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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It's ALMOST time for the Pacific Wine and Food Classic!

It's almost that time again! 

Time for the 
Pacific Wine & Food Festival 
on the sand in Newport Beach! 

You don't want to miss out on this world class culinary experience happening on August 18th & 19th at the Dunes in Newport!

Your all inclusive ticket features over 100 experiences including local rockstar chefs serving up their best summer dishes, wineries, cold beer and craft cocktails. All this while enjoying the summer day on the water with live music and even a super fun silent disco! 

Get your tickets NOW before it sells out as tickets are limited and it's only a few weeks away! 21+ only!

To see the full list of participating chefs and to get your tickets visit:


Sunday, July 15, 2018

The 1st Duck Donuts in California is NOW Open!

It's open! 

North Carolina institution Duck Donuts opened it's 1st west coast location this weekend in Huntington Beach! Owned by Gary Kopel and Minal Mehta, the new store is located in the Five Points Shopping Center at 18591 Main Street in HB - near the intersection of Beach & Ellis.

Originating in North Carolina with a vast following, Duck Donuts is bringing delicious made-to-order donuts to the OC! 

We’re talking warm fresh donuts where YOU pick the glaze, the toppings, the drizzles, etc and they have a ton to choose from so be prepared to get creative! 

Favorites include maple bacon and cinnamon sugar but the options are endless...

In addition to donuts, Duck Donuts also serves four signature coffee blends, teas, espresso, donut sundaes (decadent!), as well as lots of adorable duck items! 

If you're in a hurry, online orders are also available on their website, including for their yummy coffees too. They also do catering and can customize their donuts to any theme, colors, etc.  

Open 8-5pm this weekend and then regular hours starting Monday, July 16th will be 6am - 9pm. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

It's OCFAIR time! Free your inner farmer!

It's my favorite time of the year - OCFAIR time!!!

Mark your calendars folks cuz the OCFAIR is back and opens this Friday, July 13th! 

Put the diet aside cuz this year the OCFAir is upping their food game more than ever before! There are so many new fair foods that you'll have to make plans to visit multiple times to try them all! Here's just a few of the new delicious concoctions awaiting you at this year's OCFair: 

Unicorn, Orange Dream 
and Mermaid Floats featuring 
cotton candy and rainbow toppings (at the Candy Factory)

Spaghetti donut formed with pasta and topped with pesto, alfredo, carbonara 
or marinara 
(at Pignotti's)

The OC Crunch Cinnamon Roll featuring caramel, cinnamon crunch 
cereal and frosting
(at D&D Country Fair Cinnamon Buns)

Shrimp or chicken Ramen burritos (at Chicken Charlie's)

Unicorn cotton candy donut with sparkling strawberry glitter glaze, rainbow candy, bubble gum cotton candy (at Texas Donuts)

Caramel Crack Fries featuring French fries tossed in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar then drizzled with salted caramel sauce and topped with whipping cream and sprinkles
(at Biggy's)

Fried Pineapple on a stick
(at Chicken Charlie's)

And soooo many more plus, of course ALL your OCFair favs are back too! If you can't decide what to try, you may want to pop by on Thursdays between 1-4pm for $3 sample day! 

Regardless of when you go, just make sure you go cuz you don't want to miss it! 

The 2018 OC Fair runs from July 13-Aug. 12, Wednesday-Sunday 

Hours: Wednesday-Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight

Wednesday-Friday: $12 general, $7 senior (60+) and youth (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and younger and veterans/active-duty military with ID
Saturday-Sunday: $14 general, $7 senior (60+) and youth (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and younger and veterans/active-duty military with ID

Parking: $10 cars, $20 buses and limos.
Free offsite parking and shuttle is available Saturdays and Sundays from Experian in Costa Mesa; shuttle runs 10 a.m.-1 a.m. 

OC Fair Express: Catch the bus from one of nine OC locations on Saturdays and Sundays for $4 round trip, and get a $4 Fair admission coupon. Seniors ride for $1.50 round trip. More info:

To see all the FUN planned for this year's OCFair check out their website:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Grasslands BBQ & Churrasco are Celebrating 1 year!

