Robin Jones introduces readers to the refreshingly industrial Midway Market, a rough-edged bloom of businesses tucked in the middle of warehouses and auto body shops. Look for the Quonset hut and you’ll find Viridian, a treasure-trove of jewelry, art, and intriguing one-of-a-kind objects. The Boathouse Collective is an unpretentious urban cafe with a hip, ad-hoc aesthetic (pallet furniture!) and live music. At Waffleholic Café, the waffles can be sweet or savory, served with crab cakes, or turned into BLTs.
Sea Smoke Estate vineyard was planted in 1999 on a south-facing hillside site in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. The aspect of the vineyard lends the name “Southing” to this bottling. Each evening, the unique geography of the region funnels a marine fog layer (“sea smoke”) up the Santa Ynez River […]
It may be the biggest and one of the best O.C. farmers markets, but Irvine’s Saturday affair had one big problem: Parking! As in, lack of. Not any more. In its new location at Mariners Church, just a couple of miles from the original spot, parking is easy and abundant. There’s more room for sellers, […]
The Trader Joe’s at 640 W. 17th St. in Costa Mesa has the distinction of having the chain’s first in-store wine-tasting bar in the country. Opened about four years ago, it has become so popular that several more such tasting bars have since opened in other California Trader Joe’s. The Costa Mesa location is the […]
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently announced that it was getting into the ballet-school business with American Ballet Theatre in a splashy, high-profile way, by launching the ABT William J. Gillespie School at the center. This unprecedented partnership between a performing arts complex and a major classical dance company naturally caused great excitement, especially […]
It’s tamale time, and O.C. gives even those who weren’t raised with the holiday tradition permission to indulge, by the few or the dozen. Miles Clements suggests three hot tamale stops, including a nearly 80-year-old Santa Ana classic.
Social is an apropos name for this new Costa Mesa hot spot. It’s packed with regulars energetically conversing over cocktails, craft beers, and carefully selected wines, with pleasing music in the background. At first glance, it seems like any other casual dining spot, but the owners are serious about food, and, happily for me, wine. […]
You’ve probably heard that chef Amar Santana, whose Broadway in Laguna Beach is on pretty much everybody’s Top Ten List, is branching out. Possibly as soon as summer of next year he’s opening Vaca near South Coast Plaza, with business partner and fellow Charlie Palmer veteran Ahmed Labbate. I ran into Santana at a recent […]
The Jean-Marc Lafage’s family has been growing grapes in Roussillon for six generations. He and his oenologist wife, Eliane, decided to stop selling their grapes to the local co-op and founded Domaine Lafage in 1996. The estate now has about 138 hectares of vines across Roussillon. This blend of grenache blanc and roussanne comes from […]
Was the Haas avocado really born in La Habra, California? Almost. This most popular of all avocado varieties was developed by postal carrier Rudolph Hass (rhymes with that ever-expanding thing you sit on) in a small grove at his home in La Habra Heights, just over the border into Los Angeles County. All of today’s […]
Thin-crusted, lightly topped, and baked to a blistering finish in a wood-fired oven—Neapolitan-style pizza has become the county’s pizza of choice. Katherine Nguyen’s search for the best yields five favorites, from Dana Point to Fullerton.