| 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...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:18 PM
Drive and dine: The Habit, an Irvine-based burger chain, will open its first drive-through location next week at 2200 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, in a former Burger King location in front of the Jo-Ann Fabric superstore. All proceeds raised Sunday and...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Ristorante Rumari is a family restaurant featuring Southern-style Italian cuisine. We haven't been back to this Laguna Beach eatery in six years, and were looking forward to revisiting it to see if the food was as good as we remembered — and to...
| 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...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 6:02 PM
Wrap it up: The Container Store at Metro Pointe at South Coast is hosting gift wrap and bow demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. Learn new techniques and have the chance to win a $20 gift card for attending. In...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 1:34 PM
The charming little Japanese restaurant Ikko has a chalkboard sign next to the door that warns, "No American rolls." Its sushi is very traditional, but it does take liberties with the rest of the food. For example, you will find a number of dishes that...
| 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....
| 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...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:53 PM
There are very few authentic Turkish restaurants in South Orange County, so my dining partner and I were delighted to find Istanbul Grill, which has recently opened in a strip mall in Fountain Valley just off the 405 Freeway near Euclid.