| Aug 5, 2013
| 4:13 PM
During a hot July in Rancho Mirage, Barbara and I took long weekends in Orange County and enjoyed the sun on the beach at the Balboa Bay Club daily.
The new club ownership has made some noticeable, positive changes, including eliminating the "guard...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Four men were arrested Sunday in Newport Beach on suspicion of stealing a bag containing a sandwich — valued at $10 — from a parked car.
Oscar Iglesias, 25, of South Gate, Daniel Godinez, 23, and Edwin Yhuit, 27, both of Cudahy, and Daniel...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 9:41 AM
This post has been corrected, as noted below.
An estimated 1,000 lobsters will fly into John Wayne Airport on Friday evening.
If you cast a glance skyward, you won't notice any marine crustaceans suspended in mid-air.
They will, instead, disembark...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 7:50 PM
The Newport Beach and Corona del Mar landscape keeps transforming, but into what?
The Mayans always assumed that everything happened in circles, and their calendar reflected that assumption, that what happened before will happen again. I am starting to...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 7:56 PM
Alan Greeley may not be the Iron Chef, but he has a title of some kind.
Sunday afternoon, at the tail end of the OC Fair, Greeley and Massimo Navarretta faced off in a cooking challenge to help promote the third annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week. The...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Local restaurateur Wing Lam will star in an episode of ABC's "Secret Millionaire" at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Modeled after the similarly named British series, the show spotlights successful entrepreneurs as they travel — undercover — to impoverished...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:11 PM
I hope to drop weight this summer.
The Orange County Fair has other plans. I may as well wait until New Year's to break my resolution.
The theme of the July 12 to Aug. 11 shindig is "Come & Get It." The "It" to come and get is batter-slathered, deep-...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 8:27 PM
It's officially summertime, and the Newport Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins Saturday. So visit the Central Library or the Balboa, Corona del Mar or Mariners branch and pick up game sheets or review forms, win prizes and enjoy...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Get in on the fun of Stein Mart's one-year anniversary Saturday at The Market Place in Irvine. The store is giving away eight $50 gift cards throughout the day and a free pair of spa socks to the first 250 customers who make a purchase, according to a...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:53 AM
When Ho Sum Bistro first opened in 1987, there was virtually no other Asian fusion restaurant in the area and the notion of healthy Asian cuisine didn't exist. "Califoriental" was the way they described their concept, and we both went back many times...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 2:20 PM
Chef Jamie Ngo is a talented young chef with serious credentials, including Le Cordon Bleu, the Bazaar (a bastion of molecular gastronomy) in Beverly Hills, the Polo Lounge and the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena. She now presides over her own kitchen at...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 10:56 AM
The consistently good food and the changing seasonal menu keep bringing us back to Nirvana Grille in Laguna Beach. This attractive, comfortable space is divided into the bar area with tall communal tables for eating and drinking and the cozy dining room....