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The 2017 "FIRST BITES" OC Restaurant Week Launch Party!

Posted by OCfoodies on February 17, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

The 9th annual First Bites is the official kick-off party for Orange County Restaurant Week.

​Join us for First Bites of OCRW as we kick-off Orange County's favorite culinary event. From 2pm - 5pm on March 4th at the Irvine Marriott.  Indulge in excellent food and libations from top OC restaurants. 

This year’s festivities will kick off with an official “FIRST BITES” Launch Party on Saturday, March 4th at Irvine Marriott.  Guests attending the launch party will have the unique opportunity to experience an array of “first bites” prepared by a variety of OC Restaurant Week participating restaurants. Tickets for the event will be…


Food Network Star Simon Majumdar to Host Pacific Wine and Food Classic

Posted by OCfoodies on February 16, 2017 at 3:07pm 0 Comments

The Pacific Wine and Food Classic is pleased to welcome renowned celebrity chef and Food Network star, Simon Majumdar as the host of the first year festival. The classic will highlight top Orange County chefs and celebrate fo od, wine and Southern California lifestyle at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Saturday August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017.
"As a huge fan of the growing food scene in Orange County, I am delighted to be invited to host the inaugural Pacific Wine and Food Classic,” shared Simon Majumdar, who appears as a regular judge on Food Network programs including Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef AmericaThe Next Iron Chef, and Beat Bobby Flay.
Produced by OC Restaurant Association, creators of the celebrated OC Restaurant Week…

TGI Fridays Endless Apps Are Truly Endless

Posted by Kelli on February 16, 2017 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

TGI Fridays has made its signature program a permanent part of the menu and introduces an elevated burger menu featuring seven new premium burgers

Effective immediately, guests can enjoy Fridays’ most popular appetizers for just $10 per person with endless refills and endless choices – your next round of Endless Apps can be any combination of any Endless Apps. Options include mozzarella sticks, loaded potato skins, BBQ chicken flatbread, pan-seared pot stickers, boneless buffalo wings, and – new to the Fridays menu – meatballs and fried pickles.

The Fridays Burger Bar will include two…


Hendrix Brings Ocean Ranch Village to Laguna Niguel

Posted by Kelli on February 13, 2017 at 2:57pm 0 Comments

The team behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck on Laguna Beach concepts, introduce their newest restaurant in Orange County, Hendrix, opening late-March 2017. This neighborhood restaurant will offer a style of cuisine that reflects the current "New American" trend. Some of the standout dishes from Hendrix’s rotisserie will include spit-roasted Porcetta and Colorado Rack of Lamb, which will be available for takeaway and in-house dining as entrees or sharable platters. The menu will also include Fried Catfish, Double R Ranch Bone-In Ribeye, Scottish Cedar-Planked Salmon, and Rotisserie Chicken & Fontina…


New Crispy Jumbo Shrimp Tacos & Burritos At Del Taco

Posted by Kelli on February 9, 2017 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Del Taco is thrilled to bring back its popular crispy shrimp in a big way. Now with even bigger shrimp in every bite, the new premium seafood is featured in the Jumbo Shrimp Taco, the Jumbo Shrimp Burrito, and the Epic Surf & Turf Burrito. Jumbo in both size and flavor, there is nothing small about these shrimp!

The featured items made with crispy, golden Jumbo Shrimp with hints of citrus and chili, include:

  • New Jumbo Shrimp Taco: crispy Jumbo Shrimp topped with Del Taco’s secret sauce, crunchy shredded cabbage and handmade pico de gallo wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and served with a fresh-cut lime wedge
  • New Jumbo Shrimp Burrito: crispy Jumbo Shrimp, fresca lime rice, crunchy shredded cabbage, Del Taco’s secret sauce and…

Eat Pancakes And Give Back

Posted by Kelli on February 9, 2017 at 10:41am 0 Comments

On Tuesday, February 28, breakfast lovers celebrate International Pancake Day, and Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is no exception. Snooze will be showcasing a “sushi-style” pancake menu offering guests a variety of 8-10 flight-sized pancakes including Rocky Road Pancake and Berry Buck-Wild Cheesecake Pancake, availabel from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Every Snooze restaurant will be donating 100% of all pancake sales to Tustin Ranch Elementary – so you can have your pancakes and feel good about eating them too. Just when you thought this news couldn’t get any better: in celebration of Mardi Gras, Snooze will also be dishing out King Cake pancakes. Lucky guests at each location that find the baby (aka “the jack”) will win a $25 gift card to Snooze. For additional information on Snooze, visit…


Las Brisas Debuts A New Dining Room Menu

Posted by Kelli on February 2, 2017 at 7:58am 0 Comments

Keeping with its desire to serve up romance and lasting memories, along with cuisine inspired by Mexico’s West Coast, Las Brisas is unveiling a new dining room menu, offered during both lunch and dinner, that is certain to delight our loyal guests.

Created by Executive Chef Johannes Bernau, the new menu will feature a host of new dishes including:

Charred Octopus . . . charred octopus, frisee, charred corn, crème fraîche, toasted ciabatta

Nueske’s Bacon . . . grilled bacon, blistered red pepper, chimichurri

Ahi Tacos . . . ahi tuna, arroz paper shell, hass avocado, asian pear, jicama, sriracha aioli

Lobster Carbonara . . . linguine, egg yolk, nueske’s bacon, lobster, toasted ciabatta,…


New Super Tacos at solita Tacos & Margaritas

Posted by Kelli on February 2, 2017 at 7:46am 0 Comments

solita introduces the long-awaited Super Tacos! Executive Chef/Partner Deborah Schneider’s Super Tacos became famous when it they debuted on the menu of sister concept, SOL Cocina, in 2009. Now, solita guests will have the opportunity to partake in five new Super Taco selections, including Chef Deb’s acclaimed Vampiro, inspired by great ideas from both sides of the border. While many of her Super Taco flavors are traditional, Chef's techniques and combinations take the typical taco up to the edge – and occasionally, over it.

As Chef Deb says, “Tacos may not be considered a serious meal by most, but here at solita, we take them very seriously. Even the most humble taco stand in Mexico is plastered with signs proclaiming that here are to be found ‘tacos ricos,’…


Bayside Valentine’s Day Dinner

Posted by Kelli on January 31, 2017 at 10:26am 0 Comments

Valentine's Day Dinner at Bayside Three- Course Dinner Menu

First Course – Select one

White Asparagus Soup

Snipped Chives and Garlic Focaccia Croutons

Chopped Salad

Mini Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Cucumber, Feta Cheese, Cocktail Tomato, Chopped garden Lettuces, White balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Ruby Beets

California Goat Cheese, Local Strawberries, Balsamic Reduction, Toasted Pistachios

Tomato Burrata

Vine Ripe Tomato Medley, Di Stefano Burrata, Basil Pesto

Smoked Scottish…


Sessions West Coast Deli at Woodbridge Village Center in Irvine

Posted by Kelli on January 31, 2017 at 10:08am 0 Comments

Sessions West Coast Deli will open its third location at Woodbridge Village Center this fall. The new location will feature an outdoor dining patio and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, including its critically acclaimed sandwiches, breakfast burritos and gourmet salads. Additionally, the deli will offer full barista service, along with a selection of beer and wine.

Since opening its first location nearly three years ago in Newport Beach, Sessions West Coast Deli has become known for its scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches and toasts are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce.

Sessions West Coast Deli will be at 4736 Barranca Pkwy in Irvine, next to Corepower Yoga. For more information, please…


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