Off the Menu

Off the Menu: Valentine’s Day Dining in Newport Beach

  Still trying to decide what to do for Valentine’s day, or rather where to dine? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. Diners’ expectations are high, and restaurants do their best to live up to expectations by creating special menus to...

Off the Menu: Local Restaurants Offer Fun Dining Events

From Europe With Love at Bluewater Grill Every month, Bluewater Grill hosts a special themed food tasting with wine pairings. For February, the restaurant is bringing back a popular event that highlights two classic dishes: French Bouillabaisse and Italian Cioppino, plus a split...

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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Off the Menu: Thanksgiving Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale ‘Tis the season for tradition, and nothing says tradition like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A handful of restaurants in Newport Beach are offering Thanksgiving feasts ranging from prix fixe dinners to generous buffets. Here’s...

Off the Menu: Fashion Island Dining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale The Fashion Island Tree Lighting continues nightly through the end of the year, so we thought we’d share a few of our favorite Fashion Island restaurants in case you want to grab a bite to eat before or after the tree lighting. Fig...

Dining News

Off the Menu Side Dish: Golden Foodie Award Winners Announced

Awards in two dozen food categories were presented by the OC Restaurant Association to restaurants throughout the county at the fifth annual Golden Foodie Awards, held on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Fairmont Newport Beach. Golden Foodie Awards are for Independent and/or Chef driven...

Off the Menu: Cheese and Wine Offer Perfect Pairings

Wine and cheese make for a popular culinary pairing, which was highlighted last weekend at “Tour de Napa” presented by Hi-Time Wine Cellars at Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa. Some of Napa Valley’s best wineries poured over 100 different wines, while Sidedoor gastropub in...

Judging Food From Fair to Great

“Are you ready for a Chowdown?” I asked Stasha several weeks ago. “Don’t you mean Throwdown?” she replied. “No, that’s Bobby Flay’s line. I mean Chowdown, as in the OC Fair Food Truck versus Fair Food Chowdown.” I could tell from Stasha’s puzzled look that she needed an...