| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 2:15 PM
As the Angels embark on a new season, I have a signed baseball in my collection at home that probably isn't worth much money.
But I don't care.
Suffice to say that it's probably the only baseball in existence signed by Chad Curtis, the Angels' left...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 2:16 PM
There's a new chef at Wildfish, Keith Stich, but the scene is still wild and the menu is still all about fish. It's a rare visit when the bar isn't buzzin', yet the restaurant continues to serve serious food.
The dramatic, ultra-modern décor is...
| 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...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 2:03 PM
There are quite a number of Korean restaurants in the Irvine area and new ones seem to be opening every week.
This is a cuisine with which we are less familiar and so we asked a Korean friend for a recommendation. She suggested Korea House, and off we...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 11:54 AM
Newport's premiere food and entertainment festival, the Taste of Newport, celebrates 24 years at Fashion Island from Friday through Sunday.
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the three-day party, where they will sample culinary delights...