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July 21, 2003
Tom Forquer If someone asked you eat their business card, would you do it? Bob Fitzgerald's tastes pretty good. The owner of the Chocolate Print Connection, a franchise of the Chocolate Printing Company. is using a system developed by FISCO to print digital images on chocolate using FDA-approved edible ink. "Rather than giving a cigar out that costs you five dollars, you give out a lollipop with the kid's picture on it and the date of birth," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2009
Where’s it at: Häagen Dazs, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 754-7752 or 265 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach (949) 644-7555. What’s in it: This is a delectable dessert from the quality ice cream maker. It features signature Häagen Dazs ice cream with whipped topped and chocolate flavoring drizzled down the sides. Cost: $13.95 to $43.95 Why you should order it: This is one of several signature ice cream cakes made here and with 48 hours notice can be customized for any occasion.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
CHOCOLATE Besides being hunting dogs, Labrador retrievers are known for being great family dogs, with gentle dispositions. Chocolate is no different; he loves everyone. Alexander and his wife have raised Chocolate, who is now 6. Alexander says he is well trained and very smart. Now that Alexander has entered graduate school and moved into a smaller home, he wants Chocolate to live with a family with a backyard and time to devote to Chocolate, since he no longer can. Chocolate will be available to meet potential new pet parents in his home or -- for families with dogs -- at a neutral park location.
NEWS
January 29, 2002
Deirdre Newman As freshman Meghan Cameron delicately dipped a strawberry into chocolate and twirled it around, "oohs" and "aaahs" emanated through the classroom. Meghan, a student in Janet Dukes' beginning foods class at Newport Harbor High School, was demonstrating how to make chocolate-covered strawberries during a lesson on chocolate baskets. Dukes' beginning food class students were elbow-deep in white and dark chocolate as part of their end-of-the-quarter project.
NEWS
April 11, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Forget the bikini. It's Easter. Somewhere along the way, the Christian holiday became associated with jellybeans and chocolate bunnies. And chocolatier Bodega, which has its flagship store at South Coast Plaza and its factory in Costa Mesa, has some of the richest, darkest, most decadent bunnies in town. It's almost too decadent for some, at least temporarily. "Lots of people gave up chocolate for Lent," said employee Darla Sink as she tempted passers-by with free samples in front of the store.
NEWS
March 24, 2002
I love the saying, "Life is uncertain, eat dessert first." I've taken this maxim to heart most of my life. Not only do I like to eat sweets (especially if there's chocolate involved), but I like to make them as well. So when a friend called to tell me about a class that taught chocolate making techniques, including chocolate baskets and chocolate "tuxedo" strawberries, I signed my name on the dotted line. The location was convenient, the instruction was superb, the cost was very reasonable and everyone had a wild time at Newport Harbor High School.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By Greer Wylder | February 3, 2006
Once upon a time there was a magical dreamland with cascading chocolate fountains, sea-foam green vistas, glittery walkways and a pretty blond princess waving her wand at the castle gates. Everything in the magical world was deliciously sweet -- swirled lollipops, creamy caramel, whipped fluffy icing, and moist and chewy snicker doodle cookies -- and that made its inhabitants happy. This fairy tale, dreamt up by the mother-and-daughter team of Sondra and Allyson Ames, came true in the fall when Wonderland Bakery opened at the Bluffs shopping center in Newport Beach.
NEWS
August 14, 2003
My mother received a fondue pot (avocado green, of course) sometime in the late 1960s as a Christmas gift. We thought it was very groovy and often begged to use it, but that would have involved actual cooking -- which my mother was morally opposed to. It sat in its harvest gold box for three decades and was eventually placed in the garage sale pile when I found it, untouched since its birth 30 years earlier. Once new, now retro, it was still extremely groovy, and the idea of making fondue sounded far out. In its honor, we had a '60s theme party, complete with our 1961 bug bus as a lawn ornament.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | February 8, 2011
With Valentine's Day on a Monday this year, many couples are making more creative plans to celebrate. Restaurants are offering weekend-long deals, and many are offering special incentives like gift cards for Feb. 14 diners to entice people to dine out on a Monday. To get an idea of availability, visit opentable.com and peruse the offerings. Here are some of our favorite options, ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Slow hands Spa Gregorie's is offering the chance to develop your massage technique repertoire for $15 per couple.
NEWS
January 6, 2001
A screening of the hot new film "Chocolat" served as a benefit for the Orangewood Children's Foundation recently hosted by El Portal in honor of the opening of its new boutiques at South Coast Plaza. A crowd of about 400 guests attended the grand opening event, which began with the screening of the film at Edward's South Coast Village Cinema and followed by an El Portal in-store soiree featuring French hors d'oeuvres prepared and served by the staff of Pinot Provence, decadent chocolate martinis delivered by Skyy Vodka and an overflowing dessert table laden with Bodega chocolates -- just in case the guests had not had enough of the chocolate theme.
