Island Hotel

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Not Free at Last! Kent Wycliffe Easter Taken into Custody for Drug-Planting Conviction

    See Update No. 2 at the bottom of Page 2 with Kent Easter being taken into custody pending an October sentencing hearing. Update No. 1 included details that led to his conviction. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 10, 3:48 P.M.: The second time was a charm for prosecutors as a jury this afternoon found Kent W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Kent Wycliffe Easter's Monumental Drug Planting Retrial: Now with More Bombshells!

    The most monumental case in the history of Orange County--nay, MAN!*--opened Thursday with bombshell details!!! You want for instances, mild-mannered public? Check out these: Drugs were planted in the car of a mom volunteering at an Irvine elementary school because an attorney couple misunderstood h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Now Open: Oak Grill/Aqua Lounge and A&O Kitchen Bar in Newport Beach

    I think the list started with Fireside Tavern inside Crowne Plaza. Then, we checked in to Driftwood Kitchen alongside Pacific Edge Hotel. I'm not just talking [yawn] hotel restaurants-- these properties are trying to bring sexy back in the kitchen and dining rooms of properties overdue for change. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Cucumber Cobbler at Aqua Lounge at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, Our Drink of the Week!

    I was supposed to meet someone for a drink at the lounge inside the Island Hotel last month. Instead, I found the property deep in construction mode. The "bar" was a handful of stools across from check-in. Turns out it had been this way for months, with a buffet-style cafe set up for hotel guests on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Newport Beach Police Bosses Used Island Hotel As Free Sex, Partying Pad In Quid Pro Quo Deal: Lawsuit

    Orange County billionaire Don Bren's Island Hotel gave multiple command staff officers at the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) free suites, massages, spa services, booze and food, and agreed to erase hotel surveillance footage when the cops didn't want any record of who they were partying with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Why Is Orange County Water District's Denis Bilodeau Still Billing For No-Show Meetings?

    In 2010, questions about the expense reporting of Denis Bilodeau, a director with the Orange County Water District (OCWD), bubbled to the slippery surface of OC's political pond. That summer, the Voice of OC alleged that between the years of 2001 and 2007, Bilodeau charged taxpayers for nearly $3,50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Teemu Selänne Uses Golf Club and Funny Video to Announce He's Back with Anaheim Ducks

    See the update and funny video on Page 2 that Teemu Selänne uses to announce he'll be back with the Anaheim Ducks for what will be the future Hall of Famer's final season. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 15, 2:12 P.M.: The Anaheim Ducks have let Teemu Selänne know they want him back next season. Now comes w ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 23, 2013

    Arrested Development's Orange County

    A partial list of the show locations and their real-life equivalents

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Gavyn Bailey Learns the Value of Being a Slow Grower

    [Locals Only] The successful young singer/songwriter pledges to avoid teen-idol status

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Gavyn Bailey Learns the Value of Being a Slow Grower

    A guitar in the hands of a talented, doe-eyed middle-schooler can be a dangerous thing. We're not necessarily opponents of musically inclined youngsters, it's just that when you're able to make preteen girls go crazy with summery guitar pop like South County crooner Gavyn Bailey, it's easy to los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    On the Line: David Man of Palm Terrace and Lounge, Part Two

    While not a luxe lonchera, Palm Terrace now has a catering truck, ready to serve parties of five to 500 wherever they can park it (most recently at the OC Fairgrounds). His mom's infamous cooking makes another appearance in this segment as well, but so does Yoda. It'll make more sense once you perus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    On the Line: David Man of Palm Terrace and Lounge, Part One

    When you've got a resort view like that from your dining room, life should be pretty mellow, right? Yet David Man became a tad nervous when I hit the record button. He had nothing to worry about, though. Once we started exchanging Bay Area stories about our favorite ramen in Burlingame, I knew he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Cocoa Lounge Heats Up The Island Hotel

