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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Retail Therapy: All things sweet and spooky

    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:...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

    The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud
    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...
  • Retail Therapy: A buck for book smarts

    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...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait
    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. Its latest...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature
    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...
  • The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

    The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's
    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...
  • 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: Reefs has plenty of edge

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Reefs has plenty of edge
    Reefs Edge Grill calls itself "an urban grill with a gourmet flair." The d├ęcor 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...