| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:53 AM
When Ho Sum Bistro first opened in 1987, there was virtually no other Asian fusion restaurant in the area and the notion of healthy Asian cuisine didn't exist. "Califoriental" was the way they described their concept, and we both went back many times...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 6:38 PM
Democracy and sausage-making have often been "linked" (sorry) as really ugly processes that produce good things. But having just passed through one of the nastiest local election cycles I can remember, I'm not feeling the parity between the two anymore....
| Dec 5, 2012
| 5:13 PM
Doug Cavanaugh had to disobey his mother to make her a household name.
The founder of Ruby's Diner, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend, got the idea for his restaurant chain when he jogged past a dilapidated building on the Balboa...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 9:41 AM
We were on our way to dine at a restaurant in the Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine, but when we arrived, we discovered it was packed, so we wandered around the center and came across a sweet little Thai place called Thai Bamboo Bistro.
| Mar 20, 2013
| 3:04 PM
Easter is just around the corner and several places are hosting special events. Here are a few hopping ideas on how to celebrate the holiday.
Easter Family Fun in H.B.
In Huntington Beach, the Easter Hunt and Family Fun Day will take place form...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 4:26 PM
In a nondescript strip mall on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, located next to a Chixy Natural and a Bomburger, along with several other chain restaurants, is a very good family-owned Mediterranean-Italian bistro called Café Tria.
Large windows overlook...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 1:24 PM
Peruvian food is an interesting and delicious mixture of indigenous cuisine combined with influences from the Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and West Africans who settled there. At the family-run Inka Cantina in Fountain Valley, you will find a...
| 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...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Four men were arrested Sunday in Newport Beach on suspicion of stealing a bag containing a sandwich — valued at $10 — from a parked car.
Oscar Iglesias, 25, of South Gate, Daniel Godinez, 23, and Edwin Yhuit, 27, both of Cudahy, and Daniel...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 4:13 PM
During a hot July in Rancho Mirage, Barbara and I took long weekends in Orange County and enjoyed the sun on the beach at the Balboa Bay Club daily.
The new club ownership has made some noticeable, positive changes, including eliminating the "guard...