| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:53 AM
A perfect night out in Irvine for the Markowitzes includes a nice meal, an art film and a shopping spree at Trader Joe's. What's even nicer is that you can do it all within walking distance of your car.
We begin by buying movie tickets at one of the few...
| May 29, 2013
| 10:38 AM
Over the years, I have found that the best dining in Huntington Beach is often in strip malls away from the center of town: small, chef-owned, ethnic places that have great food at modest prices. However, when I was searching for a place to review there,...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Rathskeller owner Axel Geub knew the pub's last day was going to be busy, but he didn't expect patrons to be waiting for the doors to open that Saturday morning.
"Normally we open at 11 a.m., but there were members from the [Huntington Beach] Elks Lodge...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 3:58 PM
We discovered DX Peruvian Restaurant in a little collection of small ethnic eateries across the street from South Coast Plaza.
Early influences from Spain and later China, Africa and Europe have all played their part in Peru's culinary evolution but,...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 3:46 PM
Judging by the long line and then the smiling faces of first tasters at N'iceCream, who enjoyed a free scoop when the new shop opened at the OC Mart Mix on March 23, this Venice-born ice creamery will make Costa Mesa even sweeter.
By way of Denmark, co-...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 3:40 PM
There aren't a lot of new restaurant openings these days, so we thought we might check in from time to time at some places we've enjoyed in the past to see if they are still up to snuff.
Executive chef and partner Marc Cohen opened Watermarc in Laguna...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 3:39 PM
So the kids want to hunt for eggs, eat ham and raise the roof this Easter, but you just want to sleep in.
Relax. There are myriad opportunities for merriment this year, with no tree climbing or oven manhandling necessary. Enjoy your beauty rest, then...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Slow Fish is an attractive little storefront sushi bar and restaurant tucked away in a Huntington Beach strip mall.
Its imaginative small plate menu impressed us most. The most spectacular offering seems to appear on almost every table, and it is...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 12:14 PM
East 17th Street in Costa Mesa is raising the bar as a farm fresh food destination. The 2005 opening of Avanti Café has inspired other like-minded organic eateries and stores to move in.
Now we have Sprouts Farmers Market, Greenleaf, and the new Anais+...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 4:42 PM
Get a jump-start on the holidays by stopping by the incomparable Roger's Gardens' holiday boutiques, celebrating the magic of Christmas.
The team at Roger's Gardens searched throughout the world to bring the most enchanting ornaments representing diverse...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 2:16 PM
There's a new chef at Wildfish, Keith Stich, but the scene is still wild and the menu is still all about fish. It's a rare visit when the bar isn't buzzin', yet the restaurant continues to serve serious food.
The dramatic, ultra-modern décor is...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 4:06 PM
It's finally feeling like fall, which means time to wear cozy sweaters for cooler weather.
At two amazing boutiques in Newport Beach — Sienna Brown Fashion at Corona del Mar Plaza and its sister store Coastal Cool at Crystal Cove Promenade —...