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We want to know about your Orange County Restaurant Week Experiences.

Restaurant Weeks take place all over the Country (World for that matter). They are usually county wide events (like LA and San Diego) to encourage locals to dine all over. We all fall into the habit of dining at our favorite near by eateries, which is good! But we need to venture out and try new places, new flavors and a new atmosphere across city lines once in a while. Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do just that. Restaurants should woo and wow you during events like this. It… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 23, 2009 at 11:00am — 16 Comments


WHO: About 120 teens from Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana will participate in the 2009 World Vision 30 Hour Famine – getting a real taste of hunger while helping to feed and care for children and families living in extreme

poverty around the world. They join thousands of teens nationwide aiming to raise $12.5 million this year through 30 Hour Famine.

WHAT: World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine raises awareness and funds to fight hunger overseas and in the… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 20, 2009 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Today on the OCRegister - Orange County Restaurant Week - time to dig in!

Today on the OCRegister - Orange County Restaurant Week - time to dig in!

Sixty-seven eateries (some with multiple locations) across our fair county are signed up for the inaugural Orange County Restaurant Week starting Sunday, and the menus include some borderline ridiculous deals.

Before we spotlight some of our favorites, here are the basics. It runs Feb. 22-28, and it’s all prix-fixe menus, with lunches going for… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Chef John from Restaurant 162' at Bloomingdales Homestore

I attended the Cooking with the Experts Event at Bloomingdale's promoting Restaurant Week yesterday by Chef John Garcia - Restaurant 162' at the Ritz. I am an eater more than a cook but I really had a great time. He was adorable - he made a great endive and pear salad that was delicious that I will actually be able to make. But what I truly enjoyed was his passion and personality. You could tell he was a bit shy, he even made a comment - "once the chef coat comes on, it's like my superman cape,… Continue

Added by Gina Mims on February 20, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

The Cheesecake Factory Wants To Know “What’s Your Flavor?”

Ten days remain for guests to submit new cheesecake flavors as a part of The Cheesecake Factory’s “What’s Your Flavor?” Cheesecake Contest. America’s favorite upscale casual restaurant invites guests to celebrate their passion for cheesecake by creating and naming the next great cheesecake flavor for its menu. Flavor creations must be received online by 11:59 p.m. PST on February 28, 2009.

Participants are invited to submit a new cheesecake flavor combination at… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 19, 2009 at 10:54pm — No Comments

OCfoodies has teamed up with Greer's OC to give away dinner for two*

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but we know how you can get a free dinner...for two. At your choice of more than 100 top Orange County restaurants. Seriously.

We've teamed up with Greer's OC to give away dinners for two* at any participating restaurant of your choice during Orange County Restaurant Week (Feb. 22-28). Here's how this super simple promotion works.

You'll be… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 16, 2009 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Long John Silver’s Puts the Skinny in Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday is shaving off the pounds this year, thanks to Long John Silver’s, the world’s most popular quick-service seafood chain, with the introduction of its new lower calorie plates under 350 calories. These new options are part of Long John Silver’s new Freshside Grille Smart Choices under 350 Calories menu, featuring three premium grilled seafood options. Each plate contains less than 7 grams of fat and less than 350 calories –making it a great lower calorie option when eating… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 16, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Orange Blossom Martini Recipe

Orange Blossom Martini


- 2 oz Gin

- 1 oz Orange Juice

- 1 tsp Superfine Sugar

- Garnish: Orange Slice

Glassware: Cocktail Glass

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 13, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Come dressed to impress and celebrate the Oscars in style at Kimera Restaurant on February 22, 2009

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• This unique Oscar party will feature red carpet interviews from genuine members of the media for all guests prior to the broadcast of the Oscars.

• A panel of fashion experts will award prizes to guests for the best dressed, the best… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 12, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Jason's Downtown Restaurant

Jason's Downtown Restaurant

by Rich Manning

Santa Ana is a difficult place to market a restaurant. So difficult, in fact, that some of the best strategies designed to get people to come to the city completely avoid naming the actual city itself. Case in point: South Coast Metro. Everyone knows that this successful region located just north of South Coast Plaza and the Arts district is merely southern Santa Ana in disguise. However, replacing the city’s true identity… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on February 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Cold Stone Creamery Offering Ice Cream Cupcakes for a Limited Time

Cold Stone Creamery is adding a twist to the latest popular dessert, creating premium ice cream cupcakes, sold for a limited time nationwide for just $9.99 a pack. Known as an ice cream innovator, Cold Stone is breaking into another category for sweet indulgences with three signature cupcake Creations. Offered from Feb. 4 – March 31, 2009, these cupcakes are the sweetest gift for any sweetheart during Valentine’s Day.

