| Apr 20, 2011
| 2:13 PM
In our dining experience, Sundried Tomato has had some ups and downs over the years, but now it's definitely riding on a high. We hadn't eaten there in several years but were delighted with our recent visit. Well prepared food by chef Moises Villalva,...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 4:21 PM
It seems like the vast majority of restaurants in Huntington Beach are in strip malls with generally unprepossessing exteriors. Such is the case with La Fontana, but once you step through the door, you find yourself in a warm, welcoming atmosphere created...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 1:19 PM
As if eight nights and 350 films aren't exciting enough, now we have "Lido Goes Pop!" to look forward to. For the first time in its 12-year run, Newport Beach Film festivalgoers can convene nightly at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach as Riviera...
| May 4, 2011
| 3:04 PM
Antonello, which opened its doors in 1979, is as venerable as an Orange County restaurant gets. This grand old dame has been serving exemplary and well-praised Northern Italian cuisine for more than 32 years.
The ersatz Old World palazzo is a step...
| Dec 22, 2010
| 4:04 PM
When there are no new restaurants opening in the area, we like to check in on some of the standbys to see how they're faring, especially when the executive chef is off building his empire.
Such is the case with Roy Yamaguchi, of Roy's restaurant in...
| Dec 29, 2010
| 12:21 PM
The top 10 dishes of 2010 (in no particular order and not a list of the 10 best restaurants):
Café Grill (Fountain Valley): Sweet Potato Ravioli is a winner! Looking more like cannelloni, the toothsome pasta is wrapped around an exquisite sweet potato...
| Dec 29, 2010
| 12:24 PM
Still looking for ideas on where to ring in 2011? Here are some great local spots celebrating New Year's Eve.
Celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in true Baja style at Sol Cocina without leaving Orange County. On Friday, dine on...
| Jul 7, 2010
| 8:43 PM
While we're always on the lookout for the hot new thing, we love to rediscover an oldie but goodie. We were a bit worried about revisiting Marrakesh in Costa Mesa since neither of us had been there for at least 12 years. We're happy to report that our...
| Jul 22, 2010
Sunset Beach is going to get loud and let its hair down July 31 at a classic rock concert and cookout fundraiser.
The small unincorporated area is hosting its fifth annual Classic Rock Beachfest to raise money for the Sunset Beach Community Assn.
| Jul 14, 2010
| 5:16 PM
Huntington Beach now has its very own Cucina Alessa. Chef/owner Alessandro Pirozzi opened the first of these home-style Italian restaurants in Newport Beach two years ago to very good reviews. The incredibly energetic Pirozzi now works 18-hour days,...
| Jul 14, 2010
| 5:18 PM
You are in for an Italian culinary treat. One of Orange County's most accomplished chefs, Franco Barone, former executive chef of Antonello Ristorante for nearly 20 years, and his wife, Donatella, are hosting their first wine dinner at 6 p.m. July 27 at...
| Jul 28, 2010
| 5:02 PM
Vic and I returned recently from a birding trip with his class from Irvine Valley College to the eastern Sierras. I've been sick ever since.
This summer, Vic offered optional transportation to his class of senior citizens. Because of the large number...