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OC Decadence 2017

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Dec - a - dence (.noun)

unrestrained, or excessive self-indulgence. 


So it's Friday...you've worked hard all week.

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a little harmless decadence?

On Friday, September 29th, OC Weekly will be hosting the OC Decadence 2017 event at Hotel Irvine. This local foodie festival is celebrating its 14th year, and has become Orange County's largest food soiree. Over 40 vendors will be on hand, providing unlimited samples of their best creations. 

 


The most sought-after restaurants from Orange County and Long Beach will be on hand as well as top mixologists and craft brewmasters. Burgerim,  5 Crowns, Cucina Enoteca, and Old Vine Cafe are just a few of the delicious options..

Check out the full line up here.

Bites

Sips 

All-inclusive, all-you-can- sample tickets are available online at ocdecadence.com  for $55 per person.

Complete the Decadent Experience and splurge with another $15 for the VIP pass, which gives you early access and first tastes...plus a swaggy VIP gift bag!

Buy today as this event sells out! 

Best of all, the food and fun lead to philanthropy. Every year, OC Decadence proceeds support a local charity...this year's event will join the fight against breast cancer by supporting The American Cancer Society Making Strides Foundation. 

So you see....even a little decadence can be a very good thing.  

 

 

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Segerstom Center for the Arts

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Monday, Sep 11, 2017

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is the Tony Award winning play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's 2003 best-selling novel.

It tells the story of fifteen-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain. He's exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Winner of FIVE 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY!

"One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway"- The New York Times "Dazzling" - Associated Press 

 

Audience Advisory: This production features moments of loud music, bright lighting and strobe effects. Please also be aware that the show contains some adult language and themes.

While the musical's subject is serious, the show will still satisfy theatergoers who love spectacle. It features intimate moments of human emotion while constantly keeping the audience on the edge of their seats with stunts like wall flips and actors suspended in the air.

"It's like ‘Hamlet' combined with Cirque du Soleil," says Adam Langdon, the actor who plays the teenage detective. "It has incredible moments of crazy physicality. This is the most unique and incredible play that's come around for a while, so it'll be a great move for everybody to come and see this."

Do what Langdon says and get your tickets to go see THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

September 12 - 17, 2017
Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, September 16, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Purchase tickets, starting at $29, online at www.scfta.org or in person at The Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Monday, Sep 04, 2017

One of the most thrilling things to take place in Dana Point is the annual Tall Ships Festival, where the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships to sail into Dana Point Harbor. History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and so much more!

Here's what's happening this weekend:

Friday, September 8

Parade of Sail (4:00 pm-7:30 pm): Join the armada as you cast off for adventure aboard a historic tall ship during the annual tall ships parade at sunset. Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival!


Sails ‘n Ales (6:00 pm -9:00 pm): Craft beer tasting from five (5) different California breweries, live music, mermaids and prime viewing for Parade of Sail!


Saturday, September 9 & Sunday, September 10:

Mermaid Breakfast (9:00 am-10:30 am): Join our mermaid friends for brunch, storytime, and under the sea crafts.

Festival (10:00 am-4:00 pm): Tall Ships tours, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, unique vendors, Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, and more await for you at the 32nd Annual Festival. For a full list of activities, please click here. 

Cannon Battles (4:30 pm-7:30 pm): Enjoy blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks, and the magnificence of a canvas full of wind during a Cannon Battle! Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge, and survival!

TICKETS Festival Admission, Sails, & Special Events

 Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
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The Orange County Great Park Welcomes Its New Sports Park

Posted by: Katie Bell
Posted on: Monday, Aug 07, 2017


 This Saturday, August 5th, marked the Orange County Great Park’s grand opening of its new Sports Park sponsored by Fivepoint Apartments. The 53-acre mass of land is home to 24 tennis courts, 6 natural-turf soccer fields, 1 acre dedicated to a children’s playground, and 4 sand volleyball courts. Amongst these fabulous facilities, I found myself in the championship soccer stadium, which holds up to 5,000 fans. I was excited to see this new addition to Orange County. I was once the kid sprinting from my mom’s mini van to the field in my cleats and ate orange slices at half time. My best memories were on Irvine soccer fields, and seeing the city invest in creating new memories for kids was inspiring.

