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Island Hotel in Newport Beach Unveils New Restaurant

The Island Hotel in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, closed its Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge earlier this year and transformed the entire facility into two separate yet adjacent entities: Oak … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Comes to Town Sept. 20 & 21

In September of 2012, the annual Taste of Newport ended its 24 year run in Fashion Island. Now, another food and wine festival aims to take its place. The inaugural … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Off the Menu: Classy Catering with 24 Carrots and Vanity Catering

The term “catering” at one time had a less-than-glamorous connotation, but that has changed in recent years thanks to a handful of caterers and chefs who have taken catering to … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Winery Newport is a Dazzling Newcomer

Over the past six years, The Winery Restaurant partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have earned a reputation in the OC culinary world as having exceptional food, … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Restaurant Gets A Rating

“Meet me at The Arches!” That was a familiar phrase back in the 1920s and 30s, when The Arches Restaurant and Filling Station on Coast Highway in Newport Beach was … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Baja-Style Cuisine at SOL Cocina

We love dining at SOL Mexican Cocina (locations in Newport Beach, CA and Scottsdale, AZ), and have consistently been impressed with Chef Deborah Schneider’s creative take on south-of-the-border cuisine. Many … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Newport’s Culinary Newcomers Reveal Culinary Delights

After a long wait, two new restaurants from two of our favorite chefs have finally opened in Newport Beach: Provenance and The Winery. Each one offers unique concepts and culinary delights.  Provenance Chef Cathy … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sliding Door Cafe No Longer a Secret

 It’s no secret that we’ve become fans of The Sliding Door Café in Newport Beach. Chef-Owner Kevin Cahalan, a transplanted New Yorker, is making culinary magic in his tiny kitchen. … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Chef Pascal Olhats Brings a Twist on French Cuisine to Cafe Jardin in Newport Beach

The iconic Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach garnered headlines when it closed in February. Another Fashion Island favorite, Brasserie Pascal, closed last December when Chef Pascal Olhats was unable to renegotiate … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

A “Tabu” Dinner Leads to Comedy at Laguna Playhouse

Our home-base may be Newport Beach, but we love making the short drive down the coast to Laguna Beach, which has an impressive array of restaurants. The town also has The Laguna … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment