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September 8, 2002
It's a good thing that my kids are back in school. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District intervened just in time to prevent permanent emotional damage. Both from child to parent and parent to child. Maybe it's the same way in your house. The end of summer rolls around and the whining takes on a fevered pitch. "Where can we go?" "What can we do?" "WHAT'S FOR DINNER?" It's that last question, "What's for dinner?" that sends me over the edge of sanity.
July 23, 2008
Get ready for a filling meal for a decent deal. Nine South Coast Plaza restaurants will begin their four-course for $40 special at 5 p.m. this Saturday. The special, which runs through Aug. 3, offers diners a four-course meal, cooked by top chefs, for $40 per person. Participating restaurants and chefs include Antonello Ristorante, Franco Barone; Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale?s South Coast Plaza, Amar Santana; Hamamori, James Hamamori and Takumi Murase; Marche Moderné, Florent and Amelia Marneau; Quattro Caffé, Miriam Ramirez; Pinot Provence, David Feau; Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine, Arun Puri; Savannah Supper Club, Joe Youkhan; and Scott?
By Tom Ragan, | November 25, 2010
COSTA MESA — At the third annual Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Eve feast, the kitchen was abuzz as dozens of low-income and limited-income senior citizens from nearby Bethel Towers rubbed elbows with the homeless. "The price is right here, and it's something I need — that's for sure," said Lawrence Bubka, 83, who has lived in Costa Mesa for 20 years. He receives almost $900 in Social Security and disability checks a month. A former graphic artist and son of a Polish immigrant who came to California as a tailor in the early 1900s, Bubka dressed in a gray fedora and tweed jacket for Wednesday's meal.
November 24, 2009
Executives from Newport Beach-based Integrity Wealth Management, will help serve a Thanksgiving Eve meal today at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The executives will peel potatoes, prepare cranberry salad and dish out food for about 325 needy families during the lunch from 1 to 2 p.m. Integrity Wealth Management Chief Executive Ralph G. Adamo, helped out at the kitchen for the first time during last year’s pre-Thanksgiving meal. Some 800 needy people are expected to line up at the kitchen.
July 13, 2002
One of the great things about going to the Orange County Fair is you get to do abnormal things like eat fish and chips at 10:30 a.m. The Crutchfields Fish & Chips stand offers a fish and chips value meal for $5.75 that includes a large piece of fried fish, a strip of fried zucchini, French fries and a small drink (we substituted it with bottled water). You're given a choice of tartar sauce, ranch dressing and ketchup. The fried parts are crispy, the meaty parts are soft, and even at 10:30 in the morning the meal is indulgent.
September 9, 2002
THE PLACE Finbar's Italian Kitchen THE JUDGE Lolita Harper, Costa Mesa reporter THE MEAL The PCH Chicken Sandwich and vegetable soup SPEED Quick enough to get in a good meal during a lunch hour, without rushing you out the door. Leisurely enough to get away from office to relax and breathe. The hostesses are quick to seat you and the servers promptly bring fresh bread to be dipped in olive oil and vinegar. (They will bring you butter on request.
October 21, 2002
THE PLACE Mi Casa, 296 E. 17th Street, Costa Mesa THE JUDGE Deepa Bharath, public safety and courts reporter THE MEAL A lunch combo with a bean taco and cheese enchilada served with beans and rice. THE SPEED The place is bustling at lunch time and seems to have a wide variety of customers, from people in formal business attire to couples and small families. But service is quick and efficient. I was seated within seconds and waiting on my table was a plate of crisp, warm tortilla chips and a bowl of spicy -- and I mean spicy -- salsa.
May 6, 2009
Where’s it at: Zov’s Neighborhood Cafe, 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast (949) 760-9687 What’s in it: From Monday through May 17 all kids 10 and younger can enjoy a free kids meal, with the purchase of one adult entrée. Cost: Free when one adult meal is purchased. Why you should order it: It is all part of the restaurant’s new healthy kid’s menu, that includes dishes such as Zov’s pancakes with fresh berries.
January 23, 2003
Lolita Harper Fried fish and Costa Mesa still have a delicious relationship thanks to the delicious eats at the Santa Monica Seafood Co. The large gray building, which boldly stands out in its 17th Street location, is not only a retailer offering 30 varieties of fresh seafood. It also provides an extensive dining menu. Prepared meals range from steaming hot chowder and salads to sandwiches and seafood stir fries. The Baja fish tacos, served with rice and salsa, wraps three golden-fried pieces of fish in hearty corn tortillas with just enough fresh cabbage and grated cheese to accentuate the south-of-the-border taste.
