On September 21, a dragon boat ceremony set to the thumping percussion of taiko drums kicks off the 2013 Asian Pacific Festival of Arts & Music By the Sea, a two-day affair brimming with cross-cultural peace and understanding. Stocked with cultural exhibits, eating contests, and opportunities for horizon broadening, this year's festival theme, “Reflection Through a Shining Community,” honors the rich heritage and many successes of immigrant populations hailing from all Asian countries. While visitors sample delicious cuisine and lend their ears to native music, a number of programs will compete for attention, including fashion shows, a kids' area, a hip-hop dance competition, and muay thai boxing demonstrations.
The captains of Newport Landing Sportfishing are experts at coaxing whales and dolphins to appear for passengers on their whale-watching cruises. While at sea, do your part to help attract these mighty creatures by following these hints:
When the lights flicker on and off at The Gourmet Detective, there's no cause for alarm—it's all just part of the show. The interactive murder mystery dinner theatre injects a three-course meal with whimsical performers who blend comedy and drama into a vintage whodunnit. Each show transports its captive audience to the era of film noir, wrapping them into a dark, twisting narrative scored with live music from a lounge singer. The scene is set as guests mingle with the characters at a pre-show cocktail hour, then step into the seedy restaurant those characters run. When the first players are bumped off at the start of the meal, everyone in the crowd becomes equally gumshoe, witness, and suspect. Throughout the dinner, guests can either sit back and enjoy the show or gather clues by talking with the characters who serve each course between the scenes. The evening culminates in a reveal of the real culprit, as well as the audience's most inaccurate guesses.
Staged on the vibrant streets outside Fashion Island in Newport Beach, the 22nd-annual Taste plays host to more than 20 restaurants and dessert companies, 15 wineries, a blend of flavorful cocktail concoctors, and legendary purveyors of rock, roll, and Grammy-worthy riffs. Stage performances include Gin Blossoms on Friday, Foreigner on Saturday, and Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo closing down the mouthwatering weekend on Sunday. As each day builds toward a rocking conclusion and 12-hour Korean War reenactment, tasters can traverse the tents, sampling everything from sushi to filet mignon to crème brûlée from some of the area's most distinctive eateries such as The Yard House, Ho Sum Bistro, and The Beachcomber Café. On-site self-parking is free, valet parking is available, and bicycling to the event in a bib is possible.
Grilled chicken, shrimp, and filet mignon kebabs lie upon beds of traditional couscous at Marrakesh, a restaurant devoted to introducing diners to authentic Moroccan cuisine. Chefs assemble chicken-stuffed bastilles—a type of filo-dough pot pie covered with powdered sugar and cinnamon—and marinate morsels of lamb in a sweet honey sauce. They also send out Harira, a Moroccan soup, and three traditional Moroccan salads with every prix fixe dinner. Meals draw to a close with pieces of homemade baklava and fragrant glasses of mint tea, which aid digestion and freshen breath more pleasantly than a mouth full of soap.