We’re still looking back fondly while settling in. Did you see our Wedding Cake? It was perfect! Not only did it look cool, but it tasted great too. We highly recommend Creative Cakes and a few other superb wedding vendors noted and linked herein. Check them out.
These photos and hundreds of other amazing ones were taken by Tremble Media. We love them all and the professional Wedding Video they shot and edited for us. They captured it all.
And Photo Booth On Wheels did a great job too — Nice people run it.
Everything was lovely, seamless, tasty, entertaining and pleasantly memorable THANKS to all.
We’d DO it all again the same way. Thank you!
Nice package indeed — We LOVED our Wedding Cake by Creative Cakes in Orange. It came with the Wedding Package offered by The Turnip Rose Promenade & Gardens in Costa Mesa. Our experience with both was superb! We called it (above) our Graffiti Cake, since it was piped with amusing words and sayings related to us. It looked cool and unique and tasted amazing. As a bonus (also part of The Turnip Rose Package) – Instead of freezing the top layer of the Cake to eat it on our one-year anniversary, a tradition, Creative Cakes will bake us a fresh Cake to enjoy in its place. We’ll just call around that time to tell ‘em what we want.
I’m grateful to be back to share (not enough) photos from a beautiful Bridal Shower.
It’s mine — This stylish and tasty day was prepared for me (pictured in the Berry spoon).
I feel showered by love and well displayed, satisfying, glorious food — Thank you so much!
I’d been absent from here for good reason — To partake in this, move and finally reconnect.
Is this (above) not the cutest Bridal Shower Cupcake Cake you’ve seen? I just LOVED it!
After the first guest arrived, I stopped taking photos of the food, thus missing the hot dishes… Quiches with Green Chili’s and Bacon, and delicious Potato Casseroles topped with crunchy Corn Flakes – With Mimosas, all was/is tailor made for a Special Bridal Shower Brunch.
How to contribute to Thanksgiving — Make this Turkey Vegetable Platter for your family and/or friends. One friend is making this for her family on Thanksgiving and she’s going to send us a photo when it’s done. We’ll be posting it here in an update. That ain’t no jive.
Do you have an event coming up? I recommend The Promenade Event Centre & Gardens by The Turnip Rose. I worked within walking distance from it and enjoyed its gardens and many introspective lunches at Cafe Rose Express. And now, a couple years later I have an event. Photos here are from a tasting event held there for current and potential customers.
Pick a date, package (if applicable) and food favorites, and all shall be great.
Mini Sliders & French Fries, Seared Ahi, the best Chicken Skewers ever, and more are options as Hors d’oeuvres — Taste all and choose a favorite for your event.
Crab Cakes too — Contact The Turnip Rose directly for actual choices and official dish names.
The service has always been exceptional at all Turnip Rose venues and events.
Your choice of an Entree is also in order — A small sampling of a large sampling is below.
Several Chicken, Fish and Steak selections are available.
I need (at least) one more tasting to be sure.
Dessert Bars, Cappuccino Bars, Candy Bars and Beer & Wine Bars by request, oh my.
Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks for the Coffee Drinks — I want them too.
It’s a comfortable and classy indoor/outdoor Event Centre with great food to consider.
If getting married and/or having a reception, a Wedding Cake by Creative Cakes is included.
Cheers to all — Thanks for coming. Okay, let’s party now!
See you in January and in between with possible reports leading up, then happily ever after.
The only way to have a Cupcake is with a Brownie in the middle — It’s the Burger part of the pictured Hamburger Cupcake. To make the rest, simply cut a Yellow Cake Cupcake in half, top with a round-cut Brownie, yellow (for Mustard), red (for Ketchup) and green (for Lettuce) Frosting, and then top with other half of the Cupcake and Sesame Seeds. Dessert of the day.
Tickets aren’t cheap, but have immeasurable value. We last attended in 2012. For more information, see official Press Release below. Photos were taken during last year’s event.
THE HOTTEST CHEFS COOK TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN ORANGE COUNTY AND ACROSS AMERICA — SOS’s Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach Hosts Annual Culinary Event.
