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An all-new McCormick & Schmick’s in Anaheim

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Dining News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Recently McCormick & Schmick’s celebrated the unveiling of its remodel at its Anaheim Garden Walk location. Guests were treated to an evening of music, cocktails and wine, bite sized appetizers, seafood, a dessert bar, sliders, and a fish station by hosts Executive Chef Stephen Rodriguez and General Manager Isbhak Vasquez Garcia. Our evening began with their Perfect Cosmo and a glass of cab. Good start right? Join us as my friend, Keli and I nosh our way through a variety of hors d’ouvres, seafood, and desserts including: Tomato and basil bruschetta Shaved beef and arugula crostini Mushroom and goat cheese crostini  Tuna tartar with microgreens in mini waffle cones Fried oysters Sliders Seafood Assorted desserts including a chocolate cup filled with mouse and berries McCormick & Schmick’s is open daily serving lunch and...

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Del Taco Introduces Handcrafted Ensaladas (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 11 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The one thing that keeps us coming back to Del Taco is their commitment to offering their guests food made with fresh ingredients. When I heard that they were introducing some new handcrafted Ensaladas, I couldn’t wait to stop in and try one for lunch. The best part – they are all less than 600 calories with salad dressing. The salads are made to order (not pre-made) and features a fresh lettuce blend, hand sliced avocado, pico de gallo and freshly made tortilla chips. The new featured salads include: Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad: features freshly grilled marinated chicken, fresh sliced Hass avocado, crispy hand-chopped bacon, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, and fresh house-made tortilla chips atop a mix of fresh crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce. Served with new cilantro...

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Burntzilla: Two Food Trucks Collide and make a Home in Irvine

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in American, Asian, Best of OC, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest I love truck food.  Where else can you try the most amazing gourmet food at half the cost?  I have never been into the food truck culture of waiting for hours in line or following their every move on my phone, which means I miss out on a lot of good food.   If there is an event and I happen to be there I try every truck out knowing that it will be a long time before my next feast.  Now if I were a genie of sorts, I would create a situation where food trucks would have stationary home and I could go there whenever I wanted to feast in their magic.  Abracadabra Kalamazam may I present to you Burntzilla!!! Located in a strip mall on the corner of Culver and Walnut in...

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Tasting Huntington Beach This Sunday

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Looking for some foodie fun this weekend? Join in the deliciousness this Sunday, April 26th at The Taste of Huntington Beach where you can nosh on foods from local restaurants and partake in tastings from premier wineries and breweries while contributing to The Children’s Department of the Huntington Library. As hosts of the event, The Friends of the Children’s Library and the Huntington Beach Restaurant Association have helped The Taste raise over $435,000 for the cause since 2002. With the purchase of your General Admission ticket you will taste foods from over 50 of Huntington Beach’s favorite restaurants including Solita Tacos & Margaritas, Bondi Grill House, Mahé, Slater’s 50/50, Pizza Lounge, Watertable at the Hyatt HB, The Red Table, Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, Duke’s, Gallagher’s Pub and Grill to name only a few. You’ll taste wines form...

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Just in Time for Summer Krispy Kreme Introduces Summer Doughnuts

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Krispy Kreme is introducing three new campfire-inspired treats perfect for camping in the mountains, or camping out on the couch. The new OREO® Dirt Cake Doughnuts, S’mores Doughnuts and Honey Bee Doughnuts are available now through May 17, 2015 at participating Krispy Kreme® US locations. While supplies last. OREO® Dirt Cake Doughnut: Krispy Kreme has created this eye-catching and delicious yeast doughnut filled with a blend of Kreme™ filling and OREO® cookie crumbles, dipped in milk chocolate and topped with OREO® cookie crumbles and a gummy candy worm. S’mores Doughnut:A new twist on a familiar camping treat, this yeast doughnut is filled with a blend of toasted marshmallow Kreme™ filling, dipped in milk chocolate, topped with a blend of graham cracker crumbles and chocolate chips, and finished with a white icing drizzle. Honey Bee Doughnut: Have no fear....

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Bruxie’s Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken Menu

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Bruxie My family and I love Bruxie! Last weekend, we were invited to try their new Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken items. My teenage son had the Bruxie Buffalo Bleu Sandwich – with the chicken smothered in buffalo sauce, and topped with crispy slaw and crumbled bleu cheese. The chicken was juicy and tender, and the waffle very light and crispy. I had a bite of it too, and as the manager recommended, this item was the tastiest of the three! We shared the Buffalo Chicken Tenders – served on a bed of their signature waffle fries, with a side of slaw and bleu cheese dipping sauce. Four big tender pieces of chicken, all nice and hot, with the fries and their chunky slaw makes a good-sized meal. I had the Kickin’ Chicken Salad –...

