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Gobble Up Turkey Mole Tacos For A Great Cause!

Posted by Kelli on November 19, 2015 at 5:31pm 0 Comments

This Thanksgiving season, enjoy a little turkey, Mexican-style at solita Tacos & Margaritas in Huntington Beach and SOL Cocina in Newport Beach. The sister restaurants’ Executive Chef Deborah Schneider will be cooking up tasty Turkey Mole Tacos for just $3 each from Thursday, November 19th through Wednesday, November 25th, 2015! SOL Cocina and solita will be donating 100% of the proceeds from every Turkey Mole Taco to Share Our Selves, a non-profit organization, which has been providing care and assistance to our most vulnerable populations in Orange County since 1970.

“Thanksgiving is the perfect time for us to think about how we can benefit our neighbors in need,” says Chef Deb, whose inspiration for the special taco was derived from her latest book, Salsas and Moles. “Share…


Have a Happy New Year at Island Hotel Newport Beach

Posted by Kelli on November 19, 2015 at 11:11am 0 Comments

To get ready for a night of festivities, Island Hotel Newport Beaches Spa  is offering the Whole New You Package, it's the perfect indulgence for New Year’s Eve. There is also a New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner Feast being held at Oak Grill, a Gatsby Glam New Year’s Eve Celebration at Aqua Lounge, and Oak Grill will be throwing a New Year’s Day Brunch. Also, Island Hotel is offering an exceptional New Year’s Eve Stay and Play Package for guests who want to ring in 2016 with friends and family at Aqua Lounge’s Bash.

New Year’s Eve: Whole New You

Available December 26 through 31

For great looks during the holiday season, Island Hotel Spa offers a customized facial for that special evening glow along with an invigorating skin scrub and relaxing…


Saint Marc Pub - Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage Opens in Pacific City

Posted by Kelli on November 18, 2015 at 10:42am 0 Comments

Saint Marc Pub - Café, Bakery & Cheese Affinage is ready to launch its flagship restaurant in Huntington Beach. Saint Marc, set to open in December amidst the bustling, shopping and dining mecca of Huntington Beach's Pacific City, will offer a unique environment that provides both the opportunity for an elevated dining or casual-fare experience in a warm, inviting atmosphere that invokes the comforts of home. With a concept that defies definition, Saint Marc is the perfect meeting of superb cuisine and personally customizable dining and hydration experiences. The impressively designed space is complemented by open-air kitchens, a charmingly rustic dining area, and an alluring pub with a well-curated selection of craft beer in a can, expertly handcrafted cocktails served in red SOLO® cups and 32 wines on draft. A highly anticipated bacon bar provides a wild variety of flavored cuts (including chocolate), while the cheese affinage tempts cheese lovers with over 100 sublime…


Pumpkin Quinoa Cheesecake Recipe

Posted by Kelli on November 17, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Did you know a traditional holiday meal can contain more than 3,000 calories, and the average American gains ~5 pounds during the holiday season? It’s no wonder ‘losing weight’ is at the top of so many resolutions lists. One option to forego the post-holiday food guilt is to sneak healthy takes on classic dishes onto the menu, like this pumpkin quinoa cheesecake.

Pumpkin Quinoa Cheesecake


For the crust:

1 ½ cups almond meal or finely ground almonds

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil

Cooking spray

For the filling:

1 cup cooked Ancient Harvest™ Traditional White Quinoa

1 8-ounce block reduced fat cream cheese

1 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

¾ cup…


Homemade Apple Cider from Jeju 16 Water

Posted by Kelli on November 17, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

With Thanksgiving right around the corner why not make something that everyone at the table can enjoy? Jeju 16 Water’s Homemade Apple Cider is the perfect drink for the holiday season that everyone can enjoy, but can easily be made into a cocktail by adding a splash of your favorite alcohol. Check out this simple recipe below:

Jeju 16 Water’s Homemade Apple Cider 


· 12 medium apples, assorted types

· 2 oranges

· 4 cinnamon sticks

· 1 whole nutmeg

· 1 Tbsp. whole cloves

· 1 tsp. whole allspice

· 7 bottles of Jeju 16 Water (16.9 oz bottles)

· 1/2 - 1 cup brown sugar


Wash the apples and oranges, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don't worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.) Place in a large stock pot. Add cinnamon…


Del Taco Introduces New Freshly Grilled Carne Asada

Posted by Kelli on November 13, 2015 at 1:44pm 0 Comments

Del Taco is beefing up its menu with four craveable new items featuring Carne Asada Steak fresh grilled to order in the restaurants’ working kitchens. You taste the difference when you bite into the new fresh grilled protein, seasoned in an authentic marinade of chilies, herbs and spices. To complement the new Carne Asada Street Taco, Del Taco has also introduced a new signature Roasted Chile Salsa. The spicier salsa, made from a combination of three distinct dried peppers including toasted chile de arbol and smoked chipotle and California chilies and blended with ripe tomatoes and roasted onion and garlic, can be added to any menu item for an extra kick.