Hot chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will gather for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, the city’s premier culinary benefit. Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach will raise critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s® efforts to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. This year’s event will be held on June 2, 2013 at the beautiful Montage Laguna Beach from 4pm to 7pm, with a VIP reception beginning at 4pm.
More than 9 of Country’s finest chefs will participate in the gastronomic event. Along with Executive Chef Craig Strong, participating restaurants will include Lee Smith – Montage Laguna Beach, Lizzie Binder – San Francisco, Josiah Citrin-Mélisse – Los Angeles, Chris Crary – Santa Monica, Jenn Louis-Lincoln – Sunshine Tavern, Portland, Nick Roberts & Brooke Williamson – Hudson House/The Tripel, Los Angeles, Alan Wong – Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Honolulu. Guests will enjoy the finest foods paired with wines and cocktails.
In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event will feature an auction of extraordinary items including, A Wine Preservation unit from Sub-Zero filled with wonderful wines from the Jackson family valued at over $2,500. Sub-Zero’s 315W Model is a built-in single-zone wine storage unit with a capacity of 26 (750 ml) bottles. At 15″ wide, this undercounter unit is perfect for those installations where space is an issue.
“We are thrilled once again to be back at the beautiful Montage and are grateful for their generous support and the support from our amazing celebrity chefs! Because of their generosity, 100% of our ticket sales will go to ensure No Kid Hungry is a reality in Orange County,” said Teresa Siriani Event Chair, Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach Area charities that will benefit from this year’s event include Community Action Partnership of Orange County and Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $82.5 million, including more than $125,000 in Laguna Beach alone.
With more than 16 million children facing hunger in America (that’s almost one in five), and 200,000 in Orange County Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is more vital than ever. The event raises funds to end childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Funds raised through Taste of the Nation events support No Kid Hungry™, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.
“An end to childhood hunger in the United States is within reach,” said Bill Shore, Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength. “With all the participants in Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach sharing their strength, we are creating more resources to help the children of Orange County and our great nation receive the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives.”
Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, ONEHOPE Wine, Emmi Roth USA, Cavit Collection Wines, OpenTable and S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is locally sponsored by Lexus, Celebrity Cruise, Orange Coast Magazine, Epstein Becker Green, Evans Family Foundation and ICG. One hundred percent of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.
Tickets for Taste of the Nation Montage Laguna Beach are $150 for General Admission and $250 for VIP and can be purchased by calling 1-877-26-TASTE or visiting TasteOfTheNation.org.
About Taste of the Nation
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network and in select markets by ONEHOPE Wine, Emmi Roth USA, Cavit Collection Wines, OpenTable and S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $82.5 million. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit TasteOfTheNation.org.
About SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
Our first experience at the California Wine Festival — Wine glasses lined up for tasting.
We grabbed a couple glasses and sought out the FOOD, because it’s how we roll. Plenty of Wine was all around and available from noon to 4 — Best get some food in us to start.
Ribs and Chicken Wings from The Point Restaurant & Bar in Dana Point.
Messy with a Wine glass in hand, but the meat fell off the bone and both were flavorful.
Tall tables were scattered throughout the event and came in handy when free.
For a list of Participating Wineries, check with the California Wine Festival.
Pasta from Gemmell’s Restaurant may not look like much in the photo, but it was amazing!
I don’t know what it was, but if everything they make tastes as good, I’ve been missing out.
A generous Taco Plate from Chelas Mexican Grill was another winner for me.
Wine has the leading role at this event, so the heartier food options were appreciated.
VIP Pavilion (above) — It didn’t look more exciting, but had more chairs and shade.
Grilled Fish Tacos from Rubio’s.
Sushi from Mahé.
White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Celebrity Cruises.
Cheers — We’re hoping to win a free Celebrity Cruise, if they haven’t picked the winner yet!?
An Alcove similar to one on a Celebrity Cruise Ship — Our favorite Festival Sponsor.
We had White Wine on this warm, sunny day — Missed out on Red and want to do it again.
We frolicked and planked on Doheny State Beach afterwards and then went out for Sushi.
One fine day.
I want to pull up a seat in front of this setting — Looks like much is about to be served.
