11/05/2012 10:46 am
Who wants to cook after spending the evening in line to vote? Z’Tejas and the Anaheim White House are offering dining specials so families don’t have to worry about cooking on election night.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is offering an incredible special of buy one entree, get one free on election night! They are also offering 20% off take-out orders. Z’Tejas will be open on November 6th from 4pm to close.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA
The Anaheim White House will be offering Democratic and Republican dinners for $60 per person. The dinner will include four courses and a free bottle of champagne with proof of voting.
The Democratic dinner starts with a marinated beet salad with fennel, cherry tomatoes and gourmet mustard dressing followed by black linguine with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and basil. A choice of entrées include pan-seared peppered hangar steak or whitefish florentine topped with bacon, onions and spinach. A dessert of crème filled chocolate éclairs tops off the meal.
The Republican menu begins with a salad garnished with fresh fruit relish, followed by cheese ravioli in a green peppercorn and brandy sauce. Entrees include pan-roasted white sea bass or Sonoma duck breast served with couscous. A Pavlova tart, a meringue tart filled with Chantilly cream, ricotta sweet cheese and seasonal berries, finishes off the meal.
The Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Blvd.
10/30/2012 9:56 am
10/24/2012 8:00 am
Have your kids seen the new Indiana Jones exhibit at the Discovery Science Center yet? If not, now is a great time. On October 27th and 28th, all kids ages 3-14 that come to the Discovery Science Center dressed up in adventure costumes will get into the museum for free!!
Plus!! There will be special activities at the museum including an Annual Spooky Science exhibit where kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt, Thor’s Snake Show and more.
*Limit one free admission per paid adult general admission only. General admission does not include Indiana JonesTM and the Adventure of Archaeology exhibit (extra $10 ticket required).
10/22/2012 10:19 am
Harvest Season is upon us, beckoning with unparalleled bounty. Celebrate the return of autumn and the best ingredients the season has to offer with a special Harvest Dinner at Sapphire Laguna. On Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Chef Azmin Ghahreman invites guests to enjoy a festive dinner that captures the abundance of delicious and colorful new foods harvest brings forth.
The Sapphire Family is prepping the kitchen with farm fresh fruits and vegetables like pumpkin, pears and apples, and a variety of peak seasonal proteins including grass-fed beef, sablefish, sardines, lamb and Jidori chicken. Guests will feast with a plentiful harvest meal that will be shared family-style. This special culinary event is priced at $42 per person. Children may enjoy at half price.
The Harvest Dinner Menu offers an array of appetizers, entrees and dessert selections featuring the essence of the fall season’s traditional and much-anticipated favorites.
· Roasted Baby Beets, House-Made Sheep Yogurt, Walnuts, Lemon Zest, Parsley Oil
· Braised Cockscomb Ragu, Caramelized Pearl Onions, Potato Gnocchi, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
· Home Grown Ranch Carpaccio, Rocket, Radish, Grated Egg, California Remoulade
· Sardine “Beccafico,” Bread Crumbs, Pine Nuts, Fresh Bay Leaves, Grilled Orange
· Local Charcuterie Plate, Rillettes, Pate, Jamon, Confit Tuna, Giardiniera of Fall Vegetables, Beer-Mustard, Grilled Levain
· Maple BBQ Swordfish Loin, Spinach, Apple-Rutabaga Mash, Thyme-Onion Jus
· Miso Glazed Black Cod, Roasted Eggplant, Japanese Greens, Sake Butter
· Indian Buttered Jidori Chicken, Aloo Gobi, Steamed Basmati Rice, Mango-Cilantro Chutney
· Whole Aromatic Braised Lamb, Wiser Farms Potatoes, Figs, Dates, Mirepoix of Root Vegetables
· Pork Chili Verde & Sweet Corn Casserole, Frijoles, Corn, Queso Fresco, Fried Onions
· Green Apple Tarte Tatin, Vanilla Bean Gelato, caramel Sauce
· Thai Sticky Rice, Coconut Fruit Soup, Shaved Coconut
· Pumpkin Cake, My Mom’s Carrot Marmalade, Hazelnut Cream
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949-715-9888 or visiting www.sapphirelaguna.com.
