Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve - avoid DUI: alternatives to driving drunk

Still can't figure out who's going to be the designated driver this New Year's Eve?
Southern Californians have several options for getting around New Year's Eve when bus and light rail lines offer all-night service.
Orange County Transportation Authority buses will run all night four of its most heavily used routes. To Read the full story from the Orange County Register, go HERE.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Huntington Beach in the Rose Parade - excitement growing

The Orange County Register

The rush is on. Today begins the final push toward the 120th Tournament of Roses parade, which will feature floats from three Orange County cities – Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo.
There's been no shortage of enthusiasm from O.C. residents who want to help their cities show off in the parade, which just happens to be watched by an estimated 40 million Americans on New Year's Day.
Hundreds of people from local community groups and families who just want to help out have volunteered to attach seaweed, carnations, tulips and, of course, roses to the floats' bare metal frames. Volunteer shifts for each city filled up weeks ago. Read the rest of the story HERE.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tips for having a "green" Christmas: both eco-friendly and money wise

A "green" Christmas can be good for your wallet as well as the Earth, according to environmentalists who advocate doing more with less. "We're suggesting cutting back 20 percent. Twenty percent in gifts, 20 percent in greeting cards, 20 percent in gift wrap, 20 percent in miles traveled," says Peter Sander, co-author of Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season. The result would be a trimmer holiday budget.
Read the full story here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Did you know the Huntington Beach Independent is "green"?

What is green and black all over? The HB Independent with help from its parent company, The Los Angeles Times. They are an industry leader in recycling. In fact, the Los Angeles Times has won several honors including a national Environment and Conservation Challenge Award for its recycling efforts and other programs.According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, The Times is the largest user of recycled newsprint. More than 70% - about 216, 360 metric tons – of all newsprint used by the Times contained a recycled fiber content of at least 40%. They were the first U.S. daily newspaper in 1992 to transition entirely from petroleum based black ink to water soluble soy based ink. The soy based ink is highly resistant to rub-off; it significantly reduces the airborne release of volatile organic compounds and the issues that arise from recycling newspapers that are printed with petroleum-based ink. Almost all of the ink used at their printing facilities is returned back into the production cycle for reuse. The South Coast Air Quality Management District Clean Air Award was given to the Los Angeles Times for this particular initiative.Their Aluminum plates they use to print onto the paper are also recycled, in fact, they usually come back to consumers within two weeks as a soda or beer can. Good thing they use the soy based ink so they can be environmentally friendly to your stomach.As a company they are committed to their readers, advertisers and our environment. Just thought it was worth passing on this information!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Four Seasons Holiday Boutique

-> Four Seasons Boutique - November 22 & 23 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Boutique featuring upscale home decor items, holiday paper products, children's toys. All major holiday themes. Deeply discounted prices. Up to 90% off. Gift wrapping services available. Benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Sponsored by the HB Host & Surf City Lions Club. Location: Villa Pacific Community Clubhouse, 9933 Villa Pacific Dr. For more info call Lee Love 714-349-7706

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Catch up on what's going on in Huntington Beach at Savannah At The Beach

Savannah's is a great place not just in the summer for their outdoor patio, but for all your holiday needs as well. Enjoy a beautiful sunset at this great ON THE BEACH restaurant. And for the holidays if you are planning a party, you can receive a $50 gift card as a thank you for all holiday parties of 15 or more guests that are booked for the month of December. The deadline is November 15th, 2008. They must call Marilee Movius, Shellie Carrillo, or Jennifer Kruse at the restaurant (714-374-7273) to book the party for Savannah at the beach.
And a few other things to note at Savannah:
~ Check out the updated Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet. It is now $24.95 and children 12 and under are $12.95, the menu can't be beat.
~ Kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesday nights (4 pm – close). 2 children per adult.
~ Happy hour is Monday through Saturday 2 – 6 pm. Their mango martini’s are the best!
~ There is live music every first Friday night of each month from 7 pm – 10 pm. by Louie Pascua in our Inside Lower Dining area. He is a guitarist and singer who works at Dukes. He sounds a bit like John Mayer and Jack Johnson.
Get down to Savannahs at the Beach, 315 Pacific Coast Hwy at the Pier, for some great atmosphere, food and drink.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Learn about the use of biodiesel fuel in vehicles

November 5, 6:30 pm, will be the formation meeting for the Orange County Biodiesel Co-op. They will be organizing a group of folks in order to coordinate the collection of waste vegetable oil (WVO) for the use of making biodiesel motor fuel. Learn how and where to get WVO and how to process it to be used as a fuel itself and also how to make it into clean burning biodiesel. They will be discussing what types of cars and trucks are best suited for the use of vegetable oil and biodiesel for fuel. Many members of the group already have diesel vehicles that are running on biodiesel. Come check it out. Location: Great Earth Vitamin Store, 7164 Edinger Ave. (east of Goldenwest). More info: 714-552-5533

