You know it’s fall when we can savor a steaming bowl of soup noodles, warm up with a glass of bourbon, or order pumpkin-flavored everything without hesitation. Gas up your ride, and head to one of these destinations for a little indulgence. Your belly will thank you later.
Happy 20th Anniversary to Fleming’s! – Newport Beach
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has reached the big 2-0, and they’re in the mood to celebrate. Enjoy three-course, surf and turf specials through the 15th, or head to this link for details on their upcoming whiskey and wine dinner. Check out their recent remodel at Fashion Island with a drink out on the expanded patio, or head in for their new lunch service; they look forward to serving you for another 20. 455 Newport Center Dr., (949) 720-9633; www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
It’s A Grind Gets Their Drink On – Mission Viejo
Here’s your fork in the road: Cinnamon Spice Cake or Pumpkin Spice? Your sweet response will be correct, no matter what you choose. Request a latte or iced blended of either flavor through November 4, then enjoy the sips and sugar rush. We may need to try both, just to make certain. 25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Ste. 102, (949) 768-2833; www.itsagrind.com.
Congratulations to Blinking Owl! – Santa Ana
A job well-done to OC’s Blinking Owl Distillery. This first batch, first barrel bourbon that’s been aged for two years is pretty epic. And we’re not just referring to the fancy box, either. They sold out of this limited-edition run so quickly, we only had the opportunity for a sample. If you want to see what you missed out on, a few bottles are set aside for cocktails and tasting purposes only. The next bourbon batch will be released in early November. 802 E. Washington Ave., (714) 852-3947; www.blinkingowldistillery.com.
The Kashiwa Ramen, By Way of Tokyo- Costa Mesa
Utilizing a chicken broth instead of pork for a healthier ramen experience, The Kashiwa Ramen will launch their first Southern California branch this Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy a free Sapporo draft all weekend with ramen purchase (for adults 21 and older; one glass per customer). Selling point: Partner Hideto Kawahara received a Michelin award for his Hong Kong and NYC ramen spots. 1420 Baker St., #C, (657) 232-0223; www.thekashiwaramen.com.
The Ecology Center – San Juan Capistrano
Celebrating their Community Table Dinner series, The Ecology Center is proud to work with the women of Stowel Lake Farm out of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia on October 21. For a fixed amount of $125, expect appetizers, a four or five-course locally sourced meal, beer and wine, and more inside a cozy setting well before the sun sets. Tickets are still available. 32701 Alipaz St., (949) 443-4223; www.theecologycenter.org.
Surf City Still Works Launches Their Curriculum – Huntington Beach
Craft Cocktails 101 will be taught by Leo Montesinos (a.k.a. @the_carousing_barkeep), and is the first in their series of courses to educate both industry professionals and cocktail fans. Scheduled for Wednesday, October 24 at Surf City’s tasting room, prepare to learn a little history and the foundations for making excellent drinks. Learn more over here. 7242 Heil Ave., (714) 253-7606; www.surfcitystillworks.com.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.