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Weekly Taco Feature ‘WTF’ at Who Song & Larry’s

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Events, Mexican | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We recently had the chance to attend Who Song & Larry’s in Orange for their Weekly Taco Feature or “Wednesday, Thursday, Friday” also known as WTF. We know what you were thinking, but we’re a family blog site, and we keep it clean. Remember we love taco’s, so it was a perfect fit! It’s a very fun promotion with two new taco features introduced weekly at Who Song & Larry’s. A familiar chef favorite of ours who you’ve heard us talk about before, Chef Johannes, creates two new taco’s each week for all to try. His creativity in the kitchen, the flavors that he pairs together is fabulous, and we love his “I have an idea, let’s try it” approach to giving us a taco we’ve never tasted before. This week’s...

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Trejo’s Tacos Family Friendly Restaurant Opens in La Brea

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Dining News, Mexican | 0 comments

  Actor Danny Trejo, who loves playing the bad guy in movies, he says, “because the bad guy always dies…the bad guy always loses and the good guy always wins. It’s the one thing movies and real life see eye-to-eye on.” Dying in movies takes a certain kind of skill. Having food that kills takes a completely different kind of skill to pull off. Early indications are that Trejo and his business partner Ash Shah have indeed pulled it off with Trejo’s Tacos, at 1048 South La Brea, which celebrates its opening. Jeff Georgino is also a partner in Trejo’s Tacos. “Ash produced all of my movies in the Bad Ass film franchise. On set, we always ate and talked about great food,” says Trejo. “Working on Ash’s set meant you never went hungry.” Nor will one go hungry...

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Where’s the Beef? It’s at Del Taco

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Craving a little protein? Del Taco has you covered with the addition of their delicious new carne asada menu items. The minute we heard about the new menu additions, we couldn’t wait to plan lunch at our local Del Taco. There are three new menu items featuring their mouthwatering carne asada: epic carne asada burrito, carne asada fries, and the carne asada street taco. Our favorite of the three is the carne asada fries. It was love at first bite for all of my kids as they devoured their favorite Del Taco fries topped with beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheese and carne asada. The appetizer is better than nachos, and I recommend ordering more than one serving. While the kids enjoyed the carne asada fries, it was the street taco that...

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El Torito’s Cantina Nights

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Dining News, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue We recently had the pleasure of attending El Torito Grill in Irvine and sampling their new Cantina Menu. We’re here to tell you, you’re in for a nice surprise! Introducing a fresh fun menu and another new concept, First Friday’s each month. We can’t wait to return! If you’re feeling spicy and thirsty, try the Pica de Sandia; a watermelon purée with red pepper tequila, a squeeze of lime and agave nectar. Mmm, sure sounds good, right? Also featured is a Mezcal Y Spicy Mango; with tequila, mescal, mango purée, muddled jalapeño and squeeze of lime. You’ll find several other beverages; these were some of our favorites, we tend to enjoy a spicy fusion cocktail. As we sipped our drinks, the cantina had created a cozy environment; fire burning and a...

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Sol Cocina Introduces New Fall Menu

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Mexican | 0 comments

 SOL Cocina Executive Chef Deborah Schneider introduces a new menu of fall favorites to her widely celebrated menu of Baja-inspired cuisine. The new menu features fall’s freshest ingredients highlighted by Chef Deb’s own house-made Blue Corn Masa, which is presented in her new Blue Corn Gordita, a popular street food in Mexico that features a thick tortilla, patted out by hand. Blue Corn is an ancient strain of corn commonly used in the area around Mexico City. The new Shortrib Taco on Blue Corn Gordita, as a whole, is a fairly simple dish that is quintessentially Mexican, from the Blue Corn Masa, all the way to the Red Chile Salsa, a street taco classic that is served with call kinds of meat. Other noteworthy dishes put the spotlight on Mexican Shrimp Season with grilled Agave-Chile Shrimp featured in a...

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Healthy Family Dining at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  We were recently invited to Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill to hear about their restaurants in Orange County into Ventura as well as the future location in Portland, Oregon. Featuring both existing menu items as well as some tasty new dishes. Sharky’s launched in 1992 featuring a healthier spin on mexican food. Many of us are conscientious about what we put into our bodies so it was refreshing to know of another local choice that keeps it real. They use fresh ingredients with all natural chicken, beef, wild caught salmon, organic local greens & GMO free corn & oil; yes! Patrons can feel good about what they are eating and putting into their bodies with their menu items & we love that they search out vendors and consult with cooks to create a healthy eating experience. We tried a...

