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The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan. Eventually, its success led to other restaurants opening throughout Asia, Australia and then the U.S.

On Theater: 'Venus' radiates plenty of heat

In producing a play for the stage, one of the most crucial elements is the casting process. Choosing the right actor or actress for a particular character often means the difference between the success or failure of a production.

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

We all met Sunday morning at about 8 o'clock on the front lawn at Dwyer Middle School, where a tree is planted in memory of Robin Samsoe.

Retail Therapy: Join the Block party at Brea

New kid on the block: Brea Mall will host a collaborative Shopping Block party with Refinery29 from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the mall's lower level. Cult favorite shopping website Refinery29 will bring its style into the physical world for a curated fashion experience at the...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

I recently had a delicious dinner at a small Korean restaurant in a mall in Irvine. The restaurant is called Tang 190. The word "tang" means soup, and 190 stands for the ideal temperature for eating Korean soup.

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

I did not know Robin Samsoe personally, but I certainly have gotten to know her in the past few months. After I wrote a column about what happened to her 35 years ago in Huntington Beach, I've had the fortunate opportunity to become friends with her mother, sister and two brothers, along with...

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

Linda Purl has come a long, long way since she played Fonzie's girlfriend on TV's "Happy Days" in the 1970s. Check out "The Year of Magical Thinking" at the Laguna Playhouse to see just how far.

Reader Report: 13-year-old completes three half-marathons in eight months

Reader Report: 13-year-old completes three half-marathons in eight months

I did it! I finished the Long Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, completing a goal that took almost a year to achieve — and I'm only 13 years old.

Retail Therapy: Check your health at Hoag

Healthy dose of wisdom: Hoag Health Center - Huntington Beach, 19582 Beach Blvd., will hold a free Health and Wellness Fair for seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Residents ages 55 and older will have the chance to receive free flu shots and medical screenings. Skin cancer...

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The bohemian chic Babette's Restaurant first opened in East Hampton on Long Island some 20 years ago and became one of the most popular eateries there. After many years of catering to the trendy islander set, it opened its second location on the West Coast in beautiful Crystal Cove.

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

"Seahawks, please draw your attention to the front of the stadium stands, where some very special guests are joining us for homecoming tonight."

On Theater: NTAC, Concordia kick off season

There's a little something for every theatergoer at the Newport Theatre Arts Center this season, beginning with a golden oldie, Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels," now on stage and continuing through Sunday.

All About Food: Dine well, young grasshopper

All About Food: Dine well, young grasshopper

Have you ever feasted on fried grasshoppers, tasted tempting termites or munched on mealworms? Does the very idea sound disgusting or, at best, unappetizing?

Retail Therapy: Cut down on water consumption

Drought intolerant: The Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., will partner with NBC4's Crystal Egger, Vikki Vargas and Fritz Coleman to host a public discussion about how to save water during the regional drought from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11. The first 500 people to...

A Word, Please: Don't forget to send punctuation a card

National Punctuation Day, which took place on Wednesday, turned 10 this year. The brainchild of Northern California education booster Jeff Rubin, the annual event aims to help kids learn about periods, commas, quotation marks and the rest.

On Theater: The beat, and the season, go on

The Costa Mesa Playhouse will be 50 years old in June. I can testify to the authenticity of that observance since I started my 40-year community theater career in that first Costa Mesa production "Send Me No Flowers."

In the Pipeline: Ex-coach makes good on a promise after life-changing injury

In the Pipeline: Ex-coach makes good on a promise after life-changing injury

Barry Waters sits in his easy chair at home. Stacks of get-well cards are piled up in various parts of his comfortable, cozy den. The sound is turned off on the Packers-Bears game; the only steady noise is the calming flow of water from the nearby swimming pool just outside the open doors.

On Theater: 'Beat' earns its foot-tapping

On Theater: 'Beat' earns its foot-tapping

Recall any decade in American history over the latter half of the 20th century and chances are you'll conjure up some music to go with it. Each decade has its own definitive sound.

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

He's back – a homegrown surfing legend who has spent the past several years living in Costa Rica.

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