July 2, 2004
Greer Wylder Ric Flanagan always experimented with ingredients and recipes. At his first hot spot, the Blues Cafe in Long Beach, Flanagan set up a taco stand out front, and people raved about the fresh tacos. At Caliente Southwest Grille, Flanagan created his vision of a restaurant he would like to eat at. The gourmet fast-food restaurant on East 17th Street in Costa Mesa has a Southwest theme with a blend of Spanish, Native American and Mexican cuisine.
December 18, 2003
JOSEPH N. BELL I won't be teetering on a ladder stringing Christmas lights on our house this year. I won't be bringing down three large boxes full of Christmas accouterments from the rafters of our garage. The snow scene will not be on our sideboard or the porcelain angels on our piano. The only Christmas tree lot I'll visit will be in Boulder, Colo. And I'll be sitting on an airplane Christmas Day, full of the spirit -- but not the conventional vision -- of the season.
October 26, 2003
As thousands of grocery workers across Southern California sit outside in the blazing sun, one might think conservative Newport Beach is the toughest place to be. No so. It seems being a picket in Newport is not so bad. Not only are people not crossing the picket line in droves and throwing disapproving looks and phrases, faithful customers of the Lido Aisle Pavilion's are bringing the pickets cold sodas and water....
October 22, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Burgers and hot dogs sizzled in a pan sitting atop a camping grill on the tailgate of Benjamin Tew's red Blazer late Tuesday morning. Nearby, the bed of a second truck served as a lunch buffet with buns, mustard, ketchup and chips. All the condiments sat on an impromptu tablecloth -- made of picket signs. "Pavilions Employees on Strike," the signs read. "Please Respect Our Picket Line." Vons and Pavilions employees went on strike on Oct. 11 after leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers union and representatives from the chains hit an impasse during negotiations, which lasted one day. Ralphs and Albertsons locked out workers after the walkout at Vons.
July 10, 2003
At the Wight House, barbecued food can be hazardous to your health. My husband and kids are serial overachievers when it comes to grilling. The barbecue seems to bring out the latent pyrotechnic in their personalities. I think "burn, baby, burn" is their mantra. An example: last week Annie had a couple of friends over for dinner ... her dinner, not mine. She barbecued tri-tip and garlic bread. By the time the meat and bread came off the grill, it was hard to determine which was what.
December 29, 2002
Gay Wassall-Kelly The Via Lido Drugs of today is much like the three-level "dream drugstore" that opened in 1961 offering friendly service and extraordinary products. Lido Isle's Joey Bishop, of Rat Pack fame, said the store goes above and beyond. "One time, all my prescriptions were filled and I called Bill, one of the pharmacists, and asked if they might have a milk shake? No, they didn't but not long after the call they did deliver some ice cream," Bishop said.
October 23, 2002
Deepa Bharath Barbecue lovers may call it a dream machine. Lloyd Ikerd just calls it "a legacy." In three weeks, Ikerd, a member of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's Commodores Club, designed a mammoth custom-built grill on a trailer on which firefighters cooked up more than 1,000 hot dogs for their Public Safety Day on Oct. 6. The grill was donated to the Fire Department by the Commodores Club....
October 22, 2002
Deepa Bharath Jury deliberations began Monday in a criminal trial for eight persons facing several charges stemming from a March 24, 2001, Costa Mesa restaurant brawl that they say police officers sparked by using excessive force. The jury heard closing arguments Friday and Monday morning. The trial has been going on for more than two weeks. The prosecution maintains Costa Mesa police officers only tried to get control of a situation that had gotten out of hand toward the end of a birthday party at the El Torito Grill on Anton Boulevard on March 24, 2001.
October 1, 2002
Deepa Bharath A jury trial began Monday for eight people facing several charges stemming from a Costa Mesa restaurant brawl that they say police officers sparked through excessive force more than a year ago. Deputy Dist. Atty. Nico Dourbetas maintained that Costa Mesa police officers were merely trying to quell the midnight melee that broke out toward the end of a birthday party on March 24, 2001, at the El Torito Grill at South Coast Plaza. Defense Attorney Anthony Sessa argued that his clients -- facing several charges ranging from resisting arrest to obstruction of justice -- were responding to "excessive and unreasonable" force used by the officers.
August 29, 2002
Stephen Santacroce When I'm not writing or working at my real estate job, I like to squeeze in a round of golf every now and then. Despite the frustration the sport can incite, golf courses are usually situated in grand settings and provide for a relaxing afternoon with friends. I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a golfer (nor would anyone who's played with me), but I enjoy the game. Eighteen holes can work up an appetite, especially when most of your time is spent looking for lost balls.