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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

Off the Menu: Painting the Towne Red, Brunette and Blonde

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  He’s known as the Towne Mayor, but that’s not surprising when you’re the owner of Towne Park Brew Co. In fact, Brett Lawrence’s OC-based beer company is also the talk of the Towne, as in Newport Beach.    “We went to...

Biz Buzz: A Restaurant Celebrates 90 Years of Memorable Cuisine

“Meet me at The Arches!” That was a popular phrase for travelers driving up or down the Southern California coast between San Diego and Los Angeles. They often needed a place to meet, and the halfway point seemed to be a gas station and café called The Arches, named for its...

Off the Menu: Newport Dining for OC Restaurant Week March 6-12

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Newport Beach Restaurant Week concluded another successful event at the end of January, but now comes another dining experience involving Newport Beach. The eighth annual Orange County Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday,...

Off the Menu: Luminous Cuisine at Lighthouse Café

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  The long-awaited Marina Park opened at the end of 2015, and with it came the new Lighthouse Café, the latest project from restaurateur Doug Cavanaugh, the man behind Ruby’s Diner. Cavanaugh opened the original Ruby’s more...

Off the Menu: Babette’s Offers a Culinary Feast for the Senses

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy “Babette’s Feast,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign film in 1987, featured a character named Babette who creates an exotic seven-course feast that included turtle soup served with Amontillado sherry, buckwheat...

Valentine Dining in Newport Beach

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) falls on a Sunday, so many local restaurants are offering special menus Friday through Sunday, which means you don’t have to worry about getting a reservation on Sunday. Some are focused on Feb. 14, so make reservations early before they’re sold out. 21...

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...