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 spot a reality on the Peninsula.

The Lighthouse Bayview Café is really a special spot. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with happy hours...

NEWPORT BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK IS ALMOST HERE!!!

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 $20 to $50 for dinner.

The web site is great and allows the reader to sort by cuisine, price point,...

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 glance, I was focused on their beachfront restaurant. However this resort offers so much more! The Surf and Sand Resort ~ Laguna Beach.

As our day unfolded, it revealed a real gem of a...

Holiday Happenings at Hipster Hotel Irvine

The minute I waltz through the front door of Hotel Irvine (my local spot), I have a smile on my face. Whether I am here for a business meeting, meeting friends in the cool Red Bar and Lounge, or just hanging out on the patio by the fire-pit surrounded by lush greenery----I am just in heaven. The hotel has a modern, colorful décor and with so many different options, there is something special for my ever-changing mood.

 

 

 

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Temecula… There’s More Than Just Wine In The Valley!

It was a lovely sunny morning as a group of So Cal writers recently visited Temecula. The Mount Palomar Winery was established in 1969. This winery has deep roots in this valley, and responding to their kind invitation, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) set up camp right there. Perched high atop the valley below, we marveled at the premier views from their restaurant Annata Bistro & Bar. The name Annata translates to "vintage"...

ChefSchool… Where “Hand’s On” Makes All The Difference

Working with kids, teens and adults, Heidi Ristau and her team at ChefSchool offer an array of classes that offer important techniques, cooking skills and making the experience of cooking fun too. And what better way to do this than through a hand’s on experience? In a comfortable setting, students learn knife skill, how to make fruit galettes, rolling beet ricotta gnocchi, cooking chicken, holiday cookies and so many other things.

Heidi is caring, organized and makes all of her courses...

Kitchen Gardens In Carlsbad Unveils A New Culinary Center

The Flower Fields is a special place in Carlsbad (located in north San Diego) perched on a hill overlooking the 5 freeway and the Pacific Ocean below. Resting on over 50 acres, this field of flowers is bursting with color. Next year guests will be able to visit and view the jaw-dropping wonderment from March 1 through May 14, 2017. The flowers grown here are called the Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus, which is one of the finest strains of ranunculus plants in the world. The ranunculus flower...

Gobble Up This Year’s Delicious Dining Options in Newport Beach

As the calendar tick-tocks down to Thursday, November 24th Thanksgiving planning is in full-swing. Here we have gathered some interesting and flexible options to help friends and families who may want to step away from the oven and let someone else do the cooking. We have uncovered some excellent value menus, brunches, sit down dinners, harbor dinner cruises and even some gourmet “to go” options. Hosts can go from zero to hero with one simple phone call. We do suggest making...

BISTANGO “SPANISH NIGHTS” ON THE PATIO…EVERY WEDNESDAY…THRU SEPT!

Every Wednesday through September, 2016, Paella & Sangria will be served on the patio, along with live Flamenco music from 5:00-9:00pm. The restaurant will serve up pequeña paella ($12) and sangria ($7), as flamenco guitar music fills the night air (pricing excluding tax & gratuity). It is really a lovely evening with comfortable seating, a fountain, the bar is all set up and they are making the Paella right there before your eyes! It is a lovely way to spend a Wednesday...

8th Annual LobsterFest at Newport Dunes-Sunday 8/7/16

This event is organized by the LobsterFest Foundation and is hosted by the Newport Dunes Water Front Resort and Marina. This beach party benefits two organizations: Leadership Tomorrow and the Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The LobsterFest at Newport Beach is now in its 8th year, and is a celebration of summer designed for fun, entertainment and most importantly to raise funds for deserving charities. www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com  

Sunday,...