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Mark your calendar: The 4th Annual California Wine Festival is returning to Dana Point, CA

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Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches to open new location in Huntington Beach, CA

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Moodaepo is an ultimate K-Pop Korean BBQ experience Rowland Heights, CA

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BAGELS & BREW OFFERS A DOZEN FREE BAGELS WITH BLOOD DONATION

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Blackmarket Bakery has a new location to satisfy your sweet and savory tooth in Costa Mesa, CA

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Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About California Strawberries

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Check out "Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About California Strawberries" from the California Strawberry Commission:

We are so lucky to have strawberries year-round in California so take advantage of the health benefits!

Mahalo,

OC Food Diva

Madera Wine Trail, Part 4: Sumner Peck Ranch

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As our last stop on the Madera Wine Trail, Sumner Peck Ranch gleamed in the late afternoon sun. In the middle of the vineyard, a white building that looks like a large sunroom warmly invites you in. Since it was Wine & Chocolate Weekend, it was a buzzing with wine tasting, chocolate fondue, chili from Chuckwagon (in Sanger, CA, known for their chili for over 50 years), and garden setting to relax as you savor the flavors of their ranch. One side is for wine tasting and the other showcases a farmers market of fresh fruits, vegetables, endless flavors of nuts, and local artisan products like sauces, honey, and cheeses. The Madera location has a larger selection of fresh vegetables and products, about the size of a medium size grocery store. The staff is friendly, attentive, and wants to make sure you have a great time.

Sumner Peck Ranch Winery 2011 Cana One Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Cabernet Franc. Tasting notes: little on th…

Madera Wine Trail, Part 3: Fäsi Estate Winery

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Heading south from O’Neals, CA, is a relaxing, scenic drive to Friant, CA. Fäsi Estate Winery rises up from the countryside with the view of beautiful green, rolling hills. The winery itself is very open and has a nice flow. The tasting room is beautiful with dark oak paneling.

Crest Sierra Gold 2010 is a combination of Rousanne, Viognier, Marsanne, and Grenache Noir from Love Ranch in MaderaCounty. Tasting notes: little on the sour side but mellows out with goat cheese and strawberry preserves. Suggested pairing: roasted chicken, salmon, pasta, or shellfish.

To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/madera-wine-trail-part-3-f-si-estate-winery

Mahalo,

OC Food Diva

Pitfire Artisan Pizza serves up artisan pizza made with fresh, local ingredients in Costa Mesa, CA

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Pitfire Artisan Pizza shows OrangeCounty their artisan pizza making flare using fresh, local ingredients. With wood-burning ovens at their disposable, they can turn out an authentic pizza very similar to what you would get in Italy - bubbly crust, gooey cheese, and just the right amount of char spots from the fire.

The Costa Mesa, CA location is very hip with a surfer/skater feel inside and opened in fall of 2012, 6th location in the chain. The service is friendly and attentive. For a SoCal chain, each location stays true with their focus on the artisan way.
Shredded Kale Salad is Tuscan kale, lemon champagne vinaigrette, honey dates, almonds, and parmesan. The kale was too wilted for me. I like my kale more on the raw side, with a crunchy texture. The dressing was awesome with a slightly sweet flavor. The combination of flavors worked great together – nutty almond, sweet dates, and tangy vinaigrette. Thumbs up! To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/revi…