Sea What’s Happening at the New Sea Legs Wine Bar

The setting is eclectic with a Hamptons meets Huntington style and sensibility. There are high-tops, shared tables, intimate tables, and a private room for special events. The wine bar (home to 2,000 unique bottles), an expansive bar are the un-denied focal points of this venue. The elegant chandeliers that accent the long bar are like “explanation points” parading across the ceiling. They also offer take away retail wines by the bottle. The music was diverse and selections that are...

Bocce Ball Is A Summer Afternoon Italian-Style!

Pearched under a canopy of trees are two huge Bocce Ball courts at Il Fornaio in Irvine. This is a secret find, and I hesitate to even share it. Really! The waiters paraded out with chairs and tables and my favorite sound of wine corks started to unplug. Our guests arrive and the appetizers were delivered. Flatbreads, salad, pizza, it was all there in easy to grab bites. We were in business. We had so much fun playing rounds of the game in two teams of four. Not too strenuous, and very...

Happy Birthday Julia! We Adore & Salute You!

A trip to Paris, France is not complete for me without a trip to E. Dehillerin. Tucked on a quiet side street----lined with shade trees----is the mecca of culinary tools and copper-ware. They are the self-described "Specialists of Materials for Cuisine". This establishment has been in existence since 1820 which is almost impossible to comprehend. However that is until you walk in the front door.

The store is chock-full with equipment heavy and light, classic and new, stainless and copper....

SOL Cucina’s Chef Launches New CookBook

We were honored to be served by none other than the Chef we were here to visit... Deborah Schneider at SOL Cocina. Her brand new cook book is a fantastic tribe of recipes and photos for folks just like me... who enjoy using a Slow Cooker. My "go to" for a delicious bounty of comfort food. And my good friend Phyllis Ann was able to sneak out a wonderful tip from Deborah. For her onions she mixes yellow onions, with red onions, finely minced and adds a bit of salt to marry the flavors. The...

Cheers to Champagne’s Bistro!

RESTAURANT VISIT- Champagnes Bistro has a "neighborhood" vibe, and offers sit down dining as well as gourmet take away. With lots of ten minute parking, right up front, that works for me. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have expanded their menu to focus on sit down dinner service. So I popped in to give it a try, and it was fantastic. Very diverse menu....something for everyone which I prefer. For example, a number of delicious salads are featured, Pasta Provencal, Pan Seared...

Summertime “Cheater” Pizza

Summer is a time when even our adult children come and go with an unexpected ebb and flow. The key for me is patience. Forget my day-timer, or meal-time planning. I am out-numbered and out-thunk. But, alas, I have my secret weapon, and thought I might share it with you today! I pull one or more frozen pizzas from the freezer, depending on the crowd. Yes frozen! I have tried them all and my favorite is the California Pizza Kitchen brand. So as this photo depicts, and reaching for what is...

Dinner at the Oldest Restaurant in Lyon, France

Enjoyed dinner off-ship at the Oldest Restaurant in Lyon... Brasserie Georges. The dining room reminds me of Musso and Frank's in old Hollywood, only on a much larger scale. There must be 150 tables, and by 8:30pm the restaurant was completely full.We had to have the Foie Gras since in CA they will ban it in July, which is a crime!!! Putting two farms out of business in CA as well. So, back to Foie Gras.... this was accompanied by a Chutney and toasted fig bread.

River Cruising on the Rhone River

A small intimate ship is allowing us to travel in style and still enjoy the small towns along the river. The cruise started in Chalon and we have toured many small towns, churches and hiked around a Middle age town that has been preserved. More on that later... for now... I must share our dinner experience off-ship. We went to the oldest restaurant in Lyon....Brasserie George. (Will add these two pictures when I figure out how.... one of the dining room, and one of a delicious appetizer of...

A Night To Remember….Honoring Peggy Rahn, a “Les Dame” Legend & Celebrating Our Newest Members

Written By: Deirdre Michalski
Published In The Les Dames D’Escoffier International Newsletter- Summer, 2012

Tuesday, April 24th finally arrived with a flurry of activity and anticipation. Dames and guests arrived at Wolfgang Puck’s famed restaurant Spago Beverly Hills to honor Dame Peg Rahn and to induct the newest members of the Los Angeles/ Orange County LDEI Chapter.

The evening began with a wine reception in the glitzy private Spago bar. Co-presidents...

Cucina Enoteca

Recent Restaurant Visit Cucina Enoteca Irvine Spectrum

What a treat to enjoy the “newly refreshed” Irvine Spectrum. If you have not had a chance to get over there, please do so. It has really come alive with culinary options and lounge areas for relaxing---with a “let’s pretend we’re at a resort” kind of vibe.

Cucina Enoteca restaurant joins Paul Marin’s American Bistro, and Javier’s on the quad. And the three make it a tough decision---as each offers a very different ambience. But that is a good thing. All...