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Assorted patisserie from Shokuh Patisserie at Westcliff Plaza in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

Here’s a tip from Brad A. Johnson if you visit Shokuh Patisserie in Newport Beach: Order one of everything.

Why? Because that magical pastry you saw may not be there next time and you really don’t want that kind of regret haunting you.

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Eat of the Moment

The “nacho” pizza at Kuro in Costa Mesa, made with fennel sausage, mozzarella, honey and serrano chiles (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

Hot new pizza 

Brad may have discovered a new candidate for Orange County’s best pizza in Costa Mesa. Here’s what he had to say about Kuro Artisanal Pizza at The Lab.

 

Lawry’s Carvery in South Coast Plaza opened in 2002 and was its first quick, casual concept. It will close Jan. 17, 2022 and Populaire will open in its place. (Courtesy of Lawry’s)

 

The last carve

After almost 20 years, Lawry’s Carvery shut down in South Coast Plaza this week. It was the first quick casual concept for the swanky prime rib house which says it is planning to introduce a new casual restaurant.

 

Founder and general manager Michael Flynn has made some changes at O Sea in Old Towne Orange: He’s sticking with his original concept, but is now offering full service and taking reservations. Seen here, Flynn and newly appointed executive chef Carla Arce. (Photo by Kristin Smetona, courtesy of O Sea)

 

By popular demand 

Customers of O Sea in Old Towne Orange liked the place and the food so much they kept asking for the restaurant to be full-service. Founder Michael Flynn decided they were right, so he turned its ordering counter into wine bar and hired a new chef.

 

Balvina’s Mexican Kitchen in Laguna Hills serves traditional Mexican and American favorites including fajitas, mole, steak, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, buttermilk pancakes and French toast. Seen here, a dish of Alaskan Halibut. (Courtesy of Balvina’s Mexican Kitchen)

 

A new take on tradition

When Alejandro Cuellar decided to open his own restaurant he looked no farther than his childhood favorite dishes. At Balvina’s Mexican Kitchen in Laguna Hills he serves moles, enchiladas and huevos rancheros the way he enjoyed them growing up in Puebla.

 

A growing number of casual and social drinkers planned to take a break from alcohol during “Dry January.” More vintners are making nonalcoholic wines such as this sparkling chardonnay, Noughty, from Thomson & Scott. (Photo by Johnny Stephens Photography, courtesy of Thomson & Scott)

 

A break from booze

Of course we were stress drinking during the pandemic but this month  casual and social drinkers are taking a month off or trying to quit entirely. There’s help out there, including self-help books and low alcohol cocktail recipes.

 


Jacques Pepin’s recipe for Braised Pork Shoulder with Sweet Potatoes combines Puerto Rican seasoning with French cooking techniques. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

 

Get the most out of your grocery budget with these three recipes that are tasty and save you cash.

 

A Potato Galette boasts a crispy, golden-brown exterior with layers of fanciness inside. (Photo by Carl Tremblay)

 

Anyone else feel like they need to eat their feelings in the form of carbs this week? Yeah, me too. Cathy Thomas is here to save the day with a recipe for a show-stopping potato galette.

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