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creamy lobster bisque

A rich lobster bisque and a creamy mushroom soup are my two favorite soups so my natural first choice on the BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant week lunch menu was the lobster bisque. I had arranged to meet a friend  at BRIO for a leisurely relaxed lunch. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the bread basket of lavoush and crisp bread while waiting for our food.

 

Ruby's fish and shrimp comboA Deemers burger with extra avocadoEating out with a hungry toddler and pre-schooler can be challenging but in the many mini-cities of south Orange County there are plenty of diners where a "terrible-two's" unpredictable behaviour raises no eyebrows. On this short trip   I had occasion to try out two  kid friendly places; Ruby's...

crispy green beansP.F.Chang's China Bistro
61 Fortune Drive,
Irvine, CA
Ph: (949) 453-1211

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For our last dine-out with kids at family friendly restaurants in South Orange County before I head back to Vancouver, we decided on P.F. Chang's China Bistro at the Irvine Spectrum Mall.

As usual we got there early, around 5 PM but already there was a 35 minute wait for inside tables. Fortunately it was a...

sinfully delicious garlic breadMangia Bene Ristorante
27281 La Paz Road,
Laguna Niguel, CA
Ph: (949) 831-0140

Mangia Bene Cucina on Urbanspoon Why you may wonder would I choose a plate of garlic bread as the primary picture for Mangia Bene? it's because it is simply the most sinfully satisfying garlic bread ever - and the servers keep the supply coming until you beg them to stop.

generous portion of Caesar side salad...

opah1OPAH Restaurant and Bar in Aliso Viejo Town Center
26851 Aliso Creek Road #C
Town Center, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (949) 360-8822
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We decided that we should try to fit in a nice dinner out one night BBC (Before baby comes) and decided on OPAH Restaurant and Bar which was about 5 minutes away by car. Thinking that our party of three adults and a  4 year old would be better...

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