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August 6, 2008
Scott’s Seafood in South Coast Plaza is currently holding happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The happy hour is appropriately titled “$ix ‘til Six,” as lounge appetizers and premium specialty martinis cost $6 while bottles of sparkling wine go for $10. On the appetizer menu are selections such as salmon spring rolls, shrimp and scallop ceviche, cheesecake-stuffed beignets and beef empanadas with guajillo....
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By: | September 9, 2005
The Crystal Cove Alliance will hold its third annual Tropical Gala and Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational Art Show & Sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, on the beach at Crystal Cove. The event features great cuisine, a martini bar, and the sights and sounds of a tropical South Seas beach soiree. Coastal plein air paintings created specially for the event will be on sale. A highlight of the event will be a "raise the Martini-flag ceremony."
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October 20, 2003
Marisa O'Neil If you've ever had an eye-popping bar tab, just imagine one for $650. For one drink. The Villa Nova restaurant in Mariner's Mile offers a drink so stiff, some people might need financing just to pay for a sip. The special martini, using cognac from the Napoleonic Age, even showed up last week on a show with Oprah, who could surely afford one. "We actually sold one right after the Oprah show," Villa...
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December 27, 2002
Stop by Sur La Table for great New Year's Eve party items. The selection includes festive red martini glasses, $26.95 for a set of four; a martini spritzer that adds just the right amount of vermouth (1 1/2 teaspoons) for $11.95; tipsy onions and olives, $17.97 for the set; cocktail bar towels embroidered with cocktail motifs, $17.95 for a set of three; an olive-themed martini shaker for $16.95; cocktail bar napkins, a set of 10 for $12.95; a 48-ounce glass martini grande for peanuts and other snacks for $19.95 and a set of six champagne flutes for $34.95.
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April 6, 2000
When The Bungalow opened four years ago in Corona del Mar, it quickly rose to the top of the local social scene, establishing itself as the latest destination for the trendy but fickle cocktail set. On its marquee, the restaurant bills itself as a place for steaks, chops, fish and martinis, and it was perfectly poised to capitalize on the revival of the upscale steakhouse and martini bars. Of course four years is an eternity when you're at the top, and the trendy cocktailers have long since moved on to the latest "in" spot.
NEWS
July 7, 2001
The Westin Hotel at South Coast Plaza recently hosted a special car show billed as "Concours de Nice." The presentation attracted hundreds of local car enthusiasts examining and envying 80 spectacular entrants in the show. Sponsored by Megurier's Auto Polish and produced by the Cobra Owner's Club of Orange County, the show was chaired by Richard Munroe and Norm Jesch. Across town, there were no classic cars but an incredible contingent of young Orange County professionals who volunteer for the Alzheimer's Assn.
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February 4, 2004
Deirdre Newman While the 1901 Newport Blvd. condominium project has shaken up the city with a lawsuit and possible referendum, a new nightclub set to open next week at the same address is poised to stir up the downtown nightlife. Martinis, shaken and stirred, are the main theme of the swanky Vegas nightclub, which is anticipated to open in the basement of the Spanish mission-style building on Feb. 13, pending final inspections. When Vegas opens its doors, owner James Raven foresees the light-hearted attitude of the Rat Pack-era infusing the environment with a long-lost sense of optimism.
NEWS
November 9, 2003
TONY DODERO I'd like to start off with a heartfelt thanks to all of you readers who sent me congratulations on the birth of my third child, Nathan Antonio Edward Dodero. Little Nate, as we call him, is a healthy young boy and already thinking of ways to torment his two older sisters I'm sure. So after nearly three weeks off, a period of time in which it seemed the entire state of California was engulfed in wildfires, it's good to be back here in the newsroom.
