• Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Next Thursday, Have Dinner With Your Own Personal Truffle in Long Beach

    Do you love truffle? Like, really really love truffle? If you do, I've got the dinner for you. Next Thursday, Nov. 13, Michael's on Naples in Long Beach is having a $300 six-course dinner with wine pairings included. The biggest perk though? Your own personal Alba white truffle complete with truffle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    On the Line: Ellen Chen & Mario Del Pero Of Mendocino Farms, Part One

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Clay Oven's Chef Geeta Bansal Will Be Doing a Dinner at the James Beard House; Check Out the Preview Dinner Next Monday

    Clay Oven's chef/owner Geeta Bansal was invited to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year, and will be staging the dinner at the end of this month -- Sept. 27 to be exact. She's one of the first female chefs from Orange County to make the trip, and will be doing a menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    2014 Summer Dining Guide to the Valle de Guadalupe's Campestres, Stands and Restaurants

    Last summer, Tijuana Si! declared 2013 as the year of the campestre, or country style restaurant with the opening of so many new places in Mexico's premier wine country. This year will certainly shatter the previous wine and dine season leading up to Vendimias (wine harvest festival) with even more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    On the Line: Scott Raczek of Tavern Bowl, Part One

    To be familiar with Scott Raczek is an honor. For his past employment with Mr. Stox to Raxzek's ongoing charitable contributions, this is someone with a genuine spirit. We begin our interview with a thorough response to a simple inquiry. Most undervalued ingredient: Red beets are becoming very popu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2014
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    March 27, 2014
  • Food

    January 30, 2014

    A Guide to Every OC City's Booze Scene

    How we drink, from best (Santa Ana) to blurst (Villa Park)

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    If You Build it, He Will Come: Enrique Pelayo Torres' Attempted Rape of the Valle de Guadalupe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    10th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival This Weekend

    It may be pricey, but if you're both an oenophile and are bummed out that there's no Taste of Newport this year, the 10th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday at the Balboa Bay Resort.

  • Food

    March 14, 2013

    Two 40 South's Wine-a-Whirl

    How fun are the vino-vending machines at the Brea bistro? Very!

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2013
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    December 17, 2012

    The Lost Bean Wine Bar Now Open In Tustin

    Back in July, Edwin reported news of a local coffeehouse expanding. We assumed it would be more seating for the cozy Lost Bean. We even experienced some of the demolition first hand, as dishware crashed from a shelf while they pounded on walls. However, they had something else in mind (not that we'r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2012
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    September 11, 2012

    Oh, You Fancy, Huh? Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-Fashion Handbag

    Classy gals would never get caught lugging a Costco-sized cardboard box of wine to a party. But what if it was pretty? In an attempt to estrogen up a universal product (booze), a Swedish company has created the Vernissage "bag-in-bag" wine. It's your typical boxed wine with "a woman's touch." M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    On the Line: Matt Strickland of The Bruery, Part One

    Who is Matt Strickland, and why are we interviewing him? That's the OTL question of the week. His job title is wood cellerman. No, really. Matt makes sure clients get their beer, and that it tastes exactly the way it should. Comparable to a winemaker, he works very closely with his product. You'll p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Charlie Palmer Cellar Sale This Saturday

    Bev Mo and Total Wine have nothing on Charlie Palmer this weekend. Serving artisan cheese and offering pours of roughly 40 different bottles on sale in a relaxed (read: at no cost) environment is the perfect way to unwind after an afternoon of South Coast Plaza therapy--and even better if you're act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Laguna Beach To Host Food & Wine Fest on March 10th

    ​Is the recession over yet? Is it safe to spend major coin on food and wine festivals now? Because if it is, there's the Laguna Beach Uncorked! event happening on Saturday, March 10, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the Festival of Arts grounds, which might be worth the splurge.The general admission is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Dana Rohrabacher, U.S. Congressman, Endorses Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act

    ​Proving the truism that even a broken clock is right once (or maybe twice) a day, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) is lending his support to a proposed bill that, as its name suggests, would allow state residents 21 years or older to enjoy California's world-renowned marijua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Black Box Wines, Our Drink of the Week!

    Kind of looks like the monolith from 2001--you kids do know that film, right?​My memory of boxed wines from when I was a teen and wanted to mix up my diet of Kahlua and Presidente was watery syrup: dreck lighter than wine coolers, lighter than water, with strange tints from weirdly shaped boxes. A ... More >>

  • 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

    February 2, 2011

    Having a High Time at Hi-Time's Bordeaux Tasting

    ​Hi-Time Wine Cellars hosted "A Very Special Bordeaux Tasting" Sunday afternoon, and it's unclear which of those words caused it, but the downstairs wine bar was packed. In fact, my four-person party had to wait until other tasters left, opening up seats for us--truly SRO (Staggering Room Only). N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Grapes

    Flickr user brostad​Every wine-producing region in the world produces table grapes; in California, the hotter and drier the climate, the sweeter the table grapes. Table grapes can be grown in places too hot or dry for good wine grapes; the sweetness overpowers the terroir so prized by wine snobs g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Wildfish Seafood Grille

    Edwin GoeiThe Place: Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1370 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 720-9925; The Hours: Tues.-Sat., 4-7 p.m.; Sun.-Mon., 4-11 p.m.The Deal: $5-$8 appetizers. $6 wines by the glass. $6 Svedka Vodka martinis, mojitos, or margaritas.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Hello Kitty Wine Coming to Newps Next Week

    Quick, what's feline, Japanese, annoying and coming soon to a wine label near you?Did you guess Hello Kitty?Wine Lab Newport​

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    April 30, 2010

    Calimocho: Red Wine & Coca-Cola

    Jorge Negreros​Calimocho comes from combining two drinks most Americans would never think to mix: seriously cheap red wine and Coca-Cola. This concoction originated in Spain and is enjoyed mostly by younger drinkers because it's inexpensive and easy to make.

