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.
Bella Terra in Huntington Beach seems to be opening new restaurants right and left, much to my delight.
Hotel restaurants are often mediocre, but sometimes you hit upon a really good one.
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.
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.
The term "fusion cuisine" was born in California sometime in the '70s.
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.
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.
About five years ago, Adam Fleischman, an unsuccessful screenwriter and owner of a wine bar called BottleRock, decided to open a burger joint.
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.