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Fogo de Chão to open on the 14th at the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by OCfoodies on October 11, 2019 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão will open its newest location on Monday, October 14, at Irvine Spectrum Center.  

Located on Spectrum Center Dr., the restaurant seats approximately 250 guests and features an open churrasco grill, white Carrera marble Market Table, a lively bar area and open-air patio space with Bar Fogo menu offerings. Upon entering the restaurant’s panoramic dining room guests can expect to see an elegant private dining space along with a signature bas-relief interpretation of Antonio Carigni’s 16-foot O’Laçador statue, the embodiment of the gaucho culture.

“We are thrilled to open Fogo’s third LA-area restaurant and first Orange County location at Irvine Spectrum,” said Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Our team…


Fry Family Foods Will Donate 5,000 Burgers To Second Harvest Food Bank Of OC

Posted by Kelli on October 10, 2019 at 1:13pm 0 Comments

Fry’s are donating 5,000 of their plant-based burgers to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, which distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 300 community and partner programs throughout Orange County.

“When we saw that 112,000 children in Orange County may go hungry every month and that 22% of seniors are also at risk of going hungry, we knew we had to do something. Through their Kids Café, School Pantry and Senior Grocery programs, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is committed to providing meals to those in need in the Southland and we’re honored to be a part of that effort,” states Fry’s International Marketing Director, Tammy Fry, whose father founded the company nearly three decades ago.

Throughout their nearly 30 year history of providing healthy and delicious plant-based…


Daphne’s Introduces New Pita Burgers

Posted by Kelli on October 10, 2019 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Daphne’s presents new limited-time offerings including three Pita Burgers, two varieties of seasoned french fries, and a spicy dipping sauce. The three burgers combine traditional American toppings like lettuce, tomato, and choice of cheese with authentic Mediterranean flavors and ingredients like freshly-toasted pita buns, gyro, and falafel. The Gyro Burger features tzatziki, cucumber, a beef patty, and hand-carved gyro meat, while the vegetarian-friendly Falafel Burger pairs a falafel patty with hummus-slathered pita buns. For lovers of heat and spice, the Fire Feta Burger features a beef patty topped with loads of spice-infused feta cheese and spicy house-made Fire Feta sauce for an added kick.

The Pita Burgers are available in a combo for $8.99, which includes a soft drink and french fries, accompanied by a new harissa ketchup that…


OC Fresca Opens This Saturday in San Clemente

Posted by Kelli on October 9, 2019 at 1:35pm 0 Comments

This weekend check out the Latin-inspired beach vibes and boozy agua fresca-inspired cocktails at the brand-new bar and restaurant, OC Fresca. OC Fresca is housed in a historic building just steps from the Pacific Ocean, with an expansive and colorful menu features signature fresh-pressed juices made onsite crafted into delicious fruit cocktails–made daily and custom built to order. The Frescas will be available in a variety of seasonal cocktails or as non-alcoholic versions known as “Re-Frescas.” Additionally, the Frescas will be used to create paletas (fruit popsicles) that can be enjoyed in the restaurant or taken to go.

Showing that the juice is worth the squeeze, OC Fresca’s exhibition kitchen is devoted solely to Fresca production, allowing guests a peek inside the process. The custom-made hexagon-shaped bar will house traditional agua…


Boo Ha Ha A Haunted Oktobeerfest

Posted by Kelli on October 8, 2019 at 2:49pm 0 Comments

Come and experience the first-ever Boo Ha Ha A Haunted Oktobeerfest, happening Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, with over 80 German style and local craft beers, traditional German food, spooky activities galore, and live entertainment to the OC Fair and Event Center.

A Brew Ha Ha Production, Boo Ha Ha will feature a curated selection of craft beers conjured up by some of the nation’s top breweries. Attendees will taste unlimited samples of over 80 craft beers from breweries including 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Belching Beaver, Bottle Logic, Common Cider Company, Docent, Firestone Walker, Franziskaner, Helmsman, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Spaten, Ten Mile Brewing Co, and more.

