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Enter to win tickets to Taste of North Park from San Diego CityBeat - I just entered here! http://sdcitybeat.secondstreetapp.com/Enter-to-win-tickets-to-Taste-of-North-Park/referrals/
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Oxford Industries, home to Tommy Bahama serves a well-heeled customer, less sensitive to a poor economy says CEO Tom Chubb.
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A class-action law suit has been brought against StarKist by a man who alleged the company was purposely under-filling the cans by a few tenths of an ounce.
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You may think the chili pepper is a relative newcomer in American ag, but fact is, George Washington cultivated hot chilies on his farm in Mount Vernon. Since then, it’s evolv...
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PRIZE PACK FOR THE GOSPEL MUSIC GETAWAY TO THE SMOKIES INCLUDES: 4 VIP SEATS TO 2015 NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION THUR-SUN 4 TICKETS TO DIXIE STAMPEDE’S SPECIAL NQC SHOW 4 TICKETS TO DOLLYWOOD THEME PARK ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 4 AT DOLLYWOOD'S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CABINS $250 TANGER OUTLETS GIFT CARD FREE MUSIC FROM ALL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS FOLLOWED ON TWITTER *The winner will receive one free album from each artist listed in the contest and followed on Tw...
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It can sometimes feel like hooking your own fish would be easier than navigating the ever-growing dos and don'ts when it comes to sustainable seafood. But finding fish that's ...
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The Second Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival starts October 2, 2015
The festival buzz
started on July 30, 2015 with a media preview of the chef line-up and wines being
featured at the Second Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. All of the chefs
gave us a small-bite preview of the caliber they aim to show during the
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The festival buzz started on July 30, 2015 with a media preview of the chef line-up and wines being featured at the Second Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. All of the chefs gave us a small-bite preview of the caliber they aim to show during the festival which starts on Friday, ...
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From whiskey tastings to getting your picture taking in front of THAT sign, here're 15 sweet free things to do in Vegas.
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It’s Hatch Chile season with Melissa’s Produce and Gelson’s Market + recipe
Melissa’s
Produce is all about Hatch Chile season. They are only available for a few
short weeks each year, in August and September and Gelson’s Market is a prime location
to catch the roasting process in action. The aroma will draw you in as the
chargrille...
Melissa's Produce is all about Hatch Chile season. They are only available for a few short weeks each year, in August and September and Gelson's Market is a prime location to catch the roasting process in action. The aroma will draw you in as the chargrilled chiles tumble inside the roasters.
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Slapfish showcases sustainable seafood at University Center in Irvine, California
On July 28, 2015, Chef Andrew
Gruel made his sustainable seafood mark with the opening of the fifth location
of Slapfish after beginning his journey back in 2011 with a food truck. The
success of bringing sustainable, quality seafood to the masses is a fine...
On July 28, 2015, Chef Andrew Gruel made his sustainable seafood mark with the opening of the fifth location of Slapfish after beginning his journey back in 2011 with a food truck. The success of bringing sustainable, quality seafood to the masses is a fine business example to show to budding ...
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22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival was HOT HOT HOT
The SoCal summer heat sizzled
in the morning as we began our trip to Oxnard, CA. We seem to be spending a lot
of time in Oxnard this year with the Hamburger and Hops Festival , California Strawberry Festival ,
and using Oxnard as our hotel base for our trip...
The SoCal summer heat sizzled in the morning as we began our trip to Oxnard, CA. We seem to be spending a lot of time in Oxnard this year with the Hamburger and Hops Festival, California Strawberry Festival, and using Oxnard as our hotel base for our trip to Santa Barbara.
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OC Food Diva is a local foodie in Orange County, CA with 11 years experience in restaurants - from kitchen to service to menu & restaurant design. With an adventurous appetite, Chelsea scours Orange County (and the rest of the USA) for great eats.
