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Posts for September 2012

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Sunday, Sep 30, 2012

Bar8 Lounge, one of Irvine's most popular Happy Hour destinations, is ready for you.

Hyatt Irvine 

All football season long,  Bar8 Lounge, in the Hyatt Regency Irvine, will feature the Punt, Pass and Sip promotion during the game. There will be drink specials, gridiron goodies, and five, high-definition screens to watch every play.

Hyatt Irvine

Hyatt Irvine

Since Buffalo wings and beer are a crucial part of any football watching experience, I decided that I should personally try every kind on the menu for the benefit of Destination Irvine readers.

What can I say? I'm a giver.

Hyatt Irvine 

I began my wing journey with a bit of a surprise; the Thai Chili marinated wings are a long way from the standard Buffalo variety. Served with pickled Asian veggies, these little babies offer a flavor explosion of ginger, sesame and wasabi. It's a yummy twist for foodies who want to mix it up a little.

But I'm a traditionalist. A Midwestern born football fan who likes her beer cold and her wings smoking hot.

So I decided to take the Bar8 challenge and run the gauntlet of their Buffalo wing selections; Burning, Fiery and Violent. 

Hyatt Irvine 

Fear not. These wings do not require a warning label and are suitable for all who love the spicy little suckers. But after a few samples in the "Fiery and Violent" range, a sip of my Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Beer felt like a taking a plunge in the pool on a hot summer's day. Pure refreshment.

Hyatt Irvine 

If you prefer a burger with your ballgame, take advantage of the Burger and Brew promotion running through the month of October. For $20 you can enjoy a farm-raised Meyers Natural Angus Burger topped with aged cheddar and a side of perfectly crisp fries and a 20 oz Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer to wash it down. 

Hyatt Irvine 

Bar8 is the place to feed your football craving and satisfy your hunger at the same time.

Bar8 Lounge

Happy Hour Daily from 4-6pm

Punt, Pass, and Sip Promotion During NFL Games

Hyatt Regency- Irvine 
179000 Jamboree Rd.
(949) 975-1234 

Irvine's Global Village Festival

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Sunday, Sep 23, 2012

Would you like to travel around the world in a mere few hours? Well you can, right here in OC at Irvine's Global Village Festival on Saturday September 29th from 10am-6pm, Bill Barber Park.
 This festival marks Irvine's 11th anniversary of celebrating the many cultures of the world; and is ‘the City's largest and most attended community event'. Admission is FREE, Food Tickets are $1 each, with food prices ranging 1-3 tickets per item, and off-site parking with shuttle services are available!
 Leading up to the festival will be a ‘Walk for Unity' hosted by Humanity Unites; this 5K walk starts at the corner of Harvard and San Juan at 8am, come together with Irvine to support cultural diversity!
Bring your family and friends to experience various global delights! Enjoy a compendium of live entertainment including music, dance, and demonstrations from around the world; sample authentic and infusion food & beverages from local restaurants and food trucks; indulge yourself at the ‘Sweet Stop' (yea, I'm talking to you, over there with the sweet tooth); get lost in the hustle and bustle of the International Marketplace where unique gifts, crafts, artwork, and textiles are at your fingertips; let the kids run wild at the Kids Village ‘featuring kids-inspired music and dance performances, an inflatable play area, crafting, games and sports activities, plus "kid-friendly" food selections that appeal to our younger guests' (Free stickers for parents to write their mobile # down and stick on the back of their child(ren) will be available); visit the Exhibits to learn about ‘other cultures through interactive displays, costumes, artifacts, and art'; become educated on how to be environmentally friendly and sustainable at the Green Expo; explore World Religions by interacting with ‘faith-based organizations from the Irvine area'; and become educated on the programs and services of many non-profit and local community groups and government agencies at the Community Partners Pavilion.

Your 5 senses will be heightened by the many exciting and educational cultural activities, entertainment, and refreshments available! Don't miss out on this 1-day festival!
*Images, Media & Info provided by the City of Irvine
Filed In: Insider Scoop, Dining

Exploring Irvine's Asian Markets

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 20, 2012

The city of Irvine is blessed with diversity. Cultures from all over the world are represented by its citizens, with Asians making up nearly 40% of the population (according to the 2010 US Census). Given the city's large Asian demographic, it is no wonder that excellent Chinese, Japanese, and Korean markets can be found in town, giving locals the opportunity to enjoy a scope of products and ingredients that reach far beyond what can be found on the international aisle of most grocery stores. Shoppers at these markets are given a taste of what one might find in the markets of the Far East, both literally and figuratively.

Zion Market

4800 Irvine Blvd.

Irvine, CA 92620

 Zion Market Irvine

Since 2007, Zion Market has been enriching the city of Irvine with the sale of Korean groceries and housewares. The market sells produce at prices far cheaper than most traditional grocery stores, a wide variety of meat and seafood, delicious pastries, and  has aisles filled with all sorts of ingredients used in Korean cooking. The deli counter features prepared items such as wang mandoo (steamed buns), fried fish, pajun and kimchijun pancakes, char sui (moist and flavorful pork), and various other banchan  (small plates).  I dare you to walk out this market without a couple irresistible "new to you" goodies.

Mitsuwa Marketplace

14230 Culver Dr
Irvine, CA 92604

 Mitsuwa Marketplace

Come to shop for a wide variety of Japanese groceries but stay for the amazing food at the food court inside Mitsuwa Marketplace. This modern and chic market features several types of noodles, mochi, sushi, packaged snacks and candies, Asian beauty products, several types of sake and so much more! The cash only food court is home to the Hamada-ya Bakery, Ramen Santouka, Misasa, and Takoyaki & Taiyaki. Good luck trying to figure out where to eat first!



14280 Culver Dr

Irvine, CA 92604

Daiso Irvine

After you have stuffed your stomach full of Japanese cuisine from Mitsuwa Marketplace, walk down the shopping center sidewalk until you have reached Daiso, a Japanese equivalent to the dollar stores we all know so well. Everything inside Daiso is $1.50 (except for a few specially marked items) and boy oh boy, what a difference 50 cents makes! The quality and caliber of items at this bargain store is much higher than those at the dollar stores you may be used to. There are aisles devoted to wrapping paper, craft supplies, school supplies, travel accessories, baking supplies, organizational items, and various Japanese novelties. I was most impressed with the number of different types of containers Daiso carries, including tiny Bento Box accessories. Some of my  favorite past purchases include stacks of origami paper, plastic geisha masks, handmade paper wrapping paper, Japanese rice paper candy, and school supplies for the kids.  Warning: you may find yourself spending much more in a $1.50 store than you ever dreamed possible.

99 Ranch Market

15333 Culver Dr
Irvine, CA 92604

 99 Ranch Market

The grand daddy of all Asian markets in Irvine is 99 Ranch Market. This Chinese market has been providing a rich variety of items used in Asian cuisine to those living in and visiting Irvine since 1992. While the market was founded by a Chinese immigrant and does have its basis in Chinese groceries, several other Asian cuisines are represented by various products inside the store. In addition to food, this is also the place to buy housewares typically found in Asian homes such as sushi plates and rice cookers.  Come by in the mornings for the Chinese buffet and enjoy items such as sticky rice rolls (fan tuan), Chinese churros (you tiao), sticky rice rolls (fan tuan), and egg custards (dan ta). Yum!

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