Rolling on the Rhine

 Article David Duran  U by Uniworld is the first river cruise dedicated to a new generation of adult travelers, with a hip, stylish look and feel that offers immersive experiences along the world’s most popular rivers. Itineraries focus on longer stays in destinations, allowing guests to connect with local people, experiences and each city’s vibrant nightlife. The U fleet offers…

Bringing the Doggies Out

 Article Jessica Roy | Photography Jessica Roy, Ana Launes  Stepping out into the California sun to enjoy great food is a must. Being able to make it a family outing by bringing your kids and pets could make it even better. Newport Beach houses three particular kid-and-pet-friendly locations we must mention. These restaurants not only offer delectable California fare, they…

Pets Rule!

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography Ana Launes  We’ve included some community people in our feature on pets and kids to show how important pets are to family life. Whether dogs or cats - canaries or turtles - it is evident that their addition brings joy to the families who take them in.    

Hot Summer Happenings

 Article Donna Bunce  There are no lack of options for fun summer happenings in our community. Whether enjoying the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing competition in Huntington Beach, the world-renowned Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach or celebrating our nation's founding on July 4th through planned events at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina or watching…

Summer Is Here!!

I always love the lazy, and sometimes hazy, days of summer! Sometimes it takes getting into July to get those warm, sunny days, but they always come. The summer brings some amazing events to our doorstep. Four of them are featured in our Hot Summer Happenings feature. You may have guessed that the Festival of Arts and … Continued

OC Fair On Stage

 Article Ana Launes | Photography Provided  Another fantastic summer at the OC Fair is upon us and with it the opportunity to enjoy the great performances of the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre.  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Thursday, July 12, 8:00 p.m.

Road Tripping Iowa

 Article David Duran  At 199 miles long and 310 miles wide, Iowa is the 26th largest state in the United States, making it an obvious perfect candidate for a statewide road trip,It may not be possible to visit all 947 cities within the state in one go, but visiting the 99 counties, or at least driving through them, is definitely…

An Incredible Father

 Article Donna Bunce  “I love playing with them, helping them with schoolwork and taking them to Disneyland. Every night we have storytime and the good night kiss. When I go to the dentist or to the doctor, they give me a stuffed animal.”  –Daniele Struppa, speaking about his daughters Arianna and Athena

The New Regulations for the ICO Phenomenon

 Article and Photography Ana Launes  An Initial Coin Offering, also commonly referred to as an ICO, is a fundraising mechanism in which new projects sell their underlying crypto tokens in exchange for bitcoin and ether. It’s somewhat like an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in which investors purchase shares of a company.  

June 2018 Around Town

Chapman’s Sixth Annual Alumni Entertainment Industry Mixer Nearly 500 Chapman University alumni flooded the Lionsgate Entertainment Headquarters in Santa Monica for a night of lively conversations, networking, photo booth pictures and school spirit. As the University’s largest and most anticipated networking event of the year, the Annual Alumni Entertainment Industry Mixer illustrates the diverse talent … Continued

The Top Three Crypto World’s Richest

 Article Ana Launes  There has been a huge spike in the value of unregulated cryptocurrencies, which are 'mined' using secret algorithms based on the blockchain technologies. According to Forbes, the average 2017 price change of Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP, three of the most common cryptocurrencies, is a whopping 14,409 per cent. Cryptocurrencies are characterized by extreme volatility, and so, when…

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Home

 Article and Photography Josef Lageder  Strawberry Basil Crostini (Serves 4)  Consider celebrating Mother’s Day at home this year. Your mother would be so happy to know that you took the time to create a special Mother’s Day brunch in her honor. The recipes are simple and present well at the table. So, take a look at the ingredients, plan a…

Motherhood Comes First for this Busy Lady

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography None  Born in Seoul, Korea to a designer mother and real estate entrepreneur father, Suzan and her just-born sister Patricia moved to the U.S. when she was two years old. Sister Linda quickly followed. Settling in Arcadia, Suzan grew up there, studied psychology at UC Irvine and married Richard Paek in 1990.  Richard and Suzan…

Blissfulness Awaits at Rancho La Puerta

 Article and Photography David Duran  Intro  Originating in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely as a fitness resort and spa, Rancho La Puerta has always been at its same location, and has always been family owned. In fact, Deborah, now in her nineties, still comes to the ranch each week to meet with guests and recall stories of the ranch…

Stockholm, One of the Great Cities of the World

Stockholm shakes to life in spring. The season, perched between a bitter, if atmospheric, winter and sun-splashed, if brief, summer, is when residents unbundle a bit, waterfront restaurants launch outdoor dining (outfitted with heat lamps and woolen blankets), and a stunning pastel canopy of cherry blossoms unfurl in Kungsträdgården, one of the city’s most popular parks.

Get Inspired by Iceland

An island in the North Atlantic, Iceland has become incredibly popular in the last decade as curious travelers from across the globe have ventured to the progressive and peaceful nation in search of an abundance of picture-worthy moments as well as a glimpse of a modern society where freedom and equality are the most important qualities. The country continuously ranks…

Surfing in Punta de Mita, Mexcio

I emerged from the ocean, a trail of blood clouded the water and a flap of skin dangled from my finger, resembling day-old sashimi. This certainly wasn’t my first time to surf, but the cause of my injury was definitely a kook move at best. But, let’s come back to that later. Being an avid surfer and enthusiastic traveler, I…

The Spanish Northeast: From Rioja to Empordà.

