Dining Reviews

All About Food: Climate change will change how we eat

All About Food: Climate change will change how we eat

Climate change seems to be one of the hot topics (no pun intended) of our time. For the most part, the naysayers — faced with ample scientific works suggesting that climate change is having an effect on every ecosystem from the equator to the poles — are finally coming around.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eureka! It's a new restaurant!

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eureka! It's a new restaurant!

Bella Terra in Huntington Beach seems to be opening new restaurants right and left, much to my delight.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hyatt's seafood grill is a catch

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hyatt's seafood grill is a catch

Hotel restaurants are often mediocre, but sometimes you hit upon a really good one.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, and all that jazz

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, and all that jazz

We are always finding delightful small restaurants in Huntington Beach's plethora of strip malls. Several friends told us about the Black Trumpet Bistro, saying the food was uniformly good, so we tried it last Saturday night. They don't take reservations, so plan on a wait. Even though we got there at 6:15, there were 10 people standing outside and the hostess said it would be at least half an hour for a table. We stood just inside the door so we could watch the dishes as they were served, and they all looked good.

The Gossiping Gourmet: The new star at Starfish Laguna Beach

The Gossiping Gourmet: The new star at Starfish Laguna Beach

Starfish Laguna Beach has hired a new chef since my last visit. He came to work there about a year and four months ago. His name is Marco Romero and he is Venezuelan.

All About Food: Mixing and matching in 2014

All About Food: Mixing and matching in 2014

The term "fusion cuisine" was born in California sometime in the '70s.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Up for a spontaneous lunch?

The Gossiping Gourmet: Up for a spontaneous lunch?

One of the best bargains in Orange County is the lunchtime prix fixe "Spontanee" menu at Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza. It is also, in my opinion, the best restaurant in the O.C.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Authentic Italian, complete with bocce ball

The Gossiping Gourmet: Authentic Italian, complete with bocce ball

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.

The Gossiping Gourmet: You'll be won over by Umami Burger

The Gossiping Gourmet: You'll be won over by Umami Burger

About five years ago, Adam Fleischman, an unsuccessful screenwriter and owner of a wine bar called BottleRock, decided to open a burger joint.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Fig comes to Fashion Island

The Gossiping Gourmet: Fig comes to Fashion Island

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.

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