (Cannot be combined with any other offer) Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar LazyDogRestaurants.com (multiple locations) Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is a fun family dining destination for St. Patrick’s Day where families can even bring along their four-legged family member! On St. Patrick’s Day, they will feature Half & Half ($5.95-$7.50)...

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Slapfish Introduces Fish Fridays for Lent

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Dining News, Holidays | 0 comments

  Starting on Wednesday, March 5th, many families will be seeking meatless dining options on Fridays throughout Lent. Slapfish Chef Andrew Gruel has developed a large variety of dining options for guests looking for healthy and sustainable dining options during Lent. “Because our menu focuses on the freshest seafood in a series of unique and flavorful dishes, we have become a destination for celebrating the Lenten season,” explained Chef Gruel, who offers something for every diner, from simply grilled fish to his signature lobster roll. “Our entire menu is perfect for those who observe Lent, but I will be having fun with weekly specials to keep things fresh and interesting.” Slapfish recently introduced new dishes that feature the freshest fish, grilled simply – from salads to a Grilled Fish & Chips as an alternative to their popular traditional option....

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Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Best of OC, Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..” Spoil the one that you love on Valentine’s Day at one of these romantic dining destinations in Orange County. Our Valentine’s Day dining guide is designed to help make planning your special night easy. The Resort at Pelican Hill 22701 Pelican Hill Road South Newport Coast, CA 92657 February “For the Love of Food” Culinary Academy Food is one way to the heart, and Pelican Hill invites you to celebrate your appreciation of everything epicurean with your loved ones this winter. In a luxurious Villa kitchen, the Resort’s chefs du cuisine lead hands-on preparation courses with wine pairings every Thursday evening in February. $175* per person per class, including wine pairings. Limited to 14 guests per class. Reservations are required and may be arranged by calling 800-820-6800. Thursday,...

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Family New Year’s Eve Dining Celebration at The Melting Pot

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for a family-friendly dining event on New Year’s Eve in Orange County? The Melting Pot is hosting a fun New Year’s Eve celebration that is perfect for families to have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve dinner. Families will “Roar into 2014” with their Great Gatsby-style celebration happening from 5pm to 11pm on Tuesday, December 31st. There will be a special menu featuring savory fondue and complimentary sparking wines. After enjoying a complimentary sparkling wine or cider toast, guests will get to take home their Melting Pot champagne flute as a keepsake from the event. Guests are encouraged to come dressed up for the event, and the families that comes to the party in the best costume has a chance to win a $100 Melting Pot gift certificate. There will be raffle prizes for gift baskets,...

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Late Night New Year’s Eve Soiree

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you planning to ring in the New Year at The Deck on Laguna Beach? Still looking for somewhere to celebrate the New Year in Orange County? The Deck on Laguna Beach has made some exciting changes to their New Year’s Eve Celebration for locals looking for the ultimate place to ring in the New Year with their late night New Year’s Eve Soiree. Where else would be better to celebrate the beginning of 2014 than just steps from the sparkling crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean? The ocean breeze will be the ultimate New Year’s Eve kiss at The Deck on Laguna Beach with their “Late Night Soiree.” The event has changed to now start at 10pm until 1:30am on Tuesday, December 31st. Starting at 10pm, come celebrate the glitz and glamour at The Deck with appetizers,...

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Ocean Vodka Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Holidays, Recipes | 0 comments

  Ocean Vodka has released its featured holiday cocktail recipes, perfect for every occasion this holiday season. Created by their own Ocean mixologists, we share these with aloha and holiday cheer from their home island of Maui…to your home. Ocean Vodka is 100% certified USDA Organic, gluten-free, made on Maui and the only vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water, sourced from a depth of 3,000 feet off the Kona Coast of the Island of Hawaii. Ocean Vodka Caramel Splash 1½ oz Ocean Vodka 1 oz Godiva Caramel Liqueur ½ oz Simple Syrup Drizzle caramel down the inside of a chilled martini glass. Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass. Ocean Vodka Chocolate Martini 1½ oz Ocean Vodka ½ oz Godiva Chocolate...

