Featured Blog Posts – November 2011 Archive (37)

UC Irvine Extension Offers "Wine Service Techniques for Food & Beverage Professionals"

The University of California, Irvine Extension recently announced a new “Wine Service Techniques for Food and Beverage Professionals” three-week course every Monday from 7-10 p.m. PST starting Jan. 23. As the first course in the new Specialized Studies in Wine Management launching this spring, course participants will further their industry knowledge by practicing…

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Added by Lauren on November 30, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Win an UnExpected Shopping and Dining Experience at The Hotel Hanford

The Hotel Hanford has announced the launch of a holiday Facebook contest, which began on November 24, 2011, where entrants have the opportunity to win a VIP shopping package for two, valued at over $1,200. The Hotel Hanford will also reward 10 additional participants…

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Added by Lauren on November 30, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Z'Tejas "Spices" Up The Season With New Winter Menu

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza is rolling out its new seasonal menu December 6, “spicing” up the winter months with its unique blend of comfort food with a California kick.  Among the new items are a southwestern meatloaf featuring a blend of beef and pork with a spicy kick and served with au gratin potatoes, a winter vegetable medley and topped with a sweet onion herb demi-glaze and crispy onion rings; blackened chicken with boursin crab cake served with au gratin…

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Added by Frank Groff, Inc. on November 29, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Because Foodies Deserve FREE Stuff Too!

*Ben & Jerry: Buy a $10 Gift Card get a FREE scoop of Ice Cream (www.benjerry.com)

* BJ's: Buy a $50 Gift Card get a FREE Bj's Limited Edition Collectible Mug, Buy a $75 Gift Card get a FREE Bj's Limited Edition Collectible Mug & One Surprise Card , Buy a $100 Gift Card get a FREE Set of…

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Added by Lauren on November 28, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

ABC Baguette in Westminster—Sandwich Shop or Casual Gem of a Vietnamese Cafe?

At first glance, ABC Baguette looks like your typical sandwich shop----take-out counter, 8 tables and a cooler with drinks. Or so I thought the first time I ventured into the location in a small mini-mall on Knott Avenue. For several months now, I have been making a once or twice a week stop here in the mornings to pick up a sandwich and some spring rolls for a lunch at work. I had always seen the signs while I waited advertising the various types of pho and the plates with…

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Added by Ed Simon on November 25, 2011 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Great Food, Great Guys: 12th Annual Dux in Tux

Hockey players are the nicest, most down-to-earth athletes in all of professional sports.  There is really no way to argue this.  It's just fact.  From the fourth-line forward trying to stay on with the big club to the Hall of Fame-bound superstar, everyone who laces up a pair of skates and zips down a sheet of ice is approachable, inviting, and a bit humble. 

 

This fantastic, refreshing attitude was on full display last Friday, as the NHL's Anaheim Ducks joined forces with…

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Added by Rich Manning on November 23, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments

The Habit is Opening its Newest Restaurant in Aliso Viejo and Kicking it all off with a Charity Pre-Event

Come celebrate the opening of The Habit’s newest restaurant in Aliso Viejo, have a great lunch and 100% of your proceeds will go to support Share Our Strength…to end childhood hunger! That’s right -- the cost of your entire meal will be donated to charity! This is a pre-opening event that is open to all.

When: Monday, December 5th from 12-2pm…

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Added by Lauren on November 22, 2011 at 11:19pm — No Comments

“MI CASA CARES” Drive To Support Our U.S. Troops Abroad

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar is excited to announce its 4th Annual “Mi Casa Cares” Drive to Support Our Troops Abroad. Our troops need to know that we support and appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families, and our future.

In support of our deployed troops please bring these items to help make a difference and join in the festivities and fun on…

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Added by Lauren on November 22, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Everyone needs an "Apple a Day" from the Sinfully Sweet Apple Company

Sinfully Sweet Apple Company makes gourmet caramel apples and other delicious treats. They have over100 different kinds of gourmet apples alone and are creating new gourmet apple treats each day. What makes them different is their caramel which has a rich buttery taste that will not stick to your teeth.

They pride themselves on making the most innovative and artful…

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Added by Lauren on November 22, 2011 at 10:26pm — No Comments

B.toffee is D.lish

We have a delicious prize to give away!

B. toffee, a Newport Beach based toffee company introduces its line of milk and dark chocolate toffees.  B. toffee creates hand-crafted toffee’s that feature supreme ingredients, Guittard and Callebaut chocolates and superior quality pecans. 

