I am still on the blood orange kick. As long as they are fresh, I just have the need to use them. Moscow Mule is a very easy drink to make. Three ingredients with a little stir over ice and you are done. We added our own twist, just because we can! Adding the blood orange juice made this a lot more balanced. I was not a huge fan of the traditional Moscow Mule, but I am a fan of this version. Try it out and let us know what you think!
Saturday Night Foodies #020213 Blood Orange Mule
3oz Vodka (We used Russian Standard but any smooth vodka will work)
1.5oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice (No lime in our version)
5oz Ginger Beer (Find a good ginger beer, we tried one from Bundaberg)
Add ingredients to copper mug or tumbler glass, stir and fill with ice. Add a slice of blood orange for garnish.
TIP: Feel free to change out the blood orange juice for a juice that is in season or you enjoy. Easy drink to change up to follow the seasons.
100+ Restaurants Confirmed for the Milestone Celebration
Kick-Off Party with 20 Restaurants at Newport Beach Lexus February 23
The Orange County Restaurant Association will celebrate its fifth year producing the region’s fastest growing and most anticipated culinary event, Orange County Restaurant Week. The 2013 Orange County Restaurant Week will be held Sunday, February 24th through Saturday, March 2nd.
“As we enter our fifth year, we have been able to establish a quality experience that has come to be one of OC’s favorite culinary events. Orange County Restaurant Week is a now-annual event with 100 of the county’s top dining destinations,” explained Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association. “This year’s five-year anniversary will serve as a grand celebration as restaurants offer the best menus and ensure that diners will be presented with a truly special weeklong. After all, the goal is for everyone involved to have fun!”
Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse – Corona del Mar
GG’s Bistro – Laguna Beach
Gypsy Den – Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana
Harborside Restaurant – Newport Beach
House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer – Laguna Beach
IL DOLCE – Costa Mesa
Il Fornaio – Irvine
Improv – Irvine
JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery – Anaheim, Tustin
Katsuya – Laguna Beach
K’ya Bistro – Laguna Beach
Landmark – Corona del Mar
LUCCA – Irvine
Lumberyard – Laguna Beach
Matador Cantina – Fullerton
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Buena Park
Melting Pot – Irvine, Brea
Memphis at the Santora – Santa Ana
Mesa – Costa Mesa
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar – Costa Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Santa Ana
Mozambique – Laguna Beach
Naples Ristorante – Anaheim
Nello Cucina – Costa Mesa
Newport Landing – Newport Beach
Newport Rib Company – Costa Mesa
Nieuport 17 – Tustin
Nirvana Grille – Laguna Beach
Opah – Aliso Viejo, Irvine
Orange Hill Restaurant – Orange
Paul Martin’s American Grill – Irvine
Pinot Provence – Costa Mesa
Pirates Dinner Adventure – Buena Park
Pita Jungle – Newport Beach
Pizzelle’s Bistro – Tustin
Pizzeria Ortica – Costa Mesa
Prego Ristorante – Irvine
Primecut Café – Orange
Quinn’s Old Town Grill – Tustin
RA Sushi – Huntington Beach, Tustin
Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen – Anaheim
Riptide Sushi – Mission Viejo
Royal Khyber – Santa Ana
Ruth’s Chris – Anaheim, Irvine
Sapori – Newport Beach
Savannah Chop House – Laguna Niguel
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar – Costa Mesa
Sealegs Wine Bar – Huntington Beach
Seasons 52 – Costa Mesa
Signature Kitchen – Costa Mesa
Slater’s 50/50 – Anaheim, Huntington Beach
SOL Cocina – Newport Beach
Splashes – Laguna Beach
Starfish – Laguna Beach
Sundried Tomato – Laguna Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano
SWSH Shabu Shabu – Irvine
Tabu – Laguna Beach
Tamarind of London – Newport Beach
Tangata – Santa Ana
Tangerine Restaurant – Anaheim
TAPS Fish House and Brewery – Brea
The Californian – Huntington Beach
The Catch – Anaheim
The Crow Bar and Kitchen – Corona del Mar
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon – Anaheim
The Ritz Restaurant & Garden – Newport Beach
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Tustin
Tommy Bahama’s Bar & Grill Laguna Beach
Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille Newport Beach
Tortilla Jo’s – Anaheim
True Food Kitchen – Newport Beach
VUE Restaurant – Dana Point
Watermarc – Laguna Beach
Wolfgang Puck Bistro – Costa Mesa
Woody’s Warf – Newport Beach
Zcafe – Costa Mesa
Zimzala – Huntington Beach
“This event is about bringing together the culinary community and uniting the many regions of Orange County for an event that all can enjoy,” added Waitt. “Our slogan has always been, ‘the only thing to make for dinner this week is reservations,’ and we hope that everyone will take full advantage of that suggestion!”
LAUNCH PARTY AT NEWPORT BEACH LEXUS
The 2013 Orange County Restaurant Week will kick off with an official Launch Party at Newport Beach Lexus on Saturday, February 23 benefiting Share Our Strength, a national organization dedicated to ending Childhood Hunger. Beverage sponsors include Chambord Vodka, Patron, Stella Artois, and La Crema, and dessert will be provided by Frosting’s Cupcakes, creators of the five-year anniversary cupcake.
