Valentine’s Day Dinners on Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island

A quiet, corner table, a candlelit dinner for two, a soft voice answering the phone with melodic exuberance, “Thanks for calling but we’re all booked up for tonight!” As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s wise to plan ahead. Nobody wants to be the one stuck at home with two cans of tuna fish and a 12-pack…

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Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

On Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 11 p.m., 21 Oceanfront, an exclusive beachside fine dining establishment, is hosting a three-course dinner featuring Stag’s Leap wines. 

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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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Crab Cooker Founder Leaves Legacy of Seafood and Songs Behind

Bob Roubian, founder of iconic Balboa Peninsula restaurant, The Crab Cooker, passed away over the holidays at the age of 91. Last night at the Newport Beach City Council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Dixon closed the session with a brief tribute to the local legend. 

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Newport Beach Restaurant Week: Where to Dine on Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Village and Balboa Island

Newport Beach Restaurant Week is hard. So many choices, only 14 days of culinary bliss. It’s also confusing because the week is actually not a week at all; it’s two weeks—this year happening Jan 15 to 28—when restaurants across Newport Beach and Balboa Peninsula forego their usual pricing to offer diners sweet, sweet specials on…

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E. coli Outbreak Prompts Warning to Californians: Avoid Romaine Lettuce

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is currently investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections affecting 13 states, including 3 reported illnesses in California. The illnesses occurred between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8. The Public Health Agency of Canada is also investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections in several provinces and has identified romaine lettuce…

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Balboa Peninsula, This Is Our Story

As 2018 begins, we want to thank you—the community of Balboa Peninsula and beyond—for supporting West Oceanfront Magazine in whatever form your support has taken; maybe you’ve read some of our recent articles, commented on a story, followed us on Instagram, liked one of our tweets or simply found our Facebook page and it led…

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Newport Beach Nutritionist April Murray Is Here for Your Resolutions

I have a definitive love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Go to the gym, eat healthier, drink more water, be kinder to your friends and family … it’s always a somewhat banal yet optimistic collection of convictions, which if adhered to with any kind of seriousness would probably make us all skinny, dewy-skinned, boring humans.…

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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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