Friday, October 10, 2008

Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach

Did you know The Therapeutic Riding Center was here in HB? The TRC was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers to provide services to individuals with disabilities as a form of Therapy on Horseback. We are a 501 C 3 non-profit organization and a Member of NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). We serve individuals of all ages and most disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Meningitis, Down’s Syndrome, vision and hearing impairments, learning disabilities and mild mental retardation. TRC serves students from Huntington Beach, as well as greater Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

The value of a horse as a therapeutic tool has been well documented over the past fifty years. In a world where we are often judged by appearances, where our abilities are over shadowed by our disabilities, the horse does not judge.TRCHB receives no government funding. We rely solely on grants, fund-raising events, individual and corporate donations, and a minimal tuition to meet our operating costs.

VOLUNTEERS are a vital part of their program. Without them, their students do not ride. The volunteers are trained under the direct guidance of a NARHA certified instructor. They are taught to sidewalk, lead, tack and groom our gentle horses. Please contact the TRC (714-848-0966 or if you'd like to be a part of this incredible program.

Therapeutic Riding Center is located at the Equestrian Center: 18381 Goldenwest St. Huntington Beach.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Rubber Ducky Derby & Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce info

A good charity event to keep in mind for this weekend is the Mighty Rubber Ducky Derby on Sunday, October 5 - 11:00 am to 400 pm. This is the 15th Annual Mighty Rubber Ducky Derby & 3rd Annual Just Ducky Car Show. Although this event is being held in Irvine (at Wild Rivers Waterpark, 8770 Irvine Center Dr.), it benefits the Children's Bureau's Child Abuse Prevention programs which includes our very own Oak View Resource Center here in town. For more info and to register online, go to

For you local Chamber of Commerce members, you already know about the Surf City Lunch Bunch networking lunches. For those of you who might like to check out the chamber, feel free to visit us at our next lunch, Tuesday, October 7 - 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Cost $15 members, $20 non members. We switch locations every two months, and this next meeting will be held at Martini Blues , 5874 Edinger Ave, (at Springdale). If you haven’t been to Martini Blues lately, you need to check them out. New ownership, new look - remodeled, great new menu. Come check out the Chamber and meet fellow local businesses. Bring business cards (display area for chamber members), self introductions. For more info, you can call Linda at the HB Chamber (714) 536-8888

Monday, September 22, 2008

Huntington Beach Green Expo a Success

Huntington Beach: Surf City hosted it first Green Expo this past weekend (Sept 20) at Central Library and what a success it was. The free event has speakers, product demonstrations, samples, workshops and information booths. Issues discussed were water reduction, energy efficiency, solar energy, water conservation, recycling materials, reducing greenhouse gases and organic products. Many folks are already looking forward to the next event! To see the list of participating vendors and photos from the event, check out:

Monday, August 25, 2008

Huntington Beach fire and water damage services by Orange County Restoration

If you find yourself in a jam for damage to your house, wheter it be water or fire or more, you can trust OC Restoration to take care of it for you. Located at 15102 Bolsa Chica St. Unit D. Huntington Beach, 92649 (714-625-8635) Experiencing wind, water, or fire damage to your home, often your most valuable asset, can be very upsetting, and deciding which restoration company to hire can be difficult. O.C. Restoration Inc. understands this and wants to help in your decision so your home is restored back to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. In times like this it is extremely important to address the situation immediately, as to avoid any secondary damage which could result in mold growth. They are available 24/7 with a 90 minute response time.

Your Realtor for Huntington Beach

"From Condos to Castles, Ray makes dreams come true" is the slogan of Ray Peckham and he is the one you want to go to! Ray works for Keller Williams Realty, located at 17122 Beach Blvd. Ste 200, Huntington Beach 92647. You can contact him at 714-915-9520 or Having been in the real estate business since 1972, Ray has worked for independent brokers, Century 21, was regional manager for an internet company, owned a brokerage here in Huntington Beach from 1990 to 2000 which grew to over 50 agents. He has been one of the winners of the “Ethics in America” Award by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, Chapman University and the Passkey Foundation. Give Ray a call and say hello.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Junior Lifeguards train in Huntington Beach

(By Anthony Castellano / OC Register)
A Huntington Beach junior lifeguard program merges discipline and water safety techniques.

