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Fifi Chao

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Remembering Fifi: “A Big Part of Orange County History”

Chefs, Owners, Foodies Reflect on Her Legacy

“Knew her almost 30 years. One of the most important people I’ve known for the business I’m in. And then she became a friend. She knew so much about this business, who’s doing what, what direction I, the industry should take. Her column taught us. A wonderful person.” —John Ghoukassian, owner, Bistango, Bayside Restaurants

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'Dinesty' Ends: Fifi Chao Dies

Fifi Chao the longtime Orange County restaurant columnist died Monday. She was 81.

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Fifi Polishes Off Best Menu Of All: A Delightful Career

Veteran Business Journal Dining Columnist Retires

Retirement from one’s occupation is expected eventually, and I’ve been thinking for a while about mine.

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It’s Hard Keeping Up With Pascal Olhats These Days

Brasserie Pascal Closing, Epicerie Moving—Where?

A couple of Pascal Olhats surprises popped up recently, and they do not make me happy.

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Balboa Bay Club Vet Hissin to Island Hotel as GM

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.

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Fresh Seafood Order of the Day at New Tustin Eatery

Plus, Food Mystery Solved, Hawaii Standout Revisited

Bonefish Grill has come to Orange County.

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Couple Brings Japanese-California Fusion to OC

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.

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Chefs Introduce New and Old Concepts With Aplomb

Fresh Twists on Familiar, Plus Old-School Cooking

EXECUTIVE DINING Column by Fifi Chao

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Easy But Fine Summer Dining in OC, at its Best

Seaside Eating, Local Ingredients, Ambiance

SPECIAL REPORT - FIFI's BEST: Summer Dining at its Finest

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Fancy But Unpretentious Eating Abounds, I Need More

Plenty of Restaurants With Real Food, Plenty Without

DINING: Fancy but unpretentious eating abounds, in Executive Dining by Fifi Chao

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OC-Style Eateries Rise to the Top in Laguna Beach

DePalma Back at Old Spot, Katsuya Leaves PCH

OC-style eateries rise to the top in Laguna Beach, in Executive Dining

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Famous Chefs Set to Wield Knives Live For Charity

Fifty Shades of Food Event Set for April 26 in Anaheim

Famous chefs set to wield knives live for charity, in Executive Dining

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Interesting Menus, Personal Insights From Varied Batch of Standouts

OClectic: interesting menus, personal insights from varied batch of standouts

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Month of Romance Is Here—So Are Romantic Ideas

Chocolate at Cocoa Lounge; Soirees at McCharles House

Month of romance is here—so are romantic ideas, in Executive Dining

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Prego Still Thrills; Mr. Stox Gets Ready for Farewell

Chef Ugo Gets Over Fire; Marshalls Circle March 15

Prego still thrills; Mr. Stox gets ready for farewell, in Executive Dining

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Culinary Classes Can Make for Unique Holiday Gifts

Mare, Eat Street Among Those Offering Instruction

Culinary classes can make for unique holiday gifts, in Executive Dining

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Seasonal Special: Bluewater’s Stuffed-Lobster Deal

As Eatery Works Toward Sustainability Approvals

Seasonal special: Bluewater’s stuffed-lobster deal, in Executive Dining

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Bistango Serves Up Artful Dining, Gallery-Worthy Art

Ghoukassians’ Flagship Eatery Marks 25th Year

Bistango serves up artful dining, gallery-worthy art, in Executive Dining

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Bayside’s Seasonal Dishes Look Good, Taste Better

Popular Summer Menu Extended Extra Month

Bayside in Newport Beach should be on your priority list of restaurants to visit, in Executive Dining

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Back Bay Bites: Seafood, Steak, Kobe Beef Sliders

Newport Dunes to Host Charitable Fundraiser

Back Bay bites: seafood, steak, Kobe beef sliders, in Executive Dining

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Fig & Olive Set for Fashion Island in Newport Beach

Red Robin to Move From One Tustin Site to Another

Fig & Olive set for Fashion Island in Newport Beach, in Executive Dining

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Newport Wine Festival to Offer Tastings, Seminars

Balboa Bay Club Venue Poses Dining Opportunity

Newport Beach Wine Festival to offer tastings, seminars, in Executive Dining

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A Passel of Premier Purveyors for OC’s Dining Scene

List of Ingredients runs from Dry Dock to Ranch

Passel of premier purveyors for OC’s dining scene, in Executive Dining

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Beloved Restaurants Will Be Gone But Not Forgotten

Tradition, The Ritz to Join Others Recently Shuttered

A number of legendary local restaurants have closed or soon will.

