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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...
It's become our tradition to publish a year-end list of favorites. These are the dishes we've most enjoyed from more than 300 or so that we've tasted (for better or worse), in the past year. Rather than a top 10 or any other numbered list, these appear...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Salads, Foods and Beverages, Onions, Pizzas
Since our last visit to the Italian restaurant Romeo Cucina, it has had a touch up and so has the menu. The capacious room has a warm and inviting ambiance with its wood-burning oven as a focal point. The space is nicely lit and has an uncrowded...
Tags: Tomatoes, Cheese, Pizzas, Pistachios, Appetizers
We love it when our readers send us comments, particularly when they turn us on to a restaurant we might never have discovered on our own. Darna, a Moroccan/Mediterranean restaurant in a strip mall in Fountain Valley, was a delightful surprise. It...
The best way to describe the food at Raya might be "Mexasian." The new restaurant at the Ritz Carlton has been advertised as Latin American or Pan-Latin coastal cuisine, but that doesn't explain the presence of miso black cod with kabayaki sauce, tuna...
At the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party, we had the pleasure of talking with Chef Chad Blunston from bambú Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel. He was very excited about his new customized menu catering to guests' special dietary needs. It is...
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The amazing Alessandro Pirozzi has opened a new trattoria in Laguna Beach, Alessa, in the old Pomodoro space. You may have had the pleasure of dining in his Cucina Alessa in Newport or Huntington, but Laguna's version is unique. Although there are many...
Tags: Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Meatballs, Cheese, Strawberries
While we're always on the lookout for the hot new thing, we love to rediscover an oldie but goodie. We were a bit worried about revisiting Marrakesh in Costa Mesa since neither of us had been there for at least 12 years. We're happy to report that our...
Tags: Salads, Foods and Beverages, Honey, Pies and Tarts, Breads
Leatherby's Café Rouge, in Segerstrom Concert Hall, with a new chef and a brand new menu, has just reopened for the up and coming arts season. Although most of their clientele are dining before a performance, we would like to encourage you to think of...
Tags: Tomatoes, Cheese, Garlic, Building Material, California
Looking to take advantage of the warm summer weather for dinner tonight? Or this weekend? Then get grilling! From burgers to mahi-mahi to summer vegetables, we've got a bunch of recipe ideas to help you out. And speaking of burgers, have you thought about...
Tags: Tomatoes, Wines, Onions, Blue Cheese, Chives
Bodacious barbecued chicken breasts Prep: 20 minutes Marinate: 20 minutes Cook: 15-22 minutes Servings: 4 Note: In their latest cookbook, "100 Grilling Recipes You Can't Live Without" (Harvard Common Press, $16.95), Bill and Cheryl Jamison describe...
Tags: Bobby Flay, Black Pepper, Peanuts, Television Industry, Onions
Quinoa. It's a South American grain-like crop that has come to be recognized as a nutrient-dense superfood, and it's all the rage right now. The seeds, or "grains" (quinoa is not a true cereal, though its seeds resemble and are similarly used like grains)...
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