In celebration of the Whole Foods Market soon to open in Newport Beach on September 19th, 2012, they want YOU to show them a photo that captures what you love most about Newport Beach, and they’re giving away prizes. I’ll be writing more about all, as I’m poised to shop there for a big dinner I’ve got planned. Come back to see how it goes down. It’ll be good.
Do you see the unfocused jeans draped over a chair in the distant background? CK would stay here and so would I — Not sure where it’s found, perhaps in the bizarro world, but it applies to this prominent food blog because… Do you see the Bowl of Fruit in the forefront with Champagne on the side? That’s enough with this photo, and then there’s the Fish. 😉
I may have tasted this one April Fool’s afternoon. In any event SoulmateFood.com catches the attention of the hopeful and untaken, but only promises ingredients that provide the best quality nutrition to enhance performance. That sounds good, but all is brilliant here thank you very much. Is Buckwheat in the UK? It’s where SoulmateFood is based. Excuse the inside references, don’t have the inside scoop to declare more than… Cute name. I know nub tho!
I’m happy about it, but what’s all the hub-bub? Traffic stats have mapped straight North, since the above photo was posted on Pinterest by another. It was taken by me a couple years ago at The HomeBaked Ham Company, formerly in Corona Del Mar. Did you know they’re [not] real, though apparently quite spectacular, as it’s been re-pinned by several others?!
Can you spot the real Vegetable Platter? 😉 Do the Pinterest pinners know or even care?
Answer, if puzzled… ALL food (in top two photos) is fake, and the last is real and best for you.
Have you been to the Tap Shack yet? It’s in Newport Beach where The Arches once occupied and has only been open a couple months. I miss The Arches, but appreciate many aspects of the Tap Shack. Starting off, any spot with an outdoor patio is a winner to me. Crab Cake?
The Tap Shack NB takes advantage of the large patio and cues from the Tap House HB.
The MENU impressed me secondly. It’s sophisticated and extensive — I wanted everything.
We tried (top down) the Golden Crab Cakes, Grilled Artichoke and Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip.
Dispense Beer from 1 (or more) of 8 self-pouring taps — It’s one of the coolest things.
You’re given a Beer key which activates the tap and charges per ounce.
You don’t have to wait for a Beer here — We like that, unless there’s a long line. 😉
The Tap Shack Newport Beach joins in on the Taco Tuesday offerings with $1.50 Tacos.
And during Happy Hour all appetizers are 50% off — It’s the best time to try a lot.
All appetizers (as listed) appeal to me — The Taphouse Prime Sliders are pictured above. They were my friend’s favorite and I liked the Grilled Artichoke best, though it could’ve been cooked a little longer. We highly value the portion sizes, but the unclaimed favorites seemed bland.
And I don’t care what some people say about it, I like the Lobster Zone Game.
Catch a Lobster and they’ll cook it for you — $2.00 to play. Different to see and amusing.
Self-pouring Beer taps are inside and out — Where’s our server? Wait… Ta daaa! Awesome.
The Tap Shack NB is a fine sports and entertainment option in the neighborhood. Just overlook the typos on the menu (or laugh at them) and commend the otherwise refined, lengthy selection. There’s much more that sounds good to try. We’ll go back to the shack.
We’re back up and ready to post on the food side of weekend life — Much to be served soon.
Until next year… Check out the stats released (below) by The OC Fair & Event Center Communications Department — The 2012 Orange County Fair was a success on many levels.
The 2012 OC Fair Rolls Up The Welcome Mat For Its More Than 1.3 Million Guests
The 2012 OC Fair wrapped up another successful Fair season by welcoming 1,357,355 Fairgoers for 23 days and nights of “Home Sweet Home” with food, fun and farm animals.
“In my first year as CEO, this Fair has exceeded all expectations. Every year, the Orange County Fair manages to deliver a high quality event and this one was no exception. Of course, we owe it all to our loyal guests, all 1.3 million of them, who make the OC Fair the success it is,” said Jerome Hoban, OC Fair & Event President & CEO.
