Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop – Costa Mesa, CA

We recently tried Greenleaf, a fast -casual dining restaurant that opened its first Orange County outpost in Costa Mesa. The gourmet chopshop, as they are known, is a healthy concept that prides itself on using fresh and healthy ingredients as well as being built in environmentally conscious locations using recycled and compostable products. They makeContinue reading “Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop – Costa Mesa, CA”

Grand Opening: Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches in Downtown Huntington Beach

We were invited to try out the newest Bruxie now open in Downtown Huntington Beach. Love the location and as always the food was incredible. The restaurant, which focuses on a menu of more than a dozen savory and sweet gourmet waffle sandwich offerings, will be located one block East of PCH at The StrandContinue reading “Grand Opening: Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches in Downtown Huntington Beach”

"When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings" – Invitation Only at Playground – Santa Ana, CA

I received a call from Jason Quinn, a local chef that we first met when he was the chef on the popular gourmet food truck, The Lime Truck. Yes, the same Jason that helped take The Lime Truck to victory in the second season of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Since then, he hasContinue reading “"When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings" – Invitation Only at Playground – Santa Ana, CA”

Playing with Our Food at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot – Irvine, CA

There is a shopping center in Irvine, at Culver and Irvine Center Drive that we frequent when picking up our Asian cooking supplies. The last time we were there we noticed that the Teppan place had closed and something called Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot had taken its place. We kept telling ourselves that weContinue reading “Playing with Our Food at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot – Irvine, CA”

Artisan Pizza makes OC debut – Pitfire Pizza, Costa Mesa, CA

New pizza joints seem to be popping up all over the OC, with their various interpretations of Chicago-, New York- or Neapolitan-styles. We don’t get too caught up in the pizza wars because we don’t discriminate when it comes to pizza style, only taste. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, is a small Los Angeles-based chain that justContinue reading “Artisan Pizza makes OC debut – Pitfire Pizza, Costa Mesa, CA”

Unexpected Late Saturday Breakfast with Craft Cocktails – Hopscotch – Fullerton, CA

Kim and I were finally able to get over to Hopscotch Tavern in downtown Fullerton. We wanted to try their craft cocktails but heard mixed reviews when it first opened. I am glad we waited because it gave them a chance to work through the “just opened” kinks. We walked in from the back parkingContinue reading “Unexpected Late Saturday Breakfast with Craft Cocktails – Hopscotch – Fullerton, CA”

Dave & Buster's Gets a Makeover and Another Look from Me

I can’t remember the last time I was in a Dave & Buster’s. I’m not a gamer so when trying to come up with a place to eat, D&B doesn’t usually come to mind. The entertainment/restaurant concept is in the process of updating its 60 stores to a sports bar concept. Ten stores have beenContinue reading “Dave & Buster's Gets a Makeover and Another Look from Me”

Finally a Neighborhood Bar in the OC – Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa, CA

When I first got wind that a new bar was opening in Costa Mesa, I was not that interested. But then I heard that it would have good pub food, cocktails made with fresh ingredients, a pretty extensive whiskey collection as well as small-batch spirits, they had my attention! I anxiously awaited its opening dayContinue reading “Finally a Neighborhood Bar in the OC – Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa, CA”

Bruxie Opens It's Third Location This Time In Rancho Santa Margarita

One of our favorite spots is opening its third location today in Rancho Santa Margarita. Last night I was invited to a media preview of the new restaurant. Kim and I have been fans of theirs for some time and it is wonderful to see them be a runaway success. Bruxie’s waffles and there attentionContinue reading “Bruxie Opens It's Third Location This Time In Rancho Santa Margarita”

Eat Chow Opens Second Location in Newport Beach (Shores)

There is a secret dog beach in Newport that we take Martini and Mojito to on Saturdays when it is warm out. As we were driving there a few months ago, I was looking out the window and saw a sign for Eat Chow. I exclaimed to Jason “Eat Chow is opening another location!” ButContinue reading “Eat Chow Opens Second Location in Newport Beach (Shores)”