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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Coming Soon: Lobsterfest at Newport Dunes

For the tenth year in a row, whole main lobster will make its buttery, delicious debut on the shores at Newport Dunes at the 2018 Lobsterfest. Enjoy surf, turf, live music and fun for the entire family … all while raising money for the Make-A-Wish® (Orange County and Inland Empire) and Leadership Tomorrow organizations. This…

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10 Things to Know About the Pacific Wine & Food Classic

It’s no accident the word “classic” is at the end of this event; the Pacific Wine & Food Classic is one of the most quintessentially elegant food festivals to happen all year. Organized by the O.C. Restaurant Association, the two-day extravaganza runs as smoothly as a buttery, unoaked Chardonnay. (By the way, shameless plug! Read…

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Beach Eats: Homemade Pasta and Tomatoes

It might seem a little strange to be hawking a pasta recipe on a Sunday that’s such a scorcher, the only thing acceptable to eat should be ice cubes. Except once the summer sun melts and the nighttime cool(ish) descends, there’s still dinner to be made and this recipe is a winner. The tomatoes were…

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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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Is It Really That Hard to Throw Trash Away?

Trash on the beach is an interesting subject, a sociological deep dive into the manic minds of the many and the good of a few. The next time you want to judge someone’s character, don’t observe how they treat the wait staff at a restaurant (or do, because that’s also an accurate depiction of their…

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Friday Night Flix at Fashion Island Showcases Outdoor Movies This Summer

A new outdoor summer movie series called Fright Night Flix debuts Friday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard at Fashion Island. Presented by THE LOT, Friday Night Flix is all about entertainment enjoyed under the stars; with the purchase of a $10 admission ticket, moviegoers get lawn-chair seating, a bag…

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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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