Fairgoers came to the OC Fair for outstanding entertainment as the Pacific Amphitheatre saw a record-breaking year with its highest-grossing summer concert series yet that also featured 7 sold-out performances, including Young The Giant/The Steelwells, Steel Pulse/The Dirty Heads, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tears For Fears, Victoria Justice/Max Schneider, Heart, and Duran Duran. Music fans also came out in masses for rocking tribute and original bands booked in The Hangar, which broke records with its highest attended season since opening in 2010. Sellout shows included Journey Unauthorized – A Salute to the Music of Journey, “Led Zeppelin Live” Starring Heartbreaker, Purple Reign – THE Prince Tribute Show, Queen Nation – A Tribute to the Music of Queen, Wild Child – A Jim Morrison Celebration, The English Beat/The Originalites, Which One’s Pink? – The Best of Pink Floyd, Moonwalker – The Reflection of Michael Jackson, Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez. And not to be left out, adrenaline junkies packed the Action Sports Arena for X-treme Freestyle Moto-X, Bull Riding (Saturday, July 21 show) and five nights of demolition derby which featured traditional derby cars and motorhomes as well as a special all-female derby that raised around $6,000 for the OC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for The Cure.
Fairgoers arrived at the 2012 OC Fair hungry and left with bellies full of deep-fried concoctions, grilled wonders and bacon masterpieces. Chicken Charlie’s top “Totally Fried” item was the new Deep-Fried PB&J (9,000 sold) and at his new Pineapple Express, some 10,000 pineapples were used. Bacon A-Fair’s Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Legs flew off the grill 7,500 times while 100,000 pieces of Chocolate-Covered Bacon tantalized sweet tooths. The new Biggy’s Meat Market satisfied everyone’s inner caveman by selling approximately 3,900 17-inch Big Ribs, which amounted to more than 10,000 pounds of bone and grilled meat. Some 30 percent of Big Ribs sold were packed up and taken back to the mancave by Fairgoers with the largest to-go order at 20 massive ribs. Of the more traditional Fair food items, Juicy’s sold more than 60,000 turkey legs and enough corn dogs to stretch 3.5 miles end-to-end.
Fairgoers also looked to save on their trip to the Fair by taking advantage of the daily opportunities for free or discount admission. More than 382,298 Fairgoers took advantage of the free or discount admission promotions and of that number, 79,774 generous Fairgoers took advantage of free admission and a carnival ride offered with donations of canned food, children’s books, clothing and school supplies during the four We Care Wednesday drives. Plus, 13,899 Fairgoers in total scooped up a Super Pass (featuring 23 days of admission).
The annual Jr. Livestock Auction welcomed increased numbers of animals sold and money raised with 323 cattle, sheep, rabbits, swine, turkeys and goats selling for more than $310,000, which benefits the youth participants in local 4-H and FFA programs.
