January 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Pucker Up for a French Kiss at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant Decadent Cocktail Features the Best of Valentine’s Day Minus the Bad Date

Spicy, sweet and sexy, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant has found the perfect match for singles, a Valentine’s cocktail sure to rival any box of chocolates. Available at both the Huntington Beach and Tustin locations from Monday, Feb. 8-Sunday, Feb. 14, the French Kiss is a creamy concoction with spiced chocolate and raspberry, served in a chocolate-drizzled martini glass ($8). The ideal ending to dinner, the French Kiss won’t expect a call the next… Continue

Added by Lauren on January 28, 2010 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Wine & Beer Tasting For a Cause

Beer Tasting and Wine Tasting for a Cause

Thursday, January 28, 2010

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer -All proceeds benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

The Reserve Wine Bar and Shop

25642 Crown Valley Pkwy., Suite E5

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

(949) 276-5688


* $25 wine tasting & $15 beer tasting with $10 of each tasting going toward to the Avon… Continue

Added by Erin Markland on January 27, 2010 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Wine: Five easy steps to understanding what you are tasting

If you’re like my fiancée, who loves wine but doesn’t exactly know why, you might want to take a look at a few tips I developed when I first started drinking wine. These steps helped me to define my taste and expand my knowledge of wine. In essence, it’s the “think while you drink” method. I like to use this mantra in my 101 classes for new wine lovers.

It’s simple really. And even better, it’s all in your head. To begin, start from the top and work your way down: forehead, eyes,… Continue

Added by Jennifer Guran on January 25, 2010 at 8:42pm — 1 Comment

Haven Gastropub to Host Official Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Haven Gastropub announced it’s official grand opening, scheduled Wednesday, January 27th at 4pm. The event will coincide with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by the City of Orange with opening remarks by mayor Carolyn Cavecche, and Haven owners Jeff Hall, Wil Dee and Ace Patel, as well as Executive Chef Greg Daniels.

“We are extremely excited about the community’s response to our concept,” said Hall, commenting on how he and his partners set out to open a place where great food and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 23, 2010 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Oh, Baby!” Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Celebration

Executive Chef Yvon Goetz creates special menu for lover s at

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar at The District in Tustin

Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14

Known for bringing a taste of Wine Country to the HEARTS of Orange County, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar at The District in Tustin will be offering a special Valentine’s “Oh, Baby!” dinner menu Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. The “Oh, Baby!” menu, which includes roses and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

ALEX SCOTT was a very remarkable young girl who helped raise millions of dollars to aid in the search for a cure for cancer with her own lemonade stand.

ALEX SCOTT was a very remarkable young girl who helped raise millions of dollars to aid in the search for a cure for cancer with her own lemonade stand.

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA - ORANGE COUNTY will be hosting a special fund raising event where Art Institute of California - Orange County chefs will be preparing and students will be serving a specially created 6-course delicious feast.


Added by OCfoodies on January 20, 2010 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Another Case for Eating Like a Traveler, Not a Tourist

Anthony Bourdain once came up with the most succinct, poignant tip I have ever heard in regards to getting out of town for an excursion: When on vacation, the No Reservations host and guru of globetrotting implores everyone to “be a traveler, and not a tourist.” Indeed, important words from a man who certainly knows and lives of what he speaks. And these are words that, sadly, I am convinced are not heeded by a hefty chunk of the populace when they embark on a getaway, and it seems especially… Continue

Added by Rich Manning on January 20, 2010 at 12:31am — No Comments

Irvine’s Acclaimed LUCCA Offers Two Innovative & Affordable Menus For Valentine’s Weekend

At LUCCA, it is common knowledge that the way to one’s heart is through their stomach. The Irvine eatery, known for its one-of-a-kind menu, reminiscent of a Euro bistro, complete with an exquisite wine bar, has created a truly heartwarming Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Tasting Menu of four plates paired with five wines, as well as a special Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe Sunday Brunch.

The special Valentine’s Dinner Menu will be offered on Friday, February 12 and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

THE CELLAR EARNS PRESTIGIOUS AAA FOUR DIAMOND AWARD (Restaurant Cited For Excellence in Food, Service & Ambiance)

The Cellar, an Orange County dining institution for nearly four decades, has just received AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award for excellence in food, service and ambiance – one of only six OC restaurants to have achieved the distinction. According to AAA’s Patricia Marenco, The Cellar offers an exquisite fine-dining experience set in an elegant and unique environment, orchestrated by a talented executive chef David Kesler and carried through by a professional and knowledgeable… Continue

Added by Frank Groff, Inc. on January 12, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

Wine Aerators...to use or not to use...that is the question.

A few days ago I was at a local wine shop and noticed that a few customers purchased some expensive bottles of wine and requested the wine be poured through an aerator.

Right away I will tell you that I don’t like aerators. Rather, I don’t like the “idea” of them. Here’s my beef. Winemakers make their wine the way they want you to experience it and then someone puts their wine through a device that completely changes the structure, the nose, the balance, everything about the wine. It… Continue

Added by Jennifer Guran on January 11, 2010 at 7:17pm — No Comments


Those who enjoy good old fashioned ice cream bars need to check out BoardWalk Ice Cream Co., which recently opened at Irvine Spectrum Center next to Jamba Juice near Cafes at the Oasis food court. BoardWalk has added a unique spin to one of America’s coolest treats; it starts by taking classic premium vanilla ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries and putting it on a stick, then dipping the ice cream bar into milk or dark chocolate and rolling it… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

LUCCA offers all KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil ticket holders 15% off total food bill

LUCCA will be offering a special discount to all ticket holders for KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil, which opens today under the Grand Chapiteau at the Orange County Great Park. Cathy Pavlos, Chef/Owner of LUCCA, made the decision to support a community event by offering a 15% discount off the total food bill for those holding a ticket or ticket stub to the show. The offer is valid from Friday, January 8 through Thursday, February 11 at LUCCA (in the Quail Hill Village Center, 6507 Quail… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 8, 2010 at 11:52am — No Comments

Resolutions for the Foodie

The New Year is nigh upon us, which obviously means a cavalcade of well-intentioned resolutions are sure to be leaping out of the mouths of family, friends, or even you. In years past, I have not been much of a practitioner of such annual declarations, primarily because of my immense rate of personal failure with them when I have attempted these reaches at betterment. But instead of feeling sad or disappointed by falling short, I take comfort in the fact that most other people with noble… Continue

Added by Rich Manning on January 4, 2010 at 11:37pm — No Comments


Newport Beach restaurant launches Baja-style Sat & Sun Brunch & nightly Happy Hour

SOL Cocina welcomes 2010 with two new offerings: Weekend Brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday & Sunday) and Happy Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily). Executive Chef Deborah Schneider ha s created a special menu of Coastal Mexican cuisine to accompany each.

The Weekend Brunch menu (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday & Sunday) will feature innovative cocktails such as… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 4, 2010 at 2:40pm — No Comments

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