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OC Restaurant Week Celebrates a Decade of Dining Out March 4-10, 2018

Posted by OCfoodies on January 9, 2018 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, OC Restaurant Week allows diners to explore 150 eateries in Orange County, one meal at a time!

Orange County Restaurant Week will celebrate its 10th Anniversary as the region's most celebrated culinary event when it runs from Sunday, March 4th through Saturday, March 10th. This year marks the most expansive OC Restaurant Week, with more than 150 participants offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining, which will once again allow for a “luxe experience” with a select group of menus…


Plan Your Valentine's Dat At The Beachcomber At Crystal Cove

Posted by Kelli on January 22, 2018 at 12:41pm 0 Comments

Beachcomber at Crystal Cove has crafted the perfect Valentine’s Day menu to make this year unforgettable. The 4-course prix-fixe menu will offer starter options such as Dungeness crab cake with celery puree, red ruby radish, tarragon aioli and shredded crispy phyllo, and entrees like Surf & Turf—featuring filet mignon, colossal shrimp, potato puree, English peas and hen of woods mushrooms with a port wine reduction. Delight in the perfect sweet ending with dessert choices like homemade chocolate cake with layered ganache and fresh strawberries, or a fresh fruit tart with seasonal fruit and Chantilly cream.

Four-Course Menu - $110

First Course

choice of

Dungeness Crab…


SAJJ Mediterranean Coming To SoCal

Posted by Kelli on January 22, 2018 at 12:34pm 0 Comments

SAJJ Mediterranean, the Bay Area-based family of restaurants and food trucks known for fresh Middle Eastern eats, will open their first Southern California locations in 2018. The two stores will be located in Orange County, with the first opening in Rancho Santa Margarita (22245 El Paseo, Suite A) in February 2018, and the second in Irvine at the Sand Canyon Plaza in the Spring. These will be the first SAJJ locations outside of the Bay Area and come as the concept readies for further expansion across Northern California and beyond.

Their high-quality cuisine begins with locally-sourced produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free Halal meats in an effort to create fresh, healthy, and sustainable menu offerings. To create an experience that is inviting and inclusive to everyone, SAJJ also offers a variety of…


Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by Kelli on January 22, 2018 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to the scenic Doheny State Beach on Saturday, April 7. Each date of the 5th annual taco and craft beer celebration features a music lineup headlined by Orange County, CA-based The Offspring, along with SoCal’s Pennywise. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Against Me!, Lit, Unwritten Law, Street Dogs, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and more will perform on select dates. Visit for music lineup details.

Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer…


How to Throw the Perfect California inspired Dinner Party

Posted by Sophie Andersen on January 15, 2018 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Who doesn’t dream of a weekend getaway somewhere in California, enjoying a nice bottle of wine while looking at the sunset? Now, not everyone can go to California when they feel like it – but you can bring California to your own backyard! Does a California themed dinner party sound good? Because if it does, then here is how to make it just right:

Choose the right time

This means multiple things: Firstly, the perfect season for this is one where it’s hot enough to enjoy an evening outside, because the perfect setup will most certainly be outdoors. However, if you want to host this type of party in the winter, make sure it’s during the day – perhaps a brunch rather than a dinner –…


Antonello Ristorante Hosts Hess Winemaker Dinner

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 10:40am 0 Comments

Antonello Ristorante will host a Winemaker dinner featuring The Hess Collection Winery. The fabulous night includes a five-course meal and wine pairings, as well as an informative guest speaker from the Hess winery to educate guests about the winery and the wines produced. Reservations may be made by calling (714) 751-7153.

Hess Dinner Menu

($77.25 per person, plus tax and gratuity)


Tray Passed Hors D’ouerves

Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Burrata e Proscuitto

Proscuitto aged 24 months, served with fresh burrata and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil

Hess Collection Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon…


Lighthouse Bayview Cafe Has An All New Full Bar Menu

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 10:32am 0 Comments

Enjoy your favorite spirits on the bay at Lighthouse Bayview Café. With a brand-new full liquor license, Lighthouse has unveiled all new bar menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Rise & Shine Bar Menu features refreshing cocktails, epic bloody mary’s and during weekend brunch bottomless mimosas, and the lunch/dinner menu ranges from classic cocktails to creative concoctions.

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Rise & Shine Bar Menu

The Duffy Cruise

Vodka, fresh lemonade, Triple Sec, sugar rim, 9

Lighthouse Sparkler

Vodka, lime juice, clover honey syrup, sparkling wine, 9


Champagne Mimosa…


Puesto At Irvine's Park Place Opens

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar is now open at Irvine’s Park Place. This is the taco hotspot’s second Orange County location since opening at the Los Olivos Marketplace in December 2016. Puesto is known for its tacos made from handmade, non-GMO, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, sustainable meats, local produce and scratch salsas. Guests are encouraged to mix and match from an array of tacos, including Filet Mignon (crispy melted cheese, avocado, spicy pistachio serrano salsa), Chicken al Pastor (crispy melted cheese, hibiscus & chipotle tinga, avocado, piña habanero pico), vegetarian options such as Zucchini & Cactus (crispy melted cheese, zucchini, corn, tomato, cactus, avocado, cilantro-tomatillo salsa) and Mushroom (crispy melted cheese, garlic-braised seasonal mushrooms, stone…


2-Year Anniversary at Ways & Means Oyster House

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 9:39am 0 Comments

Starting Monday, January 15th through Sunday, January 21st, guests will enjoy every daily specials, all day, every day!

Party goers can treat themselves to the following specials:

- $9.99 Whole Maine Lobster (limited quantity)

- $2 Fish & Shrimp Tacos

- $10 Bottomless Blonde Beer

- $10 Margarita Pitchers

- 50% Off Wines By The Bottle

- $6 Specialty Vodka & Gin martinia

- $10 Glasses of premium champagne

- $6 Sparkling Cocktails

- $25 Classic Seafood Broil with all of the trimmings

And don't miss out on the Third Annual Shuck-It Competition January 20th:

On Saturday, Jan. 20th at 10 a.m., Orange County's first responders will go head-to-head in an oyster-eating contest for charity at Ways & Means…


Alejandra Padilla as Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor

Posted by Kelli on January 12, 2018 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. is pleased to announce that Alejandra Padilla is the new Executive Chef of Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar. Chef Padilla comes to Five Crowns and SideDoor from Hillstone Restaurant Group, where she served as the Culinary Manager. Before that, Padilla moved up the ranks at the Patina Restaurant Group where she started as a Sous Chef at La Fonda Del Sol in New York before moving to LA to be a Sous Chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse. She quickly moved up the the ladder to Executive Chef, a position she served at two different Market Café locations in LA. Chef Alejandra appeared on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats in 2010 and was also the winner of the Season 6 premier episode of Food Network’s, Chopped in 2011.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef…


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