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Off the Menu: Basilic Marks 20 Years, Mix Mix Serves Lunch

Several new restaurants have opened recently on Balboa Island, but there’s one familiar Island bistro that’s celebrating its 20-year anniversary: Basilic. Swiss native Bernard Althaus founded the 24-seat Basilic Restaurant (named after Bernard’s favorite herb) in 1997, and it’s...

“Courses” Offers Fascinating Look at the Life of a Chef

“Food is just the medium. It’s really a connection of random people that want one thing—a good time. A good experience. That’s all it is. Food is just my way of talking.” Chef Jake Bickelhaupt does indeed do a lot of talking through his incredible culinary creations in the fi...

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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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Off the Menu: Culinary Trips to France, Italy and the Mediterranean

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We enjoy pairing our cultural outings with our dining experiences, so when we were invited to see Moliere’s classic French comedy “Tartuffe” at South Coast Repertory, we immediately made plans to dine at Pinot Provence...

Off the Menu: Easter Brunch in Newport Beach

by Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale   Let’s do brunch! Brunch brings people together to enjoy good company and good food. Certain holidays provide ideal opportunities to enjoy brunch, including Easter, which this year falls on Sunday, March 31. A number of...

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Off the Menu: Creative Cuisine for Cinema and Cinderella

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Celebrity Cruises docked at the Newport Beach Film Festival last week as one of the Festival sponsors, and we’re glad they did. Not only did the luxury cruise company serve superb wines during the Festival’s opening night...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Winery Brunch and Wine Fest

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale The Winery Brunch We’ve been waiting and hoping for The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar on Coast Highway to add a Sunday brunch to their dining options. After enjoying success with Easter and Mother’s Day brunch, The Winery has...

Off the Menu: Avila’s El Ranchito and The Beachcomber Celebrate Tasty Anniversaries

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale Avila’s El Ranchito Turns 50 Last year, Avila’s El Ranchito in Newport Beach celebrated its 40th anniversary, but an even bigger milestone has arrived for the family-owned restaurant group: the 50th anniversary of Avila’s El...