| Jun 10, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Skewers holding 3-inch grilled prawns disappeared from the serving platters only slightly faster than the crab-stuffed mushrooms and cream cheese salmon pastries. Yet the dwindling supply of party snacks wasn't even a small part of the event to discuss...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:22 PM
Like most golfers, Don DuBois would love to play more but can't because he has a job and other commitments. So the acclaimed Newport Beach amateur has decided for quality over quantity, playing in select tournaments this summer.
The event he has circled...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 9:37 PM
As a councilman and bar and restaurant owner Gary Monahan maintains a hectic schedule. But Thursday figures to be maddening, mainly in terms of business.
World Cup begins, yet Monahan will be interested in more things than just the beautiful game.
| Jun 12, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Editor's note: Political columnist Barbara Venezia plans to write occasional food columns under the banner "Barbara's Bits & Bites." This is her first.
Even though it's been years since I did a comedy cooking show, "At Home on the Range," on local...
| May 24, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Mike Lin knows his motel is not the best lodging choice in Costa Mesa.
Customers at the Sandpiper Motel, he said, cannot expect five-star service from a one-star or "no-star" establishment.
After all, the Sandpiper is not, unlike the Westin, within...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:03 PM
On Saturday, August 23rd, Ben Schmid made a sudden, but gentle and gracious exit to a life extraordinarily well-lived. Born in Riverside, raised in Hollywood and a 30-year resident of San Marino before moving to Balboa Island in 1985, Ben was a respected...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 7:42 PM
"Don't Toss Out Your Salt Shaker!" says Dr. Niels Graudal's Danish study, which adds that people with very low levels of salt in their diets suffer elevated mortality.
Of course, a few lines down, Graudal's American Journal of Hypertension article...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 8:28 PM
In the world of broadcast journalism, it is most unusual for an on-camera reporter/anchor to enjoy a 30-plus-year career in a single market. Vikki Vargas, Orange County bureau chief for NBC 4, is such a journalist.
Her breadth and depth of knowledge...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A vintage-themed bakery is scheduled to open Saturday in Costa Mesa's South Coast Collection.
SusieCakes, 3321 Hyland Ave., specializes in "sentimental dessert favorites" made from scratch by its team of onsite bakers, according to a news release. It...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 7:41 PM
Newport Beach City Council candidate Scott Peotter says he has returned a $1,100 campaign contribution to Woody's Wharf to avoid costly legal repercussions.
The four owners of the Balboa Peninsula restaurant and bar had already donated the maximum $1,...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Boats are selling, and the marine industry people around town are moving like it's 2007. That's part of the reason why I was not able to submit a column last week.
While I was working in Monterey last week, Amy Elliott from the Balboa Angling Club called...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:15 PM
"Hold on," said Louie Jocson. "I'm in the process of caramelizing onions."
The newly appointed culinary director of Zov's, the restaurant chain known for its Eastern Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, is a fixture on the Southern California culinary...