| Jun 4, 2014
| 9:02 PM
For 75 years, the light pink Lido Theatre in Newport Beach has welcomed moviegoers onto the Balboa Peninsula.
But an asset manager for the theater's property owner has a new vision for the space, now surrounded by development, and in need of, as she put...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Several years ago while on a Baltic cruise, my family and I enjoyed a two-day stop in beautiful St. Petersburg. Since it was Russia, I naturally expected to see some vodka.
Here's what I didn't expect: My sons, then 17 and 13, were continually offered...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:17 PM
I'm taking a much-needed break from writing about politics this week to focus on food.
On June 12, I premiered my monthly column for foodies that discovers — and rediscovers — fun places to eat in the Newport Beach-Costa Mesa area.
| 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...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 1:10 PM
The California Highway Patrol has completed its investigation of a June 7 incident in which a Corona del Mar High School student fell onto the 73 Freeway from a party bus headed to prom, a spokesman confirmed.
The District Atty.'s office is reviewing the...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:09 PM
The Newport Beach Planning Commission voted unanimously this week to pass a Corona del Mar parking management report — specifically eight, short-term recommendations for improving parking in the village business district — to the City...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:19 PM
Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.
It's going to be a two-hour wait.
That's because Din Tai Fung, the acclaimed Taiwanese restaurant that opened Monday, is famous for...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:29 PM
It's time to take my monthly break from writing about politics and focus on something more far delicious for all those foodies out there who enjoy discovering — and re-discovering — fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as much...