Conca D Oro Italian Restaurant in Orange, California

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  Conca D Oro Italian Restaurant is a family owned restaurant here in the OC since 1960. It’s a little hard to find, but worth the effort. The service is friendly and always accommodating. As soon as your sit down, garlic bread arrives promptly.  It is severed warm to your table and never runs out.  […]

Catching Up

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What day is it? It’s almost February?  Huh. Feels like I’ve been spit out of a black hole in the space-time continuum. Adjusting to West Coast time after pulling too many all nighters on the East Coast can wreak havoc on those circadian rhythms. Today we are catching up, so I can get a grasp […]

For Better Airplane Food – A Plane Picnic

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Airplane Food. Oh my. This weekend I’ll be flying across the county to a very cold destination.  I don’t mind the 20 degree weather as much as I mind the to and fro in-flight meals. Julia Child once said that she’d rather eat a peanut-butter-honey sandwich than suffer through airplane food. Even when it was […]

A Montage Resort in Laguna Birthday and Cheese Plate

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I just turned 42 years old, yep that’s me. My dad still cannot believe it.  He shakes his head in disbelief every time I mention it. Strangely, I still feel like I’m in my twenties. Perhaps a better way to say it would be, I just turned 28 with 14 years experience. Yes indeedy, staying […]

Tamarind of London Arrives to Crystal Cove

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  There is a new restaurant in town folks. Tamarind of London When it was determined that London’s premier Indian restaurant was going to open in Newport Beach in 2011, heads turned.  Including mine. The original Tamarind of London, from across the pond, has been recognized with several top honors, including Michelin stars from 2001 […]

Le Pain Quotidien – I Love You

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A Belgian bakery, café Le Pain Quotidien is a new favorite at Fashion Island.  It opened the last month to rave reviews.  It’s super easy to find. Park outside Forever 21, head to the escalator and the restaurant is at the top.   You can smell the bakery in the air when you round the corner.   […]

Memphis at the Santora in Downtown Santa Ana

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. Being a Native Orange County-ian, patient this is a restaurant I shamefully admit I’d never been to until last night.  Memphis is located in a very hip old section of downtown Santa Ana. The Artist District to be precise.  They have been serving up a tantalizing choice of “soul food” since 1995.  Where have I been?  […]

Nieuport 17 Restaurant for Brunch

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Nieuport 17 is in Lafayette Plaza at Newport Avenue and Irvine Boulevard in Tustin, cheap California.  We love love love this restaurant.  It is owned by former naval aviator Bill Bettis.   The restaurant has always been a lifelong dream of his.  It began after Bill’s college days at USC and his flying career.  His restaurant is set […]

BlogCrush at the StoneFire Grill in Irvine

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This months BlogCrush OC was at the StoneFire Grill in Irvine last night.  It was a friendly Bloggers meet-up, to sample some of the newly offered  menu items.  StoneFire’s claim to fame is a fresh approach to family dining.  To further this approach, they have introduced a Healthy Alternatives Menu.  This menu contains dishes with fewer than 500 calories.  Some of […]