 

When I first got to the Sports Park, I made my way through the various exhibits the Great Park offers. I was particularly interested in the World War II aviation exhibit. Inside the original hangars I found kids and their parents standing in awe looking at the massive pilot planes and browsing the pop-up museum with war-era antiques. It is an important exhibit for children to see and I was happy to see Irvine making such a large effort to preserve some of its greatest history.

 


 

I finally headed towards the new championship soccer stadium for the opening ceremonies at 3:30. I was shocked to see how large the field was and how open the layout was for visitors to see the entire game. I was greeted with soccer-shaped fans—a thoughtful courtesy from the City of Irvine. There was no shortage of misters either. This stadium is state-of-the-art and certainly an improvement to what I had as a kid.

 

 
The ceremonies hosted some of Irvine’s most prominent figures. Mayor Don Wagner was one of them, and gave an excellent speech on how important this Park is for the City of Irvine. He invited the Orange County Board of Supervisors representative Todd Spitzer to speak about the park. He mentioned that the land we were standing on was intended to be an international airport. “We’d be sitting in the United Airlines terminal right now.” He shared that the fight to keep the land from outside development was a difficult one but provided the opportunity to build the Sports Park to increase the quality of life for Irvine residents.  
 

  

 

After the opening ceremonies, I had the chance to visit the VIP lounge, where I felt like I was transported to the Kentucky Derby. Elevated on a balcony overlooking the field, women wore dresses with beautiful hats, and men wore linen suits. Wine was available to guests along with lounging areas and a stellar view of the stadium and Saddleback Mountain. I watched the local and elite high school soccer players battle off in a competitive match below.

 

I later ran into Mayor Wagner and asked him a bit about the park. He said planning had been underway for the greater part of three years, but actual property development took about 18 months. He is proud of what this stadium is bringing to the city and the families that live here. Earlier in his opening ceremonies speech, he gave his thanks to the fans themselves. “The folks of Irvine, we have been promising this to you for a long time. Thanks for being here today to cut the ribbon, and more importantly thank you for being with us the past years as we come together and make it happen.”  

 

Overall, this Sports Park is a testament to Irvine’s commitment to the families of the community. They are aiming to foster an environment of unification in the growing city and provide genuine entertainment for its guests. I couldn’t be happier to see what Irvine has done to expand its already fantastic legacy. My 7-year-old self was smiling from ear to ear all afternoon in her ponytails and muddy shin guards.

 

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LA Favorite Poke Me Comes to Irvine

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Aug 04, 2017

It's no secret that poke bowls have been gaining immense popularity in the past few years. Poke Me which has established its roots in Los Angeles with three locations, is now opening its first location in Orange County right here in Irvine at the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center. Currently in its soft opening stage (so yes, stop in and try the Poke Me goodness), Poke Me Irvine will grand open its doors on Friday August 18th 12pm with a kick off celebration


The first 25 guests will receive swag bags full of goodies -- including Poke Me gift certificates. And One lucky guest will receive a gift bag with FREE POKE FOR A YEAR - yes you read correctly, free poke for a year, so to all the poke lovers out there, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity. 

 

I stopped into Poke Me this week to see what the rage was all about, and it definitely lived up to its Angelenos reputation. So what sets Poke Me apart from other poke spots? There is a wide variety of fish and shellfish such as tuna, octopus, scallop, shrimp and salmon that is specially curated and obtained by their in-house chef to maintain a fresh and high-quality standard for their protein options along with their other ingredients that make up a poke bowl. There are also options to create a vegan bowl! Along with the range of protein available, I was blown away by the diverse selection of housemade sauces, with Truffle Ponzu being one of their fan favorites. While in the queue, you can taste test the fish or shellfish with the different types of sauces to ensure you love it before having it mixed into your bowl. At the very end of the queue, you are greeted by a self-serve toppings/garnish station - yes, self serve! Everything from masago and tamago to jalepenos and green onion, you can load up your bowl with as much as it will hold. 

For my bowl, I started with white rice, selected seaweed salad and spicy crab for my two sides, had a mixture of tuna, albacore, octopus and yellowtail with a sweet and spicy ponzu sauce (of course, I had to get the truffle ponzu on the side), and finished the bowl with crispy onion, green onion, corn and kizami nori (dried seaweed shreds). Hungry yet? Click here to visit Poke Me's website and be sure to click on Menu to see their offerings.   

