October 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Virtual Journey from Farm to Plate Opens Eyes to How Wheat Works

The Wheat Foods Council launches How Wheat Works, an interactive, online multimedia program that delivers a farm-to-fork education on wheat, enabling a better understanding of its nutritional value. At www.howwheatworks.com, participants of all ages can virtually grow, harvest and mill their own kernels to create their desired wheat food. For each participant, the Council will donate two pounds of flour, up to 90,000 pounds, to Operation Homefront, a… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 30, 2009 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Buddha's Favorite

Buddha's Favorite

634 Lido Park Dr

Newport Beach, CA 92663-4472

(949) 723-4203



Buddha's Favorite, located on Lido Island, is a secluded sushi restaurant with a view and seating directly on the Newport marina. They have an extensive menu of appetizers, soup, salads, sushi, donburi, noodles, teriyaki, etc. and an extensive adult beverage list as well.



Though the dining room and sushi bar are have guests seated in close quarters, the staff is friendly, helpful,… Continue

Added by Candice Cendana on October 28, 2009 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Tiki reborn at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach

Opening of legendary eatery pays tribute to the founding father of tiki with prix-fixe menu of authentic Pacific Rim specialties and original rum cocktails Staying true to the original Don The Beachcomber restaurant conceptualized in the 1930s by Donn Beach, the founding father of tiki, the latest incarnation of the beloved eatery, first introduced to Orange County in 1969, has found a home in Huntington Beach (16278 S. Pacific Coast Highway). Open for dinner every night, Don… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Power Chopper Salad, Wafu Bowl and Baja-ladas Platter — Wahoo’s Fish Taco Fanatics Help Name New Menu Items

Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and worldwide pop culture phenomenon since 1988, today unveiled the winning names of the “Taste It. Name It. Win It.” contest—Power Chopper Salad, Wafu Bowl and Baja-ladas Platter. As a part of the chain’s 20 year milestone celebration, Wahoo’s added three new menu items and in turn asked loyal customers to help out with creating names for the meals. The lucky winners will receive free food from Wahoo’s Fish Taco for one year.



“The response… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 28, 2009 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Free Taco Bell Black Jack Taco Treats to Celebrate the World Series and Halloween

It’s the Big Apple vs. the City of Brotherly Love as the Fall Classic is ready to treat baseball fans everywhere with a memorable World Series matchup. While we cannot predict a winner, we do know one thing for certain, that millions of Americans will be winners of a free Black Jack Taco.



Game Three of the 2009 World Series falls on Halloween this year, so in celebration of both events, Taco Bell®, the official Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) of Major League Baseball®, announced the… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 28, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

the VeggieGrill

the VeggieGrill



University Center

Irvine, CA



I have considered posting a personal Ad in the OC register stating “Female foodie seeks VeggieGrill restaurant chef to marry.”



I frequent the VeggieGrill in Irvine for dinner on weeknights and lunch/dinner on weekends. I have never left unsatisfied and become only more impressed with each visit. For me, it is a 18-mile drive round-trip just to visit so obviously it is worth the… Continue

Added by Candice Cendana on October 25, 2009 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

The Island Hotel has Halloween spirit! They are featuring a couple Halloween cocktails:



The Island Hotel has Halloween spirit! They are featuring a couple Halloween cocktails:



Candy Corn Martini:

Navan Vanilla Liqueur, Baileys and Butterscotch Schnapps



Pumpkin White Russian:

Ketel One Vodka, Kahlua, Pumpkin Liqueur and Cream



Spiced Apple Martini:

10 Cane Rum, Navan, Apple Cider and Cinnamon



The Island Hotel

690 Newport Center Drive

Newport… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 21, 2009 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Cedar Creek in Laguna Niguel restaurant hosts autumn bourbon & whiskey tasting | Thursday, November 5

Cedar Creek in Laguna Niguel presents “Bourbon with a Hint of Rye,” a tasting of bourbons and rye whiskey. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009 and guests may make reservations for $15 per person in advance by calling 949.389.1800 or pay $20 per person at the door (both exclude tax and gratuity).

