Bosscat Kitchen & Libations Throws Anniversary Party TONIGHT!

Categories: Holidays

Photo by Dustin Ames
Time to celebrate!

It was a year ago this month when we checked out Bosscat Kitchen and Libations off MacArthur. To celebrate, the crew is ready to party. So if you've got an opening in your social calendar, stop by. Be sure to say hey to Chef Peter Petro and congratulate him on the birth of his daughter.

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Hi-Time Wine Cellar Throws Adult Easter Egg Hunt TOMORROW!

Categories: Holidays

Anne Marie Panoringan
We want to win champagne!

Sunday will be quality time spent with the family. So do something for yourself Saturday. Watch a movie, get a massage, go find eggs. Yeah, you heard us. Our favorite wine shop wants to see you searching for hidden treasure.

Before we drop the fun details, we're gonna bore ya with some rules. That way, nobody gives us crap for not cluing them in. First off, participants must be 21 years of age or older to play. The other rule: one egg per adult, please! Sound good? Then let's make it better.

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Broadway-Themed Dinners At Leatherby's Cafe Rouge

Categories: Holidays

Anne Marie Panoringan
Hungry Eyes (short rib) - from the Dirty Dancing Menu. Dang.

We're back with another Valentine's suggestion, because nothing says, "I put some thought into it!" than something artsy. In addition to their late night Love Bites Menu on Valentine's Day, Chef Ross Pangilinan has been cooking up playful multi-course menus to go along with Segerstrom's performing arts season. You've got the setting and meal; all that's left is entertainment.

If you're a child of the 80's, the first half of February is all about Dirty Dancing. Their retro soundtrack and romantic theme guarantees an enamored date. Pair with a Leatherby's dinner (and lots of wine). Done and done. Can't make Valentine's? That's easy. Surprise your squeeze with tickets to a future production and book a matching reservation. The best part: you don't need to move your car between dinner and the show.

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Secret OC Valentine's Pop Up for February 13!

Categories: Holidays

Photo by William Vo
Preparing breakfast

We're less than a month out from the holiday where excessive PDA is acceptable (depending on who you ask). Have you got something planned already? If not, we're here to bounce a few ideas as the conversation hearts prepare to fly. Making something at home is far more romantic than most ideas. However, time and inability to boil water will force some to seek alternatives besides roses and chocolates.

Today, we focus on the element of surprise. Not quite the same as spontaneity, but still an adventurous time. A group known as The Hush Experience coordinates special meals at an undisclosed location. The site's whereabouts are only released 48-hours before the event. Are you game?

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Dining Specials For Newport Beach's Christmas Boat Parade

Categories: Holidays

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Colorado Buffalo Carpaccio from The Winery

Holiday lights cruises have been going on since the 4th, but Wednesday through the 21st is a delightful spectacle that manages to back up Pacific Coast Highway to no end. Yes, the boat parades are baaack! This year, Leslie (This is 40) Mann and Mark (Sugar Ray) McGrath are grand marshals. Don't question, just roll with it.

If you plan on subjecting yourself to the hectic holiday festivities, look no further. We were given some useful restaurant advice to make navigating your evening that much smoother. Six locations in close proximity to those coveted views are offering special menus for all nights of the parade. Click on the names in each description to link to more detailed information.

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South Coast Plaza Opens Sugarfina And Harry & David

A blue box we might be able to afford

If we've learned one thing in recent months, it's that sweets make the world go 'round. Chocolate factories and pastry schools take it to another level, but you can't beat a storefront peddling tasty morsels in fun packaging. Which is exactly why the halls of South Coast Plaza welcomed two heavy hitters for the holidays.

Those who miss Harry & David can rejoice in their temporary home over on Level 1 in Carousel Court. Gourmet edibles, Royal Riviera Pears and . . . .wait for it . . .

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Ten Thanksgiving Meal Options in OC

Categories: Holidays

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While most places are closed on Thanksgiving, there are some that aren't. Disneyland, movie theaters and the following spots are establishments we came up with when rustling up some recommendations. It's a list 'o fun, alphabetized and peppered with noteworthy details. Location info links below guide you to all but Moulin. Remember to call ahead for availability, and don't say we didn't warn you.

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Veterans Day Special At Bruxie

Categories: Bargains, Holidays

Thanks for serving

It's easy to lose sight of what a holiday represents. Whether it be a day off school or work, there is always significance to what we are observing. In a month where we give thanks, today we are thanking those who have served in the armed forces. Regardless of how you feel about the military, these people put their lives before ours. Show some respect.

We looked up lists of food specials for vets, but noticed our go-to waffle brand was left out of the mix. They might not be the big boy chains streaming commercials and celeb endorsements, but Bruxie is a local joint that's done well for themselves.

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Get Your Holiday Baking Done Ahead of Time with Bobby Deen

Food Network

FINALLY "pumpkin spice" season has passed and the local stores aren't the only one thinking of the upcoming holidays. Food Network is rearing up to get us all in the mood with their newest series "Holiday Baking Championship" hosted by Bobby Deen on Sunday, November 9th. Along with judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, Bobby will be on hand to cheer on eight competitors as they flaunt their skills with traditional holiday desserts all in the hopes to win a $50,000 prize. While we might not personally be in the mood for putting up a tree or lighting the candles just yet, we are in the mood for learning a few new recipes and kitchen tricks so we chatted it up with Bobby to see what the show has in store for us.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): The last time we talked you were not married so I wanted to say congrats although I feel like a lot of gals (me) might be sad....

Bobby Deen: Well thank you! I waited a long time and I've been married a little over a year but here's what I know. If your spouse makes you a better person, you've done well.

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Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdale's Preps You For Thanksgiving

Categories: Cooking!, Holidays

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Photo by Meranda Carter/OC Weekly
We heard that chef assigns the BEST homework

Instead of being annoyed by how soon holiday decor is being displayed in stores, we've opted to look on the bright side. Thanksgiving is barely a month away! Cravings for turkey, gravy and pumpkin spices fill us with joy (and calories).

While we brace ourselves for the roundup of places promoting holiday meals, our friends at Charlie Palmer planned ahead. They're offering a cooking class this week! Those who want to slave over a stove can learn from a pro. Everybody else? A bottle of red and white can win over most dinner parties.

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