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

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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

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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

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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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Surge, Legendary Cult Soda from the 90s, is BACK!

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From 1920 to 1933, America experienced the dark days of Prohibition. Apparently forgetting the lessons taught by those 13 grueling years, America endured a similar dry spell of the nation's lifeblood from 2001 until today, this most historic and glorious of days.

Surge is back, you guys.

The legendary super-soda with a cult following reigned supreme in the late 90s with it's "fully loaded" citrus taste that came with a buzz fit for a rabid monkey, much to the chagrin of parents everywhere.

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Five Father's Day Recommendations For This Weekend

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I hope you have a big trunk, because that's a big bike.

Let's be honest. Sometimes you want someone to do the thinking for you. Instead of browsing ratings or reviews, an emphatic "Go Here" is enough reason to hit up a place. A place with beer, wine and liquor, plus its share of belt-loosening grub. Keep calm and Chive on-- here are five for your consideration.

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Five Places In OC to Dine for Mother's Day

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Smile and say Mom!

Flowers? Check. Glittery card? Check. Reservations for Mother's Day? Good question. Here are a few last minute options for you to ponder. Don't forgot to make reservations!

Ways & Means Oyster House - Orange

Our recent On the Line subjects will be in the kitchen come Sunday for a full day of holiday dining. Brunch will be served between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For $25, patrons are given options during their three-course prix fixe like a Benediction with braised duck leg. At night, the price amplifies to $45, but now includes items like white chocolate berry cobbler with streusel and housemade vanilla ice cream.

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10 Places For Easter Dining in OC

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Eggs: Making asparagus bundles even better.

Easter eats are a Sunday treat. This year's roundup is a little beach-centric, and for good reason. Most shopping plazas are closed for the day, so it's the perfect reason to get out for some patio dining. Our list travels from Laguna to Anaheim and back, so select your destination, set your Waze app and go!

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