This year I was one of numerous Judges – Award Winners were announced in December.
P. Allen Smith presented a few awards — A fine fellow we just met.
All went well, no one slipped or tripped, but the sound could’ve been better.
The Vibiana is grand and gorgeous — Inside it glowed in RED, pink and purple.
Outside there was little food – We liked what we ate, but hoped for more.
Can you guess the meat?
It’s Goose for Goose Tacos — Plain looking and simple as can be, yet quite tasty.
Above is a Potato/Chorizo appetizer of some sort from the Idaho Potato peeps.
Plates with a hole for a drink glass (above) may be cooler than the people below.
Champagne? Tequila? Thanks for offering.
Too much Tequila for our Idaho Potato Guy — Had to chill on the bench for a while.
Below: Me on stage pretending to present an award after the show was over, and with my friend Michelle, pretending others are taking pictures of us — In between are Caramels by Amella and the address of the Vibiana. Thanks for the invitation. It was a good experience.
Dave & Buster’s for the FOOD would be impressive enough, but no, they’ve got everything.
Step inside to experience entertainment in numerous forms — It’s always fun there.
The Eat+Play Combo’s are pretty good deals — Check ‘em out before ordering.
The Snow Cone with Cherry Vodka and Blue Curacao is a fun drink, though on the sweet side.
This visit we ate and played really well together.
In the restaurant, before play, we started with the Spinach Dip (above).
And then had the Fire Grilled Salmon (top) and Chicken and Shrimp Rockefeller (above).
The Dining Room at Dave & Buster’s in Irvine (above) is slated to be remodeled to fit in with recent changes in style and direction – Though I’ve liked it as is, I have confidence in what it might look like next, as D & B’s other transformations have been agreeable.
Our food was excellent — The Chicken and Shrimp Rockefeller is especially awesome.
Cheers to more SPORTS at Dave & Buster’s.
Giant screens to watch favorite teams are scattered throughout.
Walk and roll your way to fun and games.
Pool tables, rooms for private parties, FOOD, Drinks, Sports and Games are to be had.
Lots of GAMES to choose from — We had a blast playin’ for tickets to redeem at the…
…Winner’s Circle for a variety of PRIZES.
Save points and return to add-on more to aim for a top prize, or just see what you can get.
It’s a place for adults (especially) and kids alike — Everyone has a good time there.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a tie.
Goooooooo Dave & Buster’s! Thanks for being there for us.
It’s always a great year when it starts at the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party.
Happy 2013 – God Bless the USA with BBQ and liberty for all.
Block Party entrance view from VIP/Media Lounge (above) and its satisfying food (below).
Familiar OC Fair food like Bacon Wrapped Turkey Legs were found between food trucks.
The Lime Truck, one of many Gourmet Food Trucks throughout an area of the OC fairgrounds.
Queen Nation, one of several (1960′s, 1970′s, 1980′s & 1990′s) cover bands playing about.
Young and old enjoyed the Game Room, Demolition Derby, rides and midnight confetti.
After the fireworks, it was fun to gather and throw the confetti in the air like snow.
We’d gladly attend every year!
Laugh, eat, love and remember… Jesus is the reason for the season.
Nativity scenes made of Sausage, Bacon and Kraut (or anything else) shouldn’t be banned.
I’m still recuperating from the amazing FOOD and (mostly the drinks) to begin to recap our dinner in its entirety. Queen Mary reps and staff were most hospitable to a group of media and bloggers as they lead us through a 3-Hour Progressive Dinner that started in the Observation Bar and ended in the Tea Room. Check back to see what happened in between.
It was quite the send off – I was happy to be on the Queen Mary, since it’s been a long time.
And all got better as we trekked on to Chelsea’s Chowder House & Bar and Sir Winston’s.
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.
