| Sep 4, 2014
| 8:28 PM
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...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 7:42 PM
"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...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:15 PM
"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...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 12:36 PM
Costa Mesa police and fire crews worked to remove an SUV that was stuck on the grass area at the Denny's on Harbor Boulevard Tuesday morning.
Paramedics and firefighters responded to the Denny's at 3170 Harbor Blvd. at 10:27 a.m. after receiving reports...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 7:41 PM
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,...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 4:46 PM
A new Fashion Island restaurant that caught on fire during construction opened Wednesday.
Cucina Enoteca joins other recently opened, upscale restaurants at the shopping center, including Fig and Olive and Red O.
The restaurant offers communal seating...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:19 PM
Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.
It's going to be a two-hour wait.
That's because Din Tai Fung, the acclaimed Taiwanese restaurant that opened Monday, is famous for...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:29 PM
It's time to take my monthly break from writing about politics and focus on something more far delicious for all those foodies out there who enjoy discovering — and re-discovering — fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as much...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:32 PM
The new Ayres Hotel in Fountain Valley, just off the 405 Freeway at Brookhurst Street, is home to a delightful restaurant called Fusion Bites. And the name is an accurate description of the eclectic menu, which is filled with tapas-sized dishes full of...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:17 PM
I'm taking a much-needed break from writing about politics this week to focus on food.
On June 12, I premiered my monthly column for foodies that discovers — and rediscovers — fun places to eat in the Newport Beach-Costa Mesa area.
| Aug 15, 2014
| 4:54 PM
JP Morgan Chase recently celebrated the grand opening of a "private client office" near Fashion Island.
The site, at 1470 Jamboree Road, used to house the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and looks over the Newport Beach Country Club, according to a...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 6:48 PM
The Ruby's Diner at 428 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen Thursday as Ruby's Dinette. The new concept advances the diner's look a couple of decades — from the well-known 1940s theme of red vinyl booths, Formica counters and juke boxes, to what a...