January 2011 Blog Posts (19)

Irvine's Food Truck Fest

Yesterday I attended my first Food Truck Fest, this one in the parking lot of the Hyatt in Irvine. For the few of you left who haven’t seen the rise of this phenomenon, the “roach coaches” and “lonchera” trucks common in most areas have now been joined by a new breed. The trucks apply the term “Roadfood” in a truly literal meaning. Mobile, the new trucks serve everything from bacon wrapped hotdogs and fusion tacos to crepes and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. They use the road as not just a… Continue

Added by Ed Simon on January 28, 2011 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

RUSTICA Hosts Super Bowl Sunday – Without the Football

In an effort to redefine Super Bowl Sunday, RUSTICA Executive Chef Renieri Caceres has put together a three-course tasting menu with complimentary mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice or housemade bloody mary for $23 per guest (prices exclude tax and gratuity). The Fashion Island bistro will offer the special on Sunday, February 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (giving those who wish to view the Super Bowl plenty of time to come early and enjoy the game). In addition, the restaurant is presenting… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 28, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

OC Restaurant Week Launch is even Better Than Ever!

The District at Tustin Legacy, a one million square-foot lifestyle and entertainment center will be holding the kick off event for the 2011 Orange County Restaurant Week. The District at Tustin Legacy Kick Off event will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


The Kick will take place throughout The District Promenade and will feature live music on two stages.  Artists on Stage One outside of Borders Books & Music include Corey Adams Rabble…


Added by OCfoodies on January 27, 2011 at 11:56pm — No Comments

LUCCA Offers Six-Plate, Five-Wine Valentine’s “Opposites Attract” Dinner Tasting Menu

At LUCCA there’s only one way to the heart – through the stomach.  Husband-and-wife team Elliott and Cathy Pavlos have built LUCCA with lots of heart, which means great attention to its seasonal menu, reminiscent of a Euro bistro, complete with an exquisite wine bar. This year, they showcase their offerings through 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 Weekend… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 24, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Kimera Restaurant Announces Exciting January Girls’ Night Out Event Featuring Hello Kitty Wines

Kimera Restaurant will be hosting this month’s “Girls’ Night Out” event featuring Hello Kitty wines on Tuesday, January 25, 2010 Come out and enjoy an evening with the girls while enjoying delicious wines and American cuisine.

Hello Kitty wines will be pleasing palates at just $48 per bottle/$10 glass for the Brut Rose and $26 per bottle for the Sweet Pink Demi-Sec. The evening will feature a special small plates menu from the restaurant’s mouthwatering cuisine. Raffle prizes include…


Added by OCfoodies on January 21, 2011 at 5:50pm — No Comments

“Oh, Baby!” Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Celebration

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 11 through Monday, February 14. The “Oh, Baby!” menu will be offered in addition to The Winery’s regular dinner menu for $89 per guest (excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages). Reservations can be made by calling 714.258.7600.

Each course of this special… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 21, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

RUSTICA Valentine’s Day Menu Proves Opposites Attract

Proving that opposites do attract, RUSTICA’s Valentine’s Day five-course tasting menu has options to please every palate. The Fashion Island restaurant is offering this special menu in addition to its regular dinner menu Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14 for $55 per guest with optional wine pairings for each course for $40 per guest (prices exclude tax…


Added by OCfoodies on January 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Matador Cantina’s Chef David Dennis Offering Sultry Three-Course Valentine’s Dinner

Matador Cantina will once again host a memorable evening of romance with a special three-course dinner this Valentine’s Day, February 14.


Matador Cantina is providing guests an affordable and romantic dinner by Executive Chef David Dennis. The special Valentine’s menu offered at $35 per person features a three-course dinner, and also includes a complementary Flor de (Rose) Margarita. Guests will be served shrimp and lobster tostada appetizers, with main course choice of Shrimp…


Added by OCfoodies on January 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Nieuport 17 to Host Special Valentine’s Sunday Brunch Followed by Valentine’s Day Surf & Turf For Two

In addition to opening its doors for a special Valentine’s Brunch, Sunday February 13, from 10am to 2pm, Nieuport 17 is hosting a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day. The venerable fine-dining destination is offering a special Surf & Turf dinner for two at $140.

The menu, prepared by recently appointed Executive Chef Marco Colin, features a 6-ounce steamed…


Added by OCfoodies on January 21, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments


How has a humble rice cake with three simple ingredients (rice, mung bean, and pork) come to symbolize Tet, the most celebrated of Vietnamese holidays?


Behind the delicious taste of Banh Chung is a tapestry of traditions, meanings and customs.  Legend has it that in a competition for the crown, the youngest son of King Hung Vuong offered to his father the simple rice cakes which symbolize heaven and earth. The green, flat, square cake filled with rice, bean and pork…


Added by OCfoodies on January 19, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments


Chocolate lovers, spa-goers and foodies will all have something to indulge in this February at Island Hotel Newport Beach, the acclaimed AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel in tony Newport Beach.

Cocoa Lounge at island hotel

When: February 4 through February 26: Tuesday to…


Added by OCfoodies on January 18, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Cold Stone Creamery Launches New Frozen Yogurt Concept

Cold Stone Creamery, has announced the launch of the Cold Stone Yogurt Bar, a new yogurt concept that will be incorporated into existing Cold Stone stores in 2011. The brand extension will feature a self-serve weigh and pay frozen yogurt with a full toppings bar to offer a fully customized yogurt experience.


“With the growing popularity of frozen yogurt and a continued consumer preference toward choice and customization, we see a significant opportunity for our brand, our…


Added by OCfoodies on January 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Sundried Tomato American Bistro Offers Exciting Specials for Football Fans on Super Bowl Sunday

Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Cafés has announced exciting specials for Super Bowl XLV, making the restaurant’s San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano locations the place to be for all Super Bowl viewers in Orange County.


On Super Bowl Sunday, February 6, 2011, beginning at 3 p.m., the San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano restaurants will be throwing a Super Bowl bash, filled with great food, drink specials and cash giveaways.


Sundried Tomato at the Talega…


Added by OCfoodies on January 17, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Taco Asylum at The CAMP: A Haven of Gourmet Tacos

The creative minds behind Haven Gastropub have just introduced taco asylum, a hard edge, 50-seat industrial looking gourmet taco joint -- A fast-casual concept different than any other at The CAMP. The taco asylum menu will take you around the world through flavor, as it specializes in non-traditional…


Added by Shelly Borrell on January 13, 2011 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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Added by Lana Johnson on January 12, 2011 at 9:19pm — No Comments


The Hyatt Regency in Irvine, has announced it’s…


Added by OCfoodies on January 12, 2011 at 10:24am — No Comments

The Napa Valley Celebrates Cabernet Season...

Harvest is complete, the wines are barrel-aging in caves and cellars, and the Napa Valley settles into its favorite winter coat – but visions of the frozen, snow-piled vistas that many traditionally equate with the vernal months don't belong here.  Instead, rows of gnarled dormant vines juxtapose with the brilliant colors of yellow mustard… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 6, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Virgin America Kicks off New Year With Fresh New Menus for Foodie Flyers

Virgin America, the California-based airline known for its award-winning cuisine, today introduces new menus for the New Year for guests in its First Class, Main Cabin Select and Main Cabin service.  The airline updates its menu quarterly in order to offer more seasonal and locally-sourced foods.  The latest update to Virgin America's menu includes tasteful additions in Main Cabin and Main Cabin Select, including a curry chicken salad sandwich, a Greek chicken… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on January 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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