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Ever glom onto a bottle of wine and become a bit “passionate” about locating more? I fondly call this The Hunt. The Wine Hunt today seems easy as we have Wine Searcher, wine e-retailers, and Google readily at hand. However, in my early wine years it took a more concerted effort. I would tear out the perforated back section of Wine Spectator anxiously shopping the aisles for any of the Best Buys on that month’s list.
Stuff We Love has been meaning to get this: Vitra Eyewear, opened before the holidays in the Crate & Barrel wing of South Coast Plaza. A pretty little boutique featuring designer frames — Fendi, Thierry Lasry, Chrome Hearts, Costa Mesa-based SALT — and sunglasses, Vitra looks more like a jewelry store than a […]
Tequila lovers will be thrilled to know that Huntington Beach’s Solita Tacos & Margaritas celebrates its second anniversary tonight by offering happy-hour pricing all day as they kick off weekly Tequila Thursdays.
No one was eliminated last week on “Top Chef”—it was the first half of the Restaurant Wars two-parter. Already by far the most-dreaded challenge, this year it was made doubly brutal: For the first time, cheftestant teams were assigned lunch as well as dinner service—a mere 100% work increase, shoehorned into the same 24 hours. […]
Today’s modern twist on cocktails has changed the landscape, and our drinking scene has never looked better. Here’s our spirited guide to the county’s best sips, trends, and bartenders.
Old Towne Orange’s mix of old (antiques malls) and new (upscale gastropubs) makes it a perennial favorite—one that’s getting more interesting all the time with additions such as L.A. favorite The Pie Hole. These three recently opened businesses, along with one reimagined standby, are worth a visit. MMD Antiques Antiques with an edge dominate this […]
This cake from Royal Tea and Treatery is heavenly, and you’d never know it’s gluten- and dairy-free—as are all the baked goods here. That’s why this tea house is winning the hearts of hungry customers, with or without dietary restrictions. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day surprise. (On the 14th enjoy this “Pal” entine’s Day special: […]
People have referred to Noble Ale Works in Anaheim a lot of ways during its five years in business. There’s Club Nobles, No-Bell Ale, the L.A. Nobles of Anaheim, and even simply home. Regardless of what you call it, the place is known for fun, inventive, clean, delicious beer. Let’s look at some of the core moments […]
Almost as soon as I arrived in Orange County in the late ’80s, I wanted to leave. We relocated here from San Francisco for my fiance’s family and the sun, but I couldn’t make sense of the place. Sunsets here perplexed me. The sun didn’t seem to set in what was true west. And the […]
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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.
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 […]