Valentine’s Day Dinners on Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

A quiet, corner table, a candlelit dinner for two, a soft voice answering the phone with melodic exuberance, “Thanks for calling but we’re all booked up for tonight!” As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s wise to plan ahead. Nobody wants to be the one stuck at home with two cans of tuna fish and a 12-pack…

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Have you seen the Little Free Library on Balboa Island?

“There is more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney If you’ve ever taken a stroll around the path that twists along Balboa Island, you’ve probably passed a tiny blue structure sitting on the side of the way. Inside are no more than ten or twenty books, donated…

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Four Dog Friendly Newport Beach Spots

This one is for all those who’ve ever come home from a long day at work, opened the front door and found your dog sitting with a goofy, irresistible grin next to what used to be a super-expensive pillow, now super-expensive pillow-shreds. Little Cooper has that distinct look on his face; not quite understanding your…

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The Best Places for Live Music in Newport Beach

You really can’t beat the experience of sitting back, cold drink in hand, and taking in the sweet, sweet sounds of live music. Don’t get us wrong, canned music can be fine, good, passable even for a night on the town but much like canned tuna or those mini corns that come in a can,…

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Do Newport Beach Like a Local

I’m not from Southern California. I can’t drop the word “stoked” into casual conversation or explain where the confusing web of freeways might get you if you took the 10 to the 91 to the 73. (Can someone just name these roads and be done with it?) Truth is, I’m just a girl from New York…

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