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Off the Menu: A Crowning Achievement at Serra Wine Dinner

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve attended many wine dinners featuring famous wines and noted chefs, but rarely have we had as personal and informative (not to mention tasty) an experience like the one last week at a Serra Vineyards dinner at Five...
Posted On 24 Feb 2017

Off the Menu Side Dish: Tangata and Shakespeare at Bowers

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Polish actress Helena Modjeska made a name for herself in her homeland before sailing to America in 1876 and settling in Anaheim, where she lived while touring the country performing many of the great Shakespearean roles,...

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

Off the Menu Side Dish: New Year’s Eve & Day Dining

New Year’s Eve/Day Dining Compiled by Laura Wise | NB Indy  21 OCEANFRONT 21 Oceanfront is ringing in the New Year with two different seating and menu options. The first seating is a three-course menu for $75 from 5 to 7 p.m. Second seating is a four-course dinner with champagne...

Timeless Brunch in the Back Bay

Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes is one of those restaurants where it’s easy to linger longer than usual thanks to the relaxed atmosphere and the picturesque setting on Newport’s Back Bay. Add the element of Sunday brunch to the mix, and time nearly stands still, particularly...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Pre-Theater Dining at Vaca and Pizzeria Ortica

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Between the various venues at Segerstrom Center and the two theaters at South Coast Repertory, we usually find ourselves attending performances several times a month. For us, that also means dining out at a nearby...

Off the Menu: Golden Foodies – Ruby’s Dinette – Wine & Food Fest

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This weekend is the Third annual Golden Foodie Awards at the Fairmont in Newport Beach, presented by the OC Restaurant Association to honor the best culinary creations in a variety of categories. We went down the list of...

Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Newport Beach Restaurant Week only comes once a year, so we’ve been busy sampling menus before the event ends on Jan. 26. With 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, we know it’s impossible to hit them all, so we...