Archive for the ‘summer’ Category

Vans US Open Days 7 & 8: That Time I Got into VIP

He was tall and lanky with a dark whiff of a beard. If not for the logo emblazoned on his shirt, it would’ve been hard to know he was a beef jerky salesman at all. The woman next to him was upset, and understandably so. Her arms were crossed, brows knit, curly-haired head bowed disapprovingly […]

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Vans U.S. Open Day 6: Final Four Locked In & Ready

The waves tempered off as morning turned to afternoon in Huntington Beach but a three-to-five foot swell was enough for Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competitors to find their rhythm in the water. 

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: Days 1 and 2 with or without Wind

Posted by melissa kandel on August 1, 2017 in Huntington Beach, Sports, summer, surfing | 1 Comment

“Rhythm plays a big part in the surfing game,” said the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing announcer, a reflective wistfulness darkening his ever-spritely tone. The waves had calmed to a soft lull, lake-like and placid. “That’s the flow of the ocean,” he continued. “Some days you got it, some days it’s tough.”

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Pelican Hill on a Summer Sunday

Posted by melissa kandel on July 26, 2017 in Newport Beach, Personal, summer | 3 Comments

Ten minutes deep into a Phantom of the Opera-inspired uphill climb on the elliptical, my phone rings. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have answered but the gym was empty and something about seeing the incoming call flash across my screen just as “Angel of Music” was reaching its soaring crescendo gave me pause. “Hello?” “Hey, what […]

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Summer French Toast for a Light and Easy Morning

Posted by melissa kandel on July 22, 2017 in food, Recipes, summer | 2 Comments

“For Daisy Ree” the bench read, as if there was no one else whose name could find itself etched into the old, snarled wood. June had already breathed in and out of a midsummer in mid-July, the late-night darkness was already glazed with gray dawn. Staying up until the sun rose across the empty beach […]

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Really Weird Ways to Celebrate Summer

Posted by melissa kandel on June 21, 2016 in summer | No Comments

Saturday night in a crowded bar, standing betwixt desiccated beer droppings and sweaty bro-funk, the guy I’d spent 20 minutes talk-shouting to—there’s no other way to converse in a Bon Jovi-blasting pub—grabs my hand, tenderly and with both of his, looks right into my eyes and says, “You’re kind of weird, aren’t you?” Not the best way to […]

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Escape to Big Bear

Posted by melissa kandel on June 14, 2016 in nature, Photography, summer, things to do, travel | No Comments

“And I don’t need one other thing, except my dog.” – Steve Martin, The Jerk The road to Big Bear, CA, for those who have never been, is a tale of paved unexpectation. What begins as a characterless, fifty-three lane freeway—rough estimate—soon turns to a thin, serpentine course that twines ’round swelling, green-pine landscape licked by slow-moving fog and […]

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Sunshine Envy? Make It a Summer-Inspired Movie Night

Posted by melissa kandel on May 28, 2016 in entertainment, Film, summer | No Comments

Excuse me Southern California but do you know you’re … Southern California? That means, as stated in the official Mother Nature’s Guide to SoCal Weekends, you must be ceaselessly sunny on Saturdays and also provide as good or better weather than all states along the Eastern coastline. (How can we possibly maintain our reputation as the “Best Coast” if my New York […]

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