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...

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...

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...

Prego Unveils A Delicious Seasonal Seafood Menu

Launching September 23- October 6, 2019, Chef Ugo Allesina and his team will feature a very special seafood-driven menu with various starters and entrees to choose from.  Prego is located at The District in Tustin and the restaurant has a lovely dining room, bar area, patio, private dining room and a Chef’s Table that seats eight in front of their wall of wines. I was lucky enough to garner a “preview” of the incredibly delicious fare and wanted to share some of these...

Exec Chef Chat… On Oceania Cruise Line’s Impressive Marina Ship

Our Baltic cruise began in Stockholm-Sweden, with stops in Tallinn-Estonia, St. Petersburg-Russia, Helsinki-Finland, Gdansk-Poland, Berlin-Germany, Copenhagen-Denmark, Oslo-Norway and we disembarked in Southampton-England (just about two hours south west of London). This epic itinerary allowed us to visit two spots that have had on our “bucket list” for some time. A visit to the Hermitage Museum was so impressive. It was magical, historical, and...

Brick Restaurant Offers Impressive Farm-To-Table Cuisine!

As I sauntered into this restaurant last week in the heart of San Clemente to meet some gal pals, I was instantly impressed with the wood décor, the amazing light fixtures and the long bar where each bar chair is quite unique. There is probably a story to be told about each one, but wait…. I got totally distracted.  Peeking around the corner and behind the long, open-format kitchen line were two huge Santa Maria BBQ grills. And to the right was a huge fire brewing that you just cannot...

Prego Is Stirring Up Some Excellent Italian Cuisine & Events!

The word Prego in Italian refers to the “welcoming” and that it does!  “Prego, entri pure” (please come in).  And if you have not visited Prego Mediterranean in its newer location at The District at Tustin Legacy, come join the fun.  Husband and wife team Tony and Ruth Lee Bedi are a passionate restaurant owner team and together with renowned Chef Ugo Allesina and Sous Chef Victor Sanchez, they are rocking it at The District.  The dining room is stunning----rather...

Table For 10—Elegant Chefs Dinner Benefiting The Teen Project

This Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 will be the annual “Table For 10” event held at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, CA.  A total of 350 guests will raise funds for The Teen Project. This Table for 10 event is an extraordinary culinary adventure, which showcased Southern California’s top chefs. The optional black tie evening begins with a festive cocktail reception and top-drawer live auction, which showcases “Best of...

Harvesting A Grand Dinner In South Laguna Beach

So... about the other night. We joined two other wonderful couples to dine at Harvest Restaurant in south Laguna Beach. (This is located at The Ranch LB Hotel & Spa, formerly Ben Brown’s Golf Course, and is owned by Aliso Creek Properties.)

One of our table-mates had been raving about this restaurant, and boy were they right!  There is a wrap-around patio that overlooks the first tee of the 9-hole golf course.  I used to play here years ago. I look forward to...