Featured Blog Posts – November 2013 Archive (77)

Chef Rich Sweeney of R-Gang Eatery Crowned "Chef of the Fest" at the 2013 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

In conjunction with the American Culinary Federation, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is proud to announce the winners of this year's Chef of the Fest Competition. The annual competition brings San Diego chefs head-to-head in a fierce culinary competition judged by the San Diego Chapter of the American Culinary Federation along with celebrity guest judges. This…


Added by Lauren on November 27, 2013 at 2:12pm — No Comments

The Sinful Foodie Guide to Vegas


Las Vegas has re-invented itself as the ultimate foodie destination.  “Sin City” still has more entertainment and gambling than anywhere else. Now they also have everything any food enthusiast could want… incredible restaurants, celebrity chefs, exquisite cuisine, unconventional cocktails, amazing wine and some of the world’s best beers.  

I’ve visited Las Vegas more times than I can remember. On this…


Added by Tricia Cook on November 27, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Coffee Bean's CBTL Black Friday (through Sunday) BOGO

One for us...one for a gift! Score! Available at participating store locations and online (for shipping nationwide) from Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1, shoppers will receive a free* CBTL® single-serve machine with purchase of a regular priced CBTL® Single Serve Machine of equal or lesser value*. Customers can choose from the flagship Kaldi ($179), Americano…


Added by Lauren on November 26, 2013 at 7:29pm — No Comments

The Bungalow in The OC Declares Winner in its Holiday Cocktail Contest - Cranberry Shrub, anyone?

Forget cranberry sauce! This season drink the seasonal red berry! It was a night of shaking and stirring as three finalists competed to have their original recipe featured on The Bungalow’s cocktail menu for the rest of the year. The winning cocktail, The Cranberry Shrub by Tiffany Harding was declared the winning libation by the panel of judges and received a $250 gift card…


Added by Lauren on November 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The 10 Reveal Party: Hot Bachelors, Hot Drinks & Hot Food

You're invited to our The Ten Bachelor Reveal and Dec Issue Release Party!

Be among the first to explore Honda Center's new 15,000-square-foot Grand Terrace. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and tastings from restaurants featured in our December cover story: "25 Dishes You've Just Gotta Try." Meet Orange County's most eligible bachelors—you can still vote for your faves here!

Single Ladies! Enter our The Ten Dating…


Added by Lauren on November 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Z'Tejas Ushers In Winter With New Seasonal Menu

What better way to usher in winter than by introducing a new menu featuring some classic comfort foods? Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza is rolling out its new seasonal menu November 26 that includes meatloaf in a natural pan gravy served with mashed potatoes and broccoli for $11.95; beef short rib marinated in spices until fork tender and served with creamy…


Added by Lauren on November 26, 2013 at 5:22am — No Comments

Holiday Shakes at Slater's

Slater's 50/50 is getting festive with a selection of holiday flavored milkshakes, including two boozy milkshakes for a limited time. Slater's six locations will have the Pumpkin Piece on Earth, Holly Jolly Gingerbread and New Year's Eggnog shakes to help celebrate the season and for burger-overs over 21 the Irish Mint Cream made with Baileys Irish Cream and the Sultry Caramel Crunch made with bourbon and salted caramel.…


Added by Lauren on November 25, 2013 at 8:13pm — No Comments

JT Schmid’s Launches “Beer Tails;” a Line of Innovative Cocktails Built on House-Made Craft Beers

Beer cocktails are more than a trend. They are a refreshing expression of drinkable joy. When you mix a handcrafted brew with sumptuous spirits and fresh fruits, magic tends to occur.

And JT Schmid’s is poised to roll out this sense of magic one 22 oz. Pilsner glass at a time with the release of their “Beer Tails;” a dazzling array of specialty cocktails marrying fresh…


Added by Lauren on November 25, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Savory Spice Shop Offers Flavorful Recipes to Spice up the Holidays

Savory Spice Shop makes it easy to add a gourmet touch to traditional holiday side dishes. By combining Savory’s unique spice blends with fresh seasonal ingredients, it’s simple for the home cook, whether novice or self-proclaimed expert, to take these classic side dishes to an elevated level. These palate-pleasing recipes will have guests talking for years to…


Added by Lauren on November 25, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The 105th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Some people brag about the Christmas lights on their houses. In Orange County we get to brag about the lights on our boats! Much cooler! The 105th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been announced to run from December 18-22, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. nightly, in Newport Harbor. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the holiday parade…


