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FREE Ice Cream Day at Häagen-Dazs

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Häagen-Dazs® brand celebrates the grand reopening of its shop in Mission Viejo. Community members are invited to enjoy irresistible creations made with Häagen-Dazs® super-premium ice cream and sorbet during an ice cream lover’s dream event. What: A free scoop of Häagen-Dazs ice cream given to the first 500 guests The chance to win free ice cream for a year ($480 value) Häagen-Dazs Shops’ mascot Coneman in attendance and available for photographs When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: Häagen-Dazs Shop – Upstairs near Macy’s Men’s Store
 608 The Shops at Mission Viejo Mission Viejo, CA...

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Fuego’s Monthly Latin Brunch Series

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Passports are not needed on this Latin American tour, simply pack your taste buds and culinary curiosity as Fuego sets course for a 12-country Latin Brunch Series beginning with Cuba at Hotel Maya on Sunday, January 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live Latin music will accompany each Latin brunch. And if one day in port is not enough, Fuego will offer a food and drink special each month corresponding with the featured country. Throughout January guests will enjoy the Cuban special Lechón Asado with pull pork braised with orange mojo that is served with Moros y Cristianos, a mixture of black bean and rice, along with fried plantains, and Coconut Flan. The Cuban drink of the month is a refreshing Cuba Libre. Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge, offers a unique seaside setting...

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Bluewater Grill Winter Dining Events

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Bluewater Grill is the perfect dining destination for your next date night or to celebrate a special event. This winter, they are offering a variety of dining events that you’ll not want to miss. France vs. Italy: Battle of the European Fish Stews (French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino) (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017). Bluewater kicks-off its 2017 Bluewater Second Tuesday Monthly Tasting Series with a Jan. 10 showdown designed to empower seafoodies to decide which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The $34.95 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato-based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively. (The three-course meal can be ordered throughout January without the wine pairing for the same price.) Seatings start at 6:30pm on Tuesday,...

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iHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes is Back

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The anticipation has been building since fans took to social media last year to beg IHOP® Restaurants to bring back ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes.’ So, to thank loyal Breakfastarians everywhere, today IHOP announced the return of this wildly popular promotion, which lets guests dig into unlimited orders of its freshly made, world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes for a great price* throughout the entire month of January! Just in time to gather family and friends and celebrate the New Year, IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer features a great value on the fluffy, golden pancakes that set the breakfast standard almost six decades ago. After enjoying a full stack of five Buttermilk pancakes – or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and choice of sausage, ham or hickory-smoked bacon –...

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Hotel Irvine Winter Dining Events

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Although the weather outside is chilly, Hotel Irvine offers a warm welcome to travelers and guests who are making it the area’s popular vibrant lifestyle hotel. Guests love gathering at Red Bar and Lounge for Happy Hour – and for prime sporting events viewing – and locals appreciate Marketplace for its easy and affordable “grab-and-go” food. EATS Kitchen & Bar offers contemporary twists on comfort food with a patio and cozy fire for lounging on crisp SoCal winter nights. Here’s what’s new and happening at these favorite Hotel Irvine social gathering spots this coming season: Good EATS Weekend Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EATS Sunday Brunch is packed with so much flavor, another brunch day had to be added. The gastropub now serves brunch on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, complete with classic...

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Newport Beach BBQ Competition Returns

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to welcome the return of the Newport Beach BBQ Competition for a Winter Q & Expo on January 28, 2017 from 12-6 p.m. Fifty (50) professional BBQ teams from across the region will compete to win their share of $10,000 in cash prizes and for the title of Grand Champion. The Newport Beach Winter Q is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned Event and a California BBQ Association (CBBQA) Team of the Year (ToY) approved contest. The Winter Q attracts many of the top BBQ teams in California and the region. Nearly half of the teams registered to compete are rated Top 50 in the CBBQA. Big Poppa Smokers, who is currently #1 in California (CBBQA) and #3 in the nation (KCBS), will be defending his title as Grand Champion. Attendees...

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Lighthouse Bayview Cafe Boat Parade Menu

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  After celebrating its milestone one-year Anniversary on December 9, Lighthouse Bayview Café will continue to celebrate the holiday season during the 108th Annual Newport Beach Boat Parade. Throughout the Boat Parade schedule December 14-18, Lighthouse Bayview Café will offer diners a special 3-course prix fixe menu courtesy of Executive Chef, Ryan Sumner, paired with the perfect view of the parade as it passes through the harbor. The Lighthouse 3-course prix fixe menu starts with a choice of albacore sashimi, garlic hummus or fried calamari with chili orange sauce. Main course selections feature stout beer braised short ribs with wild mushroom and pea polenta, gremolata, pan roasted sole with winter beans and potato puree, or a maple glazed pork chop served with caramelized apple puree, roasted root vegetables and chili apple gastrique. Dessert finishes strong with a choice of...

