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Off the Menu: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

Off the Menu: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Dining out at Christmas means someone else does the cooking, which gives you more time to spend with loved ones (and less mess to clean up). Here’s a list of what some notable Newport Beach restaurants are offering this Christmas eve and Christmas day. We’ve been to all of […]

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Off the Menu: Where to Dine and Watch the Christmas Boat Parade

Off the Menu: Where to Dine and Watch the Christmas Boat Parade

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale It’s time to “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly” and watch the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Harbor. More than 100 elaborately-decorated boats will circumnavigate the perimeter of the harbor, cruising by a handful of waterfront restaurants that offer prime viewing areas. Dozens more restaurants are a […]

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Off the Menu: Holiday Menus that Celebrate the Season

Off the Menu: Holiday Menus that Celebrate the Season

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale This is one of our favorite dining times of the year, with several local restaurants offering special holiday menus that celebrate the season. The Ritz at The Bungalow The Ritz Restaurant was renowned for its special holiday menu, including roast goose, that it served every December. The Ritz closed […]

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NB Restaurant Association Says "Seize the Dish"

NB Restaurant Association Says “Seize the Dish”

Instead of seizing the day, the Newport Beach Restaurant Association wants diners to “Seize the Dish.” That’s the new marketing campaign for Newport Beach Restaurant Week (Jan. 19 – Feb. 1, 2015) that was unveiled at last week’s Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement District meeting. “We’re going to be doing a TV spot and […]

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Off the Menu: Dining Delights on Balboa Island

Off the Menu: Dining Delights on Balboa Island

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Thanks to the annual holiday home decorating competition, Balboa Island will soon be ablaze with colorful and elaborate décor. This also means more people roaming the Island to get a glimpse of the often over-the-top displays, which is good news for Balboa Island shops and restaurants. We’ve dined at […]

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Off the Menu: Thanksgiving Dining in Newport Beach

Off the Menu: Thanksgiving Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale ‘Tis the season for tradition, and nothing says tradition like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A handful of restaurants in Newport Beach are offering Thanksgiving feasts ranging from prix fixe dinners to generous buffets. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites: Provenance “You Host, We Roast!” That’s the message […]

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NB Restaurant Week Expands to Two Weeks

NB Restaurant Week Expands to Two Weeks

Newport Beach Restaurant Week returns in January, 2015 with a renewed and refreshed format, and expanded dates. Instead of one week, Restaurant Week will be held over two weeks, Jan. 19 – Feb. 1. The prix fixe menus have also expanded to four options for lunch ($10, $15, $20 and $25) and four for dinner […]

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Off the Menu: Passport to Culinary Journeys at Moulin and Babette's

Off the Menu: Passport to Culinary Journeys at Moulin and Babette’s

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale We’re always ready to take an exotic culinary journey, so we were thrilled when two new restaurants opened that offered gastronomic trips to France and The East Hamptons. Moulin Pascal’s Epicerie on Bristol Street closed earlier this year, leaving those of us in Newport Beach who enjoyed the bistro experience […]

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Off the Menu: Decadent Dining in Balboa Village

Off the Menu: Decadent Dining in Balboa Village

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Balboa Village has had a long and colorful history dating back more than 100 years. Known for the iconic Balboa Pavilion and the nostalgic Fun Zone, the area has never been viewed as a culinary destination (unless you count the myriad pizza-by-the-slice and hot dog purveyors […]

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Off the Menu: Newport Restaurants Lauded at Golden Foodie Awards

Off the Menu: Newport Restaurants Lauded at Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Which restaurant has the best wine list in Orange County? How about the best happy hour, or the best hamburger? We learned the answers to those questions and more last Sunday when we attended the Third Annual Golden Foodie Awards, presented by the OC Restaurant Association […]

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