• Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Now Open: The Winery in Newport Beach

    Just over a week ago, our leading men at The Winery unveiled their newest locale off Pacific Coast Highway. I stopped by a few days before to view the former Villa Nova space. Extreme makeover is an understatement-- between a wall of wine lockers requiring use of a library ladder and imported counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Provenance in Newport Beach Now Open; Q & A With Chef Cathy Pavlos

    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 >>

  • Food

    January 16, 2014

    Rick Bayless: Red O No You Didn't

    Three Weeklings look for good Mexican food at the 'authenticity' guru's new Fashion Island restaurant

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    On The Line: Debra Sims Of Maro Wood Grill, Part One

    Chef Sims was like a breath of fresh air, and not just because her restaurant resides along PCH in Laguna Beach. Her experience in the military makes her more professional, detail-oriented and outgoing in the kitchen. Her modest space burns though orders of empanadas, burgers and a lovely banana pud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Anaheim is the 9th Unfriendliest City in the U.S., Say Conde Naste Traveler Readers

    Of all the cities in all the land, Anaheim has been ranked the ninth unfriendliest by Conde Naste Traveler readers. The fatal shooting of unarmed citizens by Anaheim cops is not mentioned in the accompanying write-up; filing this under "Anaheim Police Shooting Desmadre" was just convenient because t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison

    Everyone says California should be split into two -- NorCal and SoCal are so different in temperature, vibe and personality that it might as well be different states. Check out just how different in our comparison below. >See Also: *Our full Coachella Coverage *Outside Lands: Top Five Do's and Don' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Laguna Beach A La Carte Starts Thursday

    Despite the departure of restaurants in Laguna Beach this past year (The Royal Hawaiian, The Cottage, French 75 and now Katsuya), the third annual A La Carte event hasn't skipped a beat. The four-day celebration begins this Thursday with kick-off dinners galore. There are events and specials through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Is Being Labeled a "Christian Rock" Band Toxic For Our Career?

    By: Jessica Hopper Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Cal State Can't Afford New Students Next Spring

    ​In the wake of draconian statewide budget cuts, California State University is taking one of its most drastic measures to date. It is closing the door on spring 2013 enrollment at most of its campuses, officials announced on Monday. That means about 16,000 students who would have appeared in clas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    On The Line: Brian Bennett Of Paul Martin's, Part Two

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Supporting and sourcing local growers is important to Paul Martin's; and when we asked Brian Bennett about some of the purveyors they utilize, we received a comprehensive list of every food-related vendor they work with! Learn more about his passion for food, and find out h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Can India's Nashik Valley Become the Next Napa?

    ​Those of us that patronize finer Indian restaurants in the county know that there is a wine list available, but nothing as extensive as one may expect for a restaurant of its caliber. It's mostly because India doesn't have much of an alcoholic tradition, which would be expected in a country with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Drunk After Work: Buffalo Wild Wings

    ​The Place: Buffalo Wild Wings, multiple locations in Orange County, Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.; daily, 10 p.m. to closing.The Deal: $4 domestic beers, $5 house wine and wells, $6 bombs, food specials Monday through Thursday.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    SanTásti, Our Drink of the Week

    ​The first time I tried SanTásti was at the San Francisco Vintners Market back in November. It was introduced to me as a palate-cleansing water--the ideal companion for a wine-tasting event. Though I was initially skeptical of the powers of SanTásti, the beverage definitely did its job between p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    OC Restaurant Thanksgiving Round-up

    Clay Oven's Tandoori Turkey​This is the post we do every year around this time. This is the part where I say, "Not planning to cook for Turkey Day?!  Well, here's a few restaurants who'll do the cooking for you!!", yadda yadda. And this is the part where I add some funny quip about overeati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Cake Pops Book Signing in Costa Mesa on Monday

    Photo provided by Chronicle Books​ In 2007, Suwanee, Georgia resident Angie Dudley took a cake decorating class on a whim. She quickly became hooked on the basic techniques she learned, including making and tinting frosting, icing cakes and how to use decorating tools. Soon after, t ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 13, 2010

    Mexican-Hatin' is Sweeping the Nation!

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And everybody has a different, not-so-endearing nickname for the Brown Menace

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blancs

    Chris A. Michaels/ / CC BY 2.0Santa Barbara Vines​If there was a moment for California wine--one in which it went from being something that only came from Napa and Sonoma or was just two buck chuck--and became something relevant in pop culture, it was the release of Sideways.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Temecula Sunrise Edition

    Living in California and drinking locally, alcohol-wise, is by no means difficult. From the world-famous wine regions in Northern California to the craft beer Mecca of San Diego County and a few other noteworthy sources of wine, beer and booze (SF's Anchor Distilling makes thoroughly interesting and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Christmas Has Come Early: Posh Choc and Champers Tasting at Morton's

    ​And when we say champers, we mean the good stuff, and to go with it, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, no less. Yes, them of the bacon and chocolate combos, although, sadly, I can't find any of those on the following menu:Featured Wine and Champagne:Piper Sonoma BrutPiper-Heidsieck BrutPiper-Heidsieck Rose S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Reminder: 50 for 50 Event at Charlie Palmer on Saturday

    If you're celebrating Memorial Day at home but need some top-class booze to liven up your dinner, head down to South Coast Plaza between 3:00pm and 5:30pm this Saturday, May 23, for the second of four scheduled sales at the Next Vintage Wine Shop, inside the Charlie Palmer restaurant in Bloomingdal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Spooner is Hidden Gem at Newport Beach Film Fest

    Herman (Matthew Lillard) and Rose (Nora Zehetner) get a jump on their relationship in "Spooner."This post is based on one of life's happy accidents. Folks at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday, asked weeks ago if I wanted to write about a film called Spooner, which was dire ... More >>

  • Food

    September 28, 2006

    Silly Ladies

    Enjoying the pairings at the HB Hyatt Regency

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    CD Review

    Girls Gone Wild: Troniks 10-LP Monument to California Noise

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2006

    Does a Bear Shit in the LA Times?

    If you read Monday's Los Angeles "By God" Times Business section (and why would you?), you might've choked on your French Roast when you came on C3's three-quarter page advert announcing the California Bear is missing from the state flag. The gloomy gray gus informed that the Grizzly "grew tired of ... More >>

  • Food

    September 16, 2004

    No Feigning Necessary!

    The distracting decor and fabulous dinners of Svelte

  • Food

    October 16, 2003

    Mona Lisa Lard-Ass

    Fat man relives The Shining at Disneys Napa Rose

  • Features

    July 4, 2002

    A Very PhilDickian Existence

    Minority Report author Philip K. Dick found Orange Countys truth stranger than science fiction

  • Food

    February 28, 2002


    An open letter of apology to the Orange County Wine Society