Behind the scenes at the Pageant of the Masters
Two singular experiences frame the breadth of Dan Duling’s writing career. One, the 1997 sci-fi movie “Last Lives,” featured a man grappling “against time, space, and his own mortality,” in the words of the review websit... Full story
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Dig in and bottoms up at Orange County's inventive gastropubs
These six spots are elevating pub fare
Gastropubs aren’t new to the Orange County dining scene, but what is new is the mindset. Gone are the days when grabbing a drink with friends meant nursing a flavorless bottled beer with an apathetically plated appetizer. More than just bars th... Full story
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Local skippers manage their hopes, strategies and fears for the 48th Transpac
On Christmas morning when Dana Point’s Chris Hemans was 6 years old, he ran downstairs to get a look at what Santa had put under the tree. To his amazement, he found an 8-foot Sabot sailboat (how Santa got it down the chimney wasn’t quest... Full story
Who are Orange County's Super Chefs?
A handful of veterans rise head and shoulders above the rest
Among local culinary wizards, a handful of veterans rise head and shoulders above the rest. Brimming with creativity and proven leadership ability, each has the physical stamina and strength of character to put out fires — sometimes literally &... Full story
Where to eat now? Top 10 spots along Newport Harbor and Balboa Peninsula
Newport Harbor and the Balboa Peninsula embody the endless-summer lifestyle for which coastal Orange County is justly famous. And what’s not to love about the wide-open beaches, The Wedge, the idyllic pace of Balboa Island, the impressive yacht... Full story
Balboa Bright
Say Hello to actor Pepe Serna’s Balboa Island Paradise
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 – ... Full story
The Spirit of Ojai
Explore the delightful hamlet and feed your soul, commune with nature of simply luxuriate
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 tom... Full story
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San Clemente surf champ Kolohe Andino finesses the gnarly waves of success
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 bri... Full story
Summer Guide
Here’s Your go-to guide for fun all season long.
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 rec... Full story
Mr. Surf City
Dean Torrence – of Jan & Dean – proudly champions his adopted hometown of Huntington Beach
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 De... Full story

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