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OC Restaurant Week Launch Party

A couple of weeks ago I posted about how OC Restaurant Week was approaching and last night the Englishman and I fancied ourselves up and headed to the OC Restaurant Week launch party to kick off all the restaurant week fun.

OCRestaurantWeek_LaunchpartyThe OC Restaurant Week launch party had small bites from a variety of restaurants participating in restaurant week, delicious libations, and lots of sweet treats.  We didn’t get to try everything there, but we did manage to try a lot of different places.

Armed with a glass of prosecco and a bottle of Stella, we started off with a Shepherd’s Pie from Quinn’s Old Town Grill.

OCrestaurantweeklaunchparty_shepherdspieThe Englishman has very high standards for Shepherd’s Pie, and while he thought this was good, he wished it had a bit more seasoning.  I loved the potato crust on top.

Slater’s 50/50 was up next, and we sampled their Bacon burger on a brioche bun.  Apologies for the blurry photo below.


The flavor was delicious on this burger and it was very hearty and filling.  Slater’s was definitely one of the more popular spots of the night as well.  We also enjoyed some Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese from American Tavern Eatery and Drink on the side as well.

We couldn’t resist the fresh empanadas smell that was wafting in the air, so we headed to Villa Roma to try the Beef Empanada.

Ocrestaurantweeklaunchparty_villaromaThis was by far the best dish at the OC Restaurant Week launch party hands down.

I was in the mood for a palate cleanser, so I grabbed an arugula salad with truffle oil from Scott’s Seafood (I think?).

OCrestaurantweeklaunchparty_arugulasaladWhile I was enjoying my salad, the Englishman darted for the clam chowder from Bluewater Grill which he declared was the second best thing of the night.

OCrestaurantweek_clamchowderBefore tackling the desserts, we cruised by Sadie Rose to try some bread samples and say hello to my lovely aunt and uncle.

OCrestaurantweek_sadieroseHeads up, you can get Sadie Rose at a variety of supermarkets in OC and their bread is delicious!  The Englishman and I have a few of their baguettes in our house and love them.

Then it was time for dessert – there were almost too many options to choose from!  I headed over to Blackmarket Bakery since I’m a huge fan of all their baked goods.

ocrestaurantweek_blackmarketbakeryWhile everything looked tempting, I kept it simple with a chocolate chip cookie.  Simple, yet delicious.

Had to stop by Frostings Cupcakes to get the OC Restaurant Week cupcake – a Boston Cream Pie cupcake dusted with gold.

OCrestaurantweek_cupcakesThe cupcake was good, although a bit rich for both of us. And with that we waved the white flag and headed home with full and happy bellies.

Don’t forget that OC Restaurant Week runs from February 24th through March 2nd!  Make sure you visit to check out participating restaurants and their menus.

OC Restaurant Week

It’s almost the most delicious time of the year – OC Restaurant Week.  Yes, OC Restaurant Week will make its triumphant return from February 24th-March 2nd.  This year is the 5th Anniversary of OC Restaurant Week so it’s extra special (be sure to check out the anniversary cupcake from Frostings!).


One of the main reasons I love OC Restaurant Week so much is because the restaurants that participate generally offer a three course menu at a very affordable price.  Lunches generally run from $10-$30, and dinners run from $20-$40.  This is a steal, especially if you have your eye on trying a higher end restaurant.  The three course menus offered generally include an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert (and sometimes a beverage as well).

Restaurants from across the county participate in OC Restaurant week, so you are almost guaranteed to find one near you.


Pictured above are the Fish N’ Chips from Bluewater Grill. Order them during OC Restaurant Week!

Here are a few other places I highly recommend checking out:

True Food Kitchen


Paul Martin’s American Grill

CUCINA Enoteca

Cucina Alessa

Pizzeria Ortica

There are also a bunch of restaurants on the list that I haven’t been to before and definitely want to check out.  These include:


Crow Burger Kitchen

Charlie Palmer

Bruno’s Trattoria

The Rooftop at K’ya

For the full list of restaurants participating in OC Restaurant Week, be sure to visit

What places are you planning on checking out?




The Upcoming Weekend in Food

March is finally here which means daylight savings, spring and warm (well warmer than usual) weather is just around the corner.  And what better way to celebrate the impending return of spring than with some delicious food and drink?  Check out some of these fun food related events happening this weekend.

OC Restaurant Week – now until Saturday, March 3

Have you checked out OC Restaurant Week yet?  You have until Saturday, March 3rd to check out some of the best food OC has to offer.  This only comes around once a year and the deals are too good to pass up so be sure to participate now!  I have a few restaurants I’ll definitely be paying a visit to.

FOODSCAPE:  Food + Art – Saturday, March 3

Head down to Long Beach to check out this unique exhibition where over 15 artists will be showcasing food-themed art in a variety of mediums from photography to painting and ceramics.  Food trucks will be on hand to provide delicious food.  To learn more visit

Beer Fest at Whole Foods Huntington Beach – Sunday, March 4

Whole Foods HB is holding their first annual beer fest.  For only $10, enjoy tastes from 18(!) beers from 1-4pm.  For another cool $5, you can have some pork sliders while you sip your beer.

Farmer’s Markets – Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4

Get out in the sunshine and check out a local farmer’s market this weekend for some fresh produce and tasty nibbles.  For a complete list of Orange County certified farmer’s markets, click here.

Flavors of Laguna Food Tasting Tour – Saturday, March 3

Go on a 3.5-4 hour walking tour through picturesque Laguna Beach and taste food from some of Laguna’s finest restaurants for $55 a person (an additional $5 gets you beer/wine pairings as well).  To learn more visit

So many options, so little time!  Good thing those days are starting to get a bit longer…

OC Restaurant Week Spotlight: Slater’s 50/50

In case you haven’t heard, OC Restaurant Week starts this Sunday.  And I can’t think of a better way to prepare than with another OC Restaurant Week Spotlight.  Today, the spotlight is shining brightly on Slater’s 50/50.  (past spotlights include Avanti Cafe, Cucina Enoteca, Lucca Cafe, Pizzeria Ortica and Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille).

Slater’s 50/50 is a restaurant I have not yet been to, but am eager to try.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about their burgers, and with the great deals that are being offered at Slater’s during OC Restaurant Week, it’s the perfect time to try them out.

For a sweet $15 at lunch, you get a non-alcoholic beverage, appetizer, and a designed burger (choose from 10 options) or fried chicken pancakes or a salad.

The dinner menu is quite similar to the lunch menu, only this time $20 gets you either a beer or glass of wine, an appetizer, a designed burger, sandwich or salad, AND a dessert.  Slater’s is one of the few restaurants that includes an alcoholic beverage with your meal, and at $20, it’s quite the steal.

I think I know where to go for my burger fix next week.

*OC Restaurant Week runs from February 26th-March 3rd.  Check out all the participating restaurants at*