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Enjoy Cider and Cookies at The Crystal Cove Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Celebrate a true California Christmas on the sand at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove this holiday season. Saturday, December 3 welcomes the 20th Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting and The Beachcomber invites guests to indulge in complimentary hot cider and freshly baked cookies on the date. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner year round, The Beachcomber offers the ideal winter retreat for the perfect meal on the sand. During the month of December, cozy up with the new California Christmas Cocoa, perfect for young ones and the young at heart. The rich creamy cocoa can be served simply hot or chilled over ice. Add a shot of espresso for those needing a pick-me-up or spike it with Bourbon for something extra special. Crystal Cove Alliance’s 20th Annual Tree Lighting on December 3rd offers an entire day of festive...

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$2.99 RubyBurger Day

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Ruby’s Diner welcomes back everyone’s favorite day – Burger Day! On Wednesday, December 7, all Ruby’s Diner locations** will offer the classic RubyBurger with French fries for just $2.99. $1 of each sale will benefit The Ruby Dooby Foundation, kicking off the 35th anniversary celebrations of America’s favorite burger, fries and shakes. Ruby’s Diner celebrates Burger Day twice a year – once in July commemorating the birthday of the Diner’s namesake, Ruby Cavanaugh – then again in December celebrating the company’s anniversary. December 7th Burger Day marks the first of many yearlong events planned in honor of Ruby’s Diner’s 35-year history. “We feel privileged to continue my mother Ruby’s legacy of service and care,” commented Doug Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Ruby’s Diner. “The Ruby Dooby Foundation gives us a platform to give back to the community and...

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The Loft Introduces Weekend Brunch Menu

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Breakfast, Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  After much anticipation, The Loft will introduce Weekend Brunch beginning Saturday, November 19th. Having previously only offered Brunch on select holidays, the Laguna Beach waterfront restaurant will now offer an a la carte menu every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef de Cuisine Michael Campbell presents an elevated menu of brunch-time favorites, alongside unique dishes with interesting twists. Among his new Brunch menu items are Apple & Mascarpone Crepes; Chile Verde with Pork Belly and Sausage; Mortadella Eggs Benedict; and Pastrami Hash with Guajillo Chile and Dill-Pickled Green Tomatoes. Dishes can be paired with breakfast cocktails such as a Blood Orange Mimosa or a Signature Montage Bloody Mary. “The Loft’s picturesque setting makes it the perfect weekend getaway for those wanting to enjoy a relaxing brunch, whether they are Orange County locals or guests...

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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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Darya 30th Anniversary in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Darya, the acclaimed restaurant at South Coast Plaza Village that serves refined Persian cuisine in an elegant setting, is marking its 30th anniversary this month with specials that will delight loyal guests and win over new fans. In an industry where longevity is a hard-earned mark of all-around excellence, Darya (a girl’s name in Farsi that means “sea”) has shined for three decades as a sophisticated yet approachable venue that exemplifies dining as an experience, with family recipes that have created a large and dedicated following. The restaurant, which employs 40, seats 200 guests with an additional 75 capacity for upstairs private dining. On Sunday, Nov. 13, Darya will close the restaurant and host a private party to thank neighbors, loyal clients, local VIPs and vendors for 30 years of support. On Monday, Nov. 14, Darya will roll...

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Anaheim White House ‘Race to the White House’

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  While this election cycle could be characterized as acrimonious, Anaheim White House owner Sir Bruno Serato wants to temper the climate and add a bit of levity. He is urging guests to “Race To The White House” for an exciting and suspenseful week leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Beginning on Tuesday, November 1 and available all week, prix fixe Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump menus will be offered that will allow guests to cast their vote early in support of their favorite candidate. The results will be revealed on election night, Tuesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. when the restaurant holds an Election Night Dinner featuring live coverage of the on several large-screen TVs. Guests 21 and older who show proof they voted will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne (limit one per table). Republican Menu...

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Montage Laguna Beach New Year’s Eve Gala

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach invites guests to ring in the New Year with a special gala celebration to welcome 2017. Starting with an exclusive cocktail reception followed by an intimate three-course meal and live entertainment by The Shadowboxers and special guest, Kenny Loggins, Montage Laguna Beach’s New Year’s Eve gala will be the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends. Begin the evening in the resort’s courtyard with a cocktail reception offering passed hors d’oeuvres, a caviar station and an artisan cheese and charcuterie gallery while DJ #Whosethatgirl kicks off the entertainment for the night. Following the cocktail reception, a plated three-course meal curated by Executive Chef, Rob Wilson will be served with highlights including handpicked wine pairings, Foie Gras Au Torchon on a buttered brioche and a Snake River Farms Kobe striploin. The evening concludeswith a decadent...

