| 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...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Last Sunday, my husband and I went to brunch at a new restaurant called Oak Grill, in the Island Hotel on the outer circle of Fashion Island.
It was a glorious summer day and we dined al fresco on the new patio. Trees surround the large space, and...
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 4:24 PM
After 20 years as Antonello's award-winning chef, Franco Barone opened his own restaurant in 2009 with his wife, Donatella. Lots of good buzz finally brought us to Il Barone Ristorante, a pleasant bistro tucked away in the rear of a business and...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 4:17 PM
It's always exciting to meet people who have bravely given up "real jobs" to fulfill their passions after years of thinking and planning. John Bennett and Hans-Erich Vogel are two such people.
They recently opened Vin Goat, the cleverly-dubbed wine and...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 4:19 PM
The Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach and world-renowned ocean photographer Aaron Chang (who has a pop-up gallery in the Shorebreak lobby) have teamed up to create an experience for surf and art lovers.
Booking an "On a Mission for Art" package...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:31 PM
Kappo Honda is primarily an izakaya restaurant, but it does have a sushi bar in a separate room. Izakaya traditionally is a very casual drinking establishment that also serves small plates. In the U.S., it has morphed into an actual style of restaurant....