• 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’…

  • Natural Products Expo West Wraps Up

    Last weekend, I attended the Natural Products Expo West, produced by New Hope Natural Media, for the first time. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Expo showcased a record number of new natural and organic product launches and attracted more than 63,000 industry members and 2,428 exhibiting companies. From food items to cosmetics and other specialty goods, natural products are big business! Although I did not attend any of the conference sessions, I had a wonderful time tasting and sampling products at the Expo Floor, and meeting entrepreneurs at the Next Pavilion, which showcased new and upcoming brands. I was warned by fellow bloggers that the expo could be…

  • Hyatt Hotels Introduce New Healthy Organic Kids Menu

    Forget the typical fried chicken nuggets and high fat mac n’ cheese, and French fries that dominate most children’s menus. This summer, the Hyatt Hotels and Resorts introduced a new, innovative and responsible children’s menu called “For Kids By Kids” in all of its full service hotels in North America.  The menu is designed to make the healthier choice, the easier choice by providing more nutritious and healthy offerings for their youngest guests.  Hyatt’s food and beverage philosophy, after all, is  “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” Recently, my sons and I were invited to attend a preview of the kids menu at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.…

  • LA’s Umami Burger opens in the OC

    [View the story “Umami Burger offers up the 5th Taste in Costa Mesa” on Storify] Umami Burger offers up the 5th Taste in Costa Mesa On a rainy Saturday, Umami, the gourmet burger sensation that’s swept LA, had a soft opening at the Camp in Costa Mesa. Umami is a Japanese word for "savoriness." A bunch of foodies had the chance to "Savor Umami Burgers" and get a preview of tastes to come. Storified by Marcie Taylor · Thu, Apr 05 2012 18:47:30 We’re official. #CostaMesa http://pic.twitter.com/0jmg0DGwUmami Burger Dragons! Cool. The interiors were unfinished when we were there but I like it so far. Dragons on the wallMarcie Taylor Mural…