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Los Angeles Hidden Gem: The Stocking Frame

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Featured, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  My sister, Shan and I love going up to L.A. Especially when there’s potential for a great meal to be had. It’s a neverending quest. Not that there’s any shortage of great food in L.A. but finding it where you want it, when you want it, isn’t always easy in a spread out city like L.A. when you’re an outsider. Case in point, we’ve found ourselves on more than one occasion trying to find that elusive great place that’s somewhat relaxed, close to USC where my niece Madi is attending college, with food that’s tasty and casual yet creative… and we have struggled. This is a problem! When we go out, Madi expects us to have our plan nailed down. We have years of great memories dining around L.A. We are her food people and the bar has...

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An Inside Look into the upcoming OC Restaurant Week

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Orange County Foodies, mark your calendars for March 1 – 7 and start making your reservations! The Orange County Restaurant Association is celebrating its seventh year of OC Restaurant Week. Over 100 participating restaurants are creating prix-fixe menus for this annual event at $10, $15 and $20 for lunch and $20, $30, $40 and $50 for dinner, depending on the restaurant. What a perfect opportunity to dine at your favorite place or try out that restaurant that’s been on your list while taking advantage of great prices. Last week we got a glimpse of just a few of this year’s participants at an event hosted at The Sub-Zero Wolf showroom in Costa Mesa. Fig & Olive in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island showcased a sampling of several dishes including: Maro Wood Grill in...

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The Market Restaurant at Villa del Palmar Resort in Loreto Mexico

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Featured, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort When visiting the Villa del Palmar Resort at the Islands of Loreto, The Market Restaurant is one of the most kid-friendly restaurants at the resort. The casual buffet style restaurant has a wide variety of options to satisfy every culinary desire of your family members. There is the option of dining with cool ocean breezes on the outdoor patio or inside the air-conditioned restaurant. Dinner is from 6-10:30pm with live entertainment on select evenings. We dined at The Market restaurant during our stay and enjoyed a wide variety of culinary fare while entertained with live music and dancing on the outdoor patio. It was a fun and festive family environment where guests were invited to embrace the culture through music, dancing and cuisine. At the buffet, there was a taco bar,...

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Top Chef No Kid Hungry Benefit Event

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge will host its first exclusive Chef Dinner prepared by Top Chef New Orleans star contestants Chef Shirley Chung and Chef Nina Compton benefitting No Kid Hungry. This fierce female duo is coming together to present an incredible menu for two seatings per night on Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th. Chef Shirley and Chef Nina will present a seven-course collaborative menu. Each chef will present three courses inspired by their competition dishes on Top Chef Season 11. The dinner will culminate with Twenty Eight’s noted Black & White Dessert. The dinner will feature two seatings from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and again from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each night on Wednesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 26th. Tickets for the Top Chef Duo Dinner are priced at $188 per guest...

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Juice It Up! Opening New Huntington Beach Location

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 I Huntington Beach is getting a little healthier this month with the addition of an all-new Juice It Up! location opening mid-late December of 2014. The popular juice bar destination will feature fresh squeezed raw juices, real fruit smoothes and handcrafted acai bowls. The Huntington Beach location will be located at the Huntington Beach Promenade at 21008 Beach Blvd. Get ready to start juicing surf city families….and stay tuned for the official opening date on the blog or at...

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Bacchus Bar & Bistro… From Wine Store to Wine Bar

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Reviews, Uncategorized, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Bacchus I am all about outdoor dining, but once it starts getting dark before 5:00 I start craving a darker warm, cozy atmosphere to meet friends for a few bites and enjoy a glass of wine. My friend Janice and I have discovered a perfect place to do just that… Bacchus Bar and Bistro in Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine. Though I have been to Quail Hill many times I never realized there is a wine bar tucked into the corner. It’s been there for years. How could I have missed it? Well, to be fair until more recently it was a wine store with a space for wine tasting. Now though it has been completely redesigned into a warm, casually elegant wine bar, lounge and bistro. And under the management of...

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Celebrating Back-to-School at French’s Pastry

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Bakery, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It has been a tradition since I was a child to visit to French’s Pastry for a special back-to-school treat. After all the pressures of meeting new friends, getting settled in a new classroom and adjusting to the new schedule, my mom would always take me to French’s for my favorite sweet treat. Now that I am a mom, I share this tradition with my children. After a busy first week of school, the kids got released early on Friday, and I took them to French’s Pastry. They still act surprised when I pull into the parking lot after all these years of taking them to the bakery at the beginning of the school year. This year was extra special because thanks to Groupon, the kids were able to get $30 worth of treats to enjoy throughout the...

