A Guide to Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Each year, Newport Beach Restaurant Week descends in all its delicious glory on Balboa Peninsula and with so many choices, it’s hard to know where to start. It’s also funny to call it a week because it lasts two weeks — this year from Jan. 14 to Jan. 27 — and it’s undeniably awesome. No…

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West Oceanfront Magazine – January 2019 Issue

I am incredibly excited to share the inaugural issue of West Oceanfront Magazine! It’s 80 pages long, and filled with stories about inspiring people, food, wine, travel, entertainment, entrepreneurship and of course, life in Newport Beach. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and putting it together. (Also, a…

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Celebrate the New Year at The Triangle

If you’re still seeking New Years’ Eve plans, The Triangle in Costa Mesa offers a bevy of celebratory options. Here’s the rundown:

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2018 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: A Guide to Festive Fun

The 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights is almost HERE! The holiday spectacle of the season kicks off Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. with a special fireworks display by Newport Pier at 6:15 p.m. Then, for five straight days from 6:30 p.m. to 9 (ish) p.m., watch yachts, boats, kayaks and…

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Festive Holiday Events in Newport Beach

A selection of holiday events happening in and around Newport Beach.

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Sick Soup Cures All

In case you’re wondering, I’m sick. (Yes, I’m sure you woke up this morning and thought, “How is Melissa feeling today?”) Anyway, in the spirit of turning the bad to good, this ickiness at the very least presents the ideal opportunity for today’s “Make Your Market,” in which I will share an amazing soup I…

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What to Know about the 2018 Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl

Yes, this post is all about the 2018 Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl but first, a story:

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What’s Happening This Week in Newport Beach?

Hello, friends and welcome to Monday morning. This first week of December is replete with holiday cheer, from a jewelry styling party at Fashion Island to a craft brew festival at Lido Bottle Works. (Hey! “Beer” rhymes with “cheer.” Fun!) Anyway, here is a selection of local events you probably want to check out:

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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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