Tag: food

20
Oct

5 Instagram-Worthy Food Halls in Orange County

Your friend wants carne asada tacos, but you want a steaming bowl of pho. What do you do? Go to a food hall, of course! Food halls are modern food courts offering a wide variety of food vendors and they are the hot, new trend in Orange County! Take a look at the following guide for five of the best food halls in Orange County. Your stomach and Instagram followers will thank us later!

 

TRADE

2222 Michelson Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

 

One of the newest food halls in Orange County, TRADE has taken over Irvine by storm. Located near John Wayne Airport, TRADE is Irvine’s first food hall and home to tasty vendors like Dos Chinos, Slapfish, Afters Ice Cream, Two Birds, Butterleaf, and GD Bro Burger. TRADE has eight restaurants and one bar serving simple, classic cocktails, boutique wines, and 10 taps of craft beer. The open-air concept gives the food hall a fresh vibe, while the delicious food keeps visitors coming back for more.

 

Must try:

  • Avocado Bombs at Butterleaf: diced avocados rolled in crushed corn chips, deep fried and topped with kimchi tiger sauce
  • Maple Bacon Jam Burger at Pig Pen Delicacy: a beef patty topped with swiss cheese, maple bacon jam, chive aioli, crispy onion strings, and a pan fried egg
  • Calamari Bowl at Portside: fresh calamari topped with a bright array of peppers and onions

 

Anaheim Packing House

440 S. Anaheim Blvd

Anaheim, CA 92805

 

Built in 1919 along the Southern Pacific rail line in downtown Anaheim, the Anaheim Packing House is a historic landmark where local farmers would pack their freshly picked citrus to be sold around the country. The restored Packing House is now home to modern cuisine, live entertainment, and so much more. This two-story food hall features a huge central atrium with communal dining surrounded by a variety of vendors as well as outdoor picnic gardens and a huge porch overlooking Farmers’ Park. The Anaheim Packing House contains 25 delicious vendors and a secret bar that you’ve got to check out.

 

Must try:

  • Orange Mocha Chip Ice Cream at Hans Homemade Ice Cream: This unique blend of ice cream is one of their signature creations and just one of their 50 distinct flavors.
  • Short Rib Poutine at The Kroft: french fries and braised short rib topped with short rib gravy, mushrooms, pickled red onions, cheese curds, and parsley
  • Jardiniere Savory Crepe at Pandor Bakery: a crepe stuffed with roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, goat cheese, pesto, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions

 

4th Street Market

201 E 4th St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

 

With 15 different vendors like Falasophy, Chunk N Chip, and Jinny’s Pizzeria, 4th Street Market is the ideal place for foodies. Located in downtown Santa Ana, 4th Street Market offers innovative food, open kitchens, and a fun community space. 4th Street Market also offers movie and trivia nights and tennis table tournaments. So grab your friends and enjoy a fun night with mouthwatering food.

 

Must try:

  • Stoner Papas at Dos Chinos: shoestring french fries piled with carne asada, bolsa roast pork belly, chorizo fried rice, a sunny side up fried egg, salsa verde, onions, and cilantro
  • Alchemistic Blend at Portola Coffee Lab: a blend of the Nicaraguan and Helsar de Zacero blends roasted a smidge darker with distinct notes of baker’s chocolate, dried fruit, toasted almonds and spice.
  • Hawaiian Punch Pop at Front Porch Pops: a seasonal blend of mango, strawberry, and orange on a stick

 

The Camp

2937 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Located across the street from The Lab in Costa Mesa, The Camp is the ideal spot for health and wellness with a hipster vibe. With unique spots like Milk and Honey, Umami Burger, and Black Market Bakery, The Camp provides visitors with a culinary experience. The Camp also offers more than just yummy food as locals enjoy purposeful shopping at various stores and monthly “Last Tuesday’s” Sobeca ARTwalk, film screenings, and special events.

