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.
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2007
Corona del Mar residents Steve and Ruth Bein were thrilled when they learned that a dinner prepared by their family friend, Roy's Restaurant founder Roy Yamaguchi, had attached to it a worthy cause. On Wednesday, the self-proclaimed wine connoisseurs went to Costa Mesa's Center Club with son Bob Bein and Hugues Bolduc, both of Newport Beach, to feast on foie gras and Cajun-style pan-fried opakapaka "When we heard, of course we wanted to be here," Bolduc said. "Now that we know it's for charity, it's a double pleasure."
January 13, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Chef Pascal Olhats is closing the doors to Tradition by Pascal on Feb. 15 after a nearly 25-year run, but the restaurateur is keeping a close hold on his apron. "It's not easy," he said of closing the popular, upscale French cuisine establishment on North Bristol Street. "I don't close for failure; I close for a decision I want to make while I'm on top. It's a positive thing for me - I see it as an achievement. " Other restaurants Olhats operates, including Pascal Épicerie and Café Jardin, as well as those for which he consults, including French 75, Brasserie Pascal and Savannah Chop House, will remain open.
August 3, 2006
Newport Beach hostess par excellence Irene Mathews hosted a spectacular dinner at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort on behalf of La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Bailliage de Newport Beach. Mathews serves as the chair of the Newport chapter of the international culinary society, which sponsors scholarships for young people wishing to enter the dining and hospitality industry. The dinner at the bay club was billed as "A Parisian Evening" and included the induction of new members of the Chaine.
February 6, 2004
Greer Wylder Tim and Liza Goodell, both accomplished chefs, met while working for star chef Gary Danko. It was at the prestigious dining room at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco -- the only North American hotel and restaurant to earn Mobil's five-star rating and AAA's five-diamond rating. What a great place to fall in love. They married and relocated to Newport Beach in 1991, where Tim grew up. Here they enriched their cooking experience: Liza worked at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach; Tim was a chef at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
August 14, 2003
Paul Clinton Owners of the southwestern-themed Chimayo Grill will close the Newport Beach restaurant at the end of the year to open a Parisian-style bistro at the same location. Laguna Beach restaurateur David Wilhelm and his colleagues will close the popular Chimayo after New Year's Eve. Three months later, Wilhelm plans to unveil Rouge in its place. "It made sense to do another upscale restaurant in that neighborhood," Wilhelm said Wednesday.
January 28, 2009
It’s nearly Super Bowl Sunday, and you know you’ll want to watch the game, but you want just the right snacks. Over at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach you can watch Warner and his posse square off with Ben Roethlisberger and his crew on nearly life-size HDTVs at the lounge or poolside. They’ll be serving up eight specialty burgers, Brandt Farm Beef, Norbest free-range turkey, American Kobe and chef’s specials Colorado high mountain lamb, ahi, Dungeness crab cake, as well as the surf and turf made with Brandt farm beef, half Maine lobster, sauteed spinach, and whole-grain mustard sauce, and the classic burger Rossini, which includes Kobe beef, sauteed foie gras and black truffle Madeira sauce.