| Jan 18, 2012
| 3:43 PM
What a surprise it is to walk from a Huntington Beach mini-mall parking lot into the reception area of Matsu and be immediately transported to Japan.
Inside, a small but dramatic rock garden is festooned with orchids while the soft sound of trickling...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:04 PM
Brett Simpson was happy to move on through.
Dane Reynolds was relieved to survive difficult conditions.
Two of the world's top surfers were among several athletes Tuesday to win their heats and advance at the 2012 Nike U.S. Open of Surfing Men's Prime...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 2:58 PM
The small, plastic train, poking out between the rocks, looked like any toy lost on the beach. It measured a few inches long, small enough to tumble out of a pocket or purse, with four thin wheels and rear-end contours hinting at where other cars should...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:43 PM
Oh, those traumatic memories of "Toy Story 3."
For some reason, I've kept encountering playthings during my last couple of weeks covering Huntington Beach. First, there was the Course of the Force, a "Star Wars"-themed charity relay in which participants...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 2:39 PM
Ahhh! Sit down and relax with a great cup of tea. Then ponder the power of it. Besides the simple pleasures of a cuppa, this ancient beverage has had medicinal, religious and political implications throughout almost 5,000 years of history. Legend has it...
| Jan 26, 2011
| 3:51 PM
The other night we dined in Japan without having to board an airplane.
We feasted on monkfish liver, mountain potatoes and inaniwa udon at a strip mall restaurant in Costa Mesa. Kappo Sui's daily menu is in Japanese, and we were the only patrons who...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 4:04 PM
The best way to describe the food at Raya might be "Mexasian." The new restaurant at the Ritz Carlton has been advertised as Latin American or Pan-Latin coastal cuisine, but that doesn't explain the presence of miso black cod with kabayaki sauce, tuna...