| Apr 3, 2008
| 5:52 PM
MAYBE you went straight from the office to the concert at REDCAT or Disney Hall. Maybe you burned a lot of energy on the dance floor. Maybe the late movie triggered a conversation so intense that it's still going. For whatever reason, it's midnight and...
| Feb 16, 2009
| 3:41 PM
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
Location: Orange County Performing Arts Center, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; (714) 429-7640; www.patinagroup.com/caferouge
Ambience: Chic, contemporary restaurant in the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert...
| May 27, 2009
Priyani Oriental Cafe is tucked into the tiny back corner of a parking lot, wedged between an Indian/Pakistani supermarket and a fence. It's actually a chunk of the supermarket, walled off into a separate space, and lovingly made as cozy as possible....
| Jun 3, 2009
I can tell you my friends weren't all that excited when I told them where we were headed for dinner: the Westside Pavilion. Granted, dining in a shopping mall doesn't quite have the allure of Providence or the Bazaar by José Andres. But then again, I told...
| Jul 1, 2009
Passersby stand and stare at the spectacle inside the palatial Brockman Building at the corner of 7th and Grand. Floor-to-ceiling windows put the whole shebang that is Bottega Louie on full display: gray-veined marble floors, imposing pillars and a...
| Nov 17, 2004
It's the old parlor game: "If you could eat dinner with anyone you wanted, whom would it be?" That may be fun for some, but for those who love to cook, wouldn't a more kitchen-centric twist be even better? Wouldn't you rather fantasize about whom you...
| Aug 12, 2009
Before it was Beach Boulevard, the Orange County road that leads straight to Huntington Beach was known as Highway 39.
That was back when Clifford Ronnenberg's parents owned a dairy and roadside diner, which is now the site of the citified ParkAve...
| Mar 17, 2011
The joyous festival of Purim, which begins Saturday night, commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from danger. So why not celebrate with a menu that honors that?
Persian cooking has much in common with other Middle Eastern cuisines,...
| Jan 6, 2010
To say that I eat out a lot would be something of an understatement. The question I'm always asked, of course, is what is my favorite restaurant? That's understandable, but it's also basically unanswerable. Because the answer depends on whether I'm in the...
| Nov 25, 2009
Appetizers? Before Thanksgiving dinner?
Yes. Yes. And yes (in answer to your next question: "But will I have time to make them?").
The main event might be the big golden bird, but a thoughtful appetizer or two goes a long way toward making dinner...
| Dec 23, 2009
Dear SOS: The shrimp tostones appetizer at Cafe Verde in Pasadena is delicious, unique and addictive. I've taken several out-of-town guests to enjoy the dish, and they all rave as well! I would love to have the recipe.