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By Beau Nicolette | December 10, 2013
With a half moon lighting the calm surf, Joseph Ali figured he would go lobster hunting Monday night at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier. After more than an hour free-diving through the barnacle-covered pilings, the Huntington Beach resident came to the surface hugging a nearly 18-pound monster "bug. " "It's the biggest lobster I've caught in my life," he said of the spiny crustacean. For Ali, 27, whose parents own Zack's Pier Plaza, going out alone in the 53-degree water to hunt among the pilings did not warrant a second thought.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | August 23, 2007
The city of Huntington Beach has considered closing part of Main Street for years to increase foot traffic. The sidewalks on Main are a flurry of activity, with a mix of surfers, bar hoppers, shoppers and tourists. Closing Main Street would only enhance the atmosphere. Until that happens, a great place to people-watch is at an outdoor table at Sharkeez. The Mexican Cantina is part of a row of restaurants that has outdoor seating, and getting one of the coveted tables outside is certainly a treat.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | January 31, 2008
When cousins Jeff and Sam began King’s Seafood they decided to focus on quality. Their philosophy has served the company well. King’s Fish House is a commercial venture by the brothers to bring more seafood facilities to the masses. The quality, however, is the same as the high-end restaurants in their portfolio because it is all purchased through its main seafood company. The inside is inviting and warm, nicely decorated in rich woods and quality furniture. The staff is sincere and pleasant.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
John Volo It was a newspaper advertisement that drew me to the Rico Cafe, which specializes in South American and Chilean cuisine. The mention of Spanish paella, pastas, beef and lobster empanadas, homemade desserts and Chilean wine proved too enticing. So, on a recent Saturday evening, we ventured over to the Rico Cafe for dinner, accompanied by our friends Sean and Alison. Rico Cafe is tucked away in an incognito strip mall near the corner of Bushard and Hamilton.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | December 23, 2013
Shop early: Tip: The Container Store at South Coast Metro probably will begin its annual floor sample sale on Elfa closet shelving and storage beginning Christmas Eve. Floor samples go quickly, so head over soon for the best selection. Information: containerstore.com . Clean up deals: Post-holiday deals will be available beginning Thursday at most retailers. IKEA Costa Mesa, 1475 South Coast Drive, will be offering special one-day deals until the end of the year. Thursday, black folding chairs will be $4.99, regularly $12.99.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 23, 2014
I thought it was time to check out the Cannery restaurant because it has a new chef, Nick Weber, and a new menu. The original building was an actual fish cannery beginning in 1921. In 1973, it was remodeled as a restaurant and sold in 1999 to current owner Ron Salisbury. Much of the interior still retains the factory look, but now it is a very attractive factory, painted in pale gray and white, with soft lighting and a wall of windows overlooking water in Newport Beach. Guests can dine on the nice deck patio while watching the constant parade of boats.
NEWS
January 13, 2000
Alex Coolman The wheels of Tom Pearson's skateboard are clicking along the wooden planks of the dock in the quiet of the early morning. He has got two cardboard boxes of frozen mackerel stacked on the board, and he's skating them down to the water's edge, where his boat Harvest is moored. Pearson gives a few pushes for speed and hops on top of the frozen fish, coasting along like a kid. The light from the sun is only beginning to break through the haze as he dumps the mackerel bricks in his hold, kicks Harvest's engine into life and cruises past the black rock jetties of the Dana Point Harbor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | May 29, 2013
Over the years, I have found that the best dining in Huntington Beach is often in strip malls away from the center of town: small, chef-owned, ethnic places that have great food at modest prices. However, when I was searching for a place to review there, I discovered that Spark Woodfire Grill was voted the best restaurant in Huntington Beach by the Orange County Restaurant Assn. Of course, that recommendation meant we had to give it a try. Located high (one story) above Coast Highway in the heart of the downtown just off the main drag, it has an expansive view of the ocean through the tops of the palm trees, and its loftier location keeps you from having to watch the sea through the busy traffic, both of cars and beachgoers below.
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By Terry Markowitz | April 23, 2014
I thought it was time to check out the Cannery restaurant because it has a new chef, Nick Weber, and a new menu. The original building was an actual fish cannery beginning in 1921. In 1973, it was remodeled as a restaurant and sold in 1999 to current owner Ron Salisbury. Much of the interior still retains the factory look, but now it is a very attractive factory, painted in pale gray and white, with soft lighting and a wall of windows overlooking water in Newport Beach. Guests can dine on the nice deck patio while watching the constant parade of boats.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | December 23, 2013
Shop early: Tip: The Container Store at South Coast Metro probably will begin its annual floor sample sale on Elfa closet shelving and storage beginning Christmas Eve. Floor samples go quickly, so head over soon for the best selection. Information: containerstore.com . Clean up deals: Post-holiday deals will be available beginning Thursday at most retailers. IKEA Costa Mesa, 1475 South Coast Drive, will be offering special one-day deals until the end of the year. Thursday, black folding chairs will be $4.99, regularly $12.99.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | December 10, 2013
With a half moon lighting the calm surf, Joseph Ali figured he would go lobster hunting Monday night at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier. After more than an hour free-diving through the barnacle-covered pilings, the Huntington Beach resident came to the surface hugging a nearly 18-pound monster "bug. " "It's the biggest lobster I've caught in my life," he said of the spiny crustacean. For Ali, 27, whose parents own Zack's Pier Plaza, going out alone in the 53-degree water to hunt among the pilings did not warrant a second thought.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | September 25, 2013
For many years, whenever my husband and I were in San Francisco visiting friends, we always loved to drive up to Larkspur for lunch or dinner at Bradley Ogden's Lark Creek Inn. So we have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Lark Creek in Fashion Island. The owners have done a beautiful job of remodeling the old Daily Grill space, adding a large outdoor patio and lounge and updating the interior with a very contemporary feel: dark taupe walls, lots of wood, oversized light fixtures and a beautiful mosaic tile wall at the rear.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | May 29, 2013
Over the years, I have found that the best dining in Huntington Beach is often in strip malls away from the center of town: small, chef-owned, ethnic places that have great food at modest prices. However, when I was searching for a place to review there, I discovered that Spark Woodfire Grill was voted the best restaurant in Huntington Beach by the Orange County Restaurant Assn. Of course, that recommendation meant we had to give it a try. Located high (one story) above Coast Highway in the heart of the downtown just off the main drag, it has an expansive view of the ocean through the tops of the palm trees, and its loftier location keeps you from having to watch the sea through the busy traffic, both of cars and beachgoers below.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 17, 2010
Tommy Bahama's maxim is, "Life is one long weekend. " Only a fictional character could adopt this as a motto these days, but the folks behind this brand would like to make it a reality … at least when you spend a little time with them, shopping and dining. Their latest endeavor, in Laguna, is offering a more "beachy" approach to the "Bahama" experience. Rather than the faux tropical paradise vibe, they are trying to capture historic Laguna in a casual cafĂ©/bistro rather than a fine dining establishment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | July 30, 2009
Many may think the Longboard Restaurant and Pub is more pub than restaurant. Libations are a focal point, and it takes its place among the many Main Street locations as a place to party. But in the back, past the bustling bar scene inside, where there is usually more drinking than eating, is a far more relaxing area to dine, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. The restaurant is marking its 19th year, but the building it occupies is much older. The oldest remaining building in Huntington Beach — it was constructed in 1904 — it began as a fuel and feed store and has been a Japanese grocery store, music company, Army/Navy store and Christian meeting room.
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