Irvine offers cycling enthusiasts 44.5 miles of off-road bicycle trails and 282 miles of on-road bicycle lanes.More

Irvine Blog - Posts from Local Experts

Category - Events

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.  

Filed In: Dining, Events

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 
 
 
 
Photos c/o PHG PR TEAM + FEAST.FASHION.FAVES 

Trade Food Hall Opens in Irvine This Saturday May 13, 2017

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, May 12, 2017

A new food hall is grand opening in Irvine this Saturday May 13th! Trade Food Hall located in Irvine, is offering up a variety of innovative and unique savory to sweet food options in Orange County. Trade is an open-air patio space featuring a vertical garden display and crisp decor; a place for everyone to come together to enjoy good food and good company.

Taste an array of culinary dishes from pork sliders to veggie delights, fusion tacos to fresh seafood, grilled chicken sandwiches to gyros, and ramen and sushi to sweets and cocktails. You really won't know where to start (unless you're set on trying a certain type of food or vendor), but this is the place to step out of your food comfort zone if you're looking to try something new or if you're a seasoned foodie looking for the next mouthwatering instagrammable feast. 

Trade has been soft opened for the past few weeks with limited menus, but many in the community got to experience an exclusive taste on Wednesday May 10th during a preview. Some notable items to try include:

  • Butterleaf: The new vegetarian. Serving up the Signature Butterleaf Burger (sweet potato, kale, melted onions, kimchi sauce)
  • Two Birds: Cluckin’ good chicken. Serving up Bird In The Bush (Salad, salt and vinegar slaw, tomato, pickle, romaine lettuce, pickled onion, and cucumber)
  • Center Hub Bar: Your new favorite bar. Serving up The Stubborn Mule (Hangar One Vodka, Muddled Cucumbers and Mint Leaves, Lime Juice, Blueberry Syrup, Ginger Beer)
  • Dos Chinos: Latin Asian grub. Serving up Chorizo Fried Rice (chorizo, Chinese sausage, chimichurri, pineapple)
  • Megadon: Latin, Asian, and Mexican fare. Created by Hop Pham of Dos Chinos. 
  • Gyro King: Mediterranean fare. Serving up the Gyro (served with gyro meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce)
  • Pig Pen Delicacy: Pork-haven eatery. Serving up the Candied Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwich (candied bacon, soft scrambled eggs, cheddar, banana ketchup)
  • Portside Fish Co.: Fresh seafood. Serving up the Fresh Calamari Bowl and Fresh Fish Taco
  • Sweet COMBforts: Home of the Waffle Pop. Serving up Fruity Pebbles n Cereal Belgium Liege waffle

Visit Trade Food Hall:
2222 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday - Sunday: 8am - 10pm 

 
Pig Pen Delicacy


Dos Chinos 


Center Hub 


Sweet Combforts


Gyro King


Butterleaf


Two Birds


Portside


Megadon

Happy Eating!

Amanda

*All Images and information provided by 100eats, Trade Food Hall and/or their respective restaurant social media platforms.  

Filed In: Events

Show Off Your Savvy Landscaping in Roger's Gardens Contest

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Monday, May 08, 2017

The California drought is over. Yay!  But that doesn't mean we're gonna start wasting water willy nilly. We've embraced newly learned water saving skills and have started (or are considering) converting our yards to California sustainable landscaping. If you haven't jumped into the new So Cal landscaping trend, now's the time.

 

 Rogers Gardens in Corona del Mar is asking you to show off your wise water saving savviness by entering the Roger's Gardens 10th Annual "Orange County CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY® Gardening Contest."

 A California Friendly garden features smart and sustainable landscaping. It is designed in harmony with the surrounding environment using beautiful less-than-thirsty plants, state of the art irrigation control, and precision sprinkler heads. The CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY Garden Contest celebrates and rewards these outstanding gardens with cash prizes and other awards.

California yards have taken on a whole new look and it's gorgeous.  