While the kids in the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards program do laugh and play, it is not unusual to see a whole squad drop and do 20 push-ups for their instructor and finish their sentences with "yes, sir!"
"We work a lot in our program on structure – discipline and structure," says program administrator Dave Simcox. Young kids swimming in the ocean need to be able to follow the directions. With 45 years of lifeguarding experience, Simcox knows the ocean can be a dangerous place.
The program was started in 1963 with an inaugural class of 24 boys. This year, 1,200 boys and girls ages 9 to 17 will spend eight weeks learning water safety and lifesaving techniques, making the program one of the largest in the country.
While not all junior lifeguards will go on to be the real thing, many do. Simcox estimates that 70 percent of the lifeguards on the beach today went through the junior lifeguard program.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Local Auto Broker Saves You Time & Money in Huntington Beach

Why would anyone go to a car dealer to purchase a car when they can have the ease of using an auto broker for the purchase or lease? Fox Auto is one such broke here in Huntington Beach. Since 1934 the Fox family has been catering to the wishes of clients wanting to get the best deal on their new vehicles without having to go through the "normal" dealer process! Since they've been in the automobile industry for over 60 years they can assure you'll be treated with dignity & respect & get the right deal! They handle almost all makes & models of CARS, TRUCKS, VANS, & S.U.V.s!! Serving Huntington Beach and all of Orange County. They are the only auto broker you want to know. They are located at 17610 Beach Blvd. #36, Huntington Beach. Call WC at 714.846.7599 for more info.

Unique gift store in Huntington Beach

This place isn’t just retail, it’s retail therapy! From massage oil candles to fine art and everything in-between, Absolutely Fabulous is the most unique shop & shopping experience in Huntington Beach. Located at 6026 Warner Ave (on Springdale, south of Warner), Huntington Beach, 92647 - phone: 714-842-1608. Come for that “special something” – whether it be for your house, yourself, or a loved one. They carry the best home décor, jewelry and gifts for any budget. This is one of the coolest little finds in the area, so drop in, grab a coffee, say “hi” to Riley, their store dog, and browse. You’ll be glad you did! Check them out on the web at:

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Huntington Beach Surf City Nights free shuttle service on Woody bus.

If you have trouble finding parking in downtown on Tuesday nights, you can now give the red woody, called the OC Cruiser Woody Bus, a try. There will be free shuttle service to Main Street during the Surf City Nights. Pick-up will begin at Huntington Beach City Hall in the north parking lot on the corner of Main Street & Yorktown Ave. The cruiser will drop off passengers adjacent to the Main Promenade Parking Structure in the heart of downtown. The shuttle is available every 20 minutes from 5 to 9 pm. The last pick-up downtown back to the City hall will be at 8:45

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

summer dinners made easy in Huntington Beach

Simplify Summer with Dream Dinners. Make a month's worth of meals in under 2 hours. Lot's of great grilling choices for the summer season like BBQ Shrimp, Beef Kabob's with Thai Ginger Sauce, Glackened Sirloin Steaks with BBQ Glaze and Grilled Citrus Salmon. And in July, they're introducing entrees from Emeril Lagasse. BAM! Book your session today - 714-375-9525. . Located at 8760 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Personal fitness trainer in Huntington Beach

If you are looking for a great personal trainer, Linda McDonald with Beach Body Design is who you need to talk to. Located at 241 Seal Beach Blvd in Seal Beach south of PCH. She can be reached at 562-430-1271. As Linda's tag line says: It is where fitness is fun and we can take you to the next level in your quest for a healthy lifestyle. Your health is their primary concern and they make it their priority to help you get in shape and stay in shape so that you can live your life to the fullest! Serving Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Successful Fundraiser for Relay For Life Huntington Beach

The Huntington Beach city departments hosted a chili cookoff Tuesday to launch a campaign that will raise funds and support for their Relay for Life team called HB United.
The team's goal is to have 300 residents and 30 cancer survivors and to raise $30,000 for the American Cancer Society's signature event.

For the cookoff, members of most city departments brought chili, cornbread and other lunch-time treats to sell, with the proceeds going to the team. There was also a mock jail where city officials had to contribute to HB United in order to be released. The cookoff raised about $2,240 for the team.
Councilman Keith Bohr, Rainbow Disposal Chairman Ron Shenkman and Wave columnist Stan Cohen were the judges for the chili in the categories of best overall, most unusual ingredient and best meatless, vegetarian.
Relay for Life will be held June 21-22 at the Ocean View High School track. The event honors cancer survivors and memories of those lost to the disease. Information: or the City Clerk's office at 714-536-5227.

