News: [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes Valentine's Day Pop Up Shop – February 13 & 14, 2014

[desi]gn cakes & cupcakes is excited to announce that they will have 2 POP UP Shops for Valentines Day. Locations are Nordstrom at Irvine Spectrum & Everything Sweet in Redlands. Each store will have a variety available, perfect to grab for your sweetie.

News: “Permission to Come Aboard” with Cafe Del Rey's Deep Sea Fishing Excursion – Saturday, March 8, 2014

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Marina del Rey’s iconic seaside dining destination, CAFE del REY will host the second installment of “Permission to Come Aboard,” a bi-annual package for seafood enthusiasts and adventurous diners in Los Angeles and beyond. Guests are invited to join Executive Chef Chuck Abair on a half-day fishing expedition ($55, ½Continue reading “News: “Permission to Come Aboard” with Cafe Del Rey's Deep Sea Fishing Excursion – Saturday, March 8, 2014”

Disneyland Knows Tiki – Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Disneyland Hotel – Anaheim, CA

We’ve been on a real tiki bar kick as of late. We enjoy the nostalgia that they invoke and so we started to look up tiki bars to experience them wherever we travel. We were recently turned onto a new tiki bar by a friend’s Facebook check-in and were surprised to discover it was practicallyContinue reading “Disneyland Knows Tiki – Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Disneyland Hotel – Anaheim, CA”

Great Seafood in the Middle of Paso – Pier 46 Seafood – Templeton, CA

The Paso Robles region is an interesting conundrum for us. There region is bursting with amazing wine but the food choices are limited. As foodies, even if we go to Paso for the wine, we can’t help but want to have good food too. Don’t get me wrong, Paso has its fair share of high-endContinue reading “Great Seafood in the Middle of Paso – Pier 46 Seafood – Templeton, CA”

Great Setting for Cocktails at Grand Central Terminal – The Campbell Apartment – New York, NY

This is a very fun spot at the world famous Grand Central Terminal in New York City. This bar is a popular hangout for locals waiting to catch the train after work. If you get in early you can grab a seat but it’s standing room only after the 5 o’clock whistle. It’s a funContinue reading “Great Setting for Cocktails at Grand Central Terminal – The Campbell Apartment – New York, NY”

The Original Tiki Drink Company – Don's Dagger Bar at Don the Beachcomber – Sunset Beach, CA

Kim and I have been on a mad hunt discovering different bars across the U.S. We are working to get them posted when we have time so we can share what we’ve found with you. Most of the time the bars we seek specialize in craft and vintage cocktails. One throw back of the vintageContinue reading “The Original Tiki Drink Company – Don's Dagger Bar at Don the Beachcomber – Sunset Beach, CA”

Craft Cocktail Recipe: #090713 Penny Packer Bourbon with Allspice Dram

We recently picked up a copy of Savory Cocktails: Sour Spicy Herbal Umami Bitter Smoky Rich Strong by Greg Henry. In it was a drink that caught our eye, “The Spice Trail”. Clove infused honey syrup, gin, rye, allspice dram and bitters. It’s a very complex drink, and like every other recipe we get ourContinue reading “Craft Cocktail Recipe: #090713 Penny Packer Bourbon with Allspice Dram”

Harvest Wine Weekend October 2013 – Paso Robles, CA

Harvest marks the end of the growing season and social importance of this event makes it the focus of many seasonal celebrations. For the central coast of California, such an event is the Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles. The 2013 Harvest Wine Weekend will take place October 18 – 20, with more than 130Continue reading “Harvest Wine Weekend October 2013 – Paso Robles, CA”

3rd annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival – August 3, 2013 – Del Mar Racetrack

The Gourmet Food Truck Festival on August 3, 2013 will feature over 50 of the best gourmet food trucks from San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. Hours are from noon to 6:00 p.m. and it will be held at the Seaside Concert Area within the Del Mar Racetrack. Some of the trucks to lookContinue reading “3rd annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival – August 3, 2013 – Del Mar Racetrack”

Frieda’s Specialty Produce and Ralph’s Bring Hatch Chiles and Roasting Events to Southern California

Hatch chiles are a variety of peppers grown only in the Hatch Valley, an area stretching north and south along the Rio Grande from Arrey, New Mexico, to the south of Hatch, New Mexico. Known for its bold flavors when roasted over an open flame, they have a cult-like following and even an annual festivalContinue reading “Frieda’s Specialty Produce and Ralph’s Bring Hatch Chiles and Roasting Events to Southern California”