tastes and travel events

The 2018 Chef Master’s Event Is Here…

Raising A Glass and Our Cash to The Alzheimer’s Family Center
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Pasea Resort & Spa

This is “THE” fall charity event of the season, as we honor The Alzheimer’s Family Center. And what better way to do that than with a focus on “culinary luminaries” right here in Orange County.
All of our favorites are gathered at the lovely Pasea Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach....

Can You Believe It? The Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival Is Here This Weekend!

 The 9th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
Returns Saturday, September 15th In Silverado Canyon

 If you like music and you love beer then this is the place to be. Now that the weather has cooled this is the perfect opportunity to kick up your heels and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Live music will be performed by Captains Quarters--- including hits by Christopher Cross, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins and...

Tips & Tricks To Fast Track Your Trip To Del Mar Racetrack-2018

July 18th thru September 3rd, 2018  and The Bing Meet will run November 9-25th, 2018!

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. So I raised my hand and said, "Heck yeah! I would love to follow my friend Patty, a pro at the pony track, down to Del Mar." And lucky you, my faithful readers, you get to take advantage of learning some tips and tricks that will make this easy-peasy for you to replicate from Orange County, CA. This article offers...

Balboa Bay Resort- Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 12/3/17

 

On Sunday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00pm in Newport Beach join the fun I the Tree and Resort lighting ceremony. This event is FREE to the public and no reservations are required. Guests can enjoy the following:

 

 

 

  • Watch the spectacular Christmas tree and the Resort come to life with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor!
  • Enjoy a live...

Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Charming 21 Oceanfront Restaurant

A Georgous Spot for Stellar Classic Cuisine We dine here often and have enjoyed wine dinners and Christmas Eve as well. This year, guests can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner right here from 1:00-8:00pm and below I have the entire menu for your review. (I will update with the Christmas Eve menu when that gets closer on the calendar.)

When we climb the short flight of stairs, we see an elegant dining room before us. It is elevated ever-so-slightly...

It’s TONIGHT…. Join The 1 Year Celebration at YNK @ Irvine Marriott

It’s a party!!! They are going to take guests on a “celebratory journey” at YNK, which stands for, You Never Know. And you really don’t. It is ever changing. Every three months they feature a different iconic city or region from around the globe with videos on the walls, and specialty hand-crafted cocktails specific to that spot! You will actually think you are there! Are you ready? Next they will feature Amsterdam!

The event is open to the...

Pacific Wine and Food Classic Event- 2017

Mark Your Calendars---August 19-20, 2017th for the first of many summer “Pacific Wine and Food Classic” events. It will be a food and wine extravaganza at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, CA. Calling all “food & wine aficionados” who will experience a world-class culinary event! This event is the perfect Southern California weekend, on the sand in the Back Bay of Newport Beach. Cool ocean breezes, jazzy tunes and premium food & drink.

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9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes Aug.6th

Mark your calendars! Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 3-8pm will be the 9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes.
Fresh Lobster and many other delicious items are on the menu---plus music, dancing and best of all this benefits two
fantastic charities: Make-A-Wish® Foundation and Leadership Tomorrow.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LobsterfestAtNewportBeach.com .

The Event Happenings- Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of...

North Italia Restaurant Launches Special Community Wine Dinners

North Italia hit the scene with a big splash here in Irvine. An instantly popular spot, we quickly forgot that California Pizza Kitchen existed in this spot previously. The dining room is ginormous with lots of seating options---from intimate two-tops, to huge round tables, and long tables for bigger groups.. The large glass wall allows guests to peek in where all the action is happening in the kitchen. There is a wrap-around patio, and the bar features large windows that fold skyward---...

A Great Pairing! Rombauer Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

It is always great when two wonderful things are paired together, and this is the case here with this announcement. On Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm my favorite vineyard, Rombauer in Napa Valley, and 21 Oceanfront will be presenting an exceptional Wine Dinner at their restaurant. The guest speaker escorting us through this dinner will be Dan Redman. He is the Pacific Southwest Regional Manager for Rombauer Vineyards. The cost for the four-course dinner with wine pairings is $99 per...