February 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Do You Shabu Shabu?

Interactive. It is a word that has become very common these days. One of the best uses of it is in the phrase, “interactive dining experience”. These days, good food is only part of the experience. Service, certainly. But a lot of diners these days are looking for a fun, unique experience. Something not just served to eat, but a dining experience where you participate in the prep of your meal, as well as sharing and comparing. One of the… Continue

Added by Ed Simon on February 27, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Food Options Show Honda Center is Not Playing Around

If there is one activity I enjoy as much as eating, it is hockey.  Even though I have no idea what to do when I am on a pair of skates except fall down, I’m nonetheless obsessed with the sport on a Canadian level.  I’ve been that way since I was about 7 or so, long before a certain Orange County team popped into existence.  I watch more hockey games on TV than any other sport combined, irrationally fret over my fantasy hockey team, and can rattle off player stats with Rain Man-esque…


Added by Rich Manning on February 23, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Haven Gastropub Pays Tribute to the British...

Well they are paying tribute to the British Brewery that launched a U.S. Craft Beer Revolution with Free Pint Night and we'll take it!

Haven Gastropub invites guests to join in the “Samuel Smith Salute” on Wednesday, February 23rd from 5 p.m. to close, to pay tribute to a British Brewery that helped foster the American craft beer movement we enjoy today.…


Added by OCfoodies on February 17, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Returning Competitor Phil Knoke Tries Again for the “Champion Chef of Orange County” Title Against Top Contender Lindsay Smith-Rosales in Live Cooking Competition Sunday, February 20th at Standards of Excellence Huntington Beach...

When one Champion bows out, how do you crown a new Champion? With a Sunday Night Chef Fight between #1 Contenders! Two of Orange County’s most talented chefs will step into the Standards of…


Added by OCfoodies on February 17, 2011 at 2:34pm — No Comments

SOL's Bringing Sexy Back Thursdays at 9:01 PM

SOL Mexican Cocina presents “Thursdays at 901” every week, highlighting the OC debut of Justin Timberlake’s 901 Silver Tequila with late-night live entertainment, 901 Silver Tequila specialty cocktails and menu options until 1 a.m.


“Thursday night is…


Added by OCfoodies on February 15, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Nekter Juice Bar opening a New Location in Corona del Mar on March 1st

On the heels of the energy and success of its flagship location in Costa Mesa, Nekter Juice Bar will open in Corona del Mar on Tuesday, March 1st on Pacific Coast Highway (at Goldenrod, next to Starbucks). In the four months since first opening in Orange County, Nekter has gained quite a following for its green juice blends, raw nut milk smoothies, and healthy, raw,…


Added by OCfoodies on February 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Buzz on Beer: American Dietetic Association Offers a Toast to Good Health during American Heart Month

 While red wine is often touted as the heart-healthy libation, more evidence is showing beer has a great deal of nutrition and health-promoting qualities as well, according to an article published in the Winter 2011 issue of the American Dietetic Association’s member publication, ADA Times.

“Red wine enjoys a reputation for sophistication and health benefits, but as interest in artisan brewing gains momentum and emerging research reveals unique nutrition properties, beer is…


Added by OCfoodies on February 13, 2011 at 3:55pm — No Comments

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Added by OCfoodies on February 11, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Matador Cantina Introduces Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly Menu Alternatives

Matador Cantina, Fullerton’s premier destination for authentic Mexican food and drinks, now offers vegan and vegetarian menu items.


Acknowledging the popularity in health food trends and a growing number of vegetarians, Executive Chef David Dennis has created specialty dishes with meat alternatives, such as Vegetarian Fajitas, Vegan Street Tacos, and Roasted Shallot and Portobello Tacos.


The fajitas, regularly served with a choice of fresh-grilled meats are now…


Added by OCfoodies on February 11, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments

A Thai Feast Family-Style at Diho Siam in Mission Viejo

Every once in a while it’s nice to have a group or family dinner out. When that occurs, there is nothing better than one of the numerous varieties of Asian restaurants, since they are made to order for sharing many dishes. Tonight was such a night. Diho Siam is a small (maybe 18 tables total) Thai-Chinese restaurant, with four locations in OC. We converged on them, and they were up to the task.

Soup is always a necessity at a Thai restaurant. We ordered the…


Added by Ed Simon on February 9, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Sundried Tomato Café’s Chef Robert Opelle Wins Award at Casa Teresa’s Amuse Bouche Culinary Challenge

Sundried Tomato Café’s Chef Robert Opelle competed in Casa Teresa’s Amuse Bouche Culinary Challenge and won the “Creativity and Appearance” Award the exciting event held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine on Sunday, January 30th, 2011. 


Seven extraordinarily talented chefs "Painted the Roses Red for the Queens of Our Hearts" and competed for 3 different awards. The tent was filled with hungry guests, red roses and 3 magicians working their magic around the crowd. Chef Robert beat…


Added by OCfoodies on February 7, 2011 at 12:34pm — No Comments

$1399 Martini for Valentines Day, you know you want one!

Savannah Chop House and Robbins Brothers have joined together this Valentine’s Day to create the Valentine’s experience that your special someone will remember for the rest of their life with their Diamond Martini Collection


When making your reservations for Valentine’s Day diners can order one of our Five Diamond Collection Martini’s,…


Added by OCfoodies on February 7, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kimera Restaurant to Host Glitzy “3rd Annual Red Carpet Event”, an Oscar Viewing Party

Kimera Restaurant is excited to host its “3rd Annual Red Carpet Event”, an Oscar viewing party on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Come walk Kimera’s red carpet and watch the telecast of the 83rd Academy Awards on big screen televisions while enjoying gourmet food and the company of friends, family and noted business and community leaders. The gala will also feature a special silent auction with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).


“Our previous Red…


Added by OCfoodies on February 2, 2011 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Spicy Valentine's Menu at Cha Cha's!

Cha Cha’s Tacos & Tequila, the Latin restaurant located in Brea Downtown, is offering guests the chance to spice up their Valentine’s Day - the entire Valentines Weekend (February 12-14).

Guests can order from Cha Cha’s special four-course menu featuring a selection of Cha Cha's seasonal favorites, which will be offered all weekend and is only $24.95 per person. Guests partaking in the menu will also be treated to a special Cha Cha's Champagne Cocktail.

A few of the Cha…


Added by OCfoodies on February 2, 2011 at 9:53pm — No Comments

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