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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT KIMERA RESTAURANT!

Kimera Restaurant and Lounge will host a special New Years Eve event on December 31st, 2010 featuring three- and four-course prix-fixe menu options along with a DJ and dancing all through the night.

· The first seating for dinner offers reservation times from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (guests must clear their table by 8:00 p.m.). For $45 per person guests will receive a three-course prix-fixe dinner, along with access to the lounge all night.

· The second seating for dinner offers reservations times from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At a cost of $75 per person, guests will receive a four-course prix fixe dinner along with access to the lounge and access to their dinner table all night.

· In Kimera’s trendy lounge a DJ will keep the party going after dinner, so patrons can dance their way into 2011.

· Complimentary valet parking is available.

· For New Years Eve 2010 ABC7 News named Kimera the Top place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Orange County: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/consumer&id=7192387

DATE: New Years Eve, Friday, December 31st 2010

TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Kimera Restaurant
19530 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92612

RESERVATIONS: (949) 261-1222

WEBSITE: www.KimeraRestaurant.com

COST: $45 for the first seating
$75 for the second seating

PEE WEE’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS NOW OFFERS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN HOT DOG IN ORANGE COUNTY

Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers has introduced many new tastes to Orange County, and now they bring an authentic Mexican Hot Dog to the menu.

Some say the Mexican Hot Dog originated in Tucson where it remains popular among the locals. Others claim the birthplace was in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. Some contend it's more likely a product of Mexico City.

Regardless of the ancestry, the delicacy begins with a Bolillo, a Mexican-style French Roll bread. The all-beef hot dog is wrapped with bacon for added flavor and cooked together which allows the juiciness of the bacon to saturate the sausage. Finally, a wide array of toppings finish off the Mexican Hot Dog in just about any way the customer has a craving for.

While some may choose the traditional hot dog condiments such as pickles, ketchup and relish, the adventurous (or those looking for a truly genuine experience) will select grilled or pickled jalapeños as a base and add crema (a Mexican crème fraiche). Pinto beans, salsa, pico de gallo, cilantro, and avocado are all authentic additions. With cheese such as Mexican Cotija or shredded yellow cheese, Pee Wee’s Mexican Hot Dog is one that will send your taste buds south of the border.

Come into Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs to try out this new sensation, or enjoy any one of their other fan favorites that include Chicago-style, the Hawaiian Dog, the Polish Dog, and the Supreme Chili Dog.

In the mood for a hearty hamburger instead? Customers can choose between several types of patties, including 100 percent ground chuck, ground turkey, chicken breast or veggie burger. Pee Wee’s also offers private reserve fries, sweet potato tater tots and hand-made onion rings to accompany the entrée. Quench your thirst with a delicious ice-cold homemade lavender limeade or fresh lemonade.

Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers is located at 5942 E. Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach. This is at the corner of Edinger and Springdale in the Marina Village complex. The telephone number is (714) 846-3100.

To see the full menu, visit the website at www.peeweesfamous.com; become a fan of the restaurant on Facebook, or follow Pee Wee’s at Twitter @PeeWeesFamous to receive daily updates and specials.

HOLIDAY FEASTS AND FETES AT ISLAND HOTEL

‘Tis the season for celebrating and Newport Beach’s Island Hotel is always a luxurious and lively venue for gathering with family and friends at Christmas and to ring in the New Year. Plus, convenient to Fashion Island, the award-winning hotel offers complimentary gift-wrapping services and is a Toys for Tots drop-off center.

Palm Terrace Christmas Dining
Reservations recommended. To book a table, please call (949) 760-4920.

  • Christmas EveFriday, December 24, Seatings from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    Chef Bill Bracken has created a festive four-course Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe Menu with starters such as Roasted Celery Root and Potato Soup with Smoked Shrimp; entrée options such as Sautéed Striped Bass with Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash; or Bone Marrow Crusted Filet of Beef with Cheesy Mushroom Risotto; and a sweet finale such as Spiced Chocolate Terrine with Bourbon Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce. Christmas carolers will entertain. Price is $88 adults; $42 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity).

  • Christmas DayServed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 25
    Palm Terrace’s delectable Christmas meal of Truffle Roasted Filet of Beef and Roasted Breast of Turkey and a variety of celebratory seasonal starters, sides and desserts. Live harp music. $75 adults; $38 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity).

New Year’s Eve at Island Hotel
Reservations required. Please call (949) 760-4920.

  • Palm Terrace Restaurant will offer an elegant five-course menu created by Chef Bill Bracken and live piano music. Price is $125 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Seatings from 7 to 10 p.m on Friday, December 31.

menu

Chilled Seafood Parfait with Chive Crème Fraîche and Caviar

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“Macaroni and Cheese” – A New Version for the New Year

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Fresh Chevre with Baby Beets, Petit Greens, Shaved Persimmons and Candied Pecans

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“Big and Little Beef” – Red Wine Braised Veal “Osso Bucco Style”

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Roasted Petit Prime Ribeye Medallion

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White and Milk Chocolate Pyramid with a Fudge Glaze and Cocoa Jelly Cubes

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Hazelnut Cream Filled Valrhona Chocolate
with Gianduja Ice Cream and Crème Anglaise

  • Palm Terrace Lounge will also be a lively spot to toast the New Year in style – with a selection of New Year’s Eve bar bites from Chef Bill Bracken, desserts, live entertainment and dancing, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Price is $110 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, December 31.

menu

Cold Selections: Ahi Tuna Tartare with Wasabi Tobiko Aioli; Chilled Jumbo Prawns with Cocktail Sauce; Smoked Salmon Bruschetta, Lemon Crème Fraîche and Capers; and Mixed Seafood Ceviche with Lime and Cilantro

Hot Selections: Truffle Macaroni & Cheese with Crispy Sweetbreads; Peking Duck Moo Sho’s; Lobster Fritters with Butter Lettuce and “Ponzu” Aioli; and Grilled Lamb Chops with Salsa Verde

Sweets: An assortment of Pastry Chef Michael Owen’s Favorite Sweets

New Year’s Day Breakfast at Palm Terrace Restaurant

Saturday, January 1, 2011 – served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ease into the New Year with a leisurely breakfast of Palm Terrace’s favorites, such as Banana Stuffed Brioche French Toast, Poached Eggs on Dungeness Crab Cakes with Truffle Hollandaise, Island Pancake Napoleon and “Steak-n-Eggs” (beef tenderloin, poached eggs, béarnaise and garlic herb fries). For reservations, please call (949) 760-4920.

All Wrapped Up for the Holidays

Available 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 19

A complimentary offering to both hotel guests and our local clientele: Shop Fashion Island with its array of gift-giving solutions (and temptations) and upon your return to Island Hotel, gifts will be elegantly wrapped and placed directly into your car. While your gifts are being wrapped, unwind at Palm Terrace Lounge and sip on a signature seasonal martini or perhaps a quaff from our extensive Champagne-by-the-glass menu paired with Chef Bill Bracken’s savory small bites. Parking and gift-wrapping services are complimentary.

Toys for Tots

Donations accepted through December 20

For the 13th consecutive year, Island Hotel’s festive lobby is an official toy drop location for The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual holiday campaign. Guests, locals and area businesses are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for deserving children.

