New Fall/Winter Menu at Five Crowns with Wine Pairing #FC50

Most recently Darren and I went to a media menu tasting at Five Crowns Restaurant in Corona Del Mar. What a treat! They are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and we were both in for a delicious evening tasting their new 5-course fall/winter menu with wine pairing. Our second course was Mediterranean Sea Bass which came out perfectly with shrimp, cauliflower florets, caper brown butter, and chervil. Suggested Pairing: 2014 Opolo, Viognier, Central Coast. Their Deckle Steak as our fourth course was a taste of tender steak, and it comes with sweet potato coins, haricot vert, and herb butter. Suggested Pairing: 2012 Bishop’s Peak, Elevation, Paso Robles. Happy Holidays, Mary … READ MORE >>

Patio and Garden Dining with Kids @SideDoorCDM, Corona Del Mar | #ToddlerTuesday

Last week we were invited to a fabulous dinner at SideDoor in Corona Del Mar for Toddler Tuesday. It is usually very stressful dining with small children, because we’re rushing through dinner and hoping we don’t disturb other diners. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy fine dining and not feel judged? Well, SideDoor (located next door to Five Crowns) wants us to eat out again, because on Tuesday evenings, they reserved the whole patio and garden area for families! On the adult menu, I ordered their infamous Prime Rib Plate (of course) and from their wine menu. It was so good. Oh and you’ll want to save room for dessert. … READ MORE >>