In recent years the cupcake trend has been sweeping the… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 8, 2009 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Chef David Myers Announces Opening of Pizzeria Ortica

Pizzeria Ortica

Acclaimed American Chef Launches His First Traditional Italian restaurant in Orange County

Pizzeria Ortica opened it's doors just a couple weeks ago. We are so pleased to tell you that this MUST try restaurant is celebrating Orange County Restaurant Week and offering an amazing menu. (check it out)

Celebrated Chef David Myers of Sona, Boule… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 8, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Chef Ana talks with Chef Yvon Goetz at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

My first interview features one of OC‘s most prominent Chefs- Yvon Goetz.

Chef Yvon Goetz is the Executive Chef/Partner at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar located in the District of Tustin. Internationally renowned, Chef Goetz has worked with Relais & Chateaux Chewton Glen Hotel, Hambleton Hall and London’s Dorchester Hotel, Michelin three-star Le Crocodile and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group. His newest location “The… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 5, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Cooking with the Experts at the Bloomingdale’s Home Store - Come watch OC's Rockstar Chefs live!!

Orange County Restaurant Week Comes To Bloomingdale’s Home Store at South Coast Plaza

For two weeks in February, 13 Chefs participating in the inaugural Orange County Restaurant Week, will be conducting demos at the Bloomingdale’s Home Store at South Coast Plaza.

The demos will begin prior to the start of OC Restaurant Week (schedule below) and each Chef will prepare one or more dishes that will be featured on their special three-course OC Restaurant… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 5, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

How many people dined at Denny's today?

Everyone loves a freebie. And, if you don’t believe that — you probably didn’t stop by, or come near, a Denny’s today.

As previously reported here, the chain offered diners a free Grand Slam from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The freebie was unprecedented for the chain. Read more at the Fast Food Maven blog.

Added by Nancy Luna on February 3, 2009 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

Gift Card Give Away - OC foodies contest...


We have a fun and very delicious contest going on for the next couple of months.

In an effort to build the OC foodies community we want your foodie friends to join us here. Who ever has the most friends join the community wins a $50 Restaurant gift card. We have plenty of gift cards to to keep you full. The contest starting RIGHT NOW will last 1 week, when that… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 3, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

The Hershey Company Reaffirms that it Does Not Purchase Peanut Butter, Peanuts or Peanut Products from Peanut Corporation of America

The Hershey Company recently reaffirmed its previous statement related to peanuts:

No products made by The Hershey Company, including items and brands in the iconic Reese’s franchise, are affected by the recall of items produced by the Peanut Corporation of America. Hershey does not purchase any peanut butter, peanuts or peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America. Peanut butter for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities under the most stringent safety… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 3, 2009 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Home is Where the Heart is This Valentine’s Day…with Heart-Shaped Pizzas from Papa John’s

Available at Participating Restaurants, Large Heart-Shapd One Topping Pizza with Chocolate Pastry Delights for Just $14.99, Two Heart-Shaped One Topping Pizzas for $19.99

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love means never having to eat an overpriced, mediocre Valentine’s Day meal at a crowded restaurant surrounded by strangers.

That’s why this Valentine’s Day, Papa John’s is getting to the heart of the holiday – with delicious heart-shaped pizzas available… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 3, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Families invited to enjoy live entertainment, kids cooking demos & more at community fundraiser

February 15th

Zov Karamardian, joined by two Laker Girls, will host a fun-filled afternoon of family-friendly activities benefiting the CHOC Children’s Foundation on Sunday, February 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Zov’s Neighborhood Café in Irvine. The event, which will mark the first anniversary of the Irvine Café, will include educational components as… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 3, 2009 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Denny’s First Ever Super Bowl Ad Takes a Humorous Shot at Competitors

Denny’s first ever Super Bowl ad, developed and produced by San Francisco based, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, takes a humorous shot at its competitors’ “candy breakfasts.” The thirty second spot named “Thugs” is scheduled to air during the third quarter of the game. The spot is part of the next evolution of Denny’s “Real Breakfast” campaign which touts… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 29, 2009 at 2:52pm — No Comments

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