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  • Apodaca: Best approach to teen drinking is murky

    Several years ago while on a Baltic cruise, my family and I enjoyed a two-day stop in beautiful St. Petersburg. Since it was Russia, I naturally expected to see some vodka. Here's what I didn't expect: My sons, then 17 and 13, were continually offered...
  • 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...
  • Virgen: What are the best places to watch World Cup in Newport-Mesa?

    Virgen: What are the best places to watch World Cup in Newport-Mesa?
    As a councilman and bar and restaurant owner Gary Monahan maintains a hectic schedule. But Thursday figures to be maddening, mainly in terms of business. World Cup begins, yet Monahan will be interested in more things than just the beautiful game. His...
  • Barbara's Bits & Bites: Dining - with dog - at my favorite places

    Barbara's Bits & Bites: Dining - with dog - at my favorite places
    Editor's note: Political columnist Barbara Venezia plans to write occasional food columns under the banner "Barbara's Bits & Bites." This is her first. Even though it's been years since I did a comedy cooking show, "At Home on the Range," on local...
  • Officials, owner disagree on running of Sandpiper Motel

    Officials, owner disagree on running of Sandpiper Motel
    Mike Lin knows his motel is not the best lodging choice in Costa Mesa. Customers at the Sandpiper Motel, he said, cannot expect five-star service from a one-star or "no-star" establishment. After all, the Sandpiper is not, unlike the Westin, within...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

    Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County
    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...