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Curtain Up: Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate at Festival of Arts

Curtain Up: Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate at Festival of Arts

If you enjoy, art, jazz, wine and chocolate, the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach has just the thing—it’s appropriately called the “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” series, held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Festival grounds. For $15, attendees can sample a variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to complement and […]

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Off the Menu: Breaking BREAD, Tamarind, Fig & Olive and Cafe Jardin

Off the Menu: Breaking BREAD, Tamarind, Fig & Olive and Cafe Jardin

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy BREAD What do The Winery Restaurant, Balboa Bay Resort, The Golden Truffle, Pelican Hill Resort, Great Maple Restaurant, The Montage, and St. Regis Resort have in common? They all serve their diners bread from BREAD. BREAD artisan bakery of Santa Ana is a family owned and […]

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Under Cover: Children's Author Kobi Yamada Comes to Barnes & Noble July 29

Under Cover: Children’s Author Kobi Yamada Comes to Barnes & Noble July 29

I love it when you can combine fun with something bigger. Our family has had the privilege many times over to discover how fun volunteering can be: beach cleanup with buddies, performing in a get-to-know-you assembly for younger students, or working at the Special Olympics, only to discover that perhaps we are the ones with […]

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Summer Fun: Rock and Roll Nostalgia at OC Fair

Summer Fun: Rock and Roll Nostalgia at OC Fair

  The Pacific Amphitheater has been making musical memories for me for nearly three decades, ever since I worked at a beer kiosk there back in the mid-1980s before it became part of the OC Fair. We’d end beer sales after intermission, at which time I’d find an empty seat in the amphitheater and watch that […]

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Under Cover: Cookbook Author Kim Sunée Comes to Newport July 21

Under Cover: Cookbook Author Kim Sunée Comes to Newport July 21

“Seoul Food and French Toasts,” or “Kim-chi, Cajun Style,” would both have been great working titles for Kim Sunée’s new cookbook, giving readers a taste of the type of culturally diverse fare they would find inside. Instead, she went with the much more lyrical “A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite recipes From My […]

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Weekend Getaway: San Diego Sans Car

Weekend Getaway: San Diego Sans Car

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy With its mild coastal weather, myriad attractions and close proximity to Orange County, San Diego has long been a popular weekend getaway spot. We’ve both been there many times, and agree that weekend traffic can sometimes make driving to San Diego a challenging experience. That’s why […]

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Summer Fun: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

Summer Fun: Eating Our Way Through the OC Fair

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Deep fried bacon wrapped turkey legs. Jack Daniels infused churros. Texas size pop rocks donuts. Deep fried pecan pie on a stick. These and other outrageous food options can be found at this year’s OC Fair. Gone are the simple days of cotton candy and ice […]

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Off the Menu: New Menus, New Restaurants

Off the Menu: New Menus, New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Eat Chow Have you been ‘Chowified?” We have, and we love it. Of course, we’re talking about Eat Chow, which has locations in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Soon, you’ll be able to get “chowified” in downtown Santa Ana when Eat Chow opens a third location later this year […]

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Curtain Up: A Shakespeare Double Header

Curtain Up: A Shakespeare Double Header

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare. “Let’s play two,” said baseball great Ernie Banks. This weekend, Shakespeare is indeed playing two when Shakespeare by the Sea attempts to hit home runs with its presentations of “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on a stage set up in the outfield of a baseball diamond at […]

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Off the Menu Special: dineL.A.'s Restaurant Week July 14 - 27

Off the Menu Special: dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week July 14 – 27

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve had Newport Beach Restaurant Week and OC Restaurant Week, but now comes the biggest one of all: dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week, which runs through July 27. Nearly 300 restaurants throughout L.A. County are participating with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that range from $15 to $25 […]

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