| Jul 3, 2013
| 10:56 AM
Modo Mio Cucina Rustica has been around for quite a while, and I think the reason is that the food is tasty, the portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. The attractive space has the feel of a modern trattoria in Italy with an open kitchen,...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:15 AM
These days, when we are jonesing for pizza, we are confronted with a vast array of choices even before we think about toppings. Are you in the mood for thin crust, thick crust, stuffed crust, cracker crust, deep dish or even flat bread?
The oldest and...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 1:43 PM
Caffè Caldo has a lot to say in its name.
There's no secret where Huntington Beach's new restaurant/espresso bar's roots lie with the two Italian words, including the traditional spelling of cafè. There's dual meaning to caldo, which is Italian for heat...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 10:51 AM
Aimee Cebulski recalled chatting with Simona, a sommelier in Brescia, Italy, a stone's throw from a church.
The topic at hand? Why it is such a big deal to be a 40-year-old unmarried woman without children.
"[We were] wondering if it was a sin or...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 2:41 PM
Since our last visit to the Italian restaurant Romeo Cucina, it has had a touch up and so has the menu.
The capacious room has a warm and inviting ambiance with its wood-burning oven as a focal point. The space is nicely lit and has an uncrowded...
| Dec 8, 2010
| 4:23 PM
And now for something completely different — a gift that truly keeps on giving. It comes in a box but has no ribbons. Unlike a new puppy, it takes care of itself. It isn't Godiva chocolates, but it's definitely edible. So, what is this unique and...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 5:00 PM
We found out about Huntington Beach-based Dina Marie's incredible photography talents from a friend who trusted her to shoot their precious newborn and family photos. The resulting slide show was mesmerizing, and we couldn't imagine having to decide which...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:42 PM
When was the last time you feasted on blinchiki with red caviar, freshly made burrata cheese, real sacher torte, house-made chorizo or live crabs just picked out of the tank? We have the good fortune to live in an area of great ethnic diversity, and...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 4:21 PM
It seems like the vast majority of restaurants in Huntington Beach are in strip malls with generally unprepossessing exteriors. Such is the case with La Fontana, but once you step through the door, you find yourself in a warm, welcoming atmosphere created...
| Jan 26, 2011
| 3:52 PM
If working out in a traditional gym is not your thing, consider Hidden Talents, an acclaimed studio in Huntington Beach that offers atypical fitness classes like hip-hop, go-go, burlesque, pole, pole fitness, cardio stretch, lap dance, chair, floor, hoop,...
| May 9, 2012
| 2:54 PM
China has a great variety of regional cuisines yet, locally, we only see a few of these represented, mainly Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing, or a combination thereof.
We went in search of something different, and found Chef Chen, an attractive, small...
| May 16, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Hotel restaurants are notorious for high prices and mediocre food, but there are exceptions, and we've found one just across the San Diego (405) freeway from South Coast Plaza.
What was once a decidedly unattractive Holiday Inn has been transformed...