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Off the Menu: Wine, Gumbo and Crawfish

Having traveled to New Orleans several times to soak up the local culture and indulge in the town’s decadent culinary delights, I’m thrilled that Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach is hosting a month-long celebration featuring a Louisiana Crawfish Boil accompanied by a hearty bowl...

Off the Menu: ARC Butcher & Baker Opens in Cannery Village

I’ve been a fan of Marin and Noah von Blöm since the duo opened ARC followed by Marin in The OC Mix/SOCO in Costa Mesa.  ARC features food cooked either over a wood-burning stove or a wood-fired oven. Wood is stacked outside the restaurant, while inside the glow of embers and...

Tabel for Two

A List for Easter Eaters

“Have you noticed that if you remove the ‘s’ from Easter, you get eater?” I asked Catherine, our editorial assistant. “Chris, only you could find a food reference like that,” replied Catherine, laughing. “But eating and Easter go together perfectly,” I reasoned. “Easter Brunch is...

Pacific Wine Fest a Symphony of Pleasures

Wine creates a symphony of pleasures for the palate. Pacific Symphony creates a subtle blending of musical pleasures for the soul. So, it’s not surprising that California’s third largest symphony has orchestrated one of the top wine events in Southern California: The Pacific...

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Side Dish

Off the Menu: Decadent Desserts and Bowls of Heaven

This is the time of year when sweet treats are everywhere you look, making it hard to resist nibbling that extra cookie or sampling another helping of pie. It also makes it hard to stay in shape! That’s why this week, we went in two different directions: Christopher attended a...

Off the Menu Side Dish: Baseball and Lobsters

Cannery Restaurant Hits Grand Slam The World Series is almost over, but The Cannery Restaurant plans to continue baseball season into the New Year. In fact, the restaurant has hit a grand slam with its 15th annual Hot Stove League Dinner Series hosted by Cannery Seafood of the...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Five Crowns Dazzles with Culinary Jewels

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This year, Five Crowns – a true icon of OC’s culinary world – celebrates its 50th year of serving fabulous food at its charming restaurant in Corona del Mar. This month, Executive Chef Steve Kling launches his fall/winter...

Off the Menu: Dining with Mom on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day—time to grab your mom and treat her to a special culinary outing at a local restaurant. Not sure where to go? We’ve compiled a list of restaurants (with help from calendar editor Laura Wise) that offer something for everyone no matter your taste or...

From Wicked Green to Delicious Red

Don’t tell anyone, but I’d never seen “Wicked.” I know, I know. Chris had experienced it four times, and lectured me constantly about going. However, this deprived novice actually committed every single Ozian song to memory three years ago, when she auditioned for Elphaba in the...