Friday Fiction: Night Flight of the Sheep

“ … and, should the symptoms of sleeplessness persist, a patient may attempt any number of psychologically soothing exercises … lulling the mind to a more restful state of being … the most popular and effective of these called ‘counting sheep,’ wherein the patient, with eyes closed, begins enumerating sheep as if the beasts were…

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The Crab Cooker to Reopen Summer 2019

For decades, the Crab CToker was like everyone’s favorite neighbor. If it could toss you a newspaper and wish you a good morning, it probably would. Its cherry-red edifice was an institution, a 1930s-era symbol etched out of comfort food and fresh crab. Now, as a casual drive down West Balboa Blvd. would prove, the…

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Holiday Shopping with West Oceanfront

Here’s the deal. We’re not going to sit here, typing away at our computer and try to convince you to shop our shop. Why? Because that would be lame. Instead, we’ll list four fun things that will absolutely, irrevocably happen if you DO shop our shop, hence convincing you in a roundabout way that yes,…

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Today’s Wine Wednesday Selection Is …

Today’s #WineWednesday selection is 21 Oceanfront in Newport Beach

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Chef Chat with a Napa Valley Culinary Master

It’s not every day you can ask one of the most renowned chefs in Napa Valley absolutely anything, but along came this article, and that’s exactly what I got to do.   Victor Scargle, a California native, is currently the culinary director at Boisset Collection, France’s third-largest wine group and the biggest wine producer in Burgundy. Though he calls Northern California home,…

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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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