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Under Cover: Closing the Book on Summer Reading

Under Cover: Closing the Book on Summer Reading

Many children went back to school this week, but around these parts, kids still have two more weeks to squeeze in as much last minute summer as they can. As is the case most years, our summer has been filled with sports, sleeping in, and summer reading. While our opposing schedules always mean more work […]

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Off the Menu: Cucina Enoteca and Garden Fusion

Off the Menu: Cucina Enoteca and Garden Fusion

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale The wait is over: CUCINA enoteca at Fashion Island is now officially open. The California-inspired Italian kitchen (how’s that for a morphing of cuisines) and wine shop is Tracy Borkum’s second restaurant in OC (she has a CUCINA enoteca in the Irvine Spectrum), and the fourth location of the Urban Kitchen Group’s CUCINA […]

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Curtain Up: Music and Mirth Invade Laguna Playhouse

Curtain Up: Music and Mirth Invade Laguna Playhouse

If variety is the spice of life, then The Laguna Playhouse is one spicy theater. The Playhouse has four productions between now and September 30 that offer a variety of styles from musicals to comedies to a one-woman show. Last month it was Buddy Holly music emanating from The Laguna Playhouse in the musical bio […]

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Summer Fun: Exploring Little Corona Tidepools

Summer Fun: Exploring Little Corona Tidepools

Some of the most beautiful and cozy “homes” in Corona del Mar aren’t found on the Flower streets, the Avenues, nor perched in architectural splendor atop the cliffs of Ocean Blvd. They’re located in the rocky outcrops that form Little Corona’s tidepools, a place where ocean, air and earth meet in an ever-changing harmony of […]

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Under Cover: ‘Edge of Valor’ Author Comes to Newport

Under Cover: ‘Edge of Valor’ Author Comes to Newport

If some of your favorite book characters are Jack Ryan and Dirk Pitt, allow me to introduce you to another friend whose company I think you’d enjoy: Todd Ingram. Just as Jack and Dirk have each enjoyed their own series of novels, penned by Tom Clancy, Todd stars in a set of five books written […]

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Off the Menu: Wine & Food Festival, Chocolate Tasting 101

Off the Menu: Wine & Food Festival, Chocolate Tasting 101

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We’ve been waiting for a dynamic food and wine event to replace the Taste of Newport, which ended its two-decade run in 2012. The wait is over. The inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival that comes to town Sept. 19 – 21 is not only […]

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Under Cover Book Club: "The Rent Collector"

Under Cover Book Club: “The Rent Collector”

I can sometimes concede that my family lives in a dump. While my refrigerator is organized with an OCD-like zeal, I am not the most fastidious of housekeepers in most of the rest of our home. Who can totally keep up with the messy habits of four human males anyway? Regardless of how badly the rug […]

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Artscapes: Fly Away with Peter Pan at South Coast Rep

Artscapes: Fly Away with Peter Pan at South Coast Rep

By Elizabeth Greenberg | NB Indy Prepare to join the Lost Boys and fly away to Neverland with South Coast Repertory’s Summer Players production of “Peter Pan” August 9-10 and 15-17. Directed by SCR’s Theatre Conservatory Director Hisa Takakuwa with musical direction by Erin McNally, this timeless classic is accessible and playable for all ages. With […]

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Off the Menu: New Chefs and New Restaurants

Off the Menu: New Chefs and New Restaurants

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s always news when a new chef comes to town, but this week two new chefs have taken over the kitchens at a pair of well-known waterfront restaurants: Bluewater Grill and Back Bay Bistro. Bluewater Grill We were stunned and saddened earlier this year when Brian Hirsty, […]

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Off the Menu: From Wonderland to Tacos to Tamarind

Off the Menu: From Wonderland to Tacos to Tamarind

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy This week we visited the remodeled Wonderland Bakery, sampled the menu at the revamped Taco Asylum, and tried some new dishes at Tamarind of London. New Wonders at Wonderland Bakery While heading to lunch at Jersey Mike’s Subs in The Bluffs shopping center this week, we […]

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