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 >>
Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed St. Paddy's Day! Let's see what happened the rest of the week... Edwin went to Boathouse on the Bay for our print review. He told us to try the leche frita at Cafe Sevilla, and announced that HB's Hyatt Regency has a new restaurant.
[Editor's Note: Jack Grisham is an author, hypnotherapist, T.S.O.L. front man and all-around troublemaker. This column may or may not be factual, with characters who may or may not be real.] Me: "We normally walk down Sixth, but today, we turned on 12th, and there she was, coming out of an apartmen ... More >>
A California-based, international fraud scheme that duped four financial institutions has landed a 60-year-old woman in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker ordered Sophia Katsamagas to serve a term of 27 months for her managing role in the criminal enterprise that resu ... More >>
Dino Ferraro's French/Italian/Spanish/Moroccan menu would be oddball anywhere but Beach Boulevard
Orange County has been really good to us cinephiles lately. Apart from the Vietnamese International Film Festival, the ongoing Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Cinema Orange series at OCMA, we now rejoice as UC Irvine hold its 14th annual Latin American Film Festival this week. It's a modest fe ... More >>
Have you ever craved a shawarma wrap, a plate of pasta, and a crock pot of stinky French onion soup all at the same time? Neither have I. But now, I sort of do. A new restaurant in Huntington Beach has just opened that gives you the option of eating all of the above from the same menu. The Black Tru ... More >>
This pocket-size Bronx indie has the wispiest of narrative ideas
The end of cinema? Hardly
A federal judge in Santa Ana on Monday sentenced a businessman to four months in prison and four months of home confinement for bribing officials in Greece.David Edmonds, 60, was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine for his role in a scheme that offered $6.85 million bribes in more than 30 countrie ... More >>
[Ask Exene] Meet a cougar who'd rather nurture a cub than ravage one
When Bill Gross talks, people listen, as the billionaire investment guru out of Newport Beach and that tony beach town's PIMCO firm can make calls on markets around the world that ultimately shake the global economy (Hello, Greece . . . Greece? Are you still there?). But Gross' just-posted monthly i ... More >>
It's a historical fact that the biggest threat to the citizens of any nation isn't outsiders but their own government's police and military--the folks with all the guns, arrest powers and unwavering insistence that their own violence is committed only as a means to peace.For proof, glance at the his ... More >>
Yorgos Lanthimos on his new film, Greece and the travails of the individual
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how do you stop Mexican kids from cussing?
La Jolla's weather--the mild, sunshine-filled air--reminds resident Sejla Holland of her hometown Mostar, located in southern Bosnia. It's why she made the cross-country move from New York to San Diego two years after fleeing the bloodiest fighting in Europe since World War 2. The 1992-1995 civi ... More >>
A new Whole Foods is coming to Laguna Niguel on May 16, and it's a fancy one. It's one of those places where you can spend all afternoon (and definitely all your money.) There's a wine and beer bar (with 12 local brews on tap), a pizza station, a juice bar, a taco eatery and a huge outdoor patio wit ... More >>
Wait, there's more: And the Other Newport Beach Film Festival Awards Go To . . .Apartment in Athens was the big winner of jury awards at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival, which officials say was attended by about 52,000 patrons between April 27-May 3, about the same as last year. Weekly picks H2 ... More >>
As you can read here . . .Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards. . . NBFF awards have been dished out for the weeklong cinextravaganza that ended Thursday night. But, like American television producers, I feel even more awards need to be bestowed ... More >>
'Stories From an Undeclared War' takes the Freedom Writers muse Erin back to her old stomping grounds
Tony Ghosn updates his family's beloved Sophia's
Photo by Meranda CarterPretty in purple - Iliana as Part Two's spokespersonLadies' month at On the Line continues with Iliana Chiarini. If you frequent Cafe Chiarini, she has probably greeted you by name. I was thrown for a loop by her humor the first time, her warm greeting (as though I were fam ... More >>
Tastes of Greece's Facebook pageYep, it's that tinyHere is part two of our interview with Elizabeth Gaitanis of Tastes of Greece in Laguna Niguel. For the first part, click here.
Photo by JC VeraI hadn't been excited by local Greek food for years until stumbling upon Tastes of Greece, the closet-sized Hellenic stunner in Laguna Niguel, with flavors as bright and soothing as the baby-blue tones on the walls. Running the place is Elizabeth Gaitanis, who personifies the Grec ... More >>
Edwin GoeiCaptain's Table, Orange Coast College's lunch lab in which culinary students test their mettle in a real-life setting serving real customers, starts again next week with its first lunch of the spring session, on Thursday, Feb. 24. This lunch of 12 will feature the cuisine of Mexic ... More >>
Photo by Das UbergeekA selection of beers from Cistmontane--if the Big One ever hits, and we all go to kingdom come, will the next race of humanoids reconstitute their exquisite brews?You know, you gotta love humanity and its pleasure/curiosity impulse. When British archeologists found pornograph ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Niguel eatery might be the smallest restaurant in OCbut its Greek dishes are stunners
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to 'Somewhere'
Here's one way to deal with the fact that your iconic megachurch is facing the biggest crisis in its history: Take a vacation. While the Crystal Cathedral has filed for bankruptcy, senior pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman is off on a 11-day cruise to Greece.
Michael Vulpo poses an interesting questions on Neon Tommy (the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism news site):Are there too many Real Housewives?That is, has Bravo's Real Housewives franchise that was born in March 2006 with the premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County ... More >>
Geoff L. Johnson Kylesa's success has been a long time coming. Coming from Savannah, Georgia (the same city that's home to the expertly moody likes of Black Tusk and Baroness), the band has spent nearly a decade rigorously working to carve a name for themselves in the psych-metal scene. An unexp ... More >>
Dynamite/Gary Leach; Vertigo/Dave JohnsonWar comics can be an acquired taste, mostly because the traditional model plays around with some formula of tortured soldier, brutal combat, victimized civilians, heavy pathos. Rinse. Repeat. If these elements don't appeal to you, odds are high the comic-- ... More >>
Town Center Park
Bitter is not a flavor generally loved by the American palate. Bitter is a flavor we cover up--with cream and sugar in our coffee, with sweeter, baby bitter greens in our salads. Elsewhere around the globe--and in many an ethnic restaurant in Orange County--bitter is a flavored loved and enjoyed alo ... More >>
St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church
Irvine Barclay Theatre
The LA Times is reporting, via their Buzz Bands blog (monitored by the fabulous Mr. Kevin Bronson), that the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana will shut it's doors forever in two weeks. Set to take its place, according to the LAT: a 25,000-square-foot club called RevolveR, which will "cater to upscale clu ... More >>
By Waleed Rashidi Savage Republic January 12, 2008 The Press Better than: Savage Garden fronted by Fred Savage, that's for damned sure. Download: A live version of "Jamahiriya." Some bands get back together because the money's too good. Others reunite simply 'cause it's supposedly the honorable ... More >>
Forget about the Olympics! Chow at Christakis
Never get into waror romancewithout noting the exits