Mar 23, 2010

Ritz Restaurant Newport Beach

OC Restaurant Week passed already but I had to share my experience at the Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach. First of all, service was great. The interior of the restaurant is quite dark with this old fashion club feel. Ladies, if you are looking for old guys to pick you up at the bar, this is the place. If you are looking for young and hip, this is not the place to visit. However, this place is great for family or taking parents out for the night. We started with shrimp in garlic and butter sauce.
This was the first time I ordered veal. It was quite tender and tasty with crab leg on top with yummy Hollandaise sauce. I would definitely try this again.
My friend was quite irked that Steak Diane was so tiny and almost without any trimming. My veal entree was totally better. However, since it was a tasting 3 course menu for only $40, we shouldn't expect the portion to be huge.
I was not overly fond of desserts at Ritz. This pear with cream cheese pastry was nice but I was not impressed.
Creme Brulee was fine but sort of too watery for my taste. I liked all the raspberry hidden within; it made the dessert slightly refreshing. Overall, I can't complain much about this restaurant, but I am not jumping with excitement to go back again in the near future. However, I will consider taking my parents there in the future if they want to try the place for themselves.

Speaking of food, remember the set of mustard color Le Creuset baking dishes I wanted for my kitchen? Anyhoo, savvy folks over at Cookware.com has kindly offered a set for me to giveaway to a savvy reader (value at $43). I am so excited. Now we can all become stylish domestic goddesses....... All jokes aside, I love Le Creuset products for its beauty and versatility. This stoneware dish can go from the oven directly to tabletop, even when entertaining.

How to Win:

1. Must be a Savvy Mode follower
2. Tell me what will you be baking with this for one entry.
3. Receive 2 extra entries for sharing this giveaway.
4. Open to US and Canadian followers
5. Entry period March 23, 2010 to March 31, 2010

*I am getting names together for Neiman Marcus Gift Card giveaway; I will announce the winner tomorrow.

52 comments:

  1. Hi there-a great food review, shame the dessert wasn't nicer!!

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  2. Veal with crab sounds intriguing and good luck to the Le Creuset entries (sobbing in the UK), they are fab.

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  3. Ooh I have a Le Creuset giveaway coming up today too (for a 6 qt stockpot). Feel free to enter!

    I'd love to make simple casseroles or granola in this!

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  4. I just tweeted http://twitter.com/cncliving/status/10916848814

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  5. You certainly know how to enjoy life SG!
    Delish*

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  6. My dear, these foods look scrumptious.
    I guess it's not a good timing to visit your blog seeing these yummy foods... i haven't eaten anything yet...they make me hungry, huh!

    Have a great day, Sweetie!

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  7. I think I would bake a red velvet cake (My best friend's favorite) or a great meatloaf for my parents! :-)

    nscully@hotmail.com

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  8. Everything looks delicious! I will be baking yummy veggie lasagna in this!

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  9. Wow, beautiful pans. I would make my homemade lasagna in one of them for sure!

    fjthoma@hotmail.com

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  10. God, I haven't been to the Ritz in years! I love that fact that this traditional restaurant is still there after so many years.

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  11. I am a follower and I would love to make lasagna or a casserole in that!

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  12. I'm a follower and I'd make a casserole - think something with comforting.

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  13. The restaurant sounds nice, but I’m sorry you weren’t that impressed with everything. That shrimp appetizer looks delicious though!

    Count me in for this giveaway! These baking dishes look great. You know that I’m a follower. I would make my cheesy nacho bake, Sheppard’s pie. etc. in these. I have also added this giveaway to the sidebar of my blog under the giveaways section.

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  14. I think lasagne would be perfect in those baking pans! I love them!

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  15. Ohhh delish!! All looks too good! Good luck to all the giveaway participants :)

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  16. i love the stoneware for baking fries, etc. nice healthy option!

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  17. Yum! Even if you weren't awesomely impressed, that looks amazing to me! Maybe because with my husband overseas, I usually just eat whatever my kids are eating (ie. frozen chicken nuggets and french fries--ewwwww!).
    I am a LOYAL follower and I think I'd use the stoneware to really treat myself on the weekend and make a strata for breakfast. It'd sure beat rice crispies with skim milk. Did I mention I don't make much of an effort when my husband's away?!

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  18. the food looks a bit tasty!

    i am a follower and i would love this for making lasagna! or a berry cobbler. oh my. now i am so hungry!

