Friday, August 7, 2015
The juice craze that has hit southern California has just continued to grow and grow these days but one of the pioneers in the Orange County area was Nekter Juice Bar who opened up in Costa Mesa in 2010. Co-owners Steve and Alexis Schulze put their concept on the map quickly and have expanded with ease, it seems. Aside from their juices and acai bowls, they have also become known for their different cleanses, of which I tested one. The 3-day cleanse journey that I experienced and wrote about was an interesting venture out of my dietary comfort zone but does seem to attract many. Now, they're unleashing two new additions to their offerings that will surely draw in a wider audience of customers - cocktail mixers and grab-and-go meals from Bite Me Kitchen. We snagged a sneak peek earlier this week of what's coming.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The shows, the food, the people, the animals - what is it that draws you to the OC Fair every year? There are traditions that many have set for themselves and then there are all of the new experiences to be felt. For 125 years, Orange County has flocked to the annual summer festivities by the tens of thousands. What an accomplishment to have successfully entertained and filled the stomachs of multiple cities for 125 years. To celebrate, the 2015 theme was "One Big Party," and throughout the fairgrounds, we spotted various anniversary props planted around and of course, all of the celebratory food!
Friday, July 31, 2015
If weekend nights are the only times you go out for a good time, you might be missing out, especially when AnQi over at South Coast Plaza has unleashed Fashionably Early Wednesdays. These weekly bashes are partner to their Fashionably Late Fridays which celebrate good drinks, food, and company. The restaurant itself is laid out with several areas that mimic a lounge feeling so it seems only natural to incorporate other elements throughout the week. During this mid-week nights, experience not only their cocktails and bites but also the pulses from a live DJ spinning downtempo lounge music. We were invited to preview some of AnQi's offerings during these evenings, and it seems like a desirable place to bring a group together to.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1035 University Ave, Unit 105, Honolulu, HI 96826
Pricing - $$ | Dining - Casual | Cuisine - Breakfast, Brunch
If the neighborhood is buzzing about a brunch spot, you better believe that we have to check it out. In this case, the neighborhood was not our own but knowing a few locals sure helped in spotting out a joint in Honolulu that had the nearby folks curious. The nook apparently replaced another local favorite but has found its way into the hearts of others. Celebrating local and seasonal ingredients with a commitment to getting their eggs, milk, produce, and meat from Hawaiian farmers, this restaurant piqued our interest. When we arrived, there was already a long wait out the door but luckily, our friend's friends had already snagged a table early. Time to check out what made this brunch spot a coveted restaurant.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The buzzwords in restaurants and the food industry these days are almost overwhelming. Catchphrases meant to draw consumers in are thrown around to the point of near irrelevance. I have always had some beef with the way that "natural" and "farm to table" have morphed (among other keywords and phrases) into very much meaningless adjectives. Is not most of the food we eat farm to table, in some sense? The food had to grow from somewhere after all. Well, in comes The North Left with their "Farm to Forage" dinners every week. Wait? It's not "farm to table" in the name? No, rather, these are dinners based on ingredients sourced from the farms and/or foraging whether via farmers' markets or from one's own foraging and growing means. Neat, we thought! Let's get some of that action! On July 2nd, we did just that (by invitation) and were blown away with the dishes we had that evening.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Tired of the typical wine pairing dinner that seems to inundate your event calendar? Ready to hop into a change of pace? How about a beer pairing? With the influx of craft breweries and craft beer enthusiasts, it was only a matter of time before beer found its way onto the dinner table, pair to complementary dishes. Del Frisco's Grille in Irvine picked up on this trend fairly quickly and started hosting four-course beer pairing dinners in March of this year, featuring a single brewery at a time and building an impressive menu to accompany each flavor profile. I was invited to join many other curious folks for June's beer dinner (they take place once a month) which would showcase local Golden Road Brewery and Executive Chef Sarah Daniels' take on their notes; the whole lot of us were in for quite the treat that night, and for a mere $35 per person each time, the experience was a steal!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The OC Fair 2015 begins tomorrow so get your stretchy pants and sunscreen on! This year, celebrate with everyone at the fair in its 125th anniversary celebration. Quite the feat! This year's theme is "One Big Party" as everyone rejoices the fair since its inception in 1889. What started as a horse race has turned into a 23-day long festival with games, live entertainment, food, competitions, and loads of fun in addition to celebrating California produce. Check out more on the history here! I'm personally looking forward to seeing the Best Of food competition entries, especially the amazing structures that the cake submissions turn out. Those are quite impressive themselves. If you're looking for foodstuffs, there is a guide out online you can browse through. And if you haven't made plans to attend yet, there are two tickets waiting to be won in this post!