| Jun 22, 2013
| 8:27 PM
It's officially summertime, and the Newport Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins Saturday. So visit the Central Library or the Balboa, Corona del Mar or Mariners branch and pick up game sheets or review forms, win prizes and enjoy...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Nestled in a tiny storefront on Balboa Island is a new and charming, romantic little bistro called Trattoria Mediterranean. It is a treasure box, with its candlelit atmosphere, the sound of trickling water from the fountain on the terrace and the wrought-...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:11 PM
I hope to drop weight this summer.
The Orange County Fair has other plans. I may as well wait until New Year's to break my resolution.
The theme of the July 12 to Aug. 11 shindig is "Come & Get It." The "It" to come and get is batter-slathered, deep-...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 9:59 AM
Our two favorite new restaurants of the year are Three Seventy Common in Laguna Beach and Juliette Kitchen & Bar in Newport Beach.
There were few fine dining establishments that opened in 2012; perhaps it's the economy or perhaps it's the trend toward...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 9:53 PM
They're calling it a different spin on a tried-and-true concept.
Burrissimo Fresh Italian is a newly opened fast-casual restaurant in Costa Mesa with assembly-line service reminiscent of Chipotle Mexican Grill. But don't expect south-of-the-border-...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 4:00 PM
Good pizza comes to those who wait.
That's the motto of sorts for the folks at Rance's Chicago Pizza, whose pies are made in authentic Chi-Town style, right down to the Wisconsin cheese.
But how long a wait is it for such iconic Midwestern flavor?...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 10:36 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Wing Lam's hair was shorter and the fish taco restaurant he co-founded was brand new.
These days, however, Wahoo's Fish Taco is a household brand, with 64 stores in seven states, that continues to spread its fins.
All that started...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 8:53 PM
South Coast Collection continues to display economic activity, with three businesses opening recently and three more expecting to do so in the coming months.
All six new tenants of the Costa Mesa shopping center, nicknamed SoCo, are exclusive to...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 9:30 PM
Several years ago, I called Costa Mesa's Triangle Square the Bermuda Triangle Square, as it seemed to be where businesses went to disappear.
In the roughly 20 years since it opened, the center has hosted a Niketown, Virgin Records (where they answered...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 10:18 PM
It took a rejection from a sandwich chain for Troy Feist to realize that he should just start his own.
Fresh out of high school and 19 years old, Feist always loved food — sandwiches, in particular — and he figured opening up a Togo's...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 7:47 PM
Julie Clayton, a mother of a Newport Harbor High School water polo player, reported that a number of the boys' water polo team members took advantage of one of their only breaks from practice this holiday to volunteer their time at the Someone Cares...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 10:58 AM
We approached Native Foods Café with a bit of trepidation because our previous encounters with faux meats had been regrettable. However, word-of-mouth has been very good for this casual vegan restaurant, so we headed for the Camp in Costa Mesa and...