The following restaurants will be providing samples of their fare:
This recipe is one of the easiest and best margaritas I think I make. I think you will find this is a good all around margarita. Also I never add salt as I have noticed that it can take away from the freshness of the cocktail.
3oz Patron Silver Tequila (Or opt for an Anejo Tequila)
1.5oz Grand Marnier
3oz Blood Orange Juice (Best if fresh)
1.5oz Lime Juice (Best if fresh)
1oz Agave Syrup
Mix water and agave, then mix with the rest of the ingredients in a shaker with some ice. Shake and strain over a tall glass with ice. Garnish with a blood orage slice.
Portola Coffee Lab Owners Jeff + Christa Duggan’s latest concept in Orange County redefines the Tea House
Expanding its modest selection of teas, Portola Coffee Lab is introducing a craft tea house, Seventh Tea Bar, which opened to the public todayat the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa (3313 Hyland Avenue). The concept’s name is derived from the traditional Chinese belief that tea is the seventh of the seven necessities.
With more than 30 unblended single-estate teas brewed with various methods, Seventh Tea Bar will deliver an experience as rich as its sister coffee concepts, Portola Coffee Lab and Theorem slow bar. Owners Jeff and Christa Duggan will focus on a unique and thoughtful selection of unblended teas spanning the globe, but offerings will also include iced teas on tap, and fruit and herb-infused custom creations. Seventh will offer various traditional tea services for individuals or groups, complete with Chef-inspired tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. These will be available throughout the day to fulfill the most commonly followed tea times from around the world.
The design for Seventh Tea Bar can best be described as Victorian Modern, where old-school tea has a modern edge. The space features multiple seating options from table seating to oversized chairs. A patio is perfect for larger groups and special events.
Kim and I were invited for an early preview and to taste a couple of their teas and eats. It looked like it would be a charming spot to enjoy some great tea. We are looking forward to going and checking out what the vision turned into.
Brasserie Pascal is offering French-inspired Holiday Prix Fixe Menus. They look amazing so we wanted to pass them on, in case you are looking for some place special to have a traditional French meal during the holidays.
As always tell us what you think!
327 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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 been completed so far. We were invited to preview the newly renovated location at the Outlets in Orange (formerly The Block of Orange).
Some of the updates are obvious the minute you step in the door. The entrance has a backlit hostess station where guests are greeted and can purchase power cards which allow them access to the facility’s large selection of simulator or carnival-style games. The new contemporary color palette is a mix of gray and bright green, white and black Caesarstone surfaces, white barstools, retro light fixtures and under-lighting on the bars. They have removed some of the pool tables to accommodate more dining tables and added more TVs for game viewing. If you unfamiliar with the old look and feel of Dave and Buster’s, it was designed with dark wood paneling, brass fixtures and Tiffany glass lamps.
Other updates include:
Three 180″ projection screens, 15-foot TV screens, 25 HDTV’s
Sports focused seating
We had the opportunity to sample some of their new and customer favorite menu items. I was pleasantly surprised by how many healthy alternatives as well as non-bar food items they had. Two of my favorites were the lawnmower salad and the sweet apple pecan salad with chicken.
Other new menu items to highlight are: The 5:15 (with pretzel dogs, scratch made BBQ chips), Poppin’ Potatoes, South Philly Burger as well as a few new beverage items; the Snow Cone cocktail and the Coronita (beer poured upside down into the house margarita). Some dessert items we sampled were the Bananas Foster Pie and the Belgian Chocolate Fondue
The facility boasts 60,000 square feet of dining and entertainment space but has been designed in such a way that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the space, nor do you feel you have to participate in all the activities offered in it. If you just want to pop in for a drink with friends, you can do so at the front bar without getting caught up in the noise and revelry of the gaming area. If you want to come in for dinner, you can do that in yet another section. It’s a pretty accommodating place that has made me give it a second look.
Special Weekly Food Truck Fare – After Dark, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Free admission & parking plus cash bar and great food truck grub from some of our official New Year’s Eve Block Party partners: Baconmania, The Burnt Truck, Bakery Truck, A Bite Truck, Dogzilla, Garlicscapes, The Lime Truck, Piaggio On Wheels and White Rabbit.
Plus, we’ll be doing contests with giveaways for Block Party tickets, food truck vouchers and other fun stuff. Attendees can also buy their Block Party tickets fee-free from the onsite Box Office before the prices increase.
The New Year’s Eve Block Party returns for a third year with a celebration that only the OC Fair could offer with hit tribute bands, gourmet food trucks, a demolition derby, Vegas-style games and a midnight pyrotechnic celebration, all for one affordable admission price.
