Friday, 5 April 2013

E = Eating Out



We generally try and eat out about once a week, although we have found it to be quite expensive in California...maybe we are going to the wrong places?



I am a very fussy eater, there are lots of things I won’t eat, I like simple food (Italian is my fave) and I like to know what I’m getting, so it’s hard sometimes to find a place with food on the menu I will eat. My husband on the other hand will eat almost anything (I think men generally do, although my father in law is fussier than me!).

I got married on August 29th 2012, so I suggested that we always eat out at least on the 29th of each month, sort of as a mini anniversary. Some of my friends think this is quite sad...I don’t care, it means we always eat out once a month. It has worked well so far, that is until we got to February when there are only 28 days in the month...my plan was ruined because of February! We had to eat out on the 28th instead.

Since we have been in California, we have eaten at several restaurants either recommended by my husband’s work colleagues or from taking advice off Trip Advisor.

29th January we chose Canelettos at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. It has a lovely decor, atmosphere and really good food (although for what it cost, I would expect good food!).

28th February, we ate at Orange Hill restaurant in Orange (see photos). The drive up to the restaurant is lovely and the entrance is very pretty. There are great views from the bar area and restaurant. We went for the sunset and you get magnificent views of Orange County. At 9.30pm, you can see the fireworks at Disneyland in Anaheim. The food is very good, it’s a special occasion kind of place.



29th March, we ate at Coliseum Pool & Grill, Pelican Hills resort, Newport Coast. This restaurant is in a beautiful resort (I quite fancy staying here) and has a lovely setting looking out over the pool, golf course and sea. Food was pretty good too and quite reasonable (for California!).

We have also eaten out at the Cliff Restaurant at Laguna Beach (see photos) when my mum visited and we watched the sunset and saw dolphins and seals swimming past in the sea.



Here is my attempt at sunset artwork...its very abstract but I think it works ok...actually I quite like it!



Here are some photos of some amazing restaurants around the world.

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So....Where’s your favourite place to eat out?

If you live in the CA area, can you recommend anywhere for me to try?

32 comments:

  1. My suggestion, eat inland. You are in the high end of the beach cities. While I admire those places, we never eat there. Going inland is much less expensive or in my husband's words "cheaper" and he is cheap. However, I will suggest another expensive place in San Diego. We love Anthony's Fish Grotto on the San Diego wharf.

    Look instead for some of the more historic or picturesque restaurants. For the fun of it, try the Original Pantry Cafe on 9th and Figueroa in downtown LA. We like to eat there too and have converted all our family and friends.

    Maybe I should do a California post on all our favorite restaurants.

    http://completelycalifornia.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks for the suggestions, I will try and look inland a little. I think the issue is that we don't want so go too far from where we are in irvine if possible and one of us always has to drive so only one of us can have a drink! We might pop to LA soon and try the downtown restaurant you suggest. I think you should a post on restaurants, maybe wait till the letter R.

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    2. Rowena, Never thought about drinking. We don't so I never gave it a thought. Here's the link to the Pantry. http://www.pantrycafe.com/ I have been eating there all my life and it is actually older than me. It's a little bit of LA history and the food is good but simple.

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    3. thanks ann, thats really helpful! simple food is perfect...

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  2. I like eating out too, I wish we could do it more often. I'm a girl of simple tastes: I like nothing more than good old British pub grub.

    My husband's a chef in such a place, so we eat out there quite often (staff discount!)
    Coffintree Hill

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    1. Hi angeline, boo I miss UK food so much and good british pubs and Sunday roast dinners and carverys, the List is endless really....I tried making a roast last weekend on Easter Sunday, we managed to get a decent bit of beef and it worked ok, gravy was rubbish though. I'm going to try and find a recipe on how to make gravy. Thanks for popping by!

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    2. For a long time (several years) I was not able to eat out (bunch of reasons). I moved last September and my boyfriend loves food, so we go out about once every 10 days or so.

      So much so, that I blog about many of the places we've been to for the A to Z challenge. I am sort of picky, not so much about the food itself but how it's prepared. I don't like grease, salt, sugar which seem American restaurant staples! However, so far so good.

