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...

Orange County Restaurant Week is Coming!

Celebrating 11 years, this year’s Orange County Restaurant Week will be the best thus far!  There are three events to keep in mind. First is the LAUNCH PARTY for Restaurant Week on Saturday afternoon, March 2, the AFTER PARTY upstairs in the late afternoon and evening on Saturday March 2nd and a full week of Restaurant Dining from March 3-9, 2019. Ready, set, go!  Here is a quick overview of all three and what is not to miss!

 

LAUNCH...

Discover A Dining Surprise In Laguna Niguel

Legado Bar + Kitchen  (This was a hosted event at Legado by the Chef.)

 

The name Legado is Spanish for the term “legacy” and that name is certainly befitting of this restaurant and bar. Legado Bar + Kitchen is a “chef driven” concept, serving consistently great food with a welcoming ambiance. It has that “locals” vibe and is a great spot to drop in---whether wanting a drink, to graze at the bar, or enjoy a full sit down...

Discovering OC’s Ultimate Private Event Venue!

{This was a hosted event.}
Tucked away in a quiet business park in Lake Forest, on Bake Parkway, is a fabulously elegant setting for all kinds of events and social happenings! From corporate meetings, to team-building, private parties, showers and testing of secret recipes--- this is a special spot indeed. The Wine Artist is also the perfect address for personalized cooking classes, private wine seminars & pairings, custom wine labeling events, iconic birthday...

Fountain Valley Restaurant Week- Now Thru Saturday 10/13!

Yes, going on now through this Saturday, October 13th is Restaurant Week in Fountain Valley.  Not all, but many restaurants are participating and featuring special dining menus. This is  a great chance to try new restaurants! What fun! Come give them a try.

 

Please visit this web site for the list of participating restaurants.  www.FVRestaurants.com

For me, this enclave of Orange County is home to some of the best international cuisine.   As for Vietnamese...

A “Must Visit” New TAPS Mega-Brewery Opens in Tustin

TAPS Brewery and Tasting Room Is Now Open In Tustin, CA-  If you are a beer lover listen up! You are going to want to raise a stein and pronounce a cheer with this news for Orange County. The “award winning” brew house/restaurants TAPS has just doubled down on a brand new tasting room and full-scale (think massive) brewing facility in Tustin, CA.
Meet the new TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room.

[I had the pleasure to attend a hosted...