| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:29 PM
As sommeliers poured a 2011 Malbec into wine glasses and suited waiters greeted guests, Geeta Bansal stood behind a stainless steel counter and delicately sprinkled a mix of black rice, rye and black salt atop an elk, foie and radish appetizer.
| Sep 26, 2014
| 4:44 PM
This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Troy Heidemann, the new dock master at the Balboa Bay Resort.
Heidemann has to have one of the best views I've ever seen from someone's office window. Right in the middle of the resort, out on the end of...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 7:08 PM
"Hammer and nails?"
"Did you cut the tags?"
For the past hour on a Friday morning, two designers from Newport Beach's Interior Designers Institute had chatted as they fluffed pillows, hung drapes and nailed artwork to a bare kitchen...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Here are some sobering facts. Despite all of the advances in science and medicine, more than 7,000 types of rare diseases affect the human condition.
These rare diseases affect some 30 million Americans and, worldwide, an estimated 350 million people....
| Oct 12, 2013
| 3:59 PM
I have been writing for my hometown paper, The Daily Pilot, for several years now, commenting on a variety of news and issues surrounding the world of sports. This week, the news spread about my own plans, and I wanted to share the rationale and...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:17 PM
When "Scrubbing In," MTV's new reality series about travel nurses, airs its first episode Thursday night, it will have a formidable act to follow in terms of media outrage and water-cooler gossip.
In short, it will have to top its own trailer.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:39 PM
Paul Crouch, founder and president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, has been hospitalized near Dallas after experiencing shortness of breath.
He was taken to the hospital Oct. 22 and was stable as of Wednesday, according to a TBN spokesman.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a collection of silly, stupid skits that are so seriously R-rated they defy description in a family newspaper. The...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:18 AM
1.) Tom Gazsi: Costa Mesa's police chief celebrated the 60th anniversary of his department — one he leads with a steady, capable hand, despite the tension between his officers and a majority of the City Council members.
2.) Keith Curry: The...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:16 AM
You say it's your birthday? It's their birthday too, yeah.
There were plenty of candles being blown out — literally and figuratively — as two of Costa Mesa's most venerable institutions hit a milestone in 2013. South Coast Repertory kicked...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Admit it. At some point in your life, you've done an impression of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa wailing, "Adria-a-a-a-a-a-an!"
And now, thanks to Irvine resident Kevin Derek, you'll get to meet the man who directed that iconic moment. While...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:13 AM
It is a very special week for South Coast Repertory.
On Wednesday, the complex was renamed the David Emmes and Martin Benson Theatre Center. Previously, the SCR complex had taken the name of Paul Folino, former board president and honorary trustee,...