• Out and About: Tasting Naugles Tacos for the First Time

    For the longest time, I kept hearing about Naugles Tacos from friends, who grew up in Orange County. They waxed nostalgic about a 24-hour drive-thru and their famous cheese burritos. I was starting to think people were just being wistful and that perhaps this was just one of those food memories that would remain just that – a memory. Fast forward to 2015, Naugles returns to the scene. Christian Ziebarth, whom I had known via Twitter as @ocmexfood, won the Naugles trademark and eventually set up to revive the brand, which merged with Del Taco in the late eighties. At the Naugles Test Kitchen in Fountain Valley, a flyer had…

  • Quail Motorcycle Gathering

    Motorcycles, Ice Cream and Keanu Reeves in Carmel

    Last May, I had the privilege of attending and working on “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering” in Carmel, CA. As social media manager of Acorn Woods Communications, we worked with The Quail Events group of the Quail Lodge a few months before the event. The event is a celebration of the Evolution of the Motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes. Not being a rider myself, what I did appreciate was the history and physical beauty of the motorcycles. Not to mention, the camaraderie of riders. Plus, there was the location! The Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley! Besides, any chance…

  • Carlsbad Lagoon | Photo by Marcie Taylor 2015

    Staycation Destination: Carlsbad

    There’s more to Carlsbad than Legoland. Don’t get me wrong, Legoland is definitely a family favorite, but for this little weekend getaway, we wanted something else. Something low key and relaxing. Only an hour away from Huntington Beach, Carlsbad is an ideal staycation destination. Though it is a beach town like our Surf City, it has a different vibe. The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa was an ideal place to spend the night. It has comfy accommodations and is conveniently located to many points of interest, yes, including Legoland. But as I mentioned, we didn’t even visit the amusement park. Before checking into the Sheraton, we had lunch at a…

  • BBQ Pork Chops | Ztejas

    Foodie Friday: Sizzling Summer Menu at Z’tejas Southwestern Grill

    I can still taste the paella from the Spring Menu but time moves on and menus change. But Z’tejas commitment to good food and great service are constant. Z’tejas Southwestern Grill, located at South Coast Plaza, rolled out its new seasonal lunch and dinner along with some cool skinny cocktails. Recently, I had the chance to preview the new menu items which brought along with it some heat, just right for the summer! Hello, jalapeno! My favorite appetizer had to be the Crab Cakes, three seared lump crab cakes served with jalapeño remoulade. It was tasty and meaty enough, not bready. I do hope they keep this on their regular…

  • Happy Pi Day! Discovering Australian Meat Pies

    I couldn’t resist it, I had to celebrate National Pi Day at Pie-Not, the Aussie Style Bakery in Costa Mesa. It had been a while since I sampled these savory meat pies. And today, being March 14th, Pi Day (as in the mathematical pi not the baked good), the Dog’s Eye was on sale for $3.14. But of course. I have fond memories of visiting Australia some years ago and I do remember eating some meat pies and discovering the coffee-deliciousness of flat whites (lattes) over there. The guys behind Pie-Not are Jai Snowdon, originally from the Gold Coast of Australia, and Ryan Lopiccolo, of Newport Beach, California. The partners’…

  • Travel Tuesday: A Desert Escape at The Boulders Resort in Arizona

    The drive to Arizona is smooth and uneventful. And then the landscape starts to change. There are cacti on the side of the road and tumbleweeds. Large granite boulders jut out from the desert and you wonder if they are real. In fact, they are 12 million years old kind of real. And that’s how this luxury Waldorf-Astoria Resort got its name – The Boulders. Somewhere on the border of Scottsdale, we arrive at one of the world’s most celebrated hideaways in Carefree, Arizona. The Boulders, a Waldorf-Astoria resort, has 160 guest casitas and 60 villas shaped into the natural terrain, many bordering the two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Jay Morrish,…

  • Life is like a Box of Chocolates

    Christmas came early for this chocoholic as I attended two chocolate store launches in the span of a week! What was interesting about the two openings was that they couldn’t be more different in that the first event was a small independent artisanal shop and the second was the latest opening by a 92 year old candy manufacturing company with more than 200 retails stores across the country. And yet, they were the same because they both focused on the importance of quality and customer service. Now, what could be sweeter than that. First – there was the opening of Michelle Haut Chocolat at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa.…

  • How Restaurants are Using Social Media

    My smartphone is a constant companion when dining out. I check in on Foursquare or Yelp, sometimes both. I am thrilled when I get a special offer just for checking in – I’ve had free appetizers, drinks and discounts. When my food comes, I take photographs, post them on Instagram and Twitter, sometimes Facebook. (Yeah, I’m one of those.) So you can see how social media is well intertwined with the 21st century dining experience. Now that's a rainbow! Delicious lunch at #hbpitagrill #mediterranean #lunch #kabob #hummus #tabouleh A post shared by Marcie Taylor (@marcietaylor) on Oct 25, 2013 at 11:44am PDT @matthewkenneySM makes me want to be #vegan #makemenu…

  • What I Learned From My Paleta Juice Cleanse

    The truth is it’s mostly psychological. A 2-day juice cleanse won’t make too much of a difference in your overall health. In fact, doctors will tell you that our bodies eliminate toxins naturally anyway. But when I received my 2 bags of cold pressed juices from Paleta, I welcomed  this chance to do another cleanse , my second juice cleanse.  It would be a great way to jump start my health regimen. Since I’m not very good with exercising and always eating a balanced meal, anything that gets me on track is a good thing. It’s sad but true. So challenge accepted!  My kids are like “Why are you doing it…

  • Travel Tuesday: Wellness Weekend At Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

    There is so much I can say about the awesome weekend I had in Santa Monica, CA. I stayed at the LEED Certified, eco-friendly, sustainable Shore Hotel. I got a massage, ate raw, vegan, painted and even did beach yoga. But for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.   What a wonderful day! #weather #instaweather #instaweatherpro #sky #outdoors #nature #world #love #followme #follow #beautiful #instagood #fun #cool #like #life #nice #happy #colorful #photooftheday #amazing #santamonica #unitedstates #day #autumn #us #shorewellness A post shared by Marcie Taylor (@marcietaylor) on Oct 12, 2013 at 11:46am PDT