tastes and travel events

Try A NEW Restaurant and OC Restaurant Week Has The Perfect Recipe!

From now through this Saturday, March 11th, 2017 do step out and enjoy some of over 100 different restaurants who have created lunch and dinner prix fixe menus.

From north county down to San Juan Capistrano, Orange County's favorite restaurants are dishing up delicious food at fantastic prices until March 11th. So get out there and enjoy this delicious fun! The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40 and $50...

NEWPORT BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK IS ALMOST HERE!!!

Actually it will be two weeks long. Kicking off Monday, January 16 and continuing through Sunday, January 29, this program offers 14 days of exciting culinary offerings. From fast-casual hotspots, to elevated, upscale fine dining experiences. All participating restaurants will offer special, two-or three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 and $25 for lunch and $20 to $50 for dinner.

The web site is great and allows the reader to sort by cuisine, price point,...

ChefSchool… Where “Hand’s On” Makes All The Difference

Working with kids, teens and adults, Heidi Ristau and her team at ChefSchool offer an array of classes that offer important techniques, cooking skills and making the experience of cooking fun too. And what better way to do this than through a hand’s on experience? In a comfortable setting, students learn knife skill, how to make fruit galettes, rolling beet ricotta gnocchi, cooking chicken, holiday cookies and so many other things.

Heidi is caring, organized and makes all of her courses...

Gobble Up This Year’s Delicious Dining Options in Newport Beach

As the calendar tick-tocks down to Thursday, November 24th Thanksgiving planning is in full-swing. Here we have gathered some interesting and flexible options to help friends and families who may want to step away from the oven and let someone else do the cooking. We have uncovered some excellent value menus, brunches, sit down dinners, harbor dinner cruises and even some gourmet “to go” options. Hosts can go from zero to hero with one simple phone call. We do suggest making...

BISTANGO “SPANISH NIGHTS” ON THE PATIO…EVERY WEDNESDAY…THRU SEPT!

Every Wednesday through September, 2016, Paella & Sangria will be served on the patio, along with live Flamenco music from 5:00-9:00pm. The restaurant will serve up pequeña paella ($12) and sangria ($7), as flamenco guitar music fills the night air (pricing excluding tax & gratuity). It is really a lovely evening with comfortable seating, a fountain, the bar is all set up and they are making the Paella right there before your eyes! It is a lovely way to spend a Wednesday...

8th Annual LobsterFest at Newport Dunes-Sunday 8/7/16

This event is organized by the LobsterFest Foundation and is hosted by the Newport Dunes Water Front Resort and Marina. This beach party benefits two organizations: Leadership Tomorrow and the Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The LobsterFest at Newport Beach is now in its 8th year, and is a celebration of summer designed for fun, entertainment and most importantly to raise funds for deserving charities. www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com  

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Summer Movie Nights Under The Stars @ Hotel Irvine

Summertime in Orange County means flip flops, warm evenings, outdoor dining, and sheer fun. Starting July 22, and throughout July & August, Hotel Irvine is bringing back “Movie Nights in The Backyard”!! Last year’s crowd loved watching their favorite films on the lawn with a huge screen----while picnicking on a summer night under the stars. So repeat it is… only better…. with a 16-foot giant outdoor movie screen, great barbeque inspired cuisine, popcorn, treats and all-in-all,...

BISTANGO RESTAURANT SALUTES BASTILLE DAY JULY 14th

FRENCH-STYLE SMALL PLATES AND SUBLIME ROSÉ WINES? YES PLEASE- While Americans have the Fourth of July as their “day of Independence” the French have Bastille Day celebrated 10 days later on the 14th.  In celebration of this French holiday, Bistango restaurant features a special small plates “French” menu and hand-picked selection of rosés. This will be served in the Bistango Gardens, the...

Craving A Summer Poolside Concert? Or Perhaps A Stay-Cation in Carlsbad?

This article focuses on two wonderful summer events…1) Summer Concert Series By The Pool, and 2) A Stay-Cation at a gem of a resort in Carlsbad!

Whether it’s just for a two-hour poolside concert, or a quick overnight getaway, you can resort to some incredible fun at the Cape Rey Carlsbad- A Hilton Resort! Listen up Southern California! You might be a local from North County, downtown San Diego, or a nearby visitor from Orange County and...

BISTANGO SPICES UP SUMMER WITH “SPANISH NIGHTS” ON THE PATIO

Every Wednesday during summer, Paella & Sangria will be served on the patio, along with live Flamenco music from 5:00-9:00pm. The restaurant will serve up pequeña paella ($12) and sangria ($7) , as flamenco music fills the night air (pricing excluding tax & gratuity).

Executive Chef Timothy Doolittle touts paella as a delicious classic Spanish rice dish made with vegetables, and/or a mix of various meats or seafood. Saffron and rosemary are typically added as are other herbs and...