WHERE: Island Hotel Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6431

Telephone: 1-888-321-4752

www.theislandhotel.com

Haven Gastropub Showcases New Culinary Delights on Winter Menu

Orange, CA (December 2010) – In an effort to keep its cuisine seasonal and exciting, Haven Gastropub in Orange has launched a winter menu that is both inventive, while staying true to the concept of serving quality “gourmet comfort food.” Executive Chef/Partner, Greg Daniels, has introduced original menu items, ranging from his version of “liver and onions” and Waygu Tartare, to Oxtail Poutine and Cassoulet.

Among Chef Daniels’ menu additions (full menu at http://www.havengastropub.com/eat.html):

Cassoulet – duck confit, pork belly, boudin blanc, cannellini beans

Bucatini Carbonara – guanciale, arugula, black pepper, chile flakes, poached egg

Pot Au Feu – beef stew, carrots, pearl onions, celery, baby turnips, peewee potatoes

“liver and onions” – crispy rabbit liver, onion jam, micro radish, micro dijon

Wagyu New York au Poivre – crusted in black pepper, smoked tomato coulis, pommes frites

Wagyu Tartare – black garlic, shallots, dijon mustard, micro dijon, truffle oil, sliced truffle

Oxtail Poutine – red wine braised oxtail, cheddar cheese curds, pommes frites

Lamb Burger – onion jam, tzatziki, onion sprouts, rosemary brioche bun

Short Rib Sliders – tomato chutney, asiago cheese roll

Seasonal Mushroom Risotto – farro, mushrooms, truffle salt, chevre (vegetarian entrée)

Red Roman – pan seared, cauliflower purée, chanterelles, yuzu tobikko caviar, intensity mix

House Cured Salmon – cured and cold smoked salmon, shaved breakfast radish, radish sprouts, dill crème fraîche, dill pollen

Honeycrisp Apple Salad – mizuna, mache, endive, toasted walnuts, cabrales, zinfandel vinaigrette

Seasonal Flatbread – celery root purée, crimini mushrooms, roasted red bell pepper, wilted frisée, shaved pecorino romano

Roasted Cauliflower – golden raisins, chile flakes, toasted almonds, parsley

Bacon Ice Cream – beer brownie, bacon ice cream, sel gris

According to Managing Partner/Beverage Director, Wil Dee, each new menu item can be paired with one of the 14 beers always present on draft or one of more than 60 bottled craft beers. Dee adds that many of the dishes pair nicely with Haven’s selection of unique spirits and worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass.

Haven Gastropub’s menu can be found online at http://www.havengastropub.com/eat.html.

ABOUT HAVEN GASTROPUB
Located in the heart of Historic Old Towne Orange, Haven Gastropub is a unique concept where “pub meets gourmet grub.” Recently named “Best New Gastropub” by Draft Magazine,
which touted it as one of three new restaurants across the country that have “breathed new life into the old gastropub concept.” Gastropub, a British term blending gastronomy and pub, sprouted in the 1990s and has seen a revival as the idea behind the concept was to provide a place where friends and family could gather in a warm comfortable setting and enjoy good conversation with quality food and spirited libations. Haven boasts 14 beers on draft and more than 60 bottled craft beers. In addition, Haven serves more than 50 specialty single-malt whiskeys, scotches and bourbons; and a worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass. Almost every dish on the menu has a beer or wine pairing suggestion.

The menu, created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels, offers a blend of old world European fare with a modern American twist. Under the tutelage of Pascal Olhats of Tradition by Pascal, and then on to Napa Rose with Andrew Sutton, Chef Daniels learned what it means to feed people great food. The result is a refreshing combination of treasured dishes from around the world fused with familiar stateside staples from Mac n’ Cheese with black truffles, to
hearty Chicken n’ Waffles served with housemade hot sauce and bärenjäger maple syrup.

Each menu item is made using farm-to-table fresh ingredients with dishes prepared entirely from scratch, including the award-winning Haven Burger, piled high with roasted red bell peppers, wild arugula, pickled red onions and St. Agur blue cheese; and housemade Salt & Vinegar Chips of red wine vinegar and sea salt and truffle fries served with garlic aïoli dipping sauce or housemade ketchup, also Haven’s own. The affordably priced menu ($5-$20), will also entice with a full selection of delectable desserts, including noteworthy ice creams flavors, including candied bacon, salted caramel and tobacco-infused.

Paired to elevate and complement the overall dining experience, handcrafted microbrews including Belgian varieties are offered alongside a distinct selection of boutique wines, scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. No less than fourteen handcrafted beers flow on regularly rotating taps,
including offerings from such breweries as Mikkeller, Brewdog, Stone, Russian River, and The Bruery.

Haven Gastropub is located at 190 South Glassell Street in Old Towne Orange. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Happy Hour menu offered 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. daily. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to make reservations, call 714.221.0680 or visit http://www.havengastropub.com (on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/HavenGastropub).

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Hosts New Year’s Eve Masquerade

Guests invited to ring in the New Year with four-course prix-fixe dinner and Masquerade Lounge


Tustin, CA (December 2010) – The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar will host a New Year’s Eve Masquerade on Friday, December 31, 2010. Guests are offered a choice of two seatings, both featuring a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef/Partner, Yvon Goetz, and live entertainment by five-piece R&B band “Family Style” (begins at 10 p.m.). Those who do not wish to indulge in a full dinner may opt to enjoy a more party-friendly atmosphere with complimentary appetizers in the Vineyard Masquerade Lounge!

For the four-course dinner, guests may make reservations for the first seating, priced at $79 per guest (service ends 7:30 p.m.) or second seating, priced at $155 per guest (service begins 8:15 p.m.). The second seating will include dancing to live music by “Family Style” at 10 p.m., party favors, and a Champagne toast to ring in the New Year at midnight! Prices exclude tax, gratuity and beverages.

Entry into the Vineyard Masquerade Lounge begins at 9 p.m. and is priced at $35 per guest, which includes appetizers and a Champagne toast. The area will be cigar friendly, for those wishing to take advantage of The Winery’s cigar offerings. Price excludes tax, gratuity, cigars and beverages.

Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 714.258.7600.

Following is the menu for the evening:

New Year’s Eve Menu
Friday, December 31, 2010

YG’s Seasonal Amuse Bouche

Appetizer Choices

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
Sautéed Bay Scallops and White Truffle-Chive Chantilly

Seared Rare Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna
Mango-Cucumber Tower, Wasabi Caviar, Cilantro-Orange Vinaigrette

Sautéed Wild Mexican White Shrimp
Mini Pumpkin and Arugula Risotto, Champagne Butter Sauce

The Winery House Salad
Candied Walnuts, Roquefort Cheese, Red Grapes,
Red Onions, Apples, Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

Kobe Style Beef Carpaccio
Haricots Verts and Fingerling Potato Salad, Parmesan Chip, Black Truffle Vinaigrette

Braised Shortribs and Shrimp Ravioli
Wheat Pasta, Baby Root Vegetable Medley and Cabernet Reduction

Vine Ripe Tomatoes and Fresh Burrata Mozzarella
Micro Arugula, Garlic Croutons, Lemon Mosto Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Reduction

Main Course Choices

Grilled Alaskan King Salmon
Purple Fingerling Potatoes, Micro Greens, Tomato-Basil Sauce Vierge

Colorado Rack of Lamb
Herb Crusted over Cannellini Beans Provencal Style Roasted Garlic and Syrah Essence