If you are planning on travel to Europe, here is an interesting proposal. A couple of months ago we visited two of the most beautiful and unlikely hotels and wineries in Spain. Somehow, Spain seems to fly under the radar compared to its next-door neighbor, France. However, Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and the largest…

Dining Differently in Wailea, Hawaii

Wailea, or the Beverly Hills of Maui, as it is affectionately called, is no stranger to amazing food and drinks, as it is home to the top luxury resorts on the island. Never a step behind, the resorts are constantly creating innovative ways for their guests to dine. From rotating weekly programs to exclusive private dinners to a full renovation…

Cross Canada Train Journey – Destination and Hotel Gulde

Canada just celebrated its 150th anniversary, and our northern neighbor saw an influx in visitors from all parts of the globe to every corner of their expansive country. Canada has much to offer and each region of the country is so diverse and different from one another. From majestic natural landscapes to skyscrapers in bustling cities, an incredible way to…

Pro Currency and iPro Network

The ascent of Bitcoin into the financial mainstream has brought a new asset class known as cryptocurrencies into the spotlight. They enable both commerce and trade through the implementation of advanced blockchain technology. This versatility fosters different views with respect to their classification as either commodities or currencies.

Destined to be Together

Who would imagine that a part-time job wrapping Christmas presents at the Robert Hall Clothes store in Santa Ana would be the place where Wylie Aitken would meet Bette Robb? With Wylie a freshman at Santa Ana College (SAC) and Bette a senior at Bolsa Grande High School in Huntington Beach, the spark was lit.

2017 American Institute of Architects OC Design Awards.

Since 2011, AIA Orange County (AIAOC) chapter president Brett Dougherty has led the student design competition, and participated in the 2017 Design Awards and Art Walk committees. Dougherty is also a director on the AIA California Council Board of Directors, as well as the California Architecture Foundation Board of Directors.

On the Road to No. 1

Currently ranked #3 in the world, Santa Ana native Courtney Conlogue calls Huntington Beach her second home.

Moderne Moves

When Marchè Moderne quietly shuttered at South Coast Plaza more than three years ago, everyone admitted to having a dish that they would miss. Some spoke of decadent plates such as Chef Florent Marneau’s roasted bone marrow that spread like butter across grilled slices of toasty baguette. Others languished about his divinely simple succulent chicken with creamy whipped potatoes. The…

On the Boards at the Barclay…

What do Broadway actors do when they lead the list for more Tony Awards and nominations than anyone else? They take the show on the road!

Israel: The Land of Milk and Honey

There are certain travel destinations that provoke a new sense of focus and clarity of priorities upon returning home, and a renewed passion for life; Israel is one of them. The excitement of this historic destination will consume your senses upon arriving. Close your eyes and imagine what life was like in the Holy Land more than 2000 years ago…

Holiday Happenings

 Traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony at 
South Coast Plaza  On November 16th, the Segerstrom Family hosted South Coast Plaza 36th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Center Park, adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza. The 96-foot white fir majestic Christmas tree, which arrived from the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California, is always a popular landmark during the holidays with…

A Love Story in Philanthropy

Suzanne and James Mellor both recall their first meeting as love at first sight. “I fell in love with her the minute we met,” Jim says, and Suzanne adds, “I thought he was the nicest, most handsome man I had ever seen.” Married 64 years, the two met in Detroit, where they were both born and raised. Jim was an…

Thanksgiving – Be Creative but Keep the Classics

After spending more than forty years in kitchens prepping, cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner in restaurants, hotels, and at home, I came to the following conclusion: In general, people still enjoy Thanksgiving classics such as velvety mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted yams with marshmallows, green bean casserole, and perfectly roasted turkey and gravy. However, besides the classics, it is also exciting…

CanstructionOC 2017: The Contribution of Art to Alleviate Hunger

By now you probably have had the chance to experience and admire the outstanding Canstruction exhibits at ARTIC, South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport. For the 10th consecutive year, Canstruction is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger by making a difference in the lives of one-in-five children who struggle with it every day in our beloved Orange County community.…

IN FOR THE LONG TERM

ean Wegener was raised in a family that believed in giving back. “I grew up back East,” she says, “with my parents always leading by example. They considered being involved and giving back to the community one of life’s great blessings.” Wegener came to Orange County in 1972 and settled in Newport Beach where she met Sam Boyce, owner of…

A Passionate Venture

How Harvesters was Launched. It all began with Jill Johnson-Tucker, who as a member of the board of directors of Second Harvest Food Bank was asked to find more funding to help the nonprofit feed the hungry in Orange County. She turned to her good friend, Jennifer Van Bergh, for help.

