June 12, 2009
Good deals for meals are popping up everywhere around town, especially with the new small-plate concept. Romeo Cucina is no exception. Their happy hour, which lasts all night Mondays and from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, features nine selections for only $6.95 each. Calamari fritti, eggplant parmigiana and penne arabiata, for example, make for some tasty snacking or a light supper. Mondays through Wednesdays you can create your own pizza or pasta from a long list of classic ingredients for a mere $9.95 and you will also be eligible to win a weekly contest for the best creation.
November 19, 2004
Glori Fickling An interesting happening occurred last week en route to seeking column information for The Coastline Pilot. A stately lineup of tall seats on the sidewalk above Brussels Bistro beckoned me downstairs into the restaurant where I quickly discovered several fascinating changes. Realizing the Bistro was on the brink of a first anniversary I decided to congratulate owner Alain Gerard whom I met at the opening one year ago. However, rather than the Alain who launched the place in early December 2003, I found his partner, Alain Pauwels, has replaced Gerard who returned to their shared Brussels hometown restaurant.
November 7, 2003
Glori Fickling Champagne and wine flowed freely at Picayo's celebratory fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as did the music which invited dancing to the rhythms of "Nobody Cares." The Oct. 26 event, replete with an appealing silent auction, was dubbed a Tapas Evening. However, owner chef Laurent Brazier went totally beyond tapas with a presentation of delicacies that added up to a total dinner. The lavish buffet of a dozen taste sensations, was continuously replenished with appetizers and entrees inspired by his enticing dinner menu.
July 16, 2004
Glori Fickling Anastasia, the sophisticated boutique/restaurant on Ocean Avenue, has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for fabulous European fashions and a menu that has invited discriminating diners to enjoy breakfast and lunch daily since 1996. Now, principal Amir Garavi has added the further attraction of an enticing dinner menu bringing the charming cafe-style dining room to welcoming new heights. Under direction of executive chef Jerry Baker, who has gained renown for the box suppers that add to the enjoyment of monthly cinema events at [seven-degrees]
April 13, 2007
ELLE HARROW and TERRY MARKOWITZ One of the many interesting customers we had at A La Carte was a very flamboyant and opinionated character who had been a waiter in almost every fine restaurant in town. Among his many areas of expertise were food and wine. He really knew his stuff and often came in with criticisms or praise for the local eating establishments. One afternoon, he came in raving about a delicious meal he had eaten in a very unlikely spot. The new Ocean Avenue Restaurant and Brewery, he said, had fabulous Italian food, cooked by the owner, a genuine Italian momma.
April 16, 2004
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach put on a show Tuesday night for some of the most influential people in the tourist industry. About 160 Southern California concierges -- the people hotel's employ to keep tourists happy -- attended Laguna Beach Concierge Night, sponsored by "Where Magazine" and the Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau and held at [seven-degrees]. "We have twice the number of concierges that came to the first show in 2003," said Kathleen Spaglione, bureau executive director.
May 7, 2004
DINING REVIEW The scene was simply splendiferous. Surrounded by the shimmering Pacific Ocean under clear blue skies, tables sparkled with iridescent teal blue covers, matching napkins sprouting above one of the proud parade of wine stems. A shining lineup of polished silverware completed the magnificent setting. This memorable celebration was held atop the sprawling Catalina deck at Surf & Sand Resort, culminating a four-month series of Cheesemakers' dinners featured earlier this year at Splashes, the hotel's beautiful beachfront restaurant.
August 18, 2006
People are constantly approaching Elle at the gym to discuss the great short ribs, the spicy crab cakes or the lousy service they had last weekend at this or that restaurant. Her foodie friend Fritz has been nagging her for months to try Brussels Bistro on Forest Avenue's "restaurant row." Down a few steps from the sidewalk, located in the old Kachina space, Brussels Bistro also has a small outdoor patio that's great for summer nights, and they have added a five-seat eating bar on the street.