Don’t Miss the Sky Party Tonight

If there’s one thing we absolutely love in Newport Beach, it’s a good rocket launch. And our collective rocket love is about to become yet another nighttime reality — remember this epic launch? — at exactly 8:19 tonight when a Delta IV Heavy rocket will be sent into space from the Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg…

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Catalina Flyer’s Down, How to Get to Catalina

The Catalina Flyer has long been Newport Beach’s go-to for an easy day trip to Catalina Island. Hop on in the morning at the Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone, sail the ocean blue, arrive in Avalon — *fun ensues* — then board the boat in the late afternoon and sail home.  This October, the normal trajectory…

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On the Road

Because nothing is quite as rejuvenating as a good, old-fashioned, holiday road trip … These destinations are all unquestionably awesome, so buckle up, crank the tunes and pack snacks.

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In Defense of the Carrot Greens

Look, I know I’m biased. I just finished this dish not more than fifteen minutes ago. Heck, I’ve still got a small piece of carrot green stuck on my thumb as I type this very word. And these. OK, it’s gone. STILL. The meal—seasoned avocado on sautéed carrot greens and onions with soft-boiled eggs—was delicious.…

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Fiction Thursday: The Figaro

It’s raining today, which seemed like the perfect time to publish a little fiction inspired by a city unlike Newport Beach, where rain is more common than sunshine. Enjoy “The Figaro,” friends.

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Whimsical Watercolors Now at John Wayne

Artist Nancy Caldwell is inspired by a lot. Places, dreams, thoughts, and when inspiration strikes, so does her careful hand, crafting watercolors and doodles that capture the essence of creativity unhinged, allowed to be free and fun. Her work, a collection named “Play Drawing Paintings” is on display at John Wayne Airport’s Community Focus Space…

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Make Your Market: Mint Tea

OK folks, let’s try something a little different for this week’s episode of “Make Your Market,” the most exciting farm-to-table, farmers’ market culinary series to ever hit Balboa Peninsula (and beyond). Today I want to talk tea. “But really, Melissa?” You might ask, because you’re used to fun recipes you can eat for dinner that…

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My Three Favorite Beaches in Newport Beach

By Muhammad Irshad There’s something totally and uniquely rejuvenating about the beach. From the smell of salty water to the feeling of sunshine on your face to the warmth of sand between your toes, a beach trip is a true delight to all senses. Wake up early, walk to the beach and enjoy breakfast as…

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How to Make Breakfast from Thanksgiving Leftovers

If your morning has gone anything like mine, then you’ve spent it scraping still-dried-up cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes off piles of plates and wine-stained glasses. Why is it that the scrumptiousness of a Thanksgiving meal is directly proportional to the disgustingness of cleaning it up? And also, why does the meal last about 20…

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Hey, Thanksgiving: You’ve Got Kale

This is crazy. Thanksgiving is in four days. WHERE IS TIME? And does it know how to cook a turkey in the microwave? Anyway, here we are, on Monday morning, steeped in things to do, people to see and the encroaching fear of what to make for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, good thing it’s time for…

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