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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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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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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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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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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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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Your Ultimate Local Gift Guide for Father’s Day

This year on Father’s Day, let’s make a pact. Can we please promise to skip the generic, last-minute card on which we all hastily scribble some reference to an obscure dad-centric fishing trip we’ll never take, or a fancy car we’ll one day buy him when we finally find an investor for our digital cat-walking…

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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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YEP, the Lido Marina Village Farmers Market Is Back!

Like sock tans and the smell of sunscreen as you walk a tourist-packed beach, the Lido Marina Village Farmers Market is BACK! The market, once a bustling site for local fare plucked straight from our fair Southern California earth, disappeared years ago when construction first commenced on Lido Marina VIllage.

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