Pumpkin pie deconstructed. That’s the inspiration behind Aqua Lounge’s latest cocktail experiment. During the month of pumpkin spice madness, the bartenders at The Island Hotel decided to celebrate autumnal flavors with their take on a Thanksgiving favorite: pumpkin pie. The Seasonal Spice cocktail combines fresh pumpkin puree with v
The artist: Nothing in the “very pleasant growing up” of Tony Delap in rural Northern California of the 1920s and ’30s predicted this son of a trial lawyer would become an artist, let alone a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and optical art. Works by Delap, an arts professor at UC Irvine from 1965 until 1991, are in collections
Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago on December 12; the run-up to that date is seeing hundreds if not thousands of performances across the country. Many, inevitably, will be at the level of piano bar singers belting out “My Way,” predictably aping an artist who actually did sing it his way for more than half a century.
Decorators have come up with a bright idea: producing their own lighting collections to complement their styles and yours, referencing a world of inspirations from Moroccan lanterns to Chinese pottery, from floral to feather motifs. Some are sleek and architectural with a colorful twist; others take ceramic, glass and metal craftsmanship to dazz
Movement is the word this fall as fringe is having its moment. Finely threaded, string-like or Western-inspired, the tassled look works for a night on the town or an afternoon with friends.
This flirty little black dress ($465), from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s always-edgy Elizabeth and James line strikes the perfect balanc
Making his way along the slippery landscape of a local tide pool, Kasey Eunice hops from wet rock to wet rock. The world here, he explains, is as teeming as it is vibrant. Purple sea urchins sway with the roiling currents. Mussels and barnacles create a buffet for seagulls and, depending on the tide, fish. In the sun baked water of the pools the
Gabe Serrato-Buelna lives to travel and travels to live. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone all over the world for work and pleasure,” he says. “But the place that has stolen my heart is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.” Serrato-Buelna, founder of the Laguna Beach-based PR firm Serrato + Co., represents actors,
Call him Blackie from “General Hospital,” Uncle Jesse on “Full House” or “ER” doctor Tony Gates, or even Jimmy Martino from his recent sitcom “Grandfathered,” but whatever you do, call John Stamos a fan of the Beach Boys. When he was still a teen, Stamos – a Cypress native who played drums in
For 20 years, novelists, journalists, scientists, historians and other public figures have delivered lectures at the Newport Beach Public Library. I learned of the series when I was invited to speak there in March 1997. That long-ago night, I read from my second novel, “The Persistence of Memory.” The room was filled with students, f
Step onto the back patio of Lynn and Vaughn Eldstrom’s Mystic Hills house and behold.To the left, the houses of Arch Beach Heights dot the hills, like a post-card from Europe. To the right are sweeping views of the Pacific ocean, cool and blue and glassy as far as you can see.
Yet the couple rarely stepped off the patio for a
Inhale the harvest season, with its cozy, inviting scents laced with vanilla and golden images of changing leaves. Even in Southern California, where fall can mean scorching Santa Anas, we embrace at least the idea of a change of seasons. The beauty world follows, offering delectable products and treatments made with pumpkin, cinnamon, apple
A warm evening in late September at The Montage Laguna Beach was a fitting tableau for the 26th annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser for the Laguna College of Art and Design. A fashionable flock of more than 330 guests walked among the paintings and sculptures before heading into the grand gallery for cocktails and o
This column launched 30 months ago with one of the most iconic dishes in Orange County: the Ritz Egg. At that time, we knew that The Ritz was closing its Newport Beach location. The future looked uncertain for the Orange County culinary institution.
This month, the Ritz is back … sort of. The property is now called The Ritz Prime
As fall and winter come to OC, the changes in our natural world are subtle. Most trees keep their leaves, the sun continues to shine and flowers keep blooming. In that setting, it’s a time for celebrations, galas and special occasions – perfect moments for wearing on-trend statement jewelry pieces.
These striking pieces meld
New sculptures debutTen sculptures – the result of a competition that elicited 81 entries – have been added to the 14-acre Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Garden on Avocado Avenue and San Miguel Drive in Newport Center. The sculptures, screened by a three-person arts jury and the Newport Beach Arts Commission and ap
Hawaiian big-wave surfer Kala Alexander and former world champion surfer Sunny Garcia have some of the heaviest reputations in the sport. No one messes with these guys. Alexander, who has the words “WOLF PAK” tattooed on his knuckles along with shark-black eyes and a stare to back them up, built a reputation on “regulating&rdqu
Today when people see Ginny Ueberroth, they see the well-heeled chair of the influential Ueberroth Family Foundation and the longtime partner of Peter – onetime baseball commissioner, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee and presidential candidate. But some part of Ueberroth will always be that young wife and mother of four in t
Poolside at the Island Hotel, the launch party for the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival seemed more like a Bravo network’s “Top Chef” reunion. Chefs Louis Maldonado and Brian Huskey waited at the Patron bar for margaritas while Rick Bayless and Rick Moonen engaged in some deep conversation. Earlier, Hubert Keller huddled
Even as he prepares to turn 90, with nine stents and an artificial valve in his heart, white-haired Sebastian P. “Paul” Musco works full time and is still cracking one-liners. He has a favorite about his father, an immigrant from Sicily who raised 10 children during the Great Depression. Dad spent 35 years working in education, M
Above you, at night, are so many stars you might be standing under a salt shaker. Before you, when the sun comes up over the ridge, are 1,200 feet of golden pampas grass running down to the great blue expanse of the Pacific. Around you are 800 acres of pristine wilderness in one of the most transporting landscapes on the planet, along the Big Su