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Off the Menu: Local Chefs Show Off Culinary Skills

With so many “battle of the chefs” shows on TV these days, it’s not surprising that Orange County chefs would wage their own culinary battles for viewers. OC Chef Life has launched a monthly “Battle of the Chefs” contest held at the Fifth Rooftop Restaurant and Bar in Anaheim,...

Off the Menu Side Dish: From Doughnuts to Barbecue

Something Peachy at Oak Grill August is National Peach Month, and Oak Grill restaurant at The Island Hotel is celebrating all month during lunch and dinner with a special peach cocktail and specialty dessert. The Southern Delight cocktail has Bulleit rye, muddled peaches, peach...

Tabel for Two

The Winery on The Water

Chef and restaurateur Yvon Goetz captures joie de vivre through his food at the restaurant’s new Mariner’s Mile location. By Allison Hata | Photos by Jody Tiongco Some may find it unusual that there’s a second Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar just 10 miles down the road from its...

Comfort Redefined

Pass the plates at A&O Kitchen and Bar, where the creative fare is meant to be shared with everyone at the table. By Kirsti Correa | Photos by Jody Tiongco When Balboa Bay Resort shed its guard tower a little more than a year ago, it served as a reminder to the community that...

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Side Dish

Pacific Wine Fest a Symphony of Pleasures

Wine creates a symphony of pleasures for the palate. Pacific Symphony creates a subtle blending of musical pleasures for the soul. So, it’s not surprising that California’s third largest symphony has orchestrated one of the top wine events in Southern California: The Pacific...

Fine Wine With a Fun Finish

“What pairs well with red wine, cheese and appetizers?” I asked Stasha, smiling. She glanced up at me from her computer. “Is that a trick question?” she inquired, before shifting her gaze back to her desktop. “To me, that already sounds like a perfect pairing.” “Almost. You need...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Raising the Bar on Hotel Dining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale  One is a hotel, the other a resort, and both recently unveiled new restaurants and lounges that are garnering attention. Island Hotel The Island Hotel closed its Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge earlier this year and transformed...

Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Deep fried Twinkies. Barbecued ears of corn. Two-foot sausage on a stick. Yes, the OC Fair is back, and with it an incredible array of food options, from healthy to artery-hardening. We’ve spent the past few weeks...

Off the Menu: California Wine Month

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy September means back to school, and back to wine. This is California Wine Month, with hundreds of wineries and restaurants throughout the state celebrating the occasion with special events and tastings. According to the Wine...