Try the Strawberry Shortcake CrazyShake at Downtown Disney’s New Black Tap

Known for its award-winning Greg Norman burger and famous CrazyShake milkshakes, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes opened its first California location in Downtown Disney to much fanfare over the weekend, with celebrity chef Gale Gand and High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens debuting an enhanced fast-casual service style that is a first for the global brand. There’s an all new “Shake Window,” where guests can order CrazyShakes and classic milkshakes …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: CUCINA enoteca and ARC Food & Libations

For this month’s dishes worth the drive from L.A. to Irvine, we decided to spotlight a delicious Italian restaurant and a scintillating steakhouse. CUCINA enoteca Our first stop for this week’s dishes is Italian restaurant CUCINA enoteca, part of the Urban Kitchen Group (UKG). “Urban Kitchen Group was founded by Tracy Borkum in 1995, one of Southern California’s most influential restaurateurs. [She’s] a highly regarded trailblazer and strong female voice …

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Urban Seoul: A Cultural and Culinary Crossroads

Korean food? Amazing. Mexican food? Amazing. Why not put them together? This sort of thinking — putting two great cuisines together to make another great cuisine — has been the basis of all sorts of advancement in the culinary world. Sometimes it’s beautiful, as is the case with Brazilian chicken & waffles. Sometimes it should be illegal, like *shudders* avocado hummus. Don’t even think of bringing up chocolate hummus, or, …

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Dim Sum Specialists – Tim Ho Wan Irvine

Dim Sum lovers rejoice: Tim Ho Wan, the self-described “world’s most inexpensive awarded dim sum restaurant,” is opening a new location right here in Irvine. The restaurant, which will be part of the Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center, has been soft opened with limited hours since May 8, and is planning to have its grand opening on May 18. It will be the chain’s first location in California. “Dumpling folding is …

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Puesto: From Mexico City, to Irvine, to You

Puesto is a casual and upscale establishment that promises gourmet Mexican cuisine, excellent service and a lively atmosphere. The Mexico City-inspired restaurant has six locations across California, including two in Irvine. Different locations can offer different experiences, and we wanted to give you the full scoop on what they have to offer. To make it happen Ryan met up with Bret at Los Olivos, and Bret and her boyfriend visited …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Kobe Meatballs, Crab Cakes and Chocolate Hummus

It’s time again to take a culinary tour through Irvine of dishes that are so good that they’re worth a drive in traffic from Los Angeles. This month, we have some delicious dishes to spotlight from a brand new Italian steakhouse and a new Mediterranean restaurant. There may be plenty of Italian and Mediterranean food in Los Angeles, but these specific dishes are so good that we’re recommending a trip …

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Best Spots to Get Your Sunday Brunch Fix

The best way to avoid the Sunday blues in Orange County is to grab a group of your closest friends and head to the hottest local brunch spots in Irvine and Newport Beach. Eat and drink your worries away with pancakes, bacon and let’s not forget the magic of “bottomless mimosas.” Below are some awesome hot spots to get your Sunday brunch fix! Habana 708 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA …

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Dessert Delights

I am a sucker when it comes to dessert. As much as I love salty food, you can always catch me craving a cupcake, ice cream or even a slice of cherry pie. So, I have made it my mission to break down some of the best dessert spots in and around Irvine to help you satisfy all of your sugar cravings! Afters Ice Cream Afters Ice Cream combines my …

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