We Have Launch! A Party for OC Restaurant Week!

Did you purchase your tickets for the LAUNCH PARTY yet? This is a fabulous celebration to kick off the 12th year of this annual event known as “Orange County Restaurant Week”. Come meet and mingle with many of your favorite local chefs. The festivities will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the beautiful Marriott Irvine Spectrum.  (And yes there are VIP tickets available for early entry to the event at 1:00pm.) This event will sell out…so tick, tock….let’s go!  Guests attending this cocktail party will have the unique opportunity to experience an array of bites prepared by some of the most innovative OC Restaurant Week participants, as well as wine, cocktails, wine and beer. Soundtrack for this event will be carefully curated by DJ Mark Moreno. The Launch Party will also have a LIVE broadcast of The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra. Neil is a big supporter of …
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Europa’s New “Spanish Inspired” Bolero Village

Joining fellow writers (and friends) for a quick visit to Temecula, it was such a pleasure to visit Europa Village. And who does not enjoy a sneak peek at a brand new (still under construction) project? Well, thanks to our knowing some of the Europa Ambassadors we were able to take a “behind the scenes” hard-hat tour of the Bolero Village with Chad who did a splendid job of educating us about the project. This will be opening in April, 2020 and is going to be a spectacular addition to the Wine Trail and the town for that matter. The theme is Spanish, so that means…Spanish-style wines in the Tasting Room, tapas and paella in the restaurant and bar, ten Casitas for romantic overnight stays with secluded patios, a private Members Only Tasting Room and large patios at ever turn with cozy fireplaces. There is an elegant flair and attention …
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Pechanga Resort Casino…What A Surprise!

It was fun to join fellow travel writers and friends at Pechanga.  I have never been there before. With the Lunar New Year just days away from our visit, the Lobby was adorned with beautiful displays!  We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at one of their many restaurants, which I will list below. We dined at the Lobby Bar & Grill.  There is a large bar area with various sporting events featured on the big screens.  The dining room is light and airy. The creative menu features American cuisine with a touch of international flair and the restaurant prides themselves in sourcing their ingredients locally.  I had a delicious chicken noodle soup and shared with my friend Linda two entrees… the Ahi Tuna Salad and the savory Fried Chicken & Waffles with a rich gravy, poached egg and sprinkled with cheddar cheese. Both were so delicious!  Dessert was an assortment of  …
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A Stellar Introduction To New Mexico Wines

Ok, I have to admit it right out of the gate, that I am a California gal with a pension for wines from Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. I have probably been up there 80 times in my adult life. The highest elevation of vineyards I have walked thru (during a cooking class) was at Chappellet Winery above the dreamy Hennessy Lake in northern Napa.  So when I was trying to wrap my head around grapes being lovingly grown at 4,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation, I was utterly perplexed. Who does that? Well, in New Mexico that is EXACTLY what they do. And the wines are amazing! And honor a long tradition, which is always comforting. We were so pleased to have local wineries pouring wine and educating us all at our Welcome Reception for our IFWTWA November, 2019 Conference held at the historic La Fonda Hotel in the …
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Bello Restaurant Adds Daily Lunch

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Pizza Oven Bravo! The recently opened Italian restaurant Bello by Chef Sandro Nardone has just this week added lunch to their offerings. They quote an Italian phrase, “lento o veloce” which translates to slow or fast.  This means that if guests are looking for a quick in-and-out lunch, the team is on it! Velocemente! Pronto! Quickly….just say the word.  And if they prefer to linger and chat, that is fine too. They even offer “take out” with the integrity of each dish in mind when packaging it to take away.  They have been offering dinner since opening and now expanding it to the lunchtime is perfect! Bello is known for its blend of both traditional and modern Italian cuisines. As Sandro noted, “We’re definitely approaching the lunch menu with the same love and care that we do at dinner and we wanted our lunch service to have its own …
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Join Us For This Unique Dining Experience For Charity

Welcome to Table For Ten!  Doesn’t everyone dream about having a well-known local chef create a custom dinner just for them and their friends? Yes, of course we do!  Well, there will be 350 lucky guests who get to do just that to create their very own Table for Ten!  This very special philanthropic event will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the clifftop Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. Most importantly, this event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. About The Event- This is the 14th Annual Table for Ten and is an extraordinary culinary adventure, which showcases 35 of Southern California’s beloved chefs. The black tie evening begins with a festive cocktail reception and a top-drawer silent & live auction, showcasing: chef dinners, rare wines, local dining experiences, luxury goods and awesome travel to coveted locales. It is always so exciting to bid …
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