Orange County Restaurant Week Returns

Orange County Restaurant Week, the region's most celebrated culinary event for more than a decade, returns Sunday, March 3th through Saturday, March 9th with nearly 150 restaurants participating offering diners a wide variety of options.

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Dining In Tips From Chef Blakely Trettenero the Perfect (and Simple) Gourmet Dinner Guaranteed To Impress (Recipes)

It sounds so dreamy, doesn’t it – going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? Except it doesn’t always turn out that way. All too often the restaurant is crowded, the servers cranky and the “exclusive” prix fixe menu is limited and expensive.

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James Beard Foundation Announces Restaurant Design Award Jury and Final Call Dates For Select 2017 Awards Categories

The James Beard Foundation announced a distinguished panel of jurors to serve as the judging authority for the 2017 Restaurant Design Awards. This panel invites restaurants, architects, interior designers, and graphic designers to submit their projects for consideration for the 2017 Restaurant Design Awards.

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Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas Restaurants Earn 2016 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards; Full Dining Guide Revealed in August Issue

Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas restaurants have been honored for their outstanding wine programs in Wine Spectator's 2016 Restaurant Wine List Awards. Delmonico Steakhouse, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Table 10 are recognized among other winners from all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers.

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Oceana Coastal Kitchen San Diego Review – Enjoy Alfresco Dining, Pacific Views and Delightful Deep Sea Delicacies

While San Diego has no shortage of fantastic restaurants, new to the region’s distinctive dining scene is Oceana Coastal Kitchen, an airy bayside eatery dishing up chef-driven, seafood-centric California cuisine amid sweeping hypnotic waterfront views that’ll keep you returning.

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JSix San Diego Review - Six Reasons To Succumb To The ‘Chef's Mercy‎’ Menu

JSix, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, located in San Diego's kinetic, community-centric East Village, offers warm hospitality, culinary whimsy, craft cocktail ingenuity, a seasonally-driven menu committed to hormone-free, sustainable and organic "farm-to-fork" dishes, that create a gastronomic experience that leaves you wanting.

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Bijou French Bistro La Jolla Review - Epicure Tour De Force

"Bijou" is French for "jewel," which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistrois relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou's roots extend much deeper into San Diego's renowned culinary culture.

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Sadie Kitchen & Lounge Review - A Hollywood Scene Standout

Sultry. Sexy. Sophisticated. These are the words that come to mind when describing one of L.A.’s newest and most notable eateries: Sadie. Tucked comfortably in the heart of Hollywood, Sadie is poised to give the region’s entrenched eateries a run for their money with elevated, market-fresh New American cuisine conceived by Mark Gold, Sadie’s esteemed Consulting Chef, hailing from Eva Restaurant.

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Dominick’s Steakhouse Scottsdale Review – Bounty and Beauty

There's much to love about a classic American steakhouse—from the customary dimly lit atmosphere, refined dark wood-laden décor, white linens and respectively formal service staff to impeccable cuts of meat cooked to perfection. In this age where avant-garde grub is captivating culinary attentions, one restaurant's traditional approach continues to titillate: Michael Dominick's Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The Second Story Liquor Bar Review - Divine Dining By Design

Crazy. Sexy. Cool. No, I’m not referring to the gals of the famed pop music trio TLC, but rather Scottsdale’s hottest new haunt—The Second Story Liquor Bar. This eclectic eatery is trending as the see-and-be-seen Old town Scottsdale hotspot, and with good reason. The vintage-inspired vibe and visionary victuals at this intimate dining and imbibing venue are as distinctive as they are delightful.

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Seasons 52 Restaurant Review - A Breadth of Fresh Fare

Just in time to offset the holiday gluttony and facilitate those perennial New Year health resolutions, Seasons 52 restaurant has opened its doors in San Diego's Westfield UTC.  The concept of this fresh grill and wine bar, now with 25 locations across the U.S. and more on the  horizon, is perfectly suited for the Southern California lifestyle where healthy living reigns supreme.

