January 10, 2007
In the heart of Newport Beach is Fashion Island, offering unique shopping and dining in a beautiful open-air atmosphere. Often referred to as the town center of Newport Beach, Fashion Island is the ultimate outdoor coastal shopping destination with an ocean view and nearly 200 stores. You?ll find Orange County?s only Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale?s, as well as numerous exclusive boutiques such as American Rag Cie, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Original Penguin, Charriol, Martin + Osa, and many others.
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 30, 2004
Alicia Robinson When that rumble in your belly means you want to wash down a piece of roasted gazelle with a glass of fine wine, there's a place in Newport Beach that can meet your culinary needs. One of the city's best-kept dining secrets, the husband-and-wife team that runs Bistro le Crillon is swimming against the tide of chain restaurant meals most Americans have grown accustomed to. "We don't do, here, corporate food," co-owner Diego Ostroski said.
June 18, 2004
Greer Wylder Troquet, a sophisticated French bistro with multiple personalities, is rather hidden away from shoppers on the third floor of South Coast Plaza. It's casual, warm, upscale and chic. With its mall location, it caters to shoppers who come in dressed in just about any attire imaginable, even shorts. Jacket and tie not required. There's also the business-lunch crowd, who want premium foods in a hurry. Quick lunches can work by taking advantage of valet parking and the elevator.
September 26, 2003
Greer Wylder The owners of South Coast Plaza were so impressed with acclaimed chef Yujean Kang that they invited him to open the first Asian restaurant in the mall. His award-winning Old Town Pasadena restaurant was touted by an L.A.-based poll as "the most exciting menu this side of Taiwan." Now he divides his time between two successful restaurants. At South Coast Plaza, Kang chose not to duplicate Pasadena's Chinese-only menu. Here he plays with dishes, and the menu sports a new Asian-inspired taste.
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.
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.
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.
November 1, 2001
Stephen Santacroce People are always asking me what my favorite restaurants are in the area. Invariably, when I list my top four or five, my list includes both of Tim and Liza Goodell's gems, Aubergine and Troquet. More often than not, the response is a blank stare, or a "I've heard of that, where is it?" It seems that two of the area's best restaurants are also two of its best-kept secrets. Certainly, Troquet, despite its location in bustling South Coast Plaza, requires a certain explorer's tenacity to find.