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February 14, 2011
An animal rights group plans to protest at a Fashion Island French restaurant Monday night for serving foie gras on its Valentine's Day menu. Animal Protection & Rescue League has scheduled a protest at 7 p.m. in front of Brasserie Pascal, one of the eateries run by chef Pascal Olhats. At 8 p.m., protesters will move to another of Pascal's restaurants, Tradition by Pascal on Bristol Street, according to the event's Facebook page . Foie gras is made from the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened, often through force-feeding.
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By Annie Kim | April 16, 2013
An animal-rights group has sent letters threatening legal action to two Orange County chefs who serve foie gras. The chefs serve fattened duck liver at Arc in Costa Mesa and Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, drawing the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). California banned the sale and purchase of fattened duck liver on July 1, but chefs Noah Blom of Arc and Santana found what they believe are legal ways to continue serving the French delicacy to their customers.
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By Annie Kim | April 19, 2013
One of two Orange County restaurants threatened with legal action by animal rights activists has decided to stop serving foie gras. Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach will no longer dish up fattened duck liver as a complimentary side to a $55 glass of wine. "We're calling it quits," Ahmed Labbate, Amar Santana's partner and director of operations at Broadway, said Friday. "I wish I had the money to fight PETA, but we don't. We're a small restaurant and we don't have the means.
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By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
A Laguna Beach chef says animal rights activists posted personal information - including his cell phone number and credit card transactions - online because he served foie gras. Activists hacked into the website of Hudson Valley Foie Gras , from whom Amar Santana of Broadway in Laguna Beach purchased fattened duck liver, and distributed his and more than 1,200 other clients' personal information to animal rights groups, which posted the data online April 24. The list included email addresses, personal cell phone numbers and credit card transactions.
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By Brianna Bailey | April 7, 2009
The pan-seared foie gras with sauteed red grapes and leeks at the Newport Beach restaurant Tradition by Pascal has attracted the ire of a few animal rights groups. About 17 protesters picketed chef Pascal Olhats’ upscale French eatery on North Bristol Street on Saturday night with banners proclaiming “‘Foie Gras’ How much cruelty can you swallow?” after Olhats repeatedly refused their requests to remove two duck liver dishes from his menu. Activists from Orange County People for Animals and the San Diego-based group Animal Protection and Rescue League have been asking Olhats for the past six months to bid adieu to foie gras.
NEWS
By Jay B. Litvak | April 14, 2009
Regarding the article (“Foie gras plate serves as cause celebre,” April 8), I am a veterinarian, and I have apparently seen different methods of producing foie gras than our culinary expert. If you ever want to become a vegetarian, simply come with me to a slaughterhouse. For the sake of disclosure, I am an omnivore. Most of us in the medical field have strong stomachs. However, I do not eat animal foods that I believe were produced by inhumane methods. The Veterinarian’s Oath reads, “I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.
NEWS
April 23, 2009
In the Hawks murder trial Skylar Deleon received the death sentence (“Killer sentenced to die,” April 10). This doesn’t mean a thing to me, as there are almost 700 inmates ahead of him on death row. When was the last time California had an execution? And then there are the bleeding-heart judges (state and federal) that will keep finding errors in the trial and thus causing constant delays. And on top of this, assume Jerry Brown will be elected governor in 2010.
NEWS
January 7, 2005
GREER WYLDER Atelier is the latest venue in Orange County for private dining options. It's an annex to Troquet, a sophisticated French Bistro at South Coast Plaza. Troquet and Atelier are both run by Tim and Liza Goodell, who own a sextet of reputable restaurants in Orange County and Los Angeles. The Goodells were named "one of the country's most talented husband and wife teams" by Gourmet magazine. With Atelier's affiliation to Troquet, events are coordinated with the same service, attention to detail and cuisine.
NEWS
December 29, 2000
1. Get a head start on the parties. A pre-New Year's Eve dinner dance will be held at 7 tonight at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St. Live music will be played from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $39.50 or $45. (714) 540-7000. 2. Dance your way into the new year. Tale of the Whale, a restaurant in the Balboa Pavilion, will offer a complete buffet Sunday, featuring ham, roast beef and turkey carved by the chef. Live music, a cash bar and 2,800 multicolored balloons will complete the scene, which will begin at 7 p.m. $49.50.
NEWS
June 15, 2000
We are thrilled to note that the BOSS Hugo Boss store in South Coast Plaza will be holding a grand reopening June 22. Retail Roundup isn't sure why the word "boss" occurs twice in the title of the store, but perhaps this is one of those fashion mysteries, like the tube top, that are best left unconsidered. WE WISH WE WERE YOU In other "party we won't be going to" news, the Costa Mesa-based company SYNGE.com is throwing a "star-studded" bash tonight at the Paramount Pictures studio in Los Angeles.
