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Totally 80’s Bar & Grille In Fullerton: Oh Good, It’s In The Hood.

October 5th, 2014 No comments

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We can walk or bike to Totally 80’s Bar & Grille in Fullerton — It’s a relatively new Bar, Restaurant, Dance Club & Karaoke Bar in the neighborhood.  It occupies the space of a former Mexican Restaurant, Bar & Event spot.  There’s little change to its exterior other than the somewhat cheesy sign (sorry).  Its theme caught our attention and made it a must stop.

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I love 80’s music and inside it’s a whole new retro world — We’re impressed!

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It’s well decorated and fun throughout.  We’re unsure about the “Grille” part of Totally 80’s Bar & Grille, as we only tried the ‘Totally Awesome Tots’, which appear to be popular.  We tried two of the three offered — The Chili Cheese Tots and Nacho Cheese Tots.  The third, Tots Poutine includes Gravy and an Egg.  Good combinations.  The Tater Tots were crisp, but a bit expensive ($10), if not from their Late Night Menu ($6) — We’ll try the Tots Poutine then.

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Robert Smith (above) of one of my favorite bands, The Cure — We’re definitely going back to try and photograph more.  Actual 80’s bands, real and cover play here too.  We’re monitoring their events schedule.  Welcome to the hood Totally 80’s Bar & Grille.  Great to see you!

Related — That 80’s Bar in Montclair and New Wave Restaurant in Lakewood.

The ‘Real’ Fresh Brothers Pizza-Salad-Wings Land In The OC.

August 24th, 2014 No comments

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The real brothers of Fresh Brothers Pizza-Salad-Wings are pictured above at the opening of a new Fresh Brothers in Newport Beach.  It’s their first in Orange County.  I’m not saying they’re fresh, but their Pizza is.  And they really are brothers, but their last name isn’t actually Fresh.

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Their Pizza is good, but I fell for the Fresh Knots aka Garlic Bread tied in a knot and dusted with Parmesan Cheese, served with Pizza Sauce on the side.  I’d make a meal of it.

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Their Pizza liked me too — Thumbs up to much success.

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Samples of most items were offered to media invitees and passers by this day — Thanks Bro’s!

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Fresh Brother’s Wings are baked and never fried — They offer 6 different kinds.

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Meatball Sliders served on Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are available too.

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What do you see below?  Not Chicken Tenders.

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They’re Vegan Tenders that seem like Chicken and they’re pretty good too.

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One of my plates (above) — All was enjoyable.

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Fresh Knots reiterated (above) — Yum.

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They also offer Make-Your-Own-Pizza-Party packages for kids — A fun idea.

Quick Reference Baby Shower & Bridal Shower Food Ideas.

July 24th, 2014 No comments

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I’m not sure where the baby shower idea and photo (above) originated, but think it’s adorable, thus post it here along with my favorite bridal shower FOOD idea (below).

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More baby shower food ideas are here — More about my Cupcake Bridal Shower Cake is here.

Photo Anniversary Cake From Albertsons: Happy 50th Mom & Dad.

June 15th, 2014 No comments

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We got this Cake for our parents 50th Wedding Anniversary — It’s them on the edible topping.  They were impressed to see it and so were we.  It’s from Albertson’s Bakery.  It tasted good too, with a Whipped Cream Frosting, Vanilla Cake and Strawberry Filling.

Taste Of The Nation Laguna Beach: Eat Well & Fight Childhood Hunger.

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

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CHEFS COOK TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN LAGUNA BEACH AND ACROSS AMERICA

Montage Laguna Beach will host 7th annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation® Laguna Beach event on June 8, 2014 at the oceanfront resort.  A handful of celebrity chefs are coming together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable dishes, wine, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach.  In addition to fabulous food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction and live entertainment by local band The Kalama Brothers.

As contributors to the charity, guests can choose between the following event packages: 

• Celebrity Chef Tasting 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $200 per person or at the door for $225 per person.

• VIP “Meet the Chefs” Reception 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Complete the night with VIP treatment and a sunset toast. Enjoy the Celebrity Chef Tasting followed by an after party to mingle with the chefs. Valet parking and post-event gifts are included. Tickets purchased in advance are $275 per person and $300 at the door.

Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s Signature Restaurant, will be joined by the following talented celebrity chefs:

  • Chef Nina Compton – Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, FLA
  • Chef Alan Greeley – The Golden Truffle, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Chef Duff Goldman – Charm City Cakes, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chef Brian Huskey – Picca, Mo-chica, Paiche, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chef Lee Smith – Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach, CA
  • Chef Alan Wong – Alan Wong’s Restaurant’s, Honolulu, HI

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger — The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day by connecting them to nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and by teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

Since summer 2011, No Kid Hungry efforts to expand access to summer meals and school breakfast have helped connect kids to more than 34 million additional meals. The No Kid Hungry campaign is replicating that success around the country by working collaboratively with its partners to feed millions of American children.  In 2013, Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach raised over $200,000 which helps connect children in need with up to 2 million meals.