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  • Beltway Insider: Obama Dedicates 9/11 Museum; U.S. Goes Soft on Foreign Policy; Russian Sanctions Hit

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    President Barack Obama paid tribute, this week, to the fallen heroes, known and unknown, from the September 11, 2001 Terror Attack, as he dedicated the 9/11 Museum located on the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

     
  • Beltway Insider: America Suffers PTSD, Copycat Killers, ICE Raids, Epstein Dead, Toni Morrison

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    As the nation continues to react to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, a week ago, that killed 31 and injured dozens the undercurrent of gun violence expectation has hurled a nation into Post Traumatic stress mode.

     
  • Beltway Insider: AMERICA UNDER SIEGE, Two Shootings, 15 hours, 29 Dead, Dayton, El Paso, Trump’s Culpability, Boeing, Harvey Milk, Saoirse Kennedy Hill

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    Americans woke to the horrific news of another Mass Shooting, in Dayton, Ohio, just thirteen hours after the El Paso shooting, killing nine and injuring 20, bringing the one-day total to 29 dead and 46 injured.

     
  • Beltway Insider: US, UK, Allies Unite Expel USSR Diplomats; Cold War Revisited; Kemerovo; Roseanne Reboot

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    Beginning one week ago, President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle in response to the use of military grade chemical weapons on British soil.

     
  • Battle of The Sexes Review – Grand Slam, Game, Set, Match, Win!

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    Battle of the Sexes, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, presents 1973, the year women, led by powerhouse tennis player Billie Jean King, decided they were done with penny prize packages and to the chagrin of the establishment demanded equality.

     
  • 2 Chicks With Chocolate Spice Up Any Holiday Season

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    2 Chicks With Chocolate, the New Jersey based award-winning chocolatier, is ready to spice up this holiday season with its fabulous infusions.

     
  • The Orphan Keeper Review – Astounding, Inspirational, Remarkable

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    The Orphan Keeper, from Shadow Mountain Publishing, tells an epic story of a boy kidnapped from India, sold to an orphanage and adopted to the United States over 8,000 miles away and the miracle that would follow.

     
  • The Reef 28 Review - Beach-Chic Hospitality in Downtown Playa del Carmen

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    The Mexican state Quintana Roo is best known as the home of the tourist mecca Cancun, which is revered for beautiful white coral sand beaches, hot nightlife and everything in-between drawing thousands to this destination monthly.

     
  • HL Wellness: Do You Need A Therapist -These 5 Signs Point to Yes

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    You lose a loved one, a job, a relationship, a pet or get into an accident, have an injury, gain weight, have a baby, return from war or experience something else that just rattles you to your core. You know something isn’t right, you feel a bit off, but continue living your life thinking you’ll get over it. We all have been there and often with time we do get over it, sort of.

     
  • World News: Jersey City Shooting and the Rise of Anti-Semitism

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    Is anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head again? It seems that way, as it has now been discovered that the recent Jersey City shooting suspect had published anti-Semitic posts prior to the shooting. 

     
  • Helsinki Pocket Guide Travel Book Review – The Perfect Travel Companion

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    Helsinki Pocket Guide, from Insight Guides, provides travelers a compact handbook with stunning photos, a pullout map, and a perfect day itinerary to ensure the visit to Finland's capital city is filled with all that Helsinki offers.

     
  • HL Health, Wellness: Thirty Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair and Skin

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    Americans spend over $55 billion a year on their appearances, according to a 2014 report on the cosmetics industry. People spend plenty of time and money on hair, clothes and even physical enhancements, such as plastic surgery.  

  • MIFF: Sherlock in Russia Talent Attend Premiere (Pics)

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    The premiere of the original START film series "Sherlock in Russia" took place on October 6 at the Oktyabr Cinema Center as part of the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival with the film's talent in attendance.

     
  • Spectacular 17-Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring Achieves $1,447,500 At Bonhams New York

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    An important diamond solitaire ring, weighing 17.97 carats realized $1,447,500 at the Fine Jewelry auction at Bonhams on Dec. 6 in New York, NY. The sale, which featured a strong group of sapphires and emeralds made a total of $6,381,000.00.

     
  • Shiver Review – A Terrifying Trip into a Serial Killer’s Mind

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    SHIVER,” from Cyclone Productions and Bandersnatch Films, presents a nail-biting, psychological thriller that pits a blood thirsty serial killer against the skill, wit and determination of the detectives and a single surviving victim.