Featured Blog Posts – April 2011 Archive (23)

Neiuport 17

As a whole, Southern California has a notorious reputation for embracing the destruction of our past.  But while we should occasionally acknowledge and accept the scorn that oftentimes accompanies such demolition – the fact that the original Brown Derby in Los Angeles is now the home of a mundane strip mall immediately comes to mind – a lot of this structural ripping and…


Added by Will Work for Food on April 28, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments


Orange County’s 33rd annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 24, 25, and 26 at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (4949 Alton Parkway, between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92604). More than 11,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, authentic Greek…


Added by OCfoodies on April 27, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Defending O.C. Sunday Night Chef Fight Champion Lindsay Smith-Rosales Faces Challenger Nicola Bellazzi

After claiming the coveted title of “Champion Chef of Orange County” at the February Orange County Sunday Night Chef Fight, Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales is ready for her first title defense against Chef Nicola Bellazzi at the next Orange County Sunday Night Chef Fight cooking competition, live Sunday May 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Standards of Excellence showroom in Huntington Beach.


Chef Smith-Rosales, chef/owner of the Nirvana Grille with locations in Laguna Beach and Mission…


Added by OCfoodies on April 26, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

RUSTICA Pampers Mom! 3-Course Prix-Fixe Brunch with Cocktail for $35

RUSTICA knows how to please Mom on her special day – whether she prefers a rich, homemade English pea ravioli; a decadent Nutella and banana-stuffed French toast; a comforting free-range herb-roasted half chicken with chanterelles and homemade herb pappardelle; or a luxurious, refreshing dungeness crab “Benny” with…


Added by OCfoodies on April 26, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Red Robin ... Has A Fun New iPhone App

With Red Robin’s new Customizer iPhone app, menu items and nutritional information that are at the top of consumers’ minds are now available in the palms of their hands. Red Robin just launched a mobile meal customizer and nutritional information iPhone app that allows iPhone users to choose a Red Robin menu item; add or remove ingredients; add sides, desserts and beverages; calculate the nutritional values; and save meal creations to refer to or edit again later. To download the free Red…


Added by OCfoodies on April 22, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

Jack in the Box Offers New Bourbon BBQ Steak Grilled Sandwich

Though some might question whether jeggings or European-style swim trunks are hot or cheesy, there’s no question that the new Bourbon BBQ Steak Grilled Sandwich at Jack in the Box® restaurants is … both!

“This is a great addition to our popular line of Grilled Sandwiches.”

.Beginning Monday, April 25, Jack in the Box will expand its popular line of Grilled…


Added by OCfoodies on April 22, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Orange County Food Bank’s ‘Race to Heel Hunger’ to Feed Those in Need

A group of community leaders are organizing a unique fundraising event to help the Orange County Food Bank respond to the needs of those impacted by the economic downturn. The “Race to Heel Hunger” will be held on April 29, 2011 at the Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, CA, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Michele Gile, On-Air Reporter for CBS 2 and KCAL 9, will serve as the event emcee. The auto-themed wine tasting event will also feature cuisine stations provided by various Newport Beach restaurants,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 22, 2011 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Cuevas at The Crow Bar: Another Reason Why the Gastropub Concept Works So Well

By now, we are all familiar with the concept of the gastropub; the white hot, super cool culinary milieu in which artisan drink and accessibly upscale cuisine conspire to blow the metaphorical doors off your taste buds as you hang in a lively if not raucous setting.  It is a concept that first hit the OC scene with The Crow Bar in Corona Del Mar, and thankfully shows no signs of slowing down.  This is fantastic news for those of us who care about food to the point of obsession, since the…


Added by Rich Manning on April 19, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Fun food at the Poke Festival

In Hawaii, two of the favorite food categories are Poke and Plate Lunches. Over the years, I've hunted down a few providers of each here in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. I've even made my own poke a few times, buying the ingredients from my favorite Asian Market, Marukai. There was no better way to get my mouth salivating though then to attend the I Love Poke Festival April 12th in Huntington Beach. I was going to Hawaii------by…


Added by Ed Simon on April 15, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Clancy's Clubhouse $50 Gift Card

Clancy’s Clubhouse offers up an energetic sports-themed eatery with a hometown feel that is ‘reimagining the classics.’ Clancy’s reintroduces the notion of everyday value, serving American comfort food and a wide selection of brews on tap. Menu items include signature entrees, steaks, fresh fish, hearty burgers, homemade chili and a variety of salads. At Clancy’s they like to say, “Start with a beer, stay for the food...”