New Zealand Venison Chop
Grain Mustard Spaetzle, Haricots Verts, Coastal Huckleberry Essence

14 oz Bone-In Filet
Grilled Asparagus, Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Bordelaise Sauce

Maine Georges Bank Jumbo Scallops and Wild White Shrimp
Saffron, Roasted Red Peppers and English Pea Risotto

2lb Maine Lobster
Stuffed with White Corn, Leeks and Yukon Gold Potatoes, Champagne-Ginger Butter Sauce

Pan Seared Halibut and Manilla Clams
Fingerling Potatoes, Fava Beans, Asparagus and Micro Greens

Dessert Choices

Dessert Buffet
(Only for the second seating)
First Seating
: Cobbler, Crème Brulee, Sorbet, Cheesecake, Profiteroles


ABOUT THE WINERY RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
Located at The District in Tustin, The Winery was named “Restaurant of the Year” by the Orange County Concierge Association in its first two years in business. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar pairs contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience, with highly decorated Executive Chef & Partner, Yvon Goetz, directing a team that delivers a culinary experience straight from the Wine Country.

The restaurant’s wine list, which currently offers 650 selections, changes weekly, offering diners a wide range of varietals from around the world. Guests can look into and even tour the restaurant’s 800-square-foot, climate-controlled cellar, which can hold up to 6,500 bottles! The wine program is led by William Lewis, Managing Partner & Sommelier, a Level II Certified Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers, the examining body for the Master Sommelier Diploma.

The Winery offers a warm and passionate menu complimented by the perfect wines -- endless possibilities and something to suit every palate. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at The District in Tustin (2647 Park Avenue, Tustin, California 92782). For more information, call 714-258-7600 or visit http://www.TheWineryRestaurant.net or http://www.facebook.com/thewineryrestaurant.

Christmas Eve at Prego Ristorante

Christmas Eve at Prego Ristorante

Italian Specialties offered Friday, December 24, 2010, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Irvine, CA (December 2010) – Those interested in a Christmas Eve dinner of Italian specialties in a beautiful setting will be interested in Prego Ristorante’s holiday offerings on Friday, December 24th. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the Irvine Restaurant will feature the following specials, in addition to its regular menu:

Antipasto
Frittelle di Grancchio in Bellavista – Italian-style crab cakes, organic mixed green served with sweet pepper and mango sauce

Paste
Cosensei di Carne – Homemade ravioli filled with veal tenderloin and ricotta cheese, in a cream demi-glaze sauce tossed with peas and mushrooms

Risotto ai Sapori Mediterranei – Carnaroli rice with fresh mix seafood, artichoke in a lobster sauce finished with a balsamic reduction

Tagliolini Costa Smeralda – Thin flat pasta with lobster meat, shrimp, crab meat, olive oil, garlic, spinach and cherry tomatoes

Carne e Pesce
Grigliata di Mare – Grilled calamari, ahi tuna, salmon, white fish and fresh water prawns, served with spicy oregano sauce, potatoes and sautéed vegetables

Pollo alla Spiedo – Free-range chicken roasted with fresh herbs, garlic & chicken demi-glaze served with sautéed vegetables and potatoes

Petto d`Anatra – Petaluma duck breast grilled, balsamic reduction served with potatoes and asparagus

Carre di Vitello Tirolese – Mesquite veal rack (14oz) with aromatic fresh herb, imported parma prosciutto served with saffron rice

Controfiletto Toscano – Mesquite-grilled ribeye (18oz) served with sautéed spinach, roasted tomato, potatoes and porcini mushrooms on the side.


Reservations are strongly recommended by calling 949.553.1333. To view the menu online, visit: http://www.pregoristoranti.com/Holiday_Menu.pdf.

About Prego Ristorante
Prego has all that one could wish for in a fine Italian restaurant; an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere, attentive service and cuisine that strikes the perfect balance between traditional authenticity and innovative preparations. It's the perfect setting in which to enjoy good conversation and feast on the best cuisine that Italy has to offer.

Adding a splash of Mediterranean color to California, Prego's ambience blends the warmth and rustic charm of old-world Italy with the electricity and vibrance of a cosmopolitan restaurant. Streamlined arches and columns, gleaming copper, polished hardwood floors and an abundance of Cherrywood furnishings produce an elegant and sophisticated, yet comfortable, atmosphere. A lively exhibition kitchen allows diners to view the artful chefs creating their delicious dishes. With a capacity to seat between 150 and 250 guests, Prego features al fresco dining, full bar, banquet rooms and catering services.

Executive Chef & Partner, Ugo Allesina, brings more than 25 years of experience to his position. Born and raised in the region of Piemonte, Italy, his experience at a number of prestigious hotels and restaurants in Italy, Germany and the United States has enabled him to develop his outstanding skills as a premiere Chef of Northern Italian cuisine.

The menu emphasizes regional Italian cuisine, featuring authentic pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, freshly made pastas, grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and an extensive list of wines from Italy and California that will please even the most discriminating wine connoisseur. Homemade desserts and pastries make a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience. Prego has received fine-dining awards from the Restaurant Writers' Association and the Wine and Food Society of Southern California. It has been a culinary destination for more than two decades.

Prego Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner daily and is located at 18420 Von Karman Ave in Irvine. For more information or reservations, call 949.553.1333 or visit http://www.pregoristoranti.com or http://www.facebook.com/pregoristorante.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kappa Ramen in Anaheim is off to a great start!



Kappa Ramen
3024 W Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804
Tel: (714) 828-2210
www.kapparamen.com

I have recently had the chance to try Kappa Ramen in Anaheim thanks to the wonderful PR rep. The ramen at this shop is fantastic! Here is their menu:

THE RAMEN

Kyoto Style ($7.45), tonkotsu pork broth

Ton Ton Ramen ($8.75), tonsoku pork knuckles served on top of tonkotsu ramen

Tokyo Style ($6.95), shoyu (soy sauce) soup base

Sapporo Style ($6.95), miso soup base

Kappa “Signature” Ramen ($9.95), chef’s tonkotsu broth infused with organic kimchi and served with avocado, spinach, bean sprouts and corn

Chicken Ramen ($8.75), char-grilled boneless chicken thigh served on top of shoyu ramen



Chef Eiji Kanazawa’s basic broth recipe uses chicken and pork bones. Noodles are made according to Kappa Ramen’s specifications by Sun Noodle. Extra toppings ($.50 to $2 each) include: egg, kimchi, avocado, spinach, diced tomato, bean sprouts, corn, scallions, garlic, ginger. Extra chashu and noodles (kaedama) also available. Make any broth spicy for $1.



OTHER MENU HIGHLIGHTS
Hiyashi Chuka ($8.95), cold noodles served with chicken and sliced vegetables mixed with a soy-vinegar dressing

Yaki Soba ($7.95), stir-fried noodles with pork and cabbage

Gyoza ($6.00, 8 pieces; $3.45, 4 pieces), pot sticker or deep-fried

Fried Rice ($6.95; $3.95 for half-order)

Ika No Sugata Yaki ($9.50), grilled squid with tangy ginger sauce

Tofu Steak ($4.50), slices of tofu marinated in ginger soy and pan-fried until golden brown

Kappa Chicken Salad ($4.50)

Sides: Chashu ($4.50); Buta Kimchi ($4.50), sliced pork sautéed with kimchi

Desserts: Kappa Pudding ($2.50)

Beverages: Shochu Cocktails ($6) and spiked Kappa Shave Ice ($7) in sour apple, mango, pomegranate or blue raspberry; sake and beer by the bottle and pitcher


I had the Kappa Signature Ramen and really enjoyed it. It was pretty spicy! If you're looking for a great bowl of ramen in OC, you should definitely try this place!

