Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hi
Someone once said we should consider every day we have not danced as a day lost. Cilvia Lee and Joe Nguyen announce carpe diem with the waltz on a cloudless Newport Beach afternoon. The dance partners perfect their ballroom form across the mural of the United States painted on the blacktop of Newport Elementary School.
David Fuñe, head chef at Splashes in Laguna Beach, is serious about his work. His dishes are tightly composed, and he deftly mixes traditional techniques with molecular gastronomy. Each dish that leaves his kitchen is plated with tweezer-level precision.
That doesn’t mean that Chef Fuñe is stuffy, however.
Planning a new high-rise condoIs the time once again ripe for high-rise residential condominiums in Orange County? Before the recent recession began, three such projects were completed in Irvine and one in Costa Mesa, and then plans for other high-rise condo projects abruptly stopped. While two of the Irvine towers were eventually s
Kolohe Andino comes out of the water at Lower Trestles, his blond hair and orange jersey dripping wet as the sun starts to make its way closer to the horizon.
It’s the first round of the Oakley Lowers Pro, a surf contest in late April that brings some of the world’s best surfers to the beaches south of San Clemente. An
The light is different in Southern California. Somehow it feels richer than the light in New York – fuller, more saturated. Maybe it’s coming in at a different angle. Maybe it has to do with the buildings being shorter and more spread out. Maybe there’s a meteorological explanation. Or maybe the light isn’t actually diffe
In a world where technology has managed to make it almost impossible to slow down, what’s the solution for a modern day, multitasking mother or career woman, who wants to look, her best? Butterfli Me makeup studio opened in Irvine last week, aiming to give the busy, social butterflies of Orange County a place to land for the ultimate cosme
Elizabeth An has a love affair with food and fashion – two passions that are obvious to anyone dining at either of her two stylish restaurants, AnQi at South Coast Plaza or Crustacean in Beverly Hills. It’s no wonder her favorite city is San Francisco, one of the nation’s most stylish cities, where food and fashion reign su
During this week's Field of Honor 2015, 1776 Flags waved to honor past and current members of the military as part of Armed Forces Day. Field of Honor has been presented at Castaways Park in Newport Beach by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor for six years. The Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton presented the colors. The National Anth
??French Polynesia is the stuff of dreams, a stunning slice of the world known for its turquoise waters, lush scenery and high-end hotels. From the moment your plane begins to circle the landing strip and you catch sight of those rugged green mountains and brilliant blue lagoon, you know you’re heading as close to paradise as you may ever
Sometimes a dish’s ingredients just click together seamlessly like the insides of a clock; So it is with Chef Azmin Ghahreman’s Kobe Beef Carpaccio at Sapphire Laguna. Nothing is missing; everything fits. Ghahreman starts with perfectly marbled Snake River beef, which he slices paper-thin. He drapes it on the
Hundreds of spectators have been gathering at Orange County's Wedge to watch giant waves ricochet off the jetty soar up to 20 feet in the air and crash onto the sand. A short distance away, across the channel lies the hamlet of Corona del Mar, unlike the Wedge not an icon for surfers. Yet for this and recent storms, dozens of surfers of
The VixenInspired by one hot mama – though admittedly not chef Alan Greeley’s mother – the seasonal lavender kumquat gelato graces the menu of The Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa. Seductive starlet Penélope Cruz was the muse behind Greeley’s newest dessert. It also helped that a client of h
Looking to jolt your taste buds with a subtle wave of heat? All you need for a zesty pre-dinner cocktail is a jalapeño and a touch of color from a couple of festive red bell pepper slices. Those ingredients will amp up your Cinco de Mayo cocktail menu. When Mastro’s wine & spirits director Robbi Jo Oliver concocted the Ski
It’s not just that Donna Karan is a fashion icon known for her signature brand of bodysuit dressing and figure-flattering separates. She is an icon with a cause – several in fact. She’s raised money for AIDS education and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and has worked with the Not One More gun safety campaign and Clinto