| May 16, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Hotel restaurants are notorious for high prices and mediocre food, but there are exceptions, and we've found one just across the San Diego (405) freeway from South Coast Plaza.
What was once a decidedly unattractive Holiday Inn has been transformed...
| May 23, 2012
| 12:45 PM
You can go to the islands of the Caribbean for the pirates, the islands of Hawaii for the waves, or even the islands of the South Pacific for the sushi — or you can make the wise decision and go to Islands Restaurants in Orange County for their...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:23 AM
Dan Muraira and Eric Wilford often have their Kona Ice Trucks compared to ice cream trucks, but there's one big difference.
"We don't go anywhere unless we're invited," said Wilford, who's Muraira's uncle. "We aren't an ice cream truck where we just...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 4:31 PM
The following column is very funny. At least, it better be. A prize-winning comedian helped me write it.
The other week, an email landed in my inbox declaring that Mark Schumacher, a high school teacher who lives in Trabuco Canyon, had trounced the...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 3:34 PM
The new Bruxie to open soon in Huntington Beach will include a feature unique to the location.
Known for its waffle sandwiches, the fifth Orange County Bruxie will be the first to have "Bruxie Streetside." Patrons will be able to walk up to the curbside...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 3:58 PM
We discovered DX Peruvian Restaurant in a little collection of small ethnic eateries across the street from South Coast Plaza.
Early influences from Spain and later China, Africa and Europe have all played their part in Peru's culinary evolution but,...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Wild Strawberry Cafe in Newport Beach just celebrated its first anniversary, and we can't believe we didn't discover it sooner.
Owner Natasha Kazic, originally from Montenegro, created a charming eatery with truly good food in the Design Plaza at Newport...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 10:25 AM
Last week, Vic and I wrote about my recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. The reason I was in that area was to attend a wildlife photography workshop in Grand Teton National Park. The workshop was sponsored by a photography group called the...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 5:00 PM
The tiny eatery Laguna Thai by the Sea has had a face lift this past year and added bamboo wainscoting and more mobile-type paper decorations swinging in the breeze, but the major new addition is a fancy wood, floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet that...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 4:06 PM
It's finally feeling like fall, which means time to wear cozy sweaters for cooler weather.
At two amazing boutiques in Newport Beach — Sienna Brown Fashion at Corona del Mar Plaza and its sister store Coastal Cool at Crystal Cove Promenade —...
| 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...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:10 PM
Craving a fresh and delicious sandwich that's made surfers and locals happy for 40 years?
Make your way over to Jan's Health Bar in Huntington Beach. Founded by Jan Gaffney, one of the original surfer girls from the 1960s and a health food enthusiast...