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Surf’s up?

Surf’s up? September 13, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Orange County attracts a lot of surfers. With Huntington’s seven miles of beach and the rest of the coastline dotted with numerous great breaks for all skill levels, there’s a lot of choice an enjoyment available. But with all this choice, how best to discover which surf spot is performing...

Free admission to OCMA over Labor Weekend

September 2, 2010 | Nightlife | Read More
For those who feel they need a calmer, more contemplative Labor Day than the five day DJ marathon offered by Sutra this weekend, then check out what’s going on at the Orange County Museum of Art. Free admission for all comers on the 4th and 5th, with exhibitions including “15 Minutes of Fame:...

Records to be broken at Sutra this Labor Day Weekend

Records to be broken at Sutra this Labor Day Weekend September 2, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Here’s one for the hardcore clubbers among you. The mighty Sutra (Orange County’s best dance club) is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest DJ Endurance Marathon taking place over five days (starting this very day and ending Sunday). There is no guarantee these girls will...

Top Five Hidden Gems

Top Five Hidden Gems July 30, 2010 | Food, Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Orange County is a big place. It’s obvious places to visit – Disneyland and the beach, for example – are large, and, well, obvious. Here are five hidden gems that you can seek out to tap into more of the local (rather than tourist) vibe, and that’ll perhaps show you another side to Orange County...

The Heart Attack Café

July 10, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The OC Fair (located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa) is back in town (July 16 – August 15). Always offering a medley of activities, this year’s sprawling instalment is themed The Beat Goes On and offers an itinerary including rides, exhibits, animals, music, concerts,...

Shacked up at the Laguna Art Museum

Shacked up at the Laguna Art Museum June 30, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The beach/surf shack is a staple of the Southern California coastline. The word “shack” itself conjures up an image of a building mostly comprising driftwood and probably with little more than a hammock by way of interior furnishings. And (as the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach reminds us upon...

$5 in the OC can get you… Nick’s Deli’s Breakfast Burrito

June 10, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Right after the end of the plant nursery on Seal Beach’s Main Street, beneath a wide awning, is Nick’s Deli. Nick’s Breakfast Burrito has long been the hangover cure par excellence for the Seal Beach community and beyond. For $5 (cash only, there is an ATM just down the road) you get two tortillas...

Where to watch the FIFA World Cup in… Santa Ana?

June 1, 2010 | What's New | Read More
As every good English ex-pat knows, Santa Ana’s The Olde Ship (1120 West 17th St, Santa Ana, 714.550.6700) is the best port o’ call when craving a decent pint and pasty. This passing impression of a traditional English public house will also be showing the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, which kicks...

The story of Hobie: an OC original

April 28, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Hobart “Hobie” Alter was the surfboard shaping original who started off a brand name synonymous with Orange County. Mark Christy, president of Laguna Beach Properites which runs Hobie Surf shops in Dana Point and Laguna Beach, takes up the story: Hobie Sport's Mark Christy “‘Hobie’ was...

Newport Beach Film Festival

April 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The Newport Beach Film Festival (April 22 – 29) is opening today with the world premiere of the movie, “Five Star Day”. “Five Star Day”, written and directed by Danny Buday, follows Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet) who, reports the production notes, “has everything going for him. A great job,...