Attending a Taste of 'X' isn't all that different from a restaurant week. You're paying less for food, right? The selling point of a "Taste" is one's ability to try a variety of foods in a compact amount of time and space. We walk, we eat, and then we repeat. To participate in one of these dining ci ... More >>
Jefferson VanBilliard, our best new bartender of 2012 and holder of innumerable Drink of the Week honors, is finally mixing some cocktails for the public again after mysteriously disappearing from the various Memphis Group restaurants last month. He's hosting a cocktail pop-up TONIGHT at Nesai Rest ... More >>
Summer and sangria are as natural a pairing as pizza and beer-- they simply go hand-in-hand. When we spotted the ruby concoction on Lost Vine's wine offerings, it was fate. Our beloved refreshment was tough to get acquainted with, as its maker kept his recipe a closely guarded secret. This only made ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our Mexican-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find ... More >>
It may be pricey, but if you're both an oenophile and are bummed out that there's no Taste of Newport this year, the 10th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday at the Balboa Bay Resort.
He builds furniture, owns his own business, and plants gardens. And after our meeting, Chris would meet with The Corner's bartender to practice all the cocktails on their drink menu. Staying in one place is not his specialty, but we wouldn't want him any other way.Read our interview with Chris Groda ... More >>
Don't get confused by Eat Chow's next location. Their current one is off Newport in Costa Mesa. The sequel is going to be off Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. So when you tell someone "I'll see you at Newport.", be sure to clarify which.As you can see, the PCH outpost is looking spiffy and ... More >>
This Corona del Mar spot looks yuppie, but makes doughnuts worthy of Anaheim
From Twitter, from a gal whose name I can't remember, whose question I can't quote verbatim because it's buried under a pile of tweets, but which went like this:Where can I find a good mimosa near the beach?Actually, she first asked about a good mimosa, period. I recommended Memphis at the Santor ... More >>
With great French and Vietnamese offerings, this place is better-suited for Little Saigon than the Hoag Hospital crowd
The suspected car burglar.For surfers parking in Hungtington and Newport, it may not be safe to enter the water. At least, not safe for their cars and any valuables inside.Huntington Beach police have released photos (right, and after the jump) of the man they believe has been targeting the ca ... More >>
Flickr user Hydro-ManAnother amazing week on this infernal, yummy blog. After the jump: the best of the best!
Righteous readers who saw our post about the Frog House being endangered inform that a Facebook page has been created to save the legendary Newport Shores surf shop.You'll find the page here: Facebook.com.
[Hey, You!] Patience is a virtue when you want that perfect spot
Dave LiebermanJust opening the package will suffuse your senses with the smell of porky perfection.You'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC ... More >>
flickr user Kitchen Wench How to create your own liquor infusions, epicurean confessions and more of what you missed this week in food after the jump!
This is tough, because recommending a corporate surf film goes against my, comrade Kim Jong-Il and Barack Obama's training.
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An anonymous reader was kind enough to send in this video about the early Newport Beach surf scene, circa 1950s and 60s. Apparently an early look at an enigmatic documentary project called Living it Forever (coming in spring 2010) the clip includes conversations with a diverse selection of New ... More >>
Fever DragonThis zombie: Probably hot under the make-up. Hi.If you're looking to get a head start on Halloween this week, drag yerselves over to the coast and check out the first ever Newport Beach Zombie Pub Crawl: They Came From the Beach this Saturday.Sponsored by LocalHipster.com (.....we kno ... More >>
Jenevieve BelairUsually in Locals Only Extra, we provide you with an mp3 from the local band spotlighted, so you can actually have some aural accompaniment to whatever nonsense we come up with. But this week's band, Costa Mesa's Semi Sweet, have already done us one (or several) better: all four s ... More >>
Wine Lab Newport
A reminder that among other events going on this week, (ahem, OC Restaurant Week), the 21st Annual Taste of Newport is happening today, tomorrow, and Sunday in Fashion Island.
Tim and Liza Goodell (of A Restaurant and others) has a plan for the space vacated by Ristorante Max in Newport's Westcliff Plaza. Early next year, they're going to open their third outlet of 25 Degrees there. The other two 25 Degrees already in operation are in China and L.A. I haven't been to e ... More >>
World Class Beer Tasting Wednesdays
It was hard to top last year’s party on that beautiful boat in Newport, but this Saturday the OC Weekly Holiday Party & Fashion Show hit an all-time high with one of the best parties of the holiday season (if I do say so myself). Britney Spears may have been a no-show, but that didn’t seem to ... More >>
History for sale: Items salvaged from the dismantled Pride of Newport riverboat are on eBay starting today - the proceeds will go to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Pieces up thus far: a door to the riverboat's restaurant, the grand staircase chandelier (pictured), several smaller antique table ... More >>
Taste of Newport
That's ambitious: A Long Beach city councilman hopes to "once again make our beaches a destination." Good luck cleaning up all that shit, buddy. Adios, Laguna: MTV's shipping out of Laguna Beach and pulling into Newport for the next installment of the 'Real OC.' Poached? The Register has an interes ... More >>
Dismantled Pride: The Pride of Newport, a replica riverboat that's been a local landmark for 43 years, has been sentenced to death by dismantlement — which started yesterday. Back from the border: A "career criminal" deported around a month ago is back and already stirring things up — allegedly ... More >>
Movie of the Week: Pinocchio
Okay, Newport's fine, but there must be Satanic snowballs somewhere. Today, the Transportation Corridor Agencies announced a 30-day delay on their choice of alignments for the Foothill-South toll road extension. The TCA board voted 12-3 for the delay mere hours after its staff received a letter from ... More >>
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