Photography by Joni Sternbach
Long ago, in my college years, I took a class in semiotics. The first day there were 30 students and we were greeted by a bearded professor wearing tattered Birkenstocks and offering a challenge. “Your entire grade will be based on one, final paper. It can be on anything, but you must convince
The beaches at Cameo Shores in Corona del Mar are rocky, not your typical sandy ones. However, they provide exceptional opportunities for photography, exploring the tidepools and practicing your hiking skills over slippery rocks.
What are year-end investment decisions?Year-end investment decisions may sometimes result in substantial tax savings. Tax planning may allow you to control the timing and method by which you report your income and claim your deductions and credits. The basic strategy for year-end pl
Linda English loves comfort food. When you walk into Filomena’s, her Costa Mesa restaurant, instantly you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s house. “In Italian homes, everyone always gathers in the kitchen,” she says. “I don’t know anyone who uses a traditional family room anymore.” When you eat
The ninth Annual Halloween Surf Event brought over 100 surfers to the Newport Pier. It was a perfect day: warm air, warm water and 2-3 foot waves. Surfers of all ages showed their creativity for costumes as well as their surfing skills to the delight of their beach audience.
Bulls on the Beach, a Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competition, rode into Huntington Beach on Saturday. Over 5,000 enthusiastic fans watched fifteen of the world's best riders try to ride fifteen of world's the best bulls. Matt Triplett from Montana won the event, $7,500 and 88 points toward the PBR World Finals that takes place in
On most afternoons and evenings, Knott’s Berry Farm, the “other” amusement park in Orange County, is merely the landmark for commuters on the eastbound 91 and southbound 5 that equates to a collective sigh of relief as drivers are released from the snarls of notorious LA traffic.
In October, Knott’s Berry
Peace for Liberia started with a dream. One night as Leymah Gbowee was sleeping, a voice told her that she needed to gather the women of her church together to pray for peace. Admittedly she thought this was crazy. But, after decades of warfare, she was determined to try anything. So in June 2002, Gbowee spoke before the congregation at the St.
Huntington Beach is Surf City. Not just for humans, either. Dog's Unleashed, the sixth annual Dog Surfing festival, turned Dog Beach into a sandy canine surf competition. Single and tandem events brought laughter and wild cheers from the hundreds who attended. Entrants came from as far as Brazil to show off their pets.
Long Beach Comic Con provided lots of entertainment for the entire family. In addition to panels of superhero creators and comic books collectors and paraphernalia producers , hundreds of interestingly attired cos players mingled with fans at the Long Beach Convention C
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure brought more than 20,000 supporters to Newport Beach on Sunday. Participants of all ages joined in the race/walk through the pristine corridors of Fashion Island in support of finding a cure
Orange County’s Pacific Festival was a big success this summer. A nearly sold out crowd ventured to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Aug. 16 to enjoy live indie dance music while swimming in the ocean, dancing in the sand and soaking up the beach city’s almost-t
Their mascot, Eve, is wearing an orange bandana in her hair and standing against a backdrop of the same bright orange that brands the Bottle Logic brewery. She is bold, adventurous, and has great taste in beer. Her dark green cargo pants paired with a laser gun in her hand and goggles on her head dub her as the perfect blend between an Indiana J
Unexpected delights. That is the first thing that comes to mind when dining at Harlow’s in San Juan Capistrano. The drive to the restaurant down the grass-lined Rancho Viejo Road that winds parallel to the 5 freeway brings you to a small shopping plaza. While the exterior is unassuming, the interior décor evokes a speakeasy fused wi
Driving down Jeffrey Road in Irvine, you notice a small patch of farmland. Standing tall amid the crops is a bright red barn that seems out of place amongst the nearby strip malls and housing developments. Upon closer glance, you see that the barn doubles as a farm stand. Colorful signs advertising the wares of the season, from fresh strawberrie
The elephant dreams started two weeks before I departed for Thailand; trumpeting jungle stampedes, fanciful river crossings and elephant-headed men. So when I arrived in the frenetic metropolis of Bangkok, pink taxis and tuk-tuks making their way past designer malls
Waves at the Wedge Hurricane Marie off the Cabo coast brought record waves to Southern California surfers on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Crowds gathered at the Wedge in Newport Beach before sunrise to catch the storm and the audacious wave riders. They were treated to quite a show all day. Surfers rode waves in the Newport Chan
Stacked for Change
Anyone who has ever driven along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach over the past 50-plus years – and that would be just about everyone in Orange County – has seen the electricity generating power plant with its two 210-foot high smoke stacks piercing the skyline. Erected between 1958 and 1967
When Driftwood Kitchen's John Nye collaborated with top mixologist Gaston Martinez, some unique concoctions were bound to emerge. The swanky Laguna BEach eatery crafts cocktails that incorporate unexpected ingredients. Nye's latest creation is The Salad Bar, a libation with the vegetable du jour: kale. It's like a green juice gone wild.
Nothing beats a fresh peach gently warmed by the sun. The juices spilling down your arm as you bite into the soft sweet flesh. While peaches are available almost year-round, these stone fruits are at their peak until the end of August. But if the sweltering heat discourages you from visiting a local orchard or the farmers market, drop by Brunos