Archive for September, 2017

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is Next Archie Comics Character on TV

Posted by melissa kandel on September 28, 2017 in Television | No Comments

The last I recall, Archie Comics weren’t cool. I used to receive a stack of them from a since-departed comic store every Tuesday afternoon I spent at sleep away camp, a conspicuous package colored light brown and labeled simply: “books.”

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival 2017: What to Expect

Posted by melissa kandel on September 28, 2017 in Newport Beach | 3 Comments

In case you were wondering, the dinner at Nobu with Chef Nobu is sold out. (Is anyone surprised?) Luckily, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, which graces that grassy spot between the Newport Beach Civic Center and its modern-chic library, has dozens of events happening all weekend. I was lucky enough to attend as […]

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Sick Soup Cures All

Posted by melissa kandel on September 26, 2017 in food | No Comments

In case you’ve been wondering about the radio silence from me, I currently have the flu. Aches, fever, chills, gang’s all here! Anyway, I posted last flu season about an amazing soup I make whenever I’m feeling sick (or just feeling like I need something healthy and hearty) so I’m reposting it again in case […]

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7-Eleven is the New Farmer’s Market (Maybe)

Posted by melissa kandel on September 21, 2017 in food | No Comments

When I imagine 7-Eleven, my thoughts do not immediately go to chef-inspired, locally sourced meals but maybe one day they will. For now, a bouquet of stale energy bars, a Technicolor assortment of Gatorade bottles standing idly behind fogged-up freezer doors, and half-filled carousels spinning with hot dogs more accurately flutter around in my mind. […]

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Bon Appétit Thinks Millennials Spend $96 Billion on Food (And They’re Probably Right)

Posted by melissa kandel on September 19, 2017 in comedy | No Comments

We’ve all had those nights when our eyelids droop heavily, fingers sluggish across backlit keyboards and yet, work must get done, we must say awake. Except for most of us, these wakeful nights don’t include 2.9 million people ready to meme our very next word. Such was the fate of one sleep-deprived Bon Appétit editor […]

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Isabel Allende Is a Creative Storytelling Master

Posted by melissa kandel on September 18, 2017 in creativity | No Comments

If Isabel Allende was applying for the job of world’s most popular Spanish-language author, she’d totally crush it. Because let’s be real … she probably is. The Chilean-American writer, best known for penning The House of Spirits (La Casa de los Espíritus) and City of the Beasts (La Ciudad de las Bestias), among countless other mega-bestsellers, has a literary resume […]

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You Might Not Know This About Surf Competitions …

Posted by melissa kandel on September 7, 2017 in surfing | No Comments

The casual observer of surf competitions might think they reflect the same “anything goes,” attitude of the surfers who compete among them. Let the ocean do as she’ll do and assess the wave-riders on their ability to navigate her capriciousness, right? Wrong.

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My Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted by melissa kandel on September 7, 2017 in Recipes | 4 Comments

Back when I lived in New York, there was a particular chocolate chip cookie recipe that was asked for at every birthday party and half-birthday party and fake birthday party there ever was. The recipe had been mine alone, as everyone knew, and “Melissa’s Cookies” were perfected over years of burned cookie edges, too-melted chocolate […]

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Catalina In Progress

Posted by melissa kandel on September 5, 2017 in travel | 2 Comments

Currently making my way through Catalina Island, navigating the unexpected crowds, eating too-salty halibut, experiencing vistas of aquamarine waters broken by small pebbles along the shore. The beaches, as I’ve seen them, are small slivers of sand, hardly wide enough for lounging but people here seem to do it anyway, packed in like sardines broiling […]

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True Detective Season 3 Plot Revealed

Posted by melissa kandel on September 2, 2017 in Television | No Comments

After a stunningly macabre Season 1 and less-than-stellar Season 2, here’s hoping Season 3 of True Detective brings the grit. HBO officially green-lit the season last week, which stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). Jeremy Saulnier (The Green Room) will direct, alongside True Detective writer, Nic Pizzolatto, who came under fire and then was vindicated […]

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