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Off the Menu Side Dish: Water Grill Leads to “Book of Mormon”

By Christopher Trela & Shelly Zavala  “I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America. I am a Mormon! And a Mormon just believes.” Belief is the prevalent theme of the wildly popular Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” which makes fun of everything from...

A Zinfandel Weekend with Tobin James

This weekend I make my annual spring trip north for the Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend. This three-day celebration features more than 100 wineries hosting events and pouring their best zinfandel wines—the signature varietal that Paso Robles is known for. Among the wineries I...

Tabel for Two

Surreptitious Delicious

  Let’s face it, negotiating a business cocktail party can be strategically challenging, on many levels, and I’m not talking shop. How do you balance a cocktail plate full of appetizers, a beverage and cocktail napkin, reach for passed hors d’oeuvers, and eat gracefully, all...

Italy Comes to Newport at Barone Ristorante

  Barone Ristorante opened only six months ago, but it’s already become known as one of the finer Italian restaurants in Newport Beach. Last fall, Chef Franco Barone – longtime executive chef at Antonello – decided it was time to open his own restaurant. He took over the...

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Side Dish

Off the Menu Side Dish: Super Bowl Dining

Where are you watching the big game this Sunday? One suggestion is the Stag Bar near the Newport Pier, where all of their big screen TVs will be tuned to the game with full surround sound. Stag Bar is an official Rams bar, and former Rams players and cheerleaders will be at Stag...

A Lunchtime Safari

“Ready for a trip to Mozambique? I asked our editorial assistant, Catherine, who’s been filling in for Stasha (Stasha has been MIA while she stars in a play in Burbank). “Sure, I’ve been all over Europe but never Africa. I have my passport, but I’m not sure I can miss that much...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Garden Fusion Dining & Flavors of Baja

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Garden Fusions Dinner Earlier this year, Sherman Library & Gardens launched a monthly Garden Fusions dinner series that has become extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why. Each dinner has a horticultural theme that...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Back-To-Back Dining at Bayside

We don’t often dine at the same restaurant on back-to-back nights, but that’s exactly what Christopher did at Bayside last week. On Thursday, June 15, Bayside held a Macallan scotch dinner featuring four courses paired with different vintages and styles of Macallan scotch. The...

Off the Menu Side Dish: A ‘Beautiful’ Musical Menu

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We always look forward to attending musicals at Segerstrom Center because it means we get to enjoy a special themed menu at Leatherby’s Café Rouge. Chef Ross Pangilian has been creating these special menus for several...