Shipley Nature Center to be highlighted on KCET

On April 29, 2008, Huell Howser visited Huntington Central Park and stopped at Shipley Nature Center to say hello and to find out why all the folks in the know are coming to Shipley. Huell toured the Redwoods and watched as the children were learning about how the Native Americans hunted. Then, on to the Sycamore/Alder Grove to find the hidden gathering circle and see the Ki. He spent time with Nancy Harris learning about the California Native Plants exhibited in the Demonstration Garden and why they are so important to our environment. Along the route, he chatted with some of our visitors and volunteers to the delight of everyone.
The episode will be aired on Thursday, May 22nd on KCET at 7:30 pm with a repeat following at 12:30 am.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Riding High at the Vans Pier Classic

Seven of the top eight WQS surfers in the world are Americans, led by San Clemente's Patrick Gudauskas.
After a pair of 2008 contests on American soil, U.S, surfers are at the top of their game in the ASP World Qualifying Series standings this week. Now – can it continue?
San Clemente's Patrick Gudauskas remains No. 1 in the world after finishing fifth Sunday at the Vans Pier Classic, a 2-star WQS event held at Huntington Beach. He and San Clemente's Jason Miller tied for fifth out of 160 competitors.
At the moment, seven of the top eight WQS surfers in the world are Americans, led by Gudauskas. Brett Simpson from Garden Grove is No. 3. Gudauskas' brother Dane is No. 11. San Clemente's Mike Losness is No. 16. San Clemente's Nathan Yeomans is No. 20.
That's after two WQS contests in North America, one in Hawaii, one in Australia and one in Spain.
It's a testament to the power of the surfing industry producing big-dollar WQS events in home waters carrying hefty WQS points. Most of the U.S. surfers' success so far is due to one big contest – the 5-Star O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro, won by Patrick Gudauskas in January in Florida. His victory there earned him 2,000 points. By comparison, Huntington Beach's Shaun Ward got just 500 points for winning the Vans Pier Classic on Sunday. Those points aren't enough to help Ward qualify for surfing's major leagues in 2009. But the Sebastian Inlet Pro has elevated a lot of U.S. surfers high in the ratings.
In North America, the ASP is having nine WQS contests in 2008 – a 6 star, a 5 star, two 4 stars, four 2 stars and a 1 star.
Brazil, by comparison, has eight WQS events – four 6 stars, two 5 stars and two 4 stars. No low-end contests. Europe has 13 WQS events – six 6 stars, one 5 star, two 4 star, two 3 star and two 1 star. The more big-points events that a region hosts, the better chance local surfers have to rise in the WQS.
The next West Coast event, at Trestles from April 29 through May 3, is the 4-star Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro. There's talk of making it a 6 star in 2009.
That would be good news for Patrick and Dane Gudauskas, their brother Tanner, Miller, Losness and other WQS hopefuls like Yeomans, who reached the quarterfinals of the Vans. Chris Drummy, another quarterfinalist Sunday, isn't a fulltime WQS surfer but no doubt would relish some higher-stakes competition, apt to attract more overseas surfers to California to try for big points.
San Clemente's Trevor Saunders could also use higher-powered WQS events here as a launching pad. He was a finalist Sunday in the Ezekiel Pro Jr. division of the Vans, placing third. Tanner Gudauskas was a quarterfinalist, finishing ninth of 64 contestants.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The aftermath of Paintball tournament in HB

Crews have been working around the clock to clean up the paint left over from last week’s Super 7 World Series of Paintball, which drew about 70,000 spectators to see more than 1,500 competitors battle it out in Huntington Beach.

Dante Giuliano, operations manager for event, said a crew of about 75 people has been picking up paintballs from 6 a.m. to midnight to clean up the aftermath. They’ve been literally on their hands and knees plucking balls from the sand, and scooping them up with a shovel with holes that allows the sand to sift through.

Mike Martin was driving down Pacific Coast Highway when he heard a pop-pop-pop noise under his car. When the Huntington Beach resident saw what made the racket, there was orange paint under his wheel well, tires and bumper.

“The street was covered in them, you couldn’t dodge them,” he said. “They were still cracking and popping and squirting all over.”

The mess on Martin’s car occurred after balls accidently came out of a dumpster and landed at the intersection of Beach St. Wednesday morning.
Giuliano said he and four other workers had it cleaned up within a few hours. Giuliano said the paintballs are 100 percent biodegradable.

“It comes off very quickly with water alone,” Giuliano said. City spokeswoman Laurie Payne said the city gets complaints every year about the event, but clean up crews are allowed a week to get the beach back to normal.

The event brings about $480,000 in revenue to the city, and the event organizer pays for the clean up. And the paint isn’t actually paint, it’s a water-soluble substance, she said.
Giuliano said part of the consequence of a fun event is the clean up afterward. “Afterward, we hit it like gangbusters to make it clean,” he said. “I personally can’t leave the beach with a clear conscious if it’s not.”

