Flight of Fancy

The artisanal cocktails like the Pimms Cup entice with sophisticated twists

Flight of Fancy

by Jamie Gwen | Photography by Jessica Sample | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | September 26, 2013

Good wine needs time to mellow and settle in. The same applies to restaurants. So I’ll be the first to note that I visited Lark Creek Newport Beach at Fashion Island during its settling-in phase. It had just opened and was experiencing some growing pains. But that hasn’t dulled the excitement of locals, who are happy to have a new kid on the block. The vibe is part neighborhood eatery and part hot spot. A subtle, enticing aroma of almond wood wafts from the kitchen and permeates the dining room. And the outdoor seating is stellar.


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Sure Fire

Salted and baked whole fish

Sure Fire

by David Hagedorn | Photography by Greg Powers | DC magazine | September 26, 2013

I have to give chef Mike Isabella credit: He has a knack for hitting trends on their way in and actualizes them in restaurants that intrigue and impress. With Kapnos, his new 160-seat restaurant on the northern end of the action-packed 14th Street corridor, Isabella turns his eye to the cooking of Northern Greece. Along with partners George and Nick Pagonis, the chef de cuisine and general manager, respectively, Isabella coupled mezze, the Greek version of small plates, with the lure of whole animals spit-roasting on rotisseries front and center in the dining room.

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The saganaki wings


by Lisa Shames | Photography by Anthony Tahlier | CS magazine | September 26, 2013

It can’t be easy opening a restaurant in a hotel these days. While in the past hotel restaurants were, more often than not, afterthoughts, they’ve now become destinations all their own. The catch? They still have to please the sophisticated traveler and picky Aunt Betty, as well as the food-savvy local. Plus, their location in a hotel dictates breakfast, lunch and dinner are a given, which means the space has to look just as pretty in the morning as it does at night.


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