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Counting Down to OC Restaurant Week

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Its coming!  Its the Orange County Restaurant Week!  There is a fantastic line-up for this restaurant week with over 100 participating restaurants throughout the county.  They will be featuring $10-20 lunch prix fixe menus and $20-40 dinner prix fixe menus. 

You can see a list of the restaurants here and if you click on their name you can see the menu that will be featured.  I’ve been really impressed with some of the menus.  Restaurant week lasts from September 13th-September 19th.

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What’s a foodie to do until then?  You can head to the South Coast Plaza Bloomingdales and watch the in-store demos from 12 fantastic chefs! 

See a complete list of demos here.  They started yesterday and will continue until restaurant week ends on September 19th.

Its a great excuse to go out to dinner… just report back and let me know where you went!

Pho Bo Vang Vietnamese Restaurant

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We were thinking of a place to go for dinner when B remember this Pho restaurant he had been to. This tiny little restaurant sits on the corner of a tiny strip mall off a side street in Lake Forest. When we first walked in I looked at all the empty tables and wondered if they were struggling to make it.

The menu is pretty extensive considering the size of the place. 75 dishes to be exact.

Have you ever had Pho before?  Pho is an noodle soup from Vietnam.  

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When you order the soup the server brings out this gorgeous plate.  On here you see bean sprouts, basil, lime and green peppers.  These are given to you to add to your soup yourself.  Everyone likes their soup a certain way.  Me?  Well I throw everything in of course.

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Orange International Street Fair

It’s that time of year again. “Every Labor Day weekend for the past three decades, the Orange International Street Fair… in downtown Orange has been the place where friends, families and neighbors get together to experience a wide variety of food, music and dance from cultures and ethnicities throughout the world” Long story short, it’s one gigantic orgy of food, food and more food. If you like it fried, barbecued or served by volunteers then this is the place for you. Get it hot and get it now!

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[This is not a picture of the Street Fair. Send us your photos from this year’s event and we’ll post ‘em]

The event begins on Friday, September 4th at 5 PM and continues in a non-stop flurry of international beer and fried cuisine through Sunday, September 6th at 10 PM. Need help finding the place? Click here for directions! See you at the (street) fair!

Santa Monica Seafood

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My infatuation with Santa Monica Seafood  started years ago. The restaurant I worked for used them as a supplier and my appreciation for incredible seafood developed.  We are fortunate enough to have one here in Costa Mesa!

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They have an amazing selection and we haven’t found a store with better quality. I’ll be honest, they aren’t cheap. But when it comes to seafood… I’ll splurge. It only takes one bad piece of fish to set you straight.

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Just look at that Alaskan Halibut! I do realize that me gushing over display case of raw fish is a bit neurotic. Oh, but you would understand if you were at my house for dinner tonight.  I’ll spare you all the details of every moment I spent bonding with my dinner.  Back to what Santa Monica Seafood has to offer…

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6th Annual Fire Knife Competition in Anaheim

Fire Knife of Samoa presents the 6th Annual Fire Knife Championships in Anaheim on Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th (4 PM to 10 PM). The event is located outdoors at the Pearson Park Amphitheater, 401 N. Lemon St., Anaheim, CA, 92805.

So, the wifey and I attended last year’s event and had ‘spec-freaking-tacular’ time! The contest is “hosted by the actual descendants of Freddie Letuli, the man who literally invented the concept of adding fire to the traditional knife dances the warriors performed before and after battles”. Last year was so fun we’re planning on attending again on the night of the final competition (that’s Sunday for those keeping track). I know the poster says 4PM but we showed up at 6 PM and it was perfect – the sun was setting, the heat dissipated and the night sky was literally on fire!

Anyone care to meet us there for some fun out of the sun? Maybe we can have have drinkies at Hotel Menage afterwards?

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You Say Tomato I Say What?

It will now cost you a whopping 99 cents if you go to a quick service location inside of the Disneyland Resort and request a tomato on your burger. That’s right, for the price of the McDonald’s Value menu you can add one (count it, one) slice of tomato to your mouse-based burger.

