SoCal Restaurant: James Republic in Long Beach

Dining at James Republic Restaurant in Orange County

James Republic is a chic, airy restaurant located in Long Beach, California. You’ll find a comfortable dining room with open walls to the outdoors providing a warm SoCal breeze for you to enjoy while you eat the Modern California Coastal cuisine that James Republic serves.

The Menu at James Republic

The cuisine philosophy at James Republic has a focus on farm to table. The kitchen is chef driven, meaning new menu items are constantly being offered depending on what’s in season and what can be found fresh locally. Those who like to know where their food came from before eating it can dine assuredly at James Republic.

The farm to table ingredients make up a menu that is rich in vegetables, including kale, brussel sprouts, and asparagus. You’ll also find grass-fed burgers on the menu alongside steak, chicken, and pork entrées from local farms. Vegetarians will love the plant-based entrée options, such as a grilled cauliflower steak. Seafood options are also available ranging from mussels to octopus to wahoo.

James Republic Location

James Republic is located at 500 East First Street in the Marriott Courtyard Long Beach Downtown hotel. To make reservations, call 562-901-0235.

If you’re interested in sampling some of James Republic’s stellar farm to table cuisine, you’re in luck – this weekend James Republic will be one of the restaurants participating in the Great Wine Festival. The Great Wine Festival is an Orange County-based event presented by Celebrity Cruises and helps to raise money for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. It will be held on May 31, 2014 at the Orange County Great Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale until Friday for over 50% off via an Amazon local sale. In addition to local restaurants, the Great Wine Festival will have a wide assortment of California wineries and local breweries offering samples.

Orange County Restaurant Review: Maro Wood Grill

Maro Wood Grill is a small family-run eatery in Laguna Beach, California, that packs a big taste. The cuisine served at Maro Wood Grill isn’t just flavorful, it’s also locally sourced and organically produced. The owners of Maro Wood Grill grew up in Argentina and Colorado and wanted to bring the way of dining they remembered – one that was derived from local agriculture and ranching – to Southern California.

Maro Wood Grill Cuisine

The food at Maro Wood Grill comes from local farmer’s markets and nearby ranches that raise free-range livestock and grass-fed cattle. The latter makes for one of the most popular menu items at Maro Wood Grill: a juicy burger from meat that the diner can be assured was ethically raised and produced. Other popular menu items at Maro Wood Grill include the assortment of Empanadas on the appetizer menu. Choose from chicken, mushroom, beef, or spinach and delight in dipping them in the house made aioli they’re served with. You’ll find many other veggie- and meat-based dishes on the menu, several of which are cooked with Mesquite flavors.

Maro Wood Grill Ambiance

The ambiance at Maro Wood Grill is casual while retaining a degree of upscale sophistication. The inside area only has a few tables with the majority of the dining area on an outside patio – when weather is as constantly gorgeous as it is in Laguna Beach, this is where you’ll likely want to sit; however, if you’d prefer inside, be sure to call and make a reservation.

Maro Wood Grill Location

Maro Wood Grill has a small parking lot with a few spots and if those are taken, street parking can be found nearby. Maro Wood Grill is located close to the beach at 1915 South Coast Highway. You can contact Maro Wood Grill at 949-793-4044. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is closed on Monday.

To sample some of the organic cuisine Maro Wood Grill serves, head to the Great Wine Festival this Saturday, May 31, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park. The event is hosted by Celebrity Cruises and benefits a good cause: the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. The event will have a variety of California wineries serving samples of their best wines plus an assortment of local breweries and restaurants, such as Maro Wood Grill. You can save 51% off the ticket price until May 30 through a local Amazon special.

Celebrate National Chardonnay Day with the Great Wine Festival

It’s May 22, which means…it’s National Chardonnay Day! This gives wine lovers everywhere a day to appreciate the fine delicacy and tastes of Chardonnay — and an excuse to pour yourself a glass of the diverse wine.

Chardonnay is a white wine often characterized by oak and citrus fruit flavors, sometimes with buttery undertones. Chardonnay enthusiasts generally have a preference when it comes to how the wine is aged as well; Chardonnay aged in oak barrels tends to have a heavier, almost creamy taste that carries hints of the oak it was aged in, while steel barrel aged Chardonnay is lighter and crisper. When it comes to food, Chardonnay often pairs well with shellfish, chicken and pasta in a non-tomato based sauce. Chardonnay is grown all over the world and is one of the most widely consumed white wines.

