Where to Wine and Dine in the OC

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Where to Wine and Dine in the OC
So, you’re traveling to Orange County, California for a meeting, training or a conference?

What can one say about a county that, in its truest form, is a suburban soccer mom community? On its face, that’s just fine. But this no ordinary suburban soccer mom community. It’s one that somehow earned a reputation as the ultra-glamorous “OC.”

While sipping a Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir at The Ritz-Carlton, you may not have a “Real Housewife” sighting, but you just might see Mickey Mouse on your way to Napa Rose at the Disneyland Resort. If this dashes your hopes, I apologize, but maybe you feel better about your visit. 

That the “OC” is made up of a diverse population—some rich, some not, some with big mouse ears and hands, some without—can be good or bad. It’s really up to you.

One thing is for sure, a day of marinating in conference room air and lunching over rubber chicken will have you yearning for a wine-and-dine experience. That’s just where the better part of Orange County comes in.

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  • Snooth User: ocozzie
    127922 5

    Thanks for featuring fine wine and dining in the OC. Most reviewers forget that there are 3 million people living in Orange County (I'm one of them) and almost none of us want to drive to LA for dinner.

    Feb 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

  • Snooth User: JCBellomy
    936597 7

    You are lucky to have good choices and a scaled down geographical area in OC, more like living in Dallas which has some of the best restaurants in the US. L.A. has terrific choices, but grappling with the distances, travel time, and 10 million residents continues to be a real challenge!

    Feb 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

  • Snooth User: ShoeJunkie
    1040684 17

    Thank you, Judy, for a most informative piece on these OC gems! Hope to catch up with you sometime soon. Ellen

    Mar 02, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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