It’s almost time for the Orange County Fair again and there will be much NEW to report – Until then, you may learn about the food related happenings here from the OC Fair & Event Center Press Release (below), combined with snapshots of past OC Fair visits. What’s cooking…
Hungry? Get a Taste of “Home Sweet Home” at the 2012 OC Fair — Enjoy Deep-Fried Classics, New Creations and Food Exhibits, Cooking Demonstrations and Contests
The theme of the 2012 OC Fair (July 13-August 12) is “Home Sweet Home” and this year the Fair is not skimping on the “sweet.” Whether Fairgoers want to learn about food, watch the pros prepare it or just want to enjoy some tasty treats, the OC Fair delivers something for everyone. Here is a mouthwatering preview of what the 2012 OC Fair is cooking up this year:
- Chicken Charlie: If you like your food deep-fried, battered and on a stick, the 2012 Fair is the place for you. This year, Fair-favorite Chicken Charlie is taking fried food to the next level by deep frying cereal, peanut butter and jelly, spam, pineapple and more.
- Need a Bacon Fix?: At the new Bacon A-Fair, choose from bacon-wrapped turkey legs, deep-fried beer-battered bacon-wrapped hot dogs or the Smokey Porkabello, a bacon-wrapped mushroom with smoked Gouda.
- Take a Ride on the Pineapple Express: Not into the deep-fried thing? Then float on over to the new Pineapple Express (courtesy of Chicken Charlie) which features cored out pineapples filled with shrimp cocktail, fruit and grilled shrimp or chicken and more.
- The Big Rib: Calling all carnivores! Looking to feed your wild side? Come to Biggy’s Meat Market for The Big Rib, a two-pound beef rib on a 17-inch bone, with your choice of homemade sauce. Can’t finish it all? Not to worry! Biggy’s provides an 18-inch Big Rib Doggy Bone bag—once the meat is devoured, take the bone home to your pooch.
- $2 Taste of Fair Food: Every Friday from Noon-4 p.m., Fairgoers can sample the best the Fair has to offer for only $2 each. Fun-sized samples include funnel cake, BBQ tri-tip, lemonade, cinnamon rolls, corn dogs, tacos, gelato, cotton candy and more.
- Celebrity Chefs: The 2012 OC Fair presents two shows in The Hangar featuring dynamic celebrity chefs demonstrating their culinary talents. Scheduled appearances include the Food Network’s Robert Irvine (July 26, 1 p.m.) and Bravo’s “Top Chef” fan-favorite Fabio Viviani (August 2, 1 p.m.). Free with Fair admission.
- Food Truck Fare at the OC Fair: Find gourmet fare within the Fair as the popular Food Truck Fare continues inside Fair gates, offering food truck cuisine every Thursday from Noon-10 p.m. Access is free with Fair admission and prices vary per truck.
- OC Fair Chowdown: Watch the best of the best face-off for culinary glory in a series of live cooking challenges. On July 19 and 28, see food truck chefs go head-to-head in competition as they put their delicacies to the test. On August 2 and 9, see Orange County amateur home cooks test their skills against professional chefs. Winners will receive bragging rights and an award to commemorate their culinary victory. Viewing is free with Fair admission.
- Contests and Competitions: Whether you’re good at cooking or eating, the OC Fair is just the place to bring out your competitive side. Daily, free eating contests are held for children in the Fun Zone Tent at 6:30 p.m. (Registration is 30 minutes before each contest) and Knott’s Berry Farm hosts a pie-eating contest for all-ages at 7 p.m. in the Exhibit Promenade (Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.) Each Saturday, Fairgoers have the chance to compete in the Culinary Arts Special Contests, which are judged live at the Fair for the best cookies, cupcakes, chili and hometown dish (Online entry registration is the Wednesday before each contest. Visit ocfair.com/competitions for information and to register).
- Chocolate Unwrapped: This new exhibit in the Exhibit Promenade puts the “sweet” in “Home Sweet Home.” Come learn how chocolate is made, from the bean to the bar. Complete with demonstrations by Xan Confections.
- Centennial Farm: Come learn where food comes from on this year-round, four-acre demonstration farm featuring educational exhibits, agricultural organizations, growing crops, livestock and the fruit & vegetable competitive entries with the biggest lemons, most unusually shaped vegetables and best home-grown pumpkins Orange County has to offer.
