2015 Tidbits Archive Stories

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  • Balboa Bright By: Peter Larsen | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    Houses on Balboa Island tend to the quiet or small when it comes to touches of character. Packed close together on the narrow island lots, they don’t have a lot of room for grand statements, so most make do with grace notes and accents – a calm patio between the sidewalk and the front door, a picket fence, a softly burbling fo
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • These trailblazing surf shops made waves By Laylan Connelly
    Katin Huntington Beach, 1954 In the 1950s, Nancy and Walter Katin’s shop catered to boaters looking for canvas boat covers. Late in the decade a young surfer, Corky Carroll, walked in for new trunks. The way Carroll tells it, he asked Walter to make him a pair. Eventually, other surfers took notice of the sturdy
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Anne Shih’s Taiwan By: Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    An international magazine once referred to Anne Shih as a ”superwoman.”  It’s easy to make a case for the nickname in Orange County, where she is a driving force for many philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the Bowers Museum. As chair of the museum’s board of governors, Shih is a dynamo, raising m
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • The Spirit of Ojai By: Sherry Stern
    It’s a Saturday morning inside Lulu Bandha’s airy yoga studio on a downtown Ojai side street, and our instructor, Katie, asks if anyone wants to share community announcements. A woman pipes up that today is Tomatomania!, with heirloom tomato seedlings available at Flora Gardens Nursery. Another woman announces that the Ojai Valley Mu
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Prince of Tides By Laylan Connelly
    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
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Summer Guide By: Jenn Tanaka
    ROCKIN AT THE OC FAIR Willie Nelson & Family - July 19Alison Krauss and Union Station will join Willie Nelson at the Pacific Ampitheatre as he performs classic hits like “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind” and recent favorites such as “It’s a Long Story,” released
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • The Spirit of Ojai
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Summer Guide
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Mr. Surf City
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Mr. Surf City By David Ferrell
    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
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Stately Elegance By: Photography by Michael Goulding
    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.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Sweet, with Celery By Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    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. His
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Along the coast By: Martin A. Brower
    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
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Prince of Tides By Laylan Connelly
    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
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Drive, He wrote By Matthew Thomas | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Drive, He wrote By: Matthew Thomas
    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
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • New makeup concept, Butterfli Me, opens studio in Irvine By: Jamie Lobel
    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
    Tue May 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth An’s San Francisco By: Rosemary McClure
    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
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Photos: Field of Honor 2015 By: Lawrence Sherwin
    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
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Ultimate French Polynesia
 By: Rosemary McClure
    ??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
    Tue May 05, 2015
  • Where's the Beef? By Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    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
    Tue May 05, 2015
  • Photos: Surf's up in Corona del Mar By: Lawrence Sherwin
    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
    Tue May 05, 2015
  • Coast May 2015
    Mon May 04, 2015
  • On the Waterfront By: Rosemary McClure
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • The List: Let's Do Brunch By: Kedric Francis
    Sun May 03, 2015