| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:38 PM
Huntington Beach's top newsmaker of 2011 wasn't a person or an organization, but rather a controlled substance.
Throughout the year, the Independent's front page featured more drinks than a typical bachelor party. Statistics showed Huntington at the...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:39 PM
I was about to write that this column is the Independent's Christmas wish list, but then I realized that Dec. 25 will have passed by the time the paper hits the newsstand. It will also barely miss Hanukkah.
Kwanzaa, maybe? Well, never mind any particular...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 5:00 PM
The tiny eatery Laguna Thai by the Sea has had a face lift this past year and added bamboo wainscoting and more mobile-type paper decorations swinging in the breeze, but the major new addition is a fancy wood, floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet that...
| May 16, 2012
| 12:26 PM
A few years ago, I visited the home of the blues and came away with a theory: If God wants to punish vegans, He sends them to Memphis.
I came to that belief after nearly an hour trying to find an animal-free entrée on the posted menus on Beale Street,...
| May 21, 2012
| 1:54 PM
Wednesday afternoon, I attended a fundraiser for the family of Austin Brashears, the Marina High School graduate who died the weekend before in a New Zealand road accident.
It was held at the Hot Off the Grill restaurant in northwest Huntington Beach,...
| May 23, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Costa Mesa's 17th Street is full of mini-malls and teeming with traffic. So, finding Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in an old hacienda-like building surrounded by lush greenery is like discovering an oasis in the desert.
Jonathan Rollo has brought his...
| May 24, 2012
| 5:23 PM
Wing Lam still isn't quite sure what happened to his last name.
The former Wing Lee had his moniker changed somehow when his family emigrated to the United States from Brazil in the 1970s. Either his father misspelled it, or the immigration official did,...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 9:18 PM
Eating healthfully has never been easier.
The team at Fit Foods 4 Life has taken all the work out of planning and preparing healthy meals, including a free consultation with their nutritionist to help you design a custom dining plan for weight loss or...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 2:56 PM
Although Tradition by Pascal has closed its doors after 24 years as Orange County's premier French restaurant, chef Pascal Olhats is still busy with his catering business, his eponymous epicerie and overseeing Café Jardin and Brasserie Pascal, as well...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 11:36 AM
Looking for a fantastic dinner experience at a family owned neighborhood bistro?
Champagnes Bistro & Deli in Newport Beach is celebrating 23 years in business, and it just debuted an expanded dinner menu that starts after 4:30 p.m. with bistro...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:51 PM
Folks in Laguna Beach and Newport Coast won't have to journey to the Balboa Peninsula anymore to get their sensational, fresh fish tacos from Bear Flag Fish Co.
This casual restaurant and seafood market has opened a location in the Crystal Cove...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 1:53 PM
A planned 7-Eleven store in downtown Huntington Beach has applied for a license to sell beer and wine, causing some to protest another business selling alcohol in the DUI-plagued neighborhood.
A Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman...