Inaugural “Pumpkin Glow” Event in Irvine Community

This Saturday, October 25th, thousands of glowing pumpkins will light up Pavilion Park in Irvine. This new legacy event for residents and the community is also the first of its kind for Orange County. It will feature carved and sculpted pumpkins, creating an amazing, illuminated outdoor pumpkin artwork display. The Pumpkin Glow event is also an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest line of carved pumpkins, which currently stands at 1,301.

Pumpkin Glow Graphic

Pumpkin Glow is a unique, fun, and family-friendly event that will bring the community together for a magical evening.  Refreshments will be available on the Pavilion Park Visitor Terrace, there will be live music playing, as well as expert pumpkin sculptor Scott Gerber who will entertain visitors with live carving demonstrations.

Adding to the excitement of the night will be the Pumpkin Glow sculpture competition, featuring pumpkin-related art. Guests can vote for their favorite sculpture and the top three creations will be awarded prizes.

For more information about the event or to register and let them know that you are going to be donating a carved pumpkin for Pumpkin Glow, please visit www.PumpkinGlowGPN.com.

A Perfect Picnic – Sessions West Coast Deli in Newport Beach

Sessions counter

If you were just thinking, “I need a really amazing sandwich in my life right now,” then Sessions West Coast Deli is where you need to go. Tucked away in the Newport Beach Peninsula, just down the street from Balboa Pier, Sessions is a sandwich-lover’s heaven.

Featuring freshly baked bread, locally grown vegetables and top quality meats, Sessions bring a gourmet feel to the simplest, yet perfectly complete meal – the sandwich. Their menu features 20 hot and cold sandwiches, housemade sauces with a variety of mouthwatering sides, salads, and soups prepared daily. There’s also a weekly special posted inside, so there’s no way you can ever be bored with the offerings.

sessions menus

Each menu item has been carefully crafted to bring together amazing flavors. Although some combinations may sound weird, they come together in a beautiful way. Even the side dishes delight. The Shaka Spuds – fresh potato chips tossed with rosemary, sage, sea salt, and parmesan cheese – are a must-have with your meal.

Shaka Spuds

The cucumber salad is a salty-sweet medley of the freshest veggies and herbs.

cucumber salad

The Meddock Melee sandwich is named after owner Matt Meddock. It is kind of a grown-up version of a turkey and guacamole sandwich.

Meddock Melee

And while there are many places to get a Banh Mi in Orange County, none offer the kind of atmosphere that Sessions does.

banh mi

You can enjoy your meal inside while watching surfing videos and listening to a soundtrack of bands such as Phoenix and MGMT, or you can take it down to the beach and enjoy it with a great view of the waves.

kate moss on the beach

Right now, Sessions is offering a great end of Summer deal.

From Aug. 25 through Aug. 29, Sessions West Coast Deli will offer a “Last Week of Summer Sandwich Special” beach picnic basket for $35 (a retail value $75), to serve four people. Surfers as well as grab-and-go sunbathers have made Session Sandwiches a locals’ favorite, with the restaurant’s unique combinations of flavors, highest quality meats on the market, farm-fresh produce and preservative-free bread baked fresh and delivered daily.

The beach picnic basket features many fan favorites including:

  • Meddock Melee sandwich
  • Summer Zephyr sandwich
  • Greatfella sandwich
  • Pirate Coast sandwich
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Shaka Spuds
  • Any four fountain drinks

Learn more about these menu items at http://sessionssandwiches.com/index.php/menu.

Sessions is located at:

2823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663

Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Call 949-220-9001 to place your order!

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Luna Grill Huntington Beach Grand Opening

Luna Grill offers healthy and delicious Mediterranean food in Southern California. They specialize in great gyros and mouthwatering meat kabobs.  Everything on the menu is freshly made and delicious.

Their creamy hummus is served with warm pita slices…

Luna Grill Hummus

Their salads are light and fresh and full of flavor…

Luna Grill Salad

Their wraps are packed full of tender meat…

Luna Grill Wrap

Speaking of meat. They’ve got pretty much any kind you want.

Luna Grill Meat

The new Huntington Beach location openend up its doors a few weeks ago, but will be having their grand opening celebration this Saturday at 11 AM! Anyone is welcome to come by and join the fun. There will be samples of some of their great menu items, raffles, music, and lots of kid-friendly fun as well. The new location is at 7511 Edinger Avenue, in Huntington Beach, CA. Check out the flyer below for more information!

Luna Grill Huntington Beach

 

 

Soul Food Has Come To South Orange County – And It’s All You Can Eat

Celebrity Soul Food is now serving up heaping helpings of favorite Soul Food dishes in Lake Forest, California. On July 14th, 2014 they opened their doors to a bunch of very hungry Orange County residents. Mayor Dwight Robinson, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and other Lake Forest City officials came out to support the grand opening and be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

CSF Ribbon Cutting

There were some real celebrities in attendance too. Bishop Donnie Williams, Karate Grandmaster and Co-founder of the Black Karate Federation showed up for some good eats. He enjoyed them in the Donnie Williams Hall of Champions Banquet Room, which was dedicated to him at the grand opening celebration.

Bishop Donnie Williams

Donnie Williams Hall of Champions

The folks behind this restaurant have a long history of making good-tasting food, starting with the tried and true family recipes passed down by the owner’s grandmother. They pride themselves on making every dish from scratch, and you can tell when you taste it. The owners of Celebrity Soul Food have been catering to famous folks for years, but to them every single customer is a star. And they’ll treat you like one. From a single lunch guest to a big party in one of banquet rooms, the friendly staff will give make sure each guest has a great experience.