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Your meal starts with house-made artisanal bread paired with a chile compound butter. They are shaped like bread sticks but they are much more than that. They are personal loaves of bread baked just for you. The chile compound butter is amazing! The hubby liked it so much, he wants me to make it at home. Rating: 5/5 Tortilla Soup is served French bisque-style where the queso fresco, jocoque, and tortilla strips are in the bowl and the bisque-like soup base is poured tableside in front of the guest. It's "eatertainment" at its best! The soup is creamy like bisque but not as heavy. The flavors are perfectly paired and balanced for a tortilla soup experience that you will never forget. Rating: 4.8/5 Beets are served with goat cheese, strawberry, and peanuts. The presentation is beautiful with reddish purple beets with accents of green baby spinach, red strawberries, white jicama and goat cheese, and tan dots of peanuts. The beets are tender and sweet. The goat cheese's creaminess and tangy notes balance well with the sweet beets. Rating: 4.3/5 #BorrachoProblems is sous vide octopus enveloped in chorizo sauce and served atop plantain puree. The octopus is tender from a full day in the sous vide. The spicy chorizo sauce allows the flavor of the octopus shine through. The spiciness balances with the sweet plantain puree. Rating: 5/5 Asada is chilaquiles served with hanger steak and topped with a poached egg. The chilaquiles are robust with smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors from the chiles. The cojita cheese adds a creamy yet salty flavor. The hanger steak is tender and adds a chargrilled flavor to the dish. The flavor profile is a bit reminiscent of Italian cuisine. The egg is perfectly poached and adds a sensually silky sauce when the yolk is broken. Rating: 5/5 Tres Leches Cake is topped with "egg nog" and dark chocolate ice creams. The presentation is a piece of art with the bright orange, torquoise, and black colors on the plate. The tres leches cake is sopping with sweet and creamy flavor. The "egg nog" ice cream is rich with yolky, custard flavor. The dark chocolate is not too sweet with a unique Mexican chocolate flavor all its own. It's shareable and a great way to end your meal with friends and family. Rating: 5/5
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Since we were surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, we were craving Hawaiian food. A few miles inland is Poke Etc. It's located in the Ralphs shopping center on the corner of Cherry Avenue and Carson Street. They have more than just poke, they have plate lunches like kalua pig, lau lau, shoyu chicken, and more. Kama'aina Plate ($10.95) is a combo plate with kalua pig, lau lau, a scoop of rice with a sprinkle of furikake, and choice of poke. The kalua pig had a good porky flavor and was seasoned properly with just salt. The lau lau was pretty good too with pork, pork fat, butterfish, and steamed in ti leaves. The Limu Ahi Poke was one of the most authentic pokes I've had on the mainland with limu (ogo), green onions, onions, sesame oil, and shoyu. No avocados, no mangos, no pineapples, just da kine simple stuff! Onolicious to da max! The only thing that was missing was a scoop of mac salad. Rating: 4.5/5 We also got a half pound of Limu Tako (octopus) Poke. The tako was sliced thick enough for the flavors to penetrate the meat. Again, just basic and authentic. Onolicious! Rating: 5/5
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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is irresistible to the sweet tooth. Of course, they have chocolate, but they also offer candy apples, fudge, brittles, and more. Dark Chocolate Rocky Road was calling my mom's name. The dark chocolate enrobed marshmallows and almonds for a decadent treat. We would have saved it for later but it would have melted on the walk back to the car. The low rating is for the customer service. The gal behind the counter talking with friends in Spanish and not really interested in actually serving guests that were coming in. There was a tourist in front of us. Not sure how long he was waiting before we got there. He wanted to ask questions about what was in the different chocolates. She answered one of his questions and then walked back to her friends to talk more. He finally gave up and just left. My mom really wanted some Rocky Road and it took us a while to get the gal's attention again to come and serve us. Not sure I will be back in if I see this gal working.
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When the Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach in 1967, it was decided to partition the Starboard side of the glass enclosed Promenade Deck to make way for the restaurants since the original dining areas did not have a beautiful view of Rainbow Harbor and the Long Beach skyline. In recent years, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar has been given an authentic British chowder house makeover with subway-tiled walls, tables covered with butcher block paper, and decorative tin ceilings. Singapore Sling (origins early 1900's) is made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, BOLS Cherry Brandy, B&B, Cointreau, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and dash of Angostura bitters. This has been one of my favorite cocktails since the early 1990s and it just tasted so much better aboard the Queen Mary. The hurricane-shaped glass gave the feel of sailing away and the tropical flavors of the drink itself puts you in full relaxation mode. Rating: 5/5 Fried Calamari is served with lemon aioli and spicy tomato sauce. The calamari was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The batter was unexpectedly peppery. It would be better with a lighter batter. Both dipping sauces work well so experiment to your taste. Rating: 4.8/5 Miso Glazed Grouper is braised grouper with miso, bok choy, leek, scallion, peppers, shiitake mushrooms, daikon, and carrots. This had a great combination of Asian flavors. The grouper was meaty and succulent. But the bell pepper flavor was a little too strong for the dish. Being a little heavier on the miso would be an improvement as well. Since there is a lot of broth on the bottom, rice or soba noodles would be a nice touch. Rating: 4.3/5 Blackboard Daily Special was blackened salmon, scallops, and shrimp topped with lemon caper sauce. The salmon was tender, succulent, and just melts in the mouth like butter. The scallops and shrimp were cooked to perfection. The lemon caper sauce was subtle and let the seafood be the star of the dish. The asparagus and potatoes were the perfect accompaniment. Rating: 5/5 Flourless Chocolate Cake was light with pudding-like texture. It had a rich chocolate flavor and the ganache coating was velvety and smooth. Rating: 5/5