Environmental crews are on hand to monitor the effort, he said. They will be out there until Friday. “A large portion of the crew is Huntington Beach residents, we take pride in the places we live,” said Giuliano, who helps put up the infrastructure for the U.S. Open of Surfing and Boardfest, an all-girls event held in fall. “This is the beach I come to, this is the beach I bring my kids to, Giuliano said.

Martin still wonders why the city would allow paintballs at the beach. “It’s just ridiculous,” he said. “I’m glad they have someone cleaning it up.”

Saturday, March 29, 2008

E! channel coming to Huntington Beach

And they are visiting our very own HB Skin Spa at 526 Main St. Ste 102, Friday April 4th.

You must RSVP to attend this event. One of the new stars of Sunset Tan, Jenae, will be offering spray tans for $50 that day (as opposed to her normal fee of $75). If you are interested in being 'sprayed' by Jenae and being featured on the show, call HB Skin Spa to schedule an appointment with her. She arrives at 5pm and will have appointments from 6pm to 10pm. And that is not all that is happening at HB Skin Spa that day, it is also a Spa / Botox / Filler party!! Special guest hosting this spa party is Drag Sensation Empress Jackie. this will take place from 4pm to 9pm - you get your self younger looking, leave looking fabulous! Special rates for this day only! Call for more info, 714-969-9713, and to get your reservation in.

Need to worry about sharks in Huntington Beach? OC Lifeguards say no.

Recently there have been rumors of great white sharks along the So Cal coast, leaving some beach goers worried. However, Orange County lifeguards said they have no plans to close the beach based the recent report of a great white shark attack here in Huntington Beach.

Earlier this month, Tom Larkin was convinced that a shark bumped and bit his surfboard on the back end while waiting for a wave at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach lifeguards dismiss this and other reports. "Even though great whites have been spotted in the area in years past as far as we know, there's not any evidence there's great whites in our vicinity," said Steve Reuter, marine safety officer, of the Huntington Beach city lifeguards.

The only shark-related incident recently was an injured 3-foot mako shark, which normally stays in deep water, which washed ashore in HB and subsequently lifeguards had to destroy it due to it's condition. Usually dolphins are easily mistaken as sharks by the untrained eye. But afterall, "It's springtime; people are saying 'shark' and they're freaking out," Reuter said.

If you want to keep abreast of eyewitness reports on shark attacks, check out - a nonprofit research website.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Paintball coming to Huntington Beach

National Professional Paintball League will be in Huntington Beach from March 28 to March 30 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The registration sells out fast but guests can watch for free. A vendor's showcase at Pier Plaza, paintball league play on the beach and activities make this one of the top-attended sporting events annually. 220 top paintball teams from around the world compete on six fields south of Pier Plaza and Huntington Beach Pier. TV celebrities expected for weekend. Grandstand seats can be purchased. Trade Expo Trade Show daily 9 a.m. to 6 pm. For ticket & information:

Monday, March 17, 2008

So just when is that restaurant going to be finished?

Recently, there was a question/answer in the "Ask Us Anything" part of the OC Register, since I had wondered about this topic myself, I thought I'd post it here.

The question was: When will the eyesore on the northwest corner of Warner Ave & Magnolia St. be cleaned up? The eyesore in mention is the old Asian restaurant Doson. It has been vacant for several years now.
Answer they provided: The site of the old Asian restaurant will be transformed into a new Asian restaurant. The building at 8901 Waner Ave in HB that was formerly the Doson Beach restaurant is the future site of the Seven Sushi Lounge, according to property manager Kathy Buchoz of Bridgecreek Realty Investment Corp. The road to the restaurant has been a long one, Buchoz said. the family that owns the business has had some personal setbacks since they bought the building about two years ago and has been plagued with problems with the contractors, she said.
Still, Buchoz said that there has been a lot of work done ion the inside of the building and the exterior will match the adjoining buildings when completed. "A lot of it is cosmetic now," Buchoz said, adding that the restaurant could open in as little as two to three months.

