Off the Menu OC

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Dining on Bone Marrow at Brasserie Pascal with 12-year-old food blogger Sydney Casillas

Whenever someone asks me to name my favorite OC restaurants, Brasserie Pascal in Newport Beach is always on my list. Chef Pascal Olhats has been a fixture on the local … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Culinary Battle at OC Fair – Chef Pascal Olhats (Brasserie Pascal) vrs Chef Paul Cao (Burnt Truck)

I’m a fan of OC’s celebrity chef Pascal Olhats (Brasserie Pascal, Pascal’s Epicerie, etc), and I love food truck cuisine, so when I learned that Chef Pascal was scheduled to … Continue reading

August 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

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