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The tiny eatery Laguna Thai by the Sea has had a face lift this past year and added bamboo wainscoting and more mobile-type paper decorations swinging in the breeze, but the major new addition is a fancy wood, floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet that...
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...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Restaurants, Olives, Cheese, Walnuts
Elle's son lives in Thailand, so she is very familiar with the tiny neighborhood restaurants lining the streets of Phuket, serving fresh food made to order, with that homemade feel, for a very few baht. Thai Pepper has that vibe. Located in one of the...
China has a great variety of regional cuisines yet, locally, we only see a few of these represented, mainly Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing, or a combination thereof. We went in search of something different, and found Chef Chen, an attractive, small...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Pancakes, Seafood, Marco Polo, Restaurants
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...
Tags: Potatoes, Restaurants, Cabbage, Cheddar Cheese, Italy
Elle's Vietnamese friend, Kimme, has advised us that when looking for a Vietnamese restaurant, choose one that has a particular specialty rather than one that serves a bit of everything. As we were searching the Internet for a Vietnamese restaurant...
The name Rothschild's evokes the Old World, not Italian food. Helmut Reiss named his restaurant after his mother's family. Until its recent remodel, when a large sign was put up advertising "Fine Italian Food," people often wondered what kind of...
It's the season to feel fluish. Help may come from something Jewish. Long called Jewish penicillin, chicken soup's power to heal has mainly been viewed as folklore but recent scientific studies have proven that it has genuine health benefits, so much so...
Tags: Penicillin (drug), Health, Salt, Nose, Drugs and Medicines
Once again, we are all excited about a little neighborhood restaurant in a Huntington Beach strip mall. This time, it's Sicilian and the chef/owner Joe Maiale has realized his longtime dream of opening his own ristorante, along with his wife-to-be, Laura....
Tags: Mushrooms, Restaurants, Pizzas, Tomatoes, Garlic
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...
Tags: Potatoes, Arugula, Mushrooms, Restaurants, Garlic
Spa Gregorie's in Newport Beach will be celebrating women of all ages in a major way from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday with its 5th annual Women are Wonderful: In Full Bloom event. It's a women's expo featuring beauty demonstrations, exhibits, presentations...
Kudos to Nancy Wilhelm! This consummate restaurateur has finally opened her dream establishment with a concept that she has been refining in her imagination for years. Starfish is a gorgeous transformation of the former Taz restaurant in the South...
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