Let’s Travel!

This is always a favorite issue for me because I love to travel. Having just returned from London after attending the Newport Beach UK Honours hosted by the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Newport Beach, visiting the city's famous Churchill War Rooms, experiencing "Hamilton" for the first time and enjoying tea at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed (I could go…

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards 
Dinner & Auction

Three hundred people gathered at the Fashion Island Hotel to celebrate the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners. The annual event, which raises money for next year's parade, is hosted by The Commodores of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and its President/CEO Steve Rosansky. 

April 2018 Around Town

Sequel to The Phantom of the Opera   For all you Phantom lovers, if you haven’t seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the all-time favorite musical, plan on visiting Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 24 to May 5 to see Love Never Dies. Ten years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, he has a new life in…

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.

My Favorite Places for Tea…

Honestly, my favorite place to enjoy “afternoon tea” is Palm Court at The Langham on Portland Place in London. I also enjoy tea closer to home as well. It is a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays and holidays, sneak in some girlfriend time, or just escape for a few hours for a relaxing respite of sheer refinement. Here are my…

Women Helping Women

Each year the Beauty in Grace giving circle pools its membership gifts to make a donation to a women's health program at Saddleback Medical Center. This year's annual luncheon, which drew 60 women, saw $68,000 given to purchase video streaming equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Photography Paul Gero

Nonprofit Merger Celebrated

A Casino Night was held to celebrate the merger of Acacia Adult Day Services and its 38 years of extensive social and healthcare day services for aging adults with the local nonprofit Alzheimer's Orange County. Nearly 300 guests attended the casino night at the adult day center. Photography Sarah Chavez

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…

More Than Just a Pretty Smile

In the field of dentistry, a malocclusion occurs when a patient's teeth don't align properly when the jaw is closed. Also referred to as a 'bad bite,’ a patient's symptoms may go unnoticed and cause little to no discomfort. On the other hand, a bad bite can cause significant pain in the form of migraine headaches, sensitive teeth, and jaw and neck…

The Newport Beach UK Honours in London Draws Raves

The luxury five star Rosewood Hotel in London drew a star-studded crowd in mid-February for the fourth annual Newport Beach UK Honours, hosted by Newport Beach Film Festival, Visit Newport Beach and Variety magazine.

And the Winners Are…

The January weather at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is famously chilly. But for Chapman University alumni, this year’s festival scene was sizzling hot.

Food Issue is Here!

This issue is always a favorite of mine. Good food and libations rule the day! I rise every day and think about what wonderful foods I will be experiencing that day. It doesn't have to be gourmet–it could be a Hostess cupcake!–but looking forward to something that I really like makes my day!

‘Let’s Celebrate!’

Providence Speech and Hearing Center's (PSHC) 52nd Annual Gala drew 315 guests to the City National Grove of Anaheim for an evening of fine food, incredible entertainment (thanks to JT & Friends) and raising money to enrich the lives of those with speech and hearing problems through its amazing programs.

March 2018 Around Town

 Kudos to Our Local Library!  The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named a Star Library in a national ranking complied by Library Journal in its 10th edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.  Of the 259 named Star Libraries in the country, 13 are in California, with just four in Southern California. NBPL is the highest scoring…

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…

Joining the Next Cooking Craze

Other than a bread maker machine, I think I pretty much own every kitchen gadget and cooking tool imaginable. Slow cooker. Check. Food processor, immersion blender, pasta machine, drying racks for the pasta, yes! It’s all here, and my kitchen is busting at the seams. My husband had to build a wall of cabinets out in the garage to store…

‘Christmas Carol Ball’ Celebrates 51 Years!

