I know this is a bit out of our normal area, but i couldn’t resist letting you know that the Newport Beach Restaurant Week will be held January 18 through 22.  Here all of us foodies will have an opportunity to taste and expand our culinary horizons.  There will be almost 100 restaurants across the neighborhoods participating.

http://tinyurl.com/72vpq5 is a link of participating restaurants for this year.  Which ones are you going to try?

September 13. LONG BEACH.  Edith Shain, the nurse in the photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square at the end of World War II, is scheduled to appear at the Reef Restaurant, 880 Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $38.50, parking is free.

September 13.  SUNSET BEACH. The 10th annual Chili Cook-off includes chili tasting, music, refreshments and souvenir limited edition cook-off T-shirts. $5 admission.

September 19. NEWPORT BEACH.  The 2008 Taste of Newport will be held on Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island, Pacific Coast Highway and Jamboree, Newport Beach, CA.  Time: Friday, Sept. 19, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 20 4 -11 p.m.; Sunday Sept. 21, Noon – 8 p.m. Cost is around $25. Free and valet parking.