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Taco Rosa Will Host The 6th Annual Battle Of The Tequileros In Newport Beach

Posted by Kelli on August 14, 2018 at 11:15am 0 Comments

Taco Rosa will host its 6th Annual “Battle of the Tequileros” on Sunday, September 23rd from 4-8 p.m. Bringing together 26+ different tequila and mezcal brands, this event benefits Operation of Hope Worldwide, a local non-profit providing free, life-changing surgeries and health care for children and adults in under-served areas of the world, while creating a self-sustaining program of hope through education.

As the most diverse tequila tasting in Southern California, the event gives guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique nuances between a variety of tequilas and mezcals. Guests can also enjoy tray-passed tapas-style bites from the Taco Rosa kitchen, exciting giveaways, and a silent auction. A panel of esteemed judges will determine winners in three categories: Best Blanco, Best…

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Yalla Mediterranean Offers Plant-Based Options With Impossible Foods

Posted by Kelli on August 9, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Yalla Mediterranean has partnered with Impossible Foods to introduce a series of new plant-based Mediterranean options that are sure to have the tastebuds of both vegans and non-vegans thrilled. The partnership brings a number of new items to Yalla’s menu, including the Impossible Plate, Impossible Wrap, and Impossible Salad.



Yalla’s culinary development team has been instrumental in the creation of the fast-casual restaurant’s menu and the addition of plant-based options, which bring new and appealing flavor profiles to complement Yalla’s existing palette of fresh and healthy Mediterranean tastes.…

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Tastemakers of Orange County to Take Place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on September 5th

Posted by Kelli on August 9, 2018 at 2:56pm 0 Comments

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will be hosting the 3rd Annual "Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, September 5th in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families throughout Orange County.

Participating chefs and restaurants…

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“Ocean at Main” to Open this Fall

Posted by Kelli on August 7, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Chef Craig Strong is opening and will be the chef of his own restaurant, Ocean at Main, in downtown Laguna Beach. Located at 222 Ocean Avenue near Main Beach, Ocean at Main is set to open by October 2018. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

Strong envisions the 126-seat, 4,500-square-foot Ocean at Main as a welcoming establishment in this idyllic Southern California community. To help achieve his goal, the restaurant will undergo a physical refresh by Laguna-based Laurie Alter of Tuvalu Home and a rebranding spearheaded by Strong. Dylan Cloughen, who worked with Strong previously and was most recently with the Mina Group, will serve as general manager.

Ocean at Main is located in the early 1940s iconic building that housed the venerable Laguna Beach financial…

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Brittany Valles New Executive Chef At Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge

Posted by Kelli on August 2, 2018 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Brittany Valles has been named the new executive chef at Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge. At Oak Grill, she will oversee the seasonal menus served at breakfast, lunch and dinner, including menus for holidays and special events. At Aqua Lounge, she is responsible for creating the shareable bites menu enjoyed at this chic and vibrant after-work and night-time gathering spot also known for its outstanding crafted cocktails, wines and beers.

Valles likes to use local, seasonal products and, whenever possible, utilize the whole plant or animal for her dishes. Her favorite three ingredients are beets, cabbage and peas, and she looks forward to using these and other California ingredients straight from the farm or ocean to deliver bright, bold flavors to the dishes at Oak Grill and Aqua…

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7th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Nomination Process Begins August 3rd with People’s Choice Voting

Posted by Kelli on July 25, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Leading up to the 7th annual Golden Foodie Awards on September 30th, local Orange County foodies are invited to vote for their local culinary favorites during a two-week period from August 3rd through 17th. The Golden Foodie Awards is a people’s choice event that recognizes the best chefs, libations and cuisine at chef-driven and independent restaurants. With its focus on involving the Orange County community to serve as judges through their voting, the Golden Foodie Awards serve as the highest honor and is an indication of local culinary trends and consumer preferences.

“The Golden Foodie Awards has evolved into a celebration of Orange County’s rich culinary scene,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards, and president of the OC Restaurant Association. “Now in its 7th year,…

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The Queen Mary’s Legendary Dark Harbors Darkest Season Yet

Posted by Kelli on July 30, 2018 at 1:35pm 0 Comments

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will rise once more from the depths September 27th, drenched in legend and oozing with a sordid past. Known as one of the most haunted places on Earth, the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is a thrill-seekers’ delight, blurring the lines of history and hysteria. For the 2018 season, the event will disorient fans with an entirely NEW park footprint along with NEW maze designs, INTERACTIVE alternate paths, and THRILLING live entertainment.



Put on a detective’s hat and retrace the steps of Samuel the Savage to solve the gruesome murders in B340. Re-live childhood nightmares playing hide-and-seek with Scary Mary and her sinister teddy bear in Lullaby. Escape the Ringmaster’s big top before becoming a specimen in the oddities museum of Circus. Head to boot camp with Half Hatch Henry…

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Fill Opens Today

Posted by Kelli on July 30, 2018 at 1:28pm 0 Comments

Fill, serving made-to-order malasadas and small-batch ice cream, opens today in Costa Mesa, Fill serves up a sweet side of the Islands with true “aloha spirit.” brought to you by James Mullis. Malasadas were popularized in Hawaii during the 19th century when Portuguese immigrants arrived in Hawaii to support the islands’ growing sugar cane business. Today, these delicate, sugar-dusted confections are an island icon.

After years of research, Mullis put together a duo of illustrious chefs to bring his vision to life: Lincoln Carson and John Park. Today, Mullis proudly presents Fill, his ode to Hawaii and the embracing culture that shaped his childhood.

“The islands are melting pot of culture, pulling culinary influence from the Philippines, Japan, and Portugal,” says Mullis, who grew up in…

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Bad to the Bone BBQ Named “Business of the Year”

Posted by Kelli on July 24, 2018 at 3:40pm 0 Comments

Bad to the Bone BBQ has been named “Business of the Year” by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce. Members of the San Juan Capistrano business community gathered for the Chamber of Commerce's annual Installation Dinner as the organization honored local community members and businesses. A popular restaurant in Orange County, Bad to the Bone BBQ was awarded “Business of the Year” for its commitment to serving authentic, real pit barbecue with exemplary service, as well as for its continued support of local charities and community initiatives.

The restaurant and recently opened events space has become an Orange County institution for Oklahoma-style barbecue and is the first restaurant in the area to offer “real pit BBQ” – meats that are slow-cooked in all wood-burning…

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Selanne Steak Tavern Earns 2nd "The Best Of Award Of Excellence"

Posted by Kelli on July 24, 2018 at 3:33pm 0 Comments

Wine Spectator magazine has announced its 2018 restaurant award winners, and Selanne Steak Tavern has again earned the second highest level of recognition – The Best of Award of Excellence. For 2018, this award has been achieved by only 1,215 winners from all 50 states and from 75 countries. And, all award winners will be featured in the August 31 Wine Spectator issue, which just hit newsstands.

Selanne Steak Tavern has received this award based on its impressive wine inventory of over 2,750 bottles with list strength in selections from California and Burgundy, France. The list also offers outstanding global selections, Old and New World from Washington, Oregon, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Austria, South Africa, Portugal, Canada and Australia. While the list…

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