 

Must try:

  • Wine Flight at Wine Lab: three organic red or white wine samples picked specifically for you and poured into picturesque test tubes. Hint: Go during happy hour for $2 off select wine and beer.
  • Bacon PB and J Tacos at Taco Asylum: roasted peanut butter, carrot-ginger jam, fresh greens, sweet and spicy bacon, and pickled fresno chili served on a 5” flour tortilla made from scratch
  • Sesame Kale Macro Bowl at Native Foods Café: seared tempeh atop creamy tahini sauce, tangy sauerkraut, steamed kale and organic brown rice served with toasted sesame seeds, green onions and crunchy cucumber salad

 

Lot 579

21010 Pacific Coast Hwy

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

 

Located in Huntington Beach’s fun, new entertainment complex, Pacific City, Lot 579 is named after the three lifeguard towers on the beach directly across the street from the complex. With a variety of vendors, Lot 579 serves everything from Australian meat pies to fresh seafood and more. Pick up a delightful snack after a day at the beach or grab lunch to go as you shop at the nearby stores. Lot 579 has it all!

 

Must try:

  • Spaghetti Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Burnt Crumbs: pressed spaghetti, fresh mozzarella, and meat sauce in between slices of sourdough bread with a marinara dipping sauce
  • Grilled Seafood Sandwich at Bear Flag Fish Co.: your choice of fish served with lettuce, tomato, onion & Tommy sauce on a C’est Si Bon baguette
  • Californipa at The Dudes’ Brewing Company: This local IPA is just one of 24 different brews on tap at their new tasting room.

With all the delicious food halls in Orange County, what’s not to love? Orange County is the ideal place to live! Contact Stacy and Nicole to make Orange County your home today!

06
Oct

5 Secrets About Living in Orange County You Have to Hear

From the magic of Disneyland to the chill vibes of Huntington Beach, Orange County is home to a lot of popular tourist destinations. But what people who are new to the area wouldn’t know is that Orange County is also full of a lot of other hidden gems. Check out these five secrets about living in Orange County that only locals would know!

 

1. It’s not always how it looks on tv

Orange County is known as the infamous backdrop to popular shows like Laguna Beach, The Hills, and The O.C. These shows often depict beautiful stars having the time of their lives as they cruise along the traffic-free coast in their Mercedes or frolic down the empty beaches in Newport. While these portrayals may have some truth behind them, others are pure exaggerations for the sake of entertainment. In reality, some of these shows weren’t even filmed in Orange County. So no, locals don’t actually call Orange County “The O.C.” and not everyone drives a Mercedes, but there are so many reasons why the reality of Orange County is even better than how it appears on television. Good food? Check. Awesome people? You bet. Fun adventures? Of course. Orange County really does have it all and television shows just don’t do this extraordinary place justice.

 

2. Traffic is no joke

…but there are ways to get around it! If you’ve ever been to Orange County, you’ve probably heard people referring to the 5, the 22, the 55, and the 405. These seemingly random numbers are actually names of freeways and talking about the best way to navigate the roads is like another language to Orange County residents. Orange County natives have mastered the art of the sometimes hectic freeways and you can too by following these tips. First, avoid rush hour. Although it varies depending on the freeway and your direction of travel, the weekday morning commute is generally from 7:30am to 9am, while the after-work commute typically lasts from 4pm to 6:30pm. Fridays, however, are a whole different story with the after-work commute starting as early as 1pm. If you’re traveling on the weekend, it’s best to start early or after dinner to avoid the potential traffic from people heading off to their next adventure. Another helpful tip is to download Google Maps or Waze. Unlike some other GPS systems, these apps offer alternative routes and route changes to help you get to your destination as quickly as possible. Since Orange County has so many exciting things to do and something for everyone in each city, the freeways can get a bit crazy, but the priceless memories you’ll make from your day trip to the beach or the many laughs you’ll have during your amusement park adventure will make the commute more than worth it!

 

3. The best day to go to the beach is Wednesday

…or any weekday really. It’s no secret that Orange County is home to some of the best beaches along the West Coast. There’s the infamous Newport Beach, tourist favorite Laguna Beach, and the holy grail of surfing, Huntington Beach, just to name a few! But with the wildly popular beaches comes the huge crowds and parking nightmare. So when’s the best time to go to your favorite beach without all the hassle? Well, from our experience living in Orange County, we found that the middle of the week is the best time to escape the crowds that tend to populate every Saturday and Sunday. If you are going on a weekend, however, try to beat the rush and head to the beach in the early morning. Nothing sounds better than a peaceful morning relaxing on the beach followed by a delicious brunch along the water. Another beach tip is to avoid the peak of summer if possible. Autumn is an ideal time to visit the beach and it’s Southern California so the weather is always perfect regardless of the time of year!

