Interviewing a duo of subjects is always more challenging interesting for me. I see the effort restaurants make in having two individuals represent the brand. It's a yin and yang when the two differ, but something else altogether when they are more similar than not. Take a look for yourself. What a ... More >>
How the OC hotel developer became a conservative Catholic business hero and a Santa Barbara LGBT friend
Cathy Pavlos, chef/owner of LUCCA Cafe in Irvine, opened her second concept yesterday in the Eastbluff neighborhood of Newport Beach. There's much to say about Provenance, but I got Pavlos to discuss her sophomore effort, answering all those questions you're thinking. Take it away, Cathy! What is t ... More >>
Did Orange County's only Indian massacre really happen—or is it a necessary white lie?
Perhaps I spoke too soon when I wrote about the sustainable growth of the Valle de Guadalupe in last year's Weekender for Los Angeles Magazine. Coming off of the biggest Vendimias, or wine harvest festival season to date which also saw a few hotel openings, the government of Enrique Pelayo Torres, M ... More >>
Federal prosecutors in Southern California have won a guilty plea from a New Jersey-based Panasonic employee who accepted bribes from Orange County businessmen seeking to cheat the Japanese conglomerate out of millions of dollars. Sean Volin--a supply manager in Secaucus, New Jersey--violated f ... More >>
The past six months have been a whirlwind of success for the Australian-born NERVO twins. They were the only female DJs on the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, landing at No. 46, the third-highest new entry among EDM's elite. The only other female to ever make the list was Claudia Cazacu, who squeaked in at No. ... More >>
Williams-SonomaReese's Peanut Butter Cups. We love 'em, but they're gone in two bites--12 if you're a baby bird. If only there was a way to prolong the peanut buttery goodness . . .
You can get great food, excellent beers and top-flight wines at this San Clemente bar—just don't call it a gastropub
This Long Beach storefront offers specialty products and delicious hot food without demanding your paycheck. Imagine that!
Photo by Todd BarnesOrange County--fleeting, impermanent, forever-discarding Orange County--is severely lacking in longstanding food personalities who aren't afraid to open new places while keeping a signature style. There's the Goodells, Pascal Olhats, Chef Abe and...who else? Definitely on that ... More >>
Todd BarnesWe continue our Q & A with Chef Stephanie. If you missed it, click here for Part One of the interview.
The drink: The Algerian Boulevard at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails. $7 normally, $5 at happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) Edwin's already pretty thoroughly examined the "cuisine" part of newly opened Andrei's Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails in Irvine, but methinks the "cock ... More >>
South Coast Plaza's "handcrafted home goods and artisanal foods" store, part of a chain owned by chef Michael Chiarello, will host the event to celebrate his appearance on Bravo's Top Chef Masters the following evening.As well as winning several Emmys for his Food Network shows, Chiarello has writte ... More >>
Charlie Palmer's monthly 50 for 50 sell-off, with bargains aplenty, has come around again. It's this Saturday, June 13, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, in the Next Vintage Wine Shop.Antonello Ristorante has started a "wine mixer" once a month, featuring eight wines for $30 per person, followed by a sale of w ... More >>
For those Dan Brown fans who can't wait till Friday to see Angels & Demons, which surely has to be an improvement on The DaVinci Code, fear not: an advance screening is being held on Thursday night in conjunction with Fleming's Steakhouse in Newport Beach. Oka ... More >>
I'm not advocating that we all reach for the bottle during these stressful times (if a recent study is to be believed, even one small glass of wine a day can increase a woman's cancer risk), but for those of us who like an occasional top-quality tipple but who balk at the high prices, there's good n ... More >>
The Temecula Creek Inn--with its views of miles of verdant, vine-covered hills, a golf course, sumptuous spa treatments and nearby wine tastings--is a splendid spot for a decadent weekend getaway. In late 2007, about a month after beginning his post as Capistrano Unified School District's newest sup ... More >>
You know what annoys me most at awards shows? The constant yacking about who's wearing what, who was the best dressed, and who was worst. Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. Obviously, I'm no fashionista; I'm a foodie. And if you're reading this, you are too. So while I did not care who des ... More >>
Kimera chef Chris Grodach crisscrosses the continents
This eclectic Laguna Beach eatery is a real gem
Enjoying the pairings at the HB Hyatt Regency
Flora Springs Wine Dinner
Re-creating Southern California in Southern California
Conductors! Rock Stars! Restaurateurs! Poets!
Dornan attorney says Times reporters worked for him