| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:43 PM
We were flabbergasted. We found ourselves eating possibly the best shrimp we had ever tasted.
Caught in the wild, the shrimp were jumbo in size, incredibly tender, moist, juicy and tasting so fresh.
We chose the shrimp with honey garlic from a selection...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Elle's son lives in Thailand, so she is very familiar with the tiny neighborhood restaurants lining the streets of Phuket, serving fresh food made to order, with that homemade feel, for a very few baht.
Thai Pepper has that vibe. Located in one of the...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 10:32 AM
Kyle Domer, owner of the cleverly named Phoney Baloney's, a vegan sandwich shop in Irvine, is passionate about his food.
After his parents' divorce when he was a young man, he gained about 45 pounds from eating fast food and had health issues.
| Aug 15, 2012
| 10:32 AM
When it comes to shopping for coveted denim, you'll want to check out Solutions the Premier Denim Store at Westcliff Court in Newport Beach.
All denim is reduced 20% with a student I.D. through Labor Day. Solutions just received great denim styles,...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 9:58 AM
This long, hot summer is finally winding down. After two months free from teaching, Vic has started back to school with his birding and natural history classes at Saddleback College. Classes will begin soon at Golden West College, where he teaches...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 2:05 PM
Bienvenidos a Carmelita's, Laguna's newest Mexican restaurant.
It replaces the long-gone Vietnamese Cajun restaurant on Broadway with a spiffy new renovation. With its tasteful tile and stonework accents, the remodeled interior might be called modern...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 5:22 PM
There are several new eateries in the ever-evolving entertainment center that is the Irvine Spectrum. One of the hippest is Cucina Enoteca, just across the courtyard from the Cineplex.
As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you see is the...
| 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...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:23 AM
There is a charming little restaurant in Peter's Landing that draws us back with its unique blend of Tibetan and Indian cuisine. Last time we visited the Himalayan Grill, we focused more on the Tibetan food, so this time we went Indian.
As we perused...
| 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...