 

 PRIZES

California Friendly Garden Contest "2017 Best in Orange County": $1500 (1 winner)

California Friendly Garden Contest "2017 Winner": $350 (4 winners)

HOW TO ENTER & WIN

Contest is for residents of Orange County, CA only.

Entry & Voting: Now - June 2, 2017 at 12 PM.

 Enter here.

Top 10 Finalists Announced: Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Judges Visit 10 Finalists: Friday, June 9, 2017.

Winner Announced: Friday, June 16, 2017.

Winners will be announced on Roger's Gardens Facebook page on June 16, 2017.

Good luck, gardeners!

Read the official rules here.     

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Apr 03, 2017

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is about a 45 minute drive south of Irvine and worth the trek to get to see and experience the ranunculus covered hillsides. The season, the Flower Fields opened to the public in March and remains open for 10 weeks ending on May 14, 2017. 

You could spend hours on the 50 acres of blooming hillsides, nursery, gardens and more; which overlook the Pacific Ocean and Carlsbad Outlets. Come with family and friends and enjoy a day taking in the colorful ranunculus flowers which you can walk up to or take an antique tractor wagon ride around the fields to access the numerous rows of flowers. There are educational programs, workshops and exciting events; as well as an Arts & Crafts show, food vendors and live music entertainment during the weekends. If you'd like to take home fresh cut ranunculus blooms, stop by the Armstrong Garden Center Gift Shop on your way out. For ticket information, click here

TIPS

  • If you're visiting over the weekend, be sure to get here before or when the Flower Fields open to avoid long lines a the ticket booth and tractor rides. It'll also be less congested so you can move about the gardens and fields freely. 
  • You can take photos, but any professional equipment would need prior approval.
  • You can't step in between the rows of flowers, but there are inlets with small benches where you can take photos within the flowers, some inlets have a photographer assistant that can take photos for/of you. 
  • Wear sunscreen and any other sun protection necessary since you will be under direct sunlight.
  • Bring a light jacket or cover up as it can get windy
  • If you're planning on walking up to the fields instead of taking the tractor, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • For FAQs, click here
  • You can purchase tickets online and avoid waiting in line to purchase tickets. 

The Flower Fields History 

Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920's. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee's small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called "Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs". The name "Tecolote" came from the owls that nested on his property. 

Read more about the Flower Fields History here. If you're not able to make it down to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch this season, check out this previous post on the wildflower bloom in Orange County! 

 

Filed In: Dining, Events

OC Restaurant Week- - Fine Dining Specials at Orange County's Premier Shopping Destinations

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017

Orange County Restaurant Week is a great  time of year to get out and taste some of what the OC food scene has to offer. 100 restaurants participate in this week-long event, offering specially-priced  menus that highlight what makes each dining destination so special.

Orange County has long been known as a shopping destination for tourists, especially those with an eye for sophistication. Thankfully, premier shopping destinations such as the Irvine Spectrum Center and South Coast Plaza are also great places for a sophisticated meal. Over a dozen restaurants in these expansive shopping and entertainment centers are participating in OC Restaurant Week. Here is a look at three of our favorites.

 

Del Frisco's Grill

Irvine Spectrum Center

$20 2-Course Brunch Menu

$20 2-Course Lunch Menu

$40 3-Course Dinner Menu

Whether you start your day with brunch or end it with dinner and dessert, you are sure to find something tasty on Del Frisco's Grill's OC Restaurant Week menus. Brunch temptations include Red Velvet Belgian Waffles, Chicken Avocado Salad Wrap, and Deviled Eggs with a Truffle Chive Vinaigrette. Brick Chicken, Shaved Prime Steak Sandwich, and Seared Salmon Fillet are amongst the lunch options. For dinner, is Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff calling your name? Or perhaps it is the Mesquite Smoked Pork Chop with Bourbon Apple Glaze that is calling your name. Both sound like they would go perfectly with Nutella Bread Pudding or Turtle Cheesecake. 

