2016 Elixirs Archive Stories

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  • Artist Sharon Jackman's "Moonrise" By: Sam Dunn
    The artist: Sharon Jackman’s first career was in modern dance, which proved to be the perfect training for her next artistic medium, ceramics. “The physicality of the work has similarities to the dance. Throwing porcelain on the wheel demands strength, concentration and coordination. I use yoga breathing principles to produce
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Pillow Talk By: Jenny Peters
    Ready to snuggle up with someone you love on a special day in February? Or do you just love the pop of an unexpectedly fabulous pillow as part of your decorating scheme? Either way, we’ve found spectacular choices that will make the new year seem bright and cheery all over your home. Drop a whimsical pillow in the family room, glam up the
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • John Grossman’s Sun Valley By: Rosemary McClure | Photography by Zuma Press, Shutterstock
    Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe helped put Sun Valley, Idaho, on the map decades ago. The ski town, blessed with a stunning natural location, is still popular with Hollywood’s glitterati. That makes a lot of sense to Laguna Beach fan John Grossman, who loves to brag about Sun Valley, where he grew up. “I may be biased, bu
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Essay: A Connecticut Yankee in Orange County By: Erin Almond | illustration by Chris Morris
    When I moved to Orange County in 2004 to study fiction at UC Irvine, I brought with me certain ideas about California, especially its southern half. A lifelong New Englander, my views on the Golden State had been shaped by TV shows like “Baywatch,” and an unfortunate obsession with late-’80s hair-metal bands. I envisioned bouga
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Sweet on Cupid By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    BLK Earth Sea Spirits is known for two things: succulent Wagyu-grade steaks and resplendent views of Huntington Beach. I had promised dinner guests a sunset spectacle with shimmering hues, but Mother Nature intended something else that evening: As we curved along old Highway 1, the wind began whipping up and a layer of fog enveloped the car.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Fortunate Foods By: Jenn Tanaka
    While most of the world counted down the new year in December, February 8 is the time to celebrate for those from several Asian countries. Festivals, parades and vibrant red attire start the party, but the best part of the Lunar New Year is the eating. Freshen UpEat your way into an auspicious new year with a seasonal fruit.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Seafood Paella from Vaca By: Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Step into the kitchen at Vaca – the most anticipated Orange County restaurant in years – and you’ll see that chef Amar Santana takes his stock very seriously. Two enormous pots boil side by side. One is filled with giant beef and veal femurs; the other is piled high with lobster bodies and fish bones. They simmer for hours &nda
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Bernadette Peters Sings from the Heart By: Sam Dunn | photography by Andrew Eccles
    Orange County is getting something red and hot and as sweet as can be, just in time for Valentine’s Day: Bernadette Peters, who’s not your usual box of chocolates. The dazzling, 5-foot-nothing diva — who has won three Tony awards in a Broadway career that began in the ’60s — joins Pacific Symphony February 1
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Think Pink By: Alene Dawson
    Valentine’s season is not just a time of roses in the form of beautiful bouquets, but a time to embrace rose as a color. The color experts at Pantone chose rose quartz (plus a blue called serenity) as their color of the year, noting a cultural craving for compassion, relaxation and connection without the bombardment of addictive electronic
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Acura Revives the NSX in an all-new package By: Steve Irsay | Photography courtesy of Acura
    Simple, sensible, dependable, comfortable and made in Japan – the original Acura NSX was everything a supercar wasn’t when it burst onto the automotive scene 25 years ago. It was that iconoclastic concoction – bolstered by bona fide performance capabilities – that made the low-slung wedge one of the most beloved supercars
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • It's Definitely his Nature BY DAVID FERRELL | photography Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Greg MacGillivray was the type of youngster who took on projects. He built a go-kart. He set up a home darkroom. When he was 13, his parents gave him a Kodak 8 mm camera, and he began shooting short films and showing them to his friends in Corona del Mar. “I loved doing that,” MacGillivray, 70, remembers. “I loved the c
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • A Dream Home Realized By: Jenny Peters | photography by McIntosh Architectural and Cindy YamanakaDesign
    In 2010, when C.C. and Chris Knowles finally were in a financial position to raze their Corona del Mar house and build their dream home, they thought it would be easy. At least C.C. did. “When we moved in 12 years ago, it was a single-story house that had water damage; it had lots of issues,” she recalls. But at that point, w
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • A Dream Realized By: Jenny Peters
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • A Salute to Everyday Heroes By: Theresa Walker | Photography by matt masin
    What’s it like to be saluted as a hero in a roomful of other heroes? “Amazing,” said Cameron Granger, 14, who, along with his sister, rescued three teenagers from a riptide at Huntington State Beach. Their swift action earned them the 2015 Youth Hero of the Year Award at the Orange County Register’s third
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Ante up for Autism By: Nicole Polizois | photography by taca
    Imagine living in a world where no parent has to hear the words, “Your child has autism.” This was the mission of Talk About Curing Autism’s ninth annual Ante Up for Autism gala held November 7 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The event raised over $500,000 for the efforts of the Irvine-based national nonprofit to educate, empow
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Applause from the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Laguna Playhouse and South Coast Repertory By: Ann Conway
    Let’s hear it for the lively performing  arts’ reception, a mini-bash fueled by bubbly, delectable fare, and animated gab about the performance at hand. Not to mention the frequent opportunity to rub elbows with the performing artists themselves. When The Philharmonic Society presented the Los Angeles Philharmonic a
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
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    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • From Sea to Table By: Terence Loose
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Greg MacGillivray, Master documentary director By: Coast Staff | photography by Bill Alkofer and Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Greg MacGillivray was the type of youngster who took on projects. He built a go-kart. He set up a home darkroom. When he was 13, his parents gave him a Kodak 8 mm camera, and he began shooting short films and showing them to his friends in Corona del Mar. “I loved doing that,” MacGillivray, 70, remembers. “I loved the c
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Making Music Work By: Diane Haithman Photography by Nick Koon
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Martin A. Brower's "Along the Coast" By: Martin A. Brower
    Village could replace RV lotA pedestrian-oriented waterfront village and a highly contemporary restaurant and marina complex are planned for two sites in Newport Beach, where Bayside Drive intersects with East Coast Highway just south of the bridge over Upper Newport Bay. The waterfront village, called Back Bay Landing, stil
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Sea to Table By: Terence Loose
    Stephanie Mutz holds a master’s degree in marine ecology. But unlike most of her peers, Mutz does not spend her days working for nonprofits, conducting research or teaching marine preservation. As California’s only female urchin diver, she spends them underwater, gathering sea urchins, or uni. Not for study, but for food. A t
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Spring Fashion By: Jenn Tanaka
    Romance is the word coming off the 2016 spring and resort runways. Couture fashions showcase lace, flowing swaths of silk and delicate floral patterns. Inspired by sultry soirees and bedroom rendezvous, this season’s styles transition to effortless cool when paired with casual accessories, such as sneakers and leather accented boots.
    Fri Jan 29, 2016