Posts Tagged ‘#eeeeeats’

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival 2017: What to Expect

Posted by melissa kandel on September 28, 2017 in Newport Beach | 3 Comments

In case you were wondering, the dinner at Nobu with Chef Nobu is sold out. (Is anyone surprised?) Luckily, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, which graces that grassy spot between the Newport Beach Civic Center and its modern-chic library, has dozens of events happening all weekend. I was lucky enough to attend as […]

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Solar Eclipse 2017: An Insider’s Perspective

Posted by melissa kandel on August 22, 2017 in In the News | No Comments

Unlike some of my friends, I didn’t spent my night/day at a camping site in Madras, Oregon, strings of lights scalloped across airy tents, a smush of Milky Way in the clear sky above. I also didn’t wake up at 5 a.m., don a “Total Eclipse of the Heart” tee and hike a mountain in […]

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Pacific Wine & Food Classic is Coming and These are the Wines to Taste

Posted by melissa kandel on August 12, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

If you need me next weekend, I’ll be at the Newport Dunes Resort, wine in one hand, cucumber sandwich in the other, celebrating the 2017 Pacific Wine & Food Classic. The cucumber sandwich will be refreshing—just the right blend of crunchy vegetable and soft bread with a hint of dill somewhere between—and the wine, magnificent. […]

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Summer French Toast for a Light and Easy Morning

Posted by melissa kandel on July 22, 2017 in food, Recipes, summer | 2 Comments

“For Daisy Ree” the bench read, as if there was no one else whose name could find itself etched into the old, snarled wood. June had already breathed in and out of a midsummer in mid-July, the late-night darkness was already glazed with gray dawn. Staying up until the sun rose across the empty beach […]

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Lido Bottle Works Does Farm to Table Right

Posted by melissa kandel on June 9, 2017 in beer, craft beer, drink, food, Newport Beach | No Comments

 “5:30.”  “In the morning?” “Yes. And everyone showed up.” I was sitting in the corner booth at Newport Beach’s latest bay-side dining experience, Lido Bottle Works, about to dive into an expertly seared halibut set before me moments before by Executive Chef Joel Harrington. From what I could already tell, the chef commands his kitchen […]

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In Defense of the Beer Festival

Posted by melissa kandel on May 31, 2017 in beer, craft beer, drink, Newport Beach | No Comments

I can think of a whole lot of reasons why one would attend a beer festival, and not all of them include beer.  For example: If you’re about that gourmet, one-of-a-kind fusion food truck life, then cool, come on down and have yourself a Hawaiian pizza burrito. If you want to listen to cover bands […]

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Brunch Boys’ Founder Jeremy Jacobowitz Heats Up the Foodie World

Posted by melissa kandel on May 27, 2017 in food, Interview, New York City | 1 Comment

When you get right down to it, there are really only two kinds of people in this world: those who brunch and those who do not. I don’t mean to generalize here but generally, Non-Brunchers are pretty easy to spot in a crowd. They’re the ones who take 17 different spin classes before noon on a […]

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Taco Tuesday at El Mercado Modern Cuisine is a Game Changer

Posted by melissa kandel on May 25, 2017 in food, Orange County | No Comments

The day: Tuesday. The time: 8 p.m. (ish). The mission: Tacos. We stepped out of our Uber and arrived at an empty parking lot in downtown Santa Ana. To our immediate left, bright street art, painted with neon abandon along one side of a stout, brick building. Strings of street lights twinkled up the otherwise dark corner, a […]

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EB Winery: From Backyard Hobby to Boutique Brand

Posted by melissa kandel on May 4, 2017 in drink, Interview, wine | No Comments

I saw the brochure before I sipped the wine. It was a thin and narrow thing, glossy, with a dark, black background and it sat inconspicuously on the edge of the EB Winery booth at the California Wine Festival in Dana Point, CA. A few words, printed with clean font along the bottom-left corner, read: “Follow our dream […]

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California Wine Festival: Legend of the Local Grape

There’s always a palpable tension when attending any wine festival that’s equal parts intimidating and exhilarating. Will you say something weird about the legs of the wine and have to run to an entirely different section of the festival because of that weird thing you just said? Will you bump into a man wearing a […]

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