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Tuesday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m.

Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wood Ranch BBQ and Capital to open at Irvine Spectrum in Summer 2011



Irvine Spectrum Center, already known as one of Orange County’s favorite dining destinations, has announced that two more popular restaurants will open in Summer, 2011. Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill and Capital, which both enjoy other successful locations, will further expand the array of international dining options at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Family favorite Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill will open its third Orange County location at Irvine Spectrum Center, and first OC location to serve both lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a premium-casual American menu featuring award-winning barbecue. Menu items include Certified Angus Beef Steaks and Burgers; Prime Rib; slow-roasted, mesquite-grilled Tri Tip Roasts; Premium American Baby Back Ribs; Carolina Pulled Pork; and locally-raised fresh Chicken.

Fresh fish such as Idaho Trout and Atlantic Salmon will be on the menu, as well as numerous unique salads, and desserts designed to be shared. In addition, Wood Ranch offers a children’s menu that has been named “One of the Best Kids Menus in America,” by Restaurant Hospitality magazine.

Wood Ranch will also have a full bar, including an extensive list of reasonably-priced wine. The 6,188 square foot restaurant will be located in a new space adjacent to Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21.

Capital, known for its Chinese dim sum and seafood restaurants, will open a second Irvine location featuring casual dining with an East meets West theme. Along with Chinese fixtures and modern artwork, Capital will have multiple TV screens in the bar to watch your favorite teams. The full bar will offer beers on tap, sake, wine and specialty drinks.

Capital will serve more than 100 different types of dim sum, including classics such as Shiu Mai, Shrimp Har Gow, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns and Shanghai Dumplings to name a few. On the dinner menu, guest will enjoy favorites such as House Special Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, Honey-Glazed Walnut Shrimp, French-Style Filet Mignon and Peking Duck. Located near Nordstrom, Capital will occupy more than 8,000 square feet with an additional 1,000 square foot patio.

“Irvine Spectrum Center has long been known as a leading restaurant location in Orange County,” said Stacie Ellis, Marketing Director for the center. “We are excited to add these restaurants that will further enhance the dining experience for our customers.”

Irvine Spectrum Center, owned by Irvine Company, is located where the I-5 and I-405 meet in Irvine. Irvine Spectrum Center offers a unique mix of shopping, dining and entertainment in a beautiful Spanish-themed atmosphere. The Center draws more than

15 million visitors annually to Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target, H&M and more than 130 other specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.

For more information, please visit www.ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com

Breakfast with Santa Claus at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge

Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714 429 7640


Santa will be visiting Leatherby's Cafe Rouge this Saturday December 11th from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM! Bring the kids down to meet Santa and have an incredibly good buffet brunch! Price is $39 per adult, $16 for children under 12. Kids under 3 are free!


Buffet menu

First courses


Bagels, lox, cream cheese, chives

Fresh fruit, raspberry sauce

Spiced poached pear salad, wild arugula, Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese, walnuts, white balsamic vinaigrette

Scarborough Farms mixed greens, dried fruits, candied pistachios, goat cheese, cinnamon vinaigrette



Main courses and accompaniments

Brioche French toast - Devonshire cream, glazed fresh berries, maple syrup, vanilla sauce

Organic scrambled eggs

Eggs Benedict - poached egg, ham, English muffin, hollandaise

Slow-roasted prime rib, au jus, horseradish

Crispy smoked bacon

Artisan turkey breakfast sausage

Yukon Gold breakfast potatoes, onions, peppers



Baker’s bread basket


Assorted muffins, Danish, croissants, toast, whipped butter, jam



Desserts

Freshly baked cookies

Assorted mini desserts



$39 per person; $16 for children under 12; children 3 and under free

Tax and gratuity additional; menu subject to change

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DON THE BEACHCOMBER WELCOMES 2011 WITH WAITIKI FESTIVAL



Guests Invited to Ring in 2010 with Three Nights of
Craft Cocktails & Lush Exotica

Huntington Beach, Calif.Partygoers will step into this slice of paradise for three nights, December 29-31, 2010, as the champions of exotica, WAITIKI, welcome the new year at Don the Beachcomber. The Huntington Beach restaurant haven created by the great mixologist Donn Beach, father of all things tiki, will honor its founder with three nights of stunning libations, and live music, featuring exotica living legend Robert Drasnin, as well as leaders of the ‘90s tiki revival, Combustible Edison.

The luscious mix that is exotica—the blend of tropical soundscapes, Latin dance grooves, and popular jazz—is an adventuresome and musically intricate mix. Often mistaken as kitsch, exotica flows from the vibrant post-war Hawaiian music scene and draws on everything from jazz to folk ballads, to second-generation Japanese club bands made of traditional Asian instruments, to Puerto Rican percussionists who came to the island mid-century.

Don the Beachcomber presents WAITIKI:
A Festival of Music and Cocktail

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AT: http://donthebeachcomberpresentswaitiki.com/

Wednesday, December 29
"The Jazz Sides of Exotica"
with the classic WAITIKI Quartet


Thursday, December 30
"Coronation of the Voodoo Masters"
The WAITIKI 7
with Robert Drasnin & Sherry Shaoling

Friday December 31 New Year's Eve
"The New Sounds of Exotica"
The WAITIKI 7
with Combustible Edison Alums
Brother Cleve and The Millionaire

For New Year’s Eve, the WAITIKI 7 gets swanky, in a danceable homage to Combustible Edison, pioneers of the renewed interest in non-rock instrumental music from the 50s and 60s. The evening will feature the first performance of Combustible Edison’s music since the band’s demise a decade ago, with help from Brother Cleve and The Millionaire. At midnight the ballroom will transform into a full-scale tiki dance party. WAITIKI and Combustible Edison will reveal their mixologist side with original craft cocktails that will join Beach’s creations on the drink menu.

“Donn Beach had a famous rapport with diners—to leave their worries and everyday concerns outside. Inside the restaurant is one’s own personal paradise, whether it be from the libations, entertainment, or conversations with the hosts and hostesses,” notes WAITIKI bandleader Randy Wong, whose tiki-inspired cocktails have made it onto menus at several fine dining establishments in Boston. “This makes Don the Beachcomber very different from anyplace else. It naturally has a close-knit, family-friendly environment that’s perfect for these three evenings.”

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AT: http://donthebeachcomberpresentswaitiki.com/

ABOUT THE WAITIKI 7
The WAITIKI 7 are dedicated to the celebration, preservation, and resurgence of exotica music, and the related tiki culture. W7 is modeled after the classic groups of Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, and Gene Rains. The WAITIKI 7 is the only modern group that performs exotica completely live and acoustic—just like in the 1950s. And like their predecessors, the musicians of W7 all have extensive jazz, classical, and Latin training and chops.

With two critically acclaimed albums,
Adventures in Paradise
and New Sounds of Exotica, the group has shaken, stirred, and thrilled listeners from Boston to Hawai’i. They recently made exotica history by landing both albums on the radio charts at once (JazzWeek World chart, September 2010).

