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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

Special Menus From the Heart

Retailers depend on the Christmas season to boost their bottom line. Given a choice, restaurateurs would rather bypass Christmas in favor of the more lucrative Valentine’s Day. Yes, flowers and chocolate can set the stage for a romantic evening, but nothing says I Love You like a...

A Small Chocolate World

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with chocolate. Lots of chocolate. A room full of chocolate. I’m always ready to dive into a chocolate treat. Stasha pretends not to enjoy chocolate, but she has indulged when the mood – and the...

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Side Dish

Off the Menu: Sensational Cuisine at Social

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We’ve been to Social in Costa Mesa several times and have always come away raving about the food and the cocktail program. This week, we were invited to “get Social” again and sample new dishes, as well as a handful of...

Off the Menu Special: Beauty and the Beast

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  We love musicals, and seldom miss one of the Broadway touring productions at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We also love dining at Leatherby’s Café Rouge adjacent to Segerstrom Concert Hall, because they usually feature...

Dining News

Off the Menu: Fig & Olive Chef Creates Classic Cuisine

The inaugural Pacific Wine & Food Classic at Newport Dunes has come and gone, but the flavors still linger on our palates. We were impressed with the quality and creativity of the cuisine served at the event, and the fact that most of the restaurant chefs were actually there...

Off the Menu Side Dish: “A Christmas Carol” Leads to Water Grill

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Christmas is a time for traditions. One of ours is attending the annual production of “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory. This year is the 37th annual production of the perennial holiday favorite, starring SCR...

Off the Menu Special: A ‘Mormon’ Menu and Musical

It’s outrageous and in-your-face funny, but that’s to be expected for a musical penned by the folks behind the equally-outrageous animated series, “South Park.” Yes, “The Book of Mormon” has returned to Segerstrom Center, much to the delight of a packed house on Wednesday night...