St. Augustine. Experience Old World Charm in Our Nation’s Oldest City

Established in 1565, St. Augustine is a paradise for history buffs and arguably the root the nation’s oldest city’s appeal as a popular destination. When my husband, Tim, and I mapped out (pun intended) our plan to visit all 50 states as a family by the time our son (now aged 9) graduates from high […]

Blake Vartanian and the Keller Williams Team

Market experts putting “conscience first, rather than commission” A sleepy farm town with a population of 15,000 before Disneyland moved in in 1955, Anaheim’s packing houses and Orange County’s citrus groves soon gave way to waves of tourism and real estate development. In 1984, Blake Vartanian earned his California Broker license three years after receiving […]

Absolutely Fabulous. Surf City’s Most Unique Gifts & Décor Boutique

Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun […]

Destination Dining: The Ritz Prime Seafood

Paying homage to an icon, this reinvented Newport Beach restaurant offers a new generation of connoisseurs a world-class culinary experience In the months since the new Ritz Prime Seafood opened its doors to a new generation of culinary enthusiasts, much has been written about how this reinvented restaurant stacks up against the iconic Newport Beach […]

Destination Dining @ The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

RAYA and 180blu offer inventive dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and unparalleled, awe-inspiring views Here in South Orange County, we’re pretty lucky to live so close to the coast and have an abundance of wonderful dining destinations to choose from. But for inventive cuisine coupled with awe-inspiring ocean views, there are few establishments that rival RAYA and […]

Preparing for Takeoff Colonel Gregory G. Raths Reports for Congressional Duty

McDonnell’s “masterpiece fighting jet,” the F-4 Phantom, rolled off the production line in December 1960, as a fleet defender built to intercept nuclear foes. Delivered to Miramar Naval Air Station, the jet was eventually bound for nearly four decades of service in the U.S. military.  For a rookie pilot, the F-4 could be a little […]

Accommodation of Distinction: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

As summer approaches and the final weeks of school wind down before the crazy chaos that defines “family vacation” days descend upon our household, my husband and I decided to coordinate a romantic weekend to celebrate (both of our birthdays are in the same month). We were looking for a locale no longer than about […]

enoSTEAK

Delicious dishes, an extensive – and impressive – wine selection and impeccable service defines this signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel The menu at this intimate, contemporary steakhouse highlights “sustainability-focused cuisine” – each grilled-to-perfection, mouthwatering steak comes from prime grass-fed, pasture-raised beef with no growth hormones or antibiotics. The organic produce used to create […]