| Dec 3, 2014
| 12:54 PM
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...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Shooby-dooby down: Ruby's Dinette, 428 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, will celebrate the company's 32nd anniversary by selling a classic RubyBurger for 32 cents from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Guests also will receive a return incentive. The RubyBurger...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 1:33 PM
The great-grandfather of the food truck was probably the chuck wagon, and many moons later, we had the traveling food trucks that primarily served hot dogs, burgers and fries.
However, in the past six years or so, there has been a revolution, and many...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 3:26 PM
Room for more: If you're chomping at the bit to snag some post-holiday deals, head over to Room & Board at South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, for its annual clearance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Score floor samples for up to...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:52 PM
1. The quaglia at Perrozzi in Corona Del Mar, is speck wrapped quail, stuffed with ground wild boar sausage and served on a bed of spectacular mushrooms. The perfectly cooked quail with a nice brown skin had a wrapping of crisped speck. It was stuffed...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:06 PM
The bohemian chic Babette's Restaurant first opened in East Hampton on Long Island some 20 years ago and became one of the most popular eateries there. After many years of catering to the trendy islander set, it opened its second location on the West...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:38 PM
I recently had a delicious dinner at a small Korean restaurant in a mall in Irvine. The restaurant is called Tang 190. The word "tang" means soup, and 190 stands for the ideal temperature for eating Korean soup.
I think most people are more familiar...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 12:24 PM
In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan. Eventually, its success led to other restaurants opening throughout Asia, Australia and then the U.S.
| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:27 AM
Sweet stuff: Baskin-Robbins lovers can receive a scoop of ice cream for $1.31 at all locations Friday. Information: baskinrobbins.com. If you prefer shakes, enjoy one for a special price of $2.99 at Ruby's from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays this fall. Information:...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:25 AM
I love to find small new shopping center restaurants that serve really good food. My latest discovery is Ceppo in Huntington Beach.
This modest little restaurant has a world-class chef, Tomi Harase, who started his cooking career in his hometown of...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:47 PM
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....
| Oct 9, 2013
| 11:24 AM
Triangle Square (isn't that an oxymoron?) has recently been rebranded. It is now known simply as The Triangle, and with the addition of quite a few new restaurants, representatives are designating it as a culinary center.
My companion and I recently...