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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5 Locations to Celebrate Wine Wednesday in Newport Beach

There’s no better pairing than wine and Wednesday on a chilly, late-December night. We’d add a brief anecdote here (something about a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and the ruination of winter-white pants) but you probably want to get straight down to the good stuff. So, without further ado, five choice locations to celebrate the holidays and…

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Newport Beach’s Taco Bell Cantina is Fast Food with Booze

Taco Bell Cantina just opened in Newport Beach, a tiny wedge of an eatery standing tall and proud next to Stag Bar on 22nd St. off W. Balboa Blvd. (Yes, it’s in the same location as the now-defunct Original Pizza and yes, its presence represents the encroaching maniacal claws of rampant consumerism on our small,…

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Clothing by OWL is Here for the Right Reasons

There’s nothing wrong with being basic. Yeah, you might buy hand-sewn day planners on Etsy, dress your tiny dog in seasonally appropriate attire, take selfies with the pig-eared Snapchat filter because your eyes look awesome then caption the pic something self-effacing like, “Can’t believe it’s raining today. #Haircut.”  So what? And yes, you probably drink…

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