The 2012 OC Fair, themed Home Sweet Home, is July 13 – August 12 and will bring 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. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com or from the on-site Box Office. [Photo: Replica of Table Setting Competition]
The OC Fair & Event Center 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 us at twitter.com/ocfair. Also, look for the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps this summer. Get excited for the 2012 Fair! Watch our new commercial on YouTube.
See you there — Nibbles of Tidbits and Kids in the Kitchen love the OC Fair!
What we tried at the Taste of Greece Festival — Saganaki with Gyro was our favorite.
Our experience started with a ride on the 11-Special Shuttle, with a bubble blowing driver.
Grilled Lamb Chops — We appreciate having many.
Keftethes, Souvlaki and Greek Seasoned Fries — The Fries were surprisingly excellent.
Making more Saganaki, fried Cheese flamed with Brandy.
A close call during the flaming of the Brandy.
The Gyro Meat was lean and flavorful.
Chicago Brand — I may need to buy a package of the pictured Cooked Gyros Slices.
Rising Dough for Loukoumathes.
Greek Doughnuts covered with Honey and Cinnamon.
Greek Pastries to go — Sure wish I had some Theples now.
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Sanctuary is grand and beautiful.
Peaceful pieces of Greece were much appreciated this day.
It’s a Holy Moly Guacamole Chopped Challenge — Ingredient options are on the table.
Sarnoff knows how to throw a party — Contestants (Lawyers, Paralegals & Secretaries) suit up in aprons and sombreros to make the Best Guacamole possible within 2 minutes. Go!
Scrambling for choice ingredients — Limes, Cilantro, Onion, Chili Peppers, Hot Sauce, etc.
Time is up — Bring your Guacamole to the table.
What would you put in your Guacamole? And what would you call it?
Contestants had to title their Guacamole and present it to the Judges.
And the winner is… this guy (below). Congratulations.
For extra caution, the Avocados were cut, halved and seeded pre-challenge.
A Mariachi Band played.
Tacos were served.
And they were just okay — Taco Cart and shirt names withheld. The Asada was too gristly.
Endless Churros and Virgin Margaritas were there for the taking.
A Chopped Challenge is a fun, interactive activity for an above average office party.
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.
Too much living (not complaining) with much reporting to do. Until the full story is posted, we wish Iva Lee’s Southern Dinner House a Happy Ten Year Anniversary and many more to come. We celebrated with them in San Clemente and all aspects about it were delightful.
Sweet Potato Fries in Bamboo Cones with Red Eye Aioli hidden in the tip, a fitting preview.
Grilling Scallops with an ocean backdrop — It’s for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation at the Montage Laguna Beach, dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry.
There were familiar faces from Top Chef, Top Chef Masters and other popular local restaurants.
The event was staffed and serviced to the hilt — Welcoming and immediately clearing plates.
All was top notch — From the view to the never-ending, high quality food.
Top Chef Masters Winner, Floyd’s Shrimp with Watermelon, Arugula and Mint was a favorite.
Do you remember Jennifer from Top Chef Season 6?
She served a Duck Heart Salad — I tried it. Check. Thank you. The end.
And there was a Salmon Roe Panna Cotta type dish — Tried it too and no can do.
Hey what’s that behind you? Lo siento.
The longest line was for Alan Wong’s Short Ribs with Shrimp, deservingly so.
Tender, sauced-up, slow cooked Short Ribs topped with a sautéed Shrimp.
It was a lot of flavor in a beautiful, generous dish — Impressive.
Remember Michael from Top Chef 6 – He’s one of the two brothers I could never tell apart.
Okay, I really liked his “Cold Cuts” with a liquid nitrogen type of Horseradish Cheese, I think.
Until I learned it’s Tongue, and then slowed down on the Cold Cut party train.
Guests purchased keys to potentially unlock and take home displayed liquor towers.
The day was a bit overcast, but still picturesque.
Perfectly cooked Lamb Loin hand delivered by Montage Laguna Beach servers.
There was a silent and live auction to raise even more money for the important cause.
The Montage Laguna Beach grounds are exquisite.
Set up (below) for the VIP after party to meet the Chefs.
I feel I already met them, as each handed me their delicious dish — Sufficiently satisfied.