Easter Dinners “To Go”- Please Order Today!

I think we can all agree that THIS YEAR’S Easter is not going to look anything like last year. As we all try our best to “stay home” and limit our exposure during this pandemic, the guest list will probably just the immediate family living in your household. We will press pause on Easter Egg Hunts, baskets may not contain all the annual favorites, and religious services will probably be viewed on the TV. Easter is this Sunday, April 12, 2020! Please place your orders today so that the restaurants can plan accordingly. Many of our local restaurants are doing special Easter Menus and many have reached out to me so I felt an obligation to help them and get the word out. A few things to keep in mind…

  • Most restaurants need to put in their food order very soon so they don’t have a lot of waste …
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Restaurants Offer “Curbside To Go” In Orange County

The amazing Orange County Restaurant Association has created a web site that is updated every hour with a ton of Curbside Take Out options, and third party delivery programs too. Our beloved local Restaurants need our help, so please support them.   Their site is loaded with great takeout, delivery and curbside offers by neighborhood. There are also many discounts so check it out at:  www.TimeForTakeout.com  . I also have heard from many and have culled together information from various restaurants. I put together a list of over 60 restaurants, BY NEIGHBORHOOD that will make ordering easy-peasy (noted in RED). I believe in supporting those places we go to regularly and obviously we cannot do that right now. So let’s assist them and order lunch or dinner To Go! Why not take advantage of a few nights of no cooking?  Imagine, no hunting for ingredients at the market. It’s a win-win!  …
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Local Chef Pascal Olhats & His Team Get Creative!

Please support your local restaurants that are offering “Curbside To Go” menus, dinner kits and daily specials. It is just crazy out there with this virus and Chef Pascal and his team at Café Jardin, like many others, just had to get creative. They are making jams and desserts and so forth. The other day, I ordered three fabulous meals from Cafe Jardin (located inside Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar, CA, a village within Newport Beach). Chef Pascal Olhats and Chef Jessica Roy are doing a stellar job! They have created a lovely menu and are offering a daily special and soup du jour.  Also Pascal is posting recipes so I have noted two of my favorites at the end of this article as well. Enjoy! Fair to say, I may never cook again! (And those who know me, know that I live to cook!) We ordered three items …
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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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