OC Grub Guide 5/24-5/30: Whiskey, Wine and Rhyme

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Since the holiday weekend will throw us off next week, we thought it would be best to help you plan ahead. We got all the price points covered, so consult with your wallet if you aren’t sure. 


Meat sweats. Photo courtesy Portillo’s.

Beefy Ten Buck Deal at Portillo’s – Buena Park

Save some dough with Portillo. Two (regular) Italian Beef for ten; first time since who knows when! Only good thru Sunday, and Buena Park isn’t too far away. Peppers and cheese do cost more. Make it taste better, and don’t be a bore. And there’s also a rhyming contest through Friday— please be a dear and refrain from using “bae”. 8390 La Palma Ave., (714) 220-6400; www.portillos.com.


Meat is neat. Photo courtesy The Butchery.

Meat Tasting at The Butchery – Newport Coast

Looking for things to do this holiday weekend? Swing by the Crystal Cove outlet of The Butchery for grilled samples of their pork, beef and poultry. Happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, get a few ideas for your summer lineup, plus stock up on all the necessities. Get reacquainted with Brian Smith and the rest of the Butchery crew. Meat you there! 8058 Pacific Coast Hwy., (949) 715-3383; www.butcherymeats.com.


Go ahead. Ask. Photo courtesy Twenty Eight.

Twenty Eight Scotch Tasting – Irvine

A quartet of fine spirits await those who RSVP for this delectable Dalmore experience. 12, 15, 18 and Cigar Malt Reserve varieties are featured, as well as whiskey-inspired hors d’oeuvres. Ease into the weekend next Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. And don’t be afraid to ask what the difference is between scotch and whiskey. 19530 Jamboree Rd., (949) 852-2828; www.twentyeightoc.com.


Insert pastry pun here. Photo courtesy Dunkin’ Donuts.

Save the Date: National Donut Day at Dunkin’ – all OC locations

Friday, June 1st is the date. And if you are passing a Dunkin’ at some point that day, just say yes and turn into the lot. Purchase any beverage, and receive any free classic donut. Drinks include iced tea, Frozen Chocolate, and Vanilla Chai. What about them donuts? Boston Kreme, Jelly, Old Fashioned, Glazed (Chocolate Cake) and a series of Frosted with Rainbow Sprinkles. Choose wisely. www.dunkindonuts.com.


Takashi Abe of Bluefin
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Bluefin Wine Dinner – Newport Beach

Reservations are still available for this June 2nd evening with DAOU Vineyards and Winery. Experience a multi-course experience prepared by Takashi Abe, including pairings with each dish. Seatings are offered at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. only. Learn more about the $150 menu and make reservations by emailing bluefinrestaurant@hotmail.com. 7952 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., (949) 715-7373; www.bluefincrystalcove.com.


Twisted potato on a stick by Miister Potato.
Leaning tower of potato. Photo by Edwin Goei.

Did You Miss OC Night Market? – Costa Mesa

You aren’t alone. So mark your calendars for the next one, the weekend of June 15. Parking is $8, and admission is $5 (cash only). Little ones three and under are free. The shortest lines are in the first couple of hours. Check out the vendor list and more at www.ocnightmarket.com. 88 Fair Dr.

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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