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Here’s a link to the original article over at OC Register’s Around Disney blog. They’ve got their own poll going on over there so I won’t bother posting one here. Personally I don’t like tomatoes but I am willing to wager this particular change is going to irritate quite a few Annual Pass holders who may feel like the parks are stripping more and more money from their wallets.

What do you think? Do you care that the only quick service location where you can get a tomato included with your burger is at Taste Pilots Grill?

Go Early and Beat The Crowds

The wifey and I stopped by the new Bob’s Big Boy (in Orange) for breakfast this morning at 8 AM and we were the only ones in the joint. If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is go early and beat the rush! As for the breakfast itself, it was… interesting. Not my cup of tea coffee really.

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Have you had breakfast at Bob’s? What did you think?

Get Your IC Light in Orange County

I’m sure many of you are wondering what the hell I’m talking about. On the other hand, I know there are a lot of Western Pennsylvania/tri-state area transplants that live in Orange County and know exactly what I’m referring to. I’m also sure there are many of you that don’t give a crap.

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IC Light served in a one pint stubby bottle at Players Sports Grill

Since it’s football season again that means it’s time for me to head back to my local Steelers sports bar*. There are a few in Orange County, but Player’s Sports Grill is the official OC home to the Black & Gold Brigade and the one I frequent. During football season they carry Iron City and IC Light beers in bottles only.

Iron City (yuk!) and IC Light (yum!) are readily available in every single bar in Pittsburgh, so no big deal. However, it is a big deal in Orange County, well, at least for some of us, OK … me. For the record it’s not the best light beer, but it’s better than Coor’s Light. I think so anyway.

IC Light isn’t even my favorite regional beer, that would be Straub, but I’ve yet to find it in Orange County. So, if anyone has come across it, comment away.

I’m sharing this since it is quintessentially Pittsburgh and I still miss my city, especially after reading this. I’m guessing there are some of you out there who’d like a taste of home that’s not limited to Heinz ketchup. Don’t we all want and get excited for things that are not readily available, especially if it makes you feel nostalgic?

So OC Metbloggers, share your hometown imports – and where we can find them – with the rest of us, maybe we’ll get turned on to your local/regional favorites. SoCal favorites are accepted as well. Nor does it have to be beer … where to find homemade pierogi would also be of interest to yours truly.

* Click on this list to see all of the Steelers fan-friendly bars, not only in Orange County, but all over the country.

Sprouts Now Open!

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Well, OK. It’s been open for a few weeks now, but it’s still new. Sprouts Farmer’s Market is pretty much a cross between Mother’s Market and Trader Joe’s. The prices are very reasonable. I’ve shopped there twice, getting a decent amount of food and have gotten out under $40 both times.

Mmmmmm....fresh fish.

Mmmmmm....fresh fish.

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OC Beer Festival

Fans of beer and/or drinking, mark your calendars now for Drink:Eat:Play‘s first ever Orange County Beer Festival and hopefully not the last. It will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Irvine Lake. Please note, this is a 21+ only event.

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With so many great Orange Country breweries, the OC shouldn’t be limited to wine tasting and pairings, which are good too. However, it’s about time for OC to have it’s own beer festival. The event will highlight Orange County’s top breweries, in addition to over 60 domestic and international brands. Click for full OC Beer Fest List. Since it really wouldn’t be a festival without food and music they’ve got that covered as well. The festival will feature barbeque, In-n-Out, and some great ’80s glam rock from Metal Shop.

To purchase tickets and for more information, click on the flyer. Tickets are $40 per person and will NOT be available at the door.

Recently a shoe outlet opening, now a festival dedicated to beer and it’s football season again. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. Go Steelers!!! ;)

For those of you who can’t get enough beer or just one beer festival just won’t do – and really, who wants to limit themselves to one? – there will be another: LA Beer Festival on Saturday, September 19th.

P.S. I will be posting a follow-up blog about my time at the OC Beer Festival.

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