| Aug 24, 2011
| 4:24 PM
After 20 years as Antonello's award-winning chef, Franco Barone opened his own restaurant in 2009 with his wife, Donatella. Lots of good buzz finally brought us to Il Barone Ristorante, a pleasant bistro tucked away in the rear of a business and...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 4:17 PM
It's always exciting to meet people who have bravely given up "real jobs" to fulfill their passions after years of thinking and planning. John Bennett and Hans-Erich Vogel are two such people.
They recently opened Vin Goat, the cleverly-dubbed wine and...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:59 PM
"Last night, my boyfriend Louie and I dined on a succulent mélange of sautéed ground beef with a touch of beef liver. Bite-sized pieces of steamed sweet and white potatoes added heartiness, while finely chopped green beans, carrots and peas provided a...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Once again, we are all excited about a little neighborhood restaurant in a Huntington Beach strip mall. This time, it's Sicilian and the chef/owner Joe Maiale has realized his longtime dream of opening his own ristorante, along with his wife-to-be, Laura....
| Apr 11, 2012
| 2:41 PM
Are you hunting for cool, music-related artifacts in Orange County?
Look no farther. The OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa just debuted Analog, which specializes in handmade items that celebrate sound and art. It's a new resource for one-of-a-kind products,...
| 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...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:35 PM
T'was the season to be jolly but now tis the season of our discontent. We are unhappy with the size of our bank accounts and even more dismayed by the size of our waistlines.
Yet don't despair, we have discovered a sweet little place in a strip mall in...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:36 PM
Fashion expert Elizabeth Charles just opened her third eponymous boutique in the former chic A'Maree's store at Westcliff Court in Newport Beach.
She already enjoys a loyal following of fashionistas, who appreciate her sophisticated and elegant...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 2:04 PM
Although King's Fish House is a regional chain restaurant, it prides itself on the quality of its sustainable, farm-raised fish and seafood in addition to a large selection of wild caught products.
For example, their Idaho rainbow trout comes from...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 4:02 PM
Frank Alan Richmond passed away peacefully Sept. 1st with his wife, Cristina by his side. Born April 13, 1933 in Long Beach, CA to Frank Richmond and Frances Lydia LeBeau, He graduated in 1950 from Huntington Beach High School. Frank was a Second...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 2:13 PM
"The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it...