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The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Announcing The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival- September 19-21, 2014

Overview of the Upcoming Event- The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is only two weeks away! The festivities will begin Friday evening (6:30-11:00pm) September 19th, with a VIP launch party at Red O, hosted by Master Chef Rick Bayless. This event will feature local chefs and the proceeds from the live and silent auctions will...

Antonello Ristorante Is An Italian Enclave of Deliciousness!

Over thirty years of experience serving adoring fans and guests has paid off for one iconic Italian restaurant here in Orange County. Owner Antonio Cagnolo, and Executive Chefs Salvatore Ferrara and Gino Buonanoce have crafted a wonderful selection of new dishes as they welcome in a winter menu of lusciousness. They are also re-emphasizing their “table-side” and “flambe” offerings. Table-side service is indeed a mainstay here at Antonello’s, however sadly, one-by-one, many of the...

Memorial Day Weekend… Start Planning Now For the Wine Festival!

The 11th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort! Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time for the Newport Beach Wine Festival – the perfect way to kick off the summer. Where else can you wander waterside, with wine in-hand and a bevy of delicious cuisine. Come on, it’s the holiday weekend. Join this year’s festival from May 23rd through the 25th. Below are a number of ways to enjoy the weekend… from a Wine Dinner,...

The Perfect Pairing for Your Easter Brunch

As I began my planning for this Easter’s brunch menu, my thoughts turned to the ideal pairing for this dainty, effervescent sparkling wine. What fun this will be to match this with the ideal appetizers for my Sunday guests!

 

Sofia Sparking Blanc de Blanc ~ Francis Coppola Winery

Sonoma, California

 Meet Sofia. Oh so natural. A delicious bubbly beverage in an elegant clear bottle enveloped in a light pink shimmering sheath. The wine...

New To OC~ An Emporium of Epicurean Delights!

Surfas Culinary District- I want to share with you the opening of a premier store for restaurants, chefs, home cooks, and foodies alike. This is a candy store for anyone who waves a spatula in delight of fine cuisine and cooking.  Close your eyes and think of the first floor of Bloomingdale’s in Fashion Island. It is THAT BIG. It is huge, and you will get lost in the fun of it all. I think that is the idea!!!  The Surfas Culinary District is a family-run operation, by...

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...

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...

If You’ve Been Lucky Enough To Visit Napa, You’ve Been Lucky Enough

And Meeting Jack & Delores Cakebread Was A Highlight of the Week

I dare say that Napa/Sonoma is one of the loveliest places on earth. If it were not for the extreme heat in the summer I would live there in a heartbeat. Beautiful gardens, majestic hillsides and delicious wines and fine cuisine---is there anything else that really matters?

On a recent spring week, when the calendar was almost clear, I decided to just throw caution to the wind, and join cooking instructor...