| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:17 PM
The dog days of summer are here, and while it may be too hot to cook, it's the perfect temperature to read books where baking is a component of the story.
"Bread Alone" by Judith Ryan Hendricks features a woman who has found herself moving from Los...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 7:28 PM
Four years after he started his food-truck career, Phi Nguyen is a Hollywood star.
Well, not him specifically. But eateries on wheels have been the rage recently at the multiplex, thanks to "Chef," Jon Favreau's sleeper hit about a man who recovers...
| 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...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Social media have created ways for people to interact to share, communicate or exchange information.
Twitter, with its 140-character-or-less tweets, allows one to post questions or comments. Instagram's users can use digital filters to post videos and...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:10 PM
Tucked away in the Island Hotel's kitchen, past the room-service carts and the dinner assembly stations, an old Sabot leans against a storage room wall. It awaits repair, not for sailing but for nibbling.
Before most guests awake Friday morning, the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 11:06 AM
I find it curious that those who advocate abortion on demand would lament Hoag's decision to stop performing elective abortions.
I wonder what their response would be if they went to their favorite steak restaurant only to find that it had been...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Years ago, I attended an outdoor festival organized by a vegan friend at which Veggie Grill had agreed to hand out food samples. One passerby tried something from the tray — a soy chicken strip, maybe — and remarked how delicious it was. "See?...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 10:30 PM
Valerie Torelli started out in the real estate business as a bookkeeper in 1970s Los Angeles, but after seeing the salespeople take "six-hour lunches" while making $70,000 a year, she figured she could do the job too — only better.
| Jul 27, 2013
| 5:46 PM
The symphonic sounds of summer resonated Friday night before an estimated 1,600 people who came to hear the Pacific Symphony play a free outdoor concert in Costa Mesa.
The community event at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts plaza celebrated the city's...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:10 PM
This post has been corrected, as noted below.
The woman who put the Ruby in Ruby's Diner was all smiles Monday as she arrived at the restaurant where it all began.
And though it was her 91st birthday, Ruby Cavanaugh remains forever young as the...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Brooks Podolec is only 18 months old, but he's already a powerful influence in the Orange County retail world.
His parents, Julie and Brad Podolec, sought last year to launch a popsicle business that would provide stores with an all-natural treat...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Forget bread on sandwiches, the people want waffles.
The gourmet waffle sandwich chain, Bruxie, is opening its sixth Southern California location Tuesday at the Heritage Plaza Center in Irvine, according to a news release.
The chain, which first...