Pendry Hotels & Resorts proudly opens Pendry Newport Beach, marking its eighth establishment and third unveiling in Southern California. Located steps from Fashion Island, in the former Fashion Island Hotel property, Pendry Newport Beach boasts 295 meticulously refurbished guestrooms, including 114 suites with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, and/or Back Bay. Crafted with elegance by Studio Munge, the interiors capture the relaxed essence of Southern California, blending the beauty of Newport Beach with refined architectural elements, showcased in lush, garden-inspired designs.
Aria Kitchen, a fresh addition to Irvine's culinary scene, beautifully blends Mexican and Persian cuisines. Founded by sisters Mahta and Anahita Ariarad, second-generation restaurateurs deeply rooted in the Irvine community, this fusion concept pays homage to their Persian heritage while embracing their love for Mexican flavors. The Ariarad sisters' journey in the restaurant industry began in their father’s renowned Super Irvine, a market dedicated to sourcing Persian and international ingredients since 1996. After the closing of Super Irvine in 2022, the sisters continued their culinary venture, drawing from their family's heirloom recipes and their years of involvement in the market.
The Ecology Center, situated on a 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center in San Juan Capistrano, has recently unveiled its Fall 2023 Community Table dinner series. Scheduled for every Friday between September 29 and November 3, starting at 6 p.m., these gatherings offer a splendid opportunity for guests to savor a starlit, multicourse dinner in the brisk autumn air. The featured meals are carefully crafted by renowned guest chefs, incorporating ingredients sourced from The Ecology Center's own farm and prepared over an open flame, creating an intimate and communal dining experience.
Toastique, the rustic culinary concept originating from Washington, D.C., renowned for its artisanal toast, freshly pressed juices, and smoothies, is opening its first California location on Balboa Island this upcoming fall season. Established in 2017, Toastique is known for using locally sourced, fresh ingredients, Toastique champions healthy living through an array of culinary offerings. Its gourmet toast selections include standouts like the timeless Avocado Smash (avocado complemented by watermelon radish, marinated tomatoes, chili oil, microgreens on multigrain toast) and the flavorful Smoked Salmon (smoked pastrami salmon, herbed cream cheese spread, arugula, cucumber, pickled onion, capers, toasty seasoning, microgreens, lemon twist on sourdough toast).