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April 22, 2009
The Surfers Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease Surfing Alliance (SALSA) surf contest March 14, created by 17-year-old Edison student Catherine Vasquez, has raised more than $10,000. Vasquez said income from the competition is being used to fund ALS patient service programs and national cure and treatment research. Professional surfers Holly Beck, Timmy Turner, and Robert August also showed up at the competition. Event T-shirts in size large and extra large are still available for $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting the ALS Orange County chapter.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | August 30, 2007
First dates are always unnerving for me. I think it’s that old saying about not getting a second chance to make a first impression. Any initial date for me usually follows the same format: dinner at a moderately priced restaurant. It’s just picking that restaurant that befuddles me — probably not a good quality to have for someone who reviews them for a living. Fortunately I have a standby, a rock-solid place that never lets me down and is almost perfect for a first date.
SPORTS
March 11, 2010
SALSA surfing returns to pier For the second straight year, Catherine Vasquez is putting on her SALSA (Surfers Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease Surfing Alliance) surfing event at the Huntington Beach Pier. Vasquez, 18, said she has two people in her life affected with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Last year, her event raised more than $10,000, all proceeds going to the Orange County chapter of the ALS Assn. Vasquez said she is hoping to have 120 to 150 contestants in this year’s event, slated for March 20. There are divisions for all ages and skill levels and entries can be accepted until March 18. There is a $35 entry fee. “Last year, this was my school project for my senior year at Edison High,” Vasquez said.
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December 30, 2004
John Volo On the day after Christmas, while many folks are busy returning gifts, my family and I will be returning to Wahoo's Fish Taco in downtown Huntington for another awesome lunch. Wahoo's has been a family favorite since 2000, when we started this post-holiday tradition. Wahoo's started out as a place for surfers to score tasty tacos with fresh ingredients. The surfing culture (embraced by Wahoo's) is evidenced by their decor. Surfboards hang from the ceiling, multiple televisions show surf videos, and the walls are plastered with boarding stickers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz and By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 14, 2012
Bienvenidos a Carmelita's, Laguna's newest Mexican restaurant. It replaces the long-gone Vietnamese Cajun restaurant on Broadway with a spiffy new renovation. With its tasteful tile and stonework accents, the remodeled interior might be called modern Mexican. Low lighting from attractive hanging fixtures, a color scheme of brown and beige with ivory-colored studded-leather booths along one wall create a comfortable, upscale atmosphere. A large bar offering tequilas, margaritas and beer dominates one end of the room.
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June 5, 2003
DINING OUT "Drop by and tell us what you think of us," was the invitation from owner Elinor McCoy Lee of Jose McCoy's restaurant on Warner Avenue and Bolsa Chica Street in Huntington Beach. Who could resist an invitation like that or a name that promises the warmth of the Mexican cuisine with the wit of the Irish? Located for 15 years in the old Seacliff shopping center at Yorktown Avenue and Goldenwest Street, owners Elinor and Bob McCoy, moved to the Meadowlark Plaza nine months ago. Both experienced restaurateurs since 1984, they wanted a fresh new place and have created it here.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 5, 2011
Yet another Mexican restaurant rises in the spot where Javier's and Callejon once stood. Asada has been many months in the making with a renovation that had Lagunans peeking through the plastic with great curiosity. Finally unveiled, the space is dominated by a prodigious tequila bar where you can munch on snacks or have a full meal while sampling your beverage of choice. The rest of the dining area is cozily divided into four separate spaces, which keeps the noise level fairly tolerable (the bar scene is something quite different)
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May 26, 2005
John Volo Last Thursday, I received a frantic phone call from my buddy Tony -- his voice trembling with excitement, his words coming rapid fire. Acting as a 911 operator, I was able to calm him down enough to decipher these pertinent facts: Chronic Tacos opened its doors for business two days prior at the corner of 11th & Orange; the new owners had completely gutted and renovated the inside; Tony and his wife Rachelle loved the huge carnitas tacos and the potato tacos; and they had already eaten there three times.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 4, 2010
Two surfer dudes, Matt Baumayr and Rich Howland, in love with Baja and its simple fresh street food, wanted to open a taco stand in Newport Beach and fortuitously partnered with chef Deborah Schneider, a James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, and the result was SOL Cocina, which is a far cry from a taco stand, although they do serve dynamite Baja-style tacos. Taking over the space vacated by Mama Gina’s on East Coast Highway, they have transformed it into a contemporary Mexican eatery, more Mexico City than Baja Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | January 29, 2014
I have been a big fan of chef Deborah Schneider ever since she opened the wonderful Sol Cocina in Newport Beach, and have been eagerly awaiting her newest venture in Huntington called Solita Tacos. Located in the newer end of the Bella Terra mall, this is a far cry from the usual taco joint. It is a large attractive space with a central bar and a large patio area. Features include a 7-foot-wide oak-fired Santa Maria-style grill, where the chefs cook whole chickens, among other items.
