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  • Festival pops its first cork

    "Try one," said Bruno Massuger as he presented a lobster crostini appetizer to a guest at a preview in August for the upcoming Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. The canape, spooned with lobster, chopped mango and onions, was a temptation too strong to...
  • Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

    Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
    Chef Richard Blais dripped soon-to-be-frozen horseradish ice cream into liquid nitrogen. "You have signed the liability waiver, correct?" Blais joked as he poured some of the liquid over the front of a small stage where it evaporated in a freezing cloud...
  • The Crowd: Spreading awareness of children's needs

    This is National Child Awareness Month. Every weekend in September, South Coast Plaza will hold events at the retail center in conjunction with the work of multiple charities focused on child welfare in Orange County. The month-long commitment is the...
  • Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

    Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette
    Though I enjoy writing about the local political scene, I look forward each month to switching gears to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. One place I recently discovered was Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai at 891 Baker...
  • The Crowd: Make it 51 for South Coast Repertory

    The Crowd: Make it 51 for South Coast Repertory
    The 2015 social season on the Orange Coast was launched with panache by South Coast Repertory. In anticipation of the theater's 51st season, patrons gathered for a chic kick-off party in the breathtaking contemporary residence of Sarah and Thom McElroy....
  • Cool and slow at Moulin Bistro

    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...
  • Taste of Balboa Island brings flavors outdoors

    Taste of Balboa Island brings flavors outdoors
    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...
  • Biz News: SusieCakes to treat Costa Mesa starting Saturday

    A vintage-themed bakery is scheduled to open Saturday in Costa Mesa's South Coast Collection. SusieCakes, 3321 Hyland Ave., specializes in "sentimental dessert favorites" made from scratch by its team of onsite bakers, according to a news release. It...
  • The Crowd: Vikki Vargas on the scene at SPIN

    The Crowd: Vikki Vargas on the scene at SPIN
    In the world of broadcast journalism, it is most unusual for an on-camera reporter/anchor to enjoy a 30-plus-year career in a single market. Vikki Vargas, Orange County bureau chief for NBC 4, is such a journalist. Her breadth and depth of knowledge...
  • Fitness Files: Take advice with a grain of salt

    "Don't Toss Out Your Salt Shaker!" says Dr. Niels Graudal's Danish study, which adds that people with very low levels of salt in their diets suffer elevated mortality. Of course, a few lines down, Graudal's American Journal of Hypertension article...
  • Former dishwasher now Zov's culinary director

     Former dishwasher now Zov's culinary director
    "Hold on," said Louie Jocson. "I'm in the process of caramelizing onions." The newly appointed culinary director of Zov's, the restaurant chain known for its Eastern Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, is a fixture on the Southern California culinary...
  • Newport council candidate returns disputed campaign donation

    Newport Beach City Council candidate Scott Peotter says he has returned a $1,100 campaign contribution to Woody's Wharf to avoid costly legal repercussions. The four owners of the Balboa Peninsula restaurant and bar had already donated the maximum $1,...