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What You're Eating: Tasty Food Events

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If there ever was a time to restaurant hop, that would be now – sample some of Pasadena's best eats during Pasadena Restaurant Week, or get a preview of this summer's flavors at Oliverio at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. You can't go wrong at any of these food events throughout Southern California.

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New Brunch and Sunday Sessions

3801 E. Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 717-4322

The sister restaurant to Five Crowns in Corona del Mar has launched a new, hip brunch menu featuring items like pork belly hash, Green Eggs and Ham (their version of eggs Benedict), tomato scramble with chantarelles and roasted corn, confit duck drumettes, limited release craft beers and more. These new menus will be enjoyed amid the restaurant's new scene called "Sunday Sessions," during which visiting and local DJ's will spin eclectic and funky tunes as local painters and photographers create live art, slam poetry and more. Sunday Sessions will run on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., no reservations required.

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Pasadena Restaurant Week

Participating Restaurants

Some of the best restaurants in Pasadena will be opening its doors from April 21 through 26 for the third annual Pasadena Restaurant Week, featuring prix fixe menus starting at $15 for lunch or $26 for dinner. Participating restaurants include El Cholo, Pie 'n Burger, The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse at the Langham Huntington Pasadena, Tokyo Shabu Shabu, the Vertical Wine Bistro and so many more. Go to the website for a list of participating restaurants and to make reservations.

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New Bruxie Opens In OC

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches
180 5th Street, Suite 120
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Bruxie's famous gourmet waffle sandwiches, old-fashioned can sugar sodas and real Wisconsin frozen custard, shakes and floats will now be available on The Strand in Huntington Beach. Bruxie's newest restaurant opens Tuesday, April 23, just a block east of PCH. Some of Bruxie's seasonal offerings include the Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork, Braised Beef Short Rib and Philly Cheesesteak Bruxie.

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One-Night Only Olive Oil Tasting And Dinner

FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069

FIG & OLIVE founder Laurent Halasz and Xandra Falco of Spain's Marques De Grinon Estates are hosting an exclusive, seven-course prix-fixe olive oil tasting dinner. Learn more about the process of cultivating and pressing olives into oil and the characteristics of extra virgin olive oils and how best to cook with olive oil as you enjoy dishes such as Zucchini Carpaccio, Braised Octopus Carpaccio a La Gallega, Riviera Salmon, Lamb Filet Mignon and Green Apple Sorbet. This event is available only on April 23 and is $125 per person. The event is limited to 30 guests only.

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Sorprendente at Oliverio

Oliverio at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
9400 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Looking forward to summer? So is Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. The restaurant is launching its celebration on April 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. with the unveiling of fresh, seasonal changes by Chef Mirko Paderno. The event will feature a live-action cooking station, a truffle station, meats and cheese pairing demonstrations, a wine tasting and live music by AgencyDJs. Pre-sale tickets start at $55.

Darleene Powells is the features editor of

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