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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:23

Pujols at Christmas Boat Parade

TASTE News Service, December 4, 2018 - Three-time National League MVP and two-time World Series champion, Albert Pujols will preside as Grand Marshal for the opening night of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:39

Top California Cities for Vegetarians

TASTE News Service, October 16, 2018 - November 1 is being identified as World Vegan Day and research showing that skipping meat can save the average person at least $750 per year.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 17:25

The Taste Debuts in Costa Mesa

TASTE News Service October 2, 2018 – The Los Angeles Times has announced the lineup for its inaugural Orange County edition of The Taste.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 20:06

Five Things You Didn't Know About Buena Park

Knotts Berry PicmonkeyTASTE News Service December 9, 2015 - Located just five miles from Disneyland, 10 miles from Huntington Beach and 20 miles from Los Angeles is the town of Buena Park. The city is home to entertainment, interactive dinner shows and one-of-kind shopping.

Here are a few facts about this Orange County city you may not have known:

1. The Boysenberry was born in Buena Park

In 1926, Walter Knott created the Boysenberry - a hybrid of the Loganberry, blackberry and raspberry. The boysenberry was first sold at his roadside fruit stand which eventually grew to a restaurant and later America's first theme park – Knott's Berry Farm. Today, Knott's honors their storied past with their annual Boysenberry Festival which features Boysenberry treats, food and beverages.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 23:36

New flight into Sonoma Wine Country announced

Horizon Air Q400 PicmonkeyTASTE News Service, November 11, 2015 - Direct flights from Orange County into Sonoma Wine Country will begin on March 16, 2016, according to Alaska Airlines. Flights from Orange County will depart at 12:15 p.m. and arrive at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa at 1:46 p.m. Flights from Santa Rosa will depart at 12:40 p.m. and arrive in Orange County at 2:11 p.m.

John Wayne Airport will be the second airport that offers non-stop flights from the Los Angeles basin. The other is LAX. Other destinations are Portland, San Diego, and Seattle. John Wayne Airport will be convenient for travelers from beach cities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, as well as the inland areas of Irvine, Orange, and Anaheim.

The new route will be served by Horizon Air's 76-seat Q400 aircraft, which it currently uses on all flights to Sonoma County.

Friday, 23 October 2015 13:19

And the Award Goes To . . .

Pirates Dinner Buena Park PicmonkeyPirates Dinner is theater kids will enjoy

TASTE News Service, October 23, 2015 - Buena Park is a popular tourist destination that offers year-round mild climate and proximity to Disneyland, shopping and beaches. In fact, Buena Park's award-winning attractions, restaurants and hotels have earned it the distinction as one of the “Most Fun Small Towns” in America by Rand McNally.

Among the city's biggest attractions is Knott's Berry Farm. It has been honored with the prestigious Linsberg Applause Award, an accolade said to acknowledge the best amusement park in the world. Knott's attractions include one of the world's longest and tallest wooden roller coasters, Ghost Rider.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:36

Irvine’s Great Outdoors

Irvine Great Outdoors photo PicmonkeyPastoral scene at Irvine RanchTASTE News Service, August 27, 2015 - Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County with 16,000 acres offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with hiking trails.

Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County with 16,000 acres offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with hiking and horseback riding trails.

Much of Irvine's open space is part of the Irvine Ranch which encompasses 50,000 acres and has been named a Natural Landmark by both the U.S. Department of the Interior and State of California. The area, deemed by scientists as one of the world's biodiversity "hot spots," features hundreds of different species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

The Mountains to Sea Trail takes you on 22-mile journey starting in rugged, oak-filled Weir Canyon. The trail then takes you south toward the coast through five different cities and a portion of unincorporated Orange County – virtually guaranteeing that the only constant on this trek is an exhilarating change of scenery and topography.

Editor’s note:  It’s nice to find open spaces in otherwise populous Southern California. Unless you’re planning on camping out with the wild animals when you visit Orange County, you may want to consult Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory before leaving. In it are links to websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Wineries and sellers of Craft Beer.

Diamond Jamboree bakery picmonkey

TASTE News Service August 24, 2015 - With nearly 40% of its population being Asian, Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of delicacies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and other distant shores.

Several restaurants that originated in Asia's Pacific Rim can be found at Diamond Jamboree, a unique Southern California retail destination that brings together a variety of cuisines and international flavors. Three such restaurants include; Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Nagoya, Japan, Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle, Jinmen, Taiwan and 85°C Bakery, Bao-Ping, Taipei.

Specializing in coffee, cakes, and breads, 85°C Bakery opened in Irvine in 2009 as the first U.S. store. Why 85°C? It is the ideal temperature to drink coffee. Their most popular beverage is the Sea Salt Coffee - slightly sweetened iced coffee topped with creamy foam whipped with sea salt, with semi-sweet chocolate powder sprinkled over the top of foam.

Editor’s note: If you’re planning to explore the Asian food scene in Irvine, you may wish to check out the Orange County and Los Angeles County listings in Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Southern California Wineries and Craft Beer purveyors.

Region: Orange County     City: Seal Beach     Contact: www.roostersfoodandwinecelebration.com

Sunday, 06 January 2013 13:49

April 21-22, 2017 California Wine Festival

Region: Orange County    City: Dana Point     Contact: www.californiawinefestival.com

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