Silva’s Fresh Eatery and Brazilian Churrascaria in Santa Ana

Orange County Brazilian Food

Looking for a new eating experience? Then I recommend Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria in Santa Ana! This new Brazillian steakhouse is located just around the corner from South Coast Plaza in South Coast Metro – an international bistro serving Churrasco and modern Brazilian favorites buffet style.

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Silva’s is open for lunch and dinner daily.  A buffet experience where you can enjoy all their amazing Brazillian foods for just $22.95 for all-you-can-eat at lunchtime. This includes includes a customized meal from their Chef’s Table as well as other ordering options depending on how hungry the guest is. Or you can stop in for a power lunch for only $15 that includes one time through the buffet, a visit to the Churrascaria and a drink. Dinner starts at just $30 and reservations are available.

Silva’s freshly prepared, serve yourself Chef’s Table is full of made to order items from the kitchen. It includes daily chef’s specials such as Feijoada, fresh broccoli and cauliflower, butternut squash, Brazilian fried rice known as Biro-Biro and even vegetarian plate options. You will also find delicious Brazilian appetizers – Coxinha de Frango, prosciutto & cheese rolls and Kibbeh. Silva’s only uses locally sourced meats and vegetables, and work closely with local vendors, creating incredible Brazilian flavors using modern cooking techniques. I am pleased to share that Silva’s only uses sustainable greens, a variety of heirloom beans and farm fresh organic vegetables to accompany their churrascaria.

 Orange County Brazilian Food

One of the favorite parts of Silva’s is the Churrascaria. Here you can choose from fresh roasted Brazillian style meats and sausage. The Picanha…similar to top sirloin and the Skirt Steak are some of the favorite’s of foodies who visit Silva’s. The chef carves it fresh for you!

With their kitchen led by respected Chef John Vega, formerly of Roy’s Newport Beach, Silva’s serves up eclectic Brazilian dishes, appetizers as well as decadent desserts. Rooted in New York and Brazilian Clubs of the 60’s, Silva’s gives local foodies and diehard churrasco purists an exciting, authentic Brazilian dining experience that locals have been raving about.

Silva’s not only serves amazing food, it’s restaurant brings together beautiful elements of polished casual decor, comfortable seating, a sleek bar, and an elevated environment. It’s a great spot for the perfect for date night, large groups or even taking food to go. They also host happy hour offerings at the bar, which includes fine wine, beer and signature Brazilian influenced and mixologist created cocktails.

Silva’s prides itself on it’s freshness and authenticity.  “Our recipes are authentic, fresh and put together using the best organic, locally grown vegetables and highest quality proteins” says GM Alex Ferreira. “This is a family operated business and the care we put into every detail of the restaurant can be seen and tasted by our customers.”

Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria Scratch cooking and the freshest organic and locally sourced ingredients in a casual yet upscale setting that’s perfect for a quick meal, hand-crafted bar favorite or a stylish dinner. Experience one of Orange County’s favorite hidden

Brunch at Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney

Tortilla Jo's Brunch Menufor us, weekends are a celebration of food. while we most often go out to lunch or dinner, it is always a treat to be able to change it up and go out for brunch. for me, brunch is the perfect meal. you still get the sweet and yummy of breakfast with a helping of savory lunch.

a couple of weekends ago, the hubby and i had a delicious brunch at Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. celebrating the culinary heritage of Mexico, Tortilla Jo’s has south-of-the-border Mexican cuisine, tableside guacamole, and refreshing drinks to satisfy anyone. its’ vibrant spirit and modern pueblo atmosphere make dining at Tortilla Jo’s an experience not to be missed for Mexican food lovers.Tortilla Jo's in Downtown DisneyTortilla Jo's Restaurantbrunch at Tortilla Jo’s was awesome. i love Mexican food, so this is my favorite kind of brunch. there was a little bit of everything to enjoy on the weekend brunch menu. my favorite was this fresh, vibrant Apple Spring Salad with mango, apples, watermelon radish, jicama, spinach, oatmeal and dried blueberries. it was perfectly dressed and seasoned. but this was just the beginning…
Spring Apple SaladTortilla Jo's Apple Spring Salad

there are many entrees to choice for brunch at Tortilla Jo’s, and don’t forget about the table side guacamole and bottomless mimosas that can be served at you meal. and your table will also be refilled with freshly made tortilla chips and salsa.Tortilla Jo's Brinch MenuTortilla Jo's Avocado Painting here are a few of the menu items that we enjoyed during our brunch. Huevos Rancheros – corn tortilla, refried beans, two sunny side up eggs, salsa ranchera, cotija cheese, served with papas a la Mexicana, Machaca con Huevos Chile Relleno – shredded beef and egg stuffed poblano chile, smoked tomato salsa, served with Mexican rice and refried beans, and ahhhhh!  Cinnamon French Toast – brioche, cinnamon, candied walnuts, cajeta syrup, horchata whipped cream. soooooo good!

