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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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Off the Menu: Golden Foodies - Ruby's Dinette - Wine & Food Fest

Off the Menu: Golden Foodies – Ruby’s Dinette – Wine & Food Fest

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This weekend is the Third annual Golden Foodie Awards at the Fairmont in Newport Beach, presented by the OC Restaurant Association to honor the best culinary creations in a variety of categories. We went down the list of categories and nominees, and were happy to see […]

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Off the Menu Special: Inaugural NB Wine & Food Fest

Off the Menu Special: Inaugural NB Wine & Food Fest

Several hundred foodies and wine aficionados descended on the Newport Beach Civic Center Green on Saturday to enjoy a day of wine tasting and delicious cuisine at the inaugural Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. Among the highlights: a guided blind tasting of six wines led by an expert panel of sommeliers; cooking demos from […]

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Response to Dr. Glueck’s Column of Sept. 12

Response to Dr. Glueck’s Column of Sept. 12

Dear Dr. Glueck: As you might imagine, I have received my share of guest comments over the years. Mostly positive, but of course, some negative. I try and take the negative ones to heart and use the information constructively to create a better guest experience. I normally would have not responded to a letter like […]

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Off the Menu: Viva Italia Cuisine

Off the Menu: Viva Italia Cuisine

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Newport is turning Italian. We’ve noticed a number of restaurants have opened over the past several months that focus on Italian cuisine, and/or pizza. That certainly makes Catherine happy—she spent a semester in Italy while attending Chapman University and admits to being a pizza junkie. We’ve […]

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Off the Menu: Fresh Pizza, Culinary Bowling, Summer Cocktails

Off the Menu: Fresh Pizza, Culinary Bowling, Summer Cocktails

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy FRESH BROTHERS Newport Beach loves pizza. A handful of restaurants specializing in pizza have opened in the city over the last couple of months, and we’re on a mission to try them all (look for our special pizza-lovers column next month). We’re particularly excited about Fresh […]

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Biz Buzz: Planning the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Biz Buzz: Planning the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

We hear buzz words all the time. One of the many we cannot always properly define is “foodie.” What, or who, is a foodie? If you: ·    Think about food when you first awake and think about dinner after just finishing breakfast—you may be a foodie. ·    If your social life is more focused on […]

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Off the Menu: Wine & Food Festival, Chocolate Tasting 101

Off the Menu: Wine & Food Festival, Chocolate Tasting 101

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve been waiting for a dynamic food and wine event to replace the Taste of Newport, which ended its two-decade run in 2012. The wait is over. The inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival that comes to town Sept. 19 – 21 is not only […]

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Off the Menu: New Chefs and New Restaurants

Off the Menu: New Chefs and New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s always news when a new chef comes to town, but this week two new chefs have taken over the kitchens at a pair of well-known waterfront restaurants: Bluewater Grill and Back Bay Bistro. Bluewater Grill We were stunned and saddened earlier this year when Brian Hirsty, […]

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