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Home of the Day: Island escape in Avalon

Perched on a hillside overlooking Catalina Harbor, this three-story contemporary features a glass elevator with skylight, floor-to-ceiling windows and a gourmet kitchen with a pizza oven. Inviting indoor-outdoor entertaining, retractable walls open to 2,000 square feet of deck space and an infinity-edge...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Clay Lacy, Super Dave, Tiger Squadron are part of Catalina air show

    Clay Lacy, Super Dave, Tiger Squadron are part of Catalina air show

    If you're an air show buff, the names Clay Lacy, "Super" Dave Mathieson and the Tiger Squadron need no explanation. All will perform Saturday afternoon in the skies above Catalina Island's Avalon Bay in the third Scheyden Catalina Air Show. Lacy, