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Off the Menu: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

Off the Menu: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Dining out at Christmas means someone else does the cooking, which gives you more time to spend with loved ones (and less mess to clean up). Here’s a list of what some notable Newport Beach restaurants are offering this Christmas eve and Christmas day. We’ve been to all of […]

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Under Cover: Christmas Stories for the Soul

Under Cover: Christmas Stories for the Soul

The holidays are truly upon us. Hanukkah candles have been lit, and “arrive by Christmas” shipping deadlines have been met. The time to prepare for gift giving and festivities is quickly running out — a fact that is surely a source of stress for all the last minute planners. Yet, as the frenzied part of […]

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Center Stage: Local Kids Share the Spotlight in 'A Christmas Carol' at SCR

Center Stage: Local Kids Share the Spotlight in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at SCR

Fun is something good old Ebenezer Scrooge was sadly missing (for much of his life, at least), but the cast of South Coast Repertory’s “A Christmas Carol” likes to celebrate the season with all the mirth it deserves. At least that’s the word backstage, where Dickens’ growly grouch could learn a thing or two from […]

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Off the Menu Special: Dinner and a Holiday Show

Off the Menu Special: Dinner and a Holiday Show

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Orange County’s two largest theaters – South Coast Rep and Laguna Playhouse – are staging holiday-themed shows, but they’re about as different as you can get. So are the restaurants we dined at prior to seeing the plays. “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory It’s […]

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Under Cover: Favorite Holiday Tales for Young Readers

Under Cover: Favorite Holiday Tales for Young Readers

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Proclaimed as fact by Andy Williams in his classic Christmas song by the same name, you’ll find precious few individuals who would care to disagree. In fact, as I sat contentedly on the couch last week, enjoying the wintry weather that had finally paid us a brief […]

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Off the Menu: Where to Dine and Watch the Christmas Boat Parade

Off the Menu: Where to Dine and Watch the Christmas Boat Parade

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale It’s time to “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly” and watch the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Harbor. More than 100 elaborately-decorated boats will circumnavigate the perimeter of the harbor, cruising by a handful of waterfront restaurants that offer prime viewing areas. Dozens more restaurants are a […]

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Under Cover Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

Under Cover Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

When it comes to books, I can sometimes be compared to the affable, but slightly dopey dog in the animated movie “UP.” Fans of the film will recall that the pup, Dug, was forever being distracted from the task at hand, by a squirrel. Dug’s proclivity for dropping what he was doing to immediately switch […]

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Off the Menu: Holiday Menus that Celebrate the Season

Off the Menu: Holiday Menus that Celebrate the Season

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale This is one of our favorite dining times of the year, with several local restaurants offering special holiday menus that celebrate the season. The Ritz at The Bungalow The Ritz Restaurant was renowned for its special holiday menu, including roast goose, that it served every December. The Ritz closed […]

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Artscapes: Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Grinch Come to Town

Artscapes: Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Grinch Come to Town

Two fictional and feisty holiday characters come to town this week: Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory, and Mr. Grinch in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Segerstrom Center. A Christmas Carol In real life, Hal Landon Jr. is one of the nicest guys you’d ever hope to meet. However, add […]

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Under Cover: A Barnes & Noble Christmas

Under Cover: A Barnes & Noble Christmas

Although it has been Christmas in the department stores for several weeks now, I am a firm believer of letting poor Mr. Turkey have his day before we start decking the halls. So, despite the fact that I saw artificial trees at Costco right alongside the back-to-school supplies, I have avoided tuning the car radio […]

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