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Lucha Libre Taco Shop in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Mexican, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

  Where is the coolest place to have tacos in Southern California? Lucha Libre Taco Shop! While I was in San Diego for the weekend with the kiddos, I wanted to take them somewhere fun for lunch. With all the hype surrounding this popular taco joint, I decided to bring them to Lucha Libre for lunch. Parking was not easy to find with the restaurant being located right next to a freeway entrance, but that didn’t stop us from finally scoring a spot. Once we had battled the parking challenge came the next challenge of waiting in a line that wrapped around the corner of the building. Just when I thought my kids were going to completely melt down, we finally made it inside to place our order, and realized that it was worth the wait. It was indeed...

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Urbana: Anaheim Packing District’s Newest Gem

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Urbana It’s been awhile since I’ve headed up to Anaheim’s Packing District, the trendy food hall that opened in 2014. It’s not that I don’t enjoy many of the unique small restaurants there, but living in San Clemente, it’s a haul to drive for a casual meal. Last week’s opening of Urbana gave me a good excuse to make the trek for lunch though. And boy, am I glad I did. Arriving at noon on the dot, I was just ahead of the lunch crowd and had my pick of seating. I went for a table next to the bar with a full view of the restaurant. The décor is what I will call, “urban dia de los muertas” with artist Samir Evol’s murals figuring prominently in Urbana’s atmosphere. This cozy, colorful, creative...

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Authentic Mexican Food at El Rinconcito in Redding

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Featured, Mexican, Travel | 0 comments

  While spending a couple of days in Redding this summer, we couldn’t decide where to go for dinner. There were so many restaurant choices in the Redding area, with all of them having raving online reviews. There was one restaurant that stood out to us the most, so we made the choice to go to El Rinconcito for authentic Mexican food. I drove past the restaurant at least twice before realizing it was tucked away behind a local gas station in a car repair and liquor store parking lot. Since I was traveling alone with my three children, I was nervous about going into a restaurant that was so hidden from the street, but all the raving online reviews couldn’t have steered us wrong. When we walked into the small restaurant, we were immediately greeted by the family...

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Chef Deb’s Seafood Shines At Sol Cocina

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Mexican, Reviews, Seafood | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue When looking through any menu one of the first things that usually catches my eye is fresh seafood. This is especially so as the weather heats up. Just give me a few oysters and some ceviche and I’m a happy camper. To me it’s guilt free indulgence. So, needless to say when Sol Cocina’s Executive Chef, Deb Schneider introduced her new Baja inspired seafood menu at a recent tasting, I was all in. Chef Deb has built a reputation for serving up traditional Baja dishes with her own modern take emphasizing big bold flavors and the freshest of ingredients. And now for those who appreciate a lighter side of dining her new seafood offerings are an exciting and welcome addition to her menu. Says Chef Deb, “With this menu, we’re pulling...

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Epic Things are Happening at Del Taco

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Giveaways, Mexican | 3 comments

 We dined as a guest of Del Taco Del Taco is one of the few places where my family will stop in for fast food. They are committed to using fresh ingredients in all of their food making it a healthier alternative to most fast food restaurants in the area. The menu at Del Taco has had an epic change with the addition of their all-new epic grilled chicken avocado burrito. When I heard the news of the new menu addition, I couldn’t wait to head over to our local Del Taco to find out what all the hype was about. When I unwrapped, the burrito was surprised to six large slices of fresh avocado in the burrito! Under the avocado was a good size helping of chicken, pico de gallo salsa, rice and black beans. It was a...

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Miguel’s Jr. Fans Thrilled About New Tustin Location

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Mexican | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue   Admittedly I am not much of a fast food eater. I’ll crave the occasional In-N-Out Protein Style Cheeseburger with extra pickles, no onion and hold the fries and maybe a grilled fish taco here and there, but that’s pretty much it. So when asked to attend a tasting event at Miguel’s Jr. a quick-serve small chain with roots in the highly regarded and popular Inland Empire restaurant, Miguel’s, founded by Mary Vasquez with her husband Mike in 1975, I was conflicted. While it’s no secret I love to eat, I’m somewhat discriminating on where and how I invest my calorie and even more so carb intake. So when I drove into the parking lot, one of the first things I noticed was a drive-through window. “Bummer.” I thought, “This is...

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Chipotle Becomes the First to use only non-GMO Ingredients

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Dining News, Featured, Mexican | 0 comments

 Chipotle Mexican Grill has achieved its goal of moving to only non-GMO ingredients to make all of the food in its U.S. restaurants – including all of the food at its Asian restaurant concept, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. The company is now actively developing new recipes for its tortillas, which are the only food items on its menu that include any artificial additives. Both initiatives underscore Chipotle’s commitment to serving food made from the very best ingredients. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are crops that have had specific changes introduced to their DNA that don’t occur naturally, using the science of genetic engineering. GMOs are common in the American food system. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 94% of corn and 93% of soybeans grown in this country came from GMO strains in 2014. As a result,...

