| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:23 PM
In its continuing effort to crack down on downtown disturbances, the Huntington Beach City Council decided Monday to look into restricting alcohol licenses.
Council members voted 5 to 2 to direct city staff to draft an amendment to the zoning code...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Sota Akiyama has had extensive experience at many fine sushi restaurants in California.
He began his career at Hapi Sushi in Laguna Beach and eventually started his own private chef company. This was followed by a stretch at Ozumo, training in San...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Healthy freebie: Veggie Grill restaurant chain aficionados who download and use the company's new Android and iPhone app will receive a free winter menu item if they install the app before Jan. 5. Look on the "Love" tab of the app for this special offer....
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:31 PM
The other evening, I had a most unique dining experience. Perhaps the fact that it was the night after Thanksgiving could explain some of it.
My guest and I walked into a large, beautiful dining room with fresh flowers on every table and found ourselves...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:10 PM
According to the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention. And in the case of Vojo Brasnovic, the new general manager of Old World German Restaurant, it was his mother who prompted the necessity.
The Croatia native, who joined the restaurant in...
| May 21, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Sweet surprise: Ruby's Diner Inc. will begin offering Santa Cruz ice cream favorite Marianne's at its Southern California locations, beginning with a rollout at its Laguna Beach diner. Pop by from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday or 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at 30622 S....
| Feb 25, 2014
| 4:37 PM
Got caffeine? Waffle sandwich darling Bruxie is debuting its own proprietary The Bold Blend coffee with a free cup offer on its Facebook page. Visit facebook.com/BruxieWaffles to learn more.
(e)Book smart: The Newport Beach Public Library has begun...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 8:44 AM
My husband and I have been fans of Il Fornaio since the late '80s, when we used to drive into Los Angeles just to get a good Italian meal.
Orange County has changed a lot since then, but we were very pleased when Il Fornaio opened its doors locally....
| Dec 4, 2013
| 11:08 AM
Finding Filomena's Italian Kitchen was like finding an old friend. This neighborhood restaurant in Costa Mesa brought back memories of the small, family-owned Italian places in New York's Little Italy.
The cozy, welcoming atmosphere, the warm,...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:46 AM
"Italian enchiladas, orange chicken mole and a homemade, savory corn bread waffle topped with a grilled steak chili cheddar cheese and topped with a fried egg."
Executive chef Paul Setola, 28, is running down a few of the new items that he has created...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 8:38 AM
With the dearth of new fine-dining restaurants opening these days, we are always looking for interesting, small neighborhood spots to review. One is Il Farro on the Balboa Peninsula, just a few steps from the pier.
Chef Domenico Maurici has been in...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Brain free(ze): Local frozen yogurt chains are honoring National Frozen Yogurt Day on Thursday with a variety of freebie promotions. Enjoy for free 6 ounces of Menchie's frozen yogurt and toppings when you "Like" Menchie's on Facebook and print the coupon...