 

4. Orange County is home to a lot of foodies

From the octopus ceviche at Javier’s in Newport Beach to the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Costa Mesa, Orange County hosts a wide variety of cuisine. Every city has their specialties, so almost every type of food is accessible as long as you know where to go. Want to find the best food without taking all the time and effort to do the research? Check out some of our past blogs to find the best dessert spots , top brunch destinations, and more!

 

5. Orange County really is the best place to live!

Orange County has more than just gorgeous beaches and yummy grub. The fantastic sights, relaxing vibes, and plethora of things to do are giving locals so much to love about their hometowns. Comprised of 34 cities with over three million residents, Orange County is much more diverse than television may lead people to believe. Looking for a quiet place where you can walk around the farmer’s’ market or browse antique stores? Old towne Orange is the perfect place for you. Maybe you want something with a bit more nightlife? Check out Fullerton and everything the city has to offer. In Orange County, there truly is something for everyone!

 

Interested in moving to Orange County? Let us know and we’d be more than happy to help!

26
Jun

Guide to 4th of July in Orange County

Orange County might be the best place to be for the Fourth of July weekend! There’s activities for kids, adults and families all across the area, so you can stay local in your town, or venture over to another city. Here we have compiled a list of events, parades and festivals going on across Orange County for the Fourth so you can figure out where you want to be for this fun holiday!

Huntington Beach: 4th of July Parade and Pier Festival

The celebration at Huntington Beach actually takes place over the course of three days! The 4th of July celebrations and festival takes place from July 2-4. Come down to the pier and adjoining streets anytime from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. for art and craft exhibitors, food vendors, live music and family games. On the Fourth there is

Newport Beach: Old Glory Boat Parade

Newport Beach is always a fun place to be in the afternoon on the Fourth of July because local and visiting boat owners like to decorate their boats and take them around the harbor. Whether you’re on a boat yourself or watching from the shore, this boat parade is always entertaining for the whole family!

Brea: Country Fair

How better to spend the Fourth of July than playing carnival games and eating fair food? The fair takes place in the City Hall Park and is open to the public. You can get your day started at 10 a.m. with this fun event! The Brea County Fair is a great place to bring the kids because there are lots of kid-friendly exhibits, games and even a parade.

Irvine: Concert on the Green Firework and Festival

Come out to the Irvine High School Stadium for an afternoon of fun activities beginning at 3 p.m.! There will be live music throughout the evening, games and bounce houses for the children, food vendors, and of course a firework show at 9 p.m.

Dana Point: Ocean View BBQ Buffet

Head down to Laguna Cliffs on the evening of the Fourth for one of the best buffets all year! This spectacular Fourth of July extravaganza is hosted by the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. This event requires a little more advanced planning however. Families looking to attend the extravagant buffet from 5:00-8:30 p.m. must make reservations ahead of time. An adult ticket for $99 or a child ticket for $40 includes valet parking, a full buffet equipped with a mac and cheese station, live entertainment and music and a full-blown firework show to finish off the night.

Fullerton: Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival

If Fullerton is the place you want to be on the Fourth then head over to the Fullerton High School Stadium for a celebration similar to Irvine. Beginning at 5 p.m. this celebration offers live bands, great food and carnival games to amuse the children until the firework show begins at 9 p.m.

Tustin: Annual Celebration

On this hectic day, Tustin invites locals and visitors to stop by the Tustin High School for an enjoyable evening of music, food and entertainment. Many families like to pack their own picnic and bring blankets and chairs to set up. A variety of drinks and snacks can also be purchased at the event. It’s a great way to socialize and involve yourself in the community. Fireworks also begin at 9 p.m. for this event!

Wherever you end up spending the 4th of July we’re sure you’ll have a great time! Orange County is such a great area to be because the fun never stops. You can always find excitement, but you can also find peace and relaxation depending on what you’re looking for! If you want more information on Orange County or the individual communities do not hesitate to contact us today!

