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Taco Bell Introduces Its First Official Beer on Tap

When Taco Bell started introducing its booze-friendly Cantinas across the country, you knew it was only a matter of time before they had their own beer on tap.

As they prep to open their newest Cantina in Newport Beach, California, Taco Bell introduced their very own beer called the Beach Bell lager, which will be sold exclusively at the location, for now.

The fast food restaurant teamed with local brewer Four Sons Brewing, to make the “Mexican-style” amber lager, and while there’s no official word on Taco Bell brand beers popping up at other Cantina locations, we could very well start seeing similar official collaborations with other local breweries across the U.S.

Aside from the hype surrounding the beer, the Southern California TB Cantina will also have a walkup window, boozy Twisted Freezes that have been sold at other Cantinas, and of course, its standard food menu.

The Newport Beach Taco Bell Cantina officially opens Friday, November 15, as So. Cal. can enjoy some fast food and adult beverages at the same time.



Photos by Peter Pham


Lark Creek’s Dungeness Crab Menu Including This Crab-Topped Filet Mignon [PHOTOS]


Lark Creek, a Southern Californian restaurant in Newport Beach, announced a new Dungeness Crab menu that includes a Dungeness Crab topped Filet Mignon and Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs. Other items include Dungeness Crab Cakes, Crab Roll, Dungeness Crab Street Tacos, Combo Louis Salad and Dungeness Crab Cocktail. Photos by Peter Pham.



Deviled Eggs with Dungeness Crab and Chipotle Aioli – $9




Combo Louis Salad with Bay Shrimp, Avocado, Crab, Boiled Egg and Louis Dressing – $19




Wood Fired Filet Mignon with Potato Gratin, Dungeness Crab Salad & Parsley Persillade  – $38






Dungeness Crab Cocktail: Half Chilled Crab with Horseradish Root Cocktail Sauce – MP



How Many Men Does it Take to Steal a $10 Sandwich? Four, Apparently


I love sandwiches as much as the next guy. That’s why it terrifies me that, with a few poor decisions, I could easily be sitting in a cell with the fellows who were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 4 in Newport Beach, Calif. for suspicion of stealing a sandwich from a parked car.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary and conspiracy according to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

Around 5:55 pm on Sunday, police received a call that a man (who was later identified as Oscar Iglesias, 25) was removing a bag from a parked vehicle in Newport Center Drive, said Manzella. The car had been locked, but the window was lowered.

She added that after taking the bag, Iglesias entered a vehicle waiting. Waiting in the car were Daniel Godinez, 23, Edwin Yhuit, 27, and Daniel Garcia, 28. The four were identified when the anonymous caller gave the police a license plate number and vehicle description. A quick Google Maps search showed that they only made it less than two miles with the sandwich before they were arrested.

The bag with the yet-to-be identified sandwich, was valued at $10. (I’m thinking it HAD to be good though. Possibly pastrami?)

So how far would you go for a sandwich? I guess it depends on the sandwich really. But it had to be really good for these guys to be looking at some jail time and probably a hefty charge.

H/T TheDailyPilot


So Long Sweet Summer: Tequila Tasting With Partida’s Master Distiller Jose Valdez


For plenty of folks – usually those of the frozen margarita-mixing, salt lime shot-swilling variety – it’s hard to actually like tequila, but by the time you’re done listening to Maestro Tequilero Jose Valdez talk, you kind of just wish you did. About a month ago, we took a few hours out of a busy Wednesday afternoon to drink with the master, this time in the always pleasantly bougie neighborhood of Newport Beach. Calif. at the Sol Cucina restaurant, for a tasting event hosted by Partida Tequila. And we figured, yeah summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean our love for good tequila has to be.



Valdez, who has been with the company almost since it started back in 2001, spent a few minutes chatting with us Foodbeast small fries before being nudged by his higher-ups to be more exacting with his time – though it felt as if he could have entertained with us forever. Bright eyed and energetic, he talked us through Partida’s history and methods, bearing all our asked and unasked stupid questions with a patience befitting only of someone who gets to work with liquor for a living. Why does Partida age its agave at a minimum 7 to 10 years? Because that’s how long it takes for the sugar and flavors to mature. Why does Partida use steel ovens instead of the traditional stone ones? Because stone ones are messy and the steel helps everything cook more evenly.




The rest of the night we spent pairing Partida’s tequilas – which also happen to be the first ever to receive five stars in all three of its original varieties, the Blanco, Reposado and Añejo, from The Spirit Journal – with the Sol chef’s carefully crafted dishes, everything from baby beet and watermelon salad to grilled quail to margarita bundt cake. I admit I haven’t drunk many tequilas, but these were the only ones that didn’t make me hate myself afterward, which can’t be a bad thing.




We finished with glazed eyes and warm bellies, our glances flitting over to lazily observe the busy line cooks in the open kitchen and watch as Valdez shared his knowledge and passion with everyone in the room. His small talk algorithm was as simple and smooth: the history of agave, a swig of water, a story about Mexican Palomas and just a little bit of spunk.


[ADVENTURE] A Walk on the Wilde Side – Happy Hour at Muldoon’s Pub in Newport Beach


Among the Oscar Wilde quotes which line the back of the new “Wilde Hours” menu at Muldoon’s is this surprisingly apropos gem: “I love talking about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.”

