North Italia Restaurant Launches Special Community Wine Dinners

North Italia hit the scene with a big splash here in Irvine. An instantly popular spot, we quickly forgot that California Pizza Kitchen existed in this spot previously. The dining room is ginormous with lots of seating options---from intimate two-tops, to huge round tables, and long tables for bigger groups.. The large glass wall allows guests to peek in where all the action is happening in the kitchen. There is a wrap-around patio, and the bar features large windows that fold skyward---...

A Great Pairing! Rombauer Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

It is always great when two wonderful things are paired together, and this is the case here with this announcement. On Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm my favorite vineyard, Rombauer in Napa Valley, and 21 Oceanfront will be presenting an exceptional Wine Dinner at their restaurant. The guest speaker escorting us through this dinner will be Dan Redman. He is the Pacific Southwest Regional Manager for Rombauer Vineyards. The cost for the four-course dinner with wine pairings is $99 per...

Beachcomber Café At Crystal Cove Beach Unveils Delicious New Spring Menu!

It’s hard to describe the Beachcomber Café and Bootlegger Bar without first understanding the Crystal Cove Historic District. I call this spot a “toes in the sand” experience, with a Restaurant, Bar, Rental Cottages, an Experience Center and Private Event Space. For those wanting to take out of town guests somewhere really special, this is an iconic “SoCal experience”. 
This location also has such a rich history, which I will touch on briefly and there is more at the end...

Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen Is Magnifico!

I flashed back to a wonderful trip along the Italian coast. One might do the same when you experience Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen. With the Pacific Coast just across the highway I found the sun was gently setting at the dinner hour. The archways and pillars defining the Crystal Cove promenade give this venue a European flair. It's a lovely spot and on this evening I was here to enjoy their cuisine and meet up with some special girlfriends. With one back from a cruise, another heading to...

HOP ON IT! Easter Brunches & Dinners in The OC!

This Sunday is Easter . This is the perfect time to gather the family and celebrate this spring holiday in style. Many of our favorite restaurants and event venues have a great deal of fun in store for kids of all ages for brunch and dinner service. Here is list of some of my favorites in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Anaheim and South Coast Plaza. Easter brunches, dinners and events, with all the highlights such as: menus, pricing, hours and web sites. Here’s to planning a wonderful...

Hallelujah!! Hendrix Welcome Addition to The Laguna Niguel Restaurant Scene

Hendrix Restaurant is the newest darling here in Laguna Niguel ~ Ocean Ranch and it is a much welcomed addition. It is a complex restaurant with lots of fanciful moving parts, so stay with me as I share the highlights with you. They are beginning with dinner service first. They will add brunch and a happy hour shortly. Lunch will be added last and probably closer to summer. The key thing to note here is that this is a “neighborhood spot”. Instead of sitting home on...

Ruby’s Diner Is For Kids And Grown Ups Too!

Open since 1982, this classic 1940’s themed diner seems to be in all the cool spots here in Southern California (and elsewhere too). When I think of Ruby’s I think of incredible burgers, fries and good old fashioned malt shakes. It was the spot my son always wanted to go when he was just a tyke. I think the burgers were bigger than he was, but that was his spot when given the chance to pick our dinner spot.

I recently had the pleasure to join fellow writers at the Ruby’s Diner at...

Back Bay Bistro-Newport Beach—Spring Menu & Special Events Too!

With panoramic views of the Marina launch area and the calm Back Bay preserve, this restaurant offers waterfront views, and a retractable roof for the quintessential indoor & outdoor Newport Beach dining experience. The menu features a wide variety of fresh local seafood and Prime steaks. The Bistro is famous for Family Brunch on Saturdays and the Champagne Brunch on Sundays, which earned the “Diners Choice Award” by Open Table for “Top 10 Brunch Location in Orange County.” The...

Five Crowns Welcomes Spring In Style!

Have you been in lately? If not, please do drop in to enjoy a cocktail in the SideDoor and then a lovely dinner in the restaurant.
They recently completed a renovation and I just love the new touches! It is newly painted inside and out, with lush new landscaping
all the way around----from entry to patio. It is just charming!

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again, and Five Crowns is unveiling a creative new Spring Menu. I had the dubious...

Sad To Report The Ritz Prime Seafood Is Closing…

Sadly we just learned that the Ritz Prime Seafood has closed. Here are two articles that may be of interest on other topics in the area,  since the Ritz article is no more.... So Sad.  Below are my personal thoughts on this....

  1. This first article highlights the recently renovated Irvine Marriott which is a lovely venue with indoor and outdoor patios, fire pits, a speakeasy and as summer approaches will be a lovely spot to dine...