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TAPS New Menu For 20th Anniversary

Posted by Kelli on June 19, 2019 at 11:30am 0 Comments

TAPS Fish House & Brewery has unveiled a new menu for lunch and dinner with new additions and re-imagined old favorites. In the works since last fall, the new menu launched at the Brea, Corona and Irvine locations, representing a significant change and was made in anticipation of TAPS’ upcoming 20th anniversary this fall. The menu, created in partnership with TAPS’ longtime purveyor, Santa Monica Seafood, introduces new items such as Hamachi collar, Spanish octopus and rare fin fish, and updates such bellwether classics as Louie salad from TAPS’ original menu with fresh twists.

“We have been listening to our guests who repeatedly have asked for more fish and seafood varieties, including some they may not be familiar with and aren’t the same, over-fished species found on menus everywhere,” said Joe Manzella, founder and proprietor of TAPS,…


Lazy Dog Restaurant Launches New Happy Hour Menu For Summer

Posted by Kelli on June 18, 2019 at 2:36pm 0 Comments

Just in time for Summer, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is cooking up some new menu items and adding new seasonal house beers. Available now, Lazy Dog’s late night and happy hour menus will feature three new limited time menu items that are perfect for sharing. 

Lazy Dog’s new seasonal menu showcases guest-favorite ingredients like beeler's family farm pork belly, Lazy Dog’s signature bacon candy, flavor-packed jackfruit and more.  Here’s a look at Lazy Dog’s summer additions:

  •  Pig Candy Grilled Cheese – featuring Lazy Dog’s bacon candy, slow-braised beeler's family farm pork belly, havarti, goat cheese, cream cheese + housemade hatch pepper jelly served on grilled parmesan sourdough toast
  • Jackfruit Falafel Tacos – crispy jackfruit patty…

SideDoor's Ultimate Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party

Posted by Kelli on June 17, 2019 at 11:10am 0 Comments

SideDoor announces that the bi-annual Ultimate Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party returns on Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Happening in Five Crowns and SideDoor’s picturesque outdoor patio and garden, this is the ultimate celebration of cheese. The final Cheese Takeover in the series takes place on Wednesday, June 19 and will present a curated portfolio of artisanal New England cheeses. For that evening only, featured cheeses will find their way into select SideDoor menu items. SideDoor’s own certified cheesemonger, Tracy Nelsen, will be present at the Cheese Takeover and the Cheese Party to educate guests on the various cheeses showcased.

New this year, SideDoor will be collaborating with The Bruery for the Ultimate Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party. Specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales, the boutique,…


Andrei’s Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Posted by Kelli on June 13, 2019 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in July and will be donating 20% of all sales from July 1st through the 13th to Miracles for Kids. “Andrei’s is more than a restaurant, it is a family, and we have been bonded by our commitment to a superb dining experience that serves to raise significant funds for many meaningful non-profit organizations. We can’t think of a better way to commemorate a decade of this commitment than with a grand fundraiser that will make a difference in the lives of many local families,” commented Natalia Ostensen, who, along with her family, opened Andrei’s in 2009 in honor of her late-brother, who the restaurant is named after. “Miracles for Kids is one of the only organizations on the West Coast that provides monthly financial aid, subsidized housing, and counseling to…


SAJJ Mediterranean Celebrates First Anniversary in RSM

Posted by Kelli on June 13, 2019 at 11:50am 0 Comments

SAJJ Mediterranean is celebrating their One Year Anniversary in Rancho Santa Margarita, and to thank guests for a fantastic first year, SAJJ will be offering 50% off ALL dine-in orders from June 17-30. Guests are invited to enjoy healthy, customizable Mediterranean fare like buildable sajj wraps, pita sandwiches, rice or freekeh grain bowls, and salads. Offer valid at Rancho Santa Margarita location for dine-in orders only (22245 El Paseo). For more information, visit

Queen Mary’s 4th of July Celebration

Posted by Kelli on June 12, 2019 at 2:38pm 0 Comments

Celebrate Independence Day aboard the Queen Mary, and enjoy an action-packed day at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration. The red, white, and blue ship-wide event offers live entertainment, family-friendly activities, carnival games, patriotic-themed food, razzle-dazzle drinks from multiple bars, a vintage aircraft flyover, and ends with one of SoCal’s top 4th of July fireworks displays above America’s “shining seas.”

Wander throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks and salons for a day of celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, DJ Rod Epic will bring the house down with original mixes to get the dance party going, then guests can rock out to rock-interpretations of Crowd Theory as they continue the festivities with a mix of alternative, classic rock and modern…


11th Annual Lobsterfest At Newport Beach

Posted by Kelli on June 12, 2019 at 1:49pm 0 Comments

The 11th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Green on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 2 to 7 p.m. The celebration of summer focuses around a fresh Whole Maine Lobster dinner with dancing to live music, a raffle drawing for a big screen TV, and fun for the entire family. Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes NY Strip Steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls, and dessert. Lobster lovers can enjoy craft beer and premium wine while rockin’ out to the tunes of “ PINCH ! ME” band.

All net proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish® – Orange County and Inland Empire and Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to…


Pacific Wine & Food Classic Unveils Featured Chefs and Wineries

Posted by OCfoodies on June 12, 2019 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Pacific Wine & Food Classic is pleased to announce an incredible lineup of chefs, restaurants and wineries set to participate in the third annual, two-day sensory experience. Recently named one of USA Today’s 10Best Food Festivals in the nation for 2019, Pacific Wine & Food Classic invites guests to celebrate the season with summer inspired bites from the region’s top chefs, exquisite wine pairings and refreshing libations in the picturesque seaside atmosphere provided by Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019. 

Presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen…


Moulin Opening Artisan Pastry Lab and Fourth Location In SOCO

Posted by Kelli on June 6, 2019 at 12:32pm 0 Comments

Moulin Proprietor Laurent Vrignaud has announced plans to open a fourth store in Costa Mesa, the French restaurant will open at the popular shopping destination SOCO + The OC Mix on Bastille Day, July 14, 2019.

Moulin Costa Mesa will be offering its signature patisserie & viennoiserie items, while expanding its pastry production to include innovative & large-format Parisian classics. Laurent seeks to meet Southern California’s rising demand for desserts Parisien, which have become increasingly popular at weddings, showers, and corporate gatherings as well as multi-course galas like the Oscars and Grammys.

Located in the heart of SOCO, the 2000 sq. ft. pastry lab will offer a 17-foot glass pastry case and an exhibition-style kitchen, where guests can watch Moulin’s bakers assemble artisan pastries like wedding cake…


41st Annual Greek Festival – June 28-30th

Posted by Kelli on June 5, 2019 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

Orange County’s “A Taste of Greece” festival is returning, with more than 12,000 guests expected to attend the three-day festival, featuring traditional Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, church tours, authentic Greek dancing with lessons, and boutique booths.

Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. Festival admission is just $3 per person, with free admission on Saturday, June 29 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors 65 years and older. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free (with parents or an adult) throughout the three-day festival. Free festival parking will also be available, with complimentary shuttle buses transporting guests from public parking sites in Irvine.

Greek cuisine and hospitality will be the focal points as the…


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