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    3. Hi Alexandra, I understand where you are coming from in how your food is prepared. I'm finding places a bit hit and miss at the moment. I'll keep checking on your blog to see the places you've been. X

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  3. I used to live in Ocean Beach (San Diego) and loved a place called the Old Townhouse. It is anything but fancy & completely a local joint. The owner, Ted, knows everyone's name and, if you're new, he'll introduce himself. They make the best avocado, bacon & cheese omelet. If you go, you must ask for a side of their homemade salsa. It's amazing:)

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    1. Hi jaime, if we manage to get to San Diego again, I'll check out your recommendation. We went a few years ago, just for 3 days and had some great food in a lovely bar in the gaslamp district. Very cheap too! X

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  4. My husband and I love eating out - it can be a problem. It doesn't help that my best friend is a hostess at one of our favorite places - and only a couple blocks away.

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  5. Hi carrie, thanks for stopping by. How handy that your best friend works at a restaurant...does she not get you discount! X

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  6. Hi!! I noted your post said you got married August 29th 2013....! Cute! Anyway, I think we all need to be picky about where we eat out these days, and I don't blame you for being picky! If I can't see what the kitchen looks like, I don't eat there! Simple as that! www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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    1. ha ha well spotted..i will edit shortly to say 2012. ive found in most restaurants that the kitchen is visible from the table, something we dont get much in the UK. ill pop by your blog as soon as ive woken up properly.

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  7. Great place to eat out at here in the OC. Enjoy!
    KaTy Did at Life's Ride As I See It

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    1. hi KT, where do you recommend?

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  8. I love the pictures you included of those fancy restaurants from around the world. I also live in So. Cali, and I'm with your husband. I feel lucky to live here, because I can try any type of food from anywhere in the world, and it's all a short drive away. Yum! :)

    The A to Z blog said in the latest post to add a link to your own A to Z blog in the comments, so here's mine: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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    1. hi kristen...whats your fave restaurant in socal?

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  9. When I was young there was this great Mexican food restaurant that I loved so much, and it was not fancy, but the food was good, and the setting was very romantic with the dim lighting and paintings on the wall. It closed, but I always enjoyed going there.

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    1. thats a shame, i quite like mexican food. the best mexican i ever went to was near the venetian in las vegas. thanks for posting your link. i will visit soon! promise.

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  10. Oh yes, this is Julia from sweetbeariesart.com. I forgot to put my link in the previous comment, like they wanted us to do.

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  11. You're just like me- I'm picky about food, and I also can eat Italian at just about any meal. I've never been to CA, so no recommendations, but I hope to go some day! (My favorite place in the world to eat is Corleone's in Savannah, GA- yummmy Italian!)

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    1. good to meet a fellow picky eater! if you get to come to CA, make sure you go to several places, drive down pacific coast hwy, its beautiful!

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  12. I love eating out too. Esp those lovely coffees we get in some cafes. Alone with a Coffee and book in a cafe is my way of treating myself. Nyc post and wonderful pics.

    :)

    - A fellow blogger from A to Z!

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    1. hi fellow blogger! sitting in a cafe with a good book sounds perfect. i loved nyc when i visited a while back. maybe i should plan another visit.

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  13. That's a great think to do, also you will at least do something as a couple once a month. i really like that idea!

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    1. hi, glad you like our idea, i dont know if we will manage to keep it up but so far so good. it will help hubby remember our anniversary too!

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  14. Don't listen to your friends, Rowena, I think celebrating a mini anniversary on a monthly basis, as an excuse to eat out, is a great idea - I wish I had adopted that after getting hitched! It is, after all, the small victories in life that keep us moving forward, and what better victory that another month married :)

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    1. thanks laura, i like the sound of it being a small victory!

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  15. Sounds like a great way to spend a monthly anniversary, or an upcoming wedding.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks for stopping by joyce! i will check your blog out shortly.

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  16. Your mini anniversary idea is awesome. We have friends who have been celebrating on their date every month for almost 30 years.

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