Panko-Style Tilapia Lettuce Wrap: Spike’s Fish House, Less Than 150 cals for $1.50

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants, Videos By February 2, 2012

Restaurateur Tim Aspel has a knack for knowing what guests want. His latest venture, Spike’s Fish House with locations in Laguna Niguel and Rancho Santa Margarita, offers dishes that showcase delectable grilled fish.From sliders and tacos, to bowls, wraps and fish plates, his dishes build vibrant flavors while keeping the focus on the delicious flavor of fresh seafood. Watch Tim…

Chef Casey Overton’s Raw Pumpkin Salad Surprise

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants, Videos By December 8, 2011

Overton’s delectable salad showcases raw fairytale pumpkin, along with cooked farro, frisee and pomegranate vinaigrette. Casey Overton, chef de cuisine at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach, teams well-honed classic techniques and vibrant flavor pairings with delectable creative twists. His enchanting cuisine comforts while at the same time surprises. ‘Just to give an example … His risotto is rich with…

Scallops and Creamy Cauliflower Puree, A Perfect Match. Easy, too.

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants, Videos By April 20, 2011

Does this photo make you drool?  Ah, me too. As Executive Chef at Pelican Hill, Jean-Pierre Dubray overseas the Newport Beach resort’s Andrea at Pelican Hill, as well as the Coliseum Pool and Grill, Pelican Grill at Pelican Golf Club, plus room service for 128 villas and 204 bungalows. Not to forget pastry and bakery operations, and of course, catering…

Azmin Ghahreman, chef-owner of Sapphire Laguna in Laguna Beach makes Harira, one of the best soups on the planet.

Cooking, Videos By December 8, 2010

Azmin Ghahreman’s dishes are a delectable marriage of aroma, flavor and texture. Often his unique spice blends play an irresistible role, adding a just-right amount of taste-bud bling. He was born in Iran and raised in Switzerland. His Harira, a Middle Eastern soup with garbanzo beans, lamb and angel-hair pasta, reflects some of the alluring spices savored in his youth….

Chef Thomas Keller’s Salt-Crusted Striped Bass

Cooking, Videos By December 8, 2010

It was as if President Obama was coming to my house for dinner. That’s how excited I was. (Yes, this was written during a different administration.) Thomas Keller, widely regarded as the top chef in America, was due at my Huntington Beach home to tape a cooking video with me. The chef-proprietor of The French Laundry (Yountville) and Per Se…