On Saturday, Taste of Orange County will be open from noon to 8 p.m. for guests ages 21 or older, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday for all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Orange County Food Bank and the Culinary Liberation Front.
General access tickets cost $25, VIP access costs $179, and an Ultra Pass costs $250. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.tasteofoc.com.
The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is at 8808 Irvine Center Drive.
Snow cones for adults
Grown-up snow cones are the new rage this summer at Raya at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Raya's chef de cuisine, Marissa Gerlach, serves the frozen childhood desserts for adults with tasty ingredients such as tequila, rum, pisco, blood orange and coconut water.
Her inspiration came from visits as a kid to the Orange County Fair, where snow cones are a must.
"I loved being able to pick a color and watch the ice slowly turn into a blast of flavor," says Chef Gerlach. "And holding the cone was a way to cool off in the summer heat."
The refreshing adult snow cones can make an afternoon in the sun even better at 180bl¿, the resort's oceanfront lounge.
The new menu features a trio of snow cones: blood orange tequila margarita with Herradura silver, Grand Marnier, blood orange and black salt; a coconut rum cool off with Malibu coconut rum, coconut water, coconut milk and sweeten toasted coconut; and chicha morada with pisco, pineapple, clove, cinnamon and sweet purple corn.
180bl¿ also serves handcrafted drinks and RAYA-inspired appetizers such as smoked swordfish tacos, crispy achiote pork wings and queso fundido.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is at 1 Ritz Carlton Drive in Dana Point. For more information, call (949)240-2000.