One hundred percent of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign, thanks to generous support from National Presenting Sponsor Sysco, National Sponsors American Express and Food Network, and local sponsors Montage Laguna Beach, Mangia Inc., Celebrity Cruises, Southern CA Gas Company, Epstein Becker Green, Orange County Restaurant Association, Congenial Spirits, Aqua Panna, Bread Artisan Bakery Inc. and Orange Coast Magazine. Local beneficiaries include Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank, Community Action Partnership of OC, Father Serra’s Food Pantry (@Mission San Juan Capistrano).

To purchase tickets for Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach visit http://ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach.

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 Cooking Matters. 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 them at NoKidHungry.org.

* Above re-printed from a Press Release with approval to use photograph.  Previous Taste of the Nation reports on Nibbles of Tidbits are linked here and here.  It’s an important fight!

Howdini Video: 7 Easter Celebration Ideas In 2 Minutes 20 Seconds.

April 18th, 2014 No comments


Happy Easter from Nibbles of Tidbits — More food PLEASE and much THANKS for all.

Having Our Cake & Eating It Too: Quick Wedding Recommendations.

March 12th, 2014 No comments

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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.

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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.

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The Turnip Rose Promenade & Gardens was the BEST venue for us and people are still talking about the FOOD.  We appreciate so much about them — Quality, service, beauty, etc.

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And Photo Booth On Wheels did a great job too — Nice people run it.

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And mustn’t forget the Most Fabulous DJ around — Andy Nation.  Wow!  He’s an awesome, organized, professional person to work with and did an excellent job at our wedding.

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Everything was lovely, seamless, tasty, entertaining and pleasantly memorable THANKS to all.

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We’d DO it all again the same way.  Thank you!

Creative Cakes OC: Custom Wedding Cake With Turnip Rose Package.

January 27th, 2014 No comments

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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.

Shower The People You Love With Food: Show It’s The Way You Feel.

December 18th, 2013 No comments

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I’m grateful to be back to share (not enough) photos from a beautiful Bridal Shower.

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It’s mine — This stylish and tasty day was prepared for me (pictured in the Berry spoon).

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I feel showered by love and well displayed, satisfying, glorious food — Thank you so much!

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I’d been absent from here for good reason — To partake in this, move and finally reconnect.

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Is this (above) not the cutest Bridal Shower Cupcake Cake you’ve seen?  I just LOVED it!

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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.

Thanksgiving Day Vegetable Platter: Could You Recreate This?

November 9th, 2013 No comments

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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.

The Promenade Event Centre & Gardens: Choose Your Favorites.

August 11th, 2013 No comments

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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.

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Pick a date, package (if applicable) and food favorites, and all shall be great.

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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.

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Crab Cakes too — Contact The Turnip Rose directly for actual choices and official dish names.

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The service has always been exceptional at all Turnip Rose venues and events.

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Your choice of an Entree is also in order — A small sampling of a large sampling is below.

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Several Chicken, Fish and Steak selections are available.

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I need (at least) one more tasting to be sure.

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Dessert Bars, Cappuccino Bars, Candy Bars and Beer & Wine Bars by request, oh my.

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Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks for the Coffee Drinks — I want them too.

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It’s a comfortable and classy indoor/outdoor Event Centre with great food to consider.

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If getting married and/or having a reception, a Wedding Cake by Creative Cakes is included.

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Cheers to all — Thanks for coming.  Okay, let’s party now!

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See you in January and in between with possible reports leading up, then happily ever after.

Cupcakes On National Hamburger Day In National Hamburger Month.

May 28th, 2013 No comments

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Today is National Hamburger Day in May, National Hamburger Month — It’s okay, have one.

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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.

Taste Of The Nation Laguna Beach Hosts Annual Culinary Event.

May 15th, 2013 No comments

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

California Wine Festival: Days Of Wine Tasting Near The Beach.

April 23rd, 2013 No comments

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Our first experience at the California Wine Festival — Wine glasses lined up for tasting.

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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.

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Ribs and Chicken Wings from The Point Restaurant & Bar in Dana Point.

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Messy with a Wine glass in hand, but the meat fell off the bone and both were flavorful.

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Tall tables were scattered throughout the event and came in handy when free.

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For a list of Participating Wineries, check with the California Wine Festival.

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Pasta from Gemmell’s Restaurant may not look like much in the photo, but it was amazing!

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I don’t know what it was, but if everything they make tastes as good, I’ve been missing out.

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A generous Taco Plate from Chelas Mexican Grill was another winner for me.

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Wine has the leading role at this event, so the heartier food options were appreciated.

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VIP Pavilion (above) — It didn’t look more exciting, but had more chairs and shade.

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Grilled Fish Tacos from Rubio’s.

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Sushi from Mahé.

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White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Celebrity Cruises.