Poke Me at Heritage Plaza Shopping Center

14370 Culver Drive #C Irvine, CA 92604
Business Hours

Mon-Fri 11-9:30

Sa 11:30 -9:30

Su. 11:30 - 9:00

 

 

HAPPY EATING!

Amanda

All photos taken by Amanda at Feast.Fashion.Faves / Digital Flier for grand opening via Poke Me Instagram 

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AC Hotel Irvine Launches New Event Series at AC Lounge

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Jul 24, 2017

AC Hotel Irvine launched a new series of events this past week at their cocktail spot, AC Lounge. Guests can have fun taking part in a trivia night series hosted by Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs or unwind with live entertainment from musician Troy Ritchie, seen on NBC's The Voice. Aside from the festivities, AC Lounge will offer special pricing on beer, wine and cocktails and Spanish style tapas. Follow their expert mixologist Luis Delpozo @bowtie_lu to get the scoop on his secret off-the-menu items. Check out the scheduling below for the event dates through August, and hope you get to visit the AC Lounge in the newly opened AC Hotel Irvine

Trivia Night Series
Where: AC Lounge at AC Hotel Irvine
When: 7:30pm-9:00pm - Thursday July 27, Thursday August 3
Lounge Specials: $2.00 off beer, food, and wines on tap from 4pm-9pm
Prizes include:
1st: A complimentary stay at the hotel (based on availability)
2nd place: complimentary drink & tapas plate on next visit
3rd place: complimentary tapas plate on next visit


Live Music featuring Troy Ritchie (featured on the show The Voice)
Where: AC Lounge at AC Hotel Irvine
When: Music Starts at 7:30pm-9:30pm - Wednesday July 26
Lounge Specials: $2.00 off beer, food, and wines on tap from 4pm-9:30pm

 

ABOUT AC LOUNGE
A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the AC Lounge serves up beer from local breweries, specialty wines by the bottle and on tap, expertly made craft cocktails and a selection of tapas-style small bites. A nod to the hotel's European heritage, the lounge's signature cocktail, The Swedish Fish, was developed with Orange County's first craft distillery, Blinking Owl, and is a unique infusion of the Scandinavian spirit, Aquavit and garnished with its namesake candy. In the morning, AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, savory egg tarts and Nespresso coffee. The Berkel slicer, an AC Hotels staple, offers visitors hand-cut meats including artisanal La Quercia Prosciutto for a true taste of Spain. The AC Store, open 24 hours, also offers a selection of beverages including Four Sons Brewery beer, Cutwater spirits, wine by the bottle and soft drinks as well as a variety of premium snacks and sweets.

 

Photos provided by Calee Killion

Shooby Dooby Down to Ruby's for Burger Day

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Ruby's Diner has been a fixture in Orange County for 35 years. The very first Ruby's opened on Balboa Pier in 1982 and the chain quickly became a fixture at beaches and shopping centers across Orange County. This 1940's themed diner is wildly popular for its juicy burgers and legendary shakes. In my opinion, Ruby's peanut butter cup shake is the best milkshake on the planet but Ruby's offers a variety of flavors such as carmel banana, mint chocolate, and orange 50/50 which are all winners as well.  

In celebration of Ruby's 35th birthday, Ruby's will be offering a 1/4 lb 35th Anniversary Burger (a smaller version of the 1/2lb classic) along with fries for just $2.99 on Wednesday, July 26th. $1 of each purchase will go to The Ruby Dooby Foundation which is dedicated to the supporting the health and well being of children.  

Have a bigger appetite? Then enter the Ruby's Stack Attack Challenge which will take place on Wednesday, July 26. For $35, challengers have 35 minutes to eat a 3.5lb burger featuring six 8oz. all-beef patties, RubySauce, onion rings, bacon, tater tots, and jalapenos along with a shake and fries. If the challenge is completed, winners will receive a $35 Ruby's gift certficate, a t-shirt, and that ever-important social media recognition. Even if you don't have the appetite to tackle the Stack Attack Challenge, it will surely be entertaining to watch others take it on. For a list of participating locations- including the Irvine Spectrum and South Coast Plaza restaurants- and to register for the challenge, head to Rubys.com.  

