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

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…. This first article highlights the recently renovated Irvine Marriott which is a lovely venue  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

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  … Read More

Lighthouse Bayview Café- A Beacon of Great Cuisine On The Bay

Can it be one year already? I can remember standing here one year ago when the entire City Council and Recreation Department so proudly presented this new venue to residents and distinguished guests. They could hardly contain their excitement. And now we are all so pleased that everyone did stick with it, to make this  … Read More


Actually it will be two weeks long. Kicking off Monday, January 16 and continuing through Sunday, January 29, this program offers 14 days of exciting culinary offerings. From fast-casual hotspots, to elevated, upscale fine dining experiences. All participating restaurants will offer special, two-or three-course, prix fixe menus priced between $10 and $25 for lunch and  … Read More

Dive In And Enjoy “Splashes” Cuisine & Happenings- Laguna Beach

This may be hard to believe, but think about it—- there are only a small handful of restaurants along the pristine Orange County beach front. And very few that can boast being just steps from a “toes in the sand” experience. I recently had the pleasure to visit just such a coveted spot. At first  … Read More