Added by Lauren on November 25, 2013 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Queen Mary's Ultimate New Year's Eve ‘Voyage’

Ring in the New Year with an around the world cruise...without the sea sickness! Since pulling into Long Beach Harbor in 1967, the Queen Mary’s travel days have been confined to history...until now. The eve of December 31st will relaunch the retired ocean-liner to her voyaging days with a one-night world cruise – The Ultimate New Year’s Eve 'Voyage'. “Passengers” will be…


Added by Lauren on November 25, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving Dining at South Coast Plaza

Shopping and Thanksgiving seem to go hand in hand these days especially with Black "Friday" deals starting earlier and earlier each year. It's not uncommon to see Black Friday specials starting on Thursday or Wednesday or even before that. In our opinion these early bargains take away from the appeal (or dread) of the early morning shopping madness but who are we to judge a…


Added by Lauren on November 21, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Enjoy a "Perfect 10" at Savannah Chop House

Savannah Chop House is a contemporary American restaurant, serving American regional cooking that features an extensive variety of steaks, chops, seafood and Southern specialties. Enjoy this killer "Perfect 10" deal! 


Caesar Salad 

Thyme Croutons, Fried Capers, Parmesan, Caesar Dressing 



Added by Lauren on November 21, 2013 at 4:14am — No Comments

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Dishes Up Southern Hospitality For Thanksgiving Day

T his fall, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que’s mouth-watering, hickory-smoked turkey will be the centerpiece of both its Thanksgiving Day feasts and its lineup of Fall Classics specials. Lucille’s will offer four specials for fall, and on Thanksgiving Day will serve up a memorable and flavorful Southern feast to enjoy in the restaurants or to take home for a hassle-free…


Added by Lauren on November 20, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Orange County Premier Restaurants

This holiday season leave the stress of Thanksgiving cooking to the chefs at Orange County’s dining destinations.

Pinot Provence and Catal Restaurant will offer three-course prix-fixe menus featuring both traditional and innovative Thanksgiving dishes, along with vegetarian options, to bring the robust flavors of the holiday to every plate.

For those who prefer…


Added by Lauren on November 20, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Coastal Thanksgiving Dining at Hyatt Huntington Beach

The Thanksgiving Harvest buffet at this coastal Orange County gem offers a dazzling array of appetizers, traditional entrees and unique sides, sure to please every member of the family.

Dine on this wonderful menu at the Thanksgiving Harvest from 12:00 noon -- 7:00 pm:

Tasty Seafood

  • fresh shucked blue point oysters with…

Added by Lauren on November 20, 2013 at 4:29am — No Comments

Festive Dessert Idea for the Holidays!

Holiday baking is probably most people’s favorite activity and tradition during the season, and since Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, I wanted to pass along this delicious recipe that’s perfect for serving as dessert. WearEver’s Pear & Cranberry Loaf recipe is easy to prepare, and is sure to be a favorite among all of your guests.

Cranberries and pears are…


Added by Lauren on November 19, 2013 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Crispa Crepes Expands Menu

Crispa Crepes in Northpark Plaza in Irvine has expanded its menu with new savory and sweet crepes, as well as adding tofu to the menu as a meat substitute in the savory crepes. New additions include “The Kick”, a savory crepe with carnitas, chili sauce, tomato, black beans and cilantro; and Raspberry Bomb, a sweet crepe with fresh raspberries, marshmallows and homemade…


Added by Lauren on November 19, 2013 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Eat, Drink and be Thankful this Thanksgiving at The Cellar!

Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving Day dinner presented by chef Brandon Stein. The Cellar staff will pamper you as you dine on a traditional Thanksgiving meal featuring Roasted Turkey, Prime Ribs of Beef, all the trimmings and some special seasonal delights created by our kitchen. Relax, laugh, and enjoy as we leave you with great memories from this special…


Added by Lauren on November 19, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Wendy’s Mouthwatering Bacon Portabella Melt Now Served on Brioche Bun

Mmmm for Mushrooms! Wendy’s is at it again with bun innovation – and this time it might leave you tongue-tied. Wendy’s is bringing back its Bacon Portabella Melt and serving it on a toasted brioche bun, making Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche (bree-ōhsh) as mouthwatering in flavor as it is tongue-twisting in name.

“We’ve made our Bacon Portabella…


Added by Lauren on November 19, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

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