The Bank Robber and the Sea
Writer Joe Loya dreamed of the ocean from his prison cell
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’ &... Full story
Don the Beachcomber celebrates the Aloha culture
Meet Delia Wu Snyder, the Goddess of Tiki
As in fashion and music, trends in dining and cocktails recycle with the times. Voracious mixologists, having already mastered those speakeasy-style cocktails made popular during the Prohibition era, are forever seeking the next hot trend. Take tiki... Full story
How Pelican Hill Resort reaches for its stars
Look behind the scenes how how a resort maintains its five-star rating
Even at peak times, when more than 1,000 guests fill the Tuscan-style villas and bungalows strung across the undulating Newport Coast, the Resort at Pelican Hill seems to operate with tranquil, clock-like efficiency. Guests lounge poolside, overlooki... Full story
Notes on a Winery
Dentist by day, vintner by avocation, Douglas Hauck lives the dream.
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 wester... Full story
How to Sail Off into the Sunset
Escaping the 9-to-5 world and cruising to paradise is possible. Here’s the way to do it.
Years ago, I was researching a piece on the Orange Coast College School of Sailing & Seamanship and visited one of its beginning sailing classes. I met Brian, a guy whose plan was to sell everything he owned, buy a boat and sail around the world.... Full story
Fall Arts Guide
Untangle the season with our curated guide to the tops of theater, dance, art, classical music and jazz.
THEATERCirque du SoleilOct. 15-Nov. 29Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa :: matter how many Cirque du Soleil shows you have seen, you’ve undoubtedly been mesmerized by the seemingly impo... Full story
Laguna artist Elizabeth McGhee finds beauty in the past.
Laguna artist Elizabeth McGhee finds beauty in the past.
Artist Elizabeth McGhee favors realism; her portraits and still lifes, while often fanciful, convey mood mainly through composition and detail. The white-haired woman in “Hecate,” a 2014 oil-on-panel work, regards the viewer with a hard, ... Full story
Inside Laguna's Pacific Marine Mammal Center
A volunteer’s view inside Laguna’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center during the worst year on record for stranded sea lions.
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... Full story
Oscar Madison Saved My Marriage
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!&rdqu... Full story
Substance meets Style at Sushi Roku Fashion Island
“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 m... Full story


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