April 18, 2013
TUSTIN - At 11 years old, Marissa Angelina Wendt has her own baking show. Viewers can learn how to make treats like unicorn poop cookies or vanilla bean cupcakes at the Irvine resident's SugarNomsTV channel on YouTube. "I have a sweet tooth, and I'm just really passionate about baking," Marissa said. This week, a video she posted to SugarNoms won her the title of Best Kid Chef from Orange County restaurateur Zov Karamardian who has eateries stretching from Newport Beach to Tustin and Irvine.
February 24, 2000
Stephen Santacroce One of the charms of traveling through European countries like France or Italy is wandering through some small village and stopping off at one of the local bistros or trattorias that dot the countryside. These are usually small, family-run places that feature simple, rustic fare, making the best of the fresh, local ingredients. The food tends to be heartier than in some of the fancier Michelin Guide establishments, and will often feature wild game or fowl caught by local hunters.
November 10, 2000
Can't get away to that terrific trattoria or fabulous foreign bistro? Do the next best thing with multicultural culinary adventures in your own kitchen, launched by cookbooks from Newport libraries. If you're tempted by "a repertoire of simple, delicious and feisty" dishes, check out the flavors of Jamie Oliver, England's newest culinary wonder boy, in "The Naked Chef." Along with 120 recipes based on the BBC television cooking show host's philosophy of stripping down recipes to basics, there are mouthwatering photographs of traditional English favorites and international comfort foods in this hip approach to healthy home cooking.
January 3, 2008
Although most of us occasionally enjoy getting all dressed up and going out for a fancy dinner, who wouldn’t really rather have a great meal right in the neighborhood while still dressed in our jeans? Now, you can do just that at the new Crow Bar and Kitchen on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. It’s the hot place to be for a casual atmosphere and excellent but unpretentious dining. It’s subtitled “an American gastropub.” In London, where people primarily socialize in their local bar, food was something to soak up the booze.
July 3, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The Auto Bistro property on West Coast Highway, which has sat vacant for nearly three years since the experimental gourmet drive-through closed, is in the process of being purchased by neighboring Sterling BMW. A Sterling representative declined to comment on whether the newly acquired property would be used to expand the dealership, saying that plans were not yet firm. Sterling's plans for the property could be announced in about a month, he said.
March 5, 2003
Paul Clinton Sterling BMW is close to a deal to buy the one-acre former Auto Bistro, which closed more than three years ago, and replace the restaurant with an expanded used-car lot. Sterling BMW and Theodore "Bob" Robins, Jr., who owns the property, expect to close escrow on the sale of the parcel in the coming week, both said Tuesday. "Our business has increased such that we need to expand," said John Belanger, Sterling's general manager. "We are very fortunate to have this property next door.
February 18, 2005
Greer Wylder In 1987, Robert Mah, then a professor at UCLA, opened Ho Sum Bistro in Newport Beach. A man who'd had a heart attack at a young age, he desired a restaurant that took healthy eating and good taste seriously. The restaurant served Chinese foods limited in saturated and trans fats, concentrating on lower fat proteins (no red meat), and fresh vegetables. Portions focused on moderation and balance. Ed O'Neill, 44, bought the restaurant from Mah in 1990 and has maintained the heart-healthy concept for the last 15 years.
August 9, 2007
The Chinese food that is usually served in restaurants is filled with enough Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) to harm a horse. Even if a place doesn't use MSG, most of the entrees coming out of the kitchen are so laden with fat and calories that the meal has no redeeming value whatsoever. Ho Sum Bistro changed that years ago. It combined Chinese food with the philosophy of Californians and their healthy lifestyle to come up with what they call "Califoriental Cuisine." I call it unbelievably delicious.
January 31, 2002
Kathy Mader I may be preaching to the choir here. In fact, if you have eaten at Ho Sum Bistro on the Balboa Peninsula before, I know I am. But try not to hold it against me that I think everyone should know about it, not just the regulars. Ho Sum Bistro, a name that is a play on the word "wholesome," specializes in what it calls light and healthy "Califoriental" cuisine. Good word for good food. You walk into the brightly lighted, white-tiled eatery, with both tables and seating at the counter, and it smells like it's supposed to. Not like there has been a recently doused grease fire or that heavy oil odor that comes with some Chinese restaurants.