| Jan 19, 2015
| 1:36 PM
One of my 8-year-old granddaughters — I have two — and I recently discussed the merits of school cafeteria food.
"I'm not a big fan, Opa," she quipped, sounding very grown up. "I prefer to bring a sandwich to school, along with some cheese,...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 5:09 PM
Diners can dig into special menus at 63 restaurants during Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which runs Monday through Feb. 1.
The ninth annual event will offer prix fixe menus with lunches from $10 to $25 and dinners from $20 to $50....
| Jan 8, 2015
Urban Dictionary — hey, what more appropriate source is there? — defines a dive bar as "a well-worn, unglamorous bar, often serving a cheap, simple selection of drinks to a regular clientele."
Costa Mesa's Goat Hill Tavern, which recently...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:24 PM
With its extensive craft beer selection, local artisan coffee and traditional East Coast deli fare along with vegan options, Newport Beach's newest delicatessen is out to prove that "family-friendly" and "trendy" aren't mutually exclusive concepts.
| Jan 16, 2015
| 5:03 PM
Since becoming president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2006, Terry Dwyer has been on a mission to make the venue affordable, intriguing and inviting — even a little off once in a while.
While the center delivers well on the popular...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:42 PM
Business is a family affair for the Skala sisters.
Katie, 28, and Jessica, 23, are the force behind the innovative fashion truck Waves of Attire: Rolling Boutique, a mobile clothing and accessories retailer.
Taking their cue from food trucks, the...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 7:32 PM
Twenty-fifteen was launched with style on the Orange Coast. Hostess Elizabeth An and husband Gordon Clune welcomed some 300 guests in sparkling New Year's Eve attire to a very special party at AnQi, South Coast Plaza.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 9:08 PM
Americans have become somewhat numb to the constant barrage of disasters, natural and manmade, blasted across the media. Sadly, the media seldom follow up on the aftermath. It's on to the next headline.
Last month in Mexico, Hurricane Odile devastated...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:51 PM
Serving People In Need (SPIN), the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit assisting working-poor families in O.C. with housing and basic life necessities, will gather advocates Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Huntington Beach for its 26th annual gala. Celebrity...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:50 PM
The fourth annual National Veterans Day Run in Irvine will come to William R. Mason Regional Park on Saturday. The event will offer a 5K (3.1-mile) race and a one-mile family walk/run. Racing will begin at 3:11 p.m.
Registration for the 5K is $30 for...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:01 PM
It's been a while since I've checked in with my restaurant column, Barbara's Bits & Bites, which continues to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
I've had a bellyful of politics from covering the last election...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Grand opening set for Island Hotel gourmet collection
The Island Hotel in Newport Beach will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday to introduce its gourmet Market Place in the hotel's renovated lobby.
Tastes of some of the house...