I've been watching this building just sit there for a very long time. It will be a relief to see it finally done, but I won't hold my breath for the 2 to 3 month range!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Special March local discount for Huntington Beach

The Surf City Store on the Huntington Beach pier is celebrating it's 15 year partnership with the city to market the city's trademark - Surf City. During those years, about 500,000 products have been sold bearing the logo. To say thank you to the Huntington Beach locals, the store is offering a 25% discount on all store purchases through the month of March - with proof of residency of course. For more info, contact them at 374-0277. Show some local support and pop on down to the pier!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

New Miss Huntington Beach crowned

A new Miss Huntington Beach has been crowned. Cayce Crowder, who attends Huntington Beach High School, won the Pageant this past Saturday night. Her court is: First Place Runnerup Arroya Karian, Second Place Runnerup Lauren Guitrau, Third Place Runnerup Samantha Gallo and Fourth Place Runnerup Amber Palm. Congratulations girls!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Chimayo is now Savannah at the Beach

Keeping up with the times, Culinary Adventures (owners of Chimayo), has changed the name and updated the menu. Savannah at the Beach now features updated classic and contemporary, American cooking.
The menu offers a variety of chilled coastal shellfish, grilled steaks, chops, ribs, seafood and nightly specialities from our custom fruitwood burning oven. Our signature dishes include Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs, Pecan-smoked Prime Rib, Maple Glazed Alaskan Salmon, 'Voodoo Shrimp' and 'Old School' Seafood Newburg. Their wine list offers an extensive selection of California and Oregon boutique labels.
They are located literally, 'on the sand' at the base of the Huntington Beach pier and have the largest beachfront patio in Orange County complete with firepit, palm trees and killer ocean view. We offer a variety of chilled beers, tropical cocktails, wines by the glass, aged tequilas, margaritas and our signature Mango infused martini.

Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 4pm, Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday, 4pm - 9pm,Thursday, 4pm - 10pm,Friday - Saturday, 4pm - 11pm
Brunch: Sunday, 11am - 2pmHappy Hour: Monday – Thursday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Menu:Appetizers - $6 - $14

Entrées - $16 - $45
Location:315 Pacific Coast HwyHuntington Beach, CA 92648

Call for reservations: 714.374.7273

Monday, January 28, 2008

get healthly, lose weight, and support local businesses

Did your New Year's Resolutions include getting healthier or dropping some wieght? If you are looking for a way to be a healthier person and eat right, not wanting just another weight loss product, then check out this week's FEATURED BUSINESS : Cleanse and Burn - . Thomas Ventura is a Huntington Beach local promoting healty living, healthy bodies. The products he represents are quite good. I've talked to others who have used the cleansing products with happy results. I figured I should give them a try myself to be able to honestly say good things. Let me tell you, I've got lots of good things to say! I felt so good after the program. It was the kick start I needed to eating healthier. A nice added bonus has been the weight loss of nearly 15 lbs (some because of the product, the rest because I just want to eat better now - over the past couple months). Read more about the product on the website or call Thomas at 877-800-9900

So, you've decided you want to lose some weight and are committed to it.....well, it is not too late to join the Malibu Fish Grill Weight Loss Challange - Malibu Fish Grill of Huntington Beach, Santa Ans, & Redondo Beach will hold a eat and lose weight contest. The deadline to enter is January 31, and the contestant who loses the highest percentage of body weight by March 31 will win $1000. See
RULES AND REGULATIONS for all the details.

Now for some fun! Have you ever gone go-karting? you've heard of those extreme karting places around Orange County? well we now have one closer by - right in Costa Mesa: OC Raceway Extreme Indoor Karting at 1670 Sunflower (south of Ellis near Hyland). This Wednesday they are having their Ribbon Cutting grand opening, January 30, 4:30 pm
. Invite friends and come check them out, show them some support. It's a heck of a lot of fun. For more info: 714-444-1001 See what it's all about on their website:

Friday, January 25, 2008

say NO to the closure of State Parks in California

In a move that has stunned nature-lovers across the state, Gov. Schwarzenegger's latest budget proposal would shut down 20 percent of the state's parks, as well as cut down on lifeguards at state beaches. Of course, we all know California needs to balance the budget. But we're talking about a step that would save $9 million -- less than 0.1 percent of the state budget. Meanwhile, the costs to our environment, our quality of life, and our confidence in state government would be incalculable.

Let's kill this idea before it gets any further. Please urge the governor to back off of this wrong-headed move. Here is the LINK for you to do your part and send in an electronic letter. Please help save our parks.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Huntington Beach couple win Amazing Race

If you have't heard, Huntington Beach locals Rachel Rosales and TK Erwin won CBS’ The Amazing Race 12 on January 20. The young couple is now one million dollars richer. After winning the race, a shocked Rosales sputtered out, “I can't even believe it ... I'm really speechless." Her boyfriend and winning partner, TK Erwin, told host Phil Keoghan, "None of this even seems real. It's kind of freaking me out." In her real life, Rachel, 23 years old, is a business owner and florist here in town. TK, 22, works as a substitute teacher. The two had been dating for less than a year before entering The Amazing Race 12. After crossing the finish line in Anchorage, AK and claiming the prize money, Erwin said, “This whole things was such a crazy roller coaster with so many ups and downs. To do it with Rachel, I think our relationship has only grown through this whole thing. And for that, that's more important than any of this for me." Congratulations of our locals!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pay your Huntington Beach utilities on line

