Holiday Festivities at Pendry Newport Beach and SET Steak & Sushi

December 01, 2023

'Tis the season for festivities at The Pendry Newport Beach and SET Steak & Sushi. They have curated a lineup of holiday dining, luxury packages, and surprise-and-delight experiences for the 2023 festive season.

Highlights of the festive season include:

  1. The More The Merrier (Winter Season): Celebrate the winter season by booking a suite at The Pendry Newport Beach and receive a complimentary second guest room. Available on select dates from November 26, 2023, through January 11, 2024. [Additional details and reservations here](insert URL).
  2. Tree Lighting at Pendry Newport Beach (December 1 at 6 p.m.): Witness the magic of the holiday season at Pendry Newport Beach's inaugural tree lighting ceremony in the hotel's lobby. The event features a splendid spruce tree, festive decorations, and Dickens-style carolers.
  3. Eight Nights of Hanukkah at Pendry Newport Beach (December 7-15): Join in the celebration of Hanukkah as Pendry Newport Beach lights the Menorah each night in the hotel lobby.
  4. CURATEUR Holiday Market at Pendry Newport Beach (December 8): Experience style and luxury at Pendry's Annual Winter Market in partnership with CURATEUR. Guests can enjoy exclusive product sampling, brand pop-ups, holiday beverages, and engaging activations.
  5. Christmas Eve / Christmas Day at SET Steak & Sushi (December 24 & 25): Indulge in an extravagant holiday special at SET Steak & Sushi featuring Homard Frites, a 2 lb. baked lobster with lobster bearnaise, herb fries, and an optional caviar bump. The restaurant will operate under normal hours on Christmas Eve and from 1-8 pm on Christmas Day.

For more details about these holiday events and experiences at Pendry Newport Beach, please visit the hotel's Seasonal Happenings web page.


Urban Plates Celebrates it Grand Opening in Fountain Valley

December 01, 2023

Urban Plates, renowned for its chef-driven, fast-casual dining experience offering delicious and nutritious meals, is excited to announce the opening of its latest establishment in Orange County, located in Fountain Valley. The grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, December 2. This new addition to the Urban Plates family is the 19th location in California, joining other stores in Orange County, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

The opening festivities, happening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., promise an enjoyable afternoon with complimentary appetizers, drinks, live music by DJ Mel, a unique build-your-own-bouquet station from Pixie Pop-Ups, plus a variety of giveaways and exclusive swag, available while they last.

Commemorating this new Fountain Valley location, Urban Plates is conducting a series of charitable events, with donations supporting MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center. This non-profit hospital in Fountain Valley is dedicated to providing excellent, affordable healthcare to everyone. For more information on their services and how to contribute, visit MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center.

Urban Plates prides itself on its reasonably priced, healthful menu. This includes a wide selection of freshly made plates, sides, salads, sandwiches, bowls, and desserts. Their dishes feature sustainably sourced seafood and meats, along with a commitment to using organic produce whenever possible. Catering to various dietary needs, Urban Plates offers gluten-free, plant-based, and low-carb options, ensuring there's something delicious for everyone.

The new Urban Plates Fountain Valley, situated at 18050 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, welcomes guests for dine-in, takeout, catering, and delivery services. It's open from 11:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. Discover more at Urban Plates.


Newport Beach’s Pelican Hill Resort: Season of Gin-Tea, Opera, & Princess Tea

December 01, 2023

As the holiday season approaches, those who adore sweater weather and tea can find warmth and festive experiences at Newport Beach's luxurious five-star coastal retreat, The Resort at Pelican Hill. From gin-infused tea services to opera and enchanting princess tea moments for the little ones, these delightful experiences are available now through December.

Giardino del Tè Recently introduced as part of the Resort's "Bask in Summer's Afterglow" series, Giardino del Tè (Gin & Tea Tipple) is a unique offering in partnership with the award-winning No.3 Gin, running until December 4, 2023. Nestled in the heart of the Resort's main estate lobby at the Great Room Terrace, guests can immerse themselves in this Italian-inspired tea garden with a twist – gin cocktails infused with tea.

This daily experience from 3 pm to 7 pm, as daylight transitions into the evening, features the Gin & Tea Tipple paired with a special menu of savory and sweet bites ($99 per person). Menu highlights include bruschetta, blackberry sage shortbread, autumn spiced cake, and more, along with the option to choose from the following Gin & Teas:

  • No.3 gin & hibiscus tea (bergamot rosolio, lime)
  • No.3 gin & peppermint tea (basil, lemon)
  • No.3 gin & earl grey tea (bitter, sage, Mediterranean soda)
  • No.3 gin & vanilla rooibos tea (limoncello, lemon, honey)

Traditional Afternoon Tea For those seeking the classic and quintessential holiday tea service, friends and family can gather indoors to enjoy the resort's Traditional Afternoon Tea, offered at 2 pm from December 27 to 29. This experience includes a lavish presentation of sweet and savory items paired with a selection of artisanal teas ($192 per person). Reservations can be made on OpenTable 

Holiday High Tea & Songs of the Season In the Andrea restaurant space, tea enthusiasts and music lovers alike can indulge in Holiday High Tea & Songs of the Season, taking place from December 7 to 17, 2023, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. This three-course high tea is accompanied by prestige champagne and features a performance of holiday classics by some of the brightest stars in American opera. A virtuoso pianist provides elegant musical accompaniment ($299 per person). Reservations can be made on OpenTable 

Princess Tea For the holiday season, The Resort at Pelican Hill offers a Princess Tea for both young ones and parents to enjoy. This magical experience takes place at 2 pm on December 30, 2023, and includes an array of tea, bubbles, and delectable sweet and savory treats. Two princesses join the event for an enchanting afternoon of songs and stories ($164 per person). Every young royal-in-training leaves with a special gift to cherish the day's memories! Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

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