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By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
A Laguna Beach chef says animal rights activists posted personal information - including his cell phone number and credit card transactions - online because he served foie gras. Activists hacked into the website of Hudson Valley Foie Gras , from whom Amar Santana of Broadway in Laguna Beach purchased fattened duck liver, and distributed his and more than 1,200 other clients' personal information to animal rights groups, which posted the data online April 24. The list included email addresses, personal cell phone numbers and credit card transactions.
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By Annie Kim | April 19, 2013
One of two Orange County restaurants threatened with legal action by animal rights activists has decided to stop serving foie gras. Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach will no longer dish up fattened duck liver as a complimentary side to a $55 glass of wine. "We're calling it quits," Ahmed Labbate, Amar Santana's partner and director of operations at Broadway, said Friday. "I wish I had the money to fight PETA, but we don't. We're a small restaurant and we don't have the means.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | April 16, 2013
An animal-rights group has sent letters threatening legal action to two Orange County chefs who serve foie gras. The chefs serve fattened duck liver at Arc in Costa Mesa and Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, drawing the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). California banned the sale and purchase of fattened duck liver on July 1, but chefs Noah Blom of Arc and Santana found what they believe are legal ways to continue serving the French delicacy to their customers.
NEWS
By Chuck Cassity | August 16, 2012
I'd like to know if the majority of the politicians we elect to go to Sacramento and fix things are incompetent or just addled when we vote them in. Or is there something in the air up there that makes them act that way once they arrive? Since Gov. Gray Davis was drummed out of office, California has managed to spend way more than the $150 billion it took in. California, home to some 38 million, and the ninth largest economy in the world (slipping from sixth), absolutely cannot live within its means.
NEWS
February 14, 2011
An animal rights group plans to protest at a Fashion Island French restaurant Monday night for serving foie gras on its Valentine's Day menu. Animal Protection & Rescue League has scheduled a protest at 7 p.m. in front of Brasserie Pascal, one of the eateries run by chef Pascal Olhats. At 8 p.m., protesters will move to another of Pascal's restaurants, Tradition by Pascal on Bristol Street, according to the event's Facebook page . Foie gras is made from the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened, often through force-feeding.
NEWS
April 23, 2009
In the Hawks murder trial Skylar Deleon received the death sentence (“Killer sentenced to die,” April 10). This doesn’t mean a thing to me, as there are almost 700 inmates ahead of him on death row. When was the last time California had an execution? And then there are the bleeding-heart judges (state and federal) that will keep finding errors in the trial and thus causing constant delays. And on top of this, assume Jerry Brown will be elected governor in 2010.
NEWS
By Jay B. Litvak | April 14, 2009
Regarding the article (“Foie gras plate serves as cause celebre,” April 8), I am a veterinarian, and I have apparently seen different methods of producing foie gras than our culinary expert. If you ever want to become a vegetarian, simply come with me to a slaughterhouse. For the sake of disclosure, I am an omnivore. Most of us in the medical field have strong stomachs. However, I do not eat animal foods that I believe were produced by inhumane methods. The Veterinarian’s Oath reads, “I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 7, 2009
The pan-seared foie gras with sauteed red grapes and leeks at the Newport Beach restaurant Tradition by Pascal has attracted the ire of a few animal rights groups. About 17 protesters picketed chef Pascal Olhats’ upscale French eatery on North Bristol Street on Saturday night with banners proclaiming “‘Foie Gras’ How much cruelty can you swallow?” after Olhats repeatedly refused their requests to remove two duck liver dishes from his menu. Activists from Orange County People for Animals and the San Diego-based group Animal Protection and Rescue League have been asking Olhats for the past six months to bid adieu to foie gras.
FEATURES
By By Greer Wylder | December 16, 2005
Three restaurants around town cook up savory selections for those dining out on the holiday.Festive Christmas Eve and Christmas dining is just a reservation away. Here are three local restaurants that can make your Christmas feast even more special. At The Island Hotel (formerly the Four Seasons) in Newport Beach, you can enjoy a five-course Christmas Eve dinner or a family-style Christmas dinner at the award-winning Pavilion restaurant. Chat Noir, a French bistro and jazz lounge in Costa Mesa, celebrates Christmas Eve with a four-course dinner.
NEWS
By: Greer Wylder | September 30, 2005
With the seriousness and precision of a surgeon, master chef Takashi Abe carefully slices a Japanese snapper and pidan -- a preserved duck egg with a mahogany-colored shell. This is the start of the special salad-of-the-day creation at Bluefin, a new upscale restaurant at Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Beach. Abe is able to turn virtually every slice of sushi he touches into an edible work of art. It's a skill that has brought the 48-year-old a string of successes in the restaurant business, including his namesake sushi bar on the Balboa Peninsula that he recently sold.
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