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Off the Menu: A Spring Forward Menu at Back Bay Bistro

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort turns 30 this year, and to celebrate the occasion, Executive Chef Bruno Massuger has introduced a new spring menu, one of three menus he plans to unveil this year. “It’s...

Off the Menu: Five Crowns Menu Ushers In Spring

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Five Crowns restaurant has become more and more interesting since the local culinary icon celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago. From bold new menu items to boutique wine dinners and unusual special events, Five...

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The Winery on The Water

Chef and restaurateur Yvon Goetz captures joie de vivre through his food at the restaurant’s new Mariner’s Mile location. By Allison Hata | Photos by Jody Tiongco Some may find it unusual that there’s a second Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar just 10 miles down the road from its...

Comfort Redefined

Pass the plates at A&O Kitchen and Bar, where the creative fare is meant to be shared with everyone at the table. By Kirsti Correa | Photos by Jody Tiongco When Balboa Bay Resort shed its guard tower a little more than a year ago, it served as a reminder to the community that...

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Off the Menu: A Crowning Achievement at Serra Wine Dinner

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve attended many wine dinners featuring famous wines and noted chefs, but rarely have we had as personal and informative (not to mention tasty) an experience like the one last week at a Serra Vineyards dinner at Five...

Champagnes Is Aging Well

Locals only! That phrase – used by surfers to denote a secret surfing spot – can also apply to restaurants. Local dining spots are often hidden culinary treasures, which is the case with Champagnes Bistro & Deli. The restaurant has been around for many years, yet...

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Off the Menu: Let’s Do Brunch!

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Some call it breakfast, some call it brunch; we call it a great way to start the day. Breakfast is one of those often overlooked meals that we tend to rush through on weekdays. However, weekends are a different matter....

Sweet and Saucy Shop Delivers on Name

Sweet and Saucy Shop recently opened in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, and of course I was intrigued by the name. After some research, I learned that co-owner and pastry chef Melody Brandon opened her flagship sweet shop in Long Beach four years ago, but this was her first...

Off the Menu: Decadent Dining at DivBar

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy You don’t normally associate a dive bar with great food, but DivBar on Coast Highway is anything but a typical dive bar. Catherine and I first sampled the DivBar menu soon after the restaurant opened last year, and...