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea with The Ensaymada Project

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Holidays | 1 comment

  The holidays are a time for giving and sharing special treats, so this year, give your family, friends, colleagues and clients the gourmet gift of artisan ensaymadas. These old world pastries, a Filipino staple at Christmas, have been a delicacy for nearly four centuries. Now, the Newport Beach-based Ensaymada Project brings us a modern version with a dozen sweet and savory flavors. The Ensaymada Project was started by Chari and Ramon Reyes who grew up with the delicious pastries, along with their friends Bill and Molly Bracken, known respectively as a former chef and hotel manager at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and other local restaurants and hotels. The light and buttery ensaymada dough is rolled out by hand then “snailed” into a fluted baking cup, and later frosted or topped with the highest quality ingredients. The cupcake-sized treats...

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Limited Tickets Left For The Deck on Laguna Beach NYE Celebration

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  The Deck on Laguna is going to be one of the hottest places to spend New Year’s Eve in Orange County for their “A Roaring Affaire NYE 2014” party. The event is expected to sell-out quickly, and there are just a limited amount of tickets still available for the event. Purchase your tickets online for the entire event, or just select parts of the evening below. Progressive Cocktail Party, Tasting Dinner, & Late Night Soiree with 4 Complimentary Drink Tickets, Starting at 7 P.M. – $299 Per Person – 38 tickets available Couples Ticket to Progressive Cocktail Party, Tasting Dinner, & Late Night Soiree with 4 Complimentary Drink Tickets Per Person, Starting at 7 P.M. – $550.00 For 2 Persons – 19 tickets available (38) Late Night Soiree Only with 4 Complimentary Drink Tickets, Starting at 10 P.M....

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Creating Holiday Memories at Whole Foods Newport Beach

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Breakfast, Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  The holidays are a time for creating memories with the special people in your life. One of my favorite memories as a young child was going to breakfast with Santa with my Grandfather. When I learned that Whole Foods Newport Beach was hosting a breakfast with Santa, I could not wait to start creating the same memories I shared with my Grandfather with my children. When we arrived, the very friendly Whole Foods staff welcomed us, and then guided us to our table. We then enjoyed some healthy pastry items that were available to us before breakfast. While savoring the flavors of our pastries and juice, each person got a personal visit from the store General Manager George Khoury. Mr. Khoury arrived at our table and welcomed us to his store and thanked us for coming to the...

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2013 Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  Enjoy the holidays spending time with those you love instead of in the kitchen this year. Orange County restaurants are offering delicious menus and fantastic take home dining options. Start making your reservations today for one of these top picks from our Orange County Christmas Dining Guide. Sapphire Laguna (Restaurant Dining) 1200 S Coast Hwy #101 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-9888 The three-course, pre-fixe dinner will be served Tuesday, December 24th from 4:30pm to 9:00pm. The menu is priced starting at $58 excluding beverage, tax and gratuity. Appetizer Selections · Spanish Seafood Plate, Octopus Terrine, Potatoes, Pimentón, Tomato-Salt Cod, Raisins, Olives, Pine Nuts · Fuyu Persimmon Salad, Green Kale & Escarole, Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese Fritter, Fennel-Sherry Dressing · Roasted Bone Marrow, Oxtail Marmalade, Herb Salad, Grilled Baguette · Duck Confit Agnolotti, Melted Leeks, Wild Mushroom Broth...

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2013 Orange County New Years Eve Party Guide

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  Ready to ring in the New Year? Wondering where to go? We have the hottest places for you to ring in the New Year in Orange County with our New Years Eve Dining Guide. Have a swanky evening out on the town in Orange County celebrating with new friends and old. The Melting Pot Brea 375 W. Birch Street (714) 671-6000 The Melting Pot Irvine 2646 Dupont Drive (949) 955-3242 “Roar into 2014,” a nostalgic and decadent Great Gatsby-style celebration, held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31st. “Roar into 2014” will feature a festive evening with a set menu of savory fondues and complimentary sparkling wines that will get toes tapping. For the special occasion, enjoy a sinfully-delicious cocktail menu, including: Speakeasy Smash, Swanky Doll, Bootleg Bramble, Sparkling Sidecar and Debonair Derby. Guests will...