Brunch at Tortilla Jo's in Downtown DisneyTortilla Jo's Rice and BeansBrunch at Tortilla Jo'sTortilla Jo's French Toast and besides the wonderful food that i had seconds and thirds of, the decor is bright and colorful and just makes you feel happy!Tortilla Jo's DecorTortilla Jo's Stairs
be sure to end your brunch with a sweet dessert. from churros en bolsa to deep fried ice cream to coconut flan to postre de manzana, you didn’t have to ask me twice to have a little dessert to top of my lovely brunch.
Tortilla Jo's Churros

it’s always fun to find a new restaurant that you can enjoy brunch at. i can’t imagine a better way to spend the morning – good food and good company. next time you are in Downtown Disney or want to have a south of the border inspired brunch, head over to Tortilla Jo’s. the menu is online, and there are also kids meal options available, as Tortilla Jo’s is definitely family friendly.Tortilla Jo's Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Customize Your Own Donut at Poqet DONUTS in Irvine

Poquet Donuts in Orange County

for that past few weeks, the boys and i have been staying low and hanging out at home. but we decided to get out one day after school, and check out one of Orange County’ newest donut stores, Irvine-based poqet DONUTS. it’s the first doughnut shop around here that offers costumers the chance to customize their very own doughnuts. we really liked the idea of this, so we knew we needed to try it out.

Poquet Donutsthe name poqet, pronounced “pocket,” is derived from a folklore story of two best friends who met on a park bench daily to share doughnuts, which were kept in their pockets. the story of these “pocket donut” friends is placed on the wall inside the shop to provide a simple explanation of the name’s origins to guests.Poquet Donuts Menuof course the boys we excited to find out how the whole process of “customizing your own donut” worked. you get to pick out a plain donut, there are a variety of choices. then you can choose to fill it with homemade vanilla bean custard or strawberry jelly….or not! next you choose the frosting. maple and strawberry were the boys’ favorites.
Orange County Donut Store in IrvineFilling Donuts with Vanilla CremeCutomizable Donut StoreFrosting a Donutfinally, you definitely need to top your donut. there are lots of toppings to choose – from chocolate shavings to nuts to sprinkles!Customize your donuts in Orange CountyDonut Toppings

it was fun to taste the donut creations everyone made. all my boys thought it was pretty cool to get to customize a donut….even if i personally thought some of their choices were somewhat questionable….like strawberry frosting topped with peanut butter cups and marshmallows. if it makes them happy, LOL!!!

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and, not only can you customize your own donut at poqet DONUTS, but you can also chose from some of their unique signature flavors that include fun combinations such as Peanut Butter & Jelly, Burnt Pistachio Creme Brûlée, Blueberry Cake, Pumpkin Spice, Nutella, Green Tea, Butter Salt, and special vegan options! 

this blueberry cake donut is one of the favorites of customers that come to poquet DONUTS

Blueberry Donut
and it was a first of mine to try a cherry candy coated donut. very unique!

Poquet Donut Store in Irvine
we couldn’t leave without taking a box of these fun flavors home to dad.

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my favorite was the Burnt Pistacio Creme Brûlée….Pistachio Creme Brulee Donutand the Lemon Meringue.Lemon Meringue Donut we also got a Peanut Butter & Jelly…Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut vanilla custard filled…Vanilla Bean Custard Donutand a Campfire S’more Donut with a simple syrup drizzle.Smore Donut

we enjoyed all the donuts after dinner and everyone had fun tasting them all. they were good and the combinations were fun. it was a fun experience, so that is what was best about our day getting donuts. if you wanna get some donuts at poquet DONUTS in Irvine, visit their website for more information and directions to their store.

Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant in Down Town Disney

Santa in Down Town DisneyChristmas is in the air at Down Town Disney, and right now, Catal Restaurant is having a special event – Breakfast with Santa. i pretty much get excited for anything that has to do with Christmas, as it’s my favorite time of year. but i was particularly excited for this event because it’s not only geared towards kids, but also adults looking for a relaxing, delicious breakfast experience.

so, the boys and i got dressed-up for fun and headed to Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant yesterday morning. we were very excited and had no idea what to expect. it ended up being wonderful….a family experience that i think Orange County families are going to want to make a tradition each year for Christmas.

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when we arrived at the breakfast, the sounds of singing carolers filled the air. we checked in with the host who showed us to the Breakfast with Santa area. the room was warm and decorated for the holidays. Santa’s elves gave the boys stockings with there names already printed on them and showed us to our reserved table. it was beautifully set with the breakfast menu, and freshly made muffins, croissants and maple butter sat on the table. it was all very exciting…especially because our family doesn’t have nice breakfasts very often. plus this was fancy…so fun for mom!

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one of Santa’s elves visited our table with a rolling hot chocolate bar. everyone got to get their choice of hot chocolate with customized toppings. so fun!

Cocoa bar at Catal RestaurantHot Chocolate Bar at Catal RestaurantHot Cocoa Bar

next up, the elves began to fill our table with all sorts of yummy breakfast foods. all to be served family-style which was just perfect for us. here is a peek of the menu…everything was so wonderful.

