Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Ivory speaks to new motif, management and menu

The Gossiping Gourmet: Ivory speaks to new motif, management and menu

The former home of Mark's Restaurant, in the strip mall across from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, has undergone a makeover. It now has a new name, Ivory Restaurant & Lounge; a new owner, Marsha Benson; a new chef, Abel Gonzales; a new d├ęcor; and a new menu.

The Gossiping Gourmet: The hymn of Tortilla Republic

The Gossiping Gourmet: The hymn of Tortilla Republic

Tortilla Republic has opened in the former home of Javier's and Asada in Laguna Beach.

All About Food: Mucus, margarine and other myths

I have gotten some nice feedback on the article I wrote a few weeks ago called "Adhering to these food myths? Stop" (All About Food, May 22) and have decided to do a second installment.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A bumper crop at Mendocino Farms

The Gossiping Gourmet: A bumper crop at Mendocino Farms

A new sandwich shop has arrived in Orange County, and it is really like no other.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Stellar food from a familiar chef

The Gossiping Gourmet: Stellar food from a familiar chef

The energetic and charming Alessandro Pirozzi has opened yet another excellent restaurant, this one in Corona del Mar.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A sushi master at work at Sota

The Gossiping Gourmet: A sushi master at work at Sota

Sota Akiyama has had extensive experience at many fine sushi restaurants in California.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A warm meal at the Fireside

The Gossiping Gourmet: A warm meal at the Fireside

Fireside Tavern is the latest venture from one of my favorite chefs, Scott Brandon, recently of the Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar.

 All About Food: Adhering to these food myths? Stop.

All About Food: Adhering to these food myths? Stop.

I recently received my Mayo Clinic Health Letter and one of the main topics was dietary supplements.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Raise a toast to Winery's new spot

The Gossiping Gourmet: Raise a toast to Winery's new spot

After 20 years in business, another grand dame of the Newport restaurant scene has passed on, and in Villa Nova's place, overlooking the bay, the highly regarded Winery from Tustin has opened its second location.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Watertable still finding its legs

The Gossiping Gourmet: Watertable still finding its legs

When a new restaurant opens, I always like to wait a few weeks to give the operators time to get their act together before doing a review, but I inadvertently found myself at Watertable in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on the night of its official opening.

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