10/17/2012 7:29 am
Nothing hits the spot better than an ultimate barbecue dinner. Famous Dave’s BBQ Shack in Orange has become our #1 destination for a delicious barbecue dinner in a relaxed environment. When making their ribs, Famous Dave’s uses a hand-rubbed blend of Dave’s secret spices, and then pit-smokes their ribs for 3-4 hours over a sweet hickory fire. They finish off their award winning St. Louis-Style ribs with a caramelized sauce making them both crisp and juicy.
When the family first arrived at the restaurant, the children immediately felt at home with the festive atmosphere. The restaurant was very family-friendly with a nice staff. We did not have to be concerned about the kids making too much noise or ruining anyone’s dinner if one of the kiddos started to act up.
Before the food arrived a waiter explained all the different sauces and gave the children chips to use for sample the various sauces. They were able to pick-out the perfect sauce to add to their barbecue just before dinner arrived at the table.
I ordered the Ultimate BBQ Burger. This mouthwatering burger was one of the best burgers I have ever had in Orange County. It was a juicy ground beef patty beneath a pile of Georgia chopped pork, with two strips of jalapeño bacon topped with melted cheddar cheese and their signature Beam and Cola BBQ sauce. I was craving the flavor of this burger for weeks after dining at Famous Dave’s.
The rest of the family enjoyed eating their famous ribs. The kids gobbled up an entire slab of ribs within just seconds, not leaving a single crumb behind.
What makes Famous Dave’s unique?
*Guests will get the choicest, leanest part of the spareribs.
*Only Hickory wood is used in their barbecue pits giving a legendary, real pit flavor. They smoke their ribs, beef brisket and pork for as much as 12 hours making them mouth-watering, juicy and tender.
*They season their meats with their own freshly-ground blend of rib, chicken or beef rubs (made with only the finest exotic spices from around the world) that produce an intense, full-flavored meat.
*All Famous Dave’s BBQ sauces are highly guarded secret recipes, using an array of fresh ingredients, such as sweet molasses, honey and fruit juices. These sauces have been judged ‘The Best BBQ Sauce” at the American Royal Contest in Kansas City.
“May you always be surrounded by good friends and great barbecue.” Famous Dave
Famous Dave’s is located at 2214 North Tustin Street, Suite B, Orange, CA 92865.
10/16/2012 1:18 pm
Flemings is supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the month of October with their latest Cocktail for a Cause. 100% of the sales from the “Sweet Charity” cocktail will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The cocktail will be featured on the “5 for $6 ’til 7″ bar menu, and after 7pm will be available for $9.95.
The elegant cocktail combines Lillet Rose infused win, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and soda water, served over ice in a wine glass with a raspberry garnish.
“Each year, Flemings is proud to donate to a cause we feel passionately about, and this year is no exception. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is near and dear to many of our guests. Last year’s Cocktail for a Cause benefited breast cancer research and raised over $60,000. This year we hope to top that.” says Pesquera, Fleming’s director of wine.
Fleming’s has three locations in Los Angeles. Reservations at Fleming’s in L.A. LIVE, 800 West Olympic Blvd., can be made by calling 213-745-9911. Reservations for the El Segundo location, 2301 Rosecrans Ave., can be made by calling 310-643-6911. Reservations at Fleming’s in Woodland Hills, 6373 Topanga Canyon Blvd., can be made by calling 818-346-1005. To find the nearest Fleming’s location or to make reservations, please visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
10/15/2012 4:54 pm
How would you like to win free yogurt for three months, six months or even a year? Yogurtland (our favorite frozen yogurt spot) is sponsoring a “My Masterpiece Contest.” Yogurt lovers will have a chance to transform their favorite cup of yogurt into a work of art for a chance to win free yogurt for a year!
Guests are invited to photograph and name their favorite, most imaginative yogurt creation and submit it through the Yogurtland Facebook page before October 28th. At the end of the submission time frame, each entrant will receive a link to their Masterpiece submission and can invite their friends to vote for their favorite creations.
Voting for the top masterpiece creations will take place from October 29th through November 2nd. The top 100 entries will be judged by a panel of Yogurtland judges based on taste, name and recipe of the Masterpiece.
Ready for the best part?? All entrants will receive a coupon to receive their first 3-ounces of yogurt for free!!
