Did you see that glowing review of Old Vine Cafe at The Camp in the Register yesterday and OC Post today?
Old Vine Cafe
I'm so happy for brothers Brandon and Mark McDonald. They are young, nice guys working hard to make it with their first restaurant, which opened in June. The brothers have pared down their personal living expenses to pour everything back in the business. I'm also happy for their mom, who was the major investor in the cafe! Here's link to a post I wrote about the brothers in July: Old Vine Cafe story.
Surfrider Newport Beach Chapter will host a screening of "Lost Jewel of the Atlantic" Sept. 15 at The Camp. Admission is $10 and includes a goodie bag. "Lost Jewel of the Atlantic" chronicles the discovery of surf on the small island of Madeira. The movie starts at 8 p.m. The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
Here's some other news people have sent me I need to catch up on:
With all this talk about the new Whole Foods Market, I need to mention the remodeled Albertsons in Laguna Niguel opened this week. It's their new upscale "Premium Fresh & Healthy" footprint that emphasizes high-quality fresh food. 29941 Alicia Parkway.Thomas Ryan
The Irvine Co. named Thomas Ryan executive chef of Pelican Grill, part of the new resort under construction in Newport Coast. Ryan has worked at several luxury hotels including The Omni Interlocken Resort in Colorado. The restaurant and golf course will open in November, with the rest of the resort opening in fall of 2008. The menu will emphasis fresh local ingredients with clean, simple flavors. Here are some dishes: for lunch, Tempura red king crab classic Louis; dinner, slow-roasted Alabama style barbecue chicken; bourbon-brined skirt steak.More info
There's finally a Starbucks drive-thru in Irvine - a great way to fuel up without dragging the kids out of car seats. It's open now at Sand Canyon Plaza at Sand Canyon Avenue and Irvine Center Drive.
Bath & Body Works at The Market Place in Tustin moved down a few doors into bigger digs. It's now between Old Navy and Chick's. 2785 El Camino Real