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Top Hotels Offering Thanksgiving Feasts

11.19.18

Let some of the best hotels in OC prepare a Thanksgiving feast for you and your family. The following hotels go all out to make your Thanksgiving special.

Thanksgiving at Montage Laguna Beach at The Loft
Thursday, November 22, from 12 to 9 p.m.
The culinary team is creating a celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu with a choice of Appetizers like Maine Lobster Bisque. Second Course options include Pumpkin Agnolotti and Pan-Seared Diver Scallop, and entrees are Mary's Farm Turkey with traditional accompaniments, Slow-Roasted Beef Short Rib with polenta and glazed carrots or Pan-Seared Baja California Striped Bass. Tempting desserts will be prepared by Pastry Chef Lee Smith, offering Classic Pumpkin Pie or Fall Pears and Madagascar Dark Chocolate. A special holiday children's menu will be available. $130 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to12 years), plus tax and gratuity; the customary á la carte menu will not be available.

Thanksgiving Day Brunch at Montage Laguna Beach at Studio
Thursday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the signature restaurant, Studio, brunch will be served on the Lawn and feature seasonal holiday chef-attended buffet stations: fruit and juice with Frog Hollow Farm pear and Honeycrisp apple made-to-order juice; salads like Studio Garden Herb Green Goddess; crudités including roasted and raw fall vegetables; globally sourced artisan cheeses and cured meats; gravlax; Roasted Turkey Carving Station with turkey sausage stuffing, dried fruit and nut stuffing, spiced cranberry sauce and more. Irresistible Desserts. For Thanksgiving toasting, a bottle of champagne is included for every two adult guests.
$170 for adults, $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), $80 for young adults (ages 13 to 20), plus tax and gratuity. Studio will serve their customary a la carte menu for dinner from 6 to 9 p.m.

Montage Laguna Beach's Grand Ballroom Masterpiece Thanksgiving Celebration
Thursday, November 22, from 1 to 6 p.m.
This Masterpiece Celebration features a multi-station holiday buffet including On Ice Seafood like Citrus Poached Prawns; cheese and charcuterie; soup and salad including Wild Rice and Kale Chicken Soup and Santa Barbara Smoked Salmon Rillettes; sushi of all sorts; tempting seasonal traditionally-inspired Chef's Carving Station offering White Oak Smoked Turkey Breast and Slow-Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Prime Rib; On The Buffet selections of Grilled Pacific Salmon, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with parsnip-celery root purée and more. There's a Children's Buffet and a very elaborate Dessert Lounge showcasing Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith's creations, along with a coffee and espresso cart. There will be live music, a complimentary champagne toast and complimentary family photographs.
$180 for adults; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years; children under four are complimentary), inclusive of tax and gratuity.
Montage Laguna Beach is at 30801 Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. 949.715.6420

Thanksgiving Dining from Fashion Island Hotel
Oak Grill Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 22, from 4 to 9 p.m.
New Executive Chef Brittany Valles will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving at Oak Grill this year. She and her team will be preparing a mouthwatering four-course dinner including a First Course choice of Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Figs with Prosciutto or Wild Rice and Root Vegetable Arancini. Course Two selections are Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Baby Kale Salad. For the Main Course guests choose among Roasted Turkey, Beef Filet, Maine Lobster or Carolina Gold Rice and Wild Mushroom Risotto, all with accompaniments. Desserts created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz are either Pumpkin Pie with burnt cinnamon ice cream, Apple Pie with fresh bay leaf ice cream or Cranberry Sorbet with maple whip. Guests will want to gather 'round the table with friends and family, enjoy this very special holiday feast and be thankful there are no dishes to wash.
$90 per adult, $35 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities. Free for children four and under. Reservations can be made online or by calling 949.760.4920.
Oak Grill is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. 949.760-4920
          
Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch at Fashion Island Hotel
Thursday, November 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Brunch served in the beautiful Fashion Island Hotel Ballroom offers an irresistible cornucopia of traditional holiday dishes prepared and served in elegant style to be enjoyed with favorite celebratory beverages. From the Farmer's Market are Little Gem Cobb Salad, Roasted Root Vegetable Winter Salad, Brussels Sprout Slaw, California Cheese and Charcuterie, and Fresh Fruit and Berries. From the Ranch, selections include Free Range Turkey with all the fixings, Whole Roasted Crispy Pork Belly, Wood Plank Roasted Salmon and more. There will be Scrambled Eggs, Seafood Stew, Chicken Pot Pie, Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Legs. An assortment of individual pies will offer pumpkin, cherry, apple cinnamon, Boston cream and pecan, and dessert shooters are a special final touch - orange cheesecake, chocolate crémeux, and others. Also, mini pumpkin donuts will be made on the spot. Plus, everyone will enjoy live music, and children's craft activities are featured for a day that's made for the whole family.
$80 per adult, $20 per child ages five to 12, including tax and gratuities. Free for children four and under. Reservations are available by calling 949.760.4913.
Fashion Island Hotel is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. 949.760.4913.


