| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:29 PM
It's time to take my monthly break from writing about politics and focus on something more far delicious for all those foodies out there who enjoy discovering — and re-discovering — fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as much...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 4:46 PM
A new Fashion Island restaurant that caught on fire during construction opened Wednesday.
Cucina Enoteca joins other recently opened, upscale restaurants at the shopping center, including Fig and Olive and Red O.
The restaurant offers communal seating...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 12:36 PM
Costa Mesa police and fire crews worked to remove an SUV that was stuck on the grass area at the Denny's on Harbor Boulevard Tuesday morning.
Paramedics and firefighters responded to the Denny's at 3170 Harbor Blvd. at 10:27 a.m. after receiving reports...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:22 PM
Like most golfers, Don DuBois would love to play more but can't because he has a job and other commitments. So the acclaimed Newport Beach amateur has decided for quality over quantity, playing in select tournaments this summer.
The event he has circled...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:32 PM
The new Ayres Hotel in Fountain Valley, just off the 405 Freeway at Brookhurst Street, is home to a delightful restaurant called Fusion Bites. And the name is an accurate description of the eclectic menu, which is filled with tapas-sized dishes full of...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Boats are selling, and the marine industry people around town are moving like it's 2007. That's part of the reason why I was not able to submit a column last week.
While I was working in Monterey last week, Amy Elliott from the Balboa Angling Club called...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 8:29 PM
Bill Longfield wasn't sure a food-tasting event on an island would work.
The Balboa Island Improvement Assn., where Longfield is a board member, had for years hosted an outdoor dinner in its namesake neighborhood, but as the event got more popular...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:30 PM
Forget the expensive airfare and 11-hour flight to France when all things French can soon be found at Laurent Vrignaud's Moulin Bistro. The epicerie and cafe is expected to open Sept.18 in Plaza Newport.
"Everything I miss in France I will bring to...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 6:48 PM
The Ruby's Diner at 428 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen Thursday as Ruby's Dinette. The new concept advances the diner's look a couple of decades — from the well-known 1940s theme of red vinyl booths, Formica counters and juke boxes, to what a...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Several years ago while on a Baltic cruise, my family and I enjoyed a two-day stop in beautiful St. Petersburg. Since it was Russia, I naturally expected to see some vodka.
Here's what I didn't expect: My sons, then 17 and 13, were continually offered...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 6:24 PM
Attention all boaters: Have you heard about the grand opening this weekend for the largest West Marine store on the West Coast? This gigantic flagship emporium encompasses more than 27,000 square feet, with 18,000 products in the showroom. West...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 9:40 PM
For the first seven years of his life, Paul Hortobagyi never tasted a waffle. Then one day he found himself surrounded by them.
The Fountain Valley resident was strolling through the streets of Liege, Belgium, with his parents when he encountered...