That's Entertaining!
Jim Burba and Bob Hayes, spouses and co-founders of a Costa Mesa-based global hospitality company, open their Laguna Beach home to talk about what makes a great party
The martinis, perfectly chilled, are presented on a silver tray. The hors d’oeuvres, including gravlax and crème fraîche on toast and grilled shrimp with pineapple relish, are scrumptious, tidy bites. And the conversation is lively... Full story
Bravo's Gail Simmons talks 'Top Chef,' Hanukkah and latkes
They quake in their clogs when they hear her name. Still, young chefs across America are dying to have Gail Simmons – along with Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio – pass judgment on them in Bravo’s cooking competition “Top Chef.... Full story
Celebrating Frank Sinatra's Centennial
Michael Feinstein joins the Pacific Symphony for an evening of Ol' Blue Eyes
Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago on December 12; the run-up to that date is seeing hundreds if not thousands of performances across the country. Many, inevitably, will be at the level of piano bar singers belting out “My Way,” predict... Full story
Fashion File: Fun with Fringe
Movement is the word this fall as fringe is having its moment. Finely threaded, string-like or Western-inspired, the tassled look works for a night on the town or an afternoon with friends. This flirty little black dress ($465), from Mary Kate and A... Full story
Four great tidepools to explore
Orange County beaches are home to a deep well water systems to examine. Have fun!
Making his way along the slippery landscape of a local tide pool, Kasey Eunice hops from wet rock to wet rock. The world here, he explains, is as teeming as it is vibrant. Purple sea urchins sway with the roiling currents. Mussels and barnacles creat... Full story
Gabe Serrato-Buelna’s San Miguel de Allende
Gabe Serrato-Buelna lives to travel and travels to live. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone all over the world for work and pleasure,” he says. “But the place that has stolen my heart is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.&rd... Full story
Goodwill Gala at Laguna Cliffs Marriott
John Stamos joins the Beach Boys for fun raising
Call him Blackie from “General Hospital,” Uncle Jesse on “Full House” or “ER” doctor Tony Gates, or even Jimmy Martino from his recent sitcom “Grandfathered,” but whatever you do, call John Stamos a fan... Full story
Gordon McAlpine's "Full Circle" Library Tale
Living the Unending Story
For 20 years, novelists, journalists, scientists, historians and other public figures have delivered lectures at the Newport Beach Public Library. I learned of the series when I was invited to speak there in March 1997. That long-ago night, I read fr... Full story
Home Tour: A Drought-Tolerant Laguna Beach Garden
Step onto the back patio of Lynn and Vaughn Eldstrom’s Mystic Hills house and behold.To the left, the houses of Arch Beach Heights dot the hills, like a post-card from Europe. To the right are sweeping views of the Pacific ocean, cool and blue ... Full story
Lobster Benedict at the Ritz Prime Seafood
A Classic dish updated
This column launched 30 months ago with one of the most iconic dishes in Orange County: the Ritz Egg. At that time, we knew that The Ritz was closing its Newport Beach location. The future looked uncertain for the Orange County culinary institution. ... Full story


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