By Joanna Clay, | January 26, 2011
IRVINE — On Martin Luther King Day, a UC Irvine cafeteria served the "MLK Holiday Special," which consisted of chicken and waffles. Since the meal was served behind a sign board announcing the special, black students have been discussing the judgment of food services staff, some saying they played up a black culinary stereotype, possibly inadvertently. Black Student Union Co-chairman Ricardo Sparks posted an image of the meal on his Facebook page. "We just want to know what MLK had to do with chicken and waffles," Sparks said Wednesday.
December 17, 2012
More than 400 volunteers, including members of the Roosters Foundation and Camp Pendleton Marines, participated in the foundation's 17th annual holiday food drive over the weekend. The group gathered and sorted more than 60,000 pounds of food used for 3,000 holiday meal boxes, which will be distributed to nonprofits throughout the county and to service members. - Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
By Jill Cowan | December 6, 2012
By Heidi Stevens, Tribune Newspapers | November 21, 2012
Parent advice From our panel of staff contributors: An elderly relative went to some extra lengths to provide foodstuffs for a younger vegan relative one recent holiday. The relative read the fine print on a cheese package labeled "vegetarian" and told our elder - apologetically - that it contained casein, which is an animal protein, and therefore she couldn't eat it. For that reason, it is good for the vegan (or her guardians) to bring some provisions and offer in advance to prepare and share them.
By Britney Barnes | June 8, 2012
Beachgoers to Big Corona can finally leave the PB&Js at home and buy a burger and fries instead. The beach's new concessions stand, the Rooster Cafe, had its soft opening Thursday serving a limited lunch and dinner menu, said Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan. Rooster Cafe has a Costa Mesa location at 750 Saint Clair Street. Yelp reviews note it is known for its affordable and tasty breakfast menu. At night, it turns into Rooster P.M. with a menu of small plates, similar to Spanish tapas.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 6, 2012
COSTA MESA - The spread has been the same around this time of the school year for athletes and coaches at Estancia High. The sports seasons are done with. It was time for them to chow down on barbecued chopped beef brisket sandwiches or pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued beans and mashed potatoes on Wednesday. The athletes and coaches have not gotten tired of the free food from the Newport Rib Co. They earned it again after beating out cross-town rival Costa Mesa for the All-Sports Cup for the third straight year.
By Joanna Clay | November 24, 2011
COSTA MESA - The room was prepared just right for a family Thanksgiving - from the fresh flowers, to the festive tablecloths, candy strewn along the table and the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. Guests stood up and told the crowd of about 150 people what they were thankful for. After each spoke, the room filled with cheers, applause and supportive nods. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Executive Director Shannon Santos calls her guests her extended family, carrying on the tradition of her grandmother and the soup kitchen's founder Merle Hatleberg.
By Sheri Alzeerah, Special to the Daily Pilot | November 22, 2011
Let's face it — America just wouldn't be the same without the greatness that is Thanksgiving. After all, it is the one day of the year when it's completely excused, if not encouraged, to be obsessed with food. It's the one day of the year when turkey isn't processed into glistening disks of lunch meat. It's the one day of the year when we gobble down stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and similar foods that are pretty much never eaten any other day. It's the four to five days of the year when we eat the same meal, and its creative variations, for every meal.
September 15, 2011
FRED ALLEN HOWSER November 6, 1936 - September 11, 2011   Fred passed away peacefully last Sunday, September 11, 2011 due to a complexity of medical issues.  He was born November 6, 1936 in Long Beach, CA as the only child of Fred N. Howser and Helen Howser.  He grew up in Long Beach and Arcadia and attended Webb High School.  He graduated from USC Law School and began a 30+ year career as an attorney in Newport Beach at Howser, Gertner &...
By Britney Barnes, | August 26, 2011
COSTA MESA - Red, yellow and orange bell peppers were being chopped alongside iceberg lettuce. Juicy red strawberries were sliced, dainty mushrooms cut up. A stew of elk and lamb meat bubbled inside industrial-sized metal pots while steam rushed from others. Corona del Mar High School sophomore AJ Fischer, 15, worked in the middle of the active kitchen, mixing the ingredients for meatballs made from elk, venison and antelope as volunteers and kitchen staff prepared to feed hundreds.
By Michael Miller, | August 12, 2011
Michele Ryan has lunch once a month at a dusty, makeshift restaurant with dining companions who have little understanding of table manners. She wouldn't have it any other way. Ryan, who owns two horses at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, is among the regulars every second Saturday at Have Lunch with Your Horse Day. The fundraiser, hosted by the nonprofit Red Bucket Equine Rescue, invites owners and other members of the public...
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