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Early Bird Tickets to Pacific Wine + Food Classic this August 19th & 20th

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

The highly anticipated Pacific Wine + Food Classic comes to Orange County at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th with a spectacular culinary entertainment line up and the best in food, wine and cocktails. 

 

Aside from experiencing the more than 100 food, wine and cocktail stations, the Fisher & Paykel / DCS Cooking Stage hosted by Food Network Star Simon Majumdar will feature live culinary demonstrations of dishes and cocktails inspired by the flavors of summer, as well as cooking tips from an incredible lineup of local celebrity chefs.


 

VIP guests will get to enjoy a refreshing hand crafted Patrón cocktail at Pacific Food & Wine Classic as apart of 27 locations worldwide featured in the Patrón the Summer Cocktail Tour. What else do VIP guests receive?

  • One hour early admission
  • Access to the Grassy VIP lounge overlooking the bay that will serve special bites
  • Patrón infused popsicles and Chunk'n Chip Patrón infused Ice Cream Sammiches
  • VIP tickets are very limited, and you can purchase yours at $200 for single day admission and $350 for two-day admission
General tickets are $150 for single day admission and $250 for two-day admission, for more ticket information, click here!
 

Culinary Entertainment Schedule:
Saturday
· Chef Geeta Bansal, Clay Oven - How to prepare Watermelon Curry
· Tricia Carr, Master Mixologist will show us how to make 2 of her summer cocktail favorites
· Chef Jamie Gwen, Culinary Radio Host - How to make Spanish Summer Gazpacho & Summer Fruit Soup
· Tess Masters "The Blender Girl" - How to make Pineapple Salsa Smoothie
· Chef Kris Morningstor, most recently with Terrine - How to make Truffled Chicken Liver
· Chef Ray Garcia, Esquire's Chef of the Year and Executive Chef of Broken Spanish - How to make Broken Spanish, B.S. Taqueria
· Chef Brian Malarkey, Creator of over a dozen restaurants including Herb & Wood
· Kim Beto, Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing
· Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing and what you should know about Rose Wines
· Ira Norof, Sommelier (CWE) - What you should know about Rose Wines with Eric Entrikin
Sunday
· Chef Katy Smith, Puesto - How to make flor de calabaza soup and the corn stock
· Chef Ivan Calderon, Taco Mesa - How to make his famous Margarita
· Chef Linda Johnsen, Filomena's Italian Kitchen - How to make Salmon cheesecake
· Chef Cathy Pavlos, Provenance - How to make Grilled Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad
· Chef Arthur Ortiz, Skyloft - How to make Shrimp Shooters
· Chef Pascal Olhats, Pascal Restaurant - How to make Scampi Provencal
· Chef Stan Frazier, Rock Star, Winner of the Chef Race & Owner of Sgt. Pepperoni Pizza - How to make Summer ceviche
· Chef Joe Youkhan - How to make charred eggplant Baba Ganoush
· Chef Brian Huskey, Bravo's Top Chef and Executive Chef/Founder of Tackle Box - How to make Beach Corn
· Kim Beto, Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing
· Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier (SWS) - Wine pairing



ABOUT PACIFIC FOOD & WINE CLASSIC

is an incredible world-class culinary experience. Taste bites from local top chefs, explore over 100 wines and hand crafted premium cocktails. Enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, master sommelier discussions and summer mixology demos. Taste the flavors of summer as the region's top chefs and mixologists create dishes from their favorite summer memories. The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is a fantastic gourmet experience on the beautiful soft sand in Newport Beach, you'll be surrounded by music and ocean breezes while enjoying the region's top chefs.

PARTNERS

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Fisher & Paykel, DCS, Melissa's Produce, Sunset Magazine, IHeartRadio, The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra, LA Times, 95.5 KLOS, The Tasting Panel, Orange Coast Magazine, The Clever Root, GoVino, The Ace Agency, OCfoodies, LA Specialty, Celebrity Cruises, Patron, Maker's Mark, Absolut Elyx, Bacardi, Fashion Island, Marriott Newport Beach, Greers OC, LA Travel Magazine, Viele & Sons, Gelson's, Kind Bar, Baja Shellfish Farms

CHARITY

The success of this great event depends on our wonder culinary community. Net proceeds will be given to Golden Rule charity as the beneficiary of the Pacific Wine and Food Classic in order to give back to the restaurant industry that works so hard. Golden Rule is a local charity founded in order to give back and support those in need IN the restaurant industry. Golden Rule Charity administers grants and acts as a liaison between the community and those faced with an unanticipated crisis. Big or small.

