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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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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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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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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Make Your Market: A Newport Beach Farmers’ Market & West Oceanfront Collab

Hello and top o’ the morning to each and every reader of West Oceanfront Magazine! Today, the very first Monday of November, brings with it not just expected Southern California sunshine but also a warm, slice of good news. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’d know an obsession with the Newport Beach Farmers’…

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