The Dish

Monta Japanese Noodle House: Pork Belly Bowl

Why are we featuring a rice dish at a noodle house? Because Pork Belly Bowl will get you filled up big time – in a good way, of course. A bowl of sliced pork belly on white rice with green onions and a sprinkle of ginger from Monta Japanese Noodle House off the Strip in Las Vegas is just under six George Washington’s.

Food Drink Report

Bitter beers are back again at The Library Alehouse

If you think Valentine’s Day will leave a bitter flavor in your mouth this year, be sure to celebrate it’s passing with more bitterness at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, where they will be showcasing bitter beers from the L.A. and O.C. area in what they call “HopHead Heaven“. From February 15 – 26, Library Alehouse will be providing their patrons with 15 rotating taps, covering 40 beers, from breweries in Los Angeles, Agoura Hills, Long Beach and Orange County, including: IPA’s, DIPA’s, “Black” IPA’s, Extra Pales, Imperial Reds and Belgian IPA’s.

Food Drink Report

It’s New York style hot dogs versus New England lobster rolls on Super Bowl Sunday at the Pacific Edge Hotel

Want to celebrate the Super Bowl like a true football foodie (if there is such a thing)? Head to The Deck at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach on Sunday, February 5, to enjoy their once a year, “Challengers’ Fare“, which will feature Lobster Rolls in commemoration of the New England Patriots and New York Style Hot Dogs in honor of the New York Giants. Guests can enjoy some other football specialties like the Kobe beef and braised pork sliders or the chef’s special recipe wings.

Already have plans for the big game? Visit The Deck the following Sunday from 10 PM – 3 PM for “Gospel Sunday Brunch“, where you will dine on Praline French Toast and Country Fried Steak and Eggs while relaxing in front of an elegant beach setting.

If Sunday’s are your day of rest, then get over hump-day by joining local singer Kurt Hunter for “Tunes and Talent“. If you’re willing to “Sing for Dinner”, your voice might earn you a meal at The Deck, on the house. “Tunes and Talent” is on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Or if you’ve already put in a long week at work, join The Deck from opening until three on Fridays, where all drinks are doubles. 647 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949-281-5709.

Travel Report

Valentine’s hotel package for healthy couples at the Alpine Tavern & Vail Racquet Club Resort

Okay, ignore the photo of chef Paolo Busi‘s Tiramisu from Alpine Tavern for now. You’ll get to eat it after a day at the Vail Racquet Club Resort. For $899, a couple can get a one-bedroom condo for two nights including two massages and use of the resort’s health club facilities, which include a 25 meter swimming pool, 3,000 square foot fitness center, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and yoga studio.

The “Romantic Interludes” package also includes a five-course dinner for two at the Alpine Tavern. The menu includes: homemade calamari; dinner salad of mixed greens or Caesar; a light preparation of pasta served in a creamy leek sauce; Trout Almondine (Colorado trout filet, white wine lemon sauce sautéed almonds) or Poulet de Fraises (breast of chicken, white Wine Sauce, strawberries, rosemary, touch of cream) or Veal Marsala (veal Scaloppine, Marsala wine, fresh herbs, wild mushrooms); and Chef’s homemade Tiramisu (pictured above). Call 970-476-4840 for reservations. 4695 Vail Racquet Club Dr., Vail, CO 81657.


Alaska Airlines to serve Starbucks onboard starting today

Starting today, all passengers onboard an Alaska Airline flight will be offered complimentary Starbucks coffee. To celebrate the collaboration between the two companies, the airline will be running a “text-to-win” contest at four Starbucks stores (February 7 in Seattle, February 14 in Portland, February 21 in San Diego and February 28 in San Jose) for a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets. Specific store locations, time and instructions will be announced every Tuesday in February at 8 AM on Alaska’s Facebook and Twitter as part of #TravelTuesday.

Photography provided by Alaska Airlines