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...

Celebrating “All Our Senses” at The Irvine Marriott

I recently attended a fantastic event at the Irvine Marriott to unveil their new renovation and you will want to make it a point to stop in ASAP! They were showing off a recent mega-renovation with an incredibly hip new look.  The event focused on “all of our senses”. Chefs escorted us thru---the sense of smell, sound, feel, and so forth with small bites and sips along the way. An A cappella group serenaded us as well. It was such fun and this unique event idea allowed us to visit...

Bistango Welcomes Artists & Guests For “Meet & Greet” on Saturday 4/8

The public is invited to meet the exhibiting painters and other artists at this special showing. This is a quarterly event and this spring one will be held at Bistango Restaurant in Irvine this Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm. (RSVP’s are highly recommended.)

Some of the region’s top artists including photographer Tom Lamb, sculptors Jayne Reich and Steven Lustig, and mixed media artist Mia Tavonatti will be on hand to meet with...

One Of The Oldest Restaurants In Europe “La Couronne”

La Couronne in Rouen, France- Auberge La Couronne in Rouen on the du Vieux Marche was established in 1345. A long roll of parchment dating from 1364 provides the authenticity of the deeds. It was a tavern providing food and drink to weary travelers and locals alike. It is regarded as being the oldest restaurant in Europe, however its early beginnings included a tavern, so some argue it is not the first “restaurant” per se. The dilemma continues.

A daily Farmer’s...

Try A NEW Restaurant and OC Restaurant Week Has The Perfect Recipe!

From now through this Saturday, March 11th, 2017 do step out and enjoy some of over 100 different restaurants who have created lunch and dinner prix fixe menus.

From north county down to San Juan Capistrano, Orange County's favorite restaurants are dishing up delicious food at fantastic prices until March 11th. So get out there and enjoy this delicious fun! The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40 and $50...