For music lovers, the New Year’s Eve Block Party will feature four stages with tribute bands covering four decades of rock music:
• For the 1960’s: Hot August Night – A Neil Diamond Tribute and Abbey Road with Jumping Jack Flash – The Beatles vs. The Stones
• For the 1970’s: Heartbreaker – “Led Zeppelin Live”, Queen Nation – A Tribute to the Music of Queen and Journey Unauthorized – A Salute to the Music of Journey
• For the 1980’s: Strangelove – A Live Depeche Mode Tribute, Atomic Punks – A Van Halen Tribute and Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute
• For the 1990’s: Green Today – A Tribute to Green Day, No Duh – The Ultimate No Doubt / Gwen Stefani Concert Tribute Experience and The Joshua Tree – A Tribute to U2
For foodies, the New Year’s Eve Block Party will feature gourmet food truck grub from: Bakery Truck (desserts), Dos Chinos (Latin-Asian fusion), A Bite Truck (California fusion), Baconmania (bacon-inspired dishes), Dogzilla (gourmet hot dogs), White Rabbit (Filipino-fusion), Piaggio On Wheels (Argentinean), Garlicscapes (garlic-inspired dishes), Ragin Cajun (Cajun), Macho Nacho (gourmet nachos), Me So Hungry (gourmet sliders and hamburgers), The Burnt Truck (gourmet sliders), Shortstop BBQ (BBQ fare) and The Lime Truck (fresh California cuisine).
The NYE Bash Demolition Derby will bring the fun of mass destruction for the adventurous types and the free Vegas-style games will offer revelers a chance to test their luck.
At midnight, everyone can enjoy as the OC Fair lights up the night sky with a pyrotechnic celebration to welcome in the New Year.
Admission and parking can be purchased online at ocfair.com/blockparty or from the onsite Box Office on a limited-time basis.
Best part is we are giving away a pair of tickets!!
Contest details: There are a three ways to win:
1. Follow @satnightfoodies and @OCFair (1 entry for each follow).
2. After you follow, simply RT this link (1 entry). We’ve made it easier for you tweeters, all you have to do is copy and paste the following into twitter:
3. Finally in the comment section below let us know which of the gourmet food trucks you are looking forward to visiting the most
That means you can get a total of four entries!!
Contest ends Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be announced on December 21. One lucky winner will win a pair of general admission passes (Valued at $95). Good luck and happy tweeting!
Foodies should mark their calendars for this Saturday, December 1, when Lake Elsinore Outlets hosts a Food Truck Festival organized by Cliff Young, an award-winning restaurateur and host of the popular “Out to Eat” series on PBS. The Food Truck Festival will feature an array of gourmet food trucks and cutting edge flavors from a dozen food trucks.
Scheduled to be on hand are the following food trucks:
M.O.E. Eggrolls and Deli
Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice
Oooh La La Crepes
Pearson’s Louisiana Cajun Food
SoCal New Orleans Style Sno Balls
Suite 106 Cupcakery
Two for the Road
Vizzi Visionary Cuisine
WTF (Where’s the Fire) Gourmet Pizza,
Slap Yo Mama Soul Food
Calbi Fusion Tacos & Burritos
White Rabbit Original Filipino Fusion
Me So Hungry Sliders and Burgers
Cousin’s Maine Lobster
The afternoon of family fun will include a DJ and a “bubble-roller” for the kids. Seating is limited and lightweight folding chairs are allowed.
Admission to Food Truck Festival is $10, and free for children six and under. For convenient admission to the event, tickets can be purchased online at www.lakeelsinorefoodtruckfestival.com.
This Saturday, December 1 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Lake Elsinore Outlets in the North Parking Lot (adjacent to Fallas.)
Off Interstate 15 at Nichols Road or Central Avenue exits in Lake Elsinore
(951) 245-0087 or http://www.lakeelsinoreoutlet.com
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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 day but today, the wait was over.
The tavern is dimly lit, designed with reclaimed scaffolding planks and brick walls and reclaimed barn wood housed the spirits in the bar. It has a long bar and a small set of bar tables with red tufted leather backing. The walls are decorated with a variety of taxidermy, slightly reminiscent of a hunting lodge. The overall vibe is pretty laid back and casual and would be a place you’d want to go to hang out with your friends.
We ordered kobi beef (their spelling) and chicken mole sausages, although their menu also includes rabbit, wild boar, turkey and a handful of others. The sausage dogs were complex with layer upon layer of flavor. We also ordered a cilantro caprese burger, cabanossi slim Jim bar snack and truffle herb fries.
The kobi beef dog was topped with pancetta, giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables), garlic aioli, tomato chutney and arugula on a toasted bun. The sausage had a good snap when you bit into it.
The chicken mole sausage was both sweet and savory, with creaminess from the garlic aioli and quail egg, the golden beet relish added a bit of acid, and topped with siracha for some heat.
The cilantro caprese burger was juicy, seasoned and cooked perfectly, topped with fried mozzarella, oven dried tomatoes, and cilantro chimichurri.
Let’s not forget about the drinks since it is a tavern after all. We sampled a handful of their cocktail offerings which were all refreshing and quite good.
The chef has plans to add menu specials to keep things fresh and is collaborating with Cody from the Lime Truck.