“Our fans are inspired by our variety of flavors and toppings and see our cups as blank canvases to create their ideal treat. Our My Masterpiece contest is a chance for our guests to be rewarded for their creativity and great taste. We can’t wait to see the entries,” said Charlotte Lucich, director of marketing at Yogurtland.
10/09/2012 7:03 am
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their life. Personally I have lost too many people in my life to breast cancer, and I am passionate about encouraging women to have yearly examinations. Early detection is key to surviving and beating this deadly disease. Mimi’s Cafe is raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation during the entire month of October with their Power of Pink Campaign.
“The breast cancer statistics out there are startling and scary, but the good news is there is hope. When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98.6%. That is why it is important to do our part and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation and their mission to inform women about breast cancer and early detection,” explains Mark Mears, President and Chief Concept Officer of Mimi’s Cafe. “Together, Mimi’s Cafe, our guests and our teammates, have the power to help women NOW within our local communities!”
Mimi’s Cafe in Irvine hosted a special pink ribbon tying ceremony and honorary toast with special guest Janelle Hail, Founder and CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. During this ceremony, Mimi’s launched their month long campaign to help raise funds for this special foundation.
How you can help:
*During the month of October, a portion of the proceeds sold from each Sparkling Pink Passion Mimosa and Pink Passion Sparkler drink will be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.
*Guest can donate $1 and receive a leaf to hang on the “Giving Tree” display. With a $5 donation, guests can receive a limited-edition pink ribbon lapel pin. (100% of the proceeds to directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation) Mimi’s will provide up to $30 in coupon savings for every in-restaurant donation.
*Guests can help support the Power of Pink online with eGift card donations, and donations on the digital “Giving Tree.”
*By using the Mimi’s Pink It Up web app, guests can customized an uploaded photo with pink accessories to show support for breast cancer awareness.
We are happy to be able to offer (2) $25 eGift cards to two OC Family readers.
Enter to win by leaving a comment below of how breast cancer has affected your life, or what you are doing to help raise awareness this month.
10/04/2012 4:55 pm
Come enjoy a live streaming of the broadcast, “The Rumble In The Air Conditioned Auditorium,” at Antonello Ristorante. The debate will feature Comedy Central’s Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Fox News political commentator Bill O’Reilly. A massive screen will feature all the political action while guest enjoy a delicious 4-course prix-fixe dinner.
The excitement will be taking place on Saturday, October 6th starting at 5pm at Antonello Ristorante. The cost is $28 per person (plus tax). Reservations are available by calling 714-751-7152.
The special menu will include:
Mixed Greens + Italian Herb Dressing + Parmigiano Reggiano
Slanted Tubes of Pasta + Red Peperoncino + San Marzano Tomatoes
Involtino Di Pollo
Stuffed Chicken Breast + Asparagus + Prosciutto Cotto + Fontina Cheese White Wine
Sogliola Alla Calabrese
Filet of Sole + Fresh Tomatoes + Sweet Basil + Liguiran Extra Virgin Olive Oil Vegetarian option available on request
Homemade Chocolate Gelato + Dark Chocolate + Raspberries
“Some people say politics and business don’t mix,” said Antonello owner Antonio Cagnolo, “but when you mix comedy and politics, everyone can come together for a great time.”
10/03/2012 9:59 am
My family just saw a prescreening of the upcoming Tim Burton film “Frankenweenie”. Before going to see the movie, we got the kids into the “Frankenweenie” spirit by testing the new Frank & Weenie hotdogs at Disney California Adventure Park.
We first tasted the bacon wrapped hot dog topped with barbecue sauce and grilled onions. It was spookily delicious with the bacon perfectly crisped. The grilled onions looked just like stitching on top of the juicy hot dog. The Frank & Weenie is available at Award Wieners for $7.19 (plus tax) until November 5th.
Next we ordered the Franken-Fusion lemonade. This berry flavored lemonade was the perfect drink to cool down after enjoying a warm day in the park. It is available at Award Wieners for $4.49 (plus tax) until November 5th.
After enjoying the new Frankenweenie inspired lunch at Award Wieners in Disney California Adventure Park, we learned more about the movie at the special Frankenweenie exhibit located in the Animation building. There my children were able to learn about the making of the movie, see models from the movie and watch a short preview.
The movie Frankenweenie is opening in theaters on October 5, 2012, just in time for Halloween.