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Toast with whipped feta and tomato jam at Ahba in South Laguna Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Brad A. Johnson hosted a house party and found some delicious food in South Laguna Beach.

Abha and Helen’s is an indoor/outdoor speakeasy where everyone knows each other. There are also fantastic sips and bites.

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Eat of the moment

Over 120 participating restaurants will be offering dining deals during OC Restaurant Week. Seen here, Three Enchilada Combination is a handmade specialty served over tacos and tequila from Cha Cha. The restaurant will be offering enchilada platter specials during restaurant week. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Registry/SCNG)

Restaurant week is coming

More than 120 restaurants will participate in OC Restaurant Week from March 6-12. The promotion will include a mix of prix fixe and deluxe menus as well as themed menus. Anne Valdespino has more.

Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles has opened a tasting room in Laguna Beach, the owners’ hometown. (Courtesy of Bianchi Winery)

A taste of Paso at Laguna Beach

The family behind Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles opened the Bianchi Laguna Beach Tasting Room. Expect influxes of signature and reserve collection wines, wine tastings and wine pairings. Customers 21 and over can drink wine by the glass or bottle in a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views.

Fast food restaurants often have large and rapidly changing menus. (Getty Images)

The survey says

We’re working on a story about fan-favorite menu items at major fast food chains, those items that have a loyal following even if they’re hard to find on the menu or unadvertised. Tell us your quirky favorites.

Klondike Choco Tacos features a waffle cone shaped like a taco shell and filled with vanilla ice cream. (Detail photo courtesy of Taco Bell)

A sweet taco

Klondike Choco Tacos are back at select Taco Bell locations for a limited time. One is in Orange County at Seal Beach. Get the details.


Sautéed scallops are served on a creamy bed of mashed cauliflower. (Photo by Curt Norris)

Cathy Thomas has tips for buying and cooking shellfish. Here’s what to know when preparing shrimp, scallops and mussels. She has also some tasty recipes featuring the delicacies of the sea.

Rapini is served with caramelized onions over brown rice. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

While rapini (broccoli rabe) may look like broccolini, it has a much more distinct flavor. Cathy Thomas says the pleasant bitterness of rapini goes well with creamy pasta or cereal. here is a recipe for rapini with caramelized onions and brown rice.

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