Fifi Chao

Executive Dining Reporter

Recent Stories

An Extra Course: Presenting the Best of Fifi’s Best

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.”

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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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Island Hotel Eateries Spiffed Up, With Side of Friendly

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.

Vaca Preps for Buzzworthy James Beard Benefit Meal

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.

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Unpretentious, Delicious ‘Middle Menus’ Gain Steam

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.

Greeley to Hand Over Golden Truffle After Long Reign

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.

New Offerings Offer Multitude of Tasty Dishes

Porchetta, Hot Pots And Memorable Italian Shine

Hendrix at Laguna Niguel’s Ocean Ranch Village is brand-new, good-looking, very energetic and delicious.

When One Restaurant’s Door Closes, Another Opens

Plenty of Changes On OC’s Dining Menu

The freeway of restaurant openings, closings and moves is staying busy with lots of traffic.

Dine Around the World One Tasty Plate at a Time

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.

Food Dreams on Okinawa Unfold at South Coast Plaza

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.

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