In celebration of the 2012 theme of “Home Sweet Home,” 12,177 active duty and veteran military were welcomed to the Fair for free through the Salute to Heroes daily promotion to enjoy the Fair and view the new Let Freedom Ring Exhibit and nightly Salute to Heroes presentation in The Hangar. (Press Release by OC Fair & Event Center and photos by me)
More interesting numbers from 23 days at the 2012 OC Fair:
- Centennial Farm welcomed 27 piglets, 1 Jersey calf and 3 kids (baby goats)
- Of the 4,597 competitors that submitted more than 12,900 hand-woven blankets, homemade cookies, stunning photography, exquisite woodworking and more creative entries in the various competitions and contests, the Fair awarded more than 2,940 people with award ribbons and more than $33,220 in cash awards
- The new Bacon A-Fair sold 20,000 pounds of bacon either beer-battered, dipped in chocolate or wrapped around turkey legs, hot dogs and stuffed jalapenos
- Fairgoers consumed 300 cans of Spam and 5,000 orders of Deep-Fried Cereal from Chicken Charlie’s and 600 Red Velvet Funnel Cakes from Toucan Funnel Cakes
- Potato-loving guests kept Tasti Chips busy cutting 35,000 pounds of potatoes; Biggy’s Meat Market with 20,000 pounds of potatoes and Juicy’s with 50,000 pounds of curly fries and 39,000 pounds of waffle fries
- 48,125 thrill-seekers took unlimited enjoyment of rides in the two carnivals on the Unlimited Ride Wristband days (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
- During We Care Wednesdays, Fairgoers donated 43.5 tons of canned food, 59,353 books, 113,310 items of clothing and thousands of school supplies
- The 45 showings of the new Salute to Heroes presentation, shown nightly in The Hangar, used 8,858 pyrotechnics to thank our country’s service men and women
The 2012 OC Fair, themed Home Sweet Home featured 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Super Pass, Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. (Related posts are here)
The OC Fair & Event Center, home to the OC Fair, is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit ocfair.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OCFair, or follow them at twitter.com/ocfair.
It’s what I daydream about. Forget shopping — Is it time to eat again?
I’ve been in this situation and it’s tricky — It happened most prominently in Denmark during an authentic Danish meal with relatives. Open-faced Danish Sandwiches were served with Dill Schnapps the morning after a wild Whiskey night in Denmark. I don’t even like Whiskey, but it was our first night. Still feeling it, I was afraid of the beautifully rich Sandwiches that would’ve been appreciated a different day, and I didn’t want to ruin this day so I just ate and swallowed ’em slowly. Yes, they’re great, thanks! I hope my aunt and uncle don’t read this.
I opted for a Mushroom Enchilada with Green Sauce, White Rice and Cajun White Beans.
I’ve liked Wahoo’s Fish Taco for years, especially their Green Sauce and Maui Onion Rings believe it or not — They’re the Best Onion Rings I’ve found. Regarding the rest of their MENU, I need to venture out, and plan to soon since a co-worker says… Wahoo’s Black Beans are better than all others. After that statement, I have to try them again, as it’s been a while.
Stickers and photos are generally plastered on the walls along a winding entrance to Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Photos posted here were taken at the Irvine Spectrum Center. I particularly like the bench made out of skateboard boards (above), but I’m never fond of the commonly seen lines there. It’s best to go early or late, unless everyone else has the same idea that day.
Awe, Home Sweet Home, I end up where I wanted to be, with a Division Win in anything.
2012 Awards (center) and entries are linked — A hard act to follow in 2013, but will try. 🙂
Brunch at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment aka Italian Grill and Jazz Club.
I’ve liked Spaghettini for years, but hadn’t experienced their Brunch.
Thanks to a friend who won Brunch for Two at Spaghettini’s, I got to partake.
Spaghettini’s Brunch is $49.95 per person for (1) off the menu Entrée and Buffet.
And Bottomless Champagne — Something I always appreciate in a Brunch.
Pictured are just a few of the Entrée Choices (above) and Buffet offerings (below).
It’s nice they don’t overwhelm with too many options, instead a well-prepared, fine amount.
The quality, taste and selection of all made me happy.
Unlimited Champagne with hours to enjoy the Buffet and Entrée makes for a great Sunday.
I particularly liked the Artichoke Dip (below) — It’s much tastier than it looks here.
On to Dessert — Again, not all offerings are shown here. There’s a lot more.
One bummer about Spaghettini’s Brunch is… No food will be packaged to-go.
I guess Spag’s doesn’t want you to mow down the Buffet to take your Entrée home for later.
That’s what I’d do (written above), but instead I have to think to myself… I don’t want to load up on the Buffet so to save room for my Entrée, since I can’t take any of it home. Darn.
See MENU at top to learn more about the Sea Bass, Salmon and Sirloin Steak revealed herein.