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Diners Globe-Trot at Golden Truffle Each Wednesday

3-Course, Sojourn Features Different Cuisine Weekly

Wednesday nights at the Golden Truffle offer diners the chance to travel the globe with international cuisines, in Executive Dining

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Hotel Certificates, Kitchen Gadgets

Wine, Vodka Still Work Well As Fall-Back Ideas

Fifi Chao reviews recently launched Capital Seafood, talks holiday gift ideas

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Riviera Gone, Maybe Not for Long; Amelia’s Hits 50

Change at Hilton Anaheim; Mayur Cuisine is a ‘Gem’

Fifi Chao: Mayur Cuisine a “gem,” Riviera gone—but maybe not for long, in Executive Dining

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Bon Appétit at Bon A Pita; Bruno Up For CNN Hero

Wood Ranch at Spectrum; Balboa Bay’s Oktoberfest

Fifi Chao profiles Lebanese restaurant Bon A Pita, makes push for Chef Bruno

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Pizzeria Mozza, Freshii Arrive; Fleming’s Wine Deal

Asada in Laguna, Broadway Coming; Il Fornaio’s Charm

Fifi Chao profiles Pizzeria Mozza, Freshii, more

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Katsuya Opens; Theater, Dinner at La Vie en Rose

Food Adventure at Anqi; A Night at L’Opera

Fifi Chao visits Studio Garden, newly opened Katsuya and more

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Worldly Dining

From Afghan to Vietnamese, Restaurants Bring Global Flavor

Fifi Chao picks her favorite local ethnic eateries.

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De Palma to French 75; Secret Plan for Deli at Mark’s

Starfish to Laguna; Changes at Taléo; Katsuya Coming

Starfish is set to open in Laguna Beach this month, in Executive Dining

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Nicholas, Son Make 35º Hot Ticket for Home Chefs, BBQs

Website Offers Quality Cuts Found at Best Restaurants

The Newport Beach Wine Festival is set for the end of May, in Executive Dining

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Tasty Economic Indicators in Round of Restaurant Openings

Fashion Island, Spectrum Center See New Eateries

Fifi Chao sniffs out Irvine’s best-kept secret, in Executive Dining

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Casual Consideration

Burgers and Pizza That Go Beyond the Ordinary Are Just the Beginning of Our Culinary Bargain

Fifi Chao profiles restaurants with more casual fare, in Fifi’s Best

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Charlie Palmer Holds the Hoopla on Back-Room Burger

New Twist for Ruth’s Chris; Z’Tejas Entices; St. Regis Stars; Jazz Events Coming Up

Charlie Palmer opened a gourmet burger joint, in Executive Dining

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No Shortage of Local Restaurants Good for Gift Cards

Newport’s Revitalizing Sage; Just Alessá in Laguna; True Food at Fashion Island; Yoshi’s Zen

Chef Alessandro Pirozzi has opened his third OC restaurant, Alessá in Laguna Beach, in the Executive Dining column

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Holiday Gift Idea: Pelican Hill’s Culinary Classes

South Coast Plaza Dining Avenue Adds a Pair; Benefit Buffet; Dinner Deal at The Catch

South Coast Plaza has seen a number of restaurant openings this year, including Seasons 52 and Capital Grille, in the Executive Dining column

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Montage Stirs Park City; Holecheks Are at it Again

Gastropub’s Gusto; Time for Tandoori Thanksgiving Orders; Update Down at The Cellar

Summer House in Corona del Mar recently opened, taking the former space of El Ranchito, in the Executive Dining column

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Big Week: True Food Kitchen Opens; Summer Dinner Series

Raya, Stonehill Tavern on Must-Taste List; Sapphire Chef Expands School Lunch Program

True Food Kitchen opens this week at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, in the Executive Dining column

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Laguna Beach Set To Get New Restaurants, Retailer

Il Barone Brings Italian Flavors to Newport Beach; Balboa Bay Club Takes Top Drink Prize

The old Jolly Roger building in Laguna Beach is set to house a Tommy Bahama restaurant and store, in the Executive Dining column

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Small Plates Dominate at Laguna’s Sapphire, Sorrento

Restaurants Opening in Newport, Huntington Beach; Cha Cha’s Reinvents Latin Food in Brea

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

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Local Chef Shuffle Leads to New Concepts, Restaurants

Marché Moderne Celebrates 3rd Birthday with Spanish Event; Preview of Newport’s Festival

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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Loving the Lounge

Local Restaurants Offer Deals, Stylish Digs for Diners in the Bar, Lounge

Vignettes on upscale lounges, bars and happy hours with inexpensive menus.

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Holiday Time Brings Special Events, Meals to Eateries

French Restaurants Having Fun with Their Menus; Anaheim Hilton Delights with Decor, Menu

The latest in OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

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Restaurants See More Closures, Management Swaps

Balboa Bay Club Makes Oktoberfest a Cultural Joy; Hilton, Hush Show Off Renovations

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column by Fifi Chao

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Mesa Offers Unique Tapas Fare, Wine in Lounge Setting

Island Hotel Host Pool Party, Barbecue Through September; Antonello Featuring Wine Mixer

The latest on OC’s dining scene, in the Executive Dining column

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