August 26, 2005
Avanti Cafe offers a new choice in vegetarian dining, but co-owners and chefs Mark Cleveland and Tanya Fuqua don't advertise Avanti's meat-free menu. There aren't any billboards supporting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, no "Vegetarians Rule!" signs pasted on the window, and no frightening brochures about mad cow disease. Instead the owners entice meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans with the dishes themselves -- such as a fresh focaccia sandwich with shiitake artichoke pesto and Emmenthaler cheese, a bowl of organic tomato and lentil soup, or a spicy triple ginger cookie.
July 30, 2013
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
April 8, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH Films with local connections set for film festival Newport-Mesa filmmakers will leave their mark on this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, set to begin April 19. Longtime Balboa Island vacationer Phoebe Shackeroff has documented the life and death of Rupert, the black swan who amused and harassed visitors to Newport Harbor for almost 20 years. Getting their start in the entertainment industry tap dancing on the streets of Newport Beach, Emmy-winning director and producer team Kip and Kern Konwiser will present "Shanghai Kiss," a romantic comedy drama.
February 11, 2010
Mother’s Market and Kitchen is moving out of the location it’s called home for more than 30 years. But it’s not going far. Mother’s is taking over the old Borders bookstore that closed recently on Newport Boulevard. The new site is under construction by Carlile Coatsworth Architects Inc., and Mother’s is expected to be all moved in by June. “We’re bummed. Mother’s is awesome,” said Eric Santana, the manager of Surfside Sports store, one of the market’s neighbors on 17th Street.
November 8, 2007
The Five Crowns restaurant in Corona del Mar will have some choice wines on the menu at its special dinner Nov. 15. Other than that, the staff can’t say much about them. Every year on the third Thursday of November, winemakers in the Beaujolais region of France release their latest batch of Beaujolais Nouveau, a light, fruity red wine that ships out to restaurants nationwide. Five Crowns expects to receive its supply Thursday morning and put the wines on the menu that evening — meaning the people who shell out $89 for the four-course meal will be the first in town to try them.
June 4, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Kristyn Yoshida and her family had an unforgettable graduation day. Besides the caps, the gowns, the pomp and the circumstance, the Orange Coast Middle College High School student got an early morning visit with her dentist for a last-minute fix-up. The night before, she fell and broke a front tooth right in half. "It's been quite a day," her mother Deena Yoshida said. "Of all the days, why today?" Kristyn, new tooth and all, was one of 30 seniors to graduate from the high school, which sits on the campus of Orange Coast College.