Off the Menu

Off the Menu Side Dish: Taste of Louisiana and Best Bartender

“Taste of Louisiana” at Bluewater Grill Mardi Gras and “Fat Tuesday” concluded earlier this week, but Bluewater Grill intends to carry the celebration into March with a “Fat Tuesday” tasting of its own. The festivities begin on Tuesday, March 13 with a “Taste of Louisiana” event...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Food Trends for 2018

I’m always curious about food trends, so I was intrigued by a recent announcement from the National Restaurant Association, who surveyed nearly 700 professional chefs on which food, cuisine, beverages and culinary themes will be hot trends this year. Their response: Top 20 Food...

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: Brunch at The Loft Leads to Lofty “Odysseo”

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We don’t dine at Montage Laguna Beach as often as we should, but that could change thanks to the new weekend brunch being served at The Loft every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s an a la carte menu from...

Off the Menu: Grab a Fork and Dig In to Restaurant Week

How much food can I consume in two weeks? The answer: a lot, considering we’re talking about Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which starts January 15 and runs through January 28. Yes, Restaurant Week has morphed into two weeks, which offers diners even more opportunities to visit...

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...

A Precocious Palate

Want a quick culinary getaway to the Mediterranean without leaving OC? Head to Pelican Hill, where creative cuisine meets classic architecture, and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation as you dine al fresco with sweeping vistas of Pelican Hill’s golf course and...

Off the Menu: Time Trial–Blaze Versus Lemonade

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Fashion Island has plenty of restaurant options, but if you’re going to catch a movie at the Island Cinemas and you only have 15 minutes to spare, where do you dine? It’s a common dilemma, with an easy solution that does...