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LA Food Fest


Foodies won’t want to miss the LA Epicurean Festival on Sunday in historic Downtown Los Angeles. The casual event brings together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines and spirits, under one roof. It’s an opportunity for you to try products that are usually only available to chefs. You can pair and compare, taste and take home favorite selections.

There are two sessions to attend, from 3 to 6 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m. Session one includes food and beverage tastings, a chance to discover 500 products, live entertainment, and sugar sculpture by master pastry chef Stephane Treand, a booksigning by Michel Richard and Bradley Ogden and more. Session two includes  food and beverage tastings; a chance to discover 500 products, sugar sculpture by Master Pastry Chef Stephane Treand, live entertainment, signature engraving by Tom Bwarie, book signing by Michel Richard and Bradley Ogden, mixology demos by three of LA’s most renowned mixologists Aiden Demarest of Liquid Assets and BrianStewart, Petit Ermitage "Spirit Master".

Tickets cost $100 each. 214 South Main Street in Los Angeles. 310.968.2982

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Wireless Discounts in Irvine


A new Wireless Neighborhood store at Woodbury Town Center is celebrating its grand opening Friday through Sunday.  Wireless Neighborhood offers Verizon Wireless cell phones, Internet devices and services as well as mobile accessories. During the grand opening, the store will offer $50 off any phone or mobile broadband device as well as 30% off accessories.

At the event there will also be a spin-to-win wheel, popcorn and music, and exchange a flyer for a coupon good for either a complimentary hamburger from The Counter or a cupcake from Casey’s Cupcakes, both also at Woodbury Town Center.  To get a flyer, residents can visit the Wireless Neighborhood Facebook page, print it out and bring it to the store during the grand opening weekend.

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Woodbury Town Center is at 6266 Irvine Blvd. at Sand Canyon Ave., in Irvine. 949.653.0125.

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And the Nominees Are…


Congratulations are in order for top 3 nominees in the Golden Dine Out categories! The winners will be announced at the Golden Foodie Awards on Sept. 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. And the nominees are...

The Nominees for Best Italian Food in Orange County are:
Antonello’s at South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana.
Cucina Alessa in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.
Lucca Café in Irvine.

The Nominees for Best Indian Food in Orange County are:
Mayur in Corona del Mar.
Royal Khyber at South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana.
Tamarind of London in Newport Beach.

The Nominees for Best French Food in Orange County are:
Brasserie Pascal in Newport Beach.
French 75 in Laguna Beach.
Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

The Nominees for Best Steak in Orange County are:
The Ranch in Anaheim.
Ruth's Chris in Irvine.
Savannah Chop House in Laguna Niguel.

The Nominees for Best Mixologist in Orange County are:
Dave Castillo of 320 Main in Seal Beach
Forrest Taylor of French 75 in Laguna Beach.     
Shanti Dutta of Tamarind of London in Irvine.

The Nominees for Best Wine List in Orange County are:
SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach.
The Ranch in Anaheim.
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin.

With Week 3 of voting underway through Friday, Aug. 25. You can vote for the Best Burger, Best Asian Cuisine, Best Mediterranean Cuisine, Best Californian Cuisine, and Excellent Service - Who has the most excellent service? (Restaurants priced at ($15 and up).

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Dog Days of Summer


SusieCakes is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer through during August to support National Dog Shelter Day. Stop by SusieCakes in Newport Beach and donate a new pet accessory and you’ll receive during a 2-for-1 special on cupcakes.

On Aug. 26, National Dog Shelter Day, SusieCakes will donate all items collected to local shelters. SusieCakes is asking for dog toys, dog treats, dry dog food, blankets and towels, dog beds, and leashes and collars. The cupcake offers is good for in store purchases only, limited to two dozen cupcakes. 

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. SusieCakes is at 2043 Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach. 949.646.6881

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