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  • Local Chefs Share Holiday Recipes

    7 years ago by

    Please enjoy Peter Serantoni’s, Co-Owner of Cha Cha's Tacos & Tequila, "sought after" Cha Cha's Holiday Cranberry Margarita. Peter travels the country creating "Specialty Drink Menus" for some of the largest restaurant chains and fine dining establishments in the nation.

  • “Brea Olinda High School Homecoming Queen and Court

    7 years ago by


    Brea homecoming courteft to right are: Megan Mashal, Thea O'Dell, Eva Gutowski, queenEmily Davis and Danielle Castillo. (courtesy photo) Story by Susan Gaede

    Royalty: Emily Davis was thrilled to be crowned Brea Olinda High School Homecoming Queen by last years's Queen Jacquline Cortes at the October 22 football game. The Brea Olinda High School winning football team won their 6th game.

    Emily is a busy girl. She is co-captain of Dance, does peer tutoring, serves as President of the Phoenix Club - (Harry Potter Club), and enjoys hanging out with her friends.
    What is her most embarrassing  moment?
    ”I was at a student homecoming rally holding a Starbuck coffee cup, tripped and the coffee went all over my dress.” Emily said.
    As far as future plans Emily would like to attend UCI and major in dance.

  • Farrell’s Brea is holding auditions next week!

    7 years ago by

    Farrell's Brea FARRELL’S TO HIRE UP TO 200 STAFF BEGINNING NOV. 16 & 17 FOR DOWNTOWN BREA LOCATION Brea, Calif. (November 10, 2011) – Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour will begin the hiring process next week for its soon-to-be opened Downtown Brea location. The old-fashion ice cream parlour and restaurant plans to hire approximately 200 staff for the Brea location.  In total, the company will have created close to 400 new jobs for Southern California in about a month’s time.   The hiring event will take place near the new Downtown Brea Farrell’s, located at 215 S. Brea Blvd., November 16 and 17 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.   Farrell’s will hire “Ice Cream Artisans” for the fountain as well as servers, hosts, cooks, bussers and dishwashers. Employment applications can be found at and will be available on the day of the hiring event.   Farrell’s expects a large turnout for this event and suggests applicants arrive early. A similar Farrell’s hiring event less than a month ago for the new Rancho Cucamonga location drew close to 2,000 interviews for the 3-day event that resulted in approximately 200 new hires for that location.   Approximately 300 applicants will be called back for interviews. Hosts and Servers who get called back will participate in group auditions on November 18 and 19. These auditions allow each potential new Farrell’s Cast Member to display their outgoing personality and prove they have what it takes to be a famous Farrell’s Cast Member.

  • Local Chefs Share Holiday Recipes

    7 years ago by

    Cranberry Cheddar Fondue

    2 3/4 Cup (11 ounces) Shredded Cheddar Cheese

    3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

    1 Cup hard cider

    2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots

    2 teaspoons dry mustard


    2 tablespoons chopped sweetened dried cranberries

    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    2 teaspoons crushed walnuts

    Toss the cheese with the flour in a bowl. Using a double-boiler or a fondue pot, pour the hard cider into the bowl. Stir in the shallots, mustard and cranberries using a fork. Cook for 30 seconds stirring constantly.


    From The Melting Pot, Brea


  • Kiwanis Club of Brea Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    7 years ago by

    The Kiwanis Club of Brea recently celebrated their 60th anniversary at Cedar Creek Inn. Local dentist Dr. Tom Green was Dinner Master of Ceremonies and Speaker. He spoke about the Club history from 1951 to the present. “Quite interesting to learn that women were not allowed in the club until 1987 and club meetings were once held at Bruno’s Deli. Can't imagine making $20,000 in one fundraiser but the club did just that in 1995! In 1999 we had 56 members!....It would be great to have that number membership again.” Charles Phillips noted in the Kiwanis newsletter. Kathy Rone was the first woman allowed to join in 1989. Anita Galins became the first woman president in 1993. In the year 1971 Boy Scout Troop 801 was chartered. In the early years the club was more for networking and social connections.

    Joe Salazar was presented the 'Kiwanian of The Year' award for his unselfish and distinguish service as Club President in 2010-2011 & Dennis O'Hern the President's award for, being the best Club Secretary anywhere. By the way during the Division 30 Installation, Joe Salazar received the prestigious 'Sho Yamata Award for distinguished Service and Dennis O'Hern the Gary Mayer award for the Club Secretary making significant contributions to his Club and Division 30.

    The Kiwanis Club had by far the best service hours participation in Division 30 this year. They provided over 4300 hours serving our community and the children of Brea. The top five participating members per all events were: Dennis O"Hern 76%..Joe Salazar 62%..Charlie Phillips 62%..and Allan Nakamura 49%.

    Breans especially enjoy the club’s traditional Country Fair Pancake Breakfast, Spelling and Essay Contest, and Easter Egg Hunt. The club motto is “We Build” and the club has given over $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club. Brea Olinda High School students who want to help the community belong to the Kiwanis Key Club.

    The Incoming President is Dr. Isabell Choi. Interested in joining the club that meets at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday give her a call at (562)881-4141.Allan Nakamura is President Elect. Among the welcome and distinguished dinner guests were Mayor Ray Moore and Councilman Marty Simonoff and their wives. Outgoing Division 30 Lt.Governor, Debbie Schiebel, and incoming Lt. Governor, Mike Fields. Ray, Marty, Debbie and Roy were all involved in handing out awards, commendations and installing Board and new officers.

    Story Courtesy of Susan Gaede

  • Brea Farrell’s Update, October 26.

    7 years ago by

    Brea Farrell's is starting to take form as construction is underway with an anticipated opening in December! Check out the link to their blog, showing photos of the hard work in progress!   Farrell's Brea

  • Sciacca’s Chef Dylan

    7 years ago by

    Introducing Chef Dylan of Sciacca’s Social Club and Grill, “My burgers are all ½ pound patties that are ground in house every morning!” Dylan is a hands-on and self-taught chef who grew-up in the kitchen. A senior at Brea Olinda High School, Dylan is an ambitious young man who views food as a form of art as seen in his creation of the hockey puck - 8oz fire grilled beef patty, split and grilled all beef hot dog, 2 slices applewood bacon, Sciacca beef chili, 2 slices Monterey Jack cheese! His next creation: BOHS Wildcat Burger! It will be on the menu in the next couple of days!


    7 years ago by

    The top 100 watercolor paintings selected from more than 1,000 entries submitted to the 43rd annual Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition are on display now at the Brea Art Gallery.  These works exemplify a new level of difficulty in this medium.  The Watercolor West Society continues to exclusively feature transparent watercolor paintings in their shows.  These artistic works will continue to be displayed through Decmber 18.   A series of demonstrations by top watercolor artists are being given in conjumtion with the showing.  For more information on these events call 714 990-7730.

  • BBON Curtis Theatre Contest

    7 years ago by

    Beautiful Brea Old & New and the Curtis Theatre are teaming up to bring you a contest that will last throughtout the season! Great chance to win fantastic gifts and bonus prizes, too!