I for one don’t know anything about Irish pubs, but that’s okay, since this is California and suggestion here is the name of the game. Newport Beach – just across the street from Fashion Island, off the 73 freeway where they filmed scenes for The Hangover Part III, and less than 30 minutes from both Disneyland and Universal Studios, depending on what time of day it is and how lucky you are – is a far cry from Ireland’s green rolling hills. But throw in a 40 year history and some carefully-curated set pieces (not to mention a few pints of Guinness), and you might just find enough Irish spirit to convince yourself otherwise.



There’s the tall old Sycamore growing through the center courtyard, that’s been there since the place first opened in 1974. There’s the smattering of authentic Irish heirlooms, handpicked by the owners, that festoon the fully-licensed establishment’s three separate rooms. And let’s not forget the crooning voices of Bono and Marcus Mumford, carefully chosen to help guests hearken back to simpler days on the Emerald Isle. It certainly feels authentic, and for anyone seeking a slice of Ireland amidst all the sunshine and silicone, maybe that’s enough.

When I visited Muldoon’s earlier this month, I came on a Thursday during lunchtime, so I can’t say much for the happy hour ambience, except that it’s a homey scene and I hear they feature live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. But if I had to give my not-so-expert Foodbeast recommendation based solely on the menu, I think, nay believe, that I should.



First up was the Wilde Irish Julep: a fresh, sweet, not-at-all-syrupy thing I tried on the suggestion of Mary Murphy, the general manager – which, while delicious, nevertheless made me fear my hosts thought I was under 21. If there was alcohol in there, the light taste and my lack of buzz certainly didn’t betray it.


Next were the Banger Bites and Warm Dijon Sauce, which were snappy and savory and best of all, easy to eat. I was finished with my first “bite” and was about to snatch up a second before remembering I needed to photograph them, so I can only imagine how quickly these would go during a normal, after-hours setting. Though rich and hearty, they’re also not too filling, so it’s probably best just to order a plate for yourself.








The Whiskey Wings, Sindi Rae Sliders and Smoked Salmon with Chive Mascarpone on Flatbread were all solid, though nothing revolutionary. That title would have to go to the Homemade Corned Beef Tacos: an innocuous if bizarre mash-up which – if nothing else – helped prove why ground seasoned beef has remained the go-to filling for so many centuries. The corned beef was lean, almost melty, and held up well beneath the dressing of tomatoes and sour cream. But even after being drizzled in lime, the dish lacked the zest of a good, well-spiced ground beef or beer-battered fish. I would recommend you try them at least once for the novelty, and then see if the chef wouldn’t mind whipping up a fish and chips taco as an alternative twist on a popular Irish staple.




For drinks, the Wilde Hour offers an Irish Red Ale, a Honey Blonde and a Lusty Wheat Hefeweizen; three wines; and a handful of Irish-inspired cocktails including the Wilde Julep and Emerald Drop, each priced at between 20 – 30% less than dinner price.





Like any culturally-themed watering hole, Muldoon’s takes pride in the stories it tells, those it tells its guests and those it tells itself. As the website reads, the new Oscar Wilde-themed happy hour took its name from a legendary author “known for his love of enjoyment and the pursuit of pleasure,” and offers guests the chance to unwind while delighting in a bit of Irish history.

So will dropping by Muldoon’s after work and ordering third-off priced brews while enjoying the witticisms of Oscar Wilde be enough to transport you to Dublin in the 1800s? Probably not, but it’s a damn good place to pretend.

Wilde Hours @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
$3 – $9 plates, $4.50 – $9 drinks
202 Newport Ctr Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Fast Food

SPOTTED: Carl’s Jr. Testing a Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich?


We have just received a lead on a photo emerging from a Carl’s Jr. location out of Newport Beach, CA that apparently is serving a Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich.

The photo appears to have originated from the location off of Newport Blvd and Industrial Way, for those familiar with the Southern California beach city. Interesting that the stoner-friendly sandwich emerged from Instagram user spec_j on the 4/20, but the sandwich indeed falls inline with the fast food chain’s recent line ice cream cookie sandwiches, following up on both an Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich and a Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich.

Our guess leads us to believe the chain is running a spotted test of this new dessert option. For anyone who spots this sandwich at their local Carl’s Jr. (or Hardee’s) location, feel free to Tweet/Instagram a photo and tag it #foodbeast.

Photo via Instagram (spec_j)


Update: 04/22/2013

A Carl’s Jr. spokesperson has provided us with the following window cling graphic being used in the product’s test markets. As a policy, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s does not comment on test products. The only information we got was a confirmation that the Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich is indeed being tested at limited number of Carl’s Jr. restaurants.



Update: 04/20/2013

This was the photo that originally surfaced on April 20, 2013:



Craving: Dynamite Roll

A few years ago I found this small sushi place in Newport Beach, CA called Sakae. Their all-you-can-eat is amazing because it’s their entire menu with no limitations for $20. Resident Foodbeast Vyanie and I made the trip down there yesterday and this was a roll I had yet to try called the Dynamite Roll. It’s a California roll completely covered in sautéed onions, mushrooms and scallops. Trust me it was amazing.