Elegant Dining at Pascal’s Restaurant

(The lunch described in this article was kindly hosted by restaurant owner Pascal Olhats. Thank you Pascal!) My friend and Chef, Pascal Olhats is the Owner of Pascal’s a lovely restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. By day it is a charming café with dine in, or to go offerings—from quiche to sandwiches and salads, to complete meals. Pastries are made on-site each morning. Then in the evening, there is wine by the glass or bottle, a complete dinner menu for dine in or to go ordering. Then Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings guests are in for a real treat with Pascal right there serving a formal Prix Fixe menu beginning at 6:00pm. During the day the options are endless… The other day our writing group was welcomed to his lovely restaurant. The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) had our SoCal Regional …
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Balboa Bay Resort- Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 12/3/17

On Sunday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00pm in Newport Beach join the fun I the Tree and Resort lighting ceremony. This event is FREE to the public and no reservations are required. Guests can enjoy the following:

  • Watch the spectacular Christmas tree and the Resort come to life with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor!
  • Enjoy a live musical performance of holiday harmonies.
  • A visit from Santa Claus and fresh baked cookies too.
  • A no-host bar will be available as well, for adults.
  • Guests are asked to graciously donate a new, unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots Program.

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Saturday 12/2/17-Christmas at The Manasserro Farm in Irvine

Manassero Farm (on Jeffrey Blvd. near Barrancca) in Irvine Join the fun Saturday, December 2nd for a day and early evening of Christmas Cheer! Bring the entire family as this includes fun for everyone! The Farm (serving the area for 95 years) will have fruits and vegetables, specialty food items and a charming country store with unique home goods for finding that perfect gift for your friends or even a hostess gift to bring to a holiday event! Here are the fun things that will be going on Saturday, December 2nd… Come Join The Fun! -Kids Crafts and Games- All Day Crafts Scavenger Hunt will be free and $2.00 per Craft project -Farmer’s Wife Workshop 2:00-3:00pm No Reservation Required- Farm Style Gift Wrap and Gift Basket Making -Santa- Meet and Greet and Pictures Too from 4:00-6:00pm Meet and Greet is Free. A 4×6 inch Printed Picture in Holiday Envelope …
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Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Charming 21 Oceanfront Restaurant

A Georgous Spot for Stellar Classic Cuisine We dine here often and have enjoyed wine dinners and Christmas Eve as well. This year, guests can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner right here from 1:00-8:00pm and below I have the entire menu for your review. (I will update with the Christmas Eve menu when that gets closer on the calendar.) When we climb the short flight of stairs, we see an elegant dining room before us. It is elevated ever-so-slightly to enjoy commanding views of the sea. It is truly breathtaking. The dining room features a showcase of large picture windows that gaze out to the boardwalk, beach and beautiful ocean beyond. The half-round black leather booths face the windows, so no one misses a sunset. Crisp white tablecloths and dainty lamps are at attention and the Wait Staff are attending to every detail. They do not miss a thing—super attentive, yet subtle …
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Oktoberfest…Cooking In The Kitchen With Chef Josef Lageder

Chef Josef’s Weiner Schnitzel We had the pleasure of having Chef Josef to our home to cook an authentic Oktoberfest meal. Of course we had a group of friends here as we all attentively observed his tips and tricks. Beers from around the globe were flowing and laughter ensued. The menu included: Classic Wiener Schnitzel, a refreshing Cucumber Salad and Buttered Scallion Green Peas Rice. But of course Chef Josef can’t do anything just “simple”. He always steps up his game and in this case he expanded the menu to include three different Wiener Schnitzel’s. This included Chicken medallions, Pork Medallions and perfectly trimmed delicate lamb chops. It was an incredible medley of deliciousness. (Photo Credit for Photo to Left: Josef Lageder) I was able to video tape a few short segments to capture the day and especially his tips and tricks. Hope you enjoy the …
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Sports Bar Standouts In Newport Beach

Fall is here, and the sports frenzy is in full swing. October is the only month when we can enjoy pre-season, regular season and play-off games for baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Sports fans are in sheer heaven. I set out to find the “stand out” sports bars right here in Newport Beach. Keep in mind that this is based on my opinion, and does not cover every single bar with a television set. However, I have sought out what I consider to be the “best of class”. Perhaps you will be introduced to a new spot and pay them a visit during this sports season. What I did notice on day #1 of my research, was the fact that everyone I interviewed seemed to have their favorite spot. They announce the name without even giving the question a second thought! And as I soon discovered—-each bar certainly has …
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