| 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...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:34 AM
When a new restaurant opens, I always like to wait a few weeks to give the operators time to get their act together before doing a review, but I inadvertently found myself at Watertable in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on the night...
| May 7, 2014
| 1:57 PM
Surfing sale: The Rip Curl Sample Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 3030 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa. Enjoy savings of up to 75% off apparel, wetsuits and accessories for the whole family. The first 200 people will receive a free T-...
| May 13, 2014
| 3:51 PM
After 20 years in business, another grand dame of the Newport restaurant scene has passed on, and in Villa Nova's place, overlooking the bay, the highly regarded Winery from Tustin has opened its second location.
After a major remodel, the new...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Tortilla Republic has opened in the former home of Javier's and Asada in Laguna Beach.
Owners have done a very nice job of remodeling the space and pride themselves on serving "a modern take on Mexican comfort cuisine, utilizing recipes featuring farm-...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 4:27 PM
Just in time for summer, Surf City beachgoers and vacationers will find a new resort restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.
Watertable, featuring contemporary American food, replaces the hotel's Californian, which closed in...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Well spotted: Chick-fil-A's next Cow Appreciation Day will be July 11. The annual event, held at all Chick-fil-A locations, allows patrons who dress partially like a cow (say a cow-spotted shirt) to receive a free entrée, while those who dress head to toe...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:21 PM
A new sandwich shop has arrived in Orange County, and it is really like no other.
Mendocino Farms is the creation of Mario del Pero and his wife, Ellen Chen. They opened their first unit in downtown Los Angeles and now have six more.
A few weeks ago,...
| 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...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:46 PM
The energetic and charming Alessandro Pirozzi has opened yet another excellent restaurant, this one in Corona del Mar.
This is the fourth restaurant of his that I have reviewed, and by now he knows who I am. It has always been my policy to remain...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 3:52 PM
Plans are in the works to bring a hotel and residential units to Fountain Valley near the 405 Freeway in place of a vacant insurance company.
An Ayres hotel and 88 residential units are expected to replace the Safeco Insurance building at 17570...