ABOUT DON THE BEACHCOMBER
The Don the Beachcomber restaurants originated in the ‘30s in Hollywood and grew to incorporate 16 restaurants under the brand umbrella. Donn Beach was responsible for creating and spreading tiki culture around the world. As defined by Beach, Tiki is a relaxed ambiance consisting of exotic, rum-based cocktails and tropical décor, complete with island-themed fabrics, torches, “hula” girls, palm tree motifs, masks, carvings and Asian-influenced food. Donn Beach gained much acclaim for his creation of rum drinks with a tropical twist, unknown then in the tropics, but now offered at every mainstream watering hole and bar. His famous rum cocktails include the Navy Grog, Vicious Virgin, Rum Cow, Dr. Funk, Zombie, Missionary's Downfall and, of course, Don's Original Mai Tai.

Although none of the early Don the Beachcomber restaurants exist today, thousands of other establishments opened following his lead. Unfortunately, many of these were poor imitations of his restaurants and tried, unsuccessfully, to duplicate the flavor of his drinks, losing focus on tiki culture, and playing up more of the kitschy décor that physically defined the locations. Under the ownership of Arthur and Delia Snyder, Don the Beachcomber is experiencing a rebirth with its first new restaurant in 20 years. The goal is to replicate the experience of the original tiki restaurants made popular in the ‘40s and ‘50s throughout Southern California, and in Orange County, where Don the Beachcomber opened its doors in Corona del Mar in 1969.

Don the Beachcomber is open daily, serving Lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Mon-Fri: Don's Seafood Shack menu; Sat & Sun: regular lunch menu), and Dinner from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Sun-Thurs) and from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Fri-Sat). Kids 12 years & younger eat FREE with the purchase of one regular adult entrée during dinner hours Monday through Thursday in the dining room area.

The Dagger Bar tiki lounge is open during normal business hours and till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant features a special Happy Hour menu in the Dagger Bar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday – Thursday (until 10 p.m. every Monday).

Don the Beachcomber is located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. For more information or to make reservations, call 562-592-1321 or visit http://www.DonTheBeachcomber.com/ (on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donthebeachcomber; on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/donthebeachcomber).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

DG Burger to open November 23, 2010. FREE burgers to first 300 people!


Charlie Palmer's DG Burger at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza
(separate entrance located in Bloomingdale's hallway)
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-361-4264

Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza will open a small, fast casual concept, DG Burger (Damn Good!), with a special entrance in the Bloomingdale's hallway. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 4 PM, the six item menu (follows) is available to go or fast casual service.

Chef Palmer is teaming with Executive Chef Amar Santana to offer South Coast Plaza lunch guests, simply put, a Damn Good Burger. Perfect for busy shoppers looking for a quick break, or for those looking to get out of the office for a casual yet delectable lunch, DG Burger will offer guests fast service in the same comfortable atmosphere for which The Charlie Palmer Group is known.

 
The featured DG Burger is Black Angus Beef topped with cabbage, tomato, red onion and Chef Santana's signature sauce, served on a specially made semolina potato bun. Crispy fries are offered with tasty accompaniments such as curry ketchup, bacon mayo, roasted garlic sour cream and chipotle aioli.
DG Burger opens Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM. The first 300 guests will receive a free burger, compliments of Charlie Palmer.
             

 
DG BURGER MENU
*****
DG BURGER 7.95
BLACK ANGUS BEEF BURGER
SEMOLINA POTATO BUN, CABBAGE, TOMATO, RED ONION, DG SAUCE

FRIED EGG, GRILLED BACON, AGED CHEDDAR, AVOCADO
ADD $2.00

 
CITRUS GLAZED SKEWERS 7.95
GRILLED BEEF, GRILLED CHICKEN, GRILLED MARINATED VEGETABLES

 
SAUSAGE 6.75
GRILLED GARLIC SAUSAGE, ROASTED PEPPER, SEMOLINA HOAGIE ROLL

 
FRIES 5
CHOICE OF
CURRY KETCHUP, BACON MAYO, ROASTED GARLIC SOUR CREAM, CHIPOTLE AIOLI
EXTRA SAUCE $.75


 
SALAD 5
MIXED  GREENS, SHAVED CARROTS AND TOMATOES
OR
CHOPPED VEGETABLES, GARBANZO, FETA, OLIVES AND ROASTED PEPPERS

 
MILK SHAKES 5

Friday, November 19, 2010

Eat, Drink, Pink! Fundraiser for breast cancer research tomorrow night



Access Group Media
11101 Condor Blvd
Fountain Valley, CA
www.eatdrinkpink.com


Eat Drink Pink! is a FREE event. Just RSVP with your email addresses. Full sampling and voting passes will be available for $10.

We are gathering the best of OC restaurants, caterers, and bakeries to provide pink-themed foods for a fun filled tasting event for our guests!

Nylon Pink and Stereofix will be headlining the the event as our official live music acts!
http://nylonpink.tv/
http://stereofix.info/

Event Schedule:
6:00pm-7:30pm – First Round of Tasting
7:30pm-8:00pm – Stereofix
8:00pm-9:30pm – Second Round of Tasting
9:00pm-9:30pm – Nylon Pink
9:30pm-10:00pm – Judges’ Deliberation, Announce Silent Auction

Sunday, November 14, 2010

America's Next Top Model Winner, CariDee English, to Host Taco Tuesday at SOL Cocina 11/16/10



On Tuesday, November 16, CariDee English, winner of America’s Next Top Model, will join SOL Cocina in its mission to redefine the term “Taco Tuesday” as she introduces guests to fresh, seasonal ingredients and authentic Mexican flavors during SOL’s “Taco & Tequila Tuesday.” Guests are invited to meet CariDee English at 8 p.m. and enjoy a variety of food and drink specials from 4 p.m. – close, accompanied by live music beginning at 6 p.m. (Taco Tuesday available every Tuesday)

Following are the specials which will be offered during SOL’s Taco & Tequila Tuesday:

$5 Peligroso Margarita
$3 ALL Mexican Beers
$5 Frozen Margarita
$5 Peligroso Blanco Tequila Snifter
Tequila Tasting Flights

SOL Street Tacos – 2 for $2.50
$5 Naked Guacamole
$2 Ensenada Fish Tacos
$2 Grilled Fish Tacos


SOL’s Happy Hour will still be offered daily from 4–7 p.m. (bar and patio only). For more information or to make reservations, please call 949.675.9800. Full menus, hours of operations, online reservations and directions can be found at http://www.solcocina.com/.

SOL Cocina
251 E. Pacific Coast Highway at Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA
949.675.9800

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs (Marketplace Location) Now Offering Breakfast


First it was waffles for dinner, now it’s hot dogs for breakfast! Zagat-rated Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs on the Irvine side of The Market Place now serves breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. daily.

The menu includes a Smokey Joe Croissant, with smoked kielbasa sausage made with lean pork, cracked pepper, scrambled eggs and American Cheese; a Breakfast Dog with an All American dog in a grilled bun with scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and cheddar cheese; and a Hot Link Breakfast Burrito, with a jalapeno hot link chopped with scrambled eggs, grilled onions and peppers and cheddar and pepper jack cheese.

