| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:59 PM
The former home of French 75 has had a complete makeover, and the new restaurant, Selanne's Steak Tavern, is quite attractive.
The front has some beautiful new landscaping. The outdoor patio with its fireplace has some wonderful new hanging Moroccan-...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 11:08 AM
Finding Filomena's Italian Kitchen was like finding an old friend. This neighborhood restaurant in Costa Mesa brought back memories of the small, family-owned Italian places in New York's Little Italy.
The cozy, welcoming atmosphere, the warm,...
| 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...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:29 AM
Buy, baby, buy: Enjoy savings of up to 80% on baby clothes and nursery goods at the Piyo Piyo warehouse sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday at 14150 Myford Road, Irvine. Cash only. Information: piyopiyousa.com.
Hot tamale: Join chef...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 9:15 AM
The culinary arm of Laguna Culinary Arts is moving to the Macy's Home Store in South Coast Plaza.
The relocation of the renamed La Cuisine Culinary Arts, led by executive chef Laurent Brazier, was announced Monday.
Brazier, who has owned and managed...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Brain free(ze): Local frozen yogurt chains are honoring National Frozen Yogurt Day on Thursday with a variety of freebie promotions. Enjoy for free 6 ounces of Menchie's frozen yogurt and toppings when you "Like" Menchie's on Facebook and print the coupon...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:45 PM
Zubies Dry Dock in Huntington Beach will celebrate its 20th anniversary Jan. 7 by rolling prices back to 1992.
Celebrate and enjoy food and drink specials all day. Zubies is a great casual dining spot for seafood, steaks, ribs, chicken, pizza and oysters...