Lemonade – Newport Beach

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A day shopping at Fashion Island, wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a fabulous lunch. T.W.O. + Mom decided to try Lemonade since they have heard so many great reviews about it. And now it’s our chance to give our review….

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The Restaurant

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The ambience of Lemonade has a clean, fresh, modern feel. The color scheme is yellow and white with some pops of green – sounds freshing, right?!  Immediately when you walk into the restaurant, you know you have come to the right place. While waiting in line to order, you get a chance to review the menu. At first, it is overwhelming with the amount of choices on the menu, but we promise you that it is worth it. Once you reach the “food-line” the staff is eager to help you make your decision. If you change your mind based on what you saw being passed to another person, that’s fine! They will get you want you want! Everything looks too good not to try.

The Menu

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Lemonade is a casual dinning experience with a menu that has many options for everyone.  Salads, soups, sandwiches, poultry, fish, desserts and of course – Lemonade! T.W.O.+ Mom each got something different and we were impressed with our choices.  Our favorite picks of the day were the herb grilled chicken, mozzarella, basil pesto, arugula, ciabatta sandwich, the butternut squash, radicchio, scotch bonnet sauce, sriracha pepitas side dish, and the pineapple chicken, green beans, coconut, jalapeno, jerk dressing side dish.  The food tasted fresh and had a ton of flavor.  The side dishes had a great mix of sweet and spicy and was not drenched in sauces. 

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T.W.O. is already looking forward to going back to Lemonade and can’t wait to try something new! If you are ever looking for a great casual dining experience, T.W.O. highly recommends Lemonade. There is even one in Dubai! Next trip!?

Cheers,

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Flour + Water (San Francisco)

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Flour + Water is a Italian restaurant located in the Mission District of San Francisco. All their pasta is homemade, just like they do in Italy. The Neapolitan style pizza is a fan-favorite as well as the whole animal utilization in their dishes.  The menu is constantly changing to capture the season’s best vegetables. T.W.O. had a chance to eat here in August and enjoy their tasting menu. Note – please do not read this while you are hungry….you will be starving after!

Summer Tasting Menu

crispy trotter with eggplant, almond, confit shallot & pickled mustard seed

2012 Bisson, Glera, Marca Trevigian, Veneto

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teleme scarpinocc with aceto balsamico

2011 St. Michael-Eppan, Pinot Bianco, Schulthauser, Alto Adige DOC

fennel tortelli with whey, bufala & pollen

2010 Vigneti Massa, Timorasso, Derthona, Colli Tortonesi DOC, Piemonte

salmon tortellini with tomato, crème fraîche & preserved lemon

2011 Poggio dei Gorleri, Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC, Peinetti, Liguria

carrot farfalle with braised hen, charred scallion & carrot top gremolata

2011 Montalbera, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato DOC, Piemonte

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bomboloni with tarragon crema & strawberry

2012 De Forville, Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Piemonte

 The atmosphere of the restaurant is rustic, artistic and inviting. T.W.O. enjoyed sitting at the community farm-fresh table at the front of the restaurant. There are private tables near the back, along with a bar that looks like a great place to enjoy a glass of wine as you wait for your table. The atmosphere is great for a group, a date or even friends catching up, especially with the great playlist they have on!

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Flour + Water does takes reservations, but if you forget and just walk in, there is usually a wait time of over an hour. The foodies will line-up at 5 o’clock waiting for the gastronomical experience….consider T.W.O. one of those people!

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