| Apr 8, 2015
| 2:38 PM
Laguna Beach resident Nancy Milby gave up a career in the corporate world to follow her passion for food and wine.
She opened the Laguna Culinary Institute in 2001 under the direction of the highly qualified chef Laurent Brazier. As the small school...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 1:05 PM
I think Bacchus Bar & Bistro is the kind of place we would all like to have in our neighborhood: casual and friendly with good food and live music at a reasonable decibel. It is located in the Quail Hill Village Center and has indoor and outdoor dining....
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:46 PM
The energetic and charming Alessandro Pirozzi has opened yet another excellent restaurant, this one in Corona del Mar.
This is the fourth restaurant of his that I have reviewed, and by now he knows who I am. It has always been my policy to remain...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:34 AM
When a new restaurant opens, I always like to wait a few weeks to give the operators time to get their act together before doing a review, but I inadvertently found myself at Watertable in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on the night...
| May 13, 2014
| 3:51 PM
After 20 years in business, another grand dame of the Newport restaurant scene has passed on, and in Villa Nova's place, overlooking the bay, the highly regarded Winery from Tustin has opened its second location.
After a major remodel, the new...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:28 AM
Roq around the clock: KROQ will present its free, all-ages Roq N' Surf Concert Series from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the AMC courtyard in the District at Tustin Legacy, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin. Enjoy Mike Dena at noon Saturday, followed by...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The former home of Mark's Restaurant, in the strip mall across from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, has undergone a makeover. It now has a new name, Ivory Restaurant & Lounge; a new owner, Marsha Benson; a new chef, Abel...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:31 PM
The other evening, I had a most unique dining experience. Perhaps the fact that it was the night after Thanksgiving could explain some of it.
My guest and I walked into a large, beautiful dining room with fresh flowers on every table and found ourselves...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 11:33 AM
A wonderful new store in Laguna Beach — Laguna Wine, Coffee, & Specialty Foods — is an oenophile's paradise and a gourmet's delight. Even if you are neither, you will find the knowledgeable and friendly staff eager to help you make your...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 11:49 AM
Strike a pose: Yoga and activewear apparel designer Solow will hold an event hosted by yogi Angela Leigh of Equinox gym from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Irvine Spectrum Center's Nordstrom store. Attendees will enjoy cold-pressed juices and other...
| May 15, 2013
| 12:42 PM
Alan Greeley's Golden Truffle has been around for more than 30 years, and there is a reason why this neighborhood bistro has had such longevity.
The food is good! The restaurant has added a full bar. The menu offers an ever-changing variety, according...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:53 AM
A perfect night out in Irvine for the Markowitzes includes a nice meal, an art film and a shopping spree at Trader Joe's. What's even nicer is that you can do it all within walking distance of your car.
We begin by buying movie tickets at one of the few...