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Stand-Up Guy: Amir K

The 33-year-old comic is making a name for himself on the SoCal circuit after touring for several years with Maz Jobrani, a fellow Iranian-born performer well known on the scene. He has appeared on the big screen (a cameo role in the 2012 Oscar-winning film “Argo”) and the small (starring in the MTV prank show “Jerks With Cameras”). The former Orange resident first took to the stage when the housing bubble burst, ending his job as a real estate appraiser in Huntington Beach. He lost everything but his sense of humor. Read more...

Hot Shop: Popping With Petals

Petals and Pop would be at home in a Paris street scene. Blooms and foliage spill onto the sidewalk from old aluminum buckets and vintage German pickling jars. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling library ladder slides along the shelves of this flower and home goods store, providing access to vases, table linens, garden and kitchen tools, specialty chocolates, and cookbooks. Read more...

Legends: Princess Charming

JoAnn Dean Killingsworth is a favorite at Capriana, a retirement community in Brea. She walks through the art room where her paintings are currently on exhibit, and then turns down the hall toward her apartment. Staff members and fellow residents who pass all have a kind word or friendly greeting for the 90-year-old. As she nears her door, two housekeepers emerge. Read more...

Seoul Food!

If you're craving Korean street food, then this post is for you! Last week, I grabbed lunch at Urban Seoul--a relatively new Korean-fusion restaurant at Diamond Jamboree. I went on Taco Tuesday and had some of the most delicious tacos I've tasted in a long time! $5 buys you three tacos of your choice, and I chose to try the crispy pork belly, gogi beef, and spicy pork. Read more...

Nothing Says Summer Quite Like Segerstrom's Movie Mondays

Beach chairs, picnic baskets, and breezes through the Arts Plaza … we love the Segerstrom Center for the Arts summer screenings! For eight summers, O.C. has enjoyed classics projected onto the giant screen, and tonight marks the first film of this season: "The Little Colonel", starring Shirley Temple. Read more...

Trade Secrets: Celebrity Muckraker

From exposing L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s indelicate views on race to a video of an elevator assault on Jay Z by Beyonce’s sister Solange, it’s all in a day’s work for the 33-year-old Orange resident. Walters typically works from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, managing celebrity news, sometimes co-hosting the studio-centric “TMZ Live” show he co-executive produces, and occasionally doing field work such as dropping in on Charlie Sheen for the lowdown on the TV star’s latest Twitter tirade with his ex-wife about the custody battle for their twin sons. Read more...

Ruffle Some Feathers this Fourth of July!

We're all familiar with the food truck craze, but now there's a new kind of truck to get excited about. Pekok Within Boutique is Orange County's first fashion truck to hit the streets. The peculiar name is intended to encourage customers to embrace the idea of peacocking, or "Pekoking": using fashion as a means to attract attention and distinguish oneself. The new business is taking part in the Fourth of July event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina July 4th from noon to 10 p.m. and July 5th from 1 to 10 p.m. Read more...

Here Come the Brides!

Looking for wedding inspiration — something that will set you apart from the crowd? Then keep from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, open. That's when Something Lovely Wedding returns to Orange County, with an impressive collection of more than 30 high-end wedding resources here in SoCal. Read more...

Go Green (Tea)!

I'm definitely more of a coffee than tea person, but the other day while I was on a photo shoot for our August issue, I had the pleasure of trying a Thai iced green tea from Frozen Cow Creamery, a chocolate and ice cream shop in Costa Mesa. It blew me away! Unlike some green teas that have more of an earthy flavor, chocolatier Christopher Michael's secret blend of green teas--sourced from Thailand--is naturally sweet and floral with a hint of rose essence, which I happen to love! Read more...

Music to Our Stomachs

Grab your closest foodie and wino friends and head to Dana Point's 2nd annual Food, Wine and Music Festival June 21st from noon to 7 p.m. at Sea Terrace Park. The festival will host an impressive collection of local restaurants, libations, chef demos, and live music. Read more...

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  • Best of 2014: Bird-Watching

    When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
    3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114, bolsachica.org

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  • Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

    Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
    Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648, lilgreenwagon.com

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  • Food Lovers Guide - Vanilla

    Plain vanilla extract is fine for large-batch baking, but vanilla snobs like to play with other varieties, including the skinny, leathery beans. We won’t delve into the classic Mexican-versus-Tahitian debate, except to say we like Tahitian for creamy concoctions and the bolder Mexican in concert with dark chocolate. Find plump, vacuum-sealed beans of both varieties at Surfas Culinary District. Read More
  • Food Lovers Guide - Kouign Amann

    Butter worship is a birthright in Brittany—the French region that invented this transcendent caramelized pastry with the funny name (say Queen a-MAHN). Read More
  • Food Lovers Guide - Taps' Remy Beer

    Brewmaster Victor Novak and owner Joe Manzella fill a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel with Taps’ Imperial Russian Stout. After five months, the transformation of flavors is phenomenal, eliciting notes of coconut and marshmallow that flatter the inherent dark chocolate flavors of the stout. Read More
 
 
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