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The Eat Index: Enchanted by mushrooms; see the giant Sol in Irvine Vanessa Franko, Anne Valdespino %%item_date%% %%item_source%%
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On a recent chilly evening, Brad A. Johnson found warmth in a steaming bowl of ravioli in what he described as a “fragrant broth that’s been decorated with mushrooms—woodsy varieties impervious to the vernal equinox.”
Eat of the Moment
Big and bright
Sol Mexican Cocina in Irvine is the multimillion-dollar renovation of a former El Torito Grill and occupies 11,277 square feet, including a 2,861-square-foot patio. It’s the largest of all the Sol locations, and will offer lunch, brunch, happy hour and taco Tuesday specials.
Breakfast with a twist
Lolas by MFK opened in Anaheim and serves breakfast and brunch with Filipino and Latin influences. A specialty of the house will be Kamayan feasts ($49.95 per person) with six entrees, including Filipino favorites, such as chicken adobo, along with Spam and bacon.
A wine wonderland
The California Wine Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with big taste-around events. Bottles are gathered from wine-making regions across the state and paired with gourmet bites from local restaurants and vendors. There will be two chances to attend: The first happens in Dana Point April 22-23 and the second in Huntington Beach Nov. 11-12.
On the road
During the pandemic, we all wanted to travel but were cautious about staying in hotels and dining in restaurants. The result was lots of vacation home rental getaways. Now there’s a cookbook for that: Erin Gleeson’s “The Forest Feast Road Trip: Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels through California.
Would you like fries with that NFT?
Bored & Hungry, is a new burger pop-up restaurant coming to Long Beach that draws inspiration from the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT series. Behind the restaurant concept is Orange County restaurateur Andy Nguyen.
This Week’s Recipe
Looking for a quick weeknight meal? Cathy Thomas has a spin on traditional shrimp scampi that swaps in tequila and cilantro.