Clay Oven's chef/owner Geeta Bansal was invited to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year, and will be staging the dinner at the end of this month -- Sept. 27 to be exact. She's one of the first female chefs from Orange County to make the trip, and will be doing a menu ... More >>
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How fun are the vino-vending machines at the Brea bistro? Very!
The village of Francisco Zarco, the largest settlement in the Valle de Guadalupe, sits at the junction of Federal Highway 3 and the paved road leading to La Misión. It's a hive of activity at certain times of day; outdoor chicken grills line the main boulevard, and people drive up and down from sho ... More >>
Back in July, Edwin reported news of a local coffeehouse expanding. We assumed it would be more seating for the cozy Lost Bean. We even experienced some of the demolition first hand, as dishware crashed from a shelf while they pounded on walls. However, they had something else in mind (not that we'r ... More >>
Classy gals would never get caught lugging a Costco-sized cardboard box of wine to a party. But what if it was pretty? In an attempt to estrogen up a universal product (booze), a Swedish company has created the Vernissage "bag-in-bag" wine. It's your typical boxed wine with "a woman's touch." M ... More >>
How the Valle de Guadalupe has changed! Fifteen years ago, there were about a dozen wineries; now there are more than sixty, with more seemingly springing up every day. Ten years ago, what was being produced was quite frankly awful, sticky-sweet wine that couldn't have held a candle to Ernst and Jul ... More >>
Rack up enough time at enough newspapers in enough places and you rack up freebies. Dance clubs and live jazz bars (Manchester, England); tabloid groupies (South Florida); wine tastings, movie tickets, theater (Atlanta, Georgia); title fights (Las Vegas). But one thing you rarely find is free booze ... More >>
Hey, fashion-savvy friends. Your new must-have label for spring is . . . a wine label. According to Glamour, Chanel owns a winery, the centuries-old Chateau Rauzan-Segla in the Bordeaux region of France. Next month, it will release a special 2009 Gran Cru Classé to celebrate the chateau's 3 ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1370 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 720-9925; eddiev.com. The Hours: Tues.-Sat., 4-7 p.m.; Sun.-Mon., 4-11 p.m.The Deal: $5-$8 appetizers. $6 wines by the glass. $6 Svedka Vodka martinis, mojitos, or margaritas.
Pink alcohol has long had a bad rap. From cosmos to white zin to Wasilla-distilled smoked salmon vodka, a glass of pink often points to a drinker with little taste, class or sanity. Or all three. We've done our share of salmon vodka bashing here on Stick a Fork in It as of late, but in the interest ... More >>
Chris A. Michaels/ / CC BY 2.0Santa Barbara VinesIf there was a moment for California wine--one in which it went from being something that only came from Napa and Sonoma or was just two buck chuck--and became something relevant in pop culture, it was the release of Sideways.
Sipping gourmet vintages with a classy dame at La Maison Gourmet
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