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Off the Menu

Off the Menu: Local Chefs Show Off Culinary Skills

With so many “battle of the chefs” shows on TV these days, it’s not surprising that Orange County chefs would wage their own culinary battles for viewers. OC Chef Life has launched a monthly “Battle of the Chefs” contest held at the Fifth Rooftop Restaurant and Bar in Anaheim,...

Off the Menu Side Dish: From Doughnuts to Barbecue

Something Peachy at Oak Grill August is National Peach Month, and Oak Grill restaurant at The Island Hotel is celebrating all month during lunch and dinner with a special peach cocktail and specialty dessert. The Southern Delight cocktail has Bulleit rye, muddled peaches, peach...

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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Side Dish

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 Special: Café Rouge Serves Kinky Menu for ‘Kinky Boots’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale. It’s no secret that we’re fans of Leatherby’s Café Rouge at Segerstrom Center. Last week, we caught a performance of the musical “Kinky Boots” and savored Chef Ross Pangilinan’s themed “Kinky Boots” menu prior to the play. “Chef...

Dining News

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....

Off the Menu: Pre-Show Dining at Scott’s and Maro

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’re always looking for fun places to dine before catching a show at Segerstrom Center, South Coast Repertory or Laguna Playhouse. Choices abound—some are within walking distance of those venues, others a short drive. We...

The Fair Way of Judging Wine

“Let’s Eat!” That’s the theme of this year’s Orange County Fair, but at the Fair’s popular Wine Pavilion, a more appropriate phrase might be “Let’s Taste.” Every year, fairgoers have the opportunity to belly up to the tasting bar and sample wines ($1.50 per one ounce taste) that...