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Off the Menu: Newport’s Moulin Brings Bistro to Laguna

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’ve been fans of Moulin Bistro since owner/chef Laurent Vrignaud opened his authentic French restaurant in the fall of 2014.  Moulin not only serves fabulous French cuisine, dining at Moulin is an immersion in all...

Off the Menu: Musings on Sessions Deli and Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Nearly two years ago, Sessions West Coast Deli opened its first location on the Balboa Peninsula with a menu of gourmet sandwiches and breakfast items. We’ve been to Sessions several times and love their food, but wondered...

Off the Menu: Historic Stag Bar Returns with Classic Food

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We don’t usually go to bars for dinner, but there’s a new seaside lounge that will soon become as known for its fun bar food as it is for being one of the oldest taverns in town. Stag Bar + Kitchen (formerly The District...

Off the Menu Special: 370 Common Leads to “Act 3”

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  One theater plus two actors equals “Act 3,” the comedy-drama that kicks off the New Year at The Laguna Playhouse through January 31. The play stars comedienne Rita Rudner, who has performed her stand-up act at the...

Off the Menu: Musings on Menus for NB Restaurant Week

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy How much food can we eat in 14 days? That’s a question we always ask ourselves during Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which starts January 18 and runs through January 31. More than 60 restaurants are participating this...

Prepare Your Palate for Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Prepare your palate, grab a fork and dig into the 10th annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week, running Jan. 18-31. More than 60 restaurants throughout the city are participating in this year’s 14-day eating extravaganza, presented by Dine Newport Beach (a division of Newport Beach...

Off the Menu: Weekend Brunch at Cucina Enoteca

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy “Let’s do brunch.” That’s a popular phrase in Newport Beach, with more and more restaurants offering special weekend brunch menus. One of those is Cucina Enoteca in Fashion Island, which has a brunch every Saturday and...

Off the Menu Special: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Laura Robinson Wise | NB Indy Here’s a list of what some notable Newport Beach restaurants are offering this Christmas. Knowing these restaurants, we have no doubt their holiday menus will make for a memorable Christmas dining experience. 21 OCEANFRONT...

Off the Menu: Historic Dining at Bowers with Tangata

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We usually stay close to the greater Newport area when it comes to dining, but we heard that Patina Group’s Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum just reopened with a revamped space and a new menu from Executive Chef...

Off the Menu: Fig & Olive Cookbook Celebrates ‘Cuisine of the Sun’

With all the accolades for its sensational “Cuisine of the Sun” that celebrates foods from the French Riviera, you’d think that the popular Fig & Olive restaurant would have a cookbook. Well, now they do. “Fig & Olive: The Cuisine of the French Riviera,” is now available...

Off the Menu Special: Themed 42nd Street Menu

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale  We love attending musicals at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, because it also means we get to enjoy the themed musical menu at Leatherby’s Café Rouge before the show. Leatherby’s executive chef Ross Pangilinan always creates an...

Off the Menu: Burgers, Brews, Figs & Fish

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Is there room for another burger joint in Newport Beach? If your name is Hopdoddy, the answer is yes! After the Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened restaurants in El Segundo and Playa Vista, they headed south to...

Off the Menu: Beloved Balboa Island Dining Icon Amelia’s Prepares to Bid Adieu

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Restaurants come and go. Some last a year or two, others manage to hang on a bit longer. They seldom last long enough to celebrate 20 years, let alone 50, but there are a handful of local dining icons that have hit the...

Old Vine Café Offers New Dishes

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy With so many restaurants in the greater Newport Beach area, it’s easy for us to miss one, or have one on our culinary radar for far too long. One of those is Old Vine Café at The Camp in Costa Mesa. Old Vine opened eight...

Off the Menu: The Ritz Returns as Seaside Oasis

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Ritz Restaurant was one of Orange County’s iconic old school restaurants. It reigned supreme in Fashion Island for decades as a classic steak house with dark booths, a clubby-interior with various sized dining areas...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015

Event Celebrates Second Harvest Food Bank Supporters

A presentation of fashion spurred acts of compassion on September 17, as fashion-forward philanthropists turned out for the 2015 Underwriter Party supporting Harvesters 23rd Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon. This year, Harvesters welcomed Roger Vivier as the retail sponsor for...

Off the Menu Special: Pelican Hill’s Festa Celebrates All Things Italian

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Autumn is here, which means it’s time for The Resort at Pelican Hill’s annual “Festa dell’Autunno,” held this weekend, Oct. 9-11. The Italian themed celebration is fitting for Pelican Hill, as the resort is...

Off the Menu Special: Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Schedule

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale It’s back, and we couldn’t be happier! The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to town this weekend for three days of superb wine tasting, creative cuisine from some of Orange County’s best restaurants (including Golden...

Off the Menu: Locals Win Big at Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale “And the winner is…” The Golden Foodie Awards were held last Sunday evening at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel. More than 400 people packed a ballroom to applaud the county’s best restaurants, chefs, bartenders, cuisine and...

Off the Menu Special: Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy And the winner is… The Golden Foodie Awards were held last night, Sept. 27, at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel. Nearly 300 people packed inside a ballroom to applaud the winners in 24 categories, from Best Burger to Best...