Posts Tagged ‘nikon’

I’m Back

Posted by melissa kandel on October 26, 2017 in Personal | No Comments

Hello, friends. I apologize for the hiatus. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. You listen to your breathing like the yogi you sometimes pretend to be, take walks on the beach in the light of a waning sun. You read good books, you read bad books, you watch cheesy Hallmark holiday movies, […]

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Here’s What You Missed at the 2017 Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Posted by melissa kandel on October 13, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

It’s not every day you stand on the lawn outside your local library and next to you, dressed casually in a pastel collared shirt and beige slacks, is Hubert Keller, James Beard Foundation winner and chef extraordinaire. He’s laughing about a joke you couldn’t hear. What does Hubert find so funny? You only call him Hubert […]

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Huntington Beach Airshow 2017

Posted by melissa kandel on October 1, 2017 in Huntington Beach | 7 Comments

Hi everyone. Just checking in during what has turned out to be a very busy weekend. I’m off to cover the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival soon but I wanted to share some photos from yesterday. I sat at the Newport Beach Dog Beach with Austy and snapped a few photos of the Huntington […]

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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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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 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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Here’s to Those Who Wander

Posted by melissa kandel on July 8, 2017 in Interview, travel | No Comments

“Not all those who wander are lost,” has become something of an overused axiom haphazardly slapped across Instagram memes and Twitter profiles, deployed by some as an excuse to pursue absentmindedness and misdirection. For others, the phrase— plucked from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famed The Lord of the Rings poem, “All That is Gold Does not Glitter”—is a […]

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OC Weekly’s Summer Fest in Words and Pictures

Posted by melissa kandel on June 28, 2017 in drink, food, Newport Beach, Photography | 2 Comments

If you ever want to make a real splash at a summer-themed food and drink festival, I recommend grabbing your cutest dogs, (preferably ones belonging to you and/or your friends), sticking them in a wagon, adding adorable shirts or handkerchiefs as necessary, and wheeling ’em around the extravaganza while attendees watch with glee. This is […]

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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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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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