| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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 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...
| 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...