Battle of the Chefs—Join the Fun Tuesday Night!

Tick Tock. Battle of the Chefs will take place on Tuesday, Feb 20 at 6:00pm at AV Irvine. The battle is set between executive chef Ron Fougeray of Splashes at the Surf and Sand Resort battling for Child Abuse Prevention Center and executive chef Leo Razo of Villa Roma and Cambalache Argentine Italian Cuisine battling for Golden Rule Charity in the Semi-Final Round 1. I first met Chef Ron at a wonderful Tasting at Splashes and met Chef Leo when he won the Paella Contest in Huntington Beach, among some 25 or more formidable competitors! The Chefs have something extra special planned to blow you away, as they prepare: FIRE &ICE and Surf and Turf with welcome cocktails from NOLET’s Silver Gin. Guests can join the live event by purchasing one of four different levels of seating: General, Preferred, VIP, Front Row VIP and now offering the NEW! Chefs table …
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Rolling Out The Red Carpet For The Brand New Pedego® Electric Bikes Mega-Store in La Jolla, CA

La Jolla welcomes the newest Pedego dealership to Southern California. There are a total of 25 stores in California (113 stores worldwide). This newest Pedego® Electric Bikes location features the largest retail space on the West Coast and, quite possibly, in the United States. This impressive mega-store store is located in the charming residential community of Bird Rock, which is just north of Pacific Beach and south of the bustling village of La Jolla (folks… it is pronounced La-Hoy-Ya). The store is a hub on the corner of Bird Rock Avenue and La Jolla Boulevard. In fact, this La Jolla community is named for a coastal rock that has the shape of a bird and is often photographed with brown pelicans or other birds perched on top.
Hello Fun at The Super Friendly Pedego La Jolla-
This shop is a very welcome addition to this tight-knit community. They …
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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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