Not sure she’s the coolest dog in town, but she’s cute and the Corona makes this photo food blog worthy — It’s Maggie, my sister’s dog fitting-in well with the boys at a recent holiday party.
His name is Leon (above) and he just turned 8 — We celebrated him and his birthday at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar at Cerritos Mall. It’s an ideal place for a Dog’s Birthday or any day, since dogs are allowed on their patio and served a complimentary Bowl of Water.
It’s a good place for adults too, though it was Leon’s day, but we pay. 😉
We tried the Sangria Sampler — The White Peach Sangria (middle) was my favorite.
The Lazy Dog Hand Crafted Drafts Sampler hits the human spot too.
Leon chose the Grilled Chicken Breast and Brown Rice from the Dog Menu.
He ate all quickly, much how he eats everything, and appeared to like it.
We had the Brick Oven Spinach & Sundried Tomato Cheese Dip (below), which could use more Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes, but the Cheese combination is good.
And the Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla — Overall, Lazy Dog’s food is consistently good.
Afterwards we went for a walk along Dog Beach in Huntington Beach.
There’s a Dog Friendly Patio at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar — Enlarge photo to read their Patio Rules and don’t be shy, bring your dog with you, especially if it’s his or her birthday.
Happy Birthday fellow June Birthday family and friends — This is your shared birthday card.
Day vay-kay to get away from the persistent heat — We escaped to Lake Arrowhead and watched the temperature go down as we drove up the mountain. Awe, oooo, wow, awe…
Cheers to that — We then enjoyed food baked for various visiting and local species.
It was Beer and Pizza at Lake Arrowhead Village Pizza for we the people.
The Pizza was good, but we were most impressed with the extra frosty mugs — Cool stuff!
The view was beautiful and weather comfortable with an umbrella.
Every bite of all shown was consumed and followed by a partial walk around the lake.
Lake Arrowhead, so close, yet so far away — Take the high road to cooler, fresh ground.
Lake Arrowhead Village is extra happening during Oktoberfest — It starts later this month.
The Park Bench Cafe — An outdoor Cafe in Huntington Beach that caters to dogs and people.
A serene place for Breakfast or Lunch — Dogs are treated to Canine Cuisine and people pay.
We had the Club House Sandwich pictured at top and the Supreme Melt below.
And Leon had the Peanut Butter Puppy.
Water is available for the Dogs.
And the surrounding park and lake are picturesque for all.
The French Fries are extra good.
Back view of The Park Bench Cafe and its outdoor seating.
And view from car, before backing out to head for nearby dog beach to soak in the sun.
Dog day afternoon without a bank robbery — I see why it always looks busy when I drive by.
Always contemplating what’s for dinner (on the ground) — Unsophisticated indeed.
Scarily this dog, Maggie eats everything, books, toys, clothes, bugs, etc. — Won’t gross you out with the details on how all was discovered. Let’s just say that all is now kept out of reach.
Welcome to Irvine — The Lazy Dog Cafe. We’re lucky to have you. The Togarashi Edamame Beans (above) lead this post, because we think they’re the best Edamame in Orange County. Wash your hands good before eating ’em, so you can lick your fingers. Their smoky flavor is amazing. My friend couldn’t stop talking about them, thus they made one of the biggest impressions.
The Lazy Dog Cafe at The Market Place in Irvine just opened a few days ago. Nibbles of Tidbits happily attended a pre-opening sneak peek and we now report about a small portion of what’s on their menu. To sum it all up, we were impressed with everything — The service, decor, friendliness, food and prices. Here’s what we had… Trio of Hummus Dips which includes a Walnut Pesto, Sundried Tomato and Traditional Hummus served with Flatbread, Cucumbers and Tomatoes.
Spinach & Sundried Tomato Cheese Dip with Jack, Parmesan and Swiss Cheeses blended with fresh Baby Spinach, Garlic and Sundried Tomatoes.
Our sneak peek included a tour of the bustling kitchen and dinner with fellow Orange County Food Bloggers. It was super fun to meet Scott from Foodie in Disguise and see Christian again from OC Mex Food. And Griffin Eats OC posts another interesting report on The Lazy Dog Cafe.
Continuing with the food… We enjoyed the Cast Iron Idaho Trout that’s baked in a cast iron skillet with Sea Salt Roasted Vegetables, Baby Potatoes and topped with a Citrus Walnut Brown Butter Sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Coulotte Steak (best part of the Sirloin) served over Confetti Veggies and Mashed Potatoes with Burgundy Wine Sauce.
Mushroom & Onion Flat Iron Steak topped with sauteed Madeira Mushrooms and Onions, served with Mashed Potatoes and Confetti Veggies.
Beer Battered Fish N’ Chips made with Coldwater Cod and served with a Horseradish Tartar Sauce, Asian Slaw and French Fries.
Baja California Burger with Guacamole, Ortega Chilis, Jack Cheese and a Jalapeno & Lime Aioli with a side of Sweet Corn Salad.
The Bar Top is spectacular — I could stare at it all day, but probably wouldn’t get much accomplished. Unfortunately I don’t remember the cool specifics about it, but ‘it ain’t no laminate’ on top. We’ll ask our resident Interior Designer, Guest Blogger Bonnie to add a footnote about it.
Also pictured above is the Iceberg Wedge Salad, Chicken Tortilla Soup and a Cobbler — By the time the desserts came along, I was stuffed and had to get a move on, thus don’t have a clear report on the best part of the meal for some. I sure wish I could take a bite now.
The view below is from the entrance looking into the bar. It’s a big, cozy place with a menu to satisfy all tastes, even a dogs.
Dogs are welcome on the patio and even get their own menu upon request. Not yet mentioned is The Lazy Dog Cafe’s Drink Menu — Who has time, fresh Mojitos, Margaritas, Lemonades and more, oh my. I’ll go to The Lazy Dog Cafe anytime!
Newport loves its Dogs, so it’s a perfect location for the Three Dog Bakery. It’s a chain, but this one is in the Corona Del Mar Plaza in Newport Beach. It’s near Fashion Island, an outdoor shopping center that welcomes Dogs. It’s hard to go there without seeing one. The Three Dog Bakery ( I like to call it Barkery) bakes cute treats that are easily digested by Dogkind. I’m not sure, but this location may be their best franchise.
http://www.ineedtext.com/FoodBlog/?p=1013 – Three Dog Bakery in Lake Arrowhead
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/member_details.cfm?id=354 – Corona Del Mar Plaza
It’s already Octoberfest at Lake Arrowhead Village — Now and every weekend starting at noon through all of October. And there’s no admission fee. We were at the family cabin (nearby) last weekend with a couple Dogs, Holly and Maggie, respectively below.
Since we cooked up a storm for ourselves, we picked up a few treats from the Three Dog Bakery for the pets. Dogs are always popular in Lake Arrowhead Village, but you can’t bring them inside the roped Octoberfest/Band Area — You should know that if you’re a pet owner who also wants to party, because you can’t bring your Beer outside the ropes.
And we always bring Peanuts for the Blue Jays. We just put a bunch on the cabin deck and they fly right in to get them. It’s pretty cool. They’re so beautiful too.
And here’s the Dogs playing in the cabin. They were tugging over a stuffed Gorilla until we gave them the treats from the Three Dog Bakery. I should also mention that there’s a Three Dog Bakery in Newport Beach too, since that’s where I live — Not at the Barkery, near Newport. 🙂