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Off the Menu Side Dish: Tangata and Shakespeare at Bowers

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Polish actress Helena Modjeska made a name for herself in her homeland before sailing to America in 1876 and settling in Anaheim, where she lived while touring the country performing many of the great Shakespearean roles,...

Off the Menu Side Dish: OC and Long Beach Restaurant Weeks

Orange County Restaurant Week The ninth annual OC Restaurant starts March 5 and runs through March 11. More than 100 restaurants throughout the county are participating, including 30 from Newport Beach. The price points for special three-course lunch and dinner menus range from...

Tabel for Two

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 Special: Themed “Lion King” Menu

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale We always dine at Leatherby’s Café Rouge prior to seeing a Broadway musical at the adjacent Segerstrom Center, because Chef Ross Pangilinan always creates an inventive menu that revolves around the theme of each show. “The...

Off the Menu: For Sunday Brunch, Enter Through SideDoor

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Sidedoor We love brunch, so imagine our delight when we learned that SideDoor in Corona del Mar (adjacent to Five Crowns) was launching a new Sunday brunch experience they’ve dubbed “Sunday Sessions.” From 11:00 a.m....

Dining News

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...

Off the Menu Special: Centered and Off-Centered at Segerstrom Center

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Segerstrom Center is the place to be this week. The Broadway musical “If/Then” starring Idina Menzel (“Wicked,” “Frozen”) runs through this Sunday, while the Off-Center Festival has presented a variety of unusual...

Off the Menu: A Guide to Newport’s Newest Pizza Purveyors

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy How popular is pizza? More than three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. every year, making pizza one of the most popular food items in the country. Catherine agrees—she admits to eating more than her share of pepperoni...