Breakfast with Santa Menu at Catal Restaurant

now, check out these breakfast foods!!!!!! there was something for everyone. i loved it all, but my favorites were the Vanilla Bean French toast and Roasted Potatoes. i am still craving the entire breakfast. luckily, Catal will be having Breakfast with Santa one more weekend, and they also serve regular breakfast daily.
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during breakfast, Santa made his appearance. one by one, the elves came to the tables to take us to visit him. the kids got to tell him their wishes, got candy canes and we were giving a nice souvenir picture to take home with us. i also suggest bringing your camera. there is plenty of time to get lots of pictures with Santa as well as photo opps in Down Town Disney.

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you are free to enjoy Breakfast with Santa for as long as the event lasts…up to two hours. the elves are happy to bring your family more of any of the foods that you want more of. it’s unlimited. plus, if you would like a specialty cocktail or drink, Catal has some great options to purchase. and while the parents enjoy a longer breakfast, kids can open their stockings a play with the crafts and coloring books. my boys never got bored and enjoyed visiting with Santa multiple times and getting multiple cups of hot chocolate.

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as we left the Catal Restaurant, Santa’s elves sent us off with Santa’s milk and cookies to enjoy on our way home.

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we left with full bellies and happy boys. it was a magical morning and an experience that we will now continue the tradition of each year. next time we will be inviting the grandparents…it was that special. Thank you Catal Restaurant for offering such a fun experience to people spending the holiday season in Orange County.


What’s included in Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant?

included in Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant is a family-style breakfast, hot cocoa station, carolers, children’s activities, ice skating vouchers for Olaf’s Ice Skating rink in Downtown Disney, printed pictures with Santa, milk and cookie send off, and your hosts….Santa’s Elves!!!!!

Olaf Skating Rink in Down Town Disney

that’s right, after your yummy breakfast with Santa, the whole family can go ice skating at Olaf’s Skating rink.  that’s a $15-$17 per person value.

Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant

Make Reservations for Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant

you must make reservations to reserve you spot at Breakfast with Santa. you can find more information about Catal Restaurant’s Breakfast with Santa, including pricing and dates, here. and if you can’t attend breakfast with Santa, Catal Restaurant also hosts breakfast daily. it’s one of the best places to have breakfast in Down Town Disney.

Catal Restaurant

Sometimes You Just Need a Johnny Rockets Milkshake!

Goosebumps Milkshakeit’s National Shake Month!!! and it’s been a long time since i’ve had a creamy, cold and frosty milkshake. so last week, the boys and i headed over to Johnny Rockets to check out a couple of their new shakes….AND of course get a burger and fries. because boy!!!!  they are deeeeeelish!!!!

Johnny Rockets at Knott's Berry Farmwe love going to Johnny Rockets for many reasons. the restaurant has a fun retro vibe and its very family friendly. great music, happy servers, and the food is great. if you love a good hamburger and fries, then you will love Johnny Rockets. i mean….even the ketchup is happy!

Johnny Rockets Family Burger Restaurantthere are so many yummy hamburger choices….plus, they also have chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and….Johnny Rockets Cheeseburgersdon’t forget about their famous fries and onion rings…Johnny Rockets Onion Rings (with happy ketchup!)Johnny Rockets Ketchup Artand then there are the milkshakes!!!!!! Johnny Rockets has the best milkshakes.
Goosebumps Milkshake Recipe

they are made to order with Johnny Rockets’ own exclusive ice cream flavors, real milk and the best toppings and mix-ins.

Best Orange County Milkshaketo celebrate National Shake Month, Johnny Rockets has created two new flavors of milkshakes that are available at select locations. the Reese’s Peanut Butter Shake and the Goosebumps Shake that is out just in time for the new Goosebumps movie set to be released on October 16th.Johnny Rockets Best Milkshakesit was fun to see the Johnny Rockets’ team members create our shakes right before our eyes. hand-mixed in the milkshake machine…blended with all the fantastic mixins.
How Johnny Rockets Makes Shakespoured into a tall glass, and….Johnny Rockets Real Ice Cream Shakes
topped with whipped cream and yummy toppings!Whipped Cream Milkshakecheck out the Reese’s Peanut Butter Shake! this was my fave…because i really love peanut butter. it’s loaded with Reese’s Peanut Butter sauce and topped with Reese’s Pieces and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.Johnny Rockets Reese's Peanut Butter Shake
and the Goosebumps Shake has real Hershey’s Syrup, crushed Oreo’s and is crawling with gummy worms! i’m drooling just writing about them.Johnny Rockets Goosebumps Shake Recipeour family loves Johnny Rockets because you never know what going to happen! you might get to have singing and dancing servers to entertain you during your meal.  or…Johnny Rockets Dancing

you might catch your favorite tune on the jute box!Johnny Rockets Jute Box
Johnny Rockets is an overall great restaurant if you are looking for a good ole’ classic All-American meal. it’s a place we continue to bring the family to year after year. the kids like it…Johnny Rockets Hamburgersi like it…Funny Onion Ringsand so does the hubby.Best Oc Milkshake
thanks Johnny Rockets for the fabulous shakes, burgers and fries. you bet we will be back soon. Happy Shake Month!!!!!

Johnny Rockets in Orange County

{ disclosure: We were inited guest of Johnny Rockets. all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. We have always loved Johnny Rockets and would go their whether we were invited or not! }