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Off the Menu: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Deep fried Twinkie topped with caviar. Triple decker cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme donuts as buns. Deep fried pizza. Giant donuts injected with cinnamon whiskey. Deep fried slim fast bar. Yes, the OC Fair has returned...

Off the Menu: Dining at Disneyland

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Happy 60th birthday Disneyland! Yes, 60 years ago on July 17, Walt Disney welcomed the first visitors to his Magic Kingdom, dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Walt knew that to keep people happy he had to do more than...

Just Food for Dogs Serves Healthy Canine Cuisine

Like most drivers who were stuck in traffic along Mariner’s Mile during the months of road construction, I had a chance to look around at the business along Coast Highway that I previously had sped past. One of those kept catching my eye—Just Food for Dogs, a small stand-alone...

Off the Menu: Al Fresco Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Warm weather and welcoming ocean breezes means it’s time to dine outside—but we’re not talking about your backyard barbecue, although summer is certainly barbecue season. Numerous Newport restaurants offer splendid al...

Off the Menu: More Dining With Dad for Father’s Day

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Last week we previewed a handful of Father’s Day dining options in Newport Beach, but if you still can’t decide on where to take dad, here are a few more Father’s Day dining options. Balboa Bay Resort The Balboa B...

Off the Menu: Uncorking the 2015 Newport Beach Wine & Food Fest

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We know it’s still a few months away, but we’re excited about the upcoming Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival that returns to the Newport Beach Civic Center October 3 and 4. Details were released this week, and...

Off the Menu: New Seasonal Menu at Fig & Olive

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’re on the cusp of summer yet still in springtime, so it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a bounty of seasonal farm-fresh produce, including spring peas, figs and asparagus—all now incorporated into the spring/summer...

Off the Menu: Garden Fusion Dining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  This week we cover three special events: a Garden Fusion Dinner at Sherman Library & Gardens, a Tommy Bahama Island Grill dinner, and the Balboa Island Wine Walk. Garden Fusion Dinner at Sherman Gardens Sherman...

Off the Menu: Wine and Dine and Wine

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This is the season for wine, and wine events. Three notable wine dinners and tastings take place in May, with more on the way. Around the World Wine Dinner The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting a special wine...

Off the Menu: Dining at the Newport Beach Film Festival

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Nothing better than dinner and a show, but with multiple theaters screening hundreds of films during the Newport Beach Film Festival, dining choices abound at nearby restaurants. We’ve picked a handful of restaurants...

Off the Menu: Tasting Balboa and a Menu for Gangsters and Dolls

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Taste of Balboa For locals, the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is the unofficial start to the boating season in Newport Beach. For us, it means it’s time to celebrate the race with the Balboa Village Fest...

Off the Menu: International Wining and Dining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This week we’ve gone international thanks to our visits to Moulin Bistro, Benihana and LCA wine, which is providing European wines for the Uncorked food and wine experience at SOCO. Moulin Moulin has been a hit ever since...

Biz Buzz: Restaurant Week Serves Fiscal Success

The 2015 Newport Beach Restaurant Week held in January was an overwhelming hit with diners and restaurateurs, according to information presented at the Newport Beach Restaurant Association meeting held March 25 at the Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Resort. Restaurant...

Off the Menu: Newport Beach Dining Icons Celebrate Milestones

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Longevity in the restaurant business is rare, but this week we profile two restaurants on the Newport Peninsula that are celebrating milestone anniversaries (and are on the same block): Avila’s El Ranchito and Newport...

Celebration of Cultures

Cultures will be celebrated this weekend as a Newport Coast campus is transformed into a colorful global village. Sage Hill School welcomes the world on Saturday as it hosts the 14th Annual Multicultural Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests senses will be delighted with the...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Off the Menu: Women in the Kitchen–Our Favorite Female Chefs

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale So many restaurants, so few female chefs. We dine out several times a week, and realized that most of the meals we eat have been created by male chefs. However, there are a handful of wonderful women chefs town, and we recently...

Moment for Health: A Salute to Tastebuds

My friend’s face crunches into a grimace as he takes a bite of my Brussels sprouts. I don’t understand because I just adore that bitter sulphur taste and go through my cravings every year with them. But I have to be more understanding of my friend’s repulsion of these vegetables...

Off the Menu Special: Food and Wine are Perfect Pairings at Charity Events

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Food and wine are perfectly paired with philanthropy at two charity events coming up next month. One is focused on vino, the other on cuisine. Having attended both events every year, we know how much fun they are, and also how...

Off the Menu: New Restaurants Offer Delicious Delights

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Slapfish Seafood and Newport Beach have long been a perfect match, so it’s no surprise that Slapfish, a “modern seafood shack” founded in Huntington Beach in 2012 by Chef Andrew Gruel, would eventually open a Newport location. The...

Boozy Beginnings

From bottomless offerings to specialty cocktails, these spirit-driven brunches prove why the weekend meal is worth looking forward to. By Adreana Young and Allison Hata   Come Sunday, there’s nothing quite like sleeping in and enjoying a late morning meal—it’s a time to...