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By John Reger | November 26, 2009
A friend of mine has been hit by the recession, and going out to eat has not really been an option for her. It has been difficult because she used to go out to eat several times a week, but like most she has had to really scale back on her luxury expenditures. Fortunately, her situation is starting to slowly turn around, and I suggested we hit a happy hour to celebrate. Most restaurants with bars have adapted to the economy, and several are offering deeply discounted happy hour menus.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 22, 2010
The Camp in Costa Mesa is an innovative and fun destination with assorted sports-related shops and seven different restaurants ranging from 118 Degrees, serving raw vegan food, to Valhalla Table, featuring sausages and beer. Ecco has joined the collection, occupying the large space to the rear that has housed two previous restaurants. This new hip spot is definitely worth searching for, since you can't see it from the street. You must take a very brief walk from the Camp's parking lot, through a miniscule forest, to arrive at this ultra-modern Italian trattoria.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | November 8, 2007
Making food from scratch from local ingredients is supposed to be an environmentally sound choice. It saves gasoline by reducing the transportation of separate ingredients from manufacturers and warehouses to local stores. For some reason that escapes me now, I wanted to serve homemade goat cheese as an appetizer for a ?Celebrate Local Foods? feast, which I?ll write about next week. I should preface this escapade by pointing out that every grocery store in town sells a nice assortment of cheeses.
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February 3, 2005
John Volo Exhilarated! That's how I felt one recent Thursday at the House of Brews in Huntington Harbour. It was shortly after noon as I stood with a beer in one hand, a pool stick in the other, watching sports on the big screens (albeit only Formula One racing and English league soccer) as I noshed on a quartet of tasty foods with my buddy Eric. For those of you who don't work from home, or have a flexible schedule like Eric does, there's a certain wickedness factor involved when imbibing in mid-day libations and games.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | September 26, 2012
Vic and I had "slow food" this past week at two events. One was the annual Harvest Potluck by the Huntington Beach Community Garden. The other was the annual picnic in Bommer Canyon in Irvine put on by the Orange County chapter of Slow Food U.S.A. We attended the latter event with Dave and Margaret Carlberg. Slow food is the opposite of fast food. It is food that is cooked from scratch and savored with family or friends instead of mass-prepared food that is ordered at a drive-thru window and eaten on the run in the car. I have been a member of Slow Food U.S.A.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 20, 2010
Seasons 52 has opened at South Coast Plaza. Occupying the first floor of the building that used to house the old Clubhouse restaurant, Seasons 52 brings its concept of a seasonally inspired menu with no dish counting more than 425 calories. The award-winning wine list features an international selection; in fact, wine bottles play a prominent part in the handsome, casually sophisticated décor. With elements of dark wood and natural stone, the two large rooms have a club-like atmosphere, although there is patio dining as well.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz and By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 20, 2012
There are several new eateries in the ever-evolving entertainment center that is the Irvine Spectrum. One of the hippest is Cucina Enoteca, just across the courtyard from the Cineplex. As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you see is the inviting large patio with a fully grown tree providing shade for one side of the expansive outdoor eating area. As you enter the cavernous indoor space, you are actually in their wine store, with racks of bottles providing the décor and a bar/dining area on one end and a long communal table nestled between the shelves.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 25, 2011
It seems like the vast majority of restaurants in Huntington Beach are in strip malls with generally unprepossessing exteriors. Such is the case with La Fontana, but once you step through the door, you find yourself in a warm, welcoming atmosphere created by the amusingly kitschy but somehow charming décor. Tiny Christmas lights embedded in fake pine boughs are strung along the ceiling. The walls are decorated with trompe l'oeil murals of large, stone-framed windows, one looking out onto a fountain in a garden and several others with vistas of the sea. Cloth-covered tables, golden lighting and an open kitchen combine to make the space quite endearing.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 2, 2012
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine is unusual in several ways. For starters, it is a not-for-profit restaurant that donates funds to the Andrei Foundation, named after Andrei Olenicoff, the owner's brother, who died in a car accident at age 32. The foundation supports research in eye disease as well as other charities. It is also a seriously green establishment committed to local, sustainable, natural and organic ingredients. It is in the semi-final competition for the greenest restaurant in the Los Angeles area.
