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Perfect Macarons from Pascal’s Epicerie in Newport Beach

I wanted to take my intern, Samantha Smith – a young singer/songwriter who usually spends the summer in France with her parents while the family rents out their Newport Beach … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bask in Bastille Day Menus at Three OC Restaurants

Happy Bastille Day! This week, three local French restaurants celebrate their homeland’s holiday by offering Bastille Day specials. But what exactly is Bastille Day?  Americans have the Fourth of July, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Farewell to Foie – Two OC Spots offer an Ultimate Foie Gras Fix before Culinary Prohibition kicks in July 1

California’s ban on the sale of Foie Gras goes into effect July 1, which means time is running out for discriminating diners to enjoy this decadent delicacy before Culinary Prohibition … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pascal’s Tradition Restaurant returns as a Pop-Up inside Brasserie Pascal in Newport Beach

It’s hard to ignore tradition, especially a culinary treasure like Pascal Olhat’s Tradition Restaurant, which closed February 14. Fans of Tradition can prepare their palates because that famous bistro is … Continue reading

April 21, 2012 · Leave a comment