Hotel Review: Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong

Overview: A former high-rise warehouse turned 162-room boutique hotel, the Ovolo Southside is the first serious hotel to set up shop in the emerging Southside neighborhood of Tin Wan. The Location: The industrial Southside neighborhood of Tin Wan, adjacent to better-known Aberdeen, is a congested jungle of vertical warehouses and high-rise factories that has become …

Croque Monsieur at Bistro Papillote, Costa Mesa

The croque-monsieur doesn’t typically get much respect. It is, after all, merely a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. But when it’s prepared correctly, it becomes so much more than that. The croque-monsieur at Bistro Papillote is a perfect example. Never in the long history of sandwich-making has there been a better argument for simplicity – …

Australian truffles are in season right now. Get some while you can!

Although it’s summertime here in the United States, it is winter in Australia, where black truffle season is underway. The Australian truffle that grows so beautifully in Manjimup,  Western Australia, is the exact same type of truffle (known to truffle geeks and chefs as Tuber Melanosporum) that is famously harvested in Périgord, France. These are far superior in flavor …

What to eat (and not) at Angel Stadium

It starts out like any other day at the ballpark. But by the second inning, just as the fans are settling into their seats, I have already tasted a burger, two types of nachos, a barbecue sandwich, a pepperoni pizza, a burrito, three types of tacos, a grilled cheese sandwich and a heap of garlic …

OC Press Club Awards!

Great news from the Orange County Press Club Awards last night! I am happy to announce that I received six awards — the most individual awards of any journalist at the gala. I am humbled and honored to have swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the restaurant-review category (for Waterman’s Harbor, Orsa & Winston …

Crystal Symphony: Feast on the High Seas!

Food dictates where I travel. I book restaurant reservations before I buy plane tickets. I choose hotels based on their proximity to where I will eat. I also like cruise ships. But I’ve learned over the years that my passion for food and my love for cruising are not always compatible. I’ve found myself on …

Quick Look: Savor Saigon food tour, Vietnam

I recently traveled back to Saigon. So much has changed since my last visit to Vietnam just a few years before. Most notably, the skyline is quickly going vertical. Fortunately, much of what I fell in love with the first time around hasn’t really changed. The food is incredible and the people are warm, welcoming …

The Ultimate Guide to Eating in OC’s Little Saigon

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Quick Look: Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

  When Lung King Heen earned three Michelin stars in 2009, it was the first restaurant in Hong Kong — and the first Chinese restaurant anywhere in the world — to win the prestigious French guide’s highest honor. The gorgeous Cantonese restaurant overlooks Victoria Harbor from the fourth floor of the Four Seasons hotel. I dined …

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