Conveniently located one half block south of the…


Added by OCfoodies on April 15, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Blackmarket Bakery is having a Spring Openhouse!

Where: Blackmarket Bakery | 17941 Sky Park Circle Suite E | Irvine, CA 92614 | 949-852-4609


When: April 16th, Saturday from 11:30am to 2pm 

What: Sample our new…


Added by OCfoodies on April 15, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

More than 60 Wines Featured at 3rd Annual "Sunday in the Vineyard"

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar will host its 3rd Annual “Sunday in the Vineyard” fundraiser on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. featuring a wine tasting with more than 60 wines, many of which are considered unique and rare finds from boutique wineries spanning the globe.  In addition, the event, which benefits the Marconi Foundation for Kids and the Child Guidance Center, will include a live cooking station with The Winery’s Executive Chef and Partner, Yvon Goetz, and live and…


Added by OCfoodies on April 15, 2011 at 12:01am — No Comments

The 8th Annual “NEWPORT BEACH WINE FESTIVAL" At the Balboa Bay Club & Resort May 27-29th, 2011

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort will be hosting the glorious 8th annual celebration of fine wine & cuisine over Memorial Day weekend so save the date foodies.

This 8th annual weekend will include 8 events --- including a winemaker luncheon, evening events, seminars, brunch, afternoon barbeque, and of course The Grand…


Added by OCfoodies on April 15, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Just in Time for Easter: Nieuport 17 Launches Sunday Champagne Brunch

The Sunday champagne brunch is perhaps one of the most revered meals in which one can partake.  After all, as the name suggests, it combines elements from two different meal periods, thus creating the ultimate culinary fusion.  Plus, it is really the only time one can go into a dining venue and order a sumptuous adult libation without impunity.  Of course, a crucial element to a memorable bunch is the location in which the meal is enjoyed.  And there are certain venues in and around the OC…


Added by Rich Manning on April 14, 2011 at 2:39pm — No Comments

I Love Poke Festival

A great night was had by all at the first annual I Love Poke Festival at Don The Beachcomber on April 12th.

It was a great opportunity for the local restaurants to showcase their talents and the OC Restaurant Association to be Judges Liasons.

We have attached some fun photos of the chefs and the event.

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Added by Gina Mims on April 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Great Food, Greater Cause: Taste of the Nation Event at Montage May 22nd

In this world of Food Network shows and ever-expanding culinary education, the army of serious foodies that has sprung forth within the past decade seems poised to take over a rather hefty section of the planet.  However, as the old adage says, with great power comes great responsibility.  And while we gastrobuffs tend to feel it is our outright duty to spread the word about a perfectly prepped foie gras or the latest seasonal menu from a white-hot chef, we have a much greater duty to make…


Added by Rich Manning on April 14, 2011 at 11:48am — No Comments

Morton's The Steakhouse - Wine Event

Both Morton's The Steakhouse in Anaheim and Santa Ana are offering a spectacular offer for wine aficionados. The Riedel Wine Glass Tasting allows guests the chance to sip from high quality, elegant stemware with the purpose of learning the difference a glass can make for each varietals.  Chateau Ste Michelle wines will be served alongside Morton's signature hors d'oeuvres,…


Added by OCfoodies on April 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

RA Sushi Offers “Manic Monday” Special to Help Taxpayers Cope with Tax Day

Tax season is here, which means the dreaded day is looming. This year, the tax return deadline has been extended to Monday, April 18, adding stress to an already loathed day of the week. To give Orange County residents incentive for getting their taxes done early or providing a little relief for those who procrastinated, RA Sushi has created a “Manic Monday” special, extending its Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to close at both Orange County locations on April 18.


Keeping a little money…


Added by OCfoodies on April 8, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Yogurtland is FIVE years old!

To thank the company’s loyal customers, starting on Monday, April 11, participating Yogurtland stores will hand out a Fan Pass to customers. The Fan Passes can then be redeemed to enjoy 2 oz of free frozen yogurt each day from April 15 - 19. Customers who use the Fan Pass three times during this period will receive a special Yogurtland cooler as a gift. Yogurtland is also offering guests a special, limited time edition purple spoon during the anniversary celebration.…


Added by OCfoodies on April 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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