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Even though modern cruise ships are much larger, the Queen Mary still has a larger than life personality when you are up close. The best part about this cruise ship is that you will never get sea sick. The registration desk is manned by a most courteous crew. They will check you in and help you with any question you have whether it's about the Queen Mary or surround Long Beach area. Walking down the hall to your room is just like being on a standard cruise ship with the almost infinite hallway to the bow and to the stern. The Queen Mary crew has done a fantastic job of keeping the ship just like it was back in the 1930's through the 1950's, from authentic polished wood paneling, original artwork, Art Deco style, and operable portholes. The Deluxe Stateroom (with either a king bed or two twin beds) was once the preferred choice for first-class travelers when the ship was in operation. Starboard side rooms have a view of Rainbow Harbor. Standard amenities include: operable portholes, 32" LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, authentic Art Deco mirror and original built-in storage/closets. The bathroom, with its original fixtures, is much roomier than a standard cruise ship. After dinner, it was time to explore the ship. It's a great time to do some window shopping and get some great pictures without the crowds of tourists. As night fell, the fog started to roll in, providing that eerie, haunting feeling that many come to experience at the Queen Mary. From the sun deck, you can see the Rainbow Bridge in the harbor lit up as well as the Long Beach skyline. A foggy morning loomed over Long Beach, CA, as the sun tried its best to break through the marine layer. In order to get our day started, coffee was definitely needed to awaken our weary eyes. Midship Marketplace is located on the port side of the Promenade Deck. They served Starbucks coffee products along with pastries, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, and more. Decorative accents like colors, design themes, and use of the Greek key pattern on the counter and floor tile pay homage to the former Midships Bar and Lounge located in this very space. Iced Caramel Macchiato, Mocha Frappuccino, strawberry danish, and blueberry muffin were on the menu for our light breakfast. We sat at a table right outside on the Promenade Deck and watch as the fog continued to roll in on the port side. After breakfast, it was time to take a walk outside on the Sun Deck. The marine layer was starting to burn off and the Long Beach skyline began to appear along with the marina, Parker's Lighthouse, and the Long Beach Convention Center with its oceanic mural of the Pacific Ocean. Juvenile sea gulls were taking in the view as well from the handrails. It was time to head back to the room for a little rest before our ship tour. Commodore Everette Hoard led our ship tour of the Queen Mary. The construction of the Queen Mary started in December 1930 at John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. After a delayed construction, due to the Great Depression, the R.M.S. Queen Mary launched on her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936. She became the most popular Atlantic liner of the late 1930s from Southampton, England to New York with a stop in Cherbourg, France. The ship was stocked with 50,000 pounds of meat, 20,000 pounds of poultry, 17,000 pounds of fish, 9,000 pounds of bacon and ham, 2,000 pounds of sausage, 14,500 bottles of wine, 20,000 bottles of beer, 6,000 gallons of draught, 4,000 pounds of coffee and tea, 25,000 packages of cigarettes, 5,000 cigars, 21,000 tablecloths, 91,000 napkins, 16,000 pieces of cutlery, 200,000 pieces of crockery, and 100,000 pieces of china and glassware. So much more that I can't fit in this review! You'll have to check it out yourself. :)
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The Funnel House is a great place to stop for a snack. Funnel Sundae is a funnel cake topped with your choice of ice cream and toppings. We went with vanilla ice cream with strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream. It's a healthy (large) serving so it is great for sharing. The funnel cake was fried to perfection with a crispy outside and fluffy inside. The vanilla ice cream was perfect as a cold treat on a warm day. The strawberries and bananas just made it like a "sundae". For a true sundae, the only thing missing was a cherry on top. Rating: 4.5/5
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Café Scuba has a nice selection of salads, pizza, sandwiches, soups, and hot items. Look for the special sustainable menu item to do your part to keep our seafood thriving by eating sustainably. The Sustainable Special of the Day was Parmesan Crusted Salmon served with market vegetables, roasted potatoes, and lemon compound butter. The salmon was cooked to a requested rare. The parmesan crust was flavorful adding a salty tone. The addition of sautéed vegetables and roasted potatoes made it a meal without it being not too heavy and just right for lunch. Rating: 5/5 Half Sandwich and Soup Special is your choice of sandwich and a bowl of soup. Tuna Salad on Pumpernickel was okay. The tuna salad was your average run-of-the-mill offering with mayo and such. The pumpernickel bread could have been softer. The addition of provolone, lettuce, and tomato gave it some texture and made it refreshing. The clam chowder was rich, thick, hearty, and creamy. It contained a healthy amount of clams and bacon added a salty, smoky flavor. It also had a nice mix of vegetables - potatoes, red bell peppers, and onions. Rating: 3.8/5 The Brownies are more cake-like than brownie. It was moist with a rich chocolate flavor. The chocolate chips were a nice textural and flavor surprise. Rating: 5/5
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