Dog surfing is a big time deal in Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA. Sunday's seventh annual Dog Surfing competition brought out dogs of all sizes and breeds to try their paws at riding the waves at Dog Beach. Hundreds turned out to cheer their favorites, watch the dogs hold on while they shredded the waves, share the love and enjoy the s
Once in a blue moon, there is a blood moon. Sunday, September 27, 2015 was the rare day when the moon was at its closes point to the earth and the moon is at its largest and brightest (a supermoon) and there was a total lunar eclipse (when the moon is completely in the earth's shadow). This produces a glowing orange moon which was visible all ov
Some 17,000 signed up to run in the annual Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, held on a foggy, perfect Sunday morning for running, Sept. 28. Thousands more cheered and saluted survivors as the runners made their way around the the 5K course over in Fashion Island. Breast cancer has no age or sex bias and there were men, women, children
There’s an unwritten rule somewhere that says you can’t drink a Bloody Mary after 5 p.m. It is meant to be a morning drink, a brunch refreshment. Once the sun goes down, only a rube or a bimbo would order a Bloody Mary. What a dumb rule. Consider me a rube and a bimbo because I think there’s never a bad time for a Bloody Mary.
Belgrade-born Milena Kitic might be the world’s most down-to-earth diva. A world-class mezzo-soprano best known for playing Carmen in major opera productions throughout Europe and American, Kitic is also the kind of person who, if she schedules a morning meeting, invites you to come to her home and whips up a berry smoothie to go with past
The classical symphonic canon includes a number of pieces inspired by geographical areas. Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” Overture comes immediately to mind, as does Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” As far as we know, though, no one has ever tried to comp
Imagine a boozy equivalent to delivery pizza: a phone call, a wait and, suddenly, craft beer – award-winning craft beer, in fact – delivered right to your front door. In 2014 brothers-in-law Ryan Rasmussen and Ryan Hopkins started doing exactly this when their Riip Beer Co. began making its door-to-door deliveries in Huntington Beach
The long-awaited opening of Orange County’s first Urth Caffé, an organic coffeehouse from Los Angeles, has finally arrived. The owners spent more than a year restoring the Laguna Beach landmark The Cottage to its original appearance from 80 years ago. The historic Craftsman-style bungalow, one of the oldest buildings in the city, da
Four hours’ drive from his dental practice in Newport Beach, Dr. Douglas Hauck moonlights living every wine-lover’s fantasy: He runs his own winery. He plunked down $2 million eight years ago to buy the rolling acreage on the prime western flank of Paso Robles. Grapes there, cooled by nightly sea breezes, are considered ideal for pro
Not every meal needs to be an occasion. Sometimes small bites and a stiff cocktail will do the trick, perhaps between work and an evening performance, or after a day of power shopping. Consider any of these happy hours fit for a mini feast:
A Restaurant For “social hour” from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, g
Irvine’s homebuilding boomBeacon Park, the newest residential development by FivePoint Communities in Irvine on the former El Toro Marine Corps base, is now open for sales and it is big, big, big. There are 47 models in 15 collections of homes by 10 homebuilders. And yes, this is the city of Irvine, long known for cookie-cutte
Somewhere around late 1988, I drove down to San Diego County from LA to rob banks. That morning I told myself not to return home until I had $50,000.
At one point on the drive down the 5, I passed surfers at San Onofre living the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ U.S.A.” life. I love that vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean on t
Remember when a wine cellar was actually a cellar? In baronial homes and upscale restaurants, the wine cellar was a hidden vault where dusty bottles resided in quiet, dark solitude. The atmosphere was equal parts church and catacomb.
But like so many other tradition-encrusted design concepts, the wine cellar has undergone a dramatic tran
When Todd D. Smith was named last year as one of Orange County’s most influential people, an interviewer asked about his most important possession. Smith, director and CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art for the past year, quickly responded that it’s his passport. He loves to travel, to “feel something new, feel connected an
Clear skies and perfect sailing conditions made the 31st annual Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point a treat for thousands of spectators. The ships maneuvered into positions to engage in mock cannon battles to the delight of the passengers on board. The Festival is hosted by the Ocean Institute of Dana a community based, non-profit organization ded
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By: Photography by Tamar Levine / Styling by Jordan Grossman
Fashionistas from Newport Beach to New York City know the styles parading down designer runways for fall create a cacophony of competing trends. From androgynous power suits to Goth glamour, Victorian primness to ’80s “new” retro, a case can be made for it all. Picking fashion has much in common with collecting works of a
“Irasshai!” shouts a hostess as she leads me to my table. The sushi chefs and waiters respond in kind. Most are cheerily enthusiastic, although I can’t help but notice one waiter rushing through the room with an armful of food who mumbles the greeting under his breath in a way that suggests the Japanese-to-English translation i
For his sixth birthday, Carl St.Clair received piano lessons, a gift that surprised him but certainly did not thrill him. “Studying piano wasn’t exactly what I’d envisioned,” recalls St.Clair, who was a farm boy in the tiny town of Hochheim (pop. 36), Texas, south of Austin. The lessons were life-changing, however, settin
Even before Tatum O’Neal authored two memoirs, her triumphs and stumbles have been an open book – from mega success as the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for her role as Addie in the 1973 film “Paper Moon,” to her long struggles with drug addiction, to her painful efforts to reconcile a dysfunctional relationship
The iconic Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has long been an enthusiast favorite for its track-star performance on a (relatively) working-class budget. Consider: The 2015 Corvette Z06 is known for clocking acceleration on par with the $1.2 million McLaren P1 – not to mention mere mortals like the $150,000 Porsche 911 GT3 or $180,000 Lamborghini Gall
A NEW-CONCEPT MARRIOTT IS UNDERWAYA fourth high-rise, full-service Marriott Hotel is coming to Orange County. Added to the high-rise, full-serve Marriotts already in Anaheim, Irvine and Newport Beach will be a 14-story, 250-room, $100 million tower in the Irvine Spectrum.
R.D. Olson Development plans to break ground for the
In many ways, 45-year-old Billy Long is your typical bachelor. He surfs a lot. He owns a small beachside restaurant, the Secret Spot in Huntington Beach, that’s frequented by fellow health-conscious surfers. He doesn’t stress.
Where Long’s typical bachelor status goes a little sideways is on Tuesdays, when you’ll
It’s opening night of the Neil Simon classic “The Odd Couple” and I’m sitting fourth row center at the Laguna Playhouse, the theater packed with excited patrons.“The guy from ‘Grease 2’ is playing Felix!” an expensively coiffed woman in a tasteful black sheath dress seated next to me whispers
The 2015 Van's US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the world's largest surfing event, provided thrills and spills for almost 500,000 fans over nine days. In spite of small and infrequent waves, the surfers managed to strut their stuff. Underdogs and virtually unkown, Hiroto Ohhara of Japan won the men's championship and Johanne Defay o
“Oh my gosh, put something on her so she is not standing naked!” Kirsten Prosser directs her staff in Danish-accented English, waving toward a glass-mosaic mannequin glittering au natural in the window of OnQueStyle, the designer resale boutique and styling agency in Corona del Mar, where fashionistas flock in search of anything from