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  • Don't want to cook? Go posh

    Thanksgiving is a day to surround oneself with friends and family and overindulge on home-cooked delights like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
  • Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

    Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a cold sweat, never fear. Websites like bfads.net have done all the work for you, leaving you with a searchable database of offers. For...

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna
    A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen. It has gotten a $2-million facelift and a new chef, Rainer Schwarz, who will also oversee the kitchen for the more casual spot next door, The Deck. Both dining areas are blessed...

    The God Squad: Give thanks for those not thanked enough

    Every year at Thanksgiving time, I try to put some deeper meaning into the easily generalized list of people and things for which I'm thankful. Family, food, health, freedom, soldiers, police, firemen, home and stuffing always top the list, and they'...

    Little bean is big business for Irvine's ChocXO chocolate factory entrepreneur

    Little bean is big business for Irvine's ChocXO chocolate factory entrepreneur
    His name isn't Willy Wonka, but that hasn't stopped him from opening a chocolate factory. And Richard Foley, 53, plans to share the inner workings of his ChocXO Bean-to-Bar Chocolatier in Irvine with the public Friday and Saturday. Foley, a Dana Point...