The Crab Cooker to Reopen Summer 2019

For decades, the Crab CToker was like everyone’s favorite neighbor. If it could toss you a newspaper and wish you a good morning, it probably would. Its cherry-red edifice was an institution, a 1930s-era symbol etched out of comfort food and fresh crab. Now, as a casual drive down West Balboa Blvd. would prove, the…

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Holiday Shopping with West Oceanfront

Here’s the deal. We’re not going to sit here, typing away at our computer and try to convince you to shop our shop. Why? Because that would be lame. Instead, we’ll list four fun things that will absolutely, irrevocably happen if you DO shop our shop, hence convincing you in a roundabout way that yes,…

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Today’s Wine Wednesday Selection Is …

Today’s #WineWednesday selection is 21 Oceanfront in Newport Beach

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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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Catalina Flyer’s Down, How to Get to Catalina

The Catalina Flyer has long been Newport Beach’s go-to for an easy day trip to Catalina Island. Hop on in the morning at the Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone, sail the ocean blue, arrive in Avalon — *fun ensues* — then board the boat in the late afternoon and sail home.  This October, the normal trajectory…

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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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Whimsical Watercolors Now at John Wayne

Artist Nancy Caldwell is inspired by a lot. Places, dreams, thoughts, and when inspiration strikes, so does her careful hand, crafting watercolors and doodles that capture the essence of creativity unhinged, allowed to be free and fun. Her work, a collection named “Play Drawing Paintings” is on display at John Wayne Airport’s Community Focus Space…

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My Three Favorite Beaches in Newport Beach

By Muhammad Irshad There’s something totally and uniquely rejuvenating about the beach. From the smell of salty water to the feeling of sunshine on your face to the warmth of sand between your toes, a beach trip is a true delight to all senses. Wake up early, walk to the beach and enjoy breakfast as…

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How to Make Breakfast from Thanksgiving Leftovers

If your morning has gone anything like mine, then you’ve spent it scraping still-dried-up cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes off piles of plates and wine-stained glasses. Why is it that the scrumptiousness of a Thanksgiving meal is directly proportional to the disgustingness of cleaning it up? And also, why does the meal last about 20…

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