Tullamore D.E.W. Tasting

This past week, the brand ambassadors of Tullamore D.E.W. visited the OC Weekly offices. We were given an informational tasting, as well as lunch provided by Whole Foods.

How nice, right? Talk about work perks!

tully1First off, I’m not a Scotch/Bourbon/Whiskey drinker. I prefer “lighter” options like Vodka or Gin. However, Tullamore D.E.W. did such a fantastic job informing us about the process and it’s uniqueness that I’m honestly willing to refer it to anyone. Now that’s what I call great marketing!

Walking into the room where the tasting was being held, it was almost as if we entered the distillery itself. The smell was intense, but since it was 2pm on a Thursday, nobody was complaining.

We were able to experience three different bottles: Tullamore D.E.W. Original, the 12 Year Old Special Reserve, and the 15 Year Old Trilogy. All of them were very pleasant to drink straight, and incredibly smooth. The crowd favorite was the 12.

A huge thank you to Jane Maher, our guide for the afternoon! She was filled with information about Tullamore D.E.W. that kept us engaged and laughing the whole time. Originally from the distillery in Dublin, Jane is the newest US brand ambassador. You can follow her @Tullarmoredew_J on Instagram for more information on getting your #WhiskeyEducation on.


Kitayama – One Night in Japan

Obviously, I’m a foodie. I’d choose food over clothes. That’s mostly because my life depends on it, but I’ve been lucky enough to visit some unforgettable restaurants. I’m adding one to the list today – Kitayama in Newport Beach.

Last night I was invited to a private dinner where myself and a few others were given the opportunity to see what Kitayama has to offer. Hosted by local celeb/restaurant mogul Thomas Pham (look him up!), it was an experience to remember.

At first glance, I was already impressed. Their bar area is pleasing to the eye, but the best part by far had to be the self service beer tap. Here’s how it works: The bartender will give you a wristband in exchange for your ID and will have it registered with your name to keep track of the ounces poured.

KitayamaBeerYou hold your wristband up to the name of the beer you want and when the frame turns green, you’re free to pour! This is a great way to taste the beers before committing to one, or to just not have to commit at all. I tried the Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, The Belching Beaver Milk with Peanut Butter (reminds me of root beer) and a third which was a tangerine pale ale. I honestly could have stayed in the bar all night, but thankfully, I was able to step away and go on a quick tour of the restaurant.

Kitayama is beautiful and modern, yet traditional. If you have any interest in Japanese culture like I do, you’ll appreciate the look and feel. The waitresses wear kimono, some of the tables are dressed romantically with sheer drapes and they have a beautiful Japanese garden. Kitayama also offers private dining with traditional tatami seating – sans shoes and all.

Alright, let’s get to the part where I have one of the best meals of my life.

First item was the Three Kings Roll. At first it looks like a simple shrimp tempura roll with avocado but the spicy tuna on top and the special sauce they dress it with takes it above and beyond. The next dish was an assortment of sushi including, blue fin tuna, scallop and smoked salmon with yuzu and a type of white fish topped with chopped shishito peppers.


All of them just melted in your mouth, leaving you wanting more. For entrees, we tried the Sukiyaki Salad with beef and poached egg, the mixed seafood hot pot and the wagyu steak. Of course, all of them were great but the wagyu was absolutely outstanding. By far one of the best bites of beef I’ve ever had and the table agreed.

The fare here is unbelievably fresh and I was told that they use the same supplier as high end sushi restaurants such as, Nobu. The prices here are more reasonable than somewhere like Nobu in my opinion, which is even more reason to check it out. I’m incredibly thankful to have had this experience!

Visit their website here and if you go, let me know your thoughts!






Plead The Fifth

Ya’ll, let me tell you. There’s a new kid in town.

Growing up in Anaheim, I get pretty excited when I hear of a new place to checkout. Honestly, we keep it simple when it comes to my city. My neighborhood is about 20 minutes away from the hills so – the only thing in a 5 mile radius with bragging rights is Disneyland.

Okay, and now The Packing District. But, we’ll get to that another time.

Indeed, Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth” – but the new rooftop experience at The Fifth will make the 21+ crowd (parents!) very happy. Located just across the street on Harbor Blvd. and Disney Way is a new and improved hotel, The Grand Legacy at the Park. My boyfriend asked, “What park are they talking about?” I responded, “Disneyland Park!” Duh.

Smooth, The Fifth. Real Smooth.

With beautiful views, spacious lounge areas and artisan cocktails, it really can’t be beat when it comes to the DL resort area. The Fifth also offers craft beer and shareable dishes that are incredibly tasty. My co-workers and I were lucky enough to try their Korean BBQ tacos, Stuffed Endive leaves, an assortment of dips with chips and short ribs with mashed potatoes. No complaints!

I previewedTheFifth some cocktails as well. My regular Gin & Tonic, just in case. The Strawberry Gin Bee (strawberry, gin, & sparkling wine) and the Sangria which was very refreshing and not too sweet.

Your experience at The Fifth isn’t complete without watching the Disneyland Fireworks. Promptly at 9:30pm, the fireworks start to go off and are accompanied by the current soundtrack that you would hear if you were standing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. By far one of the best views you can get outside the park itself.

They’re still in their first month of opening and still updating their website, but you can check it out here.

If you’ve gotten this far and you’re wondering if you can bring the kids, the answer is yes. The Fifth has cornhole and other games to keep them occupied. Ending thoughts. If you want to feel bougie any day of the week at a reasonable price, visit The Fifth.





Hi Friends!

Welcome to my blog. Let’s just say it’s been a long time comin’.
As a self-proclaimed foodie based in OC, I figured it was time to get my thoughts out there. I’m here to give you the 411 on trending spots, concepts and if I think the hype is real or not.
You can’t help where you came from, and growing up Filipino, food has always been a factor when gathering with family and friends. I’m not saying that I have elite tastebuds, but over the years I’ve developed a palate that I think you can trust.
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