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By Susanne Perez and John Depko | March 11, 2010
Johnny Depp may have slid down the rabbit hole one too many times with his partner in mime, director Tim Burton. For in this fractured “Alice in Wonderland,” Depp’s Mad Hatter has become its dark star, a scary mix of Sweeney Todd with Carrot Top, and we are none the better for it. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is a bland but still blond 19 when she makes a return visit to fantasyland, although she doesn’t remember the first one. Perhaps it’s because she’s now in “Underland,” a burned-out, creepy place that’s as far removed from the 1951 Disney utopia as you could imagine, where eyeballs are speared like martini olives.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | October 8, 2008
I had a couple of short nights this week. I always like it when the Angels are playing in the East because it reaches here in late afternoon and I can enjoy the game with my evening martini and get to bed at a decent hour. Admittedly, dinner is sometimes delayed a bit (there are hard and fast rules about no television during dinner in this house) but that seems a small price to pay when watching the Angels beat up on any of the eastern teams. Especially the Boston Red Sox. So even though the Angels had lost the first two playoff games to Boston, I was convinced they would buck the odds and turn it around (I have a brick my wife and daughters bought for me at Angel Stadium that says “ever hopeful”)
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By Susanne Perez and John Depko | March 11, 2010
Johnny Depp may have slid down the rabbit hole one too many times with his partner in mime, director Tim Burton. For in this fractured “Alice in Wonderland,” Depp’s Mad Hatter has become its dark star, a scary mix of Sweeney Todd with Carrot Top, and we are none the better for it. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is a bland but still blond 19 when she makes a return visit to fantasyland, although she doesn’t remember the first one. Perhaps it’s because she’s now in “Underland,” a burned-out, creepy place that’s as far removed from the 1951 Disney utopia as you could imagine, where eyeballs are speared like martini olives.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | October 8, 2008
I had a couple of short nights this week. I always like it when the Angels are playing in the East because it reaches here in late afternoon and I can enjoy the game with my evening martini and get to bed at a decent hour. Admittedly, dinner is sometimes delayed a bit (there are hard and fast rules about no television during dinner in this house) but that seems a small price to pay when watching the Angels beat up on any of the eastern teams. Especially the Boston Red Sox. So even though the Angels had lost the first two playoff games to Boston, I was convinced they would buck the odds and turn it around (I have a brick my wife and daughters bought for me at Angel Stadium that says “ever hopeful”)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2008
Scott’s Seafood in South Coast Plaza is currently holding happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The happy hour is appropriately titled “$ix ‘til Six,” as lounge appetizers and premium specialty martinis cost $6 while bottles of sparkling wine go for $10. On the appetizer menu are selections such as salmon spring rolls, shrimp and scallop ceviche, cheesecake-stuffed beignets and beef empanadas with guajillo....
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2007
Where: 3 Thirty 3 What's in it: Espresso is brewed, set aside to cool at room temperature and then chilled overnight. It is then mixed with Ketel One Vodka and Kahlua and then poured into a chilled martini glass. It is decorated with homemade semi-sweet whipped cream Cost: $11 Why you should order it: Created by Nick Quiroz, bar manager, it is the club's signature drink. Shaken, not stirred, the club makes 30 to 40 of them a day. "This is like a dessert drink," said bartender Erica Gallogly.
NEWS
March 28, 2007
Beloved wife and mother, Dorothy L. Martini, of Newport Beach, passed away at age 89 on March 10, 2007. Known for her devotion to her family, Dorothy was a vibrant, determined, outgoing, hardworking, kindhearted woman with a sweet and giving nature, She had a wide range of interests and a strong intellectual curiosity, which she satisfied through the pages of a multitude of books, newspapers and magazines. In the Southern tradition, she was a grand storyteller, weaving tales of her early years on the Lilamack cotton plantation in Louisiana, where her father worked as a foreman, and she and her older brother, I. D., and her younger sisters Ora Mae and Annie Marie played on the banks of (and in the waters of)
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By TOM JOHNSON | December 15, 2006
My friend, "carpeteer" or "rugatuer," Brett Hemphill, invited me out to opening night of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Boat Parade. For beauty and the true Newport Beach holiday spirit, it doesn't get much better than that. So I said yes. My thoughts had me sitting on the deck of perhaps a new McKenna yacht, feet up, sipping champagne and enjoying exotic appetizers. Who knows, maybe even an occasional wave to the many parade onlookers. I even practiced my parade wave.
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By S.J. CAHN | July 27, 2006
The Tuesday morning event at the Orange County Performing Arts Center that teased the big Sept. 15 opening of the new Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall should have been flooded with city council members and anyone who wants to join their ranks. But I didn't see one. That doesn't mean they weren't there (although I did keep my eyes out), but it does mean they weren't exactly working the room. Now, the fine and fashionable (perhaps to steal a phrase from B.W. Cook, who I anticipate will be covering the center event)
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By B.W. COOK | March 4, 2006
February was "heart healthy" month for women across America, with Valentine's Day offering a natural way for the American Heart Assn. to bring attention to the seriousness of heart disease in women. At the Paul Mitchell salon in Costa Mesa, 60 people dyed their head red to bring attention to the cause, and a major luncheon was held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. The ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort was filled to capacity, with some 500 donors gathering to hear the latest medical information on women and heart disease.
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By: | September 9, 2005
The Crystal Cove Alliance will hold its third annual Tropical Gala and Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational Art Show & Sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, on the beach at Crystal Cove. The event features great cuisine, a martini bar, and the sights and sounds of a tropical South Seas beach soiree. Coastal plein air paintings created specially for the event will be on sale. A highlight of the event will be a "raise the Martini-flag ceremony."
NEWS
February 4, 2004
Deirdre Newman While the 1901 Newport Blvd. condominium project has shaken up the city with a lawsuit and possible referendum, a new nightclub set to open next week at the same address is poised to stir up the downtown nightlife. Martinis, shaken and stirred, are the main theme of the swanky Vegas nightclub, which is anticipated to open in the basement of the Spanish mission-style building on Feb. 13, pending final inspections. When Vegas opens its doors, owner James Raven foresees the light-hearted attitude of the Rat Pack-era infusing the environment with a long-lost sense of optimism.
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