For an extra tasty serving of news, look no further than this week’s Grub Guide. From catering to milk teas to a Vegas find, we gathered news from all over for your reading consumption.
TOAST Kitchen & Bakery’s Award-Winning Chef Updates Menu – Costa Mesa
Perhaps the most humble of chefs we’ve had the pleasure of knowing, John Park of TOAST recently won Chef of the Year honors at last month’s Golden Foodie Awards. He also began switching up the menu at his Newport Boulevard eatery. In addition to now serving an all-day breakfast menu on Saturdays, you can look forward to adobo mushroom sliders, tagliatelle made with rau ram pesto, and a divine striped bass over lentils (among other dishes). Anyone who has frequented TOAST can fill you in on the crafty desserts. However, remember to sip on a cocktail or two from their user-friendly list of options. We’re digging the apple brandy and brown butter cocktail, but a mezcal, pineapple, and Tajin potion may be more your style, come Taco Tuesday. 1767 Newport Blvd., (949) 873-5057; www.toastkitchenbakery.com.
Presotea Wants to Make You a Believer – Westminster
Ceylon black tea brewed to order, creamer, and black and white boba pearls make up the pictured Panda Pearl Milk Tea from the new Presotea group. Their high pressure and high temperature machinery ensures a fresh flavor with every order. Follow them on social media, choose between Earl Grey, Jasmine and Ceylon Milk Teas, and even enjoy free boba for your effort. Beat the heat with this cooling treat. 9211 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 105, (714) 613-1099; www.presoteasocal.com.
What’s an Amuse Bash? – Newport Beach
The inaugural event benefits Open Gate International, a nonprofit that supports individuals from vulnerable life situations through the teaching of practical skills, and provides future employment opportunities via accredited culinary training. OGI is founded by Deidre Pujols and her husband, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Expect an eventful night of dinner and entertainment for a worthy cause on November 2 at Renaissance Newport Beach. www.opengateintl.org/amusebash.
You Can Still Taste the Irenia Love – Santa Ana
Formal dining service may have ended earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped Chef Ryan Garlitos from having packed pop-up dinners last weekend. In fact, reservations are now open for their next Supper Club Dinner on November 3rd. Email Irenia at Ireniarestaurant@gmail.com to reserve your spot. 400 N. Broadway, (657) 245-3466; www.ireniarestaurant.com.
Who Are the Banh Xeo Boys?
Specializing in Vietnamese crepes, this team of ambitious caterers will woo you with their version of a traditional dish. Utilizing rice flour and coconut milk in lieu of egg, their savory treats are filled with more than bean sprouts; we’re talking sautéed chicken, fresh herbs and pickled veg! Don’t forget the housemade fish sauce, either. The next time you want to celebrate with a house party, let them do the cooking. They’re already mom-approved. (714) 702-5152; www.banhxeoboys.com.
We See You: Crack Shack – Las Vegas
During our recent weekend in Sin City, we paid a visit to the newly launched Richard Blais concept outside of Park MGM. Since it was breakfast, our eyes quickly scanned Crack Shack’s menu for a selection of morning eats. One in particular caught our eye, as it was only served in Las Vegas between 9 a.m. and noon (and again from 9 p.m. to midnight). The SoCal Scramble contained a trio of eggs, charred poblano peppers, cotija cheese, and guacamole mixed in. Factor their toasted Engllsh Muffins made in-house, and we’ve got one soul-satisfying meal. Our only concern now was why it wasn’t served at all locations. Please consider making it so, Crack Shack! www.crackshack.com.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.