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Off the Menu Side Dish: ‘Sound of Music’ Menu Offers Theatrical Delights

“The Sound of Music” is one of those iconic musicals that’s as popular now as it was when it first opened on Broadway in November of 1959. The last musical penned by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the show starred Mary Martin and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “The Sound...

Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Pepsi cola donut dog. French toast bacon bombs. Deep fried butter balls. Chicken in a waffle on a stick. Pickle fries. Bacon-wrapped bake potato. Yes, the OC Fair has returned with another batch of outrageous culinary...

The OC Fair Wants You to ‘Get Your Fair Face On!’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s finally here: The Orange County Fair! Yes, we love the OC Fair, and every year look forward to tasting the new decadent foods, sampling award-winning wines, trying our luck at carnival games, checking out the arts and...

Off the Menu: Envy Revamps Menu, Modo Mio Leads to ‘All Shook Up’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Earlier this year, Ten Nightclub on MacArthur Blvd. near John Wayne Airport closed its doors to make way for a new concept: Envy Lounge, a roaring 20s speakeasy featuring craft cocktails, bottled craft microbrews, and...

Artscapes: Local Artist Tony Salvo Fuels Food Passion with Paintings

Tony Salvo has an obsession with food. In fact, the Newport Beach-based artist whose studio is in an historic brick building that once housed a fire station on Balboa Peninsula loves to paint everything from pies to burgers, and then eat them. Salvo spent 20 years running a...

Off the Menu: Sessions Serves Dinner, The Winery Rules Brunch

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Sessions West Coast Deli on Balboa Peninsula opened just over two years ago and became almost an instant classic, much like it’s wildly popular Summer Zephyr vegetarian sandwich topped with mozzarella cheese. After...

Off the Menu: Roku Still Rocks, Bayside Pours Scotch

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy One year ago this month, Sushi Roku opened at Fashion Island in the spot formerly occupied by Brasserie Pascal (which we still miss). After dining at Sushi Roku soon after it opened, we were thoroughly impressed with the...

Off the Menu: Bluewater Gets Crabby, Five Crowns Gets Makeover

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Feeling Crabby at Bluewater Grill We were feeling crabby the other night, so we decided to go to Bluewater Grill on Lido Park Drive for their “Get Crabby” tasting featuring soft-shell crab prepared two ways: sautéed with...

Off the Menu: Grateful for Gratitude

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’re always grateful for the abundance of excellent restaurants in Newport Beach, and now there’s one more to be thankful for: Gratitude at Castaway Commons on Westcliff Drive. This organic and plant-based restaurant,...

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: 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: Foodie Films Feature Chef Pascal, Cocktails and Noodles

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Orange County’s fine dining scene is relatively young, so the term “legend” in the county’s culinary world is seldom used. And yet, it’s fittingly applied to Chef Pascal Olhats, who has been crafting authentic French...

Off the Menu: A Restaurant’s Spring Menu Gets an A+

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Legends keep getting better with age. For proof, look no further than A Restaurant on Coast Highway, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary with new menu items served in an old-school steak house ambiance that fits...

TLT Food Opens in May at The Bluffs in Newport

TLT Food is set to open its second Orange County location at The Bluffs in Newport Beach this May. The TLT menu features flavorful Californian fusion eats such as beef short rib quesadillas, seared ahi tuna tacos, pork belly nachos and more. The restaurant will also serve a...

Off the Menu: Holy Mole at SOL, Spring at Fig & Olive

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy SOL Cocina Executive chef Deborah Schneider has been one busy woman. In between opening a new SOL restaurant in Playa Vista and preparing to head to Colorado to open SOL Cherry Creek, Chef Deb is looking forward to the...

Table for Ten Culinary Event Serves Donations for Charity

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  One of the tastiest charity events in Orange County is the annual Table for Ten culinary experience, held this year at the at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa on March 6. This extravagant affair benefits two Orange County...

Pacific Coast Wine Fest Raises $350K for Music Programs

 Is there a more perfect pairing than music and wine? Not if you ask Pacific Symphony board chairman Mike Kerr, founder of the symphony’s annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival, which raises funds in support of the Pacific Symphony’s education and music programming. “With this year’s...

Off the Menu: Classic Italian Cuisine at Il Barone

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We ran into Chef Franco Barone of Il Barone Restaurant in Newport Beach at the Table for Ten culinary event fundraiser a couple of weeks ago, and promised him we’d come to his restaurant and try some of the new menu items...

Sage Takes Trip Around Globe at Multicultural Fair

Visitors to the 15th Annual Sage Hill Multicultural Fair on Saturday enjoyed sights, sounds, and tastes from cultures all around the world without ever leaving the Newport Coast campus. The school’s town square transformed into a global village with 16 authentic international...
Posted On 18 Mar 2016

School Notes: Global Culture and Local Spirit

Travel Around the World With Sage Sage Hill School will once again celebrate food and culture from around the world with their 15th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday. A visit to the Multicultural Fair is like traveling the world without leaving Orange County, parent...
Posted On 11 Mar 2016