‘American Animals’ and Opening Night Gala Kick off 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival began Thursday night just like it should, with cameras flashing. Dozens of photographers crowded a logo-filled backdrop at Edwards Big Newport multiplex as well-groomed actors and filmmakers cascaded across a carpet undeniably red. Held to a staccato beat by the pop of bright lights, guests prepared for the debut…

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The Triangle to Offer Dining Discounts for Newport Beach Film Festivalgoers

Here’s the deal: You already know the Newport Beach Film Festival is coming to town this week (we’ve written about it here and here). What you might not know is that a select group of delicious and cinematic-minded restaurants are featuring discounts for all those who attend a movie at Starlight Triangle Cinemas at The…

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Brunch Boys’ Jeremy Jacobowitz: King of the Mid-morning Meal

At its hollandaise-glopped, egg-yolk-exploded essence, brunch is a meal that’s unpredictable and even a little wild. Brunchers who indulge in its capriciousness must be prepared for absolutely anything. Will it last an hour? All day? The better half of your Earth Day weekend? Unclear. The only thing that’s certain is that nobody gets brunch better than its reigning king,…

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Fancy Fare in Newport Beach

When you just want to wear something fancy and drink sparkling rosé … Boy and girls: If the mood strikes tonight to put on that suit and tie or unfurl your new floral maxi dress, we’ve got a few suggestions where you can indulge those lavish sensibilities while delighting your senses.

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Dinner Deal Alert: Orange County Restaurant Week at La Vida Cantina

La Vida Cantina, a Mexican oasis on the second level of The Triangle in Costa Mesa is offering a special $20 three-course dinner for Orange County Restaurant Week, which began Sunday, March 4 and extends through Sunday, March 10. (By the way, this dinner price doesn’t include tax or gratuity, and the powers that be at…

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Here’s What They’re Serving at Lido Bottle Works for Brunch

A new chef is continuing her predecessor’s penchant for whimsicality and local eats. On a coldish Sunday in February about eight or nine of Orange County’s most notable food reporters and editors – palate’s sharp as a chef’s knife – gathered at Lido Bottle Works for brunch. (A nod must be sent to Lido Bottle…

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Malibu Farm in Lido Marina Village to Sell Fresh Food and Drinks

Malibu Farm is set to open at Lido Marina Village in spring 2018 and, as a sign outside the soon-to-be spot announces, it’ll serve alcohol, just as its sister location does in Malibu. (For reference, here’s the current bar menu at the latter establishment.)

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New Restaurant Hook & Anchor to Set Sail in Beach Barrel Location

A new lobster and seafood eatery, Hook & Anchor, is opening January 18 on Balboa Peninsula in the spot where The Beach Barrel Grill once served its Barrel Burger, homemade pesto and BBQ chicken pizza. The small restaurant is located directly next to Newport Fresh along Newport Blvd., a block east of the gas station.…

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Ho Sum Bistro Is Back

Ho Sum Bistro is officially open. The good word arrives after more than a year of silence; in June 2016 a devastating fire shut the place down. Before its unexpected closure, Ho Sum Bistro had something of a cult following. Diners came for the Ho Sum Chicken Salad (and famed dressing) and left completely happy.…

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Sidecar Doughnuts: Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

There are doughnuts and then there are Sidecar Doughnuts. While the name may make you think these ‘nuts are somehow secondary, scuttling astride something bigger or better, they’re just not. They’re the real deal, the main attraction, the big show. It’s a locally known fact Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee offers some of the tastiest sweet…

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