5 Reasons to Love the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

There’s a lot to love about the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. Maybe you’re a fan of small bites procured perfectly by expert chefs into tiny, snackable delicacies. Maybe your predilections sway toward the aquatic, in which case you prefer the Celebrity Chef VIP Twilight Yacht Cruise, which featured some of the nation’s top…

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Rumors Debunked: Nobu Isn’t Closing (It’s ‘Thriving’)

The rumor mill of Newport Beach can swirl mightier than a big swell at The Wedge. (Remember when a car mysteriously crashed into Cassidy’s? Or when Ho Sum Bistro shut down for a while? Things happen, we talk.) So, when people started saying Nobu was going to shut down, we had to investigate.

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OK It’s Official: Circle Hook is Really, Really Good

The truth is, you can’t eat mood lighting. Or fancy wall art or plush velvet chairs. A fact universally known: When you go to a restaurant anywhere in the world, the only thing you can ever eat is the food. Maybe the owners of the brand-new Circle Hook Fish Co. at Lido Marina Village had…

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Coming Soon: Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes

For the tenth year in a row, whole main lobster will make its buttery, delicious debut on the shores at Newport Dunes at the 2018 Lobsterfest. Enjoy surf, turf, live music and fun for the entire family … all while raising money for the Make-A-Wish® (Orange County and Inland Empire) and Leadership Tomorrow organizations. This…

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10 Things to Know About the Pacific Wine & Food Classic

It’s no accident the word “classic” is at the end of this event; the Pacific Wine & Food Classic is one of the most quintessentially elegant food festivals to happen all year. Organized by the O.C. Restaurant Association, the two-day extravaganza runs as smoothly as a buttery, unoaked Chardonnay. (By the way, shameless plug! Read…

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Beach Eats: Homemade Pasta and Tomatoes

It might seem a little strange to be hawking a pasta recipe on a Sunday that’s such a scorcher, the only thing acceptable to eat should be ice cubes. Except once the summer sun melts and the nighttime cool(ish) descends, there’s still dinner to be made and this recipe is a winner. The tomatoes were…

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Circle Hook is OPEN!

After months of anticipation, Circle Hook is open at Lido Marina Village! The brand-new eatery is warmly decorated with coastal flair, a mix of distressed wood, outdoor seating and big, picture windows that frame Newport Bay. And its food is totally on point.

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Beach Eats Recipe #1: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have recently made something of a turnaround. No longer are they the evil stepmother of summer vegetables; now, they’re chic, trendy, appearing on menus as coveted items to enjoy. This particular Brussels sprout dish is aromatic yet light and summer fresh, and uses Brussels sprouts procured from the farmers’ market at Newport Pier.…

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Lido House: Everything You Need to Know

“Take a picture of the pool!” She had a broom in one hand, a bucket filled with soapy washcloths in the other. I had a clunky DSLR camera slung around my neck, click-clicking at nothing (or maybe everything) from a nearby lounge chair. It was too early in the morning for swimmers and this woman,…

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Hot Off The Pizza Press

When is pizza more than sauce and cheese, melted on just-baked dough? When it’s created by The Pizza Press, a rapidly growing, build-your-own pizza brand that’s set to open a new location later this summer at VUE on Balboa Peninsula. The Pizza Press was founded in 2012 by CEO Dara Maleki, who grew up in…

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