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Nekter Juice Bar Opens at South Coast Plaza

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in American, Breakfast, Dining News | 0 comments

  South Coast Plaza is home to a variety of dining possibilities. From quick service favorites to white linen establishments, there are options for most tastes. However, one thing that the plaza didn’t realize they were missing was a juice bar. They had busy espresso bars, bars with extensive beer selections, even one serving housemade vermouth. Yet with the health-conscious society we live in, the inclusion of a spot that served green drinks wasn’t a factor– until now. Located in the same wing as the home stores (on street level, across from Champagnes French Bakery) is the recently launched Nekter Juice Bar. Opening festivities included specials on their beverages, with 15% of sales going to local non-profit Festival of Children. Per founder Alexis Schulze, “Opening at South Coast Plaza is especially wonderful because it gave us the opportunity to...

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Chef Insights on TAPS Fall Menu

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in American, Featured, Reviews, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of TAPS We spent a leisurely evening out on the patio of TAPS Fish House and Brewery, socializing with guests during their annual beer dinner in Brea. This event was not only an excuse to sip a few of their notable drafts, but an opportunity to see Chef Manny Gonzalez extend his creative side in the kitchen. Consisting of an amuse bouche, three courses plus dessert; we’re posting in ascending order of our favorite bites. Chef was also kind enough to provide some insight on each dish. We consider this a “Behind the Dinner” feature. Course Four: Lamb Paella – Baby lamb shank with saffron paired with Pumpkin Ale When we hear the term paella, we typically assume sausage and shellfish. While it may have caught us off guard, it was a seriously hearty...

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Tortilla Republic opens in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  Possessing the right menu may be an important attribute on a restaurant’s list of desirables, but right up there is location. With a coveted address in Laguna Beach, Tortilla Republic set its sights for their third destination (exiting locations include Kauai, Hawaii and West Hollywood). We were fortunate to find a spot in the central structure, since our lack of parallel parking prowess is notorious in this neighborhood. We enter their abode and beeline for the booth with a people-watching view of Pacific Coast Highway, sunshine naturally lighting up the dining room and extensive bar. Dimly lit lanterns illuminate additional seating below us, their reflection bouncing off a mirrored wall. From a dramatic art installation of ivory rope, to a metal stand used to corral multiple handbags, it’s the details that set them apart. Orange County native Chris...

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