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...

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...

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...

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?...

Bello Restaurant Adds Daily Lunch

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...

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...

Laguna Playhouse Is A Wonderful Venue!

How can it be that I had NEVER been to the Laguna Playhouse?  It is a really wonderful surprise! It is a fabulous venue to watch an exceptional play, music or other performances right here locally. At this time, this intimate 400-seat-theatre is emphasizing the holiday spirit in their production of Peter Pan. It runs thru Sunday Dec. 29th and is really something that I would highly recommend doing.

Lythgoe Family Panto presents:  Peter Pan and Tinker Bell-A...

Ironwood Restaurant Unveils Menu Specials & New Private Party Venue!

 

Ironwood Cellar*Craft*Cook is located in Laguna Hills (on La Paz near the 5 Freeway). This is one of three restaurants owned and operated by a wonderful restaurant group founded by Russ Bendel. His Operating Partners are all well-established in their own right, including: Gabe Whorley (think draft cocktails), Jared Cook (think Executive Chef), Kevin Franke, Kyle Simpson, Patrick Fanning and Paul Villa (think Management with a big ‘ole smile).  In fact, we are so proud that...

Chef Masters 2019… A Stellar Event!

Another fabulous event is in the books for Chef Masters 2019. In its second year, it was held on October 27th, 2019 at the stunning Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA. The evening began on the expansive outdoor lawn which overlooks PCH and the Pacific Ocean beyond.  Our beloved chefs, favorite wineries and local luminaries all rally behind this event because it benefits the Alzheimer’s Family Center in Huntington Beach.  The amazing Kristin...

8th Annual Golden Foodie Awards Was Spectacular!

The Golden Foodies® is an event honoring Chefs, Restaurants Food and Drinks. With its eighth year in the books, the Golden Foodies is a stunning event that honors the Best Chefs, Libations and Cuisine of chef-driven and independent restaurants. It is the "People's Choice Food Awards" as patrons and foodies do the voting on all but a few of the awards.

I know this is hard to believe but I had never been to the event. I am usually traveling in Europe in late September as I cannot stand the...