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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Boss Your Burger at the new Burger Boss in Mission Viejo!

It's here Orange County!
The inland empire's favorite burger is now in Mission Viejo!

I was lucky enough to try out the new Burger Boss at the soft opening this week and wow, their reputation for fresh, tasty burgers is well deserved! So why are they coming to Orange County if they've been so successful in the Inland Empire? After tasting their burger and seeing their offerings I can see why - cuz they're the PERFECT fit for the Orange County healthy lifestyle which likes options. This is the kind of place you can go with a group of friends with varied food diets (gluten-free, vegan, meat eater, etc) and everyone can find/create something that will make them happy!

The first thing you'll notice about BB is that YOU are the Boss! You pick every component of your burger from the protein, the bun, to one of the huge selection of sauces!

Proteins include your choice of 100% grass-fed California natural beef, 100% free-range chicken breast, 100% natural turkey breast or their fresh house made vegan black bean patty. They also offer healthy alternative buns like whole wheat and gluten-free. Cheese selection is crazy with 8 different choices including blue-cheese, gouda (who does that?!) to swiss and sharp cheddar.

You can top off your creation with a choice of 15 sauces - a great majority of which are house made and all of the ones I tried were pretty darn tasty! My personal fav was the garlic herb with what tastes like real garlic paste in it. I loved it but make sure you really like garlic - if you do, you'll be in heaven like me. ;)

In addition, they offer a bazillion toppings - mostly leaning towards the healthy-side including grilled onions, mushrooms, jalapenos and EVEN grilled pineapple!

I have to admit it was a lot of fun to put together your own unique creation and basically, get your burger your way with lots of tasty and healthy options! I really get what they mean by Boss Your Burger!

My burger creation - served open face so you can see all the yummy fresh ingredients!
In addition to their yummy burgers, they also offer regular and sweet potato french fries which you can also personalize with cheese and sauces, AND if you're not in the mood for a burger (or rather go bun-free) they can also put your creation in a bowl.

Sweet Potato Fries w cheese
 and thousand island - yum!
Chicken Bowl - no bun but just as tasty!

Don't forget their Grand Opening is Thursday July 14th from 10am - 2:30pm!
They are having all sorts of fun stuff for the event including giveaways and a health fair featuring speakers, specials, photo booths and a even a live DJ! Sounds like a blast and a great way to get acquainted with Burger Boss! For more info on the grand opening check their facebook event:

Burger Boss is located at 27690-B Santa Margarita Parkway in Mission Viejo with lots more OC locations coming soon! Look out Lake Forest cuz you're next!  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Boozy Brunch at The Stag Bar & Kitchen in Newport Beach!

What's better than weekend brunch? A boozy weekend brunch, of course! AND one of the best in the OC is down at Stag Bar & Kitchen in Newport Beach! The Stag went through a full update and started serving food earlier this year. They only started serving brunch a few months back but they've already got it down and running smoothly!


Bloody Mary! 

Speaking of 'boozy' the brunch cocktails at The Stag definitely live up to their feature in the Brunch title! The Stag has a full bar (of course!) but their 'Brunch Cocktails' special menu covers all the bases from a lychee-mosa (yum!) to what IMHO is one of the best bloody mary's in town with a perfectly spiced made in-house bloody mary mixer! Seriously delicious!

Eggs in Hell
The special brunch menu has lots of options including the 'Eggs in Hell' - a tomato sausage mix served with a beautiful runny egg on top. I've never tried anything like it, and it doesn't disappoint!

Breakfast Pizza
The 'Breakfast Pizza' (who does that?!) is also a top notch pick for brunch here. Prepared with a creamy white sauce and topped with fingerling potatoes, mozzarella, crispy pancetta and a sunny side up egg. It all cooks up perfectly with a slightly charred crust and lots of ooey gooey melted cheese. All I can say is YUM on this must-order item!    

I was once told that the true judgement of a Chef is how well he can cook an omelette.  Well, if the ones I tried are any indication then Chef Jeff deserves a couple Michelin stars. ;)  Creamy french style omelettes cooked to perfection served up in so many different ways - 10 unique omelette options here folks!

My personal fav was the 'Green Eggs & Sausage' - the homemade pesto sauce just set this omelette apart, especially when mixed with the creamy ricotta.  I only tried two of the Stag's omelettes but I have NO doubt the others are equally as scrumptious!
Green Eggs & Sausage Omelette - sinful!


Omelettes galore!

The Italiano Omelette

The Brunch menu is ONLY available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 -1 PM. 
Stag Bar & Kitchen is located at 121 McFadden Place on the Newport Beach peninsula. 

The Stag Bar & Kitchen is definitely worth checking out! 
If you can't make it down for brunch they have amazing daily specials so what better way to give 'em a try?!
Meatball Mondays - get your own flavor balls for only $2!
Tiki Tuesday - $6 Tiki Cocktails & $6 Hawaiian Pizza
Whiskey Wednesday - Featured Weekly Whiskey Special & Whiskey Flights (Ask about this one!)
Thursday - Locals Night w $5 Personal Pizza (Any 1 Topping) *beginning in February
They also have 11 hour HH from 8am - 7pm Monday - Friday w $1 off Wells & Wine, $3.50 domestics & $5 HH Food 2pm-7pm