Valentine’s Day Dinners on Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

A quiet, corner table, a candlelit dinner for two, a soft voice answering the phone with melodic exuberance, “Thanks for calling but we’re all booked up for tonight!” As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s wise to plan ahead. Nobody wants to be the one stuck at home with two cans of tuna fish and a 12-pack…

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Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

On Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 11 p.m., 21 Oceanfront, an exclusive beachside fine dining establishment, is hosting a three-course dinner featuring Stag’s Leap wines. 

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5 Locations to Celebrate Wine Wednesday in Newport Beach

There’s no better pairing than wine and Wednesday on a chilly, late-December night. We’d add a brief anecdote here (something about a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and the ruination of winter-white pants) but you probably want to get straight down to the good stuff. So, without further ado, five choice locations to celebrate the holidays and…

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Newport Beach’s Taco Bell Cantina is Fast Food with Booze

Taco Bell Cantina just opened in Newport Beach, a tiny wedge of an eatery standing tall and proud next to Stag Bar on 22nd St. off W. Balboa Blvd. (Yes, it’s in the same location as the now-defunct Original Pizza and yes, its presence represents the encroaching maniacal claws of rampant consumerism on our small,…

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Clothing by OWL is Here for the Right Reasons

There’s nothing wrong with being basic. Yeah, you might buy hand-sewn day planners on Etsy, dress your tiny dog in seasonally appropriate attire, take selfies with the pig-eared Snapchat filter because your eyes look awesome then caption the pic something self-effacing like, “Can’t believe it’s raining today. #Haircut.”  So what? And yes, you probably drink…

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Tupelo Junction Cafe Looms Bright as The Porch Swings No More

To be honest, The Porch was good but never great. The feta cheese crumbled on top of the guacamole was a nice, salty touch and the flatbreads more often than not delivered but overall, The Porch occupied that precarious space between elevated bar food and ambiguously mediocre “New American” dining. If you check Yelp, the…

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Pacific Wine and Food Classic Graces Newport Beach

Morning’s fingers released their grip on the day and the early fog that had settled on the shore lifted, finally. It was bright outside, or brighter than it had been. I stood in a space large but inviting, decorated with white canopied tents that filled with wind and looked like sails along the water. A…

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Lido Bottle Works is Farm-to-Table Perfection

“5:30.”  “In the morning?” “Yes. And everyone showed up.” I was sitting in the corner booth at Newport Beach’s latest bay-side dining experience, Lido Bottle Works, about to dive into an expertly seared halibut set before me moments before by Executive Chef Joel Harrington. From what I could already tell, the chef commands his kitchen with…

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What You Missed: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival 2017

It’s not every day you stand on the lawn outside your local library and next to you, dressed casually in a pastel collared shirt and beige slacks, is Hubert Keller, James Beard Foundation winner and chef extraordinaire. He’s laughing about a joke you couldn’t hear. What does Hubert find so funny?

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