Take a Tour with Me at My California Home: January by Jesse Bluma

Take a Tour with Me at My California Home:  January

The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community.  It is nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The town was established during the 1920s along state route 1, between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kite-flying, boat races, golf, and surfing drew crowds and residents to the promontory.  Actor James Cagney was drawn here to open a movie theater.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  

Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  The Pointe in the location and Viven is Spanish for living life.  And living in this fabled locale serves as a delicious bakery and idea-factory.


“To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches.  One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime.”  

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature”

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Red O Restaurant Review by Jesse Bluma

Red O Restaurant Review

I first dined at Red O in Los Angeles, California for a friend’s birthday dinner.  Subsequently, I have dined at the location in Newport Beach, California on several occasions.  The name Red O originates from the owners of the restaurant, Richard Teasta and Mike Dobson.  Teasta worked for the one time chain of restaurants named Red Onion.  

“Dining at Red O is an experience like no other – offering a unique combination of Prime Steak and Seafood with Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican inspired influences.  By sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, Red O creates flavorful dishes with a mindset on quality while still being true to the flavors of Mexico.”


1.  Valet parking is available at each location.  You may wish to use the valet at the Los Angeles location, as parking is a challenge to find.  On busy nights consider taking a taxi or car service.  

2.  Peak times occur during week days and nights, especially weekend nights.  You may wish to visit for lunch as soon as they open on a weekend.  Make sure to make reservations.

3.   On the dinner menu I have enjoyed the following dishes.

- Cochinita Pibil:  Suckling pig (achiote-marinated and slow-cooked in banana leaves), black beans, arugula salad, roasted habanero salsa.  [Achiote:  seeds from a flower turned into a red paste and commonly used in Mexican and South American cuisine.]

- Braised Short Rib Enchiladas:  Red guajillo chile sauce, melted Monterey Jack cheese, frisee, Mexican red rice, and black beans.  [Guajillo:  a mild chili pepper] 

 4.  On the weekend brunch menu I have enjoyed the following dishes.

- Huevos Rancheros:  Two eggs cooked to order, fresh baked white corn tortillas, black beans, and fresh cheese.  Choice of Guajillo or Creamy Tomatillo sauce, and with choice of toppings.

- Pancakes:  Stone ground corn pancakes, whipped goat cheese, organic syrup, pecanwood-smoked bacon, and two eggs cooked to order.

-  Carnitas Soft Tacos:  Cilatro-lime goat yogurt, chipotle puree, raddish, green Mexican knob onions.

- Endless Cocktails:  Tequila Sunrises, Bloody Marys, House Margaritas, Red and White Sangria, Mimosas.  The ability to order each is an exceptional option.

5.  On the lunch menu I enjoyed the Grilled Chicken with Queso fresco, avocado, caramelized onions, harissa [chili pepper] aioli, and living trio lettuce, on grilled telera bread [flat sandwich bread], with choice of Red O Caesar Salad.

6.  The chips and variety of salsas are full flavored.  

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Red O Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Red O Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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