Category: Booze

Valentine’s for Her – and Him? Top 3 Drinks for the holiday.

History tells us that Valentine’s Day was created for men to celebrate women by pampering them with jewelry, roses, chocolates and other signs of affection. That idea is as archaic as CD players, MySpace or a winning Dallas Cowboys team. Recently, Cupid has turned his arrow toward men – 75 percent of whom believe Valentine’s Day is for BOTH men and women. In fact, 45 percent of men even say they should be as spoiled as women on the holiday. One thing EVERYONE agrees on, is that whether you are in a relationship [Read more]

Irvine Restaurant Week at CUCINA enoteca

Irvine Restaurant Week begins on Friday, January 10th and numerous Irvine restaurants will be offering affordable lunch and dinner options. A popular Irvine restaurant that will participating is CUCINA Enoteca. I really love CUCINA Enoteca (you have to try their mac n cheese!) and what's also really great about them is that they offer "Social Saturday" deals to people who follow them on social media. Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli and Chef de Cuisine Chad Urata have created a range of standout dishes sure to please [Read more]

solita Tacos & Margaritas Open for Dinner

The team behind Newport Beach's acclaimed SOL Mexican Cocina opened the doors to their newest restaurant concept, solita tacos & margaritas at Huntington Beach's Bella Terra Center (7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1508). The new neighborhood-casual Mexican eatery features a distinct menu of bold flavors, imaginative dishes and traditional favorites, served in a casual, social setting, complete with an all-weather patio and indoor/outdoor bar, and take-out service. The restaurant is now open for dinner service and then [Read more]

The Art of Mixology at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar

Mixologist James Wood
Scott's Restaurant & Bar is a great choice for dining in Costa Mesa. I used to live down the street and visit frequently. I've eaten there both for brunch and for dinner, and both are excellent. I've also held events there in the past and their team has always been top-notch. Last month, I got to sample a few of their new appetizers and cocktails in the lounge. Dimly lit and incredibly relaxing, the lounge area is a great spot for an event or quick drink after work. The appetizers we sampled included: SLIDER [Read more]

Lauded Chef Rick Bayless Opens First RED O Restaurant in OC

RED O Fashion Island
Newport Beach is now home to the new flagship RED O Restaurant by Master Chef Rick Bayless. Located at Fashion Island, RED O Newport Beach will be the second location in Southern California, joining the Los Angeles concept on Melrose in West Hollywood. RED O will feature upscale Oaxacan influenced cuisine that Bayless is recognized for, in a stunning space designed to evoke a feel of a lavish Mexican resort by award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. RED O is committed to providing [Read more]

LA/OC Restaurants’ Fall Cocktail Roundup: DIY Recipes for Home

Bartenders from Restaurants throughout LA and OC offer up the DIY recipes to their favorite seasonal cocktails! Antonello Ristorante 1611 Sunflower Ave Santa Ana, CA www.antonello.com "Nutty Pumpkin" Latte Combine: ·      1 ounce Nocello Italian Walnut Liqueur ·      2 ounces of our signature spiced pumkin puree' ·      1 ounce hot espresso ·      3 ounces of steamed whole milk Top with: ·      Whipped cream ·      Powdered cocoa In an 8 ounce coffee mug, add the [Read more]

Lark Creek Toasts Fall with Pinot Noir and Wild Mushroom Festival

Lark Creek Newport Beach
Lark Creek Newport Beach raises a glass to autumn by highlighting the earthiness of the season with special wild mushroom dishes from Chef/Partner John Ledbetter, paired alongside Pinot Noirs, during its Pinot Noir and Mushroom Festival. Available starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1, the festival begins a delicious tradition at Lark Creek Newport Beach, utilizing chanterelle, matsutake, porcini, and other wild varieties in a wide range of dishes that will be offered on the lunch, brunch, and dinner menus. The restaurant [Read more]