Location Address: 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

Web: pacificwineandfood.com

Public Contact: 949-230-0739, info@PacificWineandFood.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/pacificwineandfood

Instagram: @PacificWineandFoodClassic  



Photos via OC Restaurant Association + Pacific Food and Wine Classic Website 

Circus Vargas Comes to the OC Great Park

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Jun 12, 2017


Come one, come all and take wonder in the marvel that is Circus Vargas at the OC Great Park until this weekend, June 18th. Guests will get the full big top circus experience with sugary sweets, popcorn, snow cones and face painting as well as classic and new circus acts. 

This year, Circus Vargas embarks on a new adventure, Steam Cirque, under their blue and yellow big top. Jump into the world of steam punk, science fiction and exciting and suspenseful circus performances. While waiting for the show to start, kids can partake in pre-show activities in the circus ring, then join their families up in the stands or seats. The non-animal show is great for all ages with a robust mix of a traditional circus atmosphere including concessions and novelty items being sold throughout the stands, and a fun, action-packed show including acts such as trapeze, trampoline, aerial rope and a motorocycle cage; along with a journey through humour, mystery magic and more. The performers also include audience participants in comedic acts throughout the show, but it is fun and lighthearted; they know how to get everyone involved and have a good time. 

My fianceé Scott and I attended a Circus Vargas show last Thursday not knowing what to expect and we truly had a great time. We were blown away by the array and diversity of acts performed, and also in awe of how many roles each performer plays. You'll see all hands on deck to help run the show smoothly; a performer will be selling tickets at the ticket booth, to flying through the air in a death-defying act, then helping to move the sets around. You can really see how much hard work goes into this production. 

Get to Circus Vargas this week before the big top is gone! For more ticket information, click here.  








Photos taken by Feast.Fashion.Faves 

AC Hotel Irvine Grand Debuts as First of Its Kind in Southern California

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, May 26, 2017

Orange County's newest European-inspired hotel, AC Hotel Irvine grand debuted last week with a chic soiree of live music, tapas, signature cocktails and wine, spirits from Blinking Owl, craft berrs, Puesto tacos and sweet treats. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's communal spaces as well as receive a tour of the rooms. 

 

AC Hotel Irvine, a Marriott property opened by the Pacific Hospitality Group, is the first of its kind in Southern California and located within 1 mile of John Wayne Airport, in the heart of Park Place, a thriving community of popular restaurants, shops, residential housing and corporate businesses. The hotel appealing to next-gen travelers has 176 guest rooms; beautiful open spaces to lounge or mingle in; a heated roof-top pool; complimentary WiFi, a state-of-the-art fitness room and hydration stations on every guest-room floor. For those looking for the perfect place to conduct business, AC Hotel Irvine provides three distinct meeting spaces including two intimate, audiovisual-equipped Media Salons (up to 8 people), and a 500-square-foot Meeting Room (up to 40 people). AC Hotel is a mix of innovative touches, modern design through the furnishings and artwork as well as aligning with the hotel's European heritage through their lifestyle offerings.

 

For seamless service, Kallpods, wireless service buttons, are provided in the public and meeting areas which allow guests to immediately request a staff member's attention. For a specialty cocktail or craft beer and tapas, take a seat at the AC Hotel Lounge bar. For a truly European inspired breakfast, dine at the AC Hotel Kitchen, I was told the croissants are flown in from France! There's also a Berkel slicer to serve up hand cut meats. For the individual needing a quick bite or beverage, the AC Store is open 24 hours and has a variety of drink and snack options. 

 

This new Orange County gem not only offers an elevated guest room experience to be able to wind down and get a good night sleep, but strives to provide an unparalled lifestyle experience for all guests and also catering to those that are on-the-go. 

 

"We've created an atmosphere that allows locals and visitors to comingle, share ideas and socialize in an environment that offers a sense of place," said Paul Maddison, general manager at AC Hotel Irvine.  

Visit the AC Hotel Irvine

Address: 3309 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 471-8710 
 
 
 
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