Posts Tagged ‘beer’

Newport Beach Like a Local

Posted by melissa kandel on August 27, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

I’m not from Southern California. I can’t drop the word “stoked” into casual conversation or explain where the confusing web of freeways might get you if you took the 10 to the 91 to the 73. (Can someone just name these roads and be done with it?) Truth is, I’m just a girl from New York […]

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Lido Bottle Works Does Farm to Table Right

Posted by melissa kandel on June 9, 2017 in beer, craft beer, drink, food, Newport Beach | No Comments

 “5:30.”  “In the morning?” “Yes. And everyone showed up.” I was sitting in the corner booth at Newport Beach’s latest bay-side dining experience, Lido Bottle Works, about to dive into an expertly seared halibut set before me moments before by Executive Chef Joel Harrington. From what I could already tell, the chef commands his kitchen […]

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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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I’m Sick of Beer. Now What?

Posted by melissa kandel on July 11, 2016 in beer, drink, food | 1 Comment

A word from Melissa: This post is written by guest blogger, Lexi Tess. Let’s give a warm, little word studio welcome to Lexi and enjoy her guest post, where she postulates new articulations on the same old lagers and ales …  I’m sick of beer. Now what? Correction: You think you’re sick of beer. Maybe it brings […]

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Ice Cream and Beer: Your New Post-Game of Thrones Diet

Posted by melissa kandel on June 28, 2016 in beer, drink, food | No Comments

With the murder-strewn Game of Thrones season 6 finale now a thing of Sunday night past, we can definitively say winter came (and went), and until season 7 debuts or George R.R. Martin decides to stop writing in his LiveJournal long enough to finish the series, we must search elsewhere for icy inspiration. As luck would […]

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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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Shakespeare: 400 Years Gone, Still Cooler Than Us All

Posted by melissa kandel on April 23, 2016 in art, Fiction, On Writing | No Comments

Hop onto the Google homepage today and you’ll notice it’s looking distinctly … Shakespearean. The artwork commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, “writer, playwright, and one of the most eloquent voices of all time,” wrote Google. Yes, it’s true: Shakespeare and his words were the shining paradigm of English eloquence but did you know he […]

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Brews with Views: The 2016 Newport Beach Beerfest

I hate to be the one to say this but Shakespeare had it wrong: To beer or not to beer—that is the real question. The answer? Let’s have the 2016 Newport Beach Beerfest respond, because it’s happening at Newport Dunes this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Newport Beach Beerfest, an O.C. tradition that brings quality brews beachside each year, will feature more than 150 breweries—many […]

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Posted by melissa kandel on September 21, 2014 in Fiction | 2 Comments

Another white wine, chilled so her fingers ran down the glass to clear away a light layer of frost. How he knew – when she didn’t say – that she only drank Sauvignon Blanc could’ve been a mystery worthy of Premier Private Detective investigation but something about a missing painting or a dangerous message or a knife made for […]

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Posted by melissa kandel on July 12, 2014 in Fiction | No Comments

For as long as he could remember, Cash Silver thought his name unfitting but today – with only a bankrupt bar in Colorado and three dead goldfish to call his own – the thought was stronger than ever before. Cash Silver seemed right for a six-foot-four cowboy with bronzed skin and sweet whiskey breath or for […]

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