November 14, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Walking into Maggiano's Little Italy, it isn't the old Chicago vibe with the imposing bar or the red leather booths with tables covered in white and red checkered tablecloths that lures you. It's the smell of simmering sauces and freshly baked bread. On a rainy afternoon, my husband and I ventured forth to the restaurant in the lot of South Coast Plaza, forewarned by relatives and friends that we were about to see portions my New Mexican great grandmother would have been proud of. To the accompaniment of Sinatra's version of "Under My Skin," we began with a bread basket filled with crispy parmesan and herb toasts, as well as a crusty bread spongy enough to soak up the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
November 11, 1999
I'm sure [Kiki] Allan, the lady you featured on your Monday front page feeding the birds, is a lovely lady and you got a great picture of the swan ("Friend of the feathered," Nov. 8). But I wonder how she would feel if she knew she were possibly contributing to the demise of her precious bird friends. In your article you alluded to the fact that these are not pets. They are indeed wild animals; part of a fragile ecosystem. As wild things they learn to forage for the proper food for them in order to live.
August 18, 2000
Alex Coolman COSTA MESA -- It doesn't take much to be satisfied on a good summer afternoon. At TeWinkle Park, in fact, it requires little more than a fistful of hot dog buns. That's what Nayely Moralez, 8, and her sister Michelle, 5, have learned over the course of this summer, which they've filled with regular trips to the park to feed the ducks and swans. On a recent afternoon, as their mother Graciela looked on, the Costa Mesa youth practiced the techniques they have learned through their long exposure to the quacking creatures: throw big chunks to the swans, little nibbles to the ducks, and try not to let your fingers get nipped.
November 29, 2001
Stephen Santacroce Ever since some Iranian friends of mine took me to a Persian restaurant several years ago, I have been fascinated and delighted by the subtle flavors and intricate history of Persian cuisine. The Persian empire was one of the world's first great empires, and the cuisine that developed from the courts of Cyrus the Great and other such rulers bear the influence of its exotic lands. Since the late 1980s, Darya restaurant has been serving Orange County diners fine Persian cooking; first at its original location on MacArthur Boulevard and Bristol Street, and more recently, at its current spot in South Coast Village, next to Antonello's.
March 11, 2010
Handsome and refined but not stuffy, Pinot Provence is the South Coast outpost of Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group, along with Leatherby’s Café Rouge. This Los Angeles chef is slowly building an empire of attractive restaurants with consistently good food. Authentic Provençal French food is the star here, with classics like escargots, soupe a l’oignon, moules frites and magret de canard. The high-ceiling dining room looks like the great hall of a chateau in Avignon.
June 19, 2001
EDITOR'S NOTE: On June 6, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute held a concert at the Balboa Pavilion to mark the 60th anniversary of Stan Kenton's first concert at the Rendezvous Ballroom. That article stoked memories of Kenton for former Daily Pilot Managing Editor Charles H. Loos. The following is a reprint of a Loos article that originally ran Aug. 27, 1979, two days after Kenton's death: Let's get one thing straight right from the top. Stan Kenton didn't write "Take the A Train."
January 29, 2013
Surfas has come to Orange County, and it is a paradise for gastronomes and cooks of every stripe. It's also a great place to pick up a gift for your foodie friends. Located at the OC Mart Mix, its official title is Surfas Culinary District. It is a restaurant supply dealer but is open to the public, and what a plethora of fabulous gourmet treasures are to be found there! You can get an entire iberico ham or a few slices of pancetta. You can buy a 50-quart stockpot or a larding needle, plus everything in between.
September 22, 2005
Last week I spent an evocative two-hour lunch talking shop with the pastors of four local mainstream churches. All this came about because I had called Dennis Short -- pastor of the Harbor Christian Church and chairman of Costa Mesa's now defunct Human Relations Committee -- to ask a favor. I wanted to talk to him about what I perceived as the redefining of Christianity by the fast-growing fundamentalist Christian churches and the passivity among the mainstream churches in allowing that to happen.
October 27, 2006
Sage Hill School has played some of its best football of the season in its first two league games. The Lightning want to keep that trend going even as they step outside the Academy League realm for a week, playing host to Animo High tonight at 7 in a nonleague contest. Sage Hill Coach Tom Monarch said the game is a good chance for the Lightning (4-3, 2-0 in league), ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division, to practice fundamentals. "My primary concern is just fundamentals and execution," Monarch said.
July 23, 2006
We agree with Jeff Parker of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Saturday night of this year's Taste of Newport ? Sept. 16, to be precise ? is "just going to be the place to be in Newport Beach." The chamber last week announced the line-up for the main performers at the Taste, which runs Sept. 15 to 17 in Newport Center, and the Go-Go's ? the Los Angeles all-girl band that is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its first album ? play Saturday night. Friday night's headliner is alternative rock band Smash Mouth, and on Sunday ?