Executive Dining Reporter
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.
A Tasting of Retired Columnist’s Favorites
Executive dining columnist Fifi Chao announced her retirement in this column last month with a joyous romp through “the past 26 ½ years, the best dining years in Orange County’s history.”
Veteran Business Journal Dining Columnist Retires
Retirement from one’s occupation is expected eventually, and I’ve been thinking for a while about mine.
Aqua Lounge, Oak Grill Menus Focus on Healthy
During the past two years, Island Hotel has made some tremendously good-looking changes in its Aqua Lounge and Oak Grill dining rooms. There’s also a new chef on board whose food pleased us very much in recent tastes.
Meanwhile, New and Old Everyday Spots Entice Us
This Thursday, one of summer’s most exciting culinary events will take place: a Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner at Vaca, the fascinating Spanish-inspired restaurant in South Coast Metro’s arts district in Costa Mesa.
In Most Every Town, But Hop In the Car For More
For some reason, I recently had the thought that Orange County has a knot in its britches about who and what we are in the culinary psyche. People will not leave their hometown enclaves to experience things across the county. No wonder the jammed traffic saps the adventurous spirit to try what’s new.
Esteemed Chef-Owner On to Fla. After 37 Years
You’ll be sad to hear that Alan Greeley, a chef held in the highest regard by his peers, is selling his Golden Truffle restaurant in Costa Mesa after 37 years.
Porchetta, Hot Pots And Memorable Italian Shine
Hendrix at Laguna Niguel’s Ocean Ranch Village is brand-new, good-looking, very energetic and delicious.
Plenty of Changes On OC’s Dining Menu
The freeway of restaurant openings, closings and moves is staying busy with lots of traffic.
Sushi Master Lives To Delight With His Creations
This is a story of a little boy in Japan who knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, and us food lovers are all the better for it.
Fifi Tours OC’s Under-The- Radar Ethnic Restaurants
Orange County keeps getting richer and richer with dining possibilities. We are lucky to have so many family-owned, individual places interspersed with the big, fancy restaurants.