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Best Of Orange County: Week Of August 11

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(credit: Newport Beach Jazz Party)

Your taste buds will be satisfied this week with OC restaurant openings, celebrating National Olive Month, and signature tequila tastings on board the Queen Mary. Families can play together this week (for free!) with Disney Parks, or for a romantic evening out, grab a sitter and listen to two amazing jazz concerts taking place this week in and around OC.

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Monday, August 11

Restaurant Opening: Fresh Brothers
1616 San Miguel Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92625
(949) 759-1212

The first expansion of LA's popular Fresh Brothers Pizza has just opened in Newport Beach. The restaurant, which features a fresh, California twist on the traditional pizzeria, features a large outdoor dining area, curbside pickup, and eventually will open a full beer and wine menu. Gluten-free and vegan diners are easily accommodated with GF crust (designed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness), vegan cheese, vegan "chicken" bites, vegan ranch, and vegan blue cheese.

FIG & OLIVE - Zucchini Carpaccio - Michael Gardner (2)
(credit: Michael Gardner)

Tuesday, August 12

Celebrate National Olive Month
151 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

Celebrate National Olive Month at FIG & OLIVE, best known for their signature olive oils paired with each dish. Executive Chef Pascal Lorange is featuring a seasonal Zucchini Carpaccio, made with local farmer's market zucchini and their Picholine Olive Oil, which boasts a sweet buttery flavor. Complement your meal with the restaurant's first ever olive oil based cocktail, The FIG & OLIVE cocktail, made with their signature blood orange olive oil, cucumber-infused vodka, blood orange purée, celery, egg white, simple syrup, and lime juice.

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(credit: Newport Beach Jazz Party)

Wednesday, August 13

Sunset Jazz
Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-5003

Wednesday night jazz sessions continue at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa's Rose Garden. Tonight's artists include the Dena Derose Quartet, featuring Dan Barrett, in a salute to Shirley Horn, in addition to Jay Leonhart and the Bruce Forman Duo in two one-hour sets. Food and beverage service is available. Tickets start at $20.

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(credit: The Queen Mary)

Thursday, August 14

Tequila Dinner Aboard the Historic Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

The latest from the Queen Mary's Barrel Series installment, this dinner will include five different tastings of Herradura, Mexico's original premium tequila and winner of more than 16 gold medals in some of the world's most prestigious international competitions. The five-course meal will be paired perfectly with each dish's flavor profile, and you'll end your meal with an indulgent dessert and premium cigar from Macanudo cigars. Ruben Aceves, tequila ambassador and director of International Brand Development for Casa Herradura, will be on hand throughout the evening.

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Friday, August 15

Titanic the Artifact Exhibition
Premier Exhibition Center
7711 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Over 250 authentic artifacts from the Titanic wreck site, found 2 1/2 miles below the surface of the ocean will be on hand at The Titanic Artifact Exhibition. With extensive room recreations, actors dressed in period clothing, and an impressive storyline, you'll be immersed in a recreation of the ill-fated history of the Titanic. Over 100 years past its sinking, the story and sinking of this ship, coupled with the amazing story of many of its survivors, continues to fascinate visitors today.

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(credit: Disney Parks)

Saturday, August 16

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks
Center Street Promenade
110 W Center Street Promenade
Anaheim, CA 92805

Take the whole family out for a day of active (and free!) fun at the kickoff for KaBoom! Play Together Powered by Disney Parks. The event includes an obstacle course, designed by Disney Imagineers, team-building stations, team flag making, puzzle solving, and more. Families will also learn about local volunteering opportunities and can enjoy the imagination play zone after completing the race. Advance registration is required.

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(credit: LA Phil)

Sunday, August 17

Smooth Summer Jazz
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000

Take a roadtrip to Hollywood to enjoy the Hollywood Bowl's summer concert series. Featuring a variety of the world's finest jazz artists, this super-concert will offer a beautiful LA evening under the stars as you listen to the smooth sounds of Boney James, Keiko Matsui, Eric Benét, The Ohio Players, and BWB, including Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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