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By Terry Markowitz | January 29, 2014
I have been a big fan of chef Deborah Schneider ever since she opened the wonderful Sol Cocina in Newport Beach, and have been eagerly awaiting her newest venture in Huntington called Solita Tacos. Located in the newer end of the Bella Terra mall, this is a far cry from the usual taco joint. It is a large attractive space with a central bar and a large patio area. Features include a 7-foot-wide oak-fired Santa Maria-style grill, where the chefs cook whole chickens, among other items.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz and By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | November 14, 2012
Bienvenidos a Carmelita's, Laguna's newest Mexican restaurant. It replaces the long-gone Vietnamese Cajun restaurant on Broadway with a spiffy new renovation. With its tasteful tile and stonework accents, the remodeled interior might be called modern Mexican. Low lighting from attractive hanging fixtures, a color scheme of brown and beige with ivory-colored studded-leather booths along one wall create a comfortable, upscale atmosphere. A large bar offering tequilas, margaritas and beer dominates one end of the room.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 5, 2011
Yet another Mexican restaurant rises in the spot where Javier's and Callejon once stood. Asada has been many months in the making with a renovation that had Lagunans peeking through the plastic with great curiosity. Finally unveiled, the space is dominated by a prodigious tequila bar where you can munch on snacks or have a full meal while sampling your beverage of choice. The rest of the dining area is cozily divided into four separate spaces, which keeps the noise level fairly tolerable (the bar scene is something quite different)
SPORTS
March 11, 2010
SALSA surfing returns to pier For the second straight year, Catherine Vasquez is putting on her SALSA (Surfers Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease Surfing Alliance) surfing event at the Huntington Beach Pier. Vasquez, 18, said she has two people in her life affected with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Last year, her event raised more than $10,000, all proceeds going to the Orange County chapter of the ALS Assn. Vasquez said she is hoping to have 120 to 150 contestants in this year’s event, slated for March 20. There are divisions for all ages and skill levels and entries can be accepted until March 18. There is a $35 entry fee. “Last year, this was my school project for my senior year at Edison High,” Vasquez said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 4, 2010
Two surfer dudes, Matt Baumayr and Rich Howland, in love with Baja and its simple fresh street food, wanted to open a taco stand in Newport Beach and fortuitously partnered with chef Deborah Schneider, a James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, and the result was SOL Cocina, which is a far cry from a taco stand, although they do serve dynamite Baja-style tacos. Taking over the space vacated by Mama Gina’s on East Coast Highway, they have transformed it into a contemporary Mexican eatery, more Mexico City than Baja Beach.
SPORTS
April 22, 2009
The Surfers Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease Surfing Alliance (SALSA) surf contest March 14, created by 17-year-old Edison student Catherine Vasquez, has raised more than $10,000. Vasquez said income from the competition is being used to fund ALS patient service programs and national cure and treatment research. Professional surfers Holly Beck, Timmy Turner, and Robert August also showed up at the competition. Event T-shirts in size large and extra large are still available for $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting the ALS Orange County chapter.
FEATURES
By Rick Fignetti | March 12, 2009
Big news-flash from Oz, from the women’s first event on the Assn. of Surfing Professional’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro. Just where she left off, 21-year-old Australian sensation, world champ Stephanie Gilmore was on fire, making the final and opening up with an amazing 9.57 score. Gilmore surfed super fast, with speed floaters, and multiple slashes and proved to be unstoppable, taking out Hawaiian Melanie Bartels. Bartels made a late run at Gilmore in the final, but came up short, but a great showing for her at the first surf contest of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | August 30, 2007
First dates are always unnerving for me. I think it’s that old saying about not getting a second chance to make a first impression. Any initial date for me usually follows the same format: dinner at a moderately priced restaurant. It’s just picking that restaurant that befuddles me — probably not a good quality to have for someone who reviews them for a living. Fortunately I have a standby, a rock-solid place that never lets me down and is almost perfect for a first date.
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By: John Volo | September 1, 2005
A grueling trip to Yosemite -- punctuated by an overly ambitious, ill-fated attempt to climb the torturously steep Half Dome (what was I thinking?) -- had me longing for the comforts of Huntington Beach. I couldn't stomach another clump of oats and soybeans masquerading as lunch or another sip of warm water from a Camelbak. I needed -- I craved -- zesty tacos and cold cerveza. With that in mind, I headed downtown to reacquaint myself with city life -- an outdoorsman I'm not -- and partake in a trio of Tuesday night taco specials.
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