A Perfect 3-Day Getaway To Central Coast & Carmel

Here We Come Fun! We have not found a better way to relax than to just “press pause” for a few days. We find three days is the perfect number. We can easily book Riley at the dog-sitter for a short stay, we don’t have to make a hundred phone calls or reservations and our  … Read More

Sushi Roku Restaurant Is Making a Big Splash in Fashion Island

Fashion Island has just kicked it up a notch with the unveiling of this  brand new Sushi Roku here in The OC. This is their sixth location, a tradition which began on 3rd Street in Los Angeles in 1997. Executive Sushi Chef Hiroshi Shima oversees the entire menu and recipes at each location and he is  … Read More

Wine Exchange Offers Premium Wines & Mega-Selection

Sometimes we have a media event which unexpectedly coincides with a major announcement. On this fine March Saturday, it was just such a day. We were meeting with Best Wines partners Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, to hear all about their vino business. Our group included members of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers  … Read More

Where To Find LIVE Music In The Newport Area….

There really is nothing like live music, and although some establishments have ended this tradition, we have a few mainstays in the Newport area that deserve our patronage so that they continue.  Check their schedules for music and times, as this fluctuates, but here are the mainstays: Nightly live music can be found at: -Billy’s  … Read More

Valentine’s Weekend —-Great Ideas—-Even Without A Date!

Well, this year Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a Saturday, so this means a full weekend of blazing, blooming love-birds and starry-eyed couples enjoying this heart-filled celebration. Restaurants go all out, and are certainly depending on reservations galore, flowing cocktails and a bevy of souffles and desserts, ordered on sheer whimsy. Now, for those  … Read More

Sunday Brunch and Margarita Madness At Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen!

Les Dame d’Escoffier Chapter Descend on Brea For A Fantastic Sunday! Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea was the site for some fun Sunday happenings with some of our Les Dame members and their affable guests who all enjoyed this food frenzy. A big thank you goes out to Dame Jennifer Morris (who also manages  … Read More

RED CARPET EVENT “Farming It Forward™” – Manassero Farms

RED CARPET EVENT “Farming It Forward™” At Manassero Farms in Irvine Sunday, Sept 14th, 5:00pm-to-7:00pm You have heard of “paying it forward”… well now we are Farming It Forward™!!  And, Farming It Forward™ we are! Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds has already re-tweeted one of our videos to his 397k followers, and Nick Searcy from  … Read More

Manassero Farms… A Special Place For Fresh Produce, Homemade Gifts & “In The Barn” Gourmet Dining Affairs!

I have been coming to Manassero Farms here in Irvine for years, and I have watched it blossom, and transform into a very special place. If you are a local in the area, do come and enjoy all that this farm has to offer. The Manassero family has been farming for 92 years, so Dan  … Read More

Boldo Restaurant— From Earth to Table in Santa Ana

Written by: Guest Blogger- Jamie Wood Know Thy Farmer.  Who grew the tomatoes in your salad? Who watered the peach tree? Who raised the chicken?  The folks at Boldo, a new type of restaurant located in Downtown Santa Ana’s vibrant and burgeoning new East End, know every farmer, rancher and fisherman that lovingly care for,  … Read More

Antonello Ristorante Is An Italian Enclave of Deliciousness!

Over thirty years of experience serving adoring fans and guests has paid off for one iconic Italian restaurant here in Orange County. Owner Antonio Cagnolo, and Executive Chefs Salvatore Ferrara and Gino Buonanoce have crafted a wonderful selection of new dishes as they welcome in a winter menu of lusciousness. They are also re-emphasizing their  … Read More