Jessica Frandson, founder of Newport Beach Twistband, keeps them handy on her wrist. (Coastline Pilot / January 10, 2013)

Through Feb. 28 the restaurant is pairing its Hitokuchi sashimi and shrimp plate with one skinny cocktail for $18. The sashimi and shrimp plate, at less than 200 calories, offers 14 bite-size pieces of fresh tuna, yellowtail and salmon sashimi, plus shrimp, that are garnished with micro greens, according to news release. Skinny cocktails, at less than 160 calories each, include the Colada-teenie, a mix of SKYY coconut and pineapple vodka, agave nectar and fruit juices; Blueberry Fizz, with Pama and Stoli Blueberi, freshly muddled blueberries, raspberries and tart citrus; and the Skinny Cucumberita, with Patron Silver tequila, Citronage and agave nectar muddled together with fresh cucumber slices and lime.

RA Sushi is at The Strand, 155 5th St., Huntington Beach; (714) 536-6390.


Time for some jazz

Jazz takes over the Irvine Barclay Theatre when "JazzReach: Ellington!" hits the venue Jan. 25.

The show highlights the music of Duke Ellington "through the creative integration of live music, captivating video projections, live narration and numerous audience participation segments," according to a news release.

JazzReach is a New York organization that works to educate people about jazz and build their appreciation of the music. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Tickets are $17 and a family pack of four or more are $12 apiece.

More information is at (949) 854-4646 or


Seeing red in the New Year

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a limited edition Lunar New Year Pilgrim Clutch at Roger Vivier South Coast Plaza from Feb. 10 to 24.

The clutch comes in two shades of red with a red strass buckle created solely for Rogier Vivier South Coast Plaza, according to a news release. The clutch, a new take on the Roger Vivier classic, costs $1,725.

Roger Vivier is in South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa; (714) 435-0015.

ALISHA GOMEZ is the managing editor of the Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent newspapers. She can be reached at or (714) 966-4618.