 

The Capital Grille

South Coast Plaza

$20 3-Course Lunch Menu

$50 3-Course Dinner Menu

$80  Luxe Menu

The Capital Grille's Restaurant Week menus are quite diverse. Their $20 three-course lunch menu is a tremendous value with entrees such as New York Strip Steak and Citrus-Glazed King Salmon accompanied with soup or salad and the indulgent dessert options of Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake or Classic Creme Brulee. For a truly indulgent and luxurious evening, opt for their Luxe Menu which includes two wine pairings and a glass of tawny port. This menu begins with a choice of salads or Lobster Bisque followed by entree options such as Kona Crusted Filet Mignon and Porcini Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye and include two accompaniments-choose from Mashed Potatoes, Au Gratin Potatoes, Soy-Glazed Brussel Sprouts, or Grilled Asparagus. Enjoy your port with either Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake or Cheesecake with Seasonal Berries.

 

Paul Martin's American Grill

Irvine Spectrum Center

$20 3-Course Lunch Menu

$40 3-Course Dinner Menu

Paul Martin's does American classics well. Highlights of their OC Restaurant Week menu include Braised Short Ribs with mashed potatoes, Columbia River Steelhead Salmon, and their signature Bistro Cheeseburger which features grass-fed Angus beef, Tillamook cheese, house-made pickles, and a  black pepper aioli.  All featured entrees come with your choice of soup or salad and homemade ice cream. 

OC Restaurant Week 2017 Kicks off at the Irvine Marriott

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Sunday, Mar 05, 2017

Foodies and culinary enthusiasts gathered at the Irvine Marriott on Saturday, March 4th to kick off OC Restaurant WeekRestaurants, eateries, and cafes that are participating in OCRW gave guests a sneak peek look and taste at what their OCRW pre-fixe menus have to offer this year. This is OC Restaurant Week's 9th year bringing together the top 100 OC restaurants for you to discover and indulge in. 

OCRW starts today March 5th and ends on Saturday, March 11th, check out the complete list of restaurants here. You can also view restaurants by various price points for lunch or dinner service as well as by city. For the list of Irvine restaurants, click here

If you haven't done OC Restaurant Week before, you can see our previous coverage here. If you've gotten to experience OCRW, there's always a diverse and exciting selection of restaurants to choose from this year - take this opportunity to try a new restaurant or different type of food. Restaurant menus will showcase and reflect each chef's unique culinary style. Enjoy lunch priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person pre-fixe menus, or dinner priced at $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person pre-fixe menus (some restaurants require reservations for the dinner service). 

Have fun experiencing OC Restaurant Week whether you're with family, friends, or on a special date! 

Free Yogurtland on February 6 for the 1st International Frozen Yogurt Day!

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Feb 03, 2017

Irvine's very own Yogurtland is kicking off the first ever International Frozen Yogurt Day on Monday, February 6th, with free frozen yogurt at participating Yogurtland locations around the world between 4-7pm (local time). 

Join in on this global celebration with the self-serve frozen yogurt pioneer by enjoying a free frozen yogurt and toppings in a limited-time only cup as well as receiving a limited edition Hersey's® collectible spoon. Yogurtland will also feature a new Peanut Butter Cup frozen yogurt flavor made with Reese's® and Hershey's® ingredients, and the popular Chocolate Milkshake made with Hershey's® flavor and real, creamy California Milk. These two delicious flavors will continue to be served at Yogurtland locations throughout the month of February.

 

International Frozen Yogurt Day is sponsored by Yogurtland and The Hershey Company, locations throughout the United States, Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela will be participating in this momentous and delectable occasion.

Find out more on the festivities here and on facebook. Hashtag your photos #YogurtlandIFYD to be featured on our social channels and the Yogurtland website!  

 

2017-2018 Visitors Guide
Visitors Guide
Whether here for a business trip or a family vacation, let our free Visitors Guide be your constant companion.  More
E-Newsletter image
E-Newsletter
Destination Irvine's quarterly newsletter is a great way to stay informed about Irvine, the center of Orange County.  Sign up
36 Executive Park, Suite 100 · Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-660-9112
Powered by Translate