Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (19)

May 31 is National Macaroon Day!

Go buy some from one of these local restaurants, bakeries, or stores OR make your own gluten free treat with the recipe below! Some fun flavors available are vanilla, lemon, strawberry, hazelnut, coconut, pistachio, green Tea, mango, passion fruit rose or coffee! 

Layer Cake Bakery in Irvine  www.layercakebakery.com

Tranquil Tea Lounge in Fullerton  …


Added by lauren modry on May 31, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Post Memorial Day Wear White...And Eat White!

Now that Memorial Day has passed and we are “allowed” to wear white why not have some fun with white foods? Here are some delicious recipes using egg whites, creamy coconut and white chocolate!


Zucchini, Spinach and Mushroom Egg White Quiche




8 egg whites

1 3/4 C skim or low fat…


Added by lauren modry on May 31, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sundried Tomato American Cafes and Bistro Kick off Summer with Impressive New Dishes

Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Cafes is announcing new menu additions sure to please any palette looking for a lighter summer dish just in time for the hot summer months.
Beginning Monday, May 30, 2011, Memorial Day, all three Sundried Tomato locations…

Added by lauren modry on May 31, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Recycling Used Food and Beverage Containers Easy and Accessible!

As we head into the summer months with more barbeques, picnics and family meals at home, recycling can be a lot easier then previously believed.  

Added by lauren modry on May 31, 2011 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Everything is better with BBQ sauce!

Here's a quick and easy BBQ sauce recipe because we all know everything tastes better slathered in a little BBQ sauce! Throw it on your BBQ'd chicken, ribs, tofu, steak, veggie burgers and even your left over sandwiches tomorrow...barbecue chicken with avocado on a talera roll yummy!



  • 1 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar…

Added by lauren modry on May 30, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

May 27th is National Grape Popsicle Day! Enjoy a frozen treat going into the holiday weekend!

The actual origins of National Grape Popsicle Day are unknown but the popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson. He was 11 years old at the time and accidentally left a mixture of powered soda, water and a stirring stick outside on his porch. The mixture froze over during the night. Frank shared the mixture with his schoolmates who all loved the frozen concoction. And the "Epsicle" was born!

When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly begged for "Pop's…


Added by lauren modry on May 26, 2011 at 1:28pm — No Comments

OpenTable Diners Pick Top Outdoor Dining Spots. Two OC restaurants make the list!

California and Florida restaurants lead the pack for the third year in a row for top outdoor dining spots!  Beachcomber Cafe in Crystal Cove and Sapphire in Laguna Beach make the pick! 

Just in time for the summer travel season, OpenTable Inc., announced the 50 winners of its "Diners' Choice Awards for Best Outdoor Dining" in the United States.  The list of winners is derived from more than seven million reviews…


Added by lauren modry on May 25, 2011 at 3:17pm — No Comments

45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest Lets You Be the Judge for the $1 Million Grand Prize Winner! Place your vote and get the recipes to some creative yummy new dishes!

Entries for the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest are in and judging is now underway. And once again the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is letting You Be the Judge!

Over the years we’ve received countless calls from people wanting to get involved in this iconic contest. You Be the Judge! provides consumers with a fun way to experience the contest and play a part in helping to decide some of the recipes that will compete for the…

Added by OCfoodies on May 25, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

National Brown-Bag-Day! What do you have in your lunch bag?

California Grilled Veggie Sandwich


  • 1/4 cup…

Added by OCfoodies on May 25, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Coke Floats Now Co-Starring at Select AMC Theatres...