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August 21, 2003
DINING OUT If you have seen the reality TV program about the opening of Rocco's, a New York restaurant, you will appreciate what owners Tom Simms and his son, Chris, have gone through to present the brick-red Lazy Dog Cafe on Beach Boulevard, located just south of the San Diego Freeway in the recently renovated Target/Pavilions shopping center. The 250-seat restaurant has an energy and eagerness to please that makes it a fun place to be. The decor of well-spaced tables and booths is set off by a huge paining of a terrier named "Maggie" and paw print tabs hold the napkin-wrapped silverware.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 26, 2012
Time after time, we find small strip-mall restaurants in Huntington Beach that are chef-owned and reasonably priced and offer a menu with their particular, inventive slant on whatever cuisine they prepare. Our newest discovery, the Corner, has been around for about a year and a half. It is the offspring of Chef Chris Grodach, who earned his chops at such culinary meccas as the French Laundry and the Montage. In Chef Chris' own restaurant, featuring eclectic cuisine, everything from the ketchup to the garlic noodles is made from scratch.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz and By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 20, 2012
There are several new eateries in the ever-evolving entertainment center that is the Irvine Spectrum. One of the hippest is Cucina Enoteca, just across the courtyard from the Cineplex. As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you see is the inviting large patio with a fully grown tree providing shade for one side of the expansive outdoor eating area. As you enter the cavernous indoor space, you are actually in their wine store, with racks of bottles providing the décor and a bar/dining area on one end and a long communal table nestled between the shelves.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | September 26, 2012
Vic and I had "slow food" this past week at two events. One was the annual Harvest Potluck by the Huntington Beach Community Garden. The other was the annual picnic in Bommer Canyon in Irvine put on by the Orange County chapter of Slow Food U.S.A. We attended the latter event with Dave and Margaret Carlberg. Slow food is the opposite of fast food. It is food that is cooked from scratch and savored with family or friends instead of mass-prepared food that is ordered at a drive-thru window and eaten on the run in the car. I have been a member of Slow Food U.S.A.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 2, 2012
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine is unusual in several ways. For starters, it is a not-for-profit restaurant that donates funds to the Andrei Foundation, named after Andrei Olenicoff, the owner's brother, who died in a car accident at age 32. The foundation supports research in eye disease as well as other charities. It is also a seriously green establishment committed to local, sustainable, natural and organic ingredients. It is in the semi-final competition for the greenest restaurant in the Los Angeles area.
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By Greer Wylder | May 9, 2012
Celebrate the grand opening of Beauty Cirque at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. You can meet owner and founder Rianna Loving, receive a gift with a purchase and enjoy cocktails. The beauty and grooming shop for men and women of all ages offers indie and niche beauty brands that could become your favorite products. Choose from hair products, makeup, and bath and body products. Beauty Cirque is Loving's second store at OC Mart Mix. She also owns the Los Angeles-based Organic To Green, featuring products packaged in reusable donated glass, refillable hotel amenities and toiletries.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 25, 2011
It seems like the vast majority of restaurants in Huntington Beach are in strip malls with generally unprepossessing exteriors. Such is the case with La Fontana, but once you step through the door, you find yourself in a warm, welcoming atmosphere created by the amusingly kitschy but somehow charming décor. Tiny Christmas lights embedded in fake pine boughs are strung along the ceiling. The walls are decorated with trompe l'oeil murals of large, stone-framed windows, one looking out onto a fountain in a garden and several others with vistas of the sea. Cloth-covered tables, golden lighting and an open kitchen combine to make the space quite endearing.
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By Greer Wylder | October 27, 2010
Happy Hour Week in Orange County continues through Saturday. Restaurants, bars, pubs and breweries throughout Orange County are mixing and pouring their best drinks and offering tasty appetizers. Some restaurants are following themes, including a "haunted happy hour" or offering "happy hour, all day…all week. " For all you need to know, including participating establishments and special bar menus for both food and drinks, visit http://www.happyhourweek.com . Some favorites include the Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach and Tustin.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 20, 2010
Seasons 52 has opened at South Coast Plaza. Occupying the first floor of the building that used to house the old Clubhouse restaurant, Seasons 52 brings its concept of a seasonally inspired menu with no dish counting more than 425 calories. The award-winning wine list features an international selection; in fact, wine bottles play a prominent part in the handsome, casually sophisticated décor. With elements of dark wood and natural stone, the two large rooms have a club-like atmosphere, although there is patio dining as well.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 22, 2010
The Camp in Costa Mesa is an innovative and fun destination with assorted sports-related shops and seven different restaurants ranging from 118 Degrees, serving raw vegan food, to Valhalla Table, featuring sausages and beer. Ecco has joined the collection, occupying the large space to the rear that has housed two previous restaurants. This new hip spot is definitely worth searching for, since you can't see it from the street. You must take a very brief walk from the Camp's parking lot, through a miniscule forest, to arrive at this ultra-modern Italian trattoria.
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By John Reger | November 26, 2009
A friend of mine has been hit by the recession, and going out to eat has not really been an option for her. It has been difficult because she used to go out to eat several times a week, but like most she has had to really scale back on her luxury expenditures. Fortunately, her situation is starting to slowly turn around, and I suggested we hit a happy hour to celebrate. Most restaurants with bars have adapted to the economy, and several are offering deeply discounted happy hour menus.
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