In addition to its acclaimed hot dogs and sausages, Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs also features salads, hamburgers and tempting sides such as chili, fries and their famous hot potato chips. Jerry’s also has real milkshakes and homemade ice cream sandwiches. The restaurant offers meals to-go, catering or for take-home grilling.

Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs is located in the Courtyard Cafes by Edwards Stadium 10 on the Irvine side of The Market Place. The restaurant can be reached at (714) 665-1480.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rubino's Pizza Opens in Sand Canyon Plaza

This one is short and sweet...

Irvine, California, November 8, 2010 – Rubino’s Pizza has opened at Sand Canyon Plaza in Irvine. The casual Italian eatery serves pizza, baked pasta dishes, and hot and cold sandwiches, along with fresh tossed salads.

Rubino’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and also offers catering services.
The restaurant is located in Sand Canyon Plaza at 6622 Irvine Center Drive.
For more information, please call (949) 788-0770.

What To Do For Thanksgiving in The OC

Too lazy to cook Thanksgiving dinner? Looking for someplace to go or someplace to get a great Thanksgiving meal to go? Well, you're in luck! There are many Orange County restaurants that are serving traditional Thanksgiving meals or packaging up a great feast to go. Below is a list of Thanksgiving specials I know about. If you know of another one, let me know by leaving a comment on this article.
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Prego Ristorante-DINE-IN
18420 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA
949.553.1333
http://www.pregoristoranti.com


Those looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in a beautiful setting will be interested in Prego Ristorante’s holiday offerings with all the trimmings. Open noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the Irvine Restaurant will feature a special menu (its regular menu will not be available that day), priced at $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 10 and younger. Intent on creating that perfect holiday experience, Prego owners Tony & Ruth Bedi are offering guests the option to add a glass of wine to their meals for only $4.50 a glass (options include House Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and White Zinfandel). Reservations are strongly recommended by calling 949.553.1333.

PREGO Thanksgiving Menu
$19.95 per person | Children 10 & younger: $9.95

Breadsticks and Ciao Bread (garlic cheese bread)
Cesare Salad
Turkey Breast (all white meat)
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Housemade Stuffing
Housemade Cranberry Sauce
Sautéed Vegetables
Pumpkin Cheesecake

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LUCCA Cafe-TAKEOUT
6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA
(949) 725-1773
www.luccacafe.com


This Thanksgiving, diners will be able to start their own traditions with a little assistance from LUCCA, who is offering to handle everything from shopping for groceries and scrubbing roasting pans, to worrying about whether the turkey is cooked to the right temperature and picking out wines! The best part of the deal? LUCCA’s serving Diestel Free-Range turkeys from Sonoma County, cooked in combi ovens imported from Germany!

With LUCCA’s Thanksgiving takeout dinner, guests may entertain 2 or 200 guests with ease and offer a special mouth-watering menu guaranteed to delight any budget and palate. The takeout dinner, capable of feeding up to 10 guests, includes a lavish spread featuring a Diestel Free-Range turkey from Sonoma, stuffed and roasted to perfection, for $300 (add $30 per person for each additional guest). In addition, a complete meal for individual diners may be purchased for $30 each. All meals must be ordered by Friday, November 19th for pick up on or before Thursday, November 25th at noon. Orders may be placed by calling (949) 725-1773.

LUCCA’s Thanksgiving Dinner includes:
* LUCCA Diestel Free-Range Turkey
* Apple-Pork Sausage, Fennel and Sage Stuffing
* Rich Gravy
* Cranberry-Orange Chutney
* Mashed Yukon Potatoes and Parsnips with Parmesan Cheese
* Fire-in-the-Sky Yams with Candied Walnuts
* Farmer’s Market Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Fresh Oregano
* LUCCA Salad: Organic Mesclun Greens, Market Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, Kalamata Olives and Balsamic Vinaigrette
* Assorted Silver-Dollar Dinner Rolls
* Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

“I am proud to say that our attention to detail is ‘legendary,’ which means that our customers can relax and enjoy themselves,” comments Cathy Pavlos, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Irvine eatery. “I use the freshest, quality imported and domestic products that I can find – products, that in many cases, are natural, organic, and hormone, pesticide and antibiotic-free.”

LUCCA will also offer the following items a la carte:

LUCCA Whole Roasted Free Range Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy
LUCCA Roasted Free Range Turkey Breast
Apple Pork Sausage, Fennel and Sage Stuffing
Rich Turkey Gravy
Cranberry-Orange Chutney
Mashed Yukon Potatoes and Parsnips with Parmesan Cheese
Fire in the Sky Chipotle Yams with Candied Walnuts
Farmer’s Market Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Fresh Oregano
LUCCA Salad
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Amaretto Bread Pudding with Candied Oranges and Cranberries

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Don The Beachcomber-DINE-IN
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
562-592-1321
http://www.DonTheBeachcomber.com


Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day – in the tropics! Even Donn Beach, the original founder and tiki-torch flame behind Don the Beachcomber would have offered guests the opportunity to enjoy a holiday dinner with all the trimmings, accompanied by Tapua, a live Polynesian show with singing, dancing and musicians. The Huntington Beach restaurant, located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, will be open for business from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering the menu items below.

Don the Beachcomber Thanksgiving Day Menu
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Noon – 8 p.m.

Adults $24.95 | Seniors $19.95 | Children $10.95

* Prelude: Green Salad with Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette and Squash Soup
* Entree: Roasted Turkey with Gravy or Honey-Glazed Ham (choice of one), Cranberry Sauce, Tropical Stuffing, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Traditional Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine
* Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

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The Meat House-TAKEOUT
103 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA
(949) 548-6328
http://www.themeathouse.com/

This year, beat the rush for the perfect turkey and pre-order with The Meat House. With a great selection of amazing side dishes, The Meat House is a one stop shop for all Thanksgiving accoutrements.

From November 1-25th, call (949) 548-6328 or stop by the The Meat House’s Costa Mesa location at 103 E. 17th Street to pre-order a range-grown fresh turkey raised in the clean Sierra Foothills. These humanely raised turkeys are free of growth stimulants and hormones and contain less fat and water than commodity turkeys.

Traditional Thanksgiving side dishes including gravy, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes and yams are also available and do not need to be ordered in advance.

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TAPS-DINE-IN
101 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA
714-257-0101
www.tapsfishhouse.com


TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea will be serving a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 25, 2010. After requests from regulars for many years to open for the big day, TAPS will offer a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. TAPS facts for Turkey Day:



* Dinner service will be from 1 to 7 PM
* Prices are $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children
* Adult price includes choice of free flowing bubbly or two of TAPS award-winning beers
* Early reservations advised: 714-257-0101



TAPS Thanksgiving menu follows. TAPS is located at 101 E. Imperial Highway in Downtown Brea. More information is available at www.tapsfishhouse.com

Thanksgiving Day Menu


Oyster Bar on Ice
Oysters
Shrimp
Grilled Vegetable Platter
Caesar Salad
Mixed Baby Green Salad
Granny Smith Apple Salad
Mediterranean Tapas

Hot Appetizers

Crispy Calamari
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Cajun Chicken Eggrolls

Traditional Entrées & Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Apple Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey
Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus & Horseradish Cream
Mashed Potatoes
TAPS Cheesy Potatoes
Traditional Sage Stuffing
Cornbread, Crawfish & Oyster Stuffing
Traditional Giblet Gravy
Roasted Yams with Butter, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon
Cranberry & Tart Cherry Relish
Sautéed Kale with Garlic, Shallots & Bacon
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Other Entrees
Drunken Mahi-Mahi
Blackened Chicken Rigatoni Pasta

Dessert Station
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
Apple Pie
Crème Brule
Chocolate Fountain & Accompaniments
Assorted Desserts

Kids Station


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Island Hotel-DINE-IN
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
www.islandhotel.com

This Thanksgiving, celebrate with ease and style at Island Hotel Newport Beach, the luxurious urban retreat in the heart of Orange County’s toniest fashion and business hub.