Visitors to AMC Theatres will now offer Coca-Cola Floats, featuring refreshing Coca-Cola and vanilla ice cream from Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company. The new beverage choice – exclusive to AMC Theaters – will offer moviegoers a refreshing complement to the action, drama and romance that will light up movie screens all summer…


Added by OCfoodies on May 24, 2011 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Kicked Up Memorial Day Burgers at Crow Bar

When someone says "Memorial Day Weekend," one's thoughts tend to drift to the image of a guy standing behind a grill, donned in an apron with some goofy slogan plastered upon it, applying a spatula to the underside to a gradually charring hunk of meat.  It also conjures up visuals of nothing much more beyond a cooked patty and possibly a bubbling slice of American cheese…


Added by Rich Manning on May 23, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Taste of the Nation: A Delicious Fundraiser

Usually, when you go to a fundraiser, you have to prepare your palate for an evening of food that ranges anywhere from average to sub-par.  Not that it's the fault of the venue, of course.  After all, it is quite the arduous challenge to prepare dishes that hundreds of people will agree upon.  Nevertheless, such a conundrum produces cuisine that is not all that exciting.


The Taste of the Nation fundraisers do not suffer from this issue.  In fact, the problem gets transcended…


Added by Rich Manning on May 23, 2011 at 9:44am — No Comments

Top Celebrity Chefs at Taste of the Nation this Sunday

When was the last time you had your dinner made by 2 James Beard Awards Winners and 4 Food TV Personalities overlooking the ocean?

for Tickets go to http://www.tasteofthenation.org


Sundays Chefs are:


Scott Conant


New York, Vegas, Beverly Hills, Toronto & Miami

Food Network Personality

Chopped Judge, 25 Hour Restaurant Battle 




Added by Gina Mims on May 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

taco asylum hot sauces!

Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels’ line of taco asylum housemade hot sauces, which have become quite popular since the restaurant opened earlier this year, are now available for individual purchase. Chef Daniels' Ghost Chili, Red Savina, and Cayenne varieties are available in 5 ounce bottles for $9.75 each.

“We first introduced a line of hot sauces to accentuate and enhance our line of non-traditional gourmet tacos, but our decision to make them available for retail purchase was…


Added by OCfoodies on May 11, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Five Crowns is Re-Opening on May 19th

Well if you have missed it you’ll be thrilled to hear that after a month (or so)-long closure, Lawry’s Restaurants’ venerable Five Crowns in Corona del Mar will celebrate its Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, May 19.  A fresh approach to its traditional menu and jazzy new interior changes mark the beginning of a new chapter in the restaurant’s 46-year history.


Fourth-generation family member and new Five Crowns Executive Chef Ryan O’Melveny Wilson has wide-ranging experience…


Added by OCfoodies on May 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

dinner and a movie

taco asylum screens noted music films every thursday night


taco asylum redefines “dinner and a movie” with its new Thursday night screenings. Beginning Thursday, May 12th, the restaurant will show a different music-only film on its dining room’s high-definition flatscreen beginning at 9 p.m. to coincide with its noted Happy Hour. Guests will be able to enjoy $3 draught craft beers, $2 off their more than 30 canned…


Added by OCfoodies on May 11, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Father's Day BBQ Brunch at Don the Beachcomber!

Don the Beachcomber is offering a Father’s Day BBQ Brunch that Dad can really sink his teeth into, complete with bottomless Primo draft beer from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Dad has an option of two seatings, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., both featuring Tapua shows with Polynesian dancers! As part of the brunch, Don the Beachcomber’s Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Delia Snyder, will present a spread of BBQ dishes ranging from Steak and Salmon, to Baby Back Ribs and Polish Sausages! There will… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on May 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

One more reason to get excited about summer…STARFISH

All of us OC foodies can start to get excited about the soon to open STARFISH. The newest culinary concept by Nancy Wilhelm, owner of Tabu Grill in Laguna Beach.  


WHAT:  Beginning Monday, June 6th STARFISH will be open to the public for lunch and dinner daily, opening at 11:00 a.m. STARFISH will offer convenient takeout and a late night bar…


Added by OCfoodies on May 3, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Rockin B’s Burrito Bandito Grand Opening Event!!!

Rockin B’s Burrito Bandito, a new Mexican restaurant located at the Kaleidoscope Courtyards, will host its Grand Opening Event on Saturday, May 7th from 12 to 4 p.m.


The event will feature a live Mariachi band, food samplings, pull-string piñatas for kids, and giveaways.  A 10-percent discount will be honored on all purchases during the…


Added by OCfoodies on May 2, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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