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Much Ado About Fooding - Newsletter

Scottish Salmon from Great Maple
Dine Newport Runs 1/19-2/1: Our Preview of Great Maple

The restaurant weeks are ramping up again since the new year has started, and Newport Beach has decided to run their specials for two whole weeks! There are some great deals to be found out there - one of which is the menu for Great Maple which we previewed by invite. Consider that their $30/person dinner menu for Newport Beach Restaurant Week allows you to pick their typically $25 Scottish Salmon (pictured above) as an entree in addition to two other courses!

>> Read more about Great Maple and NBRW
Scallop Crudo from SOCIAL Costa Mesa

SOCIAL Costa Mesa: A Must

From a star-studded team: When you combine the successes of an Orange County restaurateur with the talents of a popular chef and expert mixologist, you end up with the success that is SOCIAL Costa Mesa. The food and drink is phenomenal aside from the already welcoming atmosphere. Protip: take a look at their daily specials for the most creative of chef's talents.

>> Read more here
 

Sauces from Lillie's Q in Brea
Real Southern Barbecue at Lillie's Q

Brea, CA: Right in downtown Brea, you'll find yourself face-to-face with authentic southern barbecue unmatched in Orange County. Brought to our community by the vision of TAPS Owner Joe Manzella, Lillie's Q hosts the South Carolina native Executive Chef Charlie McKenna and his award-winning barbecue. We sampled his stuff at a media tasting and...wow.

>> Read more here
 

Steamers at Eureka (Irvine)
Eureka's Irvine Location - First to Serve Newer Menu Items

Irvine, CA: The newest outpost of Los Angeles-based Eureka is in Irvine right at the University Town Center by UCI. There are some slight differences here than to Huntington Beach's spot including the first showing of its newer menu items. We visited to check it out.

>> Our visit's recap here
Recipe - Roasted Heirloom Rainbow Carrots

Recipe: Roasted Heirloom Carrots

Rainbow fun: Rarely do people realize that vegetables come in more colors and shapes than the ones brandished in grocery stores. Heirloom carrots can appear in a variety of hues including deep purple or bright white. For an impressive side dish, roast them all together with a bit of balsamic and herbs like in my recipe here!

>> Get the recipe
 

Recipe - Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites
Recipe: Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

Dangerous dessert: An obsession with cookie butter seems pretty common these days but what about combining that desire with some good ol' cheesecake? It's a bomb waiting to explode...a delicious one. Out of curiosity, I put together a cookie butter cheesecake bite with a cookie crumb and magic happened. You'll have to try it yourself.

>> Get the recipe
 

Recipe - Red Thai Curry Soup
Recipe: Red Thai Curry Soup

Comfort food: Have the nights been cold for you? One way to beat the chill on the outside is to warm up your body from the inside. Soup is the cure! Whereas curry can be a bit thick and maybe too savory, this red Thai curry soup is just enough to give you the taste but without the heavy feeling.

>> Get the recipe

News

- Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach will explore premium spirits monthly with their first tonight: Union Mezcal and Feria De Jalisco Tequila alongside a $59 five-course menu. February will focus on organic wines from The Organic Cellar.

- Tam O’Shanter in downtown LA hosts their annual celebration of poet Robert Burns's birthday tonight and tomorrow (5:30PM & 8:15PM) with over 40 single malt scotches, Haggis, and bagpipers.

- The Habit is bringing back its Sesame Chicken and Almond Salad ($7.25) January 21 - March 17!

- Elbows Mac n' Cheese (Brea & Cerritos) has Superbowl covered! Order catering trays to be taken home and baked minutes before the game. Options include populars like Wingin' It and Do You Want to Pizza Me.

- Indulge in the Vegetable Discovery Tasting Menu at Stonehill Tavern January 22 - March 31 with live music, interactive stations, specialty cocktails, and biodynamic wines. Six-course menu is $125 pp.

- OC Fair is starting their 125th anniversary party early with sweet Pop-Up Parties. Join them January 25 from 11AM-1PM at Blackmarket Bakery. The first 125 guests receive a free treat.

- Dory Deli opens January 26 by the Newport Beach Pier featuring sandwiches, salads, craft beers and fresh-brewed Kéan Coffee espresso drinks. Executive Chef Chris Rubinstein also shows off a hearty selection of vegan options like the oyster mushroom po’boy.

- On January 26, purchase a Sofritas entrée from Chipotle and redeem the receipt for a free entrée of choice between January 27 and February 28.

- Ruby’s celebrates its 32nd anniversary, offering the classic RubyBurger at its original price of $2.35 January 28th.

- On January 31, join Chefs Robert 'Bean' Castaneda and Jean Paul Peluffo for a 12-course tapas dinner in Downtown Los Angeles. Reserve by emailing lbkthepopup@gmail.com.

- Slapfish celebrates its third OC opening (Newport Beach) on February 2nd by hosting a contest. Submit your recipes by January 31st for a chance to be featured for two months and eat the dish named in your honor for free every visit!

- Food Finders is hosting a Gift Card Drive through the end of January. For more information, contact Patti Larson at (562) 283-1400, ext. 104.

- Del Frisco’s Grille at Irvine Spectrum debuted its weekday Happy Hour on January 19. Enjoy $5+ appetizers, $6 draft beer, $7 wines, and $8 martinis M-F from 3-6pm at the bar.

- The Colony Wine Merchant celebrated their grand opening January 8th as the first wine bar/independent retailer within Downtown Anaheim's historical community, "The Colony". They offer boutique wines, craft beers and cheeses.
Did you know that sunchokes can also be called pig potatoes?
Giveaway - After Dark: Pop-Up Valentine's Date Night Experience

Giveaway: A Sultry Pop-Up Date Night for Valentine's

One pair of tickets ($300 value): Looking for more than just the same old date night? The Hush Experience has you covered and wants to make Valentine's Day celebrations more than ordinary. On Friday, February 13th, there will be a mysterious but romantic pop-up dinner in Orange County geared towards giving couples some excitement alongside good food. I'm giving away a pair of tickets to this three-course cocktail-paired dinner with live entertainment. Enter at the link below. Can't wait? You can also get 50% off tickets with coupon code "MuchAdoAboutFoodingVIP"! Since the giveaway is for a *pair* of tickets, make sure your guest also enters as well!

>> Enter here today
Farmers' Market - SF Ferry Building

Farmers' Market: Ferry Plaza

San Francisco, CA: I cannot help but fall in love with the farmers' market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Hosted several times a week, this is my favorite one by far and should be yours as well. Take a look as to why you can't leave it.

>> Read more here
 

Eatery - Mashiko
Mashiko - Sushi with a Conscience

Seattle, WA: The concern with ingredient sourcing has been growing these days but one place in Seattle has been doing it since before it was "trendy." We ate at Mashiko in Seattle which serves up only sustainable fish and products.

>> Check out our visit
Event - George Dickel Whisky Bitters Tasting

Learning Bitters by King Cocktail Dale DeGroff

Hosted by George Dickel Rye Whisky: Rare is the chance to learn about cocktails from King Cocktail himself but that happened one night for a group of enthusiastic whisky lovers. We learned all about bitters that night and tasted what a difference they make on whisky too!

>> Event recap here
 

Store - Stash Tea
Finding A Tea Lover's Gem: Stash Tea

Portland, OR: Tell me where you can find good tea and I'll be there. We stumbled upon Stash Tea Company one day and ended up with handfuls of delicious tea and beautiful mugs.

>> Read more here
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