The Hoag Hospital Foundation's "Christmas Carol Ball" observed 51 years for the popular holiday gala, held at the Monarch Beach Resort. The 600 festively-attired guests enjoyed a gourmet repast, tempting auction items, a lively Rat Pack show and dancing to the NRG band, while raising impressive funds to support Hoag.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Kick-Off

The 12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week (actually two weeks this year), themed "Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey," launched at a dine-around experience at Fashion Island's Lincoln Experience Center with 100 guests. The event is presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association. Photography Robert Rooks

An Alternative Choice: Chef Chris Polley

It’s no secret there’s been a notable evolution in consumer demand for healthier purchases and experiences. In particular, organic and gluten-free choices are increasing in visibility. Not wanting to miss out, more restaurants are specializing in the farm-to-table movement and other healthier menu options.

MAKING WAVES: Hilbert Museum Pays Tribute to Surf-Art Legends John Severson and Rick Griffin

Almost as soon as the ancient Polynesian sport of surfing invaded California’s shores in the 20th century, an entire socioeconomic subculture began to spring up around it. The beaches of Southern California became the center of a “surf culture” that hit its high point from the late 1950s through the ‘60s and is still active today. From developing its own…

Matching Wine with Food

 When it comes to food and wine pairing, there are those who match any dish with any wine and those who try to balance the flavors of cuisine with the perfect wine. No matter where you land on the spectrum, here is a full-proof menu I recently prepared for my friends. Food and wine pairing should be lots of fun…

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…

Table for Ten, a Popular Culinary Extravaganza for Food and Wine lovers, Raises Money for Local Charities

Kristin Martin is proud that she is able to help nonprofits through Table for Ten, an event she founded 11 years ago.

It’s Romance Month!

Yes, Valentine's Day is upon us. However you celebrate it, I hope it is with remembering someone very special in your life. We not only recognize our romantic counterparts but also those people in our lives who we love very much–our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and so on. It's pretty expensive buying a card for everyone, but…

A Windy City Candlelight

With a nod to Chicago, thanks to award-winning rock band Chicago and Event Co-Chair Carol Perry's Windy City roots, the 44th Annual Candlelight Concert on the stage of Segerstrom Hall surrounded 460 guests with a star-studded Chicago skyline. Perry's husband and fellow Co-Chair Mark Perry is incoming board chairman.

February 2018 Around Town

 Debut of Book Detailing South Coast Plaza’s 50 Years  South Coast Plaza, a limited-edition art book by Assouline, is a retrospective that celebrates South Coast Plaza’s 50 years and traces the heritage and transformation of the incredible landmark into an unparalleled commercial and cultural icon. The beautiful book details how the Segerstrom family created a world-wide shopping destination from humble…

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…

Incredibly Sweet Indulgences

As we approach Valentine’s week and all things delicious, I am pleased to share with you some of the best homemade sweets available locally. These three entrepreneurs are “best of class” in confections and baking. I know each one of them personally, which makes this extra-sweet.

Enjoy an Island Getaway Here in Your Own Backyard!

Straight from the sandy shores of the Pacific Islands to our own backyard here in Orange County, Irvine Barclay Theatre is bringing an abundance of ‘Aloha’ to SoCal in 2018 with the finest in live Hawaiian music. Performances by Hawaii’s most acclaimed artists, both traditional and contemporary, are a perfect opportunity to experience a mini tropical getaway and a memorable evening…

American Ballet Theatre Honors 
Segerstrom Center’s Judy Morr

ABT honored Segerstrom Center Executive Vice President Judy Morr at its annual Holiday Benefit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Some of ABT’s biggest names, including principal dancers, joined the party and performed. Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie lauded Morr's efforts in "curating a world-renowned international dance program of the highest quality." 

SOKA University of America 13th Annual Peace Gala

"Celebrating the Vision of Peace" was the theme for SOKA's Peace Gala held at the esteemed university in Aliso Viejo. The Voice finalist Chris Mann entertained and NBC4 weather-caster Fritz Coleman was master of ceremonies for the 488 guests. An impressive $806,692 was netted for student scholarships. Photography Robert Rooks

Girl Scouts of Orange County Honor 
Six Extraordinary Women

Local Girl Scout alumnae were honored at the 280-guest Eighth Annual "Celebrate Leadership" event at the Island Hotel. Each honoree was paired with a Girl Scout, who created a custom art piece representative of her mentor's leadership journey. Net proceeds of $275,000 were raised to support scouting. Photography Laurel Hungerford