There's a hidden meat eater heaven at the Anaheim Garden Walk and once you try it, you'll be sorry you didn't know about it sooner! 

Known for their amazing selection of American BBQ and Brazilian Churrasco style meats. They sell it raw or cooked for you to take home, or have a sprawling dine-in restaurant with cute southern-inspired decor and even live music sometimes! 

You can buy the meat by the pound or order one of their AYCE family style dinner platters ($36.50 per person) and try as many as you'd like - a GREAT deal if you're hungry as we're talking a ton of food with so many options!  Meat options include the famous picanha churrasco,  beef brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, chorizo churassco, BBQ shrimp, salmon char and many more! Along with the meats, they offer a wide variety of sides so there's definitely something for everyone's taste. 
To see the full menu click here:  

If you've never tried them you're in luck cuz there's no better time than the present! Grasslands is celebrating their one year anniversary by giving YOU a special deal...

As part of their birthday celebration, with the purchase of one of their signature BBQ platters, guests will receive a complimentary side of the grass-fed and grass-finished house favorite, Picanha, a rare and flavorful cut of Brazilian sirloin cap that’s rubbed with sea salt, roasted and thinly sliced. I personally LOVE this kind of meat as it's typically offered at all Brazilian churrasco style restaurants, and the picanha at Grasslands is one of the best I've ever tried. 

To spice up the deal, guests will also receive their very own Grasslands signature seasoning to use at home.

If you'd prefer to eat at home, Grasslands is also offering a special $99 Summer BBQ Box which includes 10 lbs. of delicious, succulent meat glazed with their mouthwatering sauces all available for pick up or delivery.  Available all summer, this special ONLY lasts until Labor Day, so get yours while you can!  Includes: the sinful Brazilian specialty picanha, a whole chicken, 2 racks of St. Louis Ribs, 1 rack of their fall of the bone beef ribs, salad, mashed potatoes, black beans, and bread.  One box feeds 6-8 people.

Grasslands is located at: 
400 West Disney Way #199 in Anaheim
Phone: 657/208-1133
Reservations available on yelp

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Las Brisas NEW Patio Menu!

It's summer, and that means outdoor dining w a view at Las Brisas! 

The fabulous Las Brisas is starting off summer with a NEW patio menu with lots of great options to enjoy while cooling of with the ocean breezes. A Laguna Beach institution that has attracted locals and visitors alike for many years since it's inception in 1979, Las Brisas serves up cuisine inspired by Mexico’s Coastal region with a California twist. 

If you've been to Las Brisas then you know they're known for their gorgeous ocean views. Situated on the cliffs about Laguna Beach, outdoor dining doesn't get more picturesque than here.  

The new patio menu has something for everyone from the freshest oysters on the half shell to four different kinds of taco trios including ahi tuna, short rib, chicken tinga and even a vegetarian option of roasted portobellos. 

I love a good burger and Las Brisas offers a pretty delicious Mexican themed Brisas Burger. Loaded with nueske bacon, roasted green chiles, charred scallion aioli and pepperjack cheese the flavors are on point for freshness with a slight  kick.  

Another standout on the new menu is  the almost to gorgeous to eat Seafood Cocktail. Stuffed with shrimp, crab, octopus, and oyster all mixed in a spicy cocktail sauce. You can taste the freshness of the seafood in every bite! 

Las Brisas also (of course!) offers an amazing array of cocktails including their namesake Laguna Pearl Martini made with Patron tequilia is the perfect refreshing compliment to the coastal Mexican offerings. 

Next time you're looking for somewhere to enjoy this beautiful county that we live in with a little seaside dining, look no further than Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. The patio menu is only available in the bar and patio, which is first come first served seating so be sure to go early in the day to grab a spot!

Las Brisas is located at 361 Cliff Dr. in Laguna Beach
Phone: 949/497-5434