    ​[Disclaimer: All photos were taken in a dimly lit space. Between my camping flashlight and iPhone, there's only so much visual aid this Forker can provide. And may we remind you that chocolate is brown to begin with. As a supervisor used to say, "Brown: Working hard to be your favorite color."]In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Rick Perry to Bring His Anti-Social Security Message to Orange County's GOP Social Security Recipients

    ​The day after the Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Texas Governor Rick Perry will navigate the Southern California freeway system (or probably fly over it) for private meetings with fat-cat donors in San Diego and Newport Beach.But worry not, mortgaged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    OC Weekly's 22 Wins Dominate Orange County Press Club Awards

    ​OC Weekly continues its winning ways in 2010, following up regional and national journalism honors with 22 awards from the Orange County Press Club last night.Multiple winners included Nick Schou, R. Scott Moxley, Gustavo Arellano, Spencer Kornhaber, Vickie Chang and the Navel Gazing news blog.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Save The Date: 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco in April

    ​The 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night has announced it's chef line up. And there are new names this year (see them after the jump). If you are not already familiar, the gathering of local chefs puts them in competition with each other to create, well, the wildest and craziest tacos. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    OC Valentine's Day Special Roundup Redux

    Courtesy of Morton's Steakhouse​As promised, here is the update to the list of Valentine's Day specials.One correction: the Valentine's special listed at Morton's in Anaheim and Santa Ana is valid Saturday as well. Our apologies to Morton's for the mistake.Morton's SteakhouseThree courses, $54.50. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Drunken TBN Personality Steve Galiher's Mug Shot!

    Galiher: TBN miracle worker who turned wine into a double DUI...dig those frosted, rumpled locks!​When those poor, desperate souls that make up Trinity Broadcasting Corporation's primary audience dial up Paul and Jan Crouch during the Praise-a-Thon and pledge thousands of dollars, I'm sure they ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Alex Rodriguez Hotel Quiz Time!

    So your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim lost the American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees because of a shocking loss of their trademark sharp play (seriously, guys: that error in the bottom of the eighth?). Whatever--let's move on to meatier a carne asada Sunday event, I ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Mexicans Take Over Fashion Island

    Well, almost. Had the OC prima donnas at Fashion Island in Newport Beach known what was going on under the big tent across the street at the Island Hotel this past weekend, they would have run for cover under their Beemers and Benzes. Mexicans. Puerto Ricans. Colombians. Guatemalans. Dominicans, Arg ... More >>

  • Film

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Oh, the Habitat for Humanity!

    Habitat for Humanity of Orange County says its mission is to end substandard housing, which is something everyone can get behind, and "to provide hardworking, low-income families an opportunity to share in the American Dream of homeownership," which is something that has gotten a bad rap amid our ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    McCain Rhymes with "Complain"

    While John McCain was inside the Island Hotel in Newport Beach yesterday rallying funds for his general election war chest, three—count 'em, three!—separate rallies, uh, rallied outside. Let’s start with the obvious: Orange County, presidential candidate who stops short of proposing mass dep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    John McCain in OC Tomorrow

    Republican presidential candidate and war-lover, John McCain, will be in our neck of the woods tomorrow to rub elbows (raise money) with the rich folks whom he will help make richer if he takes office in 2008. McCain's meeting with the GOP big bucks will take place at the Island Hotel in Newport B ... More >>

  • Film

    April 12, 2007

    John Wayne Is Orange County

    Expanded for the Web! Newport Beach Film Fest honors the icon. Its about time

  • Food

    June 15, 2006

    Flash in the Bowl

    Pavilion dazzles and fulfills

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2006

    Orange County developers snared in hot lesbo love in!

    Don't know if you caught this buried in the LA "By God" Times' Jan. 12 front-pager on Governor Big Lippy sending his chief-of-staff out to court his big-money Republican donors: their first get together will be this coming Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Irvine Co.'s "Fantasy" Island Hotel (formerly the ... More >>