Holiday Happenings at Hipster Hotel Irvine

The minute I waltz through the front door of Hotel Irvine (my local spot), I have a smile on my face. Whether I am here for a business meeting, meeting friends in the cool Red Bar and Lounge, or just hanging out on the patio by the fire-pit surrounded by lush greenery—-I am just in  … Read More

Temecula… There’s More Than Just Wine In The Valley!

It was a lovely sunny morning as a group of So Cal writers recently visited Temecula. The Mount Palomar Winery was established in 1969. This winery has deep roots in this valley, and responding to their kind invitation, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) set up camp right there. Perched high atop  … Read More

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  … Read More

Kitchen Gardens In Carlsbad Unveils A New Culinary Center

The Flower Fields is a special place in Carlsbad (located in north San Diego) perched on a hill overlooking the 5 freeway and the Pacific Ocean below. Resting on over 50 acres, this field of flowers is bursting with color. Next year guests will be able to visit and view the jaw-dropping wonderment from March  … Read More

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,  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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.  … Read More

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 restaurant’s 70-seat  … Read More

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  … Read More