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Ruth's Chris Steak House in Irvine....



Back when I was a kid, one of the first lessons I learned about dining out was that a steakhouse had a special aura that other restaurants simply did not possess. Even though the steakhouse of my youth was nothing more than the slap-dash faux ranch paradise known as the local Black Angus, it nonetheless taught me that a menu dominated by cuts of meat was a huge deal; one that transcended the realm of merely going out to eat, bounding fearlessly… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on April 27, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Executive Chef Amar Santana

Chef Q and A

Executive Chef Amar Santana

Charlie Palmer

3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-352-2525

Hours: Lunch: 11:45am – 2:30pm / Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm / Lounge 11:45am - Close

Date: April 21, 2009

Website: www.CharliePalmer.com



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

Answer: My high school cooking teacher. I was accidentally enrolled in a cooking class that… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 23, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

OCfoodies wants to give some lucky Mom $500 in restaurant gift cards

OCFOODIES.COM HOSTS MOTHER’S DAY KITCHEN GETAWAY CONTEST



OCfoodies wants to give some lucky Mom $500 in restaurant gift cards



OCfoodies is sponsoring a Mother’s Day contest for its free online community, OC Foodies (www.OCfoodies.com), which will allow the public to vie for $500 in gift cards to ten of the region’s top restaurants. The contest, dubbed the Mother’s Day Kitchen… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 23, 2009 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

TASTE OF LADERA FESTIVAL “ROCKS THE PARK” WITH SUGAR RAY

TASTE OF LADERA FESTIVAL “ROCKS THE PARK” WITH SUGAR RAY

Save-the-Date for the Most Anticipated Event of the Year: May 2-3, Founders Park






The 5th Annual Taste of Ladera, presented by Riptide Rockin’ Sushi & Teppan Grills and The Derby Deli & Dueling Piano Bar, will feature a two-day celebration complete with your favorite restaurants, specialty vendors, live performances and celebrity guest appearances. The festivities take place Saturday, May 2,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 23, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

DESIGN & DINE at the 2009 ASID Design Tour

5 of OC’s Hottest Restaurants to Offer Exclusive “Design & Dine” Prix Fixe Menus

in Conjunction with the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour



April 21-May 17


Irvine, CA – April 16, 2009 -- The 2009 ASID Design Tour is a place where inspiration converges with creativity and passion. It’s a place to gain a fresh new perspective on the trends influencing the talents of the 37 designers involved…and the inspiration doesn’t end when you leave Astoria. The ASID Design Tour has… Continue

Added by Townsend Olmstead Media Co. on April 20, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Devilishly Good - An Evening of Tasmanian Wine and Cheeses

April 30th 2009, 7:15pm, $25



Sol Del Sur Bistro 31115 Rancho Viejo Road, Marbella Plaza, San Juan Capistrano

Reservations: 949-487-5225, soldelsur@cox.net

www.myspace.com/soldelsurbistro

www.soldelsurbistro.com





I know, I know - Tasmanian devil. First thought when you hear Tasmania.



But there's more, lots more to Tasmania.



Tasmania boasts the coolest climate of Australia, offering the ideal environ for the Pinot Noir, among other… Continue

Added by surfindaave on April 16, 2009 at 8:37pm — 2 Comments

BISTRO WEST INTRODUCES SUNDAY COMFORT WITH NEW BRUNCH MENU

Having made its Orange County debut less than two months ago at The District at Tustin Legacy, Bistro West has launched a Sunday Brunch menu featuring an extensive selection of contemporary comfort foods and specialty cocktails.



The Bistro West Sunday Brunch (full menu attached), available from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., will offer traditional breakfast dishes, in addition to egg specialties such as the Short Rib & Swiss Omelette, Bacon & Spinach Quiche, Flat Iron Steak & Eggs,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 15, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Happy Hour Week Highlights

Not enough time to read through the entire Happy Hour Week Website. Here are some Happy Hour Week Highlights to make the most out of the entire week.



$5 COCKTAILS & APPETIZERS

There are some really great deals - a lot have $5 cocktails and appetizers like Mozambique, Palm Terrace at the Island Hotel, Pinot Provence, French 75 Fashion Island, Bistango, Kimera, Pizzeria Ortica, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, 118 Degrees and Bistro West. Save money... have more… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 14, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

6th Annual Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival

6th Annual Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival - May 22nd-24th, 2009 At The Balboa Bay Club & Resort - Purchase Tickets Before April 15th and Save 15%!



The Resort:



The Balboa Bay Club & Resort is one of Orange County’s most recognized and frequented destination spots. This Mediterranean-style waterfront resort was newly rebuilt five years ago and is known for its gorgeous ocean view and California sunsets. Their… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 11, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Pascal Olhats at Bloomingdale’s Mixology Masters last night



What a treat to walk into the Bloomingdales Homestore last night for the French 75 demonstration and have Pascal Olhats front and center of the kitchen. Pascal is the Chef owner of Pascal Restaurant, Epicerie Pascal and Café Jardin in Newport Beach. A true legend in the Orange County restaurant industry since 1988.



