Monday Fiction: A Morning with Mr. Moonshine

It was early morning in the middle of fall. The world was dark, as it tended to be on autumn mornings such as this, when the day was newly unfolded and still smudgy from whatever was left of the night. A hum, low but gentle, rumbled not far behind Peter Luck, who was speedily making his…

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Aurora is Your New Favorite Neighborhood Hangout That’s Been Around for Years

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon. Friday. On West Balboa Boulevard, the street is still quiet, a study in windblown palm trees and paved, empty roadway that’ll soon fill with cars tangled in the nighttime whirl. Along 23rd Street, an open door, wedged between darkened windows and yellow walls. This is Aurora, a onetime-Mediterranean eatery…

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Have Boat, Will Christmas Parade

It’s that time of year again … the ghosts of Halloween are already bygone things of the past and now we dive head first into the twinkly, festive mood of the holiday season! First step? Well, for Newport Beach boat owners that means entering your prized vessel in the 110th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat…

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TOWER 48 Newport Beach Is the Modern Beach Deli of Your Dreams

When you walk into newly opened TOWER 48 Newport Beach, there’s a neon-lit sign on the wall. “Best Buns on the Beach,” it reads in a bright, almost turquoise blue. Behind it, you’ll find a coastal forest of palm tree wallpaper (naturally) and in front, two orange stools, ideal for waiting (and Instagramming) while your…

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Fiction Monday: The Disappearing Act

A short piece of fiction inspired by tonight’s sunset …  For the third week in a row, Janet forgot to shave her legs. The first time she forgot was on a Sunday when she was changing into her swimsuit for Joel’s picnic-basket dinner on the beach. Janet looked at her legs as she slipped on the…

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Hoppy Happenings: Beach, Brews & BBQ at Newport Dunes to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

If you’re in need of weekend plans, we’re here for you: The fourth annual Beach, Brews & BBQ descends on the gorgeous, water-lined grounds of Newport Dunes Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-6 p.m.

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Feedspot Names West Oceanfront ‘Best 10 Coastal Lifestyle Magazines’

It was a warm-ish afternoon, the slight autumn breeze churning a relatively calm Pacific Ocean when the email arrived: Congratulations, your magazine was named ‘Best 10 Coastal Lifestyle Magazines’ by Feedspot. Well, WOW. The news was sweeter than pumpkin spice lattes, and more satisfying than cozy turtleneck sweaters or that spicy, warm smell of a…

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Summer Style with Ash ‘n’ Fashn’s Ashley Tarkington Jackel

When it comes to the summer season, style decisions can be tricky. Do you go with practical or trendy? Floral print or bright white? Shorts or a mini skirt? Sartorial choices abound, so it’s a good thing we’ve got super chic people like Ashley Tarkington Jackel, Orange County-based founder of Ash ‘n’ Fashn. A lifestyle blogger,…

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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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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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