Tanaka Farms Open House This Saturday

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Tanaka Farns FB page
Who wants to win a tour to pick these?

There are folks who live for the weekend, and those who would rather sleep the day away. If you're of the former (and looking for something to do), we've got an activity that offers you snacks and gets you some Vitamin D. Did we mention John Deere selfies?

Locals are familiar with the family-run business that is Tanaka Farms. Our favorite memories have to do with their strawberry picking tours-- which started up earlier in the month. What's happening this weekend sounds like a big social, but you can be the judge.

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Cheap Eats: Buy One Get One Free Boba and $2.75 Snacks at I-Tea Cafe

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Kristine Hoang
Buy one get one free boba and $2.75 popcorn chicken!

You've got a $10 in your wallet. You've got a growling stomach. You happen to be walking down Jeffrey Road in Irvine when, suddenly, you break down. You really need to eat.

The closest thing to you is Irvine Village Center across from Irvine Valley College, a business complex that's as dull and dead as the gray-beige paint on its buildings. Strangely, though, this complex has housed some of Irvine's greatest gems: Paradise Perks and Sushilicious, which are now gone (God rest their souls). But there's still Thai Spice. Oh, and I-Tea Café.

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Free Yogurtland TODAY!

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Yogurtland FB
Warning: Don't try to eat the spoon!

National Frozen Yogurt Day creeps up on us each year. After one holiday weekend, but before the next, multiple chains want to share the love for a few hours today. Our preferred brand is based in Orange County, featuring a former On the Line subject.

The limited-edition spoons pictured are to promote their newest flavors: Hershey's Chocolate Milkshake and York Peppermint Pattie. Additionally, new toppings include York Peppermint Patties Minis and Hershey's Mini Kisses. Check out the excellent collaboration, or stick with some of their more classic tastes. Here's what you need to know.

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Five Selections For Newport Beach Restaurant Week

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Provenance grub

You actually have two weeks (until February 1) to partake in the so-called restaurant week, but that's how it's being advertised. The longer we can save a few bucks, the better. While our debit card would rather remain in its wallet, we are not afraid to go out and motor along PCH for our supper.

With 64 places to choose from, it can be hit-or-miss at some of them. Newps price points go between $10 - $25 for lunch and $20 - $50 for dinner. Menus are pretty divided between showcasing current menu selections and crafting something special just for the occasion. Our biggest fear is receiving smaller portions, but being charged full-sized prices. That's the risk you take with these things. In any event, we're ready to throw in our two cents on where to try.

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Irvine Restaurant Week Starts Today

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Anne Fishbein
LYFE Kitchen is participating in Irvine Restaurant Week
January and February are usually slow months for restaurants. People just tend to stay in more, you know, because it's cold and the huge credit card statements from Christmas just arrived. This is why restaurant week bargains tend to happen around now.

Irvine's Restaurant Week begins today, Friday, January 9 through Thursday, January 15. And like last year, it doesn't seem to have a hard and fast rule on what restaurants are actually in the city. Slater's 50/50 is technically in Lake Forest, and both Bluewater Grills (in Tustin and Newport Beach) are participating. But who cares? The more bargains the better. This year there are 42 restaurants offering deals.

A handful of Diamond Jamboree restaurants like The Balcony and SWSH are also playing along, which is noteworthy because they usually shut themselves out of OC Restaurant Week. And three new Irvine Spectrum entrants (Brio, Del Frisco, and LYFE Kitchen) are on the list this year.

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32-Cent Breakfast Burritos At Ruby's Costa Mesa Today!

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Ruby's Facebook
Yes way!

You know we had to kick off the new year with a brekkie post. We firmly believe two of the very best ways to treat a hangover revolve around our favorite meal: Bloody Marys and breakfast burritos. For a cool drink, you could've hit The Iron Press at SoCo, because they were assembling Micheladas for those wanting an alternative to the ol' vodka and tomato juice. While you got your beer on, we plan to shooby dooby down to 17th street for diner grub!

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Rambutan: On Sale For $5.99/lb At Seafood City in Irvine

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Edwin Goei
Hairy, but good!
Little Saigon's fruit sellers seem to have the monopoly on rambutan--the golf ball-sized fruit native to Indonesia that resemble the dangling hairy testicles of a red, alien creature--charging upwards to $8-$9 dollars a pound for this way tangier cousin to the lychee.

I gather there's room for haggling there, and they probably expect it, but I'm not much of a haggler, so I was more than a little excited when I discovered Seafood City was selling them for $5.99/lb. They had them last week and they had them yesterday, but their stock is either dwindling or people like me are buying them up.


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Free Sushi at Blue C Sushi in Fashion Island

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If you can afford to shop for Christmas presents at Fashion Island, you're probably not going to need this coupon for a free sushi roll at Blue C Sushi.

But for those of us who go to OC's toniest outdoor mall just to take pictures of ourselves in front of one of the biggest Christmas trees on the West Coast, here's a reason to stick around for lunch:

Blue C Sushi, the new revolving sushi joint next to Island Cinema, is offering the following coupon for a free sushi roll.


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The Shops at Mission Viejo Opens Upgraded Food Court With Free Swag Tomorrow

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If you're going to be at the mall anyway, The Shops at Mission Viejo is celebrating its upgraded food court (so upgraded they're calling a "Dining Pavillion") with live entertainment, a face painter, a ballon artist and all of their vendors giving out samples and special offers tomorrow (Saturday, December 6).

The first 250 guests will get a bag of swag, while they last. Also there will be giveaways every hour. The thing starts at 11 a.m., ends at 4 p.m.

Forgot what's vendors are actually there at the food cour...er, "Dining Pavillion"? It's the same line-up as before.


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Free Pizza At Blaze's Fashion Island and Santa Ana Mainplace Stores on Wednesday

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As we wrote about in the past, Blaze Pizza, which you probably already know from its outlet in Irvine across from UCI, is expanding fast. There are more outlets of this build-your-own-pizza chain opening in OC than you thought were necessary to fight off the Pieologies and other like-minded pizza concepts of the world, including Orange, Santa Ana at Mainplace, Fashion Island, Laguna Niguel, Brea Mall and Brea Gateway.



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