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Mouthwatering Cuban Food at Porto’s Bakery & Cafe

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  One of my favorite blogger friends is the mastermind behind the popular food blog, My Big Fat Cuban Family. We have spent time talking about Cuban food, and after we had attended the Avengers Age of Ultron press junket, she took me to one of her favorite Cuban restaurants, Porto’s Bakery. My husband and kids were also joining us for lunch, so I texted him our order. Once we found a parking spot, we walked into the incredibly busy restaurant. There was a huge line of people waiting to order and every table in the restaurant was full (and it was not even during lunch hour). Marta had recommended I try the steak sandwich, but my husband accidentally ordered me the steak torta. Even though, he ordered the torta vs. the sandwich…it did not disappoint. The large sandwich...

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Ultimate Mexican Food at Polanco Kitchen & Bar in San Diego

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Polanco Mexican food is our family’s favorite cuisine. We have eaten at almost every Mexican restaurant in Orange County, and we love visiting San Diego because it is known for having some of the best Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico. When we had a recent family staycation in San Diego, we did something that we have never done before when staying in the area and had dinner at the hotel restaurant, Polanco Kitchen & Bar. I’ll be honest..the last place that I thought I would find some of the best Mexican food in San Diego would be in a hotel restaurant until now. Polanco Kitchen & Bar is located inside of the Hilton Mission Valley Hotel that is conveniently located near hotel circle, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Inside the hotel,...

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El Amerikano Celebrates Classic American Dishes With Latin Flair

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in American, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of El Amerikano Last Tuesday evening Chef Konstantine Marougas hosted an event sharing several new dishes at El Amerikano with several local food bloggers and writers. Located next to sister restaurant, Kentro Greek Kitchen in the popular dining and bar area of Downtown Fullerton, El Amerikano, celebrates classic American dishes with a rustic Latin flair. Owner Visili Kotsiovos offers, “The menu is influenced by California’s vibrant and diversified Latin landscape – a blending of cultures and flavors, on a plate.” We were invited to sample a cross section of items from the menu, and the common thread running through each is the use of a variety of ingredients, many of them house-made, melded to create texture, interesting flavors and eye-catching dishes. Chef Konstantine, a graduate of L.A.’s Art Institute, shares “I’m passionate about creating...

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The Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Mexican, Travel | 0 comments

  After spending the morning at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, I treated the kids to lunch at the popular The Prado at Balboa Park restaurant. Normally, this highly sought after restaurant has a long wait time, but we got lucky with getting a seat on the outdoor patio in as little as 20 minutes. The restaurant has one of the most beautiful outdoor dining patios that is perfect for lunch on a warm Spring afternoon. We took our seat and the talked about the wonderful day we have had in the park while looking over the menu. We were all in a meat-eating kind of mood and ended up ordering similar dishes. My two children decided to share the steak panini that came with fried tomatoes, horseradish cheddar, field greens, chimichurri sauce inside of a warm...

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Avila’s El Ranchito 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Featured, Mexican | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Avila’s The last time that I remember dining at the Newport Beach Avila’s El Ranchito location was when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I spent the first part of my childhood growing up in a “beach house” on Lido Isle. When living in the area in the early 80’s, El Ranchito was ‘the place’ to go out to eat with your family on the Peninsula. Parents could have a cocktail ‘or two’ and the kids were fueled up with delicious food, and families could safely walk home. My favorite memory was when my Dad had the courage to drink a tequila with a worm. He did it just to get his name on a plaque on the wall of his favorite restaurant….he loved Avila’s that much!! 40 years later, the...

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Taco Tuesday at Tempo Urban Kitchen

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Events, Mexican | 0 comments

  To complement its menu of global cuisine, Tempo Urban Kitchen has introduced its take on the popular Taco Tuesday with a weekly Taquero Tuesday promotion featuring a taquero dishing out a variety of unique $2 street-style tacos crafted to order from 4 p.m. to close. Guests will have the opportunity to add a selection of fresh ingredients atop made-to-order tacos and the Tempo bar will join in the festivities with select beers for $3. On Taquero Tuesday, guests will be able to order a variety of $2 tacos, including Shrimp, Steak, Chicken Tinga, Short Rib, Pork, Fish, Korean, Veggie, and Ceviche. The special tacos feature proteins prepared using innovative cooking methods and boast exotic ingredients, bringing an unparalleled uniqueness to each taco. Guests will be offered a variety of ingredients to customize their tacos to their exact preference....

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Delicious Mexican Food at Taqueros in San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Taqueros Our absolute favorite cuisine is Mexican food. When I learned that a new Mexican restaurant had recently opened in San Juan Capistrano, I could not wait to bring the family for dinner. Taqueros is a family owned small restaurant in a strip mall just a couple of blocks away from the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. When we walked into the restaurant, we felt like we were at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. It has a relaxed family-friendly ambiance, and all of the tables were full of families enjoying delicious tacos, tortas, and burritos. We placed our order at the counter, took a seat at a high top table, and watched the soccer game while waiting for our food. The one thing that I was most excited to...

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