Court Appointed Special Advocates Holiday 
Luncheon Sets Record Net

Friends of CASA hosted its 22nd Annual Holiday Luncheon for 620 guests at Monarch Beach Resort and netted a record $426,000 for mentoring and advocating for foster care children. The runway fashion show was presented by Intermix, Jimmy Choo and South Coast Plaza. Photography John Watkins

How to Win in any Real Estate Market

We all want to find a deal. As the real estate market continues its historic climb, Newport buyers and sellers wonder whether the time is right for them to make a move. Sellers may be tempted to overprice their property, while buyers may hope to find a bargain based on inaccurate online estimates. Navigating this market successfully takes skill.

A Life Driven by the Passion for Building

Hilton Builders was created from the passion and love of a couple, Patricia and Dan Hilton. Once you meet them, you get to understand the main ingredients for their success. Love and passion for a job well done, unsurpassed attention to detail, professionalism, exquisite taste, and innovation are some of those ingredients.

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.

Busboy to Executive Chef: Kevin Meyer Dishes Up Exceptional Cuisine for a Worthy Cause

Few of us are fortunate enough to have our career destiny manifested at a young age. This is true of Kevin Meyer, the Executive Chef at Tanner's restaurant at the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach.

Panther Pride is Alive and Well!

Well-launched careers, memories and lifelong friendships aren’t the only lasting treasures Chapman alumni come away with when they graduate. Many also find wedded bliss.

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.

“Christmas at The Ritz” Dazzles!

Mona Lee Nesseth and her committee created a dazzling 31st Annual "Christmas at The Ritz" for Women of Chapman and netted nearly $291,000 for support of Chapman University. Snow sprites, toy soldiers, sparkling Christmas trees and Santa himself heralded the season for the 380 guests. Photography Tony Lattimore, Peggy O'Donnell

Let’s Celebrate New Beginnings

January of the New Year has arrived and with it plans for honoring resolutions. I don't know about you, but I don't always find that I follow through with my good intentions. There is one young lady who is very determined to follow through with hers. That person is Huntington Beach resident and star surfer Courtney Conlogue, whose love of the…

Harvesters Net More Than $1 Million 
at 25th Anniversary Benefit

South Coast Plaza, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, hosted the Harvesters 25th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon in a plaza-based pavillon, which drew 450 guests to enjoy the latest fall/winter fashions and a delicious Water Grill-catered lunch. The proceeds provided three million meals for the hungry through Second Harvest Food Bank.

January 2018 Around Town

 Journey Back to a Simpler Time  Tom Stillwell started his own Facebook site in 2010 called “I Grew Up In Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC,” and it now has 14,000 followers. He was recently the featured speaker at the Balboa Island Museum’s Speaker’s Series in collaboration with the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission, and 150 people showed…

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.

I Stand Resolute For 2018!

By now I have flipped the page of my brand new day-timer to January, 2018. Yes, I still use a paper calendar. And, in doing so, I know that three things are going to happen, as they do every year for the past twenty. First, I am going to enjoy a long walk along the Laguna coastline and ponder the…


Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts turns 10 this year, marking a decade as a cultural leader in Orange County and a preeminent training ground for the entertainment industry’s next generation of artists.

On the Road to No. 1

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

Hula, Opera and Organs, Oh My!

This season, Irvine Barclay Theatre is significantly expanding its ArtsReach programming with an especially eclectic menu of unique experiences for lucky participants. From reimagined Americana to traditional Hula, from classical opera to the world’s first and only International Touring Organ, these innovative educational programs connect featured main-stage artists with students of all ages in the most inspiring and transformative ways.…


A tightly packed town with a population of about 600,000, it is wedged between Maryland and Virginia. From its beginnings, it has always rolled out the welcome mat to people from around the country and the world. Because of the influx of energy of this power hub, the world’s capital is one of the most dynamic places on earth.