Fifi Chao is a chef, lecturer, author, educator, radio personality and publisher of Chao's Dinesty, a private subscription restaurant, wine and travel newsletter. She has been reviewing local restaurants for the Business Journal since 1990.
Bluewater Grill Veteran Shared Passion With Smile
Orange County lost a beautiful person and passionate chef last month in Brian Hirsty, executive chef of the Bluewater Grill restaurants. He was only 48, and though he had a rare bone marrow disease, his death was completely unexpected.
Trio of Restaurants Get Fifi’s Seal of Approval
There’s so much happening at The Resort at Pelican Hill all during the year. I’ll try to capsulize it but nevertheless want to bring you the best of the resort.
From French Countryside to Sushi With a Flair
Springtime brings thoughts of colorful flowers emerging, a climate conducive to beaches and boating, and getting out as the winter fades, even though we’ve had such a mild winter.
Pelican Hill Executive Chef Leads With Strength, Smiles
Our Chef of the Year, Jean-Pierre Dubray, has been engaging the public in appreciation of gorgeously showcased and inherently delicious food for more than three decades.
Brasserie Pascal Closing, Epicerie Moving—Where?
A couple of Pascal Olhats surprises popped up recently, and they do not make me happy.
Club Nabs Lesage From St. Regis, Plans Revamps
The exodus of the three well-known faces of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort is complete.
Plus, Food Mystery Solved, Hawaii Standout Revisited
Bonefish Grill has come to Orange County.
Hush Veteran Reyes Back in Old LB Spot
Okura, a robata grill and sushi restaurant, has opened in Laguna Beach and is making use of the space that previously housed Hush and then Katsuya.
Michael Jordan Jumps to Jackson Family Fine Wines
Michael Jordan has left The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon in Anaheim
Restaurants Pop Up While Oldie Still Satisfies
Many more new restaurants are introducing themselves to us, and the trend is toward casual and noisy rather than sexy and romantic.