OC Grub Guide 2/15-2/21: DTSA, Dessert and Dana Point

You spin me right round, baby; photo courtesy Drill’d

We try to find balance this week. From farm fresh produce to lazy eggs and customized treats, there’s a combo that’ll work with your dining habits. And if you have a pooch at home, you’ll definitely want to make the trek to Long Beach together. 

Fries before guys; Anne Marie Panoringan

AVEO Table + Bar Happy Hour

Offered from Sunday to Thursday, a new Happy Hour at AVEO inside the Monarch Beach Resort is serving comforting cocktails and small plates with spectacular sunsets. Tastes include red snapper ceviche and lentil crisps, turkey meatball sliders, and chicken chorizo loaded fries in a mustard Parmesan gravy (pictured). Request a Toddy Cider featuring Mount Gay Rum, or the Casa Noble Reposado Tequila in the Paloma Negroni. Locals and resort guests can order from the menu between the hours of 2:30-6 p.m. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, (949) 234-3900; www.monarchbeachresort.com.

Seafood diet; photo courtesy DTSA Farmers Market

DTSA Farmers Market Returns

Last weekend was the first Sunday for 2018’s return of Downtown Santa Ana’s Farmers Market. Expect excellent finds, such as La Vegana Mexicana’s ceviche and purple onions from Divine Harvest Family Farms. Mark your calendar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2nd Street Promenade and remember to pack some reusable bags! www.dtsafarmersmarket.com.


Chef Art; photo courtesy Panxa Cocina

Mimosas and Mutts Brunch at Panxa Cocina

This Saturday, brunching with your best four-legged friend within Panxa’s patio kicks off. Scheduled to run on the third Saturday through May, Chef’s timing with the Lunar New Year calendar is excellent. Savor his modern New Mexican cuisine with stacked enchiladas, a breakfast burrito and Blue Corn Pinon Pancakes. Pups can expect fare like rice and beans between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 3937 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 433-7999; www.panxacocina.com.

Photo courtesy Drill'd
You spin me right round, baby; photo courtesy Drill’d

Drill’d Ice Cream Is A Year-Round Fix

It really doesn’t matter what the weather is; dessert is always welcome. Taking an interactive approach to ice cream, the stars of Drill’d are their quirky blends. From Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in the Hot as Hell flavor, to Candyland’s fresh strawberries with Pop Rocks, we’re digging the childhood fave cereal mix-ins. Check them out the next time you’re too late for Paderia’s Bakehouse goods– they’re right next door. 18279 Brookhurst St., Ste. 2, Fountain Valley, www.drilldicecream.com


It’s all Gude; Anne Marie Panoringan

Gudetama x Curry House Collaboration Extends To End of Month

Let your lazy egg flag fly a little longer, as the playful meal set that debuted in October remains just a bit longer on menus. Four courses, one hair accessory and $29 later, we had a full belly and little urge to do much else. Sanrio knows how to collaborate, and we may even prefer this over their meal deal with Plan Check a few years ago. For starters, it’s a whole lot closer to home. Curry House has locations in Cypress and Irvine. www.curryhouse-usa.com.

Sweet tooth; photo courtesy Crepes Bonaparte

Crepes Bonaparte Brick-and-Mortar Opening Next Month

One of the OG’s of luxe loncheras is ready to expand into the Downtown Fullerton neighborhood. Opening weekend starts as early as Thursday, March 1, with free Nutella crepes from 5-9 p.m.! Bonus: Follow @CrepesBonaparte on Instagram for a free ice cream scoop with a dessert crepe purchase. 115 S. Harbor Blvd., Ste. A, Fullerton, (714) 595-9995; www.crepesbonaparte.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.

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