Le Bistro Brunch

Le Bistro is like a mosaic — a colorful work of flavorful art. The menu selections, varied and delightful, form an image of an intimate European-style café whose owner, Robert Penkava, fashions them by careful attention to each essential element. It is no surprise when diners discover that Chef Robert once lived in Heidelberg, Germany, […]

‘Champagne and Chocolate’ in honor of Amadeus

There was much ado about a person who was born 250 years ago. In the first in a series of “Absolute Amadeus” Mozart-related affairs, Mariella Balbi, founder of Guanni Chocolates, was the featured speaker at the Art Center event “Chocolate and Champagne” held on the 14th of January. Balbi highlighted the origin of chocolate and […]


Striking but simple, Café des Artistes’ artistic palette of color and flavor has been attracting patrons to the charming café since November of 2002. In this congenial atmosphere proprietor Michael Calvanese and his staff have been surprising customers with fresh menu items for three years. “Some customers refer to me as the Menu Maestro,” he […]

Hunt for the perfect hamburger at Mad Madeline’s Grill

In Old Town Temecula there is a cafe that is famous for its hamburgers and should be famous for its root beer floats as well. Mad Madeline’s Grill is a bustling, packed place even on a Saturday afternoon during torrential rains. A trophy with a gold-colored chef crowning the top reads “Best Burgers” as chosen […]

Spend New Year’s Eve close to home!

Several local restaurants are offering a variety of dinners and parties for those who prefer to stay close to home on New Year’s Eve. For those who want to entertain at home but don’t want the mess and hassle of cooking, Major Market also serves complete meals for reasonable prices with a two-day advance notice. […]

Retreat from the world at the Castle Creek Country Club

The View Restaurant at Castle Creek Country Club is only a few miles from I-15 near Gopher Canyon Road, but if you are like me, you have probably driven by the location and thought it was an interesting name, but never bothered to check it out. The restaurant not only offers great food at great […]

Corn fritters and succulent chicken at Chicken Kitchen

Greg Clark and Bill Bembenek have the recipe for success. These two former casino executives have just opened a restaurant in Temecula using their business acumen, Greg’s previous restaurant experience and traditional Midwestern recipes. Both of the men have wanted to open their own business for several years and this is their first venture. Greg […]

Fish tacos and smiling servers at Pedro’s Tacos

I thought I had eaten just about everything a Fallbrook Mexican establishment could offer until my brother told me about the Fried Chicken Taco at Pedro’s Tacos. “Where is that?” I asked. He tried to explain that it was tucked around the back of a local coffeehouse. So, I found the little place and tried […]

Recipes to usher in a sweet Christmas

Christmas is a time when many delicious sweets usher us into the holiday spirit. The following recipes are traditional in various households and are definitely memory makers during the holiday season. Christmas Bunuelos (Mexican Christmas Fritters) 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground 1 tsp. baking powder 4 cups flour 1/4 cup oil 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. […]

Chocolate fantasies

Look out, Godiva, there’s an artist in Fallbrook who paints with chocolate! Her name is Mariella Balbi and her company is called Guanni Chocolates. Each unique truffle is deftly and tenderly formed, then drizzled with chocolate by her own hand. Balbi blends her truffles, giving them a touch of sweetness with natural ingredients, a minimum […]