For National Chardonnay Day, many winemakers are celebrating the day by hosting special events at their tasting rooms. Here at Celebrity Cruises, we’re also celebrating by offering 25% off tickets to the Great Wine Festival on May 31 in Orange County, California. The Great Wine Festival will have wineries from all over California exhibiting and offering tastings, plus local restaurants and breweries will also be at the festival and have samples available. And yes, Chardonnay will be poured at the Great Wine Festival. Here are the wineries that will be offering tastings of Chardonnay:

Benziger Family Winery
Cholame Vineyards
Frisby Cellars
Gagnon Cellars
Grgich Hills Estate Wines
Jackson Family Wines
Jordan Vineyard and Winery
Malibu Rocky Oaks
PRP Wine International
Wente Vineyards
Zaca Mesa Winery and Vineyards

That’s a lot of Chardonnay to try! Find your favorite when they’re all in one place. The Great Wine Festival is on May 31 from 2pm to 5pm in Irvine. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information on the event, visit www.GreatWine

Riptide Sushi and Teppanyaki Restaurant in Orange County

Restaurant Review of Riptide Sushi and Teppanyaki Restaurant

You know you’re in for a good time when dining at Riptide restaurant in Mission Viejo, California, when you look at the eatery’s full name: Riptide Rockin’ Sushi and Teppan Grills. As the name suggests, Riptide focuses on fresh sushi and Teppanyaki.

Riptide Sushi Rolls and Other Menu Items

The sushi at Riptide ranges from sashimi to hand rolls to specialty rolls. For the latter, try the Burrito Roll, which puts an interesting twist on a shrimp tempura roll by adding cilantro and a spicy sauce. The Emperor’s Roll is the sushi to order for a special occasion as it’s made with Alaskan King Crab, Beluga Black Caviar, and  Sicilian white truffle oil among other high end ingredients.

In addition to specialty rolls, Riptide has a section of the menu called Reef Shark Specials, which has delicious seafood appetizers like baked green mussels, spicy tuna tostada, albacore pizza, and crab stuffed mushrooms.

Under the Teppanyaki section of the menu, diners can choose seafood or chicken and steak options. Your meal is then prepared right in front of you as an expert chef puts on an entertaining show as he slices and dices your ingredients and cooks them up on the large griddle right at your table.

Riptide has a couple specials throughout the week. Every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. you can take advantage of all you can eat sushi. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Riptide Rockin’ Sushi and Teppan Grills Location

Riptide is located at 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy Suite 325 in Mission Viejo, California. You can reach them at 949-282-0182.

Riptide Sushi and Teppanyaki Restaurant at the Great Wine Festival

Interested in sampling some of Riptide’s cuisine? Head to the Great Wine Festival on May 31 where Riptide is a participant and will be sharing some of its culinary delights alongside other Orange County restaurants and top California wineries plus a few breweries. The event is hosted by Celebrity Cruises and raises money for a local charity organization, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Tickets are $100 per person ($60 for Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club Members) and can be purchased here. The Great Wine Festival will be held at the Orange County Great Park. To stay up to date on information for the event, follow the Great Wine Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival

Orange County-based event featuring local craft beer, restaurants and LOTS of wine.

Presented by Celebrity Cruises in Orange County, California, the Great Wine Festival centers around wine, food and beer, though at its heart is a good cause: LegalAid of Orange County, which provides free and low-cost legal services to Southern California individuals who may otherwise be denied access to justice.

In addition to being for a good cause, the Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival is also the cruise industry’s first land-based food and wine festival. The event will feature a wide range of local and national brands, including California wineries and breweries plus local Orange County restaurants. You’ll be able to sample wine and beer plus munch on a variety of tasty food samples.

Wineries and Food Vendors at the Great Wine Festival

Some of the companies that will be in attendance include Cakebread, Zaca Mesa, Kendall Jackson, Wente, Pyramid Brewing and Samuel Adam’s for wineries and brewhouses, and Slapfish, Bluewater Grill, Caly Oven, Zimzala, Riptide and James Republic for restaurants. This is only a sample of the wines, beers and foods you’ll find at the festival — you’ll have to attend to experience the rest!

Celebrity Cruises’ will also have one of its sommeliers at the event, teaching attendees about the art of drinking wine, along with Celebrity’s Executive Chef, John Suley, who will be providing samples of the cuisine you can find on board a Celebrity cruise.

In addition, those dreaming of their next exotic vacation can mingle with representatives from Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand, two of the sponsors for the Great Wine Festival.

The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival is Saturday, May 31, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at Orange County Great Park. Tickets are $75 if purchased by May 12. After then, it will go up to $100 per ticket. If you are a member of Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club, your ticket is just $60. You can purchase tickets here. Hope to see you there!

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