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Five Best Wines to Gift This Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Finding the perfect bottle of wine for the hostess of your next holiday event can always be a challenge. We have all found ourselves staring at the long rows of wine bottles in the store wondering what would be the best bottle to give as a gift. The Wine of the Month Club has offered the five best wines, and tips to find the perfect bottle of wine for your holiday hostess, boss or family member this holiday season. 1.) Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2.) Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 3.) Sassicaia Super Tuscan 4.) Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon 5.) The Prisoner What should you look for when selecting wine as a gift? If you are not comfortable in selecting wine as a gift, rely on the store owner or purchaser of the wines (if a chain store) to make...

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Ways & Means Welcomes Guests for Lunch

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The hottest new restaurant in Old Towne Orange, has recently began welcoming guests for lunch. There are affordable lunch options with the choice of a two-course meal for $21 or three-course meal for $26, and select from a bounty of items from Chef Conrad Gallagher, including appetizers like Warm Goat Cheese Bruschetta with wild arugula, confit tomato, and aged balsamic vinaigrette, or Katafi-Style Shrimp Cakes; mains such as Posh Fish and Chips served with skinny fries, tartar sauce, and mushy peas, or a Tuna Tartare Burger with Asian coleslaw and wasabi-mango mayonnaise; and desserts including Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie with chocolate chip ice cream and shaved white chocolate. A la carte items from the menu are also available for order. Ways & Means will be serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. They are located at...

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Total Wine and More Sparkling Wine and Champagne Tasting

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It is time to make your first toast of the Holiday season at the Total Wine and More Sparkling Wine and Champagne Tasting event on November 7th. Find the perfect bottle of bubbly to serve to your guests this holiday season at this educational, and fun event. This tasting seminar will help guests find the ideal sparkling wine or Champagne to match their palate, as well as their budget. Guests will taste eight sparkling wines at the event, including Crémant de Bourgogne, and four stunning selections from Champagne, France including elegant Grand Cru selections. The event will be held at all California Total Wine & More stores, including Redondo Beach, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Roseville, Sacramento (Arden), Folsom, Laguna Hills, Brea, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Palm Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga. The sparkling wine and Champagne tasting is only $25 per...

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OC Brew Ha Ha features Food, Beer, and Entertainment on September 7th

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  OC Brew Ha Ha attendees will enjoy wonderful entertainment at the 4th annual event as new that The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen will present a special live performance by the iconic band Reel Big Fish.   OC Brew Ha Ha takes place on Saturday, September 7 where over 70 award-winning breweries will be showcasing craft and import beers in support of the Orange County Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund.  This event brings a good cause together with great food and amazing entertainment with unique beer-parings and cuisines from local restaurants and food trucks. Amidst the 175 beers being poured, the event also features a new collaboration beer called the ”OC Brew Ha Ha Hop Monster”.  Developed by three of OC’s favorite breweries Bootleggers Brewing, Tustin Brewing and Cismontane Brewing, this one time release will be available at OC Brew Ha Ha, on...

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The OC Greek Festival is Here

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Dining News, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The OC Greek Festival is officially here this weekend in Orange County. Tomorrow, the family friendly festival will be open in Anaheim from noon to 10pm, and we highly recommend checking it out. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about the Greek culture through food, music, entertainment and fun! The festival is located at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. The event is open to everyone..you don’t have to be Greek to attend. When the kids and I first arrived at the Greek festival today, our first stop was at the food..of course! Raising a tribe of junior foodies, the kids were eager to sink their taste buds into some authentic Greek food. Authentic was exactly what we got with the large selection of killer food. The festival not only includes amazing...

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Savory Spice Shop Healthy Cooking Class

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Events, Gluten-Free, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It’s time to get healthy, just in time for summer at the Savory Spice Shop Healthy Cooking Class on Thursday, May 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The popular Integrative Health Coach and Chef, Lisa Soto will teach how to replace processed sugar by using healthy blends of spices. With the use of the different spices, guests will learn how to create flavorful dishes that their families will love. The menu will include gluten-free options as well. All guests will bring home a dish for their families to enjoy along with the recipes to integrate into their daily menu planning. The cost of the cooking class is $40 per person. Reservations are required by calling 949-717-7776. Sugar-Free Dishes include: o Spring Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette o Halibut with Oregano o Roasted Carrots with Cinnamon Sticks o Lavender Berry Crumble...

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A Free Farrell’s Treat For Military

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Dessert, Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, Farrell’s is saying “thank you” to all Military personnel by offering a free Farrell’s treat. With a valid Military I.D. all men and women who are serving our Country will be given a free all-American Red White and Blue Sundae from May 1st through the 31st. The 2-scoop sundae is filled with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, a cherry, and topped with a mini American flag. Non-military guests can also purchase the sundae for only $6.99. “Farrell’s has great respect and admiration for our Veterans and those currently serving in the Military.” Says Michael Fleming, CEO, Parlour Enterprises, Inc. “The Thank You Sundae is a small token of our appreciation for all they do.” In addition to the free sundae, Farrell’s has teamed up with “A Million Thanks,” (AMillionThanks.org)...

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