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One of the greatest gifts from the sea, the oyster is welcomed at almost any table. These briny little treasures can transform an ordinary meal into a life-changing experience. A general rule of thumb when pairing oysters is to stick with a white wine, preferably something with a good kick of acid. Choose one that […]
Ad man, author, and director-producer, the Irvine resident is a force behind the new web series “Con Man,” which premieres Sept. 30 on Vimeo on Demand and was funded by one of the most successful Indiegogo campaigns of all time. The show reunites characters played by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk of the short-lived cult […]
The best part of this job is discovering great cocktails to share with readers. This comes easy after dining at Brunos. This Brea gem offers an impressive collection of drinks to match its menu. When you think Italian, wine seems the more obvious go-to, but I have to say my favorite drink of the night […]
As soon as the federal ruling was issued this April, Skylar began talking about pursuing state-funded surgery for herself. But this is hardly a new quest; she has wanted such an operation for more than 20 years. Unknown to many people who followed the Hawks case, Skylar’s need to pay for the surgery was a primary motive for murdering the couple.
Orange County is world-class shopping destination, which makes it a world-class style destination—what better way to celebrate than our very own Style Week? Presented by Celebrity Cruises and set at Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum and The Marketplace, Style Week OC runs from Sept. 10 through Sept. 19 and includes special style and beauty events as well […]
It’s hard to tell when the seasons change in southern California. At this time of year if you look hard enough, the signs are all there: pumpkin latte aromas fill the air, palm fronds litter the streets after gusty Santa Ana winds, and the beer aisle is full of fall seasonals. Coming earlier and earlier […]
Every Tuesday night, flames fly through the air at an Anaheim parking lot as 28-year-old Curtis Husted and his 50-member Hellfire Society participate in a weekly jam session. It’s a circus-like atmosphere as they set fire to and then spin various hoops, fans, staffs, and poi (wicks on a chain) to music. Husted, a Cal […]
Can we talk about what the geniuses behind Santa Ana’s Cauldron Ice Cream are up to? Just open since May, it wasn’t enough to serve up the divinity that is nitrogen ice cream, so they went ahead and upped their game by gracing us with their take on the waffle cone—what they have dubbed the […]
If there’s anything I love more than cocktails, it’s food, and there’s nothing like enjoying the two together. Prego Ristorante makes this easy to do with the launch of a new happy hour menu that offers the weekday crowd the best of both worlds. Available from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and designed […]
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I read something on the internet one recent evening that made a brief and tangential reference to a serial killer preying on Marines in Southern California in the 1970s and early ’80s. Having been stationed at Camp Pendleton, I thought, “How come I never heard about this?” I had returned to the East Coast upon my discharge in September 1980, but still. So I searched “serial killer California Marines 80s” and came up with the name Randy Kraft.
Victoria Patterson picks the place we meet for lunch, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, where years ago she waited tables. It’s lunchtime and crowded, but a server finds us a quiet table on the patio. Walking to the back, she spots a magazine article pinned to a bulletin board. It’s about the son of a […]
Overlooked in the speculation about luring the NFL back to Southern California is the fact that two professional football teams are already here, both with ties to Orange County. So why does our Gridiron guinea pig think the term “professional” is misleading?
Laura Linsenmayer, a Laguna Beach native and cosmetologist, decided a few years ago that we should pay more attention to what’s in our beauty products. “It was a common-sense shift,” says Linsenmayer, 36. Her business plan included learning all aspects of the industry so she could open Roots: The Beauty Underground, a Laguna Beach boutique […]