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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Is It Really That Hard to Throw Trash Away?

Trash on the beach is an interesting subject, a sociological deep dive into the manic minds of the many and the good of a few. The next time you want to judge someone’s character, don’t observe how they treat the wait staff at a restaurant (or do, because that’s also an accurate depiction of their…

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Friday Night Flix at Fashion Island Showcases Outdoor Movies This Summer

A new outdoor summer movie series called Fright Night Flix debuts Friday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard at Fashion Island. Presented by THE LOT, Friday Night Flix is all about entertainment enjoyed under the stars; with the purchase of a $10 admission ticket, moviegoers get lawn-chair seating, a bag…

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Where to Celebrate July 4th in Newport Beach

Newport Beach and July 4th go together like peanut butter and jelly (or, for the party inclined, 2 a.m. vodka shots and a nasty hangover). A perennial favorite on Who’s Who lists of the best July 4th celebrations nationwide, Newport Beach (and specifically, Balboa Peninsula) gets its reputation for a red-white-and-blue good time for good…

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The Happiest of Happy Hours on Balboa Peninsula

Oh, happy hour! You’re just unendingly wonderful and delightful and … happy! Is there anything better than escaping from the confines of a gray-ish cubicle to the sunshine of an outdoor patio, cool drink in hand? We think not. And so, to guide you on this libation-minded, post-work journey, we’re listing some of our favorite…

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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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Balboa Peninsula: Where to Party

Balboa Peninsula can sometimes be a deceptively fickle place, a mix between high-end and low down, craft cocktails to remember and shots (of something) to immediately forget. And there’s no season that captures this capricious spirit of good-vibes and coastal duality more than summer. So, if you’re looking to party with the local—or just spend…

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How to Ride the Balboa Peninsula Trolley

We’re all for outdoor activities but sometimes in the heat of the summer, sun blazing, toes scorched from too-hot flip flops you forgot to put under the umbrella at the beach, you just want to ride. To help out the walking-worn, a Balboa Peninsula Trolley service is available … and it’s free for all. The…

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Where to Dine with Your Dog on Balboa Peninsula

If you’re like us, you take your dog everywhere. So, when it comes to dining out on Balboa Peninsula, these are the restaurants that are dog friendly (and some even have pup-approved items on the menu):

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