Did you know you can now pay your utilities on line?
The City Treasurer’s Department has recently instituted three new “paperless” ways to pay your Municipal Services Utility statement and an easy way to find information about them all on our city’s official website: This webpage has generated quite a buzz, doubling traffic to the Surf City payments website from November to December! Come check out what all the buzz is about! Our online “ePay” service makes it easy to pay your utility bill by MasterCard or Visa online safely and securely. Link directly to “ePay” at Our voice automated “PhonePay” system at 877-309-4915 also conveniently allows utility bill payments by MasterCard or Visa. If you have any problems with using this service, call our Official Payments customer services representatives at 888-357-8394, and they can assist you in making the payment. Find out more about “PhonePay” at If you prefer to pay using your bank checking account, our “AutoPay” program is the way to go. We can securely deduct your amount due every month directly from your account automatically. Download at “AutoPay” application at Find out more about these three options at, or visit us at 2000 Main Street on the 1st floor at our cashiering windows and receive a free “stress reliever” when you turn in your AutoPay application!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Local Surfrider Foundation opposes Governor's environmentally unfriendly plans

The below information is from a Press Release put out by the Surfrider Foundation. Shame Shame on our Governor!!
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San Clemente, CA (January 16, 2008) – Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a letter in support of the proposed 241 toll road extension in South Orange County. The letter was issued just two weeks before a critical vote by the California Coastal Commission to determine if the proposed extension violates the California Coastal Act. A staff report prepared by the CCC concludes that it does.

“We are absolutely taken aback by this,” said Surfrider Foundation CEO Jim Moriarty. “For the Governor to take this unprecedented step of interfering with the workings of an independent and non-political commission, an entity which was established by California voters and whose sole responsibility is to decide the future of California’s coasts and beaches based on law and fact, is entirely inappropriate.”

The disappointing announcement comes just six days after the California Governor unveiled his plans to close forty-eight California State Parks, allow for the early release of prisoners from state correctional facilities, and raise Department of Motor Vehicle fees.

“We had hoped that Governor Schwarzenegger was insincere in his threat to close state parks and beaches,” says Moriarty. “It now appears that he is absolutely intent on sacrificing our state park system and natural resources for his political objectives.”

The California State Parks Department has maintained that they may be forced to abandon nearly sixty percent of San Onofre State Beach Park, including the popular San Mateo Creek Campground, should the proposed extension to the 241 toll road be completed,

Governor Schwarzenegger’s failure to support San Onofre State Beach Park by endorsing the 241 toll road extension is in direct contrast to the efforts of his Republican predecessors, President Richard M. Nixon and then-Governor Ronald Reagan, both of whom worked to establish San Onofre State Beach as a part of their legacy; hoping that it would exist as a resource to be used and enjoyed by future generations.

The Surfrider Foundation activists and other opponents to the planned toll road will be gathering in Oceanside, California on February 6th for a planned rally outside the California Coastal Commission hearing. All members of the public are invited to attend. Please go to for more information.

About the Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

W Hotel to be part of the new Pacific City, Huntington Beach

Starwood Hotels & Resorts plans to plant its W Hotel flag at Newport Beach-based Makar Properties' 31-acre Pacific City development here. The mixed-use project, which is under way on Pacific Coast Highway at First Street, will now include a 250-room W Hotel, according to Makar and Starwood.

Scheduled to open in 2010, the W Huntington Beach and the Residences at W Huntington Beach will be owned by an affiliate of Makar. In addition to the 250 guest rooms, the property will include approximately 92 private residences, a signature restaurant, a bar and a destination spa. The opening of W Huntington Beach will mark the fifth California property for the W brand.
Paul Makarechian, president and CEO of Makar Properties, sees Orange County as "an untapped market" for the W Hotel brand. Makar's planning for Pacific City has included a hotel from the outset.