Guests will be able to taste three bourbons, including Maker’s Mark (original), Maker’s Mark Mint Julep and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 20, 2009 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Haven Gastropub by Rich Manning

Last week, a friend and I were having a discussion about experiencing great food while we happily consumed fish tacos. After sharing a tale with me about how this particular chocolatier in New York City has permanently cast other chocolates in a lesser light, he confessed that his love for this cocoa-infused art led him to realize that he would gladly experience the best type of food the world has to offer, then spend the rest of his days in anger over the fact that the globe cannot offer… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on October 19, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

RESTAURATEUR CELESTINO DRAGO TO OPEN OSTERIA DRAGO AT FASHION ISLAND

Acclaimed Los Angeles restaurateur and James Beard Foundation honoree Celestino Drago will open an exclusive new Italian restaurant, Osteria Drago, at Fashion Island in Newport Beach in spring, 2010. The namesake restaurant marks Drago’s first restaurant outside of Los Angeles.



Osteria Drago will be located adjacent to Nordstrom, also opening next spring, and will occupy more than 3,700 square feet, as well as offer patio dining. The restaurant will be an authentic osteria,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 17, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

2nd Annual RA-CKY HORROR Halloween Bash

Added by OCfoodies on October 17, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

You're Invited!...

Nothing goes better with fondue than murder on Halloween weekend.

That may not be entirely true, but the murder mystery dinner



“Meet The X-Centricks” is a close match. The Melting Pot is hosting a

fondue party to celebrate the arrival of the X-Centricks into our neighborhood.



The X-Centricks will transform The Melting Pot private party room into

a “who dunnit?” and “who gets the cash?” mystery on Friday evening.



When:… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 17, 2009 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Haunted House Workshop at Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney

Added by OCfoodies on October 17, 2009 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Trade in your Halloween candy for Wahoos!


Added by OCfoodies on October 17, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Coca-Cola Unveils Sleek, New 90-Calorie Mini Can

A little happiness in a stylish new package is coming soon to your refrigerator. Coca-Cola today introduced a new 90-calorie sleek mini can to give consumers a better way to manage their calories.

“As the world’s largest beverage company, we take seriously the need to help consumers balance calories consumed with calories expended,” said Sandy Douglas, president, Coca-Cola North America. “The Coca-Cola mini can innovation reinforces the Company’s… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 14, 2009 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Taco Bell Raises the Stakes on Value with the Black Jack Taco

Starting today, taco lovers can hit the jackpot with the new 89-cent Black Jack Taco from Taco Bell®. It’s a new limited-time-only addition to the 79-89-99 Why Pay More!® Value Menu and a fresh twist on the classic Crunchy Taco that’s a sure winner.



The Black Jack Taco comes with a new, eye-catching black taco shell filled with seasoned beef and topped with zesty Pepper Jack sauce that kicks the flavor up a notch. This new tasty taco will be available at participating 5,600 Taco Bell… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 14, 2009 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Where Does the Money Go?

Our Executive Director Ric Rhinehart and our Director of Community Events Marcus Boni recently attended the 2009 Let's Talk Coffee Event in Montelimar, Nicaragua. Let's Talk Coffee is organized by Sustainable Harvest and focuses on community building between all the coffee professionals that contribute from tree to cup.…



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Added by Tara Shenson on October 14, 2009 at 9:31am — No Comments

2010 Annual Specialty Coffee Exposition in Anaheim!



Mark this date down on your calendar: April 15th, 2010. What for you ask? April 15th, 2010 is day one of the 2010 SCAA 22nd annual Exposition, The Event!



This year's event will be held in Anaheim California, and will feature everything you loved about last year's show with several new added features! 2010 will be home to the second annual Executive Series, Symposium as well as the second annual US Cup Tasters Championship. We are… Continue

Added by Tara Shenson on October 9, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants Announce 'America's Largest Halloween Party'

T.G.I. Friday's today announced it will host America's Largest Halloween Party on Thursday, October 29 from 9 p.m. to close at nearly 600 participating restaurants in the U.S. The Halloween Weekend 2009 kick-off bash will feature penny appetizers with the purchase of a beverage in the bar only after 9 p.m. by any guest in costume. Members of Friday's proprietary guest recognition program Give Me More Stripes® get an even better treat: a coupon via email good for penny appetizers with the… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on October 7, 2009 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Executive Chef Greg Daniels

Chef Q and A

Executive Chef Greg Daniels


Haven Gastropub

190 S. Glassell St., Suite C&D

Orange, CA 92866

Phone: 714-221-0680

Hours: 11am-2am (food served until 1am)



Question: Who or what inspired you to become a chef?

Answer: My wife is my muse. I had a very limited palate before we met. I didn’t eat anything other than beef, chicken, or pork for the most part. Between her opening my mind, and… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on October 6, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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