| Aug 20, 2013
| 8:29 AM
After months of June gloom, it was a pleasure to wake up on a Sunday morning with the sun shining and a cool breeze in the air. The day was perfect for brunch at one of our favorite spots, although it is more accurately described as "blunch," since most...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 11:51 AM
The Bungalow is a charming restaurant in a building that actually looks like a bungalow.
The main entry is in the rear, where there is valet parking. The low walls are made of stone, as is the entryway. A trellis of flowers adorns the area.
| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:47 PM
The Diamond Jamboree Center in Irvine is a marvelous collection of Asian eateries: Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, ranging from large restaurants to small storefront places as well as a big Korean supermarket.
The center is always...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Scholarship smorgasbord: Local chefs and restaurants have joined with Golden West College for this year's Chefs for Scholarships event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the college's student center. All attendees receive unlimited tastes from nearly 30 vendors...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:18 PM
Drive and dine: The Habit, an Irvine-based burger chain, will open its first drive-through location next week at 2200 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, in a former Burger King location in front of the Jo-Ann Fabric superstore. All proceeds raised Sunday and...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Gastronomically speaking, the current answer to the question "What will they think of next?" is Cronuts.
What are they, you wonder? Avian private parts?
No, they are the love child of croissants and donuts, brought into the world in New York City in...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Healthy freebie: Veggie Grill restaurant chain aficionados who download and use the company's new Android and iPhone app will receive a free winter menu item if they install the app before Jan. 5. Look on the "Love" tab of the app for this special offer....
| May 15, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Alan Greeley's Golden Truffle has been around for more than 30 years, and there is a reason why this neighborhood bistro has had such longevity.
The food is good! The restaurant has added a full bar. The menu offers an ever-changing variety, according...
| May 21, 2013
| 1:48 PM
For the past 19 years, Thai Bros. has been serving locals and tourists mostly traditional Thai cuisine, save the occasional exception like fried wontons with cream cheese and avocado.
This little storefront restaurant is a pleasant and unpretentious...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Pamper party: Oct. 14 marks the return of Spa Week, during which many area spas will offer special $50 treatment deals through the http://www.spaweek.com website. Example participants include Fresh Espace at South Coast Plaza, which is offering three 60-...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 9:16 AM
Going to the dogs: New dog boutique Charlie & Me, 410 W. Coast Hwy., Suite C, Newport Beach, is offering a range of canine Halloween costumes. It will also host a free dog parade and costume party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Balboa Island at Classic Kids...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:53 AM
A perfect night out in Irvine for the Markowitzes includes a nice meal, an art film and a shopping spree at Trader Joe's. What's even nicer is that you can do it all within walking distance of your car.
We begin by buying movie tickets at one of the few...