| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Are you old enough to remember when French cuisine came to the United States and set the standard for fine dining? Home cooks across America were loyally watching Julia Child and rushing to buy her cookbooks, while a plethora of French eateries from...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:49 PM
Discover reading: The Barnes & Noble bookseller at Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave., No. 110, Huntington Beach, is hosting a Discovery Friday event Nov. 22 featuring a full day of activities for the entire family, along with giveaways and book signings....
| Nov 26, 2013
| 10:19 PM
Frank Tahvildari's decision 18 years ago to serve a free holiday meal each Thanksgiving now means opening the doors to his Huntington Beach restaurant to about 600 people.
"I got a place to live, and I got food to eat. Therefore it doesn't hurt me to...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:59 PM
The former home of French 75 has had a complete makeover, and the new restaurant, Selanne's Steak Tavern, is quite attractive.
The front has some beautiful new landscaping. The outdoor patio with its fireplace has some wonderful new hanging Moroccan-...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Pamper party: Oct. 14 marks the return of Spa Week, during which many area spas will offer special $50 treatment deals through the http://www.spaweek.com website. Example participants include Fresh Espace at South Coast Plaza, which is offering three 60-...
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Hush has been hushed, Mark's has been marked off and Katsuya, we'll see ya, because another restaurant has emerged in the spot that previously housed these restaurants.
It's a large attractive space that has undergone a facelift and now bears the name...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 3:13 PM
It was Sunday afternoon and my husband and I were hungry for some dim sum, so we headed to Capitol Seafood in Irvine and joined the throng of people outside waiting for a table.
We were finally seated and sat back to enjoy the cacophony and sip our...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 11:58 AM
The consequences of these economic times have hit the restaurant industry hard. There are fewer and fewer new restaurants opening, and most of those that do are established chains. So as a reviewer, I find that I must resort to re-reviewing restaurants...