CSF Hollywood Room

Celebrity Soul Food is a buffet-style eatery. With three hot bars and one cold bar they have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. If you’re in a hurry, they have take-out available – you can order different dishes À la carte, or you can fill up a container from the buffet and pay by the pound.

CSF Buffet Bar

The amazing owners, staff, and team of chefs are happy to do more than just fill up the buffet. If you have special requests or dietary restrictions, they will do their very best to accommodate you. Just call ahead at (844) 628-3492, and let them know what you need. How many buffet restaurants give you that kind of service? This is just one of the many ways that Celebrity Soul Food Buffet excels.

CSF Chefs

The dishes served at Celebrity Soul Food are thoughtfully crafted and taste excellent. Both the hot and cold items offer a great variety of Southern delicacies. Each day they have a different specialty, which you can find on their menu. But no matter what day you go in you’ll find an amazing array of tasty items.

Like sweet and delicious cornbread muffins…

CSF Cornbread Muffins

Crispy fried chicken and cheesy broccoli casserole…

CSF Fried Chicken

Fried okra with a kick and gooey mac and cheese…

CSF Fried Okra

Tender greens, perfectly seasoned…

CSF Greens

Melt in your mouth slow cooked pulled pork…

CSF Pulled Pork

Fresh salad bar items…

CSF Salad Bar

And even a waffle station to take your meal to the next level!

CSF Waffles

Hungry yet? Celebrity Soul Food is located at 24416 Muirlands Boulevard in Lake Forest, CA. They’ll be waiting for you with a smile!

CSF Hot Buffet

 

Summer Promotions from the Orange County Transportation Authority

There’s plenty of Summer left for Orange County residents, and the Orange County Transportation Authority has some great promotions and activities going on to make these long days a little more fun. From treasure hunting adventures to express routes to your favorite family activities, OCTA has you covered.

Angels Express Family 2

Free Rides on the Angels Express for Kids In July, kids ages 18 and younger can ride the Angels Express train free to any 7:05 p.m. games.  Valid for Monday-Thursday games, it’s a great way to get to the games without having to deal with rush hour traffic. During the rest of the season, children under 5 are free with a paying adult.

OC Fair Express Bus and Characters

The OC Fair Express is a direct bus service to the fair from eight locations, including: San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim and Huntington Beach. It’s only $2 each way, and everyone who rides gets a coupon for $3 fair admission. That’s up to $9 off the regular price if you’re doing the math! Skip the traffic and the parking lot commotion and have a great time with your family.

General Metrolink Photo

Metrolink Treasures is a website dedicated to taking day trips in Orange County and beyond via the train. Choose from one of the seven Orange County stations and find great places to check out nearby. It’s perfect for planning a little staycation. Now through August, participants can win great prizes, in the weekly prize drawings and photo contest. There will even be a grand prize Disney package!

For more exciting offer from the Orange County Transportation Authority, check out their promotions page. You can also keep updated with the OC Metrolink and OCTA Bus Facebook pages.

Victoria Skimboards Returns To Aliso Beach With “The Vic”

Victoria Skimboards returns to Southern California with The VIC, previously known as the Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding (WCS). The VIC is the longest-running skimboard contest on the professional circuit and the only that offers a live broadcast of the competition for audiences to experience from all around the globe. The event will take place at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

The VIC Laguna Beach

 

This year marks the 38th year of the annual championship event. According to founder of Victoria Skimboards, Tex Haines, “The contest has the broadest global appeal of any other competitive skimboarding event on the pro circuit. We are taking the action from the local beach, and catapulting it to viewers worldwide.”

Riders from countries around the world, including Japan, Chile, Australia, Portugal, the Philippines, Spain and Mexico will be battling for the skimboard industry title of “World’s Best.” From barrel rides to aerial tricks to technical challenges, all of the top tricks and skills will be showcased at the contest.

The VIC will take place on June 28-29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Admission to the event is free, but there is a fee for parking. ($1/hour per vehicle.) Contact (949) 923-2280 or go to www.thevic.victoriaskimboards.com for more information.

Brew Ha Ha Productions Presents “Brew Hee Haw” at OC Fair

Brew Ha Ha Productions, creators of the most award winning craft beer festivals in Orange County, and the OC Fair, voted best fair in Southern California, have teamed up to bring fair-goers an exciting new craft brew experience. The Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, will be held opening weekend of the 2014 OC Fair. The inaugural event will offer both day and evening tasting sessions with over 60 regional craft brews to sample including Southern California Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and more.

Brew Hee Haw at OC Fair 2014

Tickets for the Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup are currently available for pre-order. Choose from a day or an evening session. Tickets are $50 for each 4-hour session, and they include 15 tastings, a commemorative glass, all event activities, and all day admission to the OC Fair. Get your tickets here, before the price goes up to $55.  Before or after your session you can enjoy all of the fun offered at the OC Fair.

OC Fair

Brewers, owners and other craft beer celebrities will be in attendance. In addition to a line up of incredible presentations, industry experts will be available to talk to everyone from ‘beer geeks’ to craft beer novices about the interesting and delicious world of craft beer. The lineup of presenters includes two local certified Cicerones (like a ‘Sommelier’ for wine) who will share their expertise and recommendations.

The only thing that could make a Craft Beer event better is awesome food. Once you’ve finished your tastings, you can get your fill of deep-fried delights from the various vendors at the OC Fair. It’s guaranteed to be a great time!

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