Thanksgiving Day Feast at Palm Terrace Restaurant

Thursday, November 25 – Served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Palm Terrace Restaurant will offer a modern American Thanksgiving meal created by acclaimed Chef Bill Bracken and served family-style, featuring carved Slow Roasted Tom Turkey with Chestnut-Cranberry Bread Pudding and many more trimmings. The three-course menu for the table also includes: House-Smoked Salmon with Chive Potato Salad and Preserved Lemon Crème Fraîche; Seared Rare Ahi Tuna with Asian Vegetable Slaw and Yuzu Aioli; Chef Bracken’s signature Macaroni and Cheese; Roasted Autumn Vegetable and Dried Fruit Salad; and Slow Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs. To complete the holiday table, Pastry Chef Michael Owens will create a lavish presentation of irresistible desserts. Live harp music. Price is $75 adults; $38 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity). Reservations recommended; please call (949) 760-4920.

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The Bungalow-DINE-IN
2441 East Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 673-6585
http://thebungalowrestaurant.com/


CHOICE OF STARTER:
Corn Chowder
Butternut Squash Soup
Waldorf Salad
Hearts of Romaine

CHOICE OF ENTREE:
All you can eat Turkey Breast
Filet
Mignon
Rib Eye Steak
Rack Of Lamb
Grilled Swordfish
Blackened Salmon

CHOICE OF DESSERT:
Pumpkin Pie
Berries and Ice Cream
Chocolate Souffle Cake
Creme Brulee

$39.95 Per Person
Kids menu available for $12.95

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sundried Tomato American Bistro to Host Speed Dating at San Clemente Location

San Clemente, CA – November 4, 2010 – Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Cafés will host an exclusive event catered towards Orange County’s singles. On Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 6:00 p.m., Lucky 7 Match will host its first speed dating event in South Orange County at Sundried Tomato’s San Clemente location.

Speed dating is a fun and exciting way to meet singles in a series of mini dates to encourage people to meet a large number of new people and find their match. This event at Sundried Tomato will be targeted to ages 34-47.

The evening’s agenda will include a speed dating portion, where each person will meet with members of the opposite sex for 7 minutes. Each person gets a match card which they indicate “yes” or “no” for their dates. After speed dating, there will be dancing at the cafe and our guests get to mingle with each other. The next day each person will be called and given their matches.

Interested participants can sign up for this exclusive event by visiting www.lucky7match.com .

About Lucky 7 Match

Lucky 7 Match is a San Diego-based singles events company specializing in events for singles of all ages. Events include speed dating, Halloween and New Years dances, party bus wine tours, Canniness singles, cocktails mixers and cooking classes for singles.

About Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Cafés

Founded in 1993 in Whittier, the Sundried Tomato American Bistro& Café got its name from the famous cream of sundried tomato soup that became an instant favorite among customers. The café is now found in three locations: in the beautiful community of Talega in the rolling hills of San Clemente, in the historic downtown area of San Juan Capistrano, and in a cozy courtyard in the heart of Laguna Beach. From the delicious creative California Cuisine to the inviting atmosphere, Sundried Tomato has something for everyone. Reservations may be made by phone or online. For hours and location information, visit www.sundriedtomatocafe.com.

Friday, November 5, 2010

PEE WEE’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS RIDING WAVE OF STRONG REVIEWS

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (November 3, 2010) – On the strength of strong reviews from Southern California food critics, and word of mouth from satisfied customers, the buzz about Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers is growing – as is the line of customers that frequently stretches out the door. And, in honor of foodies everywhere, Pee Wee's proudly announces that, as of October 31st, they are now open 7 days a week!

And though the Huntington Beach restaurant may still be a hidden secret among those who have tried their food, it won’t take long for people to find out they can get authentic Chicago-style hot dogs without the hassle of cross-country travel.

Jeff Overly of The Orange County Register’s online Food Frenzy section wrote, “I am always skeptical of any restaurant with the word ‘famous’ in its name. Too often it’s abundantly clear that the restaurant in question is not well-known and never will be, despite its celebrity aspirations. That’s probably true of Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers – but not for long. This three-month-old spot in Huntington Beach is dishing out super-stellar all-American fare with a multicultural twist, and I feel pretty confident it’s going to make the big time.”

As you might expect, one of the top-selling items is the Supreme Chili Dog, a jumbo hand-rolled German Frankfurter on a fresh French baguette, topped with chili (“top-notch – smooth, rich and moderately spiced, letting it impress without stealing the spotlight” said The Orange County Register), cheese, onions and mustard.

In keeping with Pee Wee’s interior surfing theme, many patrons gravitate to the Hawaiian Dog. Served on warm, sweet Hawaiian bread, the gourmet chicken sausage comes with a choice of spicy Habanero mustard, jalapeno or mango relish for a taste that will transport you across the ocean to a Maui beach.

For a truly great hot dog encounter, you need to start with a truly great hot dog. Many of Pee Wee’s offerings start with a classic Vienna® dog as the base; the Vienna has a natural casing that snaps when you bite into it which, according to any hot dog aficionado, is critical to an authentic Chicago or New York experience.

Those craving a burger won’t feel like an outsider. Customers can choose between several types of patties, including 100 percent ground chuck, ground turkey, chicken breast or veggie burger. Depending on your mood, customize any way you like from a variety of toppings that range from the standard cheese to the exotic homemade super sauces including a spicy chipotle spread and garlic aioli. The really adventurous can even order their fresh USDA Choice ground chuck patty stuffed with blue cheese, bacon and grilled onions.

Going beyond the traditional fare, Pee Wee’s also has a number of unique items on the menu, including sweet potato fries and tots, hand-made onion rings, and lavender limeade to quench the thirst.

“Pee Wee’s was founded by three family members who are all crazy about food,” said Herm Cundall, general manager of Pee Wee’s and one of the three. “We wanted to offer many of our favorites and share them with our customers. Our goal is to provide great food at a great price and back it up with great service. So far, based on the reviews we’ve gotten, it looks like we’ve been successful in meeting those objectives.”

Pee Wee’s Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers is located at 5942 Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach. This is at the corner of Edinger and Springdale in the Marina Village complex. The telephone number is (714) 846-3100, and the complete menu can be viewed online at www.PeeWeesFamous.com.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ming Tsai to Host Cooking Demo at Macy's South Coast Plaza




Ming Tsai will be appearing at Macy's in South Coast Plaza to raise money to support the Second Harvest Food Bank. He will be doing a cooking demonstration and signing copies of his cookbook. Details are below.

Who/What:
Macy's Culinary Council chef Ming Tsai will demonstrate a few recipes from his new cookbook, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals: Quick, Healthy and Affordable Recipes. After the cooking demonstration, Mr. Tsai will sign will greet guests and sign copies of his book which can be purchased at Macy’s during the event.

