| 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...
| 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:...
| 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....
| Feb 26, 2014
| 8:44 AM
My husband and I have been fans of Il Fornaio since the late '80s, when we used to drive into Los Angeles just to get a good Italian meal.
Orange County has changed a lot since then, but we were very pleased when Il Fornaio opened its doors locally....
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Sole comfort: A new store featuring Italian shoes has opened in Laguna Beach. Quattro Passi, 305 Forest Ave., Suite 103, owned by Gabriella Caltabiano, focuses on offering comfortable, versatile and beautiful footwear by brands that have been long...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 9:28 AM
The Fig & Olive has opened in Fashion Island in a freestanding building just across from the Red O. The building is surrounded by fig and olive trees, and the motif is carried out in the decor.
This is one gorgeous restaurant. It welcomes diners with...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 4:24 PM
After 20 years as Antonello's award-winning chef, Franco Barone opened his own restaurant in 2009 with his wife, Donatella. Lots of good buzz finally brought us to Il Barone Ristorante, a pleasant bistro tucked away in the rear of a business and...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 5:00 PM
If they gave out an Academy Award for "most congenial hospitality in a food service establishment," hands down, the Oscar would go to Maro Wood Grill.
The dramatic makeover of the former site of A La Carte in Laguna Beach has turned the little deli into...