Lido Tasting Room Is the Secret Wine Spot We’ve Always Needed

Guess WHAT? There’s a new wine player in town and it’s bringing quality vino and a high-end tasting experience to Lido Isle. Lido Tasting Room, the brainchild of Northern California’s Bravante Vineyards, recently opened a small space overlooking the quaint courtyard that also houses a local institution, Sabatino’s Sausage Company. If you haven’t been, Lido…

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Hoppy Happenings: Beach, Brews & BBQ at Newport Dunes to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

If you’re in need of weekend plans, we’re here for you: The fourth annual Beach, Brews & BBQ descends on the gorgeous, water-lined grounds of Newport Dunes Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-6 p.m.

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5 Reasons to Love the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

There’s a lot to love about the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. Maybe you’re a fan of small bites procured perfectly by expert chefs into tiny, snackable delicacies. Maybe your predilections sway toward the aquatic, in which case you prefer the Celebrity Chef VIP Twilight Yacht Cruise, which featured some of the nation’s top…

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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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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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Lido House: Everything You Need to Know

“Take a picture of the pool!” She had a broom in one hand, a bucket filled with soapy washcloths in the other. I had a clunky DSLR camera slung around my neck, click-clicking at nothing (or maybe everything) from a nearby lounge chair. It was too early in the morning for swimmers and this woman,…

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Where to Dine with Your Dog on Balboa Peninsula

If you’re like us, you take your dog everywhere. So, when it comes to dining out on Balboa Peninsula, these are the restaurants that are dog friendly (and some even have pup-approved items on the menu):

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California Wine Festival: What to Expect

There’s always a palpable tension when attending any wine festival that’s equal parts intimidating and exhilarating. Will you say something weird about the legs of the wine and have to run to an entirely different section of the festival because of that weird thing you just said? Will you bump into a man wearing a…

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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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