| 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...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Fireside Tavern is the latest venture from one of my favorite chefs, Scott Brandon, recently of the Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar.
He is currently serving his gourmet pub food in the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County on Bristol Street, just...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:10 PM
According to the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention. And in the case of Vojo Brasnovic, the new general manager of Old World German Restaurant, it was his mother who prompted the necessity.
The Croatia native, who joined the restaurant in...
| 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...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 11:45 AM
A few people and many open hearts have made a big difference for one orphanage in Mexico.
For the past 12 years, Jack and Vicki Dishon and Humberto and Emma Macias from Huntington Beach's Seaside Community Church have organized a monthly trip to Tijuana...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:17 PM
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish cooking was considered to be among the great cuisines of the world. These days, it is likely to appear on menus featuring Mediterranean food, a mixture of Middle Eastern and Italian.
GG's Bistro in the...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 1:44 PM
"I'm a champion. Come get me. Challenge my chili," said Angelo Barriga, the Thursday after he won Surf City Chili at the Beach cook-off. "Try my chili and tell me you don't like it. It's impossible."
At first, entering chili cook-offs was a way for...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Tofu tryouts: The Chipotle fresh-Mex restaurant chain is offering a free order of its new sofritas (braised tofu) entrees to those who text the word "sofritas" to 888222. Try a free sofritas burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos when you show the...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Huntington Beach loves its history.
Since my column a couple of weeks ago about my goal to locate old buildings as the first stage in trying to create a historic marker program around the city, I have received some truly fascinating emails from people...
| 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...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Grand slam: The Irvine Chamber of Commerce has announced several upcoming ribbon-cutting events. The newly remodeled Corner Bakery at 13786 Jamboree Road will celebrate its grand opening at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 with free snacks and beverages. Information:...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 4:55 PM
We often lament the passing of our favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Xanh Bistro, once located in a strip mall off Brookhurst, but we recently returned to the spot and discovered that it had been replaced by a wonderful new eatery called Ennar Calasian...