| Aug 16, 2011
| 10:23 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Betsy Thagard held the golden ticket at the 2011 Orange County Fair Culinary Arts Competition with her toffee recipe comprised of four ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and nuts.
The sweet and crunchy golden squares, the...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 6:38 PM
Three years ago this week I became a weekly columnist for my hometown newspaper, the Daily Pilot.
It was a dream come true.
I'd recently retired after 37 years as director of community relations at Orange Coast College. I'd been an avid Pilot reader...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 9:00 PM
Now that the holidays are over, our house has settled back to normal — whatever that is.
This Christmas, my daughter was given the gift of technology. She received an iPod Touch, packed with her favorite music and games. More proof I was born in...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 7:56 PM
Nothing smells lovelier than the scent of orange blossoms.
Just ask Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the many fans of 88 Orange, the Costa Mesa-based maker of clothing, body and home products infused with an orange blossom scent.
"She loves our clothes and is...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 7:44 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — When the building behind the Port Theatre became available in 2007, longtime Corona del Mar resident Ali Zadeh saw an opportunity.
Nevermind that the lack of public parking, economic woes and other issues affecting the space had...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 9:59 PM
On behalf of everyone at Skyfire, and others in Silicon Valley, our thoughts go out to Steve Jobs' and his family as we learn of his death.
We salute Jobs and all that he has done to remake our industry and revolutionize the lives of hundreds of millions...
| Oct 8, 2011
| 6:26 PM
IRVINE — The two new iShuttle routes opening Monday provide a "seamless last-mile transfer" among major live-work destinations and the Irvine Station, a transportation official said.
The new routes, labeled C and D, will connect the Irvine...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 7:00 PM
COSTA MESA — Celebrated shoe designer Brian Atwood's more affordable line was launched Thursday at Saks Fifth Avenue in South Coast Plaza. The event attracted those who love to strut in their heels.
Saks, which is first to carry the line, and...
| Oct 14, 2011
| 2:18 PM
The release of any new Apple product tends to be an event.
But in the wake of company founder Steve Jobs' death 10 days ago, even a mild update to an Apple product can draw thousands of customers from coast to coast.
The Apple stores at Fashion Island...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 8:34 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts launched a new Facebook application that allows users to buy tickets, center officials announced this week.
Segerstrom Center Social Tix, available through the center's Facebook page, allows users to also select seating...
| May 25, 2012
| 9:33 PM
In a time when vulgar expressions of excess eclipse what once represented a standard of artistic achievement, there exists a most special refuge from the insanity of an electronic world.
It is, oddly enough, a bookstore. And its name is Assouline,...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 7:15 PM
A year after shattering attendance records, the staff of the Orange County Fair has started a full-court press of events and promotions leading up to opening day on July 13, division directors told the Fair Board on Thursday.
The fair is teaming up...