17
May

5 Restaurants in Orange to Try Now

Orange is a quaint community with a charming town center, great shopping and amazing food! There are great restaurants all over Orange County, but the city of Orange has some hidden gems that should be on the top of your list for this weekend! We have laid out a guide to some of our favorite eating spots and top menu picks!

Smoqued

For the best barbeque in Orange County look no further than the award-winning barbeque served up at Smoqued in the Orange Circle. This intimate spot combines wood smoked meats with some of the best beer crafted in California! If you’re with a large group, the Smoqued Pork Nachos are a must to order.

Francoli Gourmet

Craving an intimate atmosphere and divine food? Francoli Gourmet sits on one of the four corners of the Orange Circle, but is possibly the biggest hidden gem of Orange. Francoli Gourmet creates authentic Northern Italian cuisine dishes that will spark anyone’s taste buds. This restaurant offers diners the best Italian food in all of Orange County. One dish is better than the next, and to top it off, any meal is followed by classic Italian desserts. One of our personal favorite desserts is the Chocolate Fondant Cake!

Rutabegorz

                Operating out of a 100 year-old historical home, Rutabegorz is the perfect place for a relaxing meal. All of the food is organic and the menu is extensive- you will not know what to pick! Some of our favorite menu items include the Garlic Chicken Salad, Joe’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich and the Gringo Burrito. Not only are the entrées and appetizers fantastic, but the desserts and incredible too! With cookies as big as your face, and seasonal selections, Rutabegorz is our destination for all things sweet!

Orange Hill Restaurant

Looking for the perfect date night? Orange Hill Restaurant sits atop one of the highest points in Orange and overlooks all of Orange County. Orange Hill is the perfect place for a romantic, upscale dinner. For the ultimate experience, make reservations around sunset to see one of the best views for miles. The restaurant has different menus for brunch, dinner and sunset (a pre-determined three-course menu), but the food is equally as decadent and delicious on all of them. The restaurant can also be rented out for special events, along with the O Bar featured at Orange Hill.

Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café

If you need more than just a cup of coffee for breakfast, head over to Watson’s Soda Fountain in the circle for some of the most decadent breakfast items you’ve ever seen! The restaurant was recently remodeled and the interior is a fun and upbeat atmosphere- great for families and small children. A few breakfast items you can’t go wrong with are the Nutella Stuffed Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros or Lone Range Benedict. If you still have enough room in your stomach, the lunch and dinner menu is equally as incredible. However, you never have to choose a certain type of meal because breakfast is served all day at Watson’s! A must-try at Watson’s are their famous shakes and malts, some of which are even spiked!

For more information on Orange and great restaurants to try, get in contact with our team today! We can offer advice and show you homes on the market in Orange.

               

14
Mar

Get Lucky with the Help of the Irish

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Top of the mornin’ to ya! Hopefully your month of March is off to a fantastic start. I absolutely love this month for many reasons (my oldest sons birthday, March Madness, the smell of spring and of course green beer). While I’m sure my oldest (Kyle) would love for me to talk about his birthday, my focus is on the green beer, corn beef and cabbage. I have listed 10 Irish worthy pubs within the Orange County area, some I’v been to and others I’ll visit on Friday the 17th. So wear green or get pinched!  See you out and about!

  1. The Irishman

422 Olive Ave, Hunting Beach CA 92648

     2. The Harp Inn

130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa CA 92627

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       3. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Ctr Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660

      4. Silky Sulivans

10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708

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      5. Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach CA 92663

      6. Branagan’s Irish Pub

213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton CA 92832

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    7. O’Hara’s Pub

150 N Glassell St, Orange CA 92866

    8. The Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

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      9. Durty Nelly’s

2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626

       10. Killarney Pub & Grill

209 Main St, Huntington Beach CA 92648

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While every good Irish lad enjoys an ol’ fashion pub crawl, PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Please designate your non-Irish (sober) friend as your driver or just phone one of the many available services. (Uber/Lift/Yellow cab). Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, we don’t get lucky at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team we’re just that good!