| 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...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 1:05 PM
I think Bacchus Bar & Bistro is the kind of place we would all like to have in our neighborhood: casual and friendly with good food and live music at a reasonable decibel. It is located in the Quail Hill Village Center and has indoor and outdoor dining....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 2:44 PM
Take a look, it's in a book: The Friends of the Newport Beach Library will hold their next public buck-a-bag book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Proceeds will help the library build its...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 1:29 PM
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.
| Feb 3, 2015
| 3:41 PM
Yelp has just come out with its list of 100 best places to eat in the U.S. in 2015, and five of them are here in our area.
"From food trucks to fine dining and even a café located in a laundromat, there are hidden gems galore and something for every...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 3:54 PM
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...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 3:51 PM
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...
| 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...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 1:27 PM
As promised, here is my annual Last Minute Valentine's Day Meal Guide, a cross section of some of the many dining options in the county, to prevent any unnecessary Friday night freak-outs. Just remember, where appropriate, to make that reservation...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 1:42 PM
With new fine-dining establishments popping up infrequently in this struggling economy, I find myself more and more often in some small, unpretentious new place that has surprisingly good food. One is The Beach Barrel on the peninsula in Newport.
| 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....
| Sep 17, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Reefs Edge Grill calls itself "an urban grill with a gourmet flair."
The décor definitely reflects the current trend at almost every new dining spot, meaning repurposed wood, stone floors, hanging lights with exposed bulbs above the bar, gray walls, a...