Scheduled for completion in early 2010, Makar's Pacific City will feature 424 luxury condominium units and 191,000 sf of retail and office space, including 48,900 sf of restaurant space. The Pacific City retail village portion of the project is scheduled to open in late 2009.
Pacific City overlooks an eight-mile stretch of beach, which attracts more than 11 million visitors each year. The city was once a sleepy haven for surfers, but it has developed into a resort-style vacation and entertainment district with local breweries, pubs, restaurants and shopping.
The Pacific City project will link the two existing luxury resorts in Huntington Beach, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, with the city pier and the existing downtown district. Hotel designers on the Pacific City project include KKE Architects and MBH Architects, with KTGY Group for retail/office and residential, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the interior of the hotel and Lifescapes International for landscaping.
Thanks to for the info

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Extreme Indoor Karting for Huntington Beach and all of Orange County

Finally something like this close to home!
Extreme Indoor Karting is new to the area, located at 1670 Sunflower Ave in Costa Mesa. Located just over the 'border' in Costa Mesa, they are Southern California’s premier indoor electric go karting raceway. Their European karts reach speeds up to 45 mph on their ¼ mile long track. Conveniently located off the 405 freeway and Harbor Blvd. Get down there and race your friends, family, and co-workers. You won't believe how much fun you'll have!
Contact them at 714-444-1001 for more info or their website at:

Malibu Fish Grill "Eat & Win Weight Loss" Challange at Huntington Beach location

The Malibu Fish Grill of Huntington Beach as well as their Santa Ana & Redondo Beach locations will host a "Eat & Win Weight Loss Challange". Enter and weigh in before Janurary 31 and eat at a Malibu Fish Grill twice a week until March 31. The contestant with the highest percentage of body weight loss will win $1000. Read the PRESS RELEASE for more info and open the RULES AND REGULATIONS to get all the details.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Fresh & Easy to open next week in Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH Fresh & Easy will open its doors in Huntington Beach at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 16672 Beach Blvd.
Everyone is invited to attend the kickoff event for the store's five-day grand opening celebration.
Fresh & Easy will present a donation to West County Family YMCA as part of the opening.
The company is opening stores throughout Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Other Fresh & Easy markets in Orange County are in Orange, Buena Park and Lake Forest.
The neighborhood markets are smaller than the typical supermarket and offer a selection of already prepared meals.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Huntington Beach local involved in CARP and the Mid-Atlantic Row of Life

RowofLife has hit the 1000 mile mark on Day 31 of the Atlantic Rowing Race. That just leaves about 1552 to go; No Problem! They are really turning it on now. They have increased their load to move along faster. They can't make a full side because they lack legs. Franck has an infected stump and is not able to wear his prosthesis. Angela's back is not exactly happy, but when is it ever. Atlantic Jack said in their blog "The next boat to catch is Angela & Frank(sic) in "Row of Life", this will be a tough one as although they only have one fully functional leg between the 2 of them, they are complete rowing animals. " Atlantic Jack is moving at an unbelievable pace. I just wish we could figure out what is coming out of their water maker, so we could have some too. Maybe if they catch us, they will share the secret to their speed.

Surfing is Angela's first love. On New Year's Day she is usually out surfing in Huntington Beach with all her surfing buddies. She would like to thank all her surfing buddies, the Huntington Beach Long Board Crew, and the Surf Museum in Huntington Beach, for the support they have given her. Well what would New Years be without surfing? Well apparently the powers that be also thought Angela should surf today. The wind was blowing the wrong way today. The water was choppy and not good for rowing. Then it happened….the wind created big waves, excellent for Ocean Rowing Boat Surfing. Angela and Franck guided themselves with their oars and were able to catch a dozen or so good waves. They did not get long rides, but it was fun. Franck caught on to the English surf logo. Soon after the first wave, he kept asking if the next wave was a good one for surfing. We are going to work on him saying, "Dude." Both Angela and Franck seemed exhilarated by their morning session of surfing the 2/3 meter waves. So, while the rowing completely sucked today….the surfing was EXCELLENT.

The weather has been very rough and the winds not good for rowing. They are hoping for the winds to start blowing back in the westerly direction so they can take advantage of the winds and the equatorial currents. It has been tough to make progress and Angela and Franck have been rowing together many hours a day. It has taken a physical toll, but their spirits remain high. I just found out at the beginning of the race Angela fell off her seat and bruised her back very badly on Franck's foot stretchers. She was unable to do anything but crawl out onto the deck. She was not able to row. That was one of the reasons for their slow start. Also Franck was very sea sick at first and not able to row. So compared to the start, they are doing well now, but it is still not a picnic. They are trying to make sure they take the time to get rest so they can heal and stay healthy. It is a long race and they are ready for the long haul.

Angela is the Founder and Director of the California Adaptive Rowing Program in Long Beach, CA . It is a free program where differently-abled people learn row with the help of dedicated volunteers. It is part Long Beach Rowing Association and they row out of the Pete Archer Rowing Center.

Adaptive Rowing is rowing/sculling for the physically challenged. There are classifications of abilities in adaptive rowing similar to paralympic classifications with class 1 being the most challenged and 5 being the most able. There is fixed seat rowing for people who have limited or no functional use of their lower extremities (class 1-4) and sliding seat events are for all other rowers (class 5 and 5B for the visually impaired).