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The Gossiping Gourmet: Cuisine is A-OK at TLT Food

The Gossiping Gourmet: Cuisine is A-OK at TLT Food

The great-grandfather of the food truck was probably the chuck wagon, and many moons later, we had the traveling food trucks that primarily served hot dogs, burgers and fries.

Retail Therapy: A gem of a deal at Ruby's

Shooby-dooby down: Ruby's Dinette, 428 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, will celebrate the company's 32nd anniversary by selling a classic RubyBurger for 32 cents from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Guests also will receive a return incentive. The RubyBurger promotion does not include cheese,...

In the Pipeline: Local surf icon helps make boat parade a rockin' good time

In the Pipeline: Local surf icon helps make boat parade a rockin' good time

I was particularly excited to receive an invitation from my friend Andrea Roberson to watch the boat parade Saturday from her father's home on the water in Huntington Harbour. For one, Andrea is splendid company, and second, her dad is World War II flying ace Dave Hanst. I wrote about him in this...

On Theater: 'Carnage' was god in 2014

This is the second of three columns reviewing local theater in 2014.

In the Pipeline: Youth shelter needs our help

In the Pipeline: Youth shelter needs our help

I know many of you attended the snowflake lighting at the Light a Light of Love on Sunday evening near the pier.

Retail Therapy: An action-packed time for shopping

This is the big weekend to stock up on gifts for the MMA/action sports enthusiast in your life.

All About Food: More wisdom from the kitchen master

I received quite a bit of feedback on my tips column about three months ago ("All About Food: Tips from a kitchen master," Sept. 4), and since people seem to want more, I'm happy to oblige. I always pick up a few new ideas in the process. If you have any favorites that you would like to share,...

On Theater: 'Christmas Carol' thrives at 35

Dozens of actors over the years have taken on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in dramatizations of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," among them Alistair Sim, Reginald Owen, George C. Scott, Henry Winkler, Bill Murray, Donald Duck and Mr. Magoo.

The Gossiping Gourmet: You'll want more at Hamamori

The Gossiping Gourmet: You'll want more at Hamamori

I had the great pleasure of dining as the guest of a friend at Hamamori, the wonderful Japanese restaurant on the third floor of the satellite building across the bridge at South Coast Plaza.

Retail Therapy: A discount for a donation

Bag a good deal: Brixton, VonZipper, Dakine, Mint Clothing and Kovey have joined forces for a holiday sample sale and canned-food drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1638 Babcock St., Costa Mesa. Various discounts and giveaways are scheduled for those who bring canned...

In the Pipeline: Surfer dudes to punk rockers

In the Pipeline: Surfer dudes to punk rockers

Being a part of the plaque dedication this week at the former site of the Golden Bear on PCH near Main in Huntington Beach was something I will not soon forget. Hearing all the stories about legends from Janis Joplin to Linda Ronstadt to Steve Martin to Van Halen was as riveting as ever, as was...

Around Town: Classic cars to parade at Huntington Harbour

The 27th annual Huntington Harbour Christmas Classic Car Parade will bring more than 70 new and vintage Bentleys, Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, Maseratis, hot rods and more to the waterfront on Saturday to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County and the Huntington Beach Philharmonic Society.

On Theater: 'Zealot,' 'Buddy' top 2014 offerings

This is the first in a series of three columns reviewing 2014 in local theater.

In the Pipeline: Surviving WWII to grow a new life

In the Pipeline: Surviving WWII to grow a new life

Last week I wrote about Bud Guillot, an Army Air Forces veteran who had been shot down over Berlin in April 1944, was captured by the Germans and spent a harrowing 13 months at the infamous Nazi prison camp Stalag 17B.

Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a cold sweat, never fear. Websites like bfads.net have done all the work for you, leaving you with a searchable database of offers....

A Word, Please: Some definitions provide options

Sometimes it seems like grammar is all darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't propositions. If you say "Who are you visiting tomorrow?" some people will look down on you for not using "whom." But if you use "whom," others will think you're out of touch (at best).

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen.

On Theater: No smoke, but plenty of steam in 'Anna'

Simmering passions boil and bubble underneath the ennui of the manufacturing of Cuban cigars at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Anna in the Tropics" has taken up residence.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

Chef Ali Kihanmahd has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, including 15 spent in top Italian restaurants in New York, and he is now demonstrating his many talents in a charming little restaurant in Costa Mesa called Al Forno Caffe.

Retail Therapy: Hello Kitty, hello holidays

As we enter the holiday warehouse sale season, heed a few tips: Many clothing sales don't offer dressing rooms, so ladies are reminded to wear layers like leggings and tank tops to make it easy to quickly try on garments. Leave the large bags at home, and never wear clothing by the label whose...

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