RSVP:
Admission is $5, which will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. No reservations are required, but seating will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited to 200.

When:
Friday, November 12
6:30pm

Where:
Macy's, South Coast Plaza
Cellar Kitchen, Level 1
3333 Bear Street
Costa Mesa, CA

About Macy's:
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for epic events like Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

Haven Gastropub Showcases Full Bar Offerings With New Specialty Cocktails






Fresh fruit, herbs and quality spirits utilized to create original specialty cocktails

Orange, CA (August 2010) – On the heels of launching a new summer menu and all-food Happy Hour specials, Haven Gastropub introduces intriguing cocktails with a bar-chef mentality. Made with top-shelf spirits and the purity of fresh fruit and herbs, Haven Gastropub, known for its expansive craft beer selection and boutique wines, aims to showcase its unique bar offerings.

Following are the new specialty cocktails created by Haven Gastropub bartenders, and Partners Wil Dee and Executive Chef Greg Daniels:


Blood Orange Manhattan
“on the rocks”
Bulleit bourbon
blood orange bitters

Lemon Basil Gimlet
Hendrick’s gin
fresh basil

Haven Bloody Mary
Hanger One vodka
Haven’s kitchen-made bloody mary mix

Cherub (pictured above)
Old Grove gin by Ballast Point
ginger beer
fresh strawberries

B & B Mojito
Highwest silver whiskey
fresh blueberries + basil

Moscow Mule
Russian Standard Platinum vodka
ginger beer

Hibiscus Martini
Hanger One vodka
Crism Organic Hibiscus liqueur

Cherry Thyme
Michter’s straight rye whiskey
Haven’s kitchen-made maraschino cherries
fresh thyme

Sassafras
Oxley gin
fresh blueberries + strawberries + serrano chile

The Saint (pictured below)
Ketel One vodka
St. Germain elderflower liqueur
fresh pineapple

Herbal Orange
Pitú Cachaça brazilian rum
Aperol Aperitivo
fresh orange + basil
tarragon simple syrup


Haven Gastropub’s food and beer/wine menus can be found online at http://www.havengastropub.com.


ABOUT HAVEN GASTROPUB
Located in the heart of Historic Old Towne Orange, Haven Gastropub is a unique concept where “pub meets gourmet eats.” Having opened in September 2009, Haven has already earned local, regional and national recognition, recently named “Best New Gastropub” by Draft Magazine,
which touted it as one of three new restaurants across the country that have “breathed new life into the old gastropub concept.” Gastropub, a British term blending gastronomy and pub, sprouted in the 1990s and has seen a revival as the idea behind the concept was to provide a place where friends and family could gather in a warm comfortable setting and enjoy good conversation with quality food and spirited libations. Haven boasts 14 beers on draft and more than 60 bottled craft beers. In addition, Haven serves more than 50 specialty single-malt whiskeys, scotches and bourbons; and a worldly wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass. Almost every dish on the menu has a beer or wine pairing suggestion.

The menu, created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef/Partner Greg Daniels, offers a blend of old world European fare with a modern American twist. Under the tutelage of Pascal Olhats of Tradition by Pascal, and then on to Napa Rose with Andrew Sutton, Chef Daniels learned what it means to feed people great food. The result is a refreshing combination of treasured dishes from across the pond fused with familiar stateside staples from the Pulled-Pork Sandwich served on a barbeque sauce-infused roll and pan-seared Hangar Steak with herbed compound butter, to Mac n’ Cheese with black truffles and
hearty Chicken n’ Waffles served with housemade hot sauce and bärenjäger maple syrup.

Each menu item is made using farm-to-table fresh ingredients with dishes prepared entirely from scratch, including the award-winning Haven Burger, piled high with roasted red bell peppers, wild arugula, pickled red onions and St. Agur blue cheese; and housemade Salt & Vinegar Chips of red wine vinegar and sea salt and truffle fries served with garlic aïoli dipping sauce or housemade ketchup, also Haven’s own. The affordably priced menu ($5-$20), will also entice with a full selection of delectable desserts, including noteworthy ice creams flavors, including candied bacon, salted caramel and tobacco-infused.

Paired to elevate and complement the overall dining experience, handcrafted microbrews including Belgian varieties are offered alongside a distinct selection of boutique wines, scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. No less than fourteen handcrafted beers flow on regularly rotating taps,
including offerings from such breweries as Mikkeller, Brewdog, Stone, Russian River, and The Bruery.

Haven Gastropub is located at 190 South Glassell Street in Old Towne Orange. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Happy Hour menu offered 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. daily. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to make reservations, call 714.221.0680 or visit http://www.havengastropub.com (on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/HavenGastropub).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Gourmet Waffle Shop Opens in Orange






BRUXIE Brings Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches To Orange County

First of its kind concept features more than a dozen sweet & savory waffle offerings


Orange, CA (NOVEMBER 3, 2010) – Orange County will be home to a concept unlike any in the region. Bruxie, a quick-serve eatery serving more than a dozen sweet and savory gourmet waffle sandwich offerings, opens its doors on Monday, November 8 in Old Towne Orange. The restaurant will feature an authentic take on the Belgian waffles, along with old-fashioned cane sugar sodas, freshly brewed Peet's Coffee & Tea, soft-serve frozen custard, shakes, sundaes and floats. Nothing on the menu exceeds $8.

“Our goal was to introduce this never-before-seen concept to Orange County and Bruxie has accomplished that,” commented Dean Simon and Philippe Caupain, Partners of the Bruxie concept. Simon revealed that the team selected the location for its first Bruxie based on its close proximity to Chapman University and the budding Orange Plaza in Old Towne Orange. The ‘Bruxie’ is unlike any waffle, it is light, crisp, yeasty and not sweet. It's street food that's perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as a dessert, mid-day snack or late-night treat.”

Bruxie is replacing the city’s historic Dairy Treet, however, will pay homage to the 61-year-old business by reintroducing soft-serve frozen custard and other “Dairy Treets.” The artisan cane sugar sodas featured at Bruxie are produced in Orange County and are custom-made for the new eatery.

“We’ve created a menu that puts a unique twist on classic foods, everything beginning with a waffle,” added Kelly Mullarney, Director of Restaurant Operations and Partner of Bruxie. “For breakfast, eggs and Applewood smoked bacon are sprinkled with cheddar cheese and folded up into a waffle; and for lunch, an Angus patty with all the dressings in a waffle instead of a bun.”

The menu will feature two types of Belgian waffles. First, the Brussels waffle, light and crispy in texture, which, when cooked, its yeast aroma is reminiscent of freshly baked bread. The Liege waffle, a more dense, sweet, with Belgian-pearl sugar baked into it. To satisfy the sweet tooth, Bruxie offers several sweet waffles, including S'mores with toasted marshmallows, drizzled with rich Belgian chocolate.

The Bruxie opening menu will offer the following waffles:

Savory

Bacon, Egg & Cheddar
Prosciutto & Gruyere
Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream Cheese
Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese
Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle
Bruxie Burger
Cheesy Bruxie

Sweet

Fruit & Cream
S'Mores
PB & J
Nutella & Bananas
Lemon Cream & Berries
Ogura Bruxie

Bruxie will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 292 N. Glassell Street (at Palm Avenue) in Old Towne Orange. For more information, including full menu, visit www.bruxie.com.