January 25, 2000
Greg Risling NEWPORT BEACH -- Next time someone offers you a glass of Dom Perignon at a party, you might want to ask the year. The host serving you may be a thief. Chris Olsen and Jeff Schroeder's anger is bubbling over after a burglar ran away with four cases of the fine champagne this weekend. The two partners, who own The Wine Gallery on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, can't fathom someone brazenly sneaking into their basement cellar and stealing the store's top-shelf selection.
March 13, 2008
The TerraNova restaurant at the Wyndham Orange County hotel plans to host an Easter champagne brunch March 23. The restaurant, which features an indoor dining room and a patio area, will open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an extensive menu that includes eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, French toast, country-style potatoes, smoked salmon, wild rice primavera and other breakfast and lunch items along with unlimited champagne. Joyce Alvarado, a supervisor for the TerraNova, said the Wyndham had hosted the brunch for several years and always gotten a solid turnout.
December 31, 2002
Deirdre Newman Whether you prefer to party on land or on sea, the Newport-Mesa area offers a plethora of possibilities to ring in the new year. If cruising around the harbor floats your boat, Luxury Yacht Cruises will host a four-hour yacht cruise, complete with a DJ, full-service bar and complimentary champagne toast. The celebration costs $55 per person. The nautical celebration offers "an inexpensive alternative located in close proximity to local residents, avoids having to stand in long lines trying to get in [different places]
December 30, 2010
TODAY Palm Terrace Lounge The Palm Terrace Lounge will host a New Year's Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive. The night will feature bar bites from Chef Bill Bracken, desserts, live entertainment, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Price is $110 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). For more information, call (888) 321-4752. Murder Mystery Dinner Show "The Password is Murder" dinner and show at the Wyndham Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, includes a four-course gourmet meal, champagne toast and professional performers with audience involvement.
February 12, 2000
Gondola Cruise or candlelight dinner and dancing aboard a yacht. Call Adventures at Sea at (888) 4-GONDOLA or (949) 650-2412. Romantic cruise on Hornblower Cruises. Call (949) 646-0155. Valentine's Day brunch or dinner at the Sutton Place Hotel. Sunday brunch is $29 to $39 and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include: international seafood and salad, roasts, breakfast, dessert and champagne. Dinner on Monday will include: four-course meals with everything from Norwegian salmon to filet mignon.
August 27, 2012
I enjoy classic cinema, particularly Hollywood and British fare of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. The other night my wife, Hedy, and I settled down on the couch to watch the 1946 film "Gilda," starring one of the most iconic people of the silver screen: Rita Hayworth. Miss Hayworth has to rank as one of the most elegant and beautiful ladies ever to walk the face of the planet. Oh yeah, actor Glenn Ford and some other notables were also in the film. As the opening credits dissolved into the movie's first scene, Hedy turned to me. "Do you realize that every person in this film is dead?"
January 1, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT-MESA -- Businesses preparing for the worst relaxed Friday morning once the new year dawned on Asia with nary a peep of the dreaded Y2K scare. "Yesterday was a busy day with water purchases, canned good and batteries," Pavilions manager Craig Sahli said of Thursday preparations. "It doesn't seem as busy today now that New Year's hit Australia and Japan." Still, Sahli said, he'd be back on the first day of the new tear "to make sure everything is still in place."
December 26, 2002
Kathy Mader I don't know about you, but New Year's Eve is my time to let somebody else do the work. All that cooking, cleaning ... my mom is laughing pretty hard right now, but you know what I mean. I have also found that New Year's Eve can be a bit, shall we say, overrated. The expectations are high, reality can be a little hard hitting. Thankfully, there are quite a few restaurants in town that would love to help you out, whatever your plans might be. For those of you who still love to put bells on and hit the town, the restaurants on the bay offer serious atmosphere, as well as serious partying.
December 29, 2007
What to do, what to do; it’s the same story every year, no? What to do on New Year’s Eve? Not to worry. We have gathered every last possibility for you, all in one, utterly meaningless place. Don’t thank me. It’s my job. Basically, you have four choices. Option one: Stay home and lay around like a sloth watching reruns of “Law & Order,” slowly slipping into unconsciousness then coming to just long enough to crawl into bed with midnight still 2 1/2 hours away.