Archive for May, 2017

In Defense of the Beer Festival

Posted by melissa kandel on May 31, 2017 in beer, craft beer, drink, Newport Beach | No Comments

I can think of a whole lot of reasons why one would attend a beer festival, and not all of them include beer.  For example: If you’re about that gourmet, one-of-a-kind fusion food truck life, then cool, come on down and have yourself a Hawaiian pizza burrito. If you want to listen to cover bands […]

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Brunch Boys’ Founder Jeremy Jacobowitz Heats Up the Foodie World

Posted by melissa kandel on May 27, 2017 in food, Interview, New York City | 1 Comment

When you get right down to it, there are really only two kinds of people in this world: those who brunch and those who do not. I don’t mean to generalize here but generally, Non-Brunchers are pretty easy to spot in a crowd. They’re the ones who take 17 different spin classes before noon on a […]

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Taco Tuesday at El Mercado Modern Cuisine is a Game Changer

Posted by melissa kandel on May 25, 2017 in food, Orange County | No Comments

The day: Tuesday. The time: 8 p.m. (ish). The mission: Tacos. We stepped out of our Uber and arrived at an empty parking lot in downtown Santa Ana. To our immediate left, bright street art, painted with neon abandon along one side of a stout, brick building. Strings of street lights twinkled up the otherwise dark corner, a […]

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Good Vibes Monday: Because Positivity Rules

Posted by melissa kandel on May 16, 2017 in good vibes, Personal | 4 Comments

Each weekday morning I follow pretty much the same routine: Wake up around 6:30, make coffee, add goat’s milk (don’t ask), eat breakfast, put on pants and walk my little dog, Austin, along the shoreline of a mostly empty Newport Beach. I live about three houses from the sand, on a street that flits with […]

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Vinemark Cellars: For the Love of Wine

Posted by melissa kandel on May 14, 2017 in wine | 6 Comments

I’ve long thought that if you’re going to attend a wine festival wearing a shirt that says “Fifty Shades of Grape” then yes, of course I’d want to ask you questions about your wine. (And also how you got to be so awesome and also if the shirt comes in my size.) This very scenario came […]

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EB Winery: From Backyard Hobby to Boutique Brand

Posted by melissa kandel on May 4, 2017 in drink, Interview, wine | No Comments

I saw the brochure before I sipped the wine. It was a thin and narrow thing, glossy, with a dark, black background and it sat inconspicuously on the edge of the EB Winery booth at the California Wine Festival in Dana Point, CA. A few words, printed with clean font along the bottom-left corner, read: “Follow our dream […]

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