Thanksgiving Celebratory Dining at Hotel Irvine
Thanksgiving Feast in The Backyard
Thursday, November 22; seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Family and friends should bring their heartiest Thanksgiving appetites to Hotel Irvine's bounteous Thanksgiving feast served al fresco in The Backyard. A cornucopia of food stops includes AM favorites such as pancakes, French toast, and quiche; Sea legs selections of poached shrimp, smoked salmon and ahi poke; a seafood cioppino; green thumb vegetables and salads; artisanal cheese; fairytale pumpkin bisque; carved and braised options like roasted free-range turkey, Berkshire ham and beef short ribs bourguignon; sides; and favorite sweets featuring house-made carrot cake, apple cranberry cobbler, pumpkin pie, candied apples and more. Bottomless bloody marys will be available for $10, and bottomless mimosas are included in the purchase price, which also includes a kids buffet, solo guitarist entertainment, kids craft table with face painting and a balloon artist, photo booth, lawn games, and a petting zoo.
$75 per adult, $35 per child ages five to12. Pricing excludes tax and gratuities.
Hotel Irvine is at 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine. 888.230.4452
 



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Activewear To Get You Out There Doing Things

11.19.18

Outdoor Voices highly-coveted athletic wear collection is now available at Nordstrom in Orange County at South Coast Plaza and Nordstrom Mission Viejo. We love the stretchy, eight-panel leggings that offer a snug compression fit to support muscles, reduce fatigue and recovery time. Their crop top helps keep things cool. All items are priced under $85.

This is the first retail partnership for the brand. Founded in 2014, Outdoor Voices is an activewear brand that inspires people to move every day. They believe that “harder, faster, stronger” is not necessarily “better,” so they design products engineered for performance and designed for having fun.

Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza is at 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa. 714.549.8300.

Nordstrom Mission Viejo is at 100 The Shops Blvd, Mission Viejo. 949.347.2710.



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Enchanted: Forest of Light

11.16.18

This holiday season, experience the beauty of Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens November 18 through January 6. You can see thousands of twinkling tulips at Flower Power, spinning polyhedrons at Celestial Shadows by HYBYCOZO, and trees aglow in technicolor light in the Ancient Forest.

Enchanted: Forest of Light runs daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Enchanted: Forest of Light is closed on November 22 (Thanksgiving), December 24 (Christmas Eve), and December 25 (Christmas Day). Tickets are non-refundable.

Enchanted: Forest of Light is a rain or shine event.

Tickets have timed entry and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets to Enchanted: Forest of Light must be purchased online in advance. Choose between three types of Enchanted tickets on sale now:

Enchanted: Forest of Light tickets These tickets include entry into Enchanted: Forest of Light. Tickets range from $28-$30. Descanso Gardens members pay $23-$28.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Canada Flintridge.



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Stacked Serves Award-winning Bracken’s Mac N Cheese for those in Need

11.15.18

One the heels of last month’s San Diego Mac n Cheese Fest, STACKED: Food Well Built collaborated with Chef Bill Bracken for an incredible recipe that won the hearts and stomachs of this year's mac n cheese lovers. Now, all six STACKED locations are adding Chef Bracken's Southwest Chorizo Mac n Cheese to its menu for a limited time only, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Bracken's Kitchen which feeds those in need.

The mouthwatering Southwest Chorizo Mac n Cheese uses STACKED's fan-favorite cheese sauce, tasty chorizo, goat cheese, caramelized onions, delicious herb roasted tomatoes, and mushrooms.

For each order of the delicious Mac n Cheese, three people in need will receive a healthy and tasty meal.

Stacked has six locations and one in Orange County in Huntington Beach.

7490 Edinger Ave. in Huntington Beach. 657.845.2100

3525 W. Carson St. in Torrance. 310.542.5068.

446 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousands Oaks.

7007 Friars Rd. in San Diego.

18425 Gridley Rd. in Cerritos.


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