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At Last, a Shaved Ice for Adults (You Can Make at Home!)

Why should kids have all the fun with their shaved ice concoctions? One of my fondest childhood memories revolves around walking to a stand that fronted Balboa Bay in Newport Beach, Calif., and ordering an “ice cone.” It was available

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Delighting Diners (and Winers) for Half a Century

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that when I was growing up, the Johnson family-owned Balboa Bakery in Newport Beach, California, provided bread to two of the best local restaurants. Both of those restaurants — the Chart House and the Rusty

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Newport Beach Gets Its Own Wine-Focused Festival

I mentioned in Friday’s blog that I grew up in Orange County, California. Specifically, the Johnson family lived on the Balboa Peninsula, part of the city of Newport Beach. Newport has a deserved reputation as a “ritzy” area, but our

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Should Orange County Be Called ‘The G.C.’?

I grew up in Orange County, California, and not once in all those years did I ever hear my home county referred to as “The O.C.” A popular television series changed all that, however, and the abbreviated nickname has become

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