Tasting Notes

Traveling to a new destination is always an adventure, and even more so, when all our senses become immersed. Wine tasting unmistakably delivers information about the peculiarities and uniqueness of the area. Wine is produced in every state in the U.S., but California is the state with the most wineries. From northern to southern California, visitors and locals alike can…

Chef Masters Benefit Raises Funds for Dementia Patient Care

The Alzheimer’s Family Center was established in 1970 in a church basement, later moving to an elementary school before finding its current home in 1999, thanks to a partnership with Hoag Hospital that created a 20,000-square-foot dementia-specific center in Huntington Beach. It is the only day care program in Orange County exclusively devoted to treating people with dementia.

90 Pacifica

Situated in the heart of Orange County, just off the 405 and 133, lies 90 Pacifica Restaurant & Bar, a satisfying restaurant nestled right inside the DoubleTree Irvine Spectrum. Owned and operated by Pacific Hospitality Group, the DoubleTree sets the tone for a friendly, hospitable, from scratch restaurant.

Beyond the Perfect Pink Sand Beaches

Best known for it’s incredible beaches, Bermuda is not only an island paradise because of its pure sands and warm tides, but the island is also on the map for having some delectable food options. Bermudians have a unique flavor and style of cooking, one that transcends to the local dishes as well as the translated dishes of the chefs…

Pacific Symphony: A 40-Year Journey

 Article Timothy Mangan  Jimmy Carter was president, “All in the Family” won big at the Emmys, disco was still popular and the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series. There was no cable or cell phones or personal computers. People read newspapers, on paper, delivered by kids on bicycles. We’re talking 1978, 40 years ago.  That was also the…

Athens Culture is Intoxicating

 Article Andrea Poe  Athens is a cultured European hub. The city gets a bad rap as a place to fly into before departing as fast as possible. Perhaps that’s because the gorgeous Greek islands beckon like sirens, but, in fact, the city has an undeniably artistic soul. Here, even the shops, cafes and vibrant bustling street life have a poetic…

Sensational Offerings from our Community’s Performing Arts Titans

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography Photos Provided  The Orange County community is fortunate to be blessed with three performing arts venues that offer an amazing array of cultural offerings.  The oldest, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, was launched in 1986, and is today one of the country’s major performing arts centers. Celebrating its 32nd season, audiences will enjoy everything from…

Sixth Annual “Priceless” Luncheon Addresses Human Trafficking

 Article Donna Bunce  Dr. Sandra Morgan, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWF) director, is on a mission. Her passion is to eradicate human trafficking. With a pediatric nursing background, Morgan began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece in 1994 by serving on the board of the Athens International Nurses Association. After returning to the U.S., she volunteered…

WHW Celebrates 25 Iconic Years

WHW, which provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job, celebrated 25 years at its annual luncheon and fashion show (by WHW’s retail store, Deja New) at Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach. With an “old Hollywood” theme, many of the 400 guests participated, with $197,000 … Continued

Serious Fun Gala Honors Longtime Supporter

Kate Duchene was presented the Dove Award for her dedication to breaking the cycle of domestic violence by Human Options, a nonprofit dedicated to that mission. Held at the Balboa Bay Resort, 325 supporters enjoyed a Tahitian Nights-themed evening, which featured a performance by the Muana Neui School of Polynesian Dance and helped net $328,000 … Continued

Rivals Cup Inaugural Golf Tournament a Sell-Out

Kure It Cancer Research's inaugural golf tournament drew a full contingent of golfers to Pelican Hill Golf Club for a great day of golfing followed by an awards banquet and auction. Competitive UCLA and USC alums vied for the trophy, which went to USC. The effort netted more than $135,000 for underfunded cancer research. Photography … Continued

Tennis Classic Brings Out Record Crowds

The 57th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic, held at multiple venues over Memorial Day weekend, drew record crowds and raised monies for Holy Family Services’ foster and adoption services. Australian-born tennis champion Roy Emerson shared a bit of tennis history and of his lifelong love of the sport during the winners’ presentations. Photography … Continued

Community Leaders Excel in Raising Awareness and Money for LLS

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Orange County Inland Empire Chapter held its Grand Finale gala at the Irvine Marriott for 300 guests to announce the winners of the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year. Six exceptional community leaders raised money and awareness for and about blood cancers, helping raise $533,224 for the cause. Photography … Continued

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Welcomes Basketball Great

More than 920 guests attended the 15th Annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast at Hotel Irvine, raising funds to support initiatives targeting education, health, housing and income challenges facing women and children in Orange County. With Earvin “Magic” Johnson as keynote speaker and students from Paul Revere Elementary dancing, it was an event to cherish. Photography Steven … Continued

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.…


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…