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Back in 1857, German settlers from San Francisco descended upon our area to make wine. They named the city Anaheim, which translates to “home by the Santa Ana river.” By 1884, 1.25 million gallons of wine flowed from the city, setting up a downtown ripe with booze-crawl potential. Although the Santa Ana river isn’t flowing wildly these […]
After 2011’s massive “Essential Pepin,” Jacques Pepin’s new “Heart & Soul in the Kitchen” (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35) isn’t that much smaller, but it is a bit different. In it, the 79-year-old French chef reflects on cooking with friends and family, making “Heart & Soul” a very personal companion to its comprehensive predecessor. And […]
Donna Karan drops by A’Maree’s, takes time to dish about life and style Designer and new author Donna Karan stopped by Newport Beach’s A’Maree’s Thursday to sign copies of her book “My Journey” and chat with us about her current passion–a small, beautifully curated and crafted line called Urban Zen. Earlier this year, Karan, an iconic […]
There’s nothing like having to cook for an entire family on Thanksgiving. Slaving over a stove and constantly checking on the turkey can be maddening. All it takes is one ruined bird, a drunken cousin, and a half day spent cleaning up to call it quits next year. As crazy as it sounds, some of […]
Sort of. The Kimberly Gardens mobile home park on Muirlands Boulevard includes the following streets: Kermit Drive, Big Bird Lane, Muppet Way, Sesame Street, Grover Lane, Oscar Way, and Cookie Monster Lane. Consider the era during which it was built. “Sesame Street” debuted on PBS in 1969 and was wildly popular by the time Kimberly […]
Seeking some slightly untraditional Thanksgiving sides this year? Well, I’ve got just the fix for you. Social, an ingredient-focused, new-American inspired restaurant in Costa Mesa, is offering patrons a liquid version of a holiday classic—Apple Pie, with its Apple of My Pie cocktail ($12.50). Social’s all-star bar team, including lead mixologist Mike West, creates one-of-a-kind craft cocktails using […]
Since a Los Angeles fan convention just over a year ago, a pretty pink food truck has traveled the American west in the name of Hello Kitty. When the actually-not-a-cat Sanrio character started seeking a real restaurant home, though, its natural affinity for Orange County could not be denied: The very first Hello Kitty Cafe […]
You might be tempted to say the record belongs to Fullerton native and former La Habra resident Nadya “Octomom” Suleman and her 14 children. While her octuplets were newsworthy when they were born in 2009, she’s certainly not the only mom with 14 or more children. When it comes to fathers, however, it’s hard to […]
Underwhelmed by the gear available at National Park shops, Sevag Kazanci, 33, flipped the souvenir model on its head. He launched a giving brand out of his parents’ Huntington Beach garage, selling shirts, leather goods, and accessories. Each limited-edition collection—focused on a national, state, or local park—features a design that funds a specific preservation project […]
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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.
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.
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?
Last Feb. 9, Orange County sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call arrived about 2 a.m. at the three-story hillside mansion that Brad and Andra Sachs shared with their large family in San Juan Capistrano. The officers found the couple’s youngest, 8-year-old Landon, facedown in a hallway, wounded and crippled by a bullet that had […]
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 […]