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Driftwood Kitchen Introduces New Spring Desserts

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

Pastry Chef Rene Baez introduces a new lineup of decadent desserts at Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach. His new after-dinner menu boasts scratch-made sweets composed of artisanal ingredients prepared in-house daily, and complemented with dessert wines and ports. Chef Baez’s new desserts demonstrate a mastery of technique achieved through the balancing of complexity and simplicity. This new lineup of spring desserts is brought to life through the unique textures and bold flavors expressed in each bite. Among his new desserts is a rich Braeburn Apple Brioche served a la mode with a slab of Turkish honeycomb.

“This season presents us with a colorful array of fresh ingredients,” commented Chef Baez who creates the desserts at both Driftwood Kitchen and adjacent concept, The Deck on Laguna…


Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen Hosts 6th Annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen, Brea Downtown's popular dining experience, invites guests to an all-day Cinco de Mayo fiesta, featuring a live Latin band, mariachis and drink specials. On Tuesday, May 5th, starting at 11:30 a.m., guests can enjoy half-priced shots from their vast selection of premium blue agave tequilas, award-winning grande margaritas for $15, or a shot of tequila paired with a beer for $10. In addition, the entire menu will be available including Chef Joe Martinez's signature items, like the Seafood Caldo with Mahi Mahi, shrimp, clams, squid, saffron-tomato broth, herbs, toasted angel hair; Guajillo Braised Short Rib Enchiladas served open-faced with Pasilla chiles, goat cheese, fresh radish, achiote onions, and epazote black beans; and Aquachile with Mahi Mahi, cucumber, lemon juice,…


Ditch the Margarita this Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Kickoff the Cinco celebration with a few margarita alternatives from Hornitos Tequila for those looking to grab the Mexican spirit by the horns – no matter how they prefer their tequila!

Mexican Salute

1 part Hornitos® Plata Tequila

2 parts lemonade

3-4 dashes of green hot sauce

Salt/smoked paprika rim

Preparation: Rim shot glass with salt and smoked paprika. Mix chilled lemonade, chilled Hornitos® Plata and hot sauce in mixing glass and pour into a tall shot glass.

Spicy Cerveza Cocktail

· 1 ½ Parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila

· ⅓ Part Lime Juice

· ⅓ Part Simple Syrup

· 1 Slice Jalapeño

· 4 Parts Mexican Lager

· Salt Rim

Preparation: Muddle jalapeño in a glass with a salted rim, combine…


Celebrate Mother's Day at Pelican Hill

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 11:46am 0 Comments

The Resort at Pelican Hill® celebrates moms from near and far with exquisite epicurean experiences and a luxurious Spa Suite retreat along the coast of Newport Beach. This Mother’s Day, treat mom to the following oceanview offerings available at Southern California’s Tuscan seaside village:

Mother’s Day Weekend Tea

Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10

Delight in the elegance of traditional afternoon tea time in the Great Room, featuring a classical harpist and scenic ocean views. Teas, coffees, sweets, sandwiches and wines by the glass are available as a prix fixe menu from 1 to 5 p.m.

$55* per adult and $25* per child under age 12

Mother’s Day Ballroom Brunch

Celebrate your family’s leading lady with a lovely chef-crafted brunch and spectacular…


New Seafood Discovery Menu at Stonehill Tavern

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point has announced the second phase of Executive Chef Raj Dixit’s acclaimed discovery tasting series with the Tastes of the Ocean Discovery Tasting Menu.

Starting April 24 and running through the end of July, the Tastes of the Ocean discovery menu will thrill food lovers as Chef Raj takes them on a journey down the West Coast, from Pacific Northwest down to California’s Central coast and Baja peninsula. The cooking methods will highlight five different cooking techniques – raw, barely touched, lightly cooked, en vapeur and…


Red Robin Announces New Fresh, Fun Flavors for Spring

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 11:16am 0 Comments

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has spring fever – for light and fresh new menu items, that is! For a limited time only, now through June 14, guests can enjoy Red Robin’s new Spring Chicken Burger, a tasty combination of fire grilled chicken topped with bacon strips, goat cheese, sweet pepper salsa, crunchy onion straws and lettuce, served with roasted garlic aioli on a whole grain bun.

“Our new Spring Chicken Burger captures some of the brightest, freshest flavors of the season,” said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin’s Executive Vice President and Chief Concept Officer. “Guests looking to reawaken their winter-dulled taste buds should head to Red Robin today because it’s only on the menu for a limited time.”…


The Royal Chef Visits OC

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 21, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

The British American Business Council Orange County will be celebrating BritWeek 2015 (an annual event that celebrates creativity and innovation between Britain and California) with a special celebration of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of a philanthropic event. The dinner gala will be held on board the Hotel Queen Mary, Long Beach on Saturday May 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Special guest at the gala is Darren McGrady, former Royal Chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry. Chef McGrady will be preparing dinner for attendees and sharing stories of his days at the royal palaces and on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

The event will begin with a champagne…


Ketchup’s Got a New Mustard

Posted by OCfoodies on April 17, 2015 at 8:41am 0 Comments

Heinz, the ketchup maker, wants to be your favorite mustard, too. Heinz is launching a new, better-tasting yellow mustard than it’s ever offered before at retailers nationwide for the first time. Heinz will unveil a 360 advertising campaign today, “Ketchup’s Got a New Mustard”, touting Heinz Ketchup’s new main squeeze: 

“Our Yellow Mustard launch is unprecedented for Heinz and for the mustard category,” said Eduardo Luz, President of Heinz North America. “Heinz is America’s Favorite Ketchup, and we’re aiming to become America’s favorite mustard, too. We want people to love their yellow mustard as much as they love our ketchup.”

Using 100% natural ingredients, including stone-ground mustard seeds and a secret blend of spices and vinegar, Heinz’ new yellow mustard recipe delivers a perfect balance of flavor and tang. The national launch of this…


Denny's Transforms Classic Dishes with Bold, New Spring Flavors

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 14, 2015 at 2:15pm 0 Comments

This spring, Denny’s is putting a spin on traditional diner flavors with its new limited-time “Denny’s With a Twist” menu. Available now, the new menu features a sweet and spicy twist on comfort-food favorites, offering guests a bold, new take on classics with the Red, White & Blue Slam®, Sriracha Spicy Super Chick’n and Banana Bread French Toast Slam®.

“Familiar diner flavors, great value and a warm welcome is what keeps our guests coming back to America’s Diner,” said John Dillon, @DillonJohnW, chief marketing officer for Denny’s. “Along with our much-loved heritage, we’re also known for our ability to adapt to the times…


Hot Dogs for Homeless is Coming to Orange County

Posted by Avery Bressler on April 13, 2015 at 11:16am 0 Comments

Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest Hot Dog chain, has teamed up with Skate For Change, a non-profit organization that encourages youth to give back to the homeless and lesser fortunate in their communities, for a month-long philanthropic journey: the Hot Dogs for Homeless Tour. Throughout April, a Wienerschnitzel-wrapped RV, lovingly declared the “Wienerbago,” will visit cities with heavy homeless populations to lift spirits and provide hot meals. The Hot Dogs for Homeless crew includes J.R. Galardi, Chief Visionary Officer for Wienerschnitzel and son of founder; Mike Smith, youth motivational speaker and Founder of Skate For Change; Joshua Schmitz, Chief Marketing Officer of Skate For…


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