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Summer Fun: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

Summer Fun: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Deep fried bacon wrapped turkey legs. Jack Daniels infused churros. Texas size pop rocks donuts. Deep fried pecan pie on a stick. These and other outrageous food options can be found at this year’s OC Fair. Gone are the simple days of cotton candy and ice […]

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Great Wine Festival Benefits LegalAid of OC

Great Wine Festival Benefits LegalAid of OC

Last year, Celebrity Cruises introduced the cruise industry’s first gourmet food truck, and 10 Celebrity Cruises restaurants received Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” Now, Celebrity Cruises has made another impact on land by launching the industry’s first-ever wine and food festival. The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival was held last month at the Great Park […]

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Off the Menu: Dining with "Jersey Boys"

Off the Menu: Dining with “Jersey Boys”

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We love musicals, and have been waiting for the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” to come to Segerstrom Center. We also love the theme menus that Leatherby’s Café Rouge’s Chef Ross Pangilinan creates to match each musical that comes to town. Last week we dined at Leatherby’s prior […]

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Off the Menu: Food Festival and Lively Luau

Off the Menu: Food Festival and Lively Luau

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy In September of 2012, the annual Taste of Newport ended its 24 year run in Fashion Island. Now, another food and wine festival aims to take its place. The inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival will be held Sept. 20 and 21 at the Newport […]

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Off the Menu: Classy Catering with 24 Carrots and Vanity Catering

Off the Menu: Classy Catering with 24 Carrots and Vanity Catering

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The term “catering” at one time had a less-than-glamorous connotation, but that has changed in recent years thanks to a handful of companies and chefs who have taken catering to a new level.  24 Carrots 24 Carrots is the caterer of choice for the Newport Beach […]

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

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 before the show. Adjacent to the Westin and a few steps from […]

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Biz Buzz: From Bank of the West to Basilic Restaurant

Biz Buzz: From Bank of the West to Basilic Restaurant

It’s a challenge in the world of business to show that you are not the same as others. Are all banks the same? Are all restaurants the same? Let’s look at two business profiles, one a unique bank and one a distinctive restaurant. As California’s fifth largest bank, Bank of the West has been helping […]

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Off the Menu: Diving Into Spring Menus

Off the Menu: Diving Into Spring Menus

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Springtime means spring menus at local restaurants. We’ve been out and about sampling new menu items, and quickly found several favorites. A Restaurant A Restaurant Chef Jon Blackford regularly updates his menus to reflect the changing seasons. His spring menu features Brussels sprout leaves with capers and […]

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Off the Menu: New Restaurants Reveal Culinary Delights

Off the Menu: New Restaurants Reveal Culinary Delights

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’re always excited when new restaurants open in Newport Beach. We’ve been patiently waiting for two in particular to open, which they just did: Provenance and The Winery. Each one offers unique concepts and culinary delights. Provenance Chef Cathy Pavlos created a culinary institution with her Irvine […]

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Off the Menu: Musical Menus

Off the Menu: Musical Menus

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy A “Mama Mia” Dinner We’ve been attending the Broadway musical series at Segerstrom Center, and last year discovered the clever themed menus that Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan has been creating at Leatherby’s Café Rouge adjacent to Segerstrom Center. Chef Ross has done it again for The Center’s current show, “Mama […]

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