I had only ever seen him in his chef coat at the restaurant and all of a sudden, there he is, large as life. He was not… Continue

Added by Gina Mims on April 10, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

Watch and Learn - Mixologist Masters Starts TONIGHT!!!

Mixologist Masters...Happy Hour Week Comes to the Home Store at Bloomingdales! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to watch OC's TOP Mixologist prepare very happy concoctions....

What makes something like this even happier is that it's FREE!!!


Seven dynamic mixologists from Orange… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bloomingdales Demo Kitchen



Bloomingdales (better known as “Bloomies”) at South Coast Plaza is a chic and trendy department store frequented by OC’s most stylish shopaholics. Considering myself a “Fashion Faux Pas,” I could care less about brand names like Juicy Couture or Burberry Jeans- I run across the shoe department, past jewelry and makeup, and take the escalator downstairs to my favorite spot: Bloomies Home Department.



As a Hardcore Foodie, my conjugal… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The 14th Annual Taste of Anaheim.

Enjoy the Appetizing Blend of Great Food, Drink, and Music at the 14th Annual Taste of Anaheim.



On Thursday evening, May 14th, The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk will be the beautiful backdrop for the 14th Annual Taste of Anaheim.



Five thousand people are expected to attend this premier food, wine and music experience and will sample foods from over 50 fine restaurants in Anaheim and Orange County. Some of this year’s delectable tastes will come from Ruth… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 2, 2009 at 10:57am — No Comments

Jack in the Box introduces Mini Sirloin Burgers

Bigger isn’t always better … just ask an SUV owner filling up their gas tank. To prove that good things do indeed come in small packages, Jack in the Box® restaurants today introduce Mini Sirloin Burgers – beefy, high-quality hamburgers that are ideal for sharing with friends or as a satisfying meal for one.



Jack’s new Mini Sirloin Burgers feature a trio of all-sirloin patties, which are seasoned while cooking, topped with American cheese, grilled onions and ketchup served… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 30, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments

BISTRO WEST INTRODUCES SUNDAY COMFORT WITH NEW BRUNCH MENU

Special menu of contemporary comfort food offered every weekend at The District in Tustin

Having made its Orange County debut less than two months ago at The District at Tustin Legacy, Bistro West has launched a Sunday Brunch menu featuring an extensive selection of contemporary comfort foods and specialty cocktails.



The Bistro West Sunday Brunch, available from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., will offer traditional breakfast dishes, in… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Irvine’s acclaimed Lucca Café offers innovative & affordable gourmet dinners on the run



Taking lead from their loyal clientele and the current economic climate, Lucca Café has introduced LUCCA2GO, a convenient service that allows diners to take the Lucca experience home with them any night of the week. The Irvine-based eatery, known for its one-of-a-kind menu, reminiscent of a Euro bistro, complete with an exquisite wine bar, has created a truly dynamic menu that offers meals for individuals or families of four, the latter of which… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Denny’s Launches "Better for You" Options to Give Guests New Choices

Denny’s Says Menu Will Give Guests a Range of Choices from Turkey Bacon to Wheat Pancakes, from Fresh Fruit to Yogurt



Denny’s is once again putting their guests first by introducing their new Better For You menu additions. Denny’s believes Better For You items will give guests additional meal choices that will complement Denny’s current menu selections. “Denny’s realizes that we must have options on the menu for consumers who have… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments

Blend of Classic Starbucks Flavors and Fine Ingredients Offers Indulgence by the Spoonful

Starbucks Coffee Company and Unilever today unveiled a new super-premium ice cream line inspired by some of consumers’ favorite Starbucks® beverages. Created by culinary experts and food developers from both companies, Starbucks® ice cream is made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients, including milk and cream supplied by farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with rBGH.*



The line is now rolling into grocers across the U.S., and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

Carl’s Jr. Returns to Its Roots with New Jumbo Chili Dogs

Founder Carl Karcher First Sold Them From His Hot Dog Cart in 1941



True classics never go out of style. So, for a limited time, young hungry guys across the West can head to Carl’s Jr.® and enjoy one of the menu items the company was founded on – the Chili Dog.



The history of Chili Dogs at Carl’s Jr. dates back to 1941 when founder Carl N. Karcher and his wife Margaret opened their first restaurant enterprise - a hot dog cart at the corner of Florence and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 18, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

Happy St. Patty's Day

Here's a quick list in case you don't know where you are headed tonight for St. Patty's Day!



Skosh Monahan's

2000 Newport Blvd

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 548-0099

www.skoshmonahans.com



O'Neill's Bar and Grill

26772 Avery Pkwy

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

(949) 305-5100

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St. Paddy's Day Celebration

Tuesday, March 17th, from 11:30am-8:30pm

Authentic Irish Food & Beverages… Continue

Added by Gina Mims on March 17, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

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