Dishes Worth the Drive: Creamistry Creations and Le Diplomate Café’s Bahm Mi

With Valentine’s Day behind us and spring just around the corner, this month’s issue of dishes worth the drive from Los Angeles to Irvine offers a little sweet and a little savory. These two places are so unique that we truly believe they make up for the often rough commute from L.A. to Orange County. Our first stop is on the sweet side: Creamistry, an ice cream shop where everything, …

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Local Farmers Market Rundown

Everyone loves a good farmers market. An open-air market full of fresh produce, great face-to-face interactions with farmers, chefs and artisans, and a great place to educate yourself or your family on fruits, vegetables and health. In addition to offering locally sourced fresh produce and goods to the community, farmers markets help preserve farmlands, and promote economic stability and sustainability. Luckily, here in Southern California, we have optimal weather for …

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A Taste of Irvine During O.C. Restaurant Week

One of the biggest and most delicious events in Southern California has arrived. O.C. Restaurant Week will be held on March 3-9 with more than 100 popular restaurants serving a number of tasty treats. Participants have the opportunity to experience as many restaurants as they desire – enjoying discounted three-course meals with a beverage. Last year the event celebrated its 10-year anniversary, and it’s still expanding. Some notable restaurants that …

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Orange County’s Vegan Village Offers Accessible Plant-Based Cuisine to the Masses

Veganism has been gaining massive momentum in recent years. There’s been a 600 percent increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S. in the last four years. Mainstream health organizations are recommending a plant-based diet, including the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee; the American Institute for Cancer Research; and Kaiser Permanente, the largest health care organization in the U.S. Plant-based cuisine is sweeping through our culture, in part thanks to professional …

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Agora Churrascaria and Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen Serve Up “Dishes Worth The Drive”

With the holidays past and 2019 in full swing, most people are trying to eat a little healthier now. In that spirit, we decided to go very protein-heavy in the dishes we picked to spotlight for this month’s “dishes worth the drive from Los Angeles to Irvine.” Our first culinary stop is for all the carnivores out there: Brazilian steakhouse Agora Churrascaria. Churrascaria is a Portuguese word for a place …

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Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Forget about the chocolate and hearts on Valentine’s Day – there is a new holiday sweeping over the month of February that deserves national attention. Friday, February 22 will mark National Margarita Day. Grab your friends and go on the ultimate Orange County margarita tour to celebrate! Nothing goes better with tacos or chips and salsa than a refreshing margarita. Between a night out with the girls or going on date night …

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Top Tastemakers Connect at TAO Hollywood

Sponsored by Irvine Weekly Los Angeles is home to the biggest and brightest tastemakers in the world and thanks to Shipt, L.A. Weekly convened some of the most interesting influencers in the City of Angels at TAO Hollywood. It was a fun-filled evening of community, conversation … and awesome eats. Shipt, an innovative membership-based grocery marketplace app, is partnering up with next-level connectors and influencers to create a community of …

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A Veritable Rainbow of Tacos

When it comes to finding some amazing tacos in the U.S., Southern California is pretty much the place to be. Some folks might argue for South Texas or South Florida, but let’s stick with businesses within driving distance. Narrowing it down to the cities of Orange County, it’s hard to compete with Santa Ana as a hub for good Mexican grub. That said, there is a decent collection of noteworthy …

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SoCal Craft Beer King Ballast Point Opens Brewery in Downtown Disney

The Happiest Place on Earth just got a little happier. SoCal craft brewmeister Ballast Point Brewing Company is the latest addition to Downtown Disney, opening its latest outpost and the first brewery at the Disneyland Resort last week. The 4,000-square-foot space includes a restaurant, airy bar, beer garden patio and brewery. There are 50 beers on tap, including a long list of IPAs and crisp and bright selections such as …

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