Hollywood’s Awards Season Just Kicked Off in Newport Beach

In a room twinkling with some of Hollywood’s brightest, new stars, you’d think there’d be a least some small hint of ego. A sideways glance, an eyebrow raise, a question left unanswered, dangling in the awkward silence of a “Don’t you know who I am now?” stare. But at the 2018 Variety 10 to Watch…

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Big Bear Is Always a Good Idea

By the time we left that morning, it was almost 10 o’clock. In Newport Beach, the fog had already swooned and faded. On the road, temperature manifested itself as a neon dashboard figure remaining surprisingly still as we made our mountain ascent. Seventy degrees, unchanging. Big Bear is best known among Newport Beach locals as a…

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The Pancake Experiment

By George Kandel There aren’t too many things I can cook—or cook well because I can certainly burn a whole lot—but the perfect pancake happens to be one of them. I started making pancakes years ago, on a whim, thinking they had to be easy enough and now I’m known as the unofficial Pancake King…

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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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10 Things to Know about Newport Beach’s Electric Bike Company

Entering the workshop of Electric Bike Company in Newport Beach is like stepping inside a magical Hobbit hole of electric-bike wizardry. From the ceiling, dozens of bike frames hang in perfectly painted glory; all around, machines are buzzing, sparks are quite literally flying, and a team of local experts assembles what Electric Bike Review voted as…

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No Halloween Costume? No Problem!

As a child, Halloween is undoubtedly a month-long extravaganza. Costumes are planned weeks in advance, ordered, broken in, spilled on and ordered again. As an adult, however, with bills and voting—info to vote locally here—and all the serious, adult-y stuff we have to do, our ability to pre-plan an outfit is seriously hindered. Most of us…

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Halloween Parties in Newport Beach

Halloween is a beautiful time of year. For the shy, the self-conscious or the timid, possibilities are literally endless; you can shed your inhibitions and be anyone you want to be. (Of course, you can do that every other day, too, but it’s 100% socially acceptable on October 31). And for the bold, you can…

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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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Reflections on The Great Pacific Airshow

This past weekend, The Great Pacific Airshow made its debut in Huntington Beach. Under new ownership by Huntington Beach resident Kevin Elliott, the 2018 airshow, which lacked the Blue Angels but featured an explosive lineup of Thunderbirds, rocketed across the North Orange County skies. And even though the event is typically known as a Surf…

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Free Events: Puppies, Pumpkins and Powerful Women

The best things in life, my friends, are free. And these four upcoming local events to inspire, learn and play absolutely prove it: 

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