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Pascal Olhats at Bloomingdale’s Mixology Masters last night

What a treat to walk into the Bloomingdales Homestore last night for the French 75 demonstration and have Pascal Olhats front and center of the kitchen. Pascal is the Chef owner of Pascal Restaurant, Epicerie Pascal and Café Jardin in Newport Beach. A true legend in the Orange County restaurant industry since 1988.

I had only ever seen him in his chef coat at the restaurant and all of a sudden, there he is, large as life. He was not… Continue

Added by Gina Mims on April 10, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

Watch and Learn - Mixologist Masters Starts TONIGHT!!!

Mixologist Masters...Happy Hour Week Comes to the Home Store at Bloomingdales! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to watch OC's TOP Mixologist prepare very happy concoctions....

What makes something like this even happier is that it's FREE!!!

Seven dynamic mixologists from Orange… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bloomingdales Demo Kitchen

Bloomingdales (better known as “Bloomies”) at South Coast Plaza is a chic and trendy department store frequented by OC’s most stylish shopaholics. Considering myself a “Fashion Faux Pas,” I could care less about brand names like Juicy Couture or Burberry Jeans- I run across the shoe department, past jewelry and makeup, and take the escalator downstairs to my favorite spot: Bloomies Home Department.

As a Hardcore Foodie, my conjugal… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on April 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Jack in the Box introduces Mini Sirloin Burgers

Bigger isn’t always better … just ask an SUV owner filling up their gas tank. To prove that good things do indeed come in small packages, Jack in the Box® restaurants today introduce Mini Sirloin Burgers – beefy, high-quality hamburgers that are ideal for sharing with friends or as a satisfying meal for one.

Jack’s new Mini Sirloin Burgers feature a trio of all-sirloin patties, which are seasoned while cooking, topped with American cheese, grilled onions and ketchup served… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 30, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments


Special menu of contemporary comfort food offered every weekend at The District in Tustin

Having made its Orange County debut less than two months ago at The District at Tustin Legacy, Bistro West has launched a Sunday Brunch menu featuring an extensive selection of contemporary comfort foods and specialty cocktails.

The Bistro West Sunday Brunch, available from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., will offer traditional breakfast dishes, in… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Irvine’s acclaimed Lucca Café offers innovative & affordable gourmet dinners on the run

Taking lead from their loyal clientele and the current economic climate, Lucca Café has introduced LUCCA2GO, a convenient service that allows diners to take the Lucca experience home with them any night of the week. The Irvine-based eatery, known for its one-of-a-kind menu, reminiscent of a Euro bistro, complete with an exquisite wine bar, has created a truly dynamic menu that offers meals for individuals or families of four, the latter of which… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Denny’s Launches "Better for You" Options to Give Guests New Choices

Denny’s Says Menu Will Give Guests a Range of Choices from Turkey Bacon to Wheat Pancakes, from Fresh Fruit to Yogurt

Denny’s is once again putting their guests first by introducing their new Better For You menu additions. Denny’s believes Better For You items will give guests additional meal choices that will complement Denny’s current menu selections. “Denny’s realizes that we must have options on the menu for consumers who have… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments

Blend of Classic Starbucks Flavors and Fine Ingredients Offers Indulgence by the Spoonful

Starbucks Coffee Company and Unilever today unveiled a new super-premium ice cream line inspired by some of consumers’ favorite Starbucks® beverages. Created by culinary experts and food developers from both companies, Starbucks® ice cream is made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients, including milk and cream supplied by farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with rBGH.*

The line is now rolling into grocers across the U.S., and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 24, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

Ultimate Vanilla Coke Float - by Griffin

Ultimate Vanilla Coke Float

- Pour two to four ounces of Stoli Vanilla Vodka into a tall glass
- Fill glass with Coke, or Diet Coke
- Top off with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Garnish with a Vanilla Bean for a swizzle stick

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Added by OCfoodies on February 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Carl’s Jr. Returns to Its Roots with New Jumbo Chili Dogs

Founder Carl Karcher First Sold Them From His Hot Dog Cart in 1941

True classics never go out of style. So, for a limited time, young hungry guys across the West can head to Carl’s Jr.® and enjoy one of the menu items the company was founded on – the Chili Dog.

The history of Chili Dogs at Carl’s Jr. dates back to 1941 when founder Carl N. Karcher and his wife Margaret opened their first restaurant enterprise - a hot dog cart at the corner of Florence and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 18, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

O'Neill's Bar and Grill

O'Neill's Bar and Grill at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

By Rich Manning

Let’s face it: A restaurant in south Orange County is a hard sell to anyone who lives north of the El Toro Y. Not that it’s a bad region or anything, mind you – on the contrary, I have long been envious of its beautifully undulating landscape and how it compares to the painfully vanilla flatness of central OC. Really, its only flaw is that it suffers from the… Continue

Added by Will Work for Food on March 11, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy Hour, All Day...All Week!

