2015 The Night Stalker Blog Archive Stories

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  • Water Warrior By: Terence Loose
    In September of 2009, Laguna Beach native and then-pro surfer Jon Rose was on a boat trip, hunting waves in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands. The water was clear and warm, the surf was good, the sun was shining. But things in Rose’s world weren’t so, well, rosy. The 31-year-old was broke – the Mentawai trip represented the la
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Second Home Stunner by Marilyn Kalfus | Photography by John Beutler
    A home for sale high up in the Crystal Cove hills is a car collector’s haven. The motor court leads to a temperature controlled, 6,000-square-foot garage that can accommodate 25 cars. It’s not just functional; The upscale garage includes barreled, cobblestone ceilings and a lounge and is steps from a 1,500-bottle wine cellar.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • The Writing Life By: Patrick Pacheco
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fancy This By: Steve Irsay
    Can’t decide if you want a limousine, sports car, rolling cocktail lounge, or Wi-Fi-enabled mobile workstation? Starting at almost $340,000, the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is not going to be all things to all people; instead it will be many things to a select few. Think: multitasking mogul types with a penchant for high-performance
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fresh Catch By: Steve Bramucci
    As Orange County tiptoes into becoming a legitimate player in the national food scene, chefs seem tempted to clonk diners over their heads with  attention-grabbing concepts and ultra-rich flavors. By comparison, at Little Sparrow in Santa Ana, Chef Eric Samaniego’s menu feels impossibly light, clean and balanced. The benchmark example
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • The List: Top Five Rides By: Susan Carpenter
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Water Warrior By: Terence Loose
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Scenes from the BNP Paribas 2015 at Indian Wells
    The 2015 BNP Paribas Tennis Open finished with a dazzling display of tennis brilliance in Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic (Serbia), the No. 1 ranked player in the world, met Roger Federer (Switzerland), the No. 2 ranked player, for the 38th time. In an epic battle, Djokovic prevailed in three hard fought sets: (6-3, 6-7, 6-2). On the lady'
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Flashback Flair
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • The Transformer By: Steve Irsay
    Two years ago, Collin Diller was a full-time college student in need of a new table. Rather than peruse Craigslist or navigate Ikea, the Laguna Beach resident decided to make his own. The son of a retired general contractor, Diller had access to “every tool under the sun.” Working at a lumberyard, he could also get his hands on plent
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • One Door Away from Heaven By: Peter Larsen
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Bag Lady By: Steve Irsay
    With her bright pink Bettie Page ’do and oft-matching pink attire, Jennifer Perkins has a flair for the dramatic. Not surprising, given the Costa Mesa resident spent more than a decade as a costume designer for Disney. After years of creating for movies and television, she turned her attention to blending her love of design with her retro
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Siren of the Sea By: Terence Loose
    More than 400 miles off the coast of mainland Mexico, Julie Riffe hovered 30 feet deep in the cobalt blue waters off uninhabited Clarion Island, her speargun trained on a huge wahoo prowling the waters a dozen yards away. She fought the urge to breathe or dart to the surface, instead staying calm, motionless and waiting for the fish to swim with
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Car Concierge By: Steve Irsay / Portrait by Ken Steinhardt
    A couple of years ago, David Cashion got an email from a client with a “problem” of sorts. The client, a well-to-do OC car lover, was eyeing a trio of forthcoming hybrid supercars: the $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari, the $1.15 million McLaren P1, and the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. The problem? He couldn’t decide which
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Vegas? You bet. By: Christopher Smith
    The true madness that lies within the heart of March Madness, the annual fixation that is the three-week NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, isn’t inside any arena nor in the tens of thousands of offices where otherwise conscientious workers stare at TVs, cheering or despairing over how their brackets are faring. Ground zero for
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Coast Questionnaire By: Steve Bramucci
    To say that Marcelo Gomes is an accomplished dancer is an understatement. After joining American Ballet Theatre in 1997, he became a principal dancer in 2002. In the years since, the Brazilian-born Gomes has put together a string of iconic roles, including the part of Othello, which won him the Prix Benois de la Danse. This month, he will dance
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • The Ocean is his Canvas By: David Ferrell
    Raised in the British military town of Aldershot, outside of London, Malcolm Warner found a welcome escape in the pages of art books, entranced by distant landscapes and the faces of people who lived centuries ago. He studied art at the University of London, earning a doctorate from the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art, and moved to the Un
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • March 2015
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Teemu Selanne’s Helsinki
    One of Finland’s favorite sons is also one of Southern California’s favorite sports heroes. Ducks superstar Teemu Selanne, now retired from hockey, loves to talk about his native land, and especially his hometown, Helsinki. Like Selanne, it is one-of-a-kind, a stylish player on the world’s stage. Before the Finnish Flash sk
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Three Masters of Modern By: David Ferrell
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Fresh Fish By: Brad A. Johnson
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Bridge to the Future By: Kedric Francis
    Though austerity advocates and recently elected council members may disagree, the architectural community’s consensus on the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park is as clear as the ocean view from the end of its pedestrian bridge. The design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson recently won one of 23 Honor Awards from the American Institute of Archit
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Fresh Fish By: Brad A. Johnson
    For anyone who loves sushi, as I do, we’ve got it good here. Nowhere else in the United States – not New York, not San Francisco, nowhere – comes even remotely close to the quality of sushi widely available in Southern California. And while Los Angeles has always been the sushi capital of America, Orange County is right
    Thu Feb 26, 2015