While attendees pick their poison from the rare and German-inspired beer offerings, they can also enjoy German-inspired food including an impressive…


Luna Grill Opening 50th Location In Anaheim

Posted by Kelli on October 7, 2019 at 2:37pm 0 Comments

Luna Grill is opening its 50th location on October 11th in Anaheim. The flagship Orange County outpost showcases the company's new interior style, a blend of light and airy elements with gold, silver and blue details, designed to create a transparent, interactive and welcoming environment for guests and team members.

Luna Grill Anaheim also offers diners a variety of appealing menu options such as chicken and beef filet Kabobs and numerous fresh Mediterranean salad options. Luna Grill has always been about quality, clean food sourced from the best possible options, ensuring everyone enjoys a satisfying, energy-producing meal.

The Anaheim restaurant includes a dog-friendly 500-square-foot patio,…


Ocean at Main Celebrates 1 Year

Posted by Kelli on October 7, 2019 at 1:45pm 0 Comments

Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach is celebrating it's year in business this October. To celebrate, Chef-owner Craig Strong is presenting a new menu of California coastal cuisine, bursting with fall flavors and a few luxe surprises. The restaurant also unveils the St. Claire Suite, a luxe beach cottage hidden within its historic Laguna Beach locale.

In its first year, Ocean at Main was honored as a Best New Restaurant by Orange Coast Magazine, one of Modern Luxury's 10 Most Exciting New Restaurants, and was named among OC Register critic, Brad Johnson's 75 Best Places to Eat.

Since its debut last fall, Ocean at Main has attracted a loyal crowd of locals and international travelers alike. As the restaurant heads into second year, Strong presents new dishes that strike the perfect balance between elegant and playful - perfectly capturing the…


Celebrate National Pasta Day At Casa Barilla

Posted by Kelli on October 7, 2019 at 1:32pm 0 Comments

Casa Barilla invites guests to celebrate National Pasta Day on Thursday, October 17. Serving up two new seasonal dishes featured throughout the month of October, as well as year-round specialty pasta cuts and delicious plant-based recipes.

This October, Casa Barilla will be offering Spaghetti Crab & Ikura and, for an added Halloween twist at no extra cost, guests can enjoy the dish with squid ink for and enjoy a boost of flavor and color. Succulent crab meat, Calabrian chili and garlic are tossed in a creamy lemon sauce with delicate pearls of salmon caviar topping off this specially curated pasta.

Guests can choose from a variety of Casa Barilla’s year-round plant-based pasta offerings featured on the everyday menu. These highlights include four specialty pasta cuts unique to Casa Barilla such as the plant based Barilla Red Lentil…


Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge In Rancho Mission Viejo

Posted by Kelli on October 3, 2019 at 12:02pm 0 Comments

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is set to open this November. With the allure of old Hollywood, the modern speakeasy combines elevated comfort cuisine and East Coast classics balanced with West Coast ingredients and influences.

“Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is my new stage. As a choreographer, my goal was to make people feel confident, sexy, strong, and complex,” comments chef-owner Paige Riordan. “My goal with this restaurant is to elicit those same emotions in guests, through beautiful, balanced cuisine and a captivating atmosphere.”

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge is a family-owned business in every sense of the word. Riordan’s husband, mother, and father are all involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant. Riordan is joined in the kitchen by her father Marty Manley, a former East Coast commercial fishing captain, who attended…


Celebrate Las Brisas' 40th Anniversary On October 10th

Posted by Kelli on October 2, 2019 at 12:23pm 0 Comments

Las Brisas is celebrating 40 years of business. To celebrate, Las Brisas invites the community and guests for a day of celebratory happenings, including the following:

  • Giveaways – $100 Las Brisas gift card giveaway to every 40th guest to arrive during the hosted reception (4-10 p.m.)
  • 40th Anniversary Party – join Las Brisas for complimentary appetizers and passed bites from 4-10 p.m. in the newly refreshed bar and lounge area. The party will feature a live Mariachi band from 4-6 p.m., acoustic musician Justin Hopkins (from season 2 of The Voice) from 6-9 p.m., a photobooth for guests to commemorate the celebration, and celebrity appearances including Audrina Patridge
  • All-Day Happy Hour – special prices all-day from the new happy hour menu
  • Free…

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