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fooddrink | Guide ...the radar trends continued from page 64 Jason’s Downtown With everything from jerk chicken to Korean barbeque on the menu, diners might be overwhelmed, but won’t be disappointed. Pot pie, cornish hen and crepes lose their ho-hum shrugs with Moroccan spices, Iberian seasoning and French-Caribbean twists. Drawing a diverse mix of hipsters and Dept. of Justice professionals, the crowd is as eclectic as the menu. And, when the owner, Jason Kordas, served vino to former President Clinton, you can expect a presidential wine list to compliment. Dinner Tursday-Saturday. 416 W. 4th St., Santa Ana. 714.347.1120 $$ K’ya Like its Laguna Beach sister, K’ya at the Hotel Ménage offers contemporary Cali cuisine with a dash of Pacific Rim. Regardless of the fact that they are far from a blue ocean view, the trendy restaurant is one of Anaheim’s best-kept secrets and draws in-the-know locals for good food in a comfy setting. And for an under-the-stars bar scene that may rival La Casa del Camino’s rooftop, try the hotel’s Palapa Bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1221 S. Harbor Dr., Anaheim. 714.400.9104 $$ Manhattan Steak & Seafood East Coast cool meets Continental fusion at this swank steakhouse. Combining traditional French techniques and the freshest ingredients give pork chops and Scottish salmon ease and edge. Biodynamic wine and organic tequila highlight the extensive list of libations, perfect for late night debauchery in the velvety booths. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., bar open late Fri. and Sat. 202 S. Main St., Orange. 714.978.6161 $$$ Memphis Santora Southern-style specialties are the way to go here, with gumbo topping the list. It’s a hip, young crowd, just the way we like it, and the food is down-home amazing. Evening adventures at Memphis often begin with live music or a sweet DJ set, and don’t forget their killer weekend brunch—the crawfish omelet with potato hash steals the show. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. 714.564.1064 $$ Morton’s The Steakhouse Tis new Morton’s has everything a rib-eye-craving power-player could want, including an über-upscale atmosphere, gargantuan dishes that don’t compromise on taste (the lobster is a succulent piece of just- caught freshness), and the first-class service for which the franchise is known. Head to the swank patio for alfresco elbow-rubbing and dining. Dinner nightly. 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. 714.621.0101 $$$$ Napa Rose Chef Andrew Sutton and wine guru Michael Jordan bring the best of Napa to O.C., and they just keep getting better. Te Gulf of California rock scallops are sublime, and the prime rib of pork with Chaparral sauce is a house specialty. Everything at this restaurant is stellar, and demands return visits. Dinner daily. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim. 714.781.3463 $$$$ Ra Sushi Bar RestaurantTis stylishly edgy sushi bar blends fresh fish, hot music and rockin’ décor. Try Ra’s signature roll, the Tootsy Maki, a duo of crab and shrimp wrapped in seaweed and rice, drizzled with sweet eel sauce and topped with tempura bits. But after the Tootsy Maki, you should definitely go with the deliciously complex combination of flavors in the beef tataki roll topped with flat iron steak, avocado, and soy chile sauce. Te District at Tustin, 2401 Park Ave., Tustin. 714.566.1700 $$$ The Winery Whether it’s the harissa-honey glazed rack of lamb or the well- marbled rib-eye you’re after, there’s no question chef Yvon Goetz will have you coming back for more. Te Winery makes the most of Goetz’s serious talent, heretofore employed at big-league local spots like French 75 and the Ritz- Carlton Laguna Niguel. Te brainchild of William Lewis and JC Clow, who spent 12 years making Morton’s in South Coast Metro a household name, Te Winery is a must visit. Lunch and dinner daily. Te District at Tustin, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin. 714.258.7600 $$$$ just being out in public is a task in itself,” Danielle says of her son’s temper tantrums. But during one of the family’s Paskowitz Surf Camps, Danielle says she noticed a change in Isaiah. “It was very, very calming to him,” she says, adding that the effect lasted long after he was away from the beach. In 1999, the Paskowitzes founded the nonprofit Surfers Healing to provide free one-day surf camps to autistic children and their families. Tis past summer, 20 camps were held in five states, Mexico and Puerto Rico, providing some 3,000 kids with one-on-one surf lessons. Te therapeutic effects of water for kids with autism are well-established, with applications ranging from extra time in the bathtub to swimming with dolphins. Danielle Paskowitz says the surfing experience enhances that effect for kids—and their families. “Parents are in tears,” she says. “Tey can’t believe their kids would go out on a surfboard to begin with—let alone be smiling when they come back in.” Surfers have long been aware (at least anecdotally) of the therapeutic powers of the waves. Recently, science proved them right when researchers discovered a beneficial link between surfing and cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease that causes a debilitating buildup of mucus in the lungs and other complications. Te connection led to the development of a new treatment that mimics the effects of inhaling saltwater mist during a surf session—and to a swell of support from the local surfing community. Two years ago, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Southern California teamed up with surfwear retailer PacSun to create Pipeline to a Cure, an annual Huntington Beach gala that has raised nearly $700,000 to fund cystic fibrosis research and garnered the support of big-wave legends Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. For cystic fibrosis sufferers like Emily Haager, wave-riding has truly been a breath of fresh air. She was diagnosed with the disease as a child (“My parents were basically told that I would not graduate from high school”). Now 26, she began surfing four years ago and hits Huntington and Newport weekly—in addition to her daily five-hour regimen of breathing treatments and medications. “It does not replace any of my other treatments,” Haager says of surfing. “But it is something mentally and emotionally for me to get out there. It’s really given me a big sense of freedom.” Te freedom to get out of a wheelchair and onto a surfboard is at the heart of Life Rolls On, a nonprofit that uses surfing to raise money for outreach and education about spinal cord injuries. It began as a family fundraiser for Jesse Billauer, whose burgeoning pro surf career was cut short by a 1996 spinal cord injury that rendered him a quadriplegic. Te L.A.-based organization’s flagship program, Tey Will Surf Again, uses special adaptive surfboards and able-bodied volunteers to help people with spinal cord injuries ride waves. Te inaugural event was held in 2004 at Blackie’s in Newport Beach and, since then, has made annual visits to Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach. One of the first-time riders at the 2005 Bolsa Chica event was Alyson Roth, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a near-fatal car accident in the Nevada desert. “Initially I was super excited,” recalls the Georgia native who now lives in Foothill Ranch and was recently named second runner-up in the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. “Immediately after that, I was scared.” Nevertheless, a team of volunteers assisted Roth onto the beach and out into the water. Te last thing she remembers is hearing someone yelling, “It’s coming! It’s coming!”—“it” being a wave. “Tat adrenaline is the most amazing feeling,” she recalls. “Tat was one of the first healing moments I felt in my life since my accident.” Tis past July, Roth became the first woman with a disability to surf at the Hurley US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach as part of an annual Life Rolls On demonstration. It was just three days before the nine-year anniversary of her accident. “For me to see how far I have come in nine years...,” she says, her thought choked off by tears. “Te sense of freedom in the water is the same sense of freedom I had when I was walking. For now, surfing is my walking.” R October 2009 | | 167

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