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WATERTABLE | Huntington Beach

WATERTABLE in Huntington Beach

Dining Behind the Orange Curtain

by Rich Manning

Over the past few years, the Orange County dining scene has experienced an invasion of sorts. A growing number of non-mega-chain restaurants originating in Los Angeles and other major cities have made their way down to OC, bringing with them the promise of innovative food and big city know-how. Yet there’s been one constant amid all the hoopla: While many of these places are good, they often fall short in terms of sheer culinary excitement when compared to homegrown offerings.

What follows is a list of places you may have missed while checking out the OC version of a major metropolitan joint. Some venues still carry that new restaurant smell, while others have been open long enough to leave you out of excuses if you have yet to visit. Check these Orange County restaurants off your “must-visit” list pronto.




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Historic Route 66

on December 07th, 2015
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Will Rogers Highway


Historical synopsis of Route 66.


A look back in time at an old stretch of the Route 66 in Pasadena, Los Angeles.



Mike Bell’s New Vette


Follow us as we document Mike Bell’s journey along the historic Route 66, where he’ll travel cross-country in his brand new Corvette. It all starts in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Stay tuned!



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Petersen Museum Lobby

Petersen Museum Lobby


Car Lovers, Rejoice! The Petersen is Back


Los Angeles’s Petersen Automotive Museum reopened to the public on Monday, December 7, 2015 after a 14-month-long, $90 million renovation. When it originally opened in 1994, Robert E. Petersen said, “This museum is about the role the automobile has played in defining our past and present, as well as shaping our future.” Continue reading “Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens” »

The Ocean Endeavor in Greenland

The Ocean Endeavor in Greenland


By John and Sandra Nowlan


We spotted polar bears on day three: not just one or two but about a dozen of the magnificent snow-white beasts on solo treks along the edge of the treeless tundra.


These sightings came as we sailed far north of the Arctic Circle on a two-week Adventure Canada cruise following the fabled route of the Northwest Passage. It was early September, the ideal time for Arctic cruising, with plenty of sunlight and (usually) lots of open water. Temperatures averaged 5 to 10 degrees above freezing. Continue reading “Cruising the Arctic:  The Northwest Passage and Greenland” »

Saving the Planet at Dinner

on December 03rd, 2015
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The team who prepared the inaugural lunch at the COP21

From left to right: Guillaume Gomez, Yannick Alléno, Frédéric Anton, Nicolas Masse, Alexandre Gauthier, Marc Veyrat, Christelle Brua – Photo courtesy of Guillaume Gomez, chef at the Élysée Palace.


by André Gayot


For the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), some 150 heads of state came to Paris to save the planet and, by the same token, enjoy food. It is compatible. Why would we save the planet if it’s only to survive on boiled potatoes? Yannick Alléno (Ledoyen, Paris), part of the team of France’s top chefs that fed our world moguls during a lunch on the inaugural day, supports the Locavorists.
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Spectre – Movie Review

on November 03rd, 2015
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Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Sam Mendes
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Released by:
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Run Time: 2h 30 min

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James Bond 007 comes face-to-face with a shadowy terrorist organization known as SPECTRE in the 24th installment of the James Bond series. Continue reading “Spectre – Movie Review” »



Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut in The Martian

Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut in The Martian



Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña
Released by: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 2h 24 min
Year: 2015

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By Mar Yvette

What Tom Hanks is to “Cast Away,” Matt Damon is to “The Martian.” Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, the similarities are hard to miss: Both men are left for dead (or rather, assumed dead) after a terrible accident. Both men are isolated for an extreme length of time. Both men must face, accept and then defy their own mortality to evolve into stronger versions of themselves. And both films feature first-rate actors who will be remembered in these roles for years to come.
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How to buy the best SUV

on October 01st, 2015
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2016 GMC Yukon Denali XL

2016 GMC Yukon Denali XL

SUV – AKA Sport Utility Vehicle

by Alain Gayot

The SUV has symbolized many things, from rugged individualism to crass ignorance, from the ideal of suburban family life to gaudy celebrity wealth. But despite their ability to carry cultural baggage as well as literal luggage, SUVs remain a practical choice for many in need of spacious or off-road capable vehicles.

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Avocados are full of healthy fats that lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack

Avocados are full of healthy fats that lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack

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There’s more to avocados than being the stars of guacamole, that ever-popular Mexican dip. Native to northern Mexico and Central America, avocados were consumed by the Aztecs for thousands of years before the Europeans found them upon arrival in the Americas. Continue reading “The Health Benefits of Avocados” »

Leiden, The Netherlands

on September 03rd, 2015
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The Molen de Valk

The Molen de Valk


Gorgeous Leiden and its Top Attractions


By Maxime Landemaine


Located in the Netherlands, Leiden is called Little Amsterdam because of the 17 miles of canals that run through it. Located 12 miles from the Hague and seven miles from the North Sea, tourists are drawn to the city’s cultural landmarks and the beauty of its historic center.

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