Grab Tacos, Pour Beer: Chihuahua Cerveza Opens Taproom in Newport Beach

Chihuahua Cerveza, a brand small but feisty as its name, started brewing beers six month ago in Newport Beach. The company’s four, Mexican-style lagers are now available throughout Southern California and beyond, (find locations to buy the beers here) and as of Nov. 19, Chihuahua Cerveza also owns an eponymous taproom on Balboa Peninsula, in…

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Woolsey Fire: How to Donate

Living in Newport Beach, it’s beyond frustrating to watch the devastation of the Woolsey Fire, see images of land seared to ash and homes ravaged by unrelenting flames. We feel helpless, even as the smoke stretches across our Newport Beach sky, manifesting itself in hazy oceanfront sunsets that remind us the fire isn’t that far…

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Talking Flu, Wellness and Holiday Health with The Hydration Room’s Dr. Florie

Cold and flu season is officially upon us, friends, and according to Dr. Brett Florie, D.O., M.D., and founder of The Hydration Room, it’s hitting harder and earlier than usual. But for Dr. Florie, a board-certified anesthesiologist who grew up in Newport Beach, a remedy might be one IV away. Dr. Florie started The Hydration Room…

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Underrated Christmas Movies: Five Films To Watch This Weekend

Classic Christmas movies are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please? An open bar holiday party at your office. And nobody thinks that’s a good idea three hours deep into the festivities when the IT guy whose…

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Fiction Tuesday: The Tale of Astrid the Beautiful

Because everyone can use a little magic on a Tuesday afternoon … Somewhere in the untamed mountainside near Yosemite, on the California border of all that was good and evil, once sat a small patch of wild lavender, and just beyond, a smaller spring. An accidental journey brought Astrid to this spring, its water tumbling like wet…

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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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On the Beet

If I had a skywriter, I’d ask the pilot to fly above the blue, morning skies of Newport Beach and write “Welcome to Make Your Market” in fluffy smoke lettering. But I don’t (although I should) and so instead, I just have this very sentence where I will say “welcome” in quotation markets to denote…

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Holiday Gift Ideas: DIY Hot Sauce from Grow and Make

OK let’s talk about something that has a near-cult following in Newport Beach: hot sauce. If you were so inclined (and hungry), you could spend an entire afternoon touring the many hot sauce spots on Balboa Peninsula. Visit Cassidy’s and pour their special stuff on a burger. Hop across the street to Aurora, where they…

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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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Lido Theater Rings in Holiday Season with Annual Showing of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

In the cannon of holiday cinema, It’s A Wonderful Life rightly earns its spot (or wings) as one of the most angelic Christmas classics. Watching the 1946, Frank Capra-directed movie, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, is a perennial family tradition for many, and the good people at Lido Theater in Newport Beach know it. The beloved…

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