“Come on in,” says an Angel with a friendly wave of his hand, motioning to follow him to where his four-story house’s garage door is opened to a narrow Newport Beach street, free of cars and the hustle of beachgoers on this cool morning. He fusses with the cuffs of his dress shirt as he winds past a sleek Mercedes-Benz sports c
Call them what you will – sideboards, buffets, credenzas, armoires and dressers – the common cabinets and cases with the fancy names have always been more utilitarian than decorative. Behind their doors and inside their drawers, they provide a repository for fine, fragile possessions. Their tops are used to layout a spread in the din
Pico Iyer is one of the most renowned living travel writers, but he says his biggest journey yet has been his adventures in going “nowhere.” At the next Register Book Club event Iyer will talk with Coast magazine Associate Editor Sam Dunn, not only to discuss insi
There is no meal that says spring like brunch. It’s at once optimistic and decadent, knowing nothing of long winters. It represents a new dawn, filled with endless potential, then postponed until 11 a.m.-ish, the better to catch up on your sleep.
Undoubtedly, the flagship of any good brunch is French toast. The dish has humble root
Fall and winter are the mainstays of the formal social season, but what about spring? There are still parties aplenty, and even though April’s weather differs little from February in the Eden that is Orange County, now is the time to lighten your look with fresh fashion choices. Glamour reigns, whether your calendar includes garden parties
The artist: His second-grade teacher recognized in him a gift for painting. But this came amid the Chinese Cultural Revolution, so much of young Zhao Kailin’s efforts were limited to painting portraits of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. A turning point came in 1982 when he was 21. That’s when oil magnate Armand Hammer too
The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala moved to the City National Grove of Anaheim, known more for hosting concerts than galas. And a concert is just what the donors and supporters of CHOC experienced as Grammy Award-winning performer Keith Urban presented what seemedto be his full concert set list, much to the delight of the crowd.
The sound was unforgettable: an ominous, mechanical clatter – rumbling, whirring and occasionally wheezing like a sleeping giant – just past my shoulders. I could have sworn there was a pack of Peterbilt semis idling behind me. Touch the accelerator and that drone quickly ramped into the thundering gallop of a locomotive.
I grew up in Corona del Mar on the wet side of Iris Avenue right by an Albertsons, about five blocks from the beach. My girlhood was lived on the white pavement of the narrow streets, all named after flowers and arranged in a grid in alphabetical order. We would break off pieces of ice plant to write secret messages that evaporated in the sun. S
All those years being driven by her grandmother back and forth on the 405 from her Huntington Beach home to dance practice in Santa Monica were worth it for Danica Paulos. She’ll be among the principal dancers when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Costa Mesa for six performances this month, plus a free Arts Plaza performance, &l
Whether you’re living with celiac disease or avoid wheat for other reasons, these local treats taste so good you won’t even notice they are gluten-free.
Go Nuts for DoughnutsSidecar Doughnuts is a longstanding Costa Mesa favorite for fresh handmade doughnuts. Its custom flavors, such as the sweet huckleberry cake
There’s nothing quite like the ripe, sweet strawberries of California. Each year our state harvests more of these plump red berries than any other place in the country. Though the fruits start appearing in January, April marks the peak of strawberry season, when you’ll find the sweetest, most flavorful offerings. K’ya Bistro at
Great Park hills coming alive Toll Bros., the Pennsylvania-based developer of luxury homes, has acquired another large parcel of land in Orange County, its second in the city of Irvine – this one in the highly desirable Great Park Neighborhoods. While other homebuilders in Irvine and south Orange County must typically purchase
In this contentious election season, who better to talk to than a political animal like Lawrence Higby? The Newport Beach resident is a native Southern Californian who, after receiving a political science degree from UCLA, jumped straight into politics by joining the presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. Then, during the Nixon administration,
A taco that defies the imagination. Sushi like you’ve never seen before. Dry-aged steaks that flip the paradigm for Spanish cuisine. Extraordinary pizza. Ten fascinating chefs. These are the 10 most essential restaurants in Orange County right now, and many are on the coast or nearby. They’re also merely the tip of the iceberg of the
It was a fairy-tale feast fit for Princess Turandot herself – succulent Peking duck breast and Misoyaki butterfish, all washed down with Heidsieck brut reserve Champagne.
Staged under the glittering stained-glass dome of South Coast Plaza, the formal dinner for 150 guests celebrating the Chinese New Year was followed by the Pacific
“Mi Buenos Aires querido – my beloved Buenos Aires – when will I see you again?” asks Newport Beach marketing and branding expert Stacey Kaszton Jones. It’s a rhetorical question. She knows she’ll be drawn back. Jones, who lived and worked in Buenos Aires from 2007 to 2009, returns frequently and thinks
Walk out to the water’s edge, then turn around,” Laura Davick says. “That’s the best spot if you want to see the past, present and future of Crystal Cove.”
The woman whose own past, present and future are inextricably linked to this coastal place knows what she’s talking about. As gorgeous as the view