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  … Read More

Dock & Dine In The Beautiful Newport Harbor—Just In Time For Summer Fun!

Motoring around the Newport Harbor is an idyllic adventure. The charming homes line the waterfront promenades, the seals are barking, pelicans are gliding above, and we smile and wave at our fellow boaters and kayak paddlers. And boating often turns to dining in one form or another. Here we find 12  great choices for “dock side” dining  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More