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Covering the dining scene in and around the OC

The Holidays are the Perfect Time to Dine on Balboa Island

Thanks to the annual Ring of Lights holiday home decorating competition, Balboa Island is ablaze with colorful and elaborate décor. This also means more people roaming the Island to get … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pizza Nova Offers an Explosion of Flavors

Summer’s over, time to get back to business, and back to pizza! Catherine loves pizza (“I could eat it every day—and often do,” she said), so when she heard that … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a 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

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

150 Wineries Come to Pasadena for Tasting Event on March 9

Tickets are still available for what is shaping up to be one of the most significant So Cal wine tasting events of the year: Family Winemakers 2014 Tasting event at … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

OC Restaurant Week – Feb. 23 to March 1

Orange County Restaurant Week kicked off on Saturday, February 22 with a launch party that featured two dozen restaurants offering samples of their Restaurant Week menus. More than 100 restaurants … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wizard of Food meets “Wizard of Oz”

Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan of Leatherby’s Café Rouge at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa loves to create themed menus for the Broadway musicals that come to the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment