| Apr 16, 2015
The blond man was always well-dressed and well-groomed, and he'd sit before a laptop in the corner of the coffee shop. But something, Bill Bracken remembered, was out of place. The man always had a glass of water, never a cup of coffee.
| Apr 1, 2015
| 5:54 PM
Elizabeth Mendoza had a job to do: Bake an almond macaron, a cookie that typically takes chefs three days to make. The catch: She had less than two hours to do it, and in unfamiliar territory.
Mendoza and her four fellow members of the Orange Coast...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 7:15 PM
Even as a child, Ryan O'Melveny Wilson knew flavorful and expertly prepared prime beef.
When he and his family traveled from Northern California to visit his grandfather's Newport Beach restaurant, Five Crowns, he would ask for the New York steak au...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 5:19 PM
Love is in the air this week, as Valentine's Day is upon us. So why not opt for a romantic casual meal at one of the two Parisian-themed bistros I recently visited: Moulin Bistro and Pandor Bakery and Café, both in Newport Beach.
Moulin Bistro, 1000 N....
| Dec 18, 2014
| 8:11 PM
The holiday season is a time for good food and getting together with friends.
So when Doug Bennett, executive director of college advancement at Orange Coast College, and Liz Parker, an OCC Foundation specialist, invited me to lunch and tour their...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 5:46 PM
Two women stood before a cookie display and marveled at the sight of a snickerdoodle, chocolate chip and red velvet assortment behind glass cases.
"December is the best month to get cookies because you know what we'll be doing in January," the friend...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 2:50 PM
The other week, I went grocery shopping and brought a bag to fill for charity, as we're wont to do during the holiday season. The blue reusable bag, produced by a church pantry, contained a list of suggested donations on the side: rice, cereal, canned...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 11:52 AM
His name isn't Willy Wonka, but that hasn't stopped him from opening a chocolate factory.
And Richard Foley, 53, plans to share the inner workings of his ChocXO Bean-to-Bar Chocolatier in Irvine with the public Friday and Saturday.
Foley, a Dana Point...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Here he grows again.
Clayton Peterson, the Costa Mesa native who took over a 1940s industrial building on the west side of town to record local bands, showcase his personal art collection and host a private venue, is now hoping to liven up the space...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 3:14 PM
The Corona del Mar Home Tour, the Corona del Mar High School PTA's only annual fundraiser, will take place Tuesday and feature seven homes, including the owners of Roger's Gardens' Cameo Shores home.
Tickets are $75, and include breakfast at Le Pain...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:29 PM
As sommeliers poured a 2011 Malbec into wine glasses and suited waiters greeted guests, Geeta Bansal stood behind a stainless steel counter and delicately sprinkled a mix of black rice, rye and black salt atop an elk, foie and radish appetizer.
| May 2, 2014
| 3:43 PM
Jon Favreau was right — it's an exceptionally bad idea to watch "Chef" on an empty stomach.
Slow-cooked cured meats, golden-brown grilled cheese sandwiches, sugar-sprinkled beignets and undeniably delicious-looking Cuban sandwiches drew murmurs of...