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  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Out and about at Social

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Out and about at Social
    Social Costa Mesa is the hot new spot in town. Like many of the new restaurants these days, it is quite casual, and the food is rich and tasty. Chef Jeffrey Boullt was recently the sous chef at Playground, and he brings with him some of the flavors of...
  • Huntington council rejects tighter alcohol restraints on new downtown restaurants

    The Huntington Beach City Council decided Monday night not to place additional restraints on new downtown bars and restaurants that serve alcohol despite having supported the notion months before. Council members voted 4-2 to deny a zoning change that...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno
    Chef Ali Kihanmahd has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, including 15 spent in top Italian restaurants in New York, and he is now demonstrating his many talents in a charming little restaurant in Costa Mesa called Al Forno Caffe. With this...
  • Around Town: Plaque to be placed at old Golden Bear site Monday

    Around Town: Plaque to be placed at old Golden Bear site Monday
    Huntington Beach's famed Golden Bear nightclub will be remembered with a plaque placed at 1 p.m. Monday at its former site at 306 Pacific Coast Hwy., now the Pierside Pavilion. The Golden Bear opened as a restaurant in the 1920s and frequently served...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna
    A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen. It has gotten a $2-million facelift and a new chef, Rainer Schwarz, who will also oversee the kitchen for the more casual spot next door, The Deck. Both dining areas are blessed...
  • Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

    Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a cold sweat, never fear. Websites like bfads.net have done all the work for you, leaving you with a searchable database of offers. For...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: You'll want more at Hamamori

    The Gossiping Gourmet: You'll want more at Hamamori
    I had the great pleasure of dining as the guest of a friend at Hamamori, the wonderful Japanese restaurant on the third floor of the satellite building across the bridge at South Coast Plaza. We sat at the sushi bar, where we feasted on plate after...
  • Police work for restaurant tips to help H.B. serve Special Olympics athletes

    Police work for restaurant tips to help H.B. serve Special Olympics athletes
    Having been in the food service industry for years, Carol Lung knows what it takes to be a good waiter in a restaurant. So she watched as dozens of Huntington Beach police officers scrambled from table to table at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bella...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: A double dose of Del Frisco's

     The Gossiping Gourmet: A double dose of Del Frisco's
    Another new restaurant has opened in the ever-expanding Irvine Spectrum Center. It is called Del Frisco's Grille, and it began as a steakhouse. It is a nationwide chain, but there are only three in California. The large dining room is very attractive....
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: A cuisine of many cultures at Malaya

    Orange County's second Malaysian restaurant, Old Malaya Grill, has recently opened in a Huntington Beach strip mall. I am not really familiar with this cuisine but discovered that it is a delicious mélange of Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese,...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: This new kitchen is the boss

    The Gossiping Gourmet: This new kitchen is the boss
    Chef Peter Petro has launched a new restaurant called Bosscat Kitchen, right next door to his Ten Asian Bistro. No sushi here — this cuisine is called Southern, but it is a little more eclectic. For example, one of its most popular dishes is...
  • Council eases stance on restaurant hours

    The Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to ease up on a proposed zoning change focused on new downtown bars and restaurants that sell alcohol. Council members amended a zoning change, proposed in June, that would require new eateries in the...