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Restaurant Gift Card Holiday Specials (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Best of OC, Featured, Giveaways, Holidays | 11 comments

  Looking for a last minute holiday gift? Having trouble deciding what to give the person who has everything? A gift card to their favorite restaurant is sure to bring a smile to anyone this holiday season. We have a list of all the restaurant gift card holiday specials this year, and an exciting giveaway! The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar http://www.thewineryrestaurant.net $50 bonus with $300 and $100 bonus with $500 through Dec 30th Slapfish www.slapfishrestaurant.com $10 bonus $100 through Dec 23rd Bruxie http://bruxie.com $5 bonus card (valid 2014) with every $50 through end of year. Islands www.islands.com Until December 29, Islands Restaurants is offering a $5 bonus card with every $25 in gift card purchases. Buy a gift, receive a little something for yourself. The bonus cards can be redeemed in January and can be spent on anything...

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Ring in The New Year at The Deck in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Events, Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  Ring in the New Year in style at The Deck and The Bungalows “A Roaring Affaire NYE 2014” Gatsby Inspired cocktail party. The New Year will start with a Progressive Cocktail Party, followed by a Tasting Dinner and Late Night Soiree. The event will begin starting at 7pm on December 31st until 1:30am on January 1, 2014!! Laguna Beach Rings in the New Year in Style at The Deck and Bungalows “A Roaring Affaire NYE 2014” includes: 7-10 p.m. – Cocktail Party & Tasting Dinner at The Bungalows The Bungalows will hold a highly-fashionable progressive cocktail party dinner. Guests are encouraged to celebrate in style in their finest Gatsby attire. Live acoustical music will be playing as guests experience sophisticated sips and tantalizing tastes before the Soiree begins under the tent at The Deck. 10 p.m. – 1:30...

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ARC Traditional Goose Holiday Dinner

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Featured, Holidays | 0 comments

  ARC Chef Noah Blom is adding a traditional Goose dinner to the holiday menu at ARC Restaurant. The dinner, which will feature a whole-roasted goose, will pay homage to Blom’s mentor, the late-Chef Hans Prager, who offered an annual Goose Dinner at his Newport Beach restaurant, The Ritz. ARC Holiday Goose Dinner Coal Roasted Goose…black pepper. honey. mustard. caraway. coriander. Black Iron Potato “dumpling”…smashed yukon. cream. nutmeg. Charred Red Cabbage… goose stock. duck fat. lemon. Fire Roasted Apple…almond. goat cheese. chervil. To complement all ARC menu offerings, ARC Bar Chef Koire Rogers offers a fresh, innovative cocktail menu that showcases housemade syrups and bitters, along with locally sourced artisanal ingredients. ARC’s bar program showcases a menu of house cocktails that embody the core approach to craft libations, as well as a selection of spicy beverages meant to provide...

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Whole Foods Breakfast with Santa

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Dining News, Events, Holidays | 0 comments

  The North Pole has informed Whole Foods Market Newport Beach that Santa Claus will be making a stop here to enjoy a breakfast with us and to jot down everyone’s wish list! Join them for this beloved holiday tradition and create fond memories with your family and friends. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their lead elf will pop in and chat with each and every one of you. Festivities include sumptuous breakfast feast full of holiday cheer, photograph with Santa Claus, and festive crafts at your table. P.S. Parents can enjoy some adult holiday cheer with Mimosas and Bloody Marys ( for an additional charge.) When: Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2013 Time: 9 :00 am- 11:00 am Where: Whole Foods Market Newport Beach 415 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA Cost:$ 10.00 per person RSVP:...

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Brunch with Santa at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Dining News, Events, Holidays, Mexican | 0 comments

 Ho.Ho.Ho! Santa and his reindeer’s are making a stop at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar on Sunday, December 15th from noon to 3pm. Your family is invited to come celebrate the holidays at this festive brunch with Santa at the Rancho Santa Margarita location. Guests will enjoy delicious classic dishes, breakfast favorites and photo opportunities with Santa! When: Sunday, December 15th Time: Noon to 3pm Location: Mi Casa Restaurant & Bar 22322 El Paseo Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca 92688 Reservations:...

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