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  • Festival pops its first cork

    "Try one," said Bruno Massuger as he presented a lobster crostini appetizer to a guest at a preview in August for the upcoming Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival.
  • Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

    Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
    Chef Richard Blais dripped soon-to-be-frozen horseradish ice cream into liquid nitrogen. "You have signed the liability waiver, correct?" Blais joked as he poured some of the liquid over the front of a small stage where it evaporated in a freezing cloud...

    The Crowd: Spreading awareness of children's needs

    This is National Child Awareness Month. Every weekend in September, South Coast Plaza will hold events at the retail center in conjunction with the work of multiple charities focused on child welfare in Orange County. The month-long commitment is the...

    Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

    Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette
    Though I enjoy writing about the local political scene, I look forward each month to switching gears to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. One place I recently discovered was Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai at 891 Baker...

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Reefs has plenty of edge

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Reefs has plenty of edge
    Reefs Edge Grill calls itself "an urban grill with a gourmet flair." The décor definitely reflects the current trend at almost every new dining spot, meaning repurposed wood, stone floors, hanging lights with exposed bulbs above the bar, gray walls, a...