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    April 29, 2010

    Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 3

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​We've been teasing you with the promise of a recipe from Chef Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona on the Go, but the day is here: if you head out to Santa Monica Seafood (the chef's recommendation for your octopus needs), you can make pulpo a la Gallega, or Galician-style oct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Tapas and Wine at Hi-Time

    The problem with wine tasting is that the palate-cleansing oyster crackers they give out are short on flavor (which is probably the point). Wine lovers in Costa Mesa, however, have an option, at least Fridays in April.Dave Lieberman​

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    January 5, 2010

    The Fabulous World of Gay Wine

    Dave Lieberman​As I was scarfing down empanadas today at El Gaucho #2 in Anaheim, my eyes were drawn to cases and cases of wine below the all-fútbol-all-the-tiempo big-screen TVs. Cases of wine are not exactly out of place in an Argentine market with a fantastic sandwich counter, but somehow this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Restaurant New Year's Eve Specials in O.C.

    ​Have you subscribed to OC Weekly Dining Newsletter yet? If not, make it your first act of 2010. Enter your e-mail on the red box to the right of your screen where it says Weekly E-mail Blasts (check on the Dining button). If you did already, you would've gotten our compiled list of NYE speci ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Cooking for a Cause

    Orange County Wine and Food Center

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    July 15, 2009

    Recipe: The Winery's Zinfandel Braised Bone-In Prime Beef Short Ribs, Carrot Pearl Couscous and Roasted Asparagus

    Here's a recipe that's more elaborate than others we've featured recently. It's from the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin (where Yvon Goetz is Executive Chef and Partner), so it should come as no surprise that a whole bottle of the drink of the gods is a key ingredient. And if you can get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Sneak Preview Party at NapaStyle, Tuesday July 14

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Fresh & Easy Has A Difficult Road Ahead

    Tesco, the UK supermarket behemoth, has just announced record pre-tax annual profits of £3.13bn ($4.5bn), which is surprising, given that the UK is in the middle of a raging recession.What's not surprising--to me, anyway--is that Fresh & Easy, Tesco's US operation, has, at the same time, made a ... More >>

  • News

    March 12, 2009
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    January 20, 2009

    What President Obama Had For Lunch

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Red Orchid Restaurant Grand Opening

    Red Orchid Restaurant Grand Opening

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    July 17, 2008

    Grape Expectations

    Ambrosia Wine Fest

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    November 28, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 11/28

    SCIENCE AND THE UNIVERSITY: AN EVOLUTIONARY TALE PART III, 5pm Lecture on science, security and control Crystal Cove Auditorium located at UC Irvine BREAD WORKSHOP, 6:30pm Cooking class. Sur la Table, 832 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 640-2330 A VINEYARD IN TUSCANY: A WINE LOVER’S DREAM, 6: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: OC Judge Slaps Guv

    Will a murder inmate defeat the Guv? Orange County Superior Court Judge Kazuharo Makino — a quiet, often-expressionless fellow who is married to a court reporter — ruled yesterday that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was wrong to deny parole to Delbert “Dale” Chrittenden. The inmate was found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Q: What Happened When the Grape Got Stepped On?

    A: It let out a little wine. Non-alcoholics who saw Sideways and wondered what all the fuss was about now have their own shot at tasting fancy grapeage -- First Blush appears to be grape juice made from them thar fancy-like fruits whut the French use for alkyhol. Cabernet and Chardonnay, minus the ... More >>

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    August 20, 2006

    Business Class On A Budget

    The Los Diablos Times just chimed in (read: posted an AP release) on the luxurious conditions of John Mark Karr's flight to California. Karr, in case you're allergic to the 24-hour news cycle, is the guy who says he killed six-year old beauty queen (a truly shudder-worthy compound adjective) JonBene ... More >>

  • Film

    November 4, 2004

    Rare Vintage

    Sideways is good to the last gulp

  • Food

    April 3, 2003

    Venison Benison

    Eating Bambis mom at Costa Mesas Turner New Zealand

  • Food

    April 3, 2003

    Kiss My Cassoulet!

    Flabby Francophile defends Gauls, dines at Bistro le Crillon

  • Food

    June 20, 2002

    Expensive Tastes

    Flemings provides the steak, you bring the dough

  • Food

    August 30, 2001


    Vertical Wine Bar features high-end in miniature

  • Food

    August 3, 2000

    Pacific Rim Job

    Dukes goes back to the islands

  • Food

    July 20, 2000

    Champagne Curiosity

    If youre rich, you already know about the Golden Truffle, so keep moving. The rest of you may stay

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