The First-Ever Happy Hour Week™ To Debut in Orange County April 12 – 18, 2009

Restaurants, bars, pubs and breweries throughout Orange County will unite for the launch of Happy Hour Week, to be held April 12-18, 2009. The week-long event, the first of its kind, will promote the best drinks and appetizers with “Happy Hour, All Day...All Week.” The official Happy Hour Week website, www.HappyHourWeek.com, will list participating establishments and their special bar… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 6, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Jamba Juice Debuts Oatmeal-Fueled Stimulus Plan - WWW.OATMEALFORABUCK.COM

Following the launch of its latest menu item, Jamba Juice announced today the introduction of its Jamba Economic Boost Plan—oatmeal made with organic steel-cut oats—available for just a buck by visiting www.oatmealforabuck.com. Made from scratch and served with brown sugar crumble and a choice of three real fruit toppings, the promotion offers immediate relief to consumers nationwide until the end of March.

With its slow food served… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 4, 2009 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Culinary & Design Portfolio Show

The Art Institute of California — Orange County presents:

Winter Portfolio Preview

Hiring? Students graduating from The Art Institute of California — Orange County present their portfolios to the industry. You will have the ability to hire new culinary and artistic all in one place. If you are not hiring, stop by and support our graduates! IT'S FREE!

FREE Culinary menu items, light appetizers, and bar beverages to industry professionals!!!

Wednesday, March 25,… Continue

Added by Melanie Atkins on March 3, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Coca-Cola Carmelized Prime New York Strip Tataki - Chef Bert S. Agor Jr. from Ruths Chris Steak

Coca-Cola Carmelized Prime New York Strip Tataki - Chef Bert S. Agor Jr. from Ruths Chris Steak House in Irvine.

Serves 2 People


-1 Can Coca-Cola -2 Prime Cut New York Strip 12-16 oz

-1/2 Cup Hawaiian Brown sugar -Siracha Spicy garlic sauce

-1 Tablespoon ginger

-1 Tablespoon Chilli Flakes

-1/2 Cup Kikomon Soy Sauce

-1/3 Cup Toasted Sesame oil


1) Combine all ingredients into a mixing Bowl and… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 3, 2009 at 10:12am — 2 Comments


WHO: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the oldest and largest privately-held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States.

WHAT: Celebrates the coming of spring with a Tea Party at company-owned retail locations. Tea enthusiasts are invited to attend a Tea Party at their local The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store and enjoy a free* 12oz Over Ice Tea Latte prepared with their favorite whole loose leaf teas, including bold Chai, fruity Pomegranate Blueberry… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on March 2, 2009 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

Who can come up with the BEST Coke Recipe? Winner Gets $100 Gift Certificate to RA Sushi.

Coke Recipe Contest at OCfoodies Who can come up with the BEST Coke Recipe? Winner Gets $100 Gift Certificate to RA Sushi. (Good at Tustin or Huntington Beach)

Personally my favorite besides the Coke Float is the Colorado Bulldog. Take 1 shot vodka 1 shot Kahlua, milk and a splash of Coca-Cola®. (Shake Vodka, Kahlua, and milk. Pour into a glass of ice and top with Coca-Cola)

So here is how to win, email your Coke recipe to info@ocfoodies.com in the subject put Coke recipe. We will then… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 25, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Wahoo’s Fish Taco Turned 20 - Woo hoo for Wahoo's

Thousands of Fish Taco Fanatics Attend Celebration Highlights Included Super Star Ryan Sheckler, Twenty-Cent Tacos and Raffle Prizes

Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and worldwide pop culture phenomenon since 1988, kicked off its 20 year milestone this Sunday, Feb. 22 with a celebration at the original restaurant in Costa Mesa, Calif. Several thousand fish taco fanatics rushed the doors to enjoy $0.20 tacos and raffle prizes… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 25, 2009 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Cafe Zoolu

Went to Cafe Zoolu in Laguna Beach last week. I was hungry and needed an emotional lift (financial markets got me down a bit). The best place to sit is at the bar so I sat my butt down. They serve no cocktails (beer and wine only), just great food, conversation and more. I happened to sit next to a 13-year boy, cool kid, smart, well behaved and insightful. His parents and 9-year-old brother were seated further down the bar. Struck up a conversation with the kid, Travis comes to Zoolu often with… Continue

Added by Brian Carruthers on February 23, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The Cheesecake Factory Wants To Know “What’s Your Flavor?”

Ten days remain for guests to submit new cheesecake flavors as a part of The Cheesecake Factory’s “What’s Your Flavor?” Cheesecake Contest. America’s favorite upscale casual restaurant invites guests to celebrate their passion for cheesecake by creating and naming the next great cheesecake flavor for its menu. Flavor creations must be received online by 11:59 p.m. PST on February 28, 2009.

Participants are invited to submit a new cheesecake flavor combination at… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on February 19, 2009 at 10:54pm — No Comments

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