December 20, 2007
The Hamamori Restaurant-Lounge, a gourmet sushi restaurant featuring modern and traditional Japanese cuisine, opened Tuesday at South Coast Plaza. The restaurant features an oceanic-inspired design, a full-service bar with a large selection of sakes, and an intimate sushi bar with a 150-year-old wood counter. The menu, based on the stylings of master chef James Hamamori, consists of tasting plates that include sushi, sashimi, rolls and other hot and cold items such as scallops with lemon, yuzu salt and caviar; seared yellowtail with kanzuri (chili paste)
August 10, 2004
Jimmy Stroup The 16th annual Taste of Newport will offer exactly what it's offered 15 times before -- the high-quality food and entertainment that Newport Beach represents. Berlin, Blondie and Kool and the Gang are this year's musical highlights for the three-day September event. "We continue every year to expand the entertainment power of the event, and this year is certainly no exception," Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jeff Parker said.
August 6, 2009
Did you know that Hi-Time Wine Cellars houses the largest underground wine cellar east of the Mississippi? The cellar boasts a wide variety of wines from regions such as France, Italy, Spain, Hungary and New Zealand. The family-owned store opened its doors in 1957 and has become a part of the Costa Mesa landscape. This week, we’re checking in with Charlie Hirst, the founder’s grandson. What are your most popular vintages? Our most popular wine category is the Cabernet Sauvignon.
March 17, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- Less than two months after leaving the top job at Corona del Mar High School for a spot in the district office, Don Martin has decided to leave Newport-Mesa altogether. Martin is leaving Southern California and its beaches for the vineyards of Northern California. He has taken a position in the St. Helena Unified School District as the director of curriculum and instruction. And he's doing it soon -- by the end of the month.
March 27, 2004
Alicia Robinson A motorcycle accident Wednesday night claimed the life of a 25-year-old former Marine who hoped one day to be a police officer. Christopher Forest O'Neil was driving his Suzuki motorcycle west on the Riverside Freeway east of Imperial Highway around 10:33 p.m. when he lost control of his bike and was thrown onto the road, where he was struck by three vehicles. The Costa Mesa resident was pronounced dead at the scene. California Highway Patrol officials have not determined the cause of the accident.
December 24, 2009
Luxury grocer Dean & DeLuca has unexpectedly canceled plans to install a 23,000-square-foot West Coast flagship store at Fashion Island. The gourmet store was expected to be installed in a new, 83,000-square-foot building adjacent to the center’s Atrium Court, along with fellow new tenant Dick’s Sporting Goods, which takes up 42,000 square feet, according to Daily Pilot reports. “We’ve just been informed by Dean & DeLuca that they’re not moving forward with the store in Fashion Island,” Irvine Co. spokesman John Christensen said.
March 28, 2012
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County transformed the Samueli Theater into a New York supper club for a very special "Night of Broadway. " Two of the Orange Coast's most dynamic women, Marsha Anderson and Marta Bhathal , co-chaired the Irvine-based nonprofit's annual benefit gala. The duo produced an evening around the musical performance of composer-lyricist Neil Berg, creator of "100 Years of Broadway. " Berg's showcase was backed by a concert band and a Broadway-caliber cast of performers who shared with the crowd legendary songs from memorable shows, such as "Phantom of the Opera", "Chicago" and "South Pacific.
February 18, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the relationship between Ryan O'Melveny Wilson and Richard N. Frank. After 26 years behind the stove, award-winning Five Crowns and SideDoor Executive Chef Dennis Brask has handed over his spatula to a new generation. The new executive chef at the neighboring establishments in Corona del Mar is Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, 30, the grandson of Richard N. Frank, who opened Five Crowns in 1965. Brask, 60, retired so he could spend more time with his family.
December 21, 2011
They danced until midnight, interrupted only by an invasion by the famous USC Marching Band. A fun-filled and romantic winter wedding united a charming and promising couple in what was the social event of the holiday season. Meredith Louise Potter , resplendent in a classic bejeweled wedding gown by Monique Lhuillier, married her beau Charles Alexander Blecksmith (Alex) , in a traditional ceremony taking place in the 1920s-era Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach.
October 17, 2002
Lolita Harper Planning commissioners, restaurant officials and frustrated residents batted around numerous possible solutions Monday but lacked a definite answer to accomplish an elusive goal: keeping loud, drunken people quiet. A handful of residents spoke loudly in opposition to the city's previous approval of longer hours at the Wendy's restaurant on East 17th Street. The drive-through window stays open until 11 p.m., but the fast food chain asked for an extension to 1 a.m. to draw business from late-night crowds.