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NEWS
By Carrie Slayback | May 6, 2013
It's 4 a.m. Sunday. Evie calls. Worried about street closures, she summons me to her house on Bayside Drive earlier than our 5:30 a.m. meeting time. My Saturday night had been a lovely 50th wedding anniversary party, bedtime past 11 p.m. Evie's call subtracts a precious hour of sleep. Turns out to be a day of timing. Before I met the "Serious Saturday Runners," I raced with the goal of finishing and eating. They stressed time — complete a half-marathon in under two hours.
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NEWS
November 13, 2012
Never mind that Thanksgiving is only about a week away. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Fashion Island signaled the beginning of the Christmas season Tuesday evening when its 92-foot white fir tree, which is located in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard of the coastal shopping center, was lighted for the first time in front of an estimated crowd of up to 10,000 people. Those in attendance were treated to a rare snowfall and several sing-a-long carols from Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | March 7, 2012
When Danish duo Christian Toxboe and Laura Nielsen brought their gelato recipe to the U.S., they wanted to make it different. They wanted to make it nice. Using fresh, organic ingredients, they launched N'ice Cream: Nielsen's Homemade Gelato and Sorbet, a Venice Beach-based dessert and espresso shop. Each morning, 16 flavors are whipped up in-store using a formula that is lower in fat and sugar than traditional ice cream. "We opened on the notion that it is possible to bring a group of kids somewhere that moms don't have to be worried about artificial flavors and sweeteners," Toxboe said.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Call it a Seder for a sweet tooth. Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach plans two Passover Seders this year, one of which has an unusual main ingredient: chocolate. A "Chocolate Passover Seder," in which the traditional food and drink items are given a chocolate twist, will be hosted by the temple women's group and led by Rabbi Rayna Gevurtz at 7 p.m. April 7 in the main social hall. "This is just a way to have some fun before the seriousness of the Passover festival," said Gevurtz.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | February 8, 2011
With Valentine's Day on a Monday this year, many couples are making more creative plans to celebrate. Restaurants are offering weekend-long deals, and many are offering special incentives like gift cards for Feb. 14 diners to entice people to dine out on a Monday. To get an idea of availability, visit opentable.com and peruse the offerings. Here are some of our favorite options, ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Slow hands Spa Gregorie's is offering the chance to develop your massage technique repertoire for $15 per couple.
LOCAL
By Greer Wylder | December 17, 2009
In just a few short years, Christopher Michael Chocolatier has easily become one of the most famous OC-based chocolatiers. As seen on “The Today Show,” his creations are sought throughout the country. Michael searches high and low for premium ingredients. He favors fair-trade Venezuelan chocolate, organic and fresh dairy products, homegrown herbs, and fruits picked from his family orchard. He combines spices and savory flavors to make unique creations like the popular Sizzling Bacon Bar, with crispy, blended into creamy milk chocolate, and get this, Pop Rocks for a sizzling bacon sensation in your mouth.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | November 23, 2009
A group of 11 sixth-grade girls at Newport Heights Elementary has decided to give back to their school before they go on to seventh grade. Their medium? Thousands and thousands of cookies. The girls of the Students Thinking About Youth (STAY) club spend their spare time baking at one another’s homes, then bring the sweet treats to bake sales after school and at sporting events. “It’s really fun because we all get to hang out while we make cookies,” said Kate Hefner, 12. Each girl has her own responsibility, including cash management and trash collection.
LOCAL
By Paul Anderson | May 7, 2009
OK, you really blew it. You totally forgot about Mother’s Day again this year, and you haven’t even thought about a gift. Don’t worry. There’s a time-tested cure all women appreciate: chocolates. This week we check in with Chris Michael, owner of Christopher Michael Chocolates in Newport Beach.   It’s almost Mother’s Day. Still time to get chocolate for Mom? And, if so, what do you recommend? Yes, there’s still time for buying some chocolates for Mother’s Day!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2009
Where’s it at: Häagen Dazs, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 754-7752 or 265 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach (949) 644-7555. What’s in it: This is a delectable dessert from the quality ice cream maker. It features signature Häagen Dazs ice cream with whipped topped and chocolate flavoring drizzled down the sides. Cost: $13.95 to $43.95 Why you should order it: This is one of several signature ice cream cakes made here and with 48 hours notice can be customized for any occasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2008
Where’s it at: Cefiore, 2801 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, (949) 723-1679 or 3305 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach (949) 566-0048 What’s in it: Nonfat frozen yogurt is mixed with cocoa, and there is a variety of toppings, including fresh fruit, cookie crumbles, Gummy bears, coconut and mixed nuts. Cost: 5-ounce, $3.95; 7-ounce, $4.95; 10-ounce, $5.95; and 13-ounce, $7.95. All come with three free toppings. Why you should order it: The nonfat frozen yogurt has developed a cult following with area residents because of its rich taste and low calories.
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