Food News: A Growing Acai Chain Plus Three New Spots To Try

Classics and reimagined staples shine at these new spots.

Beachwood Brewing’s Invasive Series Blind Challenge

It's not often a tiny fish takes on a whale and wins; that is unless the tiny fish is an invasive species, capable of wrecking a whale's comfy habitat.

O.C.’s Best Bets for Dining In

Eat like a king at your own table. Plus, see which of these spots reopened for in-person dining along with takeout service.

Made in Orange County: Cham Dipping Sauce in Garden Grove

Made with fresh herbs and Thai chile peppers, Cham Dipping Sauce is a condiment inspired by the owners’ Vietnamese heritage.
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Best New Restaurants 2022: 608 Dahlia Flourishes in Corona del Mar

Mayfield’s worldly aura and category-busting cuisine is already a high point of 2021.

Pet-Nat—The Newest Insider Sparkling Wines

Pétillant Naturel (nicknamed Pét-Nat) is a type of sparkling wine made in the méthode ancestrale method traditionally used in France, which has caught on...

Eat Your Way Through Mexico at El Mercado in Santa Ana

El Mercado is unlike any Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana, or any other city in Orange County. Its singular character is one of this long-awaited venue’s many charms.

Formaglini Vineyards Open House in Santa Ana

Last summer I wrote about the inaugural release of a Willamette Valley, Oregon, pinot noir from Santa Ana resident David de Lancellotti. His Formaglini...

O.C. Returns to Downton Abbey, and ‘The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook’

On a Sunday evening last February, sitting through a PBS SoCal promo break during Season 2 of “Downton Abbey,” a familiar face appeared on screen. Wait, isn’t that Ann, the Eastern European wine expert from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa? Who’d just the other week put us onto a delicious Slovenian white in a cool 1-liter bottle? Here, on TV, talking about “Downton”?!

Lots of New at Zov’s Bistro

Having to be in two places at once is nothing new for Zov Karamardian. Her restaurant business has expanded into a not-so-mini empire that will be six restaurants when the new Anaheim stadium-adjacent shop opens in October. While it’s under construction, the Tustin flagship is wrapping up a $750,000 remodel. There’s just a lot to do.