February 2010 Blog Posts (18)

Restaurant Week Launch Party at the Winery

The Launch Party at the Winery last night was a hit. The Restaurant Week-Tini was delicious. If you would like to create one for yourself, you can find the recipe here. Also ask participating restaurants to make one for you. http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/Official_Cocktails.html

Thanks to all who came out to support the event sponsored by… Continue

Added by Gina Mims on February 28, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments


Producers for the Taste of Ladera have announced some major entertainment coming to Founders Park. This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature local food vendors and entertainment, all for a good cause. Visit the

Taste of Ladera at www.tasteofladera.com to sign up for booth space or purchase tickets.



Added by OCfoodies on February 25, 2010 at 11:54am — No Comments


WineStyles at Orchard Hills Village Center in Irvine is participating in the 11th annual “Open That Bottle Night” (OTBN) this Saturday, February 27. OTBN, the brainchild of The Wall Street Journal’s wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, was created to give wine lovers a perfect occasion to open a bottle of wine when no other occasion seemed appropriate enough.

From 6 to 10 p.m. this…


Added by OCfoodies on February 25, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Because real wine aficionados drink Merlot

Pig&Poke Merlot

Real wine drinkers know that Merlot wrongly got a bad rap in that infamous movie "Sideways," becoming "the red-headed step child of the Bordeaux wine…


Added by Iris Yokoi on February 24, 2010 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Restaurant Week Adds Some Fun Ethnic Flair

Restaurant Week begins this Sunday Feb. 28th.

There are over 25 new restaurants this time around, most noticably some fun ethnic flavors.

Here is a list of some new flavors and classic favorites.


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Added by Gina Mims on February 23, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Great Pan Dulce & Tamales at Panaderia El Buen Gusto!

What else can I say? My dad knows his OC Mexican joints best... And apparently, the Guatemalan and Salvadoran ones as well!

This is not just a fantastic Mexican panaderia (bakery), but also a great place for authentic Guatemalan treats. My cheese and chile tamales were much better than expected, with delicate cheese flavor and a spicy kick from the chiles. And even better, the "Guatemalan cheesecake" was just totally addictive! It was amor at first bite!

So next time… Continue

Added by Andrew Davey on February 21, 2010 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Pizzeria Ortica: My New Fave Pizza in OC

Finally, FINALLY, Orange County can claim its own great pizzeria! David Myers has really blessed OC with Pizzeria Ortica. I tried it tonight with my dad. He's hard to impress (he just isn't a foodie), but even he admitted that dinner here was worth it.

His Milanesa Pizza was simply stunning. The fried egg on top complemented the asparagus, the fontina, and the parmigiano quite well. Oh, and my Pizza alla Nonna was also quite delicious. The cherry tomatoes and eggplant fit in… Continue

Added by Andrew Davey on February 21, 2010 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Haven Gastropub to Partner with Charlie Palmer and a Host of Orange County’s Finest Restaurants

Haven Gastropub is pleased to partner with Charlie Palmer restaurant in Costa Mesa, in participation with a group restaurant effort to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief. The fundraiser, organized and hosted by Charlie Palmer’s Eryck Chairez will be held at Charlie Palmer in Costa Mesa from 7pm-10pm Monday, February 22nd. The unprecedented event is a coming together of some of Orange County’s finest restaurants. In addition to Haven Gastropub, other popular restaurants… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Prego Ristorante will be leading a tour through Italy with a five-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 19 at its Irvine restaurant (18420 Von Karman Avenue). Priced at $54.95 per guest…


Added by OCfoodies on February 16, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hearts of Gold - Good Food, Good Cause, Good Fun

RSVP by calling 949-493-7107

Added by OCfoodies on February 12, 2010 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Complete With Carhop Roller Skating Servers, Ruby’s Diner is Set to Open its First Drive-In Restaurant In Spring 2010 Ruby’s Diner, famous for 1940s-inspired burgers, shakes and classic American foo…

Complete With Carhop Roller Skating Servers, Ruby’s Diner is Set to Open its First Drive-In Restaurant In Spring 2010

Ruby’s Diner, famous for 1940s-inspired burgers, shakes and classic American food, will soon have a new home in Downtown Anaheim. The newest Ruby’s Diner location, The Ruby’s Five Points Drive-In, is expected to open at end of March or beginning of April 2010 and is the first to feature an authentic, old-fashioned outdoor carhop with…


Added by OCfoodies on February 9, 2010 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Where to Dine for Valentine's in OC...


Added by OCfoodies on February 9, 2010 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Don The Beachcomber Gives Plenty of Options for Celebratory Fun This Weekend

Are you looking to take your sweetie for a romantic dinner over Valentine’s Day weekend? Or perhaps you are in need of finding that special someone? Or do you just want to say “ah, screw Valentine’s Day – bring on the Chinese New Year!” If you answered yes to any of those three questions, then Don the Beachcomber has you covered. On Friday, February 12th, the popular Sunset Beach venue will be hosting an “UN-Valentine’s” singles party for those who are looking for love. The weekend… Continue

Added by Rich Manning on February 9, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Marche Moderne: C'est si bon!

My goodness, a fabulously delicious French Bistro in Orange County? In South Coast Plaza? Are you kidding me?

That would have been my response before Marche Moderne opened. And since I'm back in OC this week to visit the family, I figured I should finally give this place a try while I'm in town. And oh yes, thank goodness I did!

The bread and butter were a good sign of what was to come. The butter was nice and sweet, and the bread was soft and fresh.

And from… Continue

Added by Andrew Davey on February 9, 2010 at 5:04pm — 2 Comments

Haven Gastropub’s Haven for Haiti Earthquake Relief Fundraiser Proves An Overwhelming Success

Haven Gastropub today announced the donation of $10,900 to its charitable partner Mercy Corps following its successful Haven For Haiti earthquake relief fundraiser held January 25th. The donation represents 100% of the restaurant’s proceeds generated throughout the day-long fundraiser, which was held in an effort to help those afflicted by the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, killing tens of thousands, and leaving many more injured, homeless, and without food or water.

"All of us at Haven are… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 8, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Prego Ristorante will be letting love loose as it offers a romantic four-course Valentine’s dinner Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15, 2010. Priced at $80 per couple, Prego will allow each couple to dine by candlelight and…


Added by OCfoodies on February 8, 2010 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Celebrating Valentine's Day The OC Foodies Way

SOL Cocina – Newport Beach

Heart & SOL Valentine's Day 3 course dinner $ 90.00 per couple…


Added by Gina Mims on February 8, 2010 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Matador Cantina's Valentine's Day Prix-Free Dinner: A Unique, Casual Option for You and Your Honey

Are you looking for a Valentine's Day dinner with your sweetie that offers excellent food in a casual, fun atmosphere? Then the Valentine's Day prix-free dinner going on at Matador Cantina in downtown Fullerton may be exactly what you are looking for. The three-course meal features a starter of either a traditional shrimp and scallop cocktail or their jicama and pepita infused house salad with tequila lime dressing, a choice of flat iron steak in a cilantro chimichurri sauce or blackened mahi… Continue

Added by Rich Manning on February 2, 2010 at 10:19pm — No Comments

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