Taste Of Orange County: A Smooth Landing After Some Turbulence.
The Taste of Orange County didn’t start off pretty – Long lines, slow processing and network glitches frustrated a lot of people including us, but we hung in there to eventually enjoy a sunny day filled with appetizing food, cooking demonstrations, artwork and live bands.
FOOD commenced with a Spicy Lobster Shrimp Grinder (at top) from SlapFish.
And the fare continued all day with specialties from several local high-quality restaurants, including Tamarind of London, which offered a nice seating area too, as did a few others.
Though not pictured, Mastro’s Steakhouse presented one of the best lounge areas.
The hip set-up paired well with Mastro’s Steak and Lobster Mashed Potatoes (above).
A few favorites came from Red Table.
We loved the Yuzu Crab Ceviche Tacos and Braised Beef Short Ribs.
We meant to go back for Red Table’s Broken Banana Cream Pie after savory, but forgot.
Spicy, tender, flavorful Chicken from Clay Oven.
Haven GastroPub served up Crab Rolls (above) and Fried Pigs Ears (below).
Pig’s Ears were another first – The pictured were sweet, spicy, crispy and tasty.
Short Rib and Crab-related offerings seemed to be popular, an agreeable thing.
The grilling meat reminded us of the upcoming Orange County Fair.
Great OC Farm-To-Table Dinner, an extra cost but valuable – 7 Courses by 9 Top Chefs.
The Ultimate Stones cover band – They were good and almost as old as the originals.
Thanks for the Cupcakes — Media break under a tree with a glass of Wine.
We’re glad we stayed for all.