The new fresh grilled Carne Asada menu items made-to-order in house include:

· Carne Asada Street Taco: freshly grilled carne…


Holiday Haps at TAPS

Posted by Kelli on November 13, 2015 at 11:12am 0 Comments


The sumptuous TAPS Thanksgiving buffet includes an array of salads, cold seafood and fresh oysters, charcuterie and cheeses, traditional herb-brined turkey breast, honey-glazed ham and other hand-carved meats. Roasted Brussels sprouts, balsamic beets, mac n’ three cheese and house-made cranberry sauce will accompany other traditional sides. For dessert, enjoy an interactive chocolate fountain, crème brûlée, a holiday pie station with pumpkin and apple pies, and other assorted cakes and treats.

TAPS Thanksgiving buffet will be served from noon to 7 PM at both Brea and Irvine locations. Corona offerings, hours and pricing vary.

$43.99 adults, $14.99 kids ages 3-10, exclusive…


Five Tips for a Happy and Healthy Plant-Based Thanksgiving

Posted by Kelli on November 13, 2015 at 10:57am 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. We take time to be with our loved ones and be thankful for our relationships, our health, and our opportunities. It’s a time to celebrate the harvest and all of the wonderful flavors and colors and textures of autumnal foods – and the best part? All of the best fall foods are plant-based! And there are plenty of ways to celebrate and incorporate them into the holiday season.

With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to give some of my best holiday tips so that you can feel joyous about the holiday and celebrate what Thanksgiving means to you while still doing what feels good for your body.

Here are five tips for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving:

*Have fun planning a menu. Don’t limit yourself by thinking only of traditional foods. If you’re cooking for a larger group and they’re expecting their holiday favorites, there are ways you can emulate those foods with a healthier recipe, like mashed cauliflower instead of mashed…


Holiday Cocktails by Skinnygirl

Posted by Kelli on November 11, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Skinnygirl Cocktails created innovative cocktails to celebrate your favorite dessert flavors of Thanksgiving! Those same nostalgic flavors of sweet potato, apple and pumpkin pie can now be enjoyed as low-calorie, delicious cocktails.

Skinnygirl® Sweet Potato Pie Cocktail

· 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka

· 1 part sweet potato puree

· ½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots® Butterscotch Schnapps

· ½ tsp cinnamon

· Splash of ginger ale

· Orange slice for garnish

Preparation: Mix ingredients in a shaker and pour into a chilled glass over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

Skinnygirl® Apple Pie Punch

· 1 part Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka

· 3 parts of apple juice/cider

· ½ part light…


Slapfish to Open Sixth Southern California Location in Brea December 2015

Posted by Kelli on November 11, 2015 at 11:40am 0 Comments

Slapfish will open the doors to its sixth Southern California location in Brea located in Brea’s new marketplace Village at La Floresta (3405 E. Imperial Highway). Slapfish, a modern seafood shack founded by Chef Andrew Gruel, the noted food truck-turned-restaurant presents a real American seafood experience that revolves around fresh, sustainable fish, prepared simply, but delivering big flavors. His ocean-fresh menu emphasizes bib-worthy dishes and bold flavors, with seafood sourced from well-managed suppliers of eco-friendly seafood.

Earlier this year, Slapfish and international franchise development company, Fransmart, announced a multi-unit deal with a new Southern California franchisee, Doug Pham, who will open three new locations. Slapfish Brea’s will be Pham’s first location,…


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Historic Newport Beach Tavern To Reopen as Stag Bar + Kitchen

The Stag Bar in Newport Beach, is pleased to announce its reopening in December 2015. Renamed The District Lounge in 2006, the

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Mastro’s – The Ultimate Destination for the Holidays!

Mastro’s Costa Mesa and Newport Beach (along with Mastro’s locations all across Los Angeles) is open for the first time on Thanksgiving!

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Celebrate the Holidays at A Restaurant’s

This holiday season, A Restaurant is pleased to open doors for twelve special days in December with the 12 Days of Christmas

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DiVine Food and Wine at The Old Vine

I seldom find restaurants in which I would rate the cuisine as basically flawless, but in the case of The Old Vine

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