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

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


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


FRENCH-STYLE SMALL PLATES AND SUBLIME ROSÉ WINES? YES PLEASE- While Americans have the Fourth of July as their “day of Independence” the French have Bastille Day celebrated 10 days later on the 14th.  In celebration of this French holiday, Bistango restaurant features a special small plates “French” menu and hand-picked selection of rosés. This will be served in the Bistango Gardens, the restaurant’s 70-seat  … Read More

Sundays Are Really Sundaze BBQ At The Oak Grill

Mark your calendars!! Because on May 1st, Oak Grill is unveiling their Slow Smoked Sundaze BBQ. This is a family-friendly BBQ Supper that is a perfect way to ease into the week, and this will be happening all summer long!  Executive Chef Marc Johnson and his team are launching this every Sunday evening from 5  … Read More

A Fabulous Waterfront “Social Hour” Making A Big Splash In Newport!

It’s not brand new, but it was new to me. The Ritz Prime Seafood has launched a very creative “Social Hour”. It is Happy Hour full throttle and offers an impressive array of cuisine and cocktails. And let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy sipping a crafty cocktail, nibbling on the chef’s favorite offerings and gazing  … Read More

Five Crowns & SideDoor Create A Charming “Evening Out” in Corona del Mar

It doesn’t even have to be a “special evening” for us to pop in and enjoy both the SideDoor Gastropub and Five Crowns Restaurant. And it is hard to believe that it was 51 years ago when Five Crowns first opened its doors right here along a very desolate stretch of Pacific Coast Highway. And  … Read More

Tips And Tricks for Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Let’s face it, restaurants like to show off their culinary prowess and unique dining venues. And what better way to razzle and dazzle their guests than to create innovative, multi-course and value-driven menus for Newport Beach’s 10th Annual Restaurant Week! I am going to share with you some tips, tricks, and a game plan for  … Read More

FIG & OLIVE Newport Unveils New Summer Menu & Events for 2015!

Fig & Olive is a French-Riviera styled enclave right here in Newport Beach. It is elegant, refined, with hints of inspiration from its Southern California location. With five separate dining areas, and ceilings as tall as can be, it is spacious and welcoming. Natural stonework, wood and hues of cream and white create the canvas  … Read More