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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...

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 refrigerator does not need to be emptied. We just lock up the house and go! And best of all, this seems to get us out of our routine. We do not have all the distractions, errands and projects that...

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 here for a month or so to assure a smooth opening. Chef Shin Toyoda will be handling the operations on an on-going basis, overseeing an amazing and talented...

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 Association (IFWTWA), and the day was planned by our esteemed President Linda Kissam. Little did we know they had just announced they were “on the move”!  Best...

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 at the Beach

-21...

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 men and women out there who are without a romance to “call their own”---- have no fear. I have uncovered some wonderful...

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 our web site), and her Client Don Myers and his team, who made it such a special day. Don Myers and his partner Peter Serantoni were named...

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

RED CARPET EVENT “Farming It Forward™” At Manassero Farms
in Irvine S
unday, 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 Justified will be with Anne Manassero live on KCAL, Sat, Sept 13th at 8am news...

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 and Anne are the third generation of family farmers. And what is so special is that they are taking it to a whole new level, and at the same time always finding time to give back to the community.
I see them at...

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, harvest and hand deliver their products. In fact, they visit the independent farms and ranches, and travel to the seaside to make sure these purveyors meet with the...