Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thank you and goodbye!

Dear friends and fellow food lovers,

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for keeping up with Two Servings for the past two years. It was truly a great experience to review different cuisines all over California and surrounding areas. We would also like to thank everyone for all the different restaurant suggestions and kind words that has positioned us where we are today.

However, we are regretful to inform you that we will no longer provide you with any new content. We have decided to move on to bigger and better things in our lives.

Farewell and stay hungry!

Rocky & Jamie

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Le Pain Quotidien - Newport Beach, CA

We’ve been stuck in our hometown bubble that (sometimes) we find it tiresome to venture out. There’s just so many possibilities for greatness and error. Thank goodness our friends suggested a neat place located at Fashion Island. They stumbled on the place by chance and proclaimed Le Pain Quotidien by far has the best fresh squeezed orange juice ever made. Alright…we’re in!

It was a beautiful day (almost like summer but it’s still winter..wth?) for lunch. There was a wait for the patio, but when it’s sunny why waste your time indoors. Getting to business we ordered a round of orange juice. Sweet, citrus-y and unlike any OJ we’ve had. 

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To start, we shared a side of hummus. Not your typical hummus since this was dressed with starchy white beans, diced tomatoes and a basil pesto.

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Charcuterie & Cheese Plate: selection of 3 deli meats served with mozzarella di bufala drizzled with basil pesto, parmesan reggiano and fresh fruit.

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Tartines ~

Smoked salmon with avocado and chopped dill

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Prosciutto & Mozzarella di Bufala with sundried tomatoes and basil pesto

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Chicken curry salad with a side of harissa-cranberry chutney - the curry added dimension to the whole dish and we even made our own version at home cause it was so good.

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Translated, it means “the daily bread” and when pronounced correctly (luh-pan-koh-ti-dyan) it’s pretty fun to say. This is a great place to grab lunch in the sun and you can shop til you drop after to work off the food coma. 

- Rocky & Jamie

Le Pain Quotidien
1103 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 287 - 5592 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lucca Cafe - Irvine, CA

Lucca has been on our must try list for quite some time and luckily for us, it was a participating restaurant for OC Restaurant Week. We grabbed our friends and made reservations for Friday night. It was packed and busy! Reservations are recommended.

Most of us went ahead with the $30 prix fixe dinner menu and one decided to order off the regular menu. Either way, we all ended up with great choices and was beyond satisfied before dessert even came. 

While we perused the menu, we were served crostini with an olive tapenade.

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We started the evening with wine & charcuterie. We all went with reds, a plate of Prosciutto di Parma with seasonal fruits and a sampling of charcuterie: Speck Americano (prosciutto), Coppa and Toscano. The prosciutto had a distinct smokey flavor from the applewood. The salumi Toscano had large peppercorns and garlic scented - yum! - and the Coppa was interesting. The slightly salted pickles were a great combo and helped cleanse the palate as you sampled a selection. 

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Appetizer ~

Tri-Color salad with radicchio, wild arugula, butter lettuce, shaved fennel, blackberries, roasted butternut squash a round of goat cheese and tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette. The cheese was a bit large, but it’s great to spread on the crostinis. It was definitely colorful and had numerous levels of flavor & textures. 

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Antipasto with grilled seasonal vegetables (eggplant & asparagus), roasted peppers and tomatoes, salame, olives, crostini and hummus. The vegetables were doused in a citrusy dressing and the hummus was absolutely to die for. 

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Entree ~

Chairman’s Reserve pork tenderloin seasoned with espresso-two chili rub served with risotto cake, spinach and carmelized pears in a sherry sauce.

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Land & Sea - petite filet mignon wellington stuffed with carmelized onions in a port wine reduction, a trio of shrimp in a beurre blanc sauce and a petite crabcake served with a chipotle aioli atop fork mashed potatoes. The pastry was a bit sogged up and didn’t have the flakiness I was looking for. However, everything was just cooked to perfection.

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Pasta - Linguine, pancetta, carbonara sauce, wild mushrooms, pecorino cheese (off the menu)

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Dessert ~

Italian Affogato with mini choco chips and house made whipped cream. 

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Belgian dark chocolate brulee served with fresh berries and house made whipped cream. Rich, creamy and a must try. Where else can you find a dark chocolate brulee. This is the first we’ve seen.

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Banana-macadamia nut bread pudding with toasted coconut, house made whipped cream and white chocolate sauce. The bread pudding was served warm and airy. It was so moist and probably one of the bests I’ve had.

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Lucca Sundae - A trio of ice cream (pumpkin, vanilla and chocolate) topped with house made whipped cream, pecans and caramel sauce. The pumpkin was luscious and a winner at the table. 

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Our experience at Lucca was well worth the trip. The service treated us well, but a table nearby experienced problems. Things were handled in a professional manner and was taken care of. Our server seemed a bit anxious and scatterbrained for a second (it was a packed house), but he pulled it all together in the end. 

If the prix fixe menu was this satisfactory, we are looking forward to trying the regular menu and not to mention, their happy hour! Looks like we’ll be back :) An added plus, their location is near major banks (Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America) in case you are looking to spend a little more. 

- Rocky & Jamie

Lucca Cafe
6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 725 - 1773 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bruxie - Orange, CA

Sometimes a restaurant opens up and it’s just a trending fad that slowly fades with time. Nope, not for Bruxie Waffles. We ended up finding our way there since we were working on a photo shoot in Old Towne Orange. Our friend, the model for the shoot, suggested we go since we’ve never been and even better, she gave us the best recommendations.

The line was starting to build up quickly so we had one person save seats and the others order. We ordered up a storm cause waves of people were coming and well..we wanted to try a little bit of everything.

Beverage ~ (left to right) wild grape soda, cream soda & lemon-lime pure cane soda.

Savory ~

Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream Cheese with thin slices of cucumbers and chives. The dill cream cheese matched up wonderfully with the smoked salmon and the cucumbers was a refreshing crunch. This is something we would order again!

Hot Pastrami with pickles on the side. Meaty, juicy and…hot. Great for pastrami lovers and Rocky is definitely one of those. He gobbled that up quick.

Prosciutto & Gruyere with whole grain mustard and chives. The mustard was light and the combo of prosciutto and gruyere was yums.

Sweet ~

Ogura Waffle is with red bean and sweet cream. The sweet cream tasted like a mixture of lemon cream and condensed milk. We were in heaven since we are huge fans of red bean desserts.

Creme Brulee with Strawberries - Oh lordy..this was scrumptious. A bit of carmelized sugar, sweet creme and fresh strawberries in every bite. The waffles were crispy and soft and held morsels of sweet creme in its pockets.

This is some place we would like to return to. We are looking forward to their changing menu as it mixes in seasonal combinations…especially with spring and summer bringing warmer weathers to hang outside. Who knew waffles were savory besides your chicken and waffle get up? Now we can get it for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

- Rocky & Jamie

Bruxie
292 N Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633 - 3900