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The New House of Blues Opening in Anaheim

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The new House of Blues Anaheim – the first new House of Blues to be built in the U.S. in a decade – is set to open March 2017 – and will kick off a yearlong 25th anniversary of legendary music halls and restaurants. The first House of Blues opened in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, in November 1992. Opening 25 years later the new House of Blues Anaheim will represent the ultimate House of Blues experience, combining the best of the past with the most advanced technologies of the future. House of Blues Anaheim combines 44,000 square feet of space, more than twice the size of the former location, with live music in four unique entertainment spaces all under one roof. The main concert hall will welcome up to 2,200 concert goers yet still maintain the intimate...

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The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival is Back

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The producers of the acclaimed Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival proudly present the 5th Annual Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival at the Anaheim Phoenix Club on Saturday, December 10 from 12-4 p.m. Tickets for Brew Ho Ho annually sell out and are currently available atwww.ocbrewhoho.com. A portion of the proceeds for this year’s Brew Ho Ho will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire. The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival is one of the largest Holiday Craft Beer Festivals in Southern California and has been deemed the unofficial OC Brewers’ Holiday Party. This year’s event will feature a line-up of over 90 craft beers from the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond. Back by popular demand, the anticipated annual Brewery Merchandise Expo returns offering guests a one-stop shopping...

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Bluewater Grills Boston-inspired Holiday Event

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  Back by popular demand, Bluewater Grills in Orange County are reprising their famous New England-inspired holiday offering and advice to seafood lovers in California and Arizona looking for something unique this time of year: Stuff the Lobster Instead of the Bird! Getting an early start on the season, Bluewater Grills in Newport Beach and Tustin, Calif., will serve a signature, sustainably harvested version of Holiday Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster in November and December. To encourage Bluewater Grill customers to vote on Nov. 8, the Second Tuesday Tasting celebration for November is being moved back to Nov. 15 for this month only. Stuffed Maine Lobster is a classic family feast that originated in Boston-area seafood restaurants and has since become a cherished New England holiday tradition. The festivities kick-off with a Nov. 8 tasting event at both restaurants featuring...

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Veteran’s Day Free Appetizer at OC Luna Grill Locations

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  As part of the company’s ongoing “We Salute Your Service” campaign, Luna Grill is offering a free appetizer on Friday, November 11 to any active duty, retired or reserve member of the armed forces at all locations. Service members simply show a valid military ID and receive a free appetizer on November 11 as a thank you from the team at Luna Grill. The one-day giveaway is part of Luna Grill’s ongoing campaign to support our military with a 10% discount all year long to anyone with a military ID. On Veteran’s Day, service members can choose from a number of traditional Mediterranean appetizer items ($4.50 max value), including: Hummus (traditional or spicy) Falafel Feta Chips Stuffed Grape Leaves Seasoned or Sweet Potato Fries “We are so proud of our military community and are always looking for ways...

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My Favorite Things at the Newport Wine and Food Festival

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Best of OC, Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the events I most look forward to each Fall as a food blogger, is the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. And although I was not able to go both days this year, I was fortunate to be able to make it for several hours on the last day, a Sunday. This is the third year of this event and the third year I’ve attended. And it seems to get better and better each year. This outdoor festival, held on the grounds of Newport’s Civic Center, makes the most of the beautiful weather October brings and offers an elegant setting to taste wines, spirits, and beers while sampling creative dishes prepared by some of the area’s best chefs, all the while listening to live jazz. One of my favorite...

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Anaheim White House Wine & Paint Event

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Dining News, Events | 0 comments

  The Anaheim White House will become a mecca for budding artists when the restaurant hosts Canvas and Wine on Tuesday November, 1 2016 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Guests will be invited to express their creativity on their own canvases (paint brush and paints also will be furnished) and enjoy four wine tastings and heavy hors d’ouevres. The $55 per person event will benefit Caterina’s Club, a nonprofit that helps “motel kids” and their families who are forced to live in cramped, crime-ridden motels. The event is being presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of So Cal. Pinots Palette is donating the canvases, paints and services of the instructor. The Anaheim White House is situated in a historic national landmark mansion dating to 1909. The Italian Steak House offers a varied menu, extensive wine list, unparalleled service...

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