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Cheers — We’re hoping to win a free Celebrity Cruise, if they haven’t picked the winner yet!?

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An Alcove similar to one on a Celebrity Cruise Ship — Our favorite Festival Sponsor.

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We had White Wine on this warm, sunny day — Missed out on Red and want to do it again.

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We frolicked and planked on Doheny State Beach afterwards and then went out for Sushi.

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One fine day.

Formal Place Setting Example: A Reference For Those Who Care.

March 28th, 2013 No comments

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I want to pull up a seat in front of this setting — Looks like much is about to be served.

Classy Up Jell-O Shots In The Cut Of An Orange Wedge.

February 9th, 2013 No comments

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Jell-O Shot, but the pictorial basic recipe and linked unique recipes (here, here and here) cause me to want to make and serve ‘em at a party.

The Taste Awards At The Vibiana: Yes We’re RED-dee To Eat More.

January 19th, 2013 No comments

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At the 4th Annual Taste Awards with Cat Cora, an award presenter and recipient.

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This year I was one of numerous Judges — Award Winners were announced in December.

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Medals were handed out at The Taste Awards Ceremony at the Vibiana this January evening.  Flipping Out won for Best Home Decor and Design Program, as represented by Jenni (above).

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P. Allen Smith presented a few awards — A fine fellow we just met.

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All went well, no one slipped or tripped, but the sound could’ve been better.

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The Vibiana is grand and gorgeous — Inside it glowed in RED, pink and purple.

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Outside there was little food — We liked what we ate, but hoped for more.

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Can you guess the meat?

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It’s Goose for Goose Tacos — Plain looking and simple as can be, yet quite tasty.

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Above is a Potato/Chorizo appetizer of some sort from the Idaho Potato peeps.

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Plates with a hole for a drink glass (above) may be cooler than the people below.

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Champagne? Tequila? Thanks for offering.

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Too much Tequila for our Idaho Potato Guy — Had to chill on the bench for a while.

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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.

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I’m hungry, but happy.  Tommy’s or Pink’s sounds good.

Dave & Buster’s: More Sports, Food & Entertainment For All.

January 14th, 2013 No comments

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Dave & Buster’s for the FOOD would be impressive enough, but no, they’ve got everything.

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Step inside to experience entertainment in numerous forms — It’s always fun there.

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The Eat+Play Combo’s are pretty good deals — Check ‘em out before ordering.

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The Snow Cone with Cherry Vodka and Blue Curacao is a fun drink, though on the sweet side.

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This visit we ate and played really well together.

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In the restaurant, before play, we started with the Spinach Dip (above).

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And then had the Fire Grilled Salmon (top) and Chicken and Shrimp Rockefeller (above).

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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.

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Our food was excellent — The Chicken and Shrimp Rockefeller is especially awesome.

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Cheers to more SPORTS at Dave & Buster’s.

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Giant screens to watch favorite teams are scattered throughout.

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Walk and roll your way to fun and games.

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Pool tables, rooms for private parties, FOOD, Drinks, Sports and Games are to be had.

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Lots of GAMES to choose from — We had a blast playin’ for tickets to redeem at the…

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…Winner’s Circle for a variety of PRIZES.

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Save points and return to add-on more to aim for a top prize, or just see what you can get.

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It’s a place for adults (especially) and kids alike — Everyone has a good time there.

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It’s all fun and games until someone loses a tie. ;)

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Goooooooo Dave & Buster’s!  Thanks for being there for us.

God Bless 2013: On Track To Freely Cook And Eat In America.

January 1st, 2013 No comments

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It’s always a great year when it starts at the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party.

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Happy 2013 — God Bless the USA with BBQ and liberty for all.

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Block Party entrance view from VIP/Media Lounge (above) and its satisfying food (below).

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Familiar OC Fair food like Bacon Wrapped Turkey Legs were found between food trucks.

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The Lime Truck, one of many Gourmet Food Trucks throughout an area of the OC fairgrounds.

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Queen Nation, one of several (1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s & 1990’s) cover bands playing about.

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Young and old enjoyed the Game Room, Demolition Derby, rides and midnight confetti.

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After the fireworks, it was fun to gather and throw the confetti in the air like snow.

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We’d gladly attend every year!

Nativity Scenes Made Of Bacon And Christmas Trees Of Broccoli.

December 22nd, 2012 No comments

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Merry Christmas — Searching for appetizer or dessert ideas?  I like the Veggie Platter above.

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Laugh, eat, love and remember… Jesus is the reason for the season.

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Nativity scenes made of Sausage, Bacon and Kraut (or anything else) shouldn’t be banned.

Destination Queen Mary: A Progressive Dinner With Four Delicious Stops.

September 7th, 2012 No comments

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.

Does It Matter That They’re Fake? Pinterest Sure Loves It.

August 24th, 2012 No comments

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.

What’s Cooking At The Orange County Fair This Year? What’s Not?!

June 29th, 2012 No comments

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!