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  19. Follower here! And I would like to try my baked mac and cheese in one of those =)

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  20. How very kind of Le Creuset! This will sound very weird, but please don't enter me - I'm saving up for their gorgeous new 'cassis' color :)

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  21. Great entry! This photos are gorgeous. I wish I could've tried the food with you! I am sorry the pear cheesecake wasn't as good as it looked. Cuz it looked scrumptious!

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  22. Ohh Au Gratin potatoes would look great in that dish! (I am a follower!)

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  23. Once more a very yummy post, my dear. I just got back home from the French Riviera where I savored some magical olive and ham bread.

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  24. yummy enchiladas!! extra spicy ARRIBA!!

    i tweeted http://twitter.com/styleezta/status/10945416011

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  25. Oh you made me hungry -- great food presentation looks so appetizing -- I would cook in the lovely pans
    Warm Figs with Cambozola and Balsamic
    A delicious, seasonal appetizer - warm figs with melted cambozola cheese, drizzled with a reduction of balsamic vinegar.
    and
    Snapper Veracruz
    A medley of delightful flavors...layers of snapper, onions, olives, jalapeƱos and cilantro are topped with fresh tomatoes, white wine and extra-virgin olive oil...
    Bon Appetit
    Joanny

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  26. I would bake salmon or mac and cheese. <3

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  27. Hi! I'm back in blogland :) I see I'm just in time for another giveaway. You already know I'm a follower ;D
    And I'm familiar with this line and would love to make some lasagna in this pan. They are the perfect size!

    Thank you
    Sherry

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  28. This shrimp look delicious!
    As far as what I would bake in Le Creuset dishes - apple crisp, potatoes au gratin. lasagna, I could go on, but I am getting hungry just thinking about all of them.
    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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  29. lasagna!!! lasagna! lasagna! this is an awesome giveaway~ thank you!!!

    p/s: the id i use to leave comments is different from my follower id. does it matter? lol

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  30. i love to bake so there will be quite a few dishes- im probably going to make lasagna first :)
    annashoshina at yahoo dot com

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  31. I'm a follower! And with this dish I will be making some peach cobblers all summer. Yum!

    sendnatmail(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. The food looks delicious... I was laughing at your comment... if you want old guys to pick you up, this is the place. Hahaha!

    I am a follower and I have a US address so can I join?

    I love Le Creuset items. xoxo

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  33. I want to take a bite out of that shrimp right now!!!
    And seriously, you and your fabulous giveaways! Um what WOULDN'T I bake in that???
    xo

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  34. it's almost 9pm here. just ate dinner a couple hours ago and this post...this post right here...has me STARVING!

    YUMMERS!!!

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  35. I am a follower.

    The first thing I would make in this gorgeous yellow dish is a down home souther style shepard's pie. Yum.

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  36. I tweeted this giveaway

    http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/10966822884

    entry #1

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  37. I tweeted this giveaway

    http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/10966822884

    entry #2

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  38. U'VE GOT SUCH A LOVELY BLOG AND AL;L THAT FOOD..MMM LOOKS DAMN GOOD GRL!

    One Love,
    Jowy
    www.iseejanemary.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm an email subscriber. Would probably make some desserts or casseroles with this.

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Sparkled_Beauty/status/10977534846

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  40. i'm a follower
    i would make truffle mac n cheese with this. yum!

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  41. I would make a nice, big lasagna. I always put a bit of alfredo sauce on top of the last layer, underneath the cheese. Mmmmm.

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  42. I would make a lasagna too. Not much else I know how to cook! LOL!

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  43. I'm following. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. I'm a follower. I think some homemade mac and cheese would be perfect!

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  45. i am a follower.

    spinach artichoke dip!

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  46. you always make me so depress because every time i read your blog, either, i havent eaten OR i've eaten some fast food that should not be considered as food, in any ways.

    urgggh.

    you know i love you (and your food & your fashion) right? :P

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  47. (I'm a follower)...

    With the Easter Celebration coming so very soon, I would have to get out the Family favourite recipe of "Scalloped Potatoes" to display in this beautiful cookware...for when this Family gathers around a dinner table!

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  48. Count me in! (I'm a follower.)

    The small one looks perfect for a little lasagna for myself!

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  49. wow the prawn look yumi. may i taste it?

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  50. I am a follower!

    I would love to make a cake, I am really craving one right now!

    2 please!

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