2017 Michael Chang Tennis Classic Helping the Community

Another beautiful summer day in sunny Newport Beach. Excitement is in the air and lots of fun ahead of us at the 2017 Michael Chang Tennis Classic. Michael Chang, originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, set numerous "youngest player records," turning pro at just 15 years of age. In 1987, he became the youngest player to win a main draw match…

More Than Just A Pretty Facade–Zeitz MOCAA Opens in Cape Town

The anticipation of the opening of Africa’s first contemporary art museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, is creating a buzz that is swarming the continent. The Victorian and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Co., the developer who owns the site, has assembled the venerable team of Thomas Heatherwick and Liz Biden to helm one of…

All the 
Right Reasons

Rick Stein felt he was coming full circle when he accepted the job as President & CEO of Arts Orange County (ArtsOC) in 2008. After acquiring his bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University in 1976 and his master’s in English from Syracuse University in 1978, he had signed on as executive director of the Oswego County Council on Arts…

Things Are Poppin’ at the Barclay!

Ten years after retiring as President/CEO of the Orange County Performing Arts Center (since renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts), Jerry Mandel got a call in October, 2015, about taking on the job of interim president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre while the board had time to fill the position. Doug Rankin, founding president of the Barclay had retired after…

Hong Kong Indulgences

Hong Kong might be one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It’s full of skyscrapers, luxury hotels, some of the best restaurants in the world, over-the-top designer shopping and, of course, people. It’s a bit of sensory overload as there are retail windows and restaurants filling every piece of real estate on every street. A world-class fine dining…

Sixty-five Years Later…

Joseph Edward Prentice was very clear in 1949 when he stipulated that his gift of 12 acres of land to the City of Santa Ana was to establish a park in his name with the caveat that there needed to be at least 50 monkeys on the grounds at all times. It seems Prentice had a fascination for monkeys and…

Surf City USA Kicks Off AVP’s 2017 Season

Though the skies were grey and cloudy, it didn’t stop volleyball enthusiasts and beach-goers as thousands flocked to the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier for the Huntington Beach Open on May 4-7. The event housed buzzing fans packing the general free admission seats and the limited VIP premium seats daily. The four-day event, hosted by the Association of…

The 2017 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

For Festival of Arts’ Board President Fred Sattler to recall his first memory of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach isn’t difficult. “Summer of 1965,” Sattler says wistfully. His then fiancé, now wife, was a Laguna Beach resident at the time. “She took me to the Festival,” Sattler recalls, “and I’ve always remembered it.”

A Community Icon Turns 50

It is doubtful Arnold Haskell, founder of Sherman Library and Gardens, ever dreamed he would be establishing a historical research library and horticultural learning center in Newport Beach when, as a young man in 1914, he accepted the job as personal secretary to Moses Hazeltine Sherman, one of the most prominent and successful businessmen in Los Angeles.

July 2017 Road Trip

Japan is one of the hottest destinations for 2017. A significant language barrier has deterred many travelers, as English is fairly uncommon and thousands of characters compose the kanji alphabet. However, it does not take long for the distinguished culture to overshadow this challenge. Shortly after observing the order of everyday life, attention to detail, extreme cleanliness and formal etiquette,…

A Dedicated Father

“I am so grateful for my wife and the life we’ve created together. Our family is the most important thing in my life,” says an impassioned Jon Lewis, Newport Beach Police Chief. “My kids are the light of my world,” he continues.

Seventh Continent Explorations

Explorers and researchers have been visiting the continent of Antarctica for decades, although throughout history, the voyages getting to the mostly untouched land have been met with tales of unprecedented struggles and defeat. Today, thanks to modern ships and experienced crew, getting to Antarctica is no longer what it once was. That being said, the Drake Passage, one of the…

June 2017 Local Limelight

Philanthropist Sebastian Paul Musco joined an acclaimed list of recipients, including seven U.S. Presidents and luminaries such as Elie Wiesel, Bob Hope, Rosa Parks, General Martin Dempsey and Edward James Olmos, in being awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

A Mother’s Story

It turns out that Isabelle was introduced to McDonalds in 1967, when at age 21 she married Pat Smith, who with his parents eventually owned and operated stores in Artesia and San Clemente. After Dolorys and Jack Smith passed away by 1976, Pat and Isabelle opened a store in San Juan Capistrano, later selling it before an amicable divorce in…

The “New” New York

I was born in Manhattan and my mother, a native Californian, logged more than four decades in New York. So, it was with great curiosity that we, together with my 10-year-old daughter, decided to explore a downtown neighborhood located at the narrow tip of the island that spans from the East River to the Hudson River. Locals have started referring…

A Winning Vision

“I was a one-man band,” Sam Goldstein says of launching Art of Dining for the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now known as Orange County Museum of Art), in 1987. “I was on the museum’s acquisition committee, and we needed money to buy art, so I established a fundraiser that would divide the proceeds between acquiring art and the operating fund,”…

A Safari Unlike the Others

A trip to South Africa is a dream for most, and, usually, that dream involves the inclusion of a safari. And, why wouldn’t it? An African safari is by far one of the most incredible experiences an adventure traveler can have in their lifetime. Nothing can compare to witnessing majestic creatures in their natural habitat, where they are free to…