Farmer Boys Adds Portabella Mushrooms to Menu

Farmer Boys has a new addition to its menu, adding a healthful and intriguing spin to its fresh fast-casual lineup. Portabella mushrooms are a hit with the burger and breakfast selection, enhancing an already wide variety of indulgent favorites.

The portabella mushroom burger features a traditional beef patty, Swiss cheese and a generous spread of hot sliced portabella mushrooms. On the breakfast side, the portabella mushroom omelet adds flare to Farmer Boys’ omelet repertoire.

Portabella mushrooms are yet another ingredient to align with the Farmer Boys farm-to-table mission. This economical fast-casual franchise dedicated itself to fresh, natural ingredients long before the trend caught fire. From grilling fresh, never-frozen beef over an open flame, hand-cutting lettuce and tomatoes daily, hand-scooping avocados and making their own salad dressings, Farmer Boys executes on a level and price point that’s hard to match at the high-volume level. For more information, visit

Ocean Market Grill Showcases Personalized Seafood

Ocean Market Grill, or OMG as it cleverly goes by, has brought the build-your-own concept to fresh, sustainable seafood. In the same way you customize your burger at The Counter or your burrito at Chipotle, you’re able to create your ideal seafood dish at this fast-casual Southern California chain. By bringing higher-end ingredients to a more modest, yet modern environment, OMG is making exotic seafood more approachable to the masses.

Nine seafood options create the base of OMG’s dynamic menu, ranging from traditional salmon and shrimp to ahi tuna, rock cod and yellowtail. OMG prepares your selection in one of three ways: blackened, salt & pepper or garlic butter. You’re then able to have their selection served in plate, wrap, sandwich or taco form, with sides that range from salads and grilled vegetables to excellent fries and garlic rice.

Additional signature items include the lobster grilled cheese, rich clam chowder and the OMG fries—fries smothered in clam chowder. Add a healthy beer and wine list and a Stubborn soda fountain [Stubborn is Pepsi’s new craft soda line] and you’ve got an eclectic selection that matches the restaurant’s modern beachside vibe. For more information, visit

California Wine Festival Santa Barbara

A beautiful day by the beach, festive tunes and an uplifting vibe, fine food and of course excellent drink, the 14th annual California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara encompassed just about everything you could ask for in a true California experience. Taking place literally steps from the sand and surf at Chase Palm Park Plaza, this beachside wine festival brought together local eateries and fine labels from across the state for a sizeable, but not overwhelming crowd.

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery, Rutherford Wine Company, Russian River Vineyards and Valdez Family Winery were among the highlighted purveyors, as well as favorites such as Houdini, Broken Earth Winery and Macchia. A healthy brewery lineup added a refreshing beer element to the hot summer day, with Unibroue, M. Special Brewing Co. and Island Brewing Co. as just a few standouts on the list.

On the culinary end, Enterprise Fish Company showcased their ever-spectacular lobster bisque, along with Nana’s Kitchen, Dave’s Dogs, Blaze Pizza and Luna Grill serving up additional specialties. While California Wine Festival prioritizes beverages in their events, it’s safe to say you will walk away with your stomach full and your palate pleased.

The festival in Santa Barbara is part of California Wine Festival, which oversees a series of annual wine & food festivals across Southern California throughout the year. For more information, visit Room Reopens in Echo Park

Gold Room, a popular Echo Park watering hole, has reopened after a rather spontaneous remodel that took it from a classic dive into a more modern rendition of its former self. While Gold Room prides itself on its dive bar feel, its ownership felt the need for a makeover in both atmosphere and menu selections. The new drink selection now includes specialty cocktails and beer flights.

The Perez family, who owns Gold Room, posted a note to explain the change to their loyalists. This note, with highlights below, served to effectively communicate that the restaurant’s identity remains and that the improvements seek only to enhance the guest experience.

“If you haven’t noticed it we have tried to keep up with the so often changing Echo Park. Changing throughout the years yet trying to stay true to the dive bar look. Now 2017 has brought in a whole new chapter in this story ... same owner but now with a new look and a whole new menu...

We realized some of you might see it and not feel at home but we want to assure everyone that we will try our hardest to give the best service possible along with new great quality products.”