B. toffee offers a variety of toffee for…

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Added by OCfoodies on November 17, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Starbucks Offers Some New and Not So New Holiday Favorites

Starbucks celebrates the launch of the holiday season with an innovative new mobile app. The Starbucks Cup Magic, is an augmented reality app customers can download for free and use to discover Starbucks holiday characters found on iconic red cups, coffee bags and signage. Customers can watch beloved holiday characters leap to life in various merry holiday scenes. From…

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Added by Lauren on November 16, 2011 at 7:36pm — No Comments

The 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

The 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 16-20, 2011, the event benefits the American Institute of Wine & Food’s culinary and enology arts scholarship program. Over 800 wines, 70 of San…

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Added by Lauren on November 15, 2011 at 6:15am — No Comments

The Winery Restaurant Presents Its Inaugural Truffle Week

The Winery Restaurant will allow guests to indulge in one of the world’s most treasured foods during its inaugural TRUFFLE WEEK celebration November 17th through 23rd. Executive Chef/Partner Yvon Goetz will offer a special three-course menu of dishes featuring truffles, even down to a decadent dessert ($80 per guest, excluding tax and gratuity).

Prior to the weeklong…

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Added by Lauren on November 14, 2011 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Wahoo's Fish Tacos Will Feature Its First Bar in CA at the New Fashion Island Location

The popular Orange County-based Wahoo’s Fish Taco has opened a new flagship location in the Atrium Cafés at Fashion Island.  The new eatery is the company’s largest restaurant and features a full bar.

The new Wahoo’s, which occupies 4,500 sq. ft. with indoor and outdoor seating, is fifty percent larger than its former location upstairs near Island Cinema.  The…

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Added by Lauren on November 14, 2011 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Le Pain Quotidien Offers Fresh Holiday Pies

Belgian bakery and café Le Pain Quotidien at Fashion Island will offer new entertaining and gift options for the holidays, including fresh pies that can be pre-ordered for Thanksgiving. Through November 27th, guests may place orders for Le Pain Quotidien’s fresh-baked Pumpkin, Apple, and Pecan pies. All orders placed at the bakery counter by 7 p.m. can be picked up the…

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Added by Lauren on November 14, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

SOL Cocina Celebrates Seasonal Culinary Offerings from Chef Deborah Schneider

As temperatures begin to fall and the days get shorter, SOL Cocina Executive Chef Deborah Schneider introduces new items to her already celebrated menu of Coastal Mexican cuisine. While eight new dishes have been added to the menu, many of the Newport Beach’s popular dishes will see the addition of the season’s freshest, most flavorful ingredients, from pomegranate seeds and…

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Added by Lauren on November 11, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Red Robin Brings Back the Gingerbread Shake & a New Sweet Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger

Just in time for the bustling holiday season, Red Robin introduced a new burger to their holiday promo line-up, the Sweet Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger. The bourbon-glazed beef patty is topped with Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized bourbon onions and melted Swiss cheese on a garlic butter toasted brioche bun.  The burger is only available for a limited time through December…

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Added by Lauren on November 11, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Tale of One City (and three restaurants)

Normally, when I write about food, I write primarily about the positive experiences. If I have somewhat of a bad experience, I leave that at the door, thinking that maybe it was just a bad night for the restaurant. But this is a tale of one city-----Mission Viejo----and three restaurants. A cautionary tale, for it was the experience before I could even order food that serves to enlighten you,…

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Added by Ed Simon on November 10, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Dining adventures in Paradise in Lake Forest

  One day, driving home from El Toro Road on my way home to Mission Viejo, I passed a sign in a small shopping mall containing the words “Chili Chutney”. Two of my favorite words lured me in and the delicious food has kept me coming back since. “Chili Chutney” serves the cuisine of Afghanistan. Located where the Middle East meets the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan has taken culinary influences from the surrounding areas while developing dishes all it's own.…

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Added by Ed Simon on November 9, 2011 at 10:56pm — No Comments

The Hotel Hanford to Host Third Guilty Pleasures Wine & Wine Pairings Event

The Hotel Hanford, Costa Mesa’s newest and most upscale boutique hotel, announced today that it will be hosting its “Red-Headed Stepchildren of the Wine World” event on Wednesday, November 17, 2011, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the hotel’s stylish Living Room. The event is the third in a monthly series entitled “Guilty Pleasures Wine and Food Pairings,” and…

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Added by Lauren on November 9, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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