| May 23, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Costa Mesa's 17th Street is full of mini-malls and teeming with traffic. So, finding Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in an old hacienda-like building surrounded by lush greenery is like discovering an oasis in the desert.
Jonathan Rollo has brought his...
| May 24, 2012
| 5:23 PM
Wing Lam still isn't quite sure what happened to his last name.
The former Wing Lee had his moniker changed somehow when his family emigrated to the United States from Brazil in the 1970s. Either his father misspelled it, or the immigration official did,...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 12:07 PM
The new, long-awaited Whole Foods Market in Fashion Island has opened with a bang, and patrons are flocking to this mega-food emporium like sports fans to the Super Bowl. Traffic is so intense at the moment and a parking spot so precious that there are...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 1:57 PM
Alessandro Pirozzi, of Cucina Alessa fame, has opened another restaurant in Laguna Beach, this time with the addition of a snazzy lounge area.
Mare Culinary Lounge is his fourth venture in the area. Every day he bounces up and down the coast from one...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:23 PM
The place to be this Labor Day weekend is at the 14th annual Costa Mesa Wood Racquet Classic to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
The fashionable and philanthropic event brings classic style to the forefront, with participants playing with wooden...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 2:56 PM
Although Tradition by Pascal has closed its doors after 24 years as Orange County's premier French restaurant, chef Pascal Olhats is still busy with his catering business, his eponymous epicerie and overseeing Café Jardin and Brasserie Pascal, as well...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 11:36 AM
Looking for a fantastic dinner experience at a family owned neighborhood bistro?
Champagnes Bistro & Deli in Newport Beach is celebrating 23 years in business, and it just debuted an expanded dinner menu that starts after 4:30 p.m. with bistro...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 2:03 PM
There are quite a number of Korean restaurants in the Irvine area and new ones seem to be opening every week.
This is a cuisine with which we are less familiar and so we asked a Korean friend for a recommendation. She suggested Korea House, and off we...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 11:54 AM
Newport's premiere food and entertainment festival, the Taste of Newport, celebrates 24 years at Fashion Island from Friday through Sunday.
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the three-day party, where they will sample culinary delights...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Elle's Vietnamese friend, Kimme, has advised us that when looking for a Vietnamese restaurant, choose one that has a particular specialty rather than one that serves a bit of everything.
As we were searching the Internet for a Vietnamese restaurant...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 2:40 PM
David and Goliath. Spartans and Persians. North vs. South. Good vs. evil.
Epic battles have always given us hope, inspired our actions and captured our imaginations. This Saturday, a battle of epic proportions will take place, and although it might not...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 11:50 AM
Taste of Orange County, a premier food, wine and entertainment festival featuring more than 50 restaurants and wineries, will kick off at noon Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.
The two-day event is back after a 16-year hiatus and...