5 Ways to Toast Summer's Arrival

Riley Greenough | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

Celebrate O.C.'s sunniest season with one of these festive options.
Brunch gets a sweet makeover at EATS Kitchen & Bar with strawberry-topped pancakes and plenty of refreshing frosé.

1. Look no further than Bourbon Steak at Monarch Beach to find the perfect summer sip thanks to its new tableside martini cart service. Premium spirits—Nolet’s Silver gin or Ketel One vodka—and fine ingredients (think house-blended French vermouths and elevated cocktail bitters) are combined in classic, dirty, fresh or floral combinations. Word to the wise: Order Michael Mina’s epic caviar parfait or duck fat french fry trio to pair. Cheers! 5:30-10pm, Dana Point, 949.234.3900

2. Beat the heat with a glass of frosé with EATS Kitchen & Bar’s new brunch options. Sip on strawberry frosé with delectable notes of rhubarb or our pick—bittersweet frosé with crème de pamplemousse. The frozen libations pair oh-so-well with delicious brunch bites like orange blossom french toast featuring challah bread soaked in orange blossom water-laced batter with mascarpone, poached rhubarb and a sprinkling of pistachios to finish. But act fast, these limited-time frosé offerings will only last through September. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm, Irvine, 949.225.6780

3. Get your summer rocking at the 31st annual Hoag Summer Fest at Newport Dunes, where cuisine from more than 40 O.C. eateries will be on offer as you jam out to hits by The Rolling Stones from tribute band Jumping Jack Flash. Support Hoag Hospital Foundation with the purchase of a raffle ticket, and you could drive away in a new 2018 BMW X3 courtesy of Sterling BMW of Newport Beach. Drs. Valery and David Brouwer and community leaders Lauri and Steve Delson will chair the sun-kissed fete, all in an effort to add to the more than $2 million total the gathering has garnered to date. June 27, 5-8pm, $125 per adult, Newport Beach, 949.764.7217

4. Channel your inner Picasso at The Resort at Pelican Hill’s Painting and Prosecco party. Experienced and novice painters alike will thrive under the approachable step-by-step instruction of local art guru Timree Gold. Of course, bottomless Prosecco, canvas and painting supplies are all included. And after you’re finished crafting your masterpiece, indulge in a generously discounted meal—think 30 percent off—at Andrea Ristorante, Pelican Grill or Coliseum Pool & Grill. June 27, 6-8pm, $85 per adult, Newport Beach, 888.507.6427

5. Throw it back to yesteryear July 8 with a '90s-inspired brunch at Paséa Hotel & Spa. Bask in the totally awesome ocean view while a live DJ keeps the throwback party going all morning long. Imbibe bottomless mimosas as you munch on cheeky brunch fare like the MC Hamm-in Cheese Toast from executive chef Kevin Meyer. Crimp your hair at the Drybar station and don a decked-out graffiti tee from the hotel’s onsite artist to join in the festive fun. Every second Sunday of the month, 11:00am-1:30pm, $65 per adult, Huntington Beach, 866.478.9702


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