This edition of Grub Guide has us looking ahead. We’ve located specials going down this weekend, next week, and even in August. So set that reminder and be ready for action.
New Lemonades at BLK dot Coffee! – all locations
Temperatures are finally on the upswing, and we’re ready for new refreshments. Cue a local, caffeinated business to read our mind. The shop best known for their VTM “Crack” coffee introduced a trio of sip-worthy lemonades this week. Try a BLK signature blend of strawberry hibiscus, blueberry mojito or lavender honey aloe to cure that thirst– no Bey or Becky references required. With a quartet of spots in Laguna and Irvine, they’re ready for you. www.blkdotcoffee.com.
Save the Date: Lobsterfest! – Newport Beach
What else does summer heat mean? Lobsterfest! The 11th annual festival of lobsters is, coincidentally, going to be held on the 11th of August. This year’s venue has changed for the better. No more sand in your shoes, because it’s now being held at Newport Civic Center’s grassy knoll. In addition, parking is also free! If you’ve been to previous Lobsterfests, you’ll know these are the best two things to happen to the event. Always included: whole Maine lobster (flown in that morning), New York strip steak, salads, taters, corn, rolls and sweets. $65 will get you in the door with a single lobster to your name. Ballers will go VIP for unlimited seafood, booze and fancy table setups. This event will sell out, so do the charities benefiting a favor and buy your tickets at this link already.
Ike’s Sammich Special: all locations
Today through Sunday, customers who drop by Ike’s Love & Sandwiches for a bite are being offered a deal on three favorite meals. Order chips and a soda, and your choice of
Magic Meatless Mike, Menage a Trois and Matt Cain can be yours for a reduced price of $7. We’re down for saving a few bucks with our lunch. Find them in Tustin, Newport, Fountain Valley and Long Beach. www.loveandsandwiches.com.
Let’s Go Bananas for Pineapple Week!
In case you didn’t know, the pineapple is considered a symbol of hospitality. It is also the logo of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, repping over 750 properties worldwide. To celebrate the fruit and the brand, Preferred announced International Pineapple Week from June 1-9. Their contribution to our Grub Guide involves a specially crafted pineapple cocktail that will be available at A&O Kitchen + Bar inside member hotel Balboa Bay Resort during that time. Named California Love, it features locally distilled rum from Surf City Still Works out of Huntington Beach. Sip, savor and learn more about the brand at this link. 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, (949) 645-5000; www.balboabayresort.com.
Coming Soon: Súp Noodle Bar – Fountain Valley
When our plus one wants pho, and we crave Spam, there’s only one place to go: Súp Noodle Bar! They started in Buena Park, but expanded to Cerritos in late 2017. Well, all our pleading for a closer location must have paid off, because an employee mentioned during our recent meal that another OC location is in the works. If you’ve never experienced the deliciousness of free refills on both broth and noodles, then it’s about time you did. www.supnoodlebar.com.
Stuff We Learned from Natural Products Expo West: Reusable Bag Edition
When we explored the Anaheim Convention Center during a most excellent expo, we made an effort to expand our horizons beyond the organic, non-GMO food samples. We also made an appointment with Out of the Woods to learn about their reusable bag line. Their selection is durable, sensible and definitely more affordable than we expected. The brown bag we toted around stood up to our workaholic lifestyle. In fact, our bag somehow looks better as it gets worn. The brand launched a new line of washable, animal-free items that’ll class up even the most basic of lunches. Check them out at Office Depot for $12.99. www.outofthewoods.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.