| Oct 3, 2014
| 4:03 PM
County health officials briefly shut down Zov's restaurant in Irvine on Wednesday after diners were sickened by a bacteria traced to the location, authorities said.
Four people who ate at Zov's between Sept. 16 and 22 were infected with shigella, a form...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 5:20 PM
During a typical lunch break at Newport Harbor High School, cups filled with celery, broccoli, jicama and red peppers sit in the cafeteria beside plastic containers packed with fresh fruit and yogurt.
Teenagers file through the lunch line, piling...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 9:08 PM
Americans have become somewhat numb to the constant barrage of disasters, natural and manmade, blasted across the media. Sadly, the media seldom follow up on the aftermath. It's on to the next headline.
Last month in Mexico, Hurricane Odile devastated...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:50 PM
The fourth annual National Veterans Day Run in Irvine will come to William R. Mason Regional Park on Saturday. The event will offer a 5K (3.1-mile) race and a one-mile family walk/run. Racing will begin at 3:11 p.m.
Registration for the 5K is $30 for...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:01 PM
It's been a while since I've checked in with my restaurant column, Barbara's Bits & Bites, which continues to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
I've had a bellyful of politics from covering the last election...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 5:38 PM
In an assembly that was both all-American and distinctly Japanese, Corona del Mar Middle School students on Friday welcomed seven exchange students from Okazaki, Japan.
The visiting students arrived Thursday and will leave Tuesday morning, said Connie...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 4:41 PM
Vitamin Shoppe, Costa Mesa, Share the Health, SOCIAL Costa Mesa restaurant, Bistango, Bill Blank, Talk About Curing Autism, "Real Help Now" conference, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa hotel, Michael Leon, Dr. Anju Usman, True Health Medical Center, Dan...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:29 PM
As sommeliers poured a 2011 Malbec into wine glasses and suited waiters greeted guests, Geeta Bansal stood behind a stainless steel counter and delicately sprinkled a mix of black rice, rye and black salt atop an elk, foie and radish appetizer.
| Sep 20, 2014
| 6:27 PM
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...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 2:37 PM
"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...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:56 PM
An Orange County Superior Court Judge this week banned dancing at a quintessential Newport Beach restaurant — at least for the time being.
In a preliminary injunction handed down Tuesday, Judge Derek Hunt sided with the city of Newport Beach and...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd — young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing...