Greer's OC: Taste of Newport returns Friday

September 11, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Newport's premiere food and entertainment festival, the Taste of Newport, celebrates 24 years at Fashion Island from Friday through Sunday.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the three-day party, where they will sample culinary delights from more than 35 local restaurants as well as wines, cocktails and handcrafted beers.

Bands will perform throughout the event. This year's main acts include Andy Grammer on Friday night, Blondie and Devo on Saturday, and Roger Hodgson, from Supertramp, on Sunday.


An earlier version of this column had Roger Hodgson's last name spelled incorrectly.

Sample cuisines range from casual to fine dining choices. A partial list includes Catalina's Avalon Grille, Casey's Cupcakes, Clay Oven Indian Cuisine, Fit Foods 4 Life, Le Pain Quotidien, Marukome USA Inc., Pizzeria Mozza and Tamarind of London.

General admission tickets at the gate cost $25. A limited number of VIP concert tickets are also available. More information is at

Taste of Newport is from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Fashion Island, 600 Newport Center Drive. For more information, call (949) 729-4400.


Topshop line now at local Nordstrom stores

The favorite British fashion-fix line, Topshop, just launched at Nordstrom in South Coast Plaza, and Topshop and Topman is at Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum Center.

On Saturday, both Nordstrom stores will be celebrating Topshop's cutting-edge styles at affordable prices with fashion and styling events.

During the event, shop from limited edition apparel, let stylists help you find great looks, get a sneak peek of Topshop's makeup line arriving later this year, and receive exclusive nail polish, lip gloss or a leather belt as a gift with purchase of $100 or more.

Nordstrom South Coast Plaza is at 3333 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 549-8300. Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum Center is at 101 Fortune Drive in Irvine, (949) 255-2800.


Work out and look stylish

On the hunt for stylish and figure-flattering workout wear? Look no further than the new Lorna Jane boutique at Bella Terra shopping center in Huntington Beach. The popular brand from Australia, worn by celebrities like Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Vanessa Hudgens, is a great source of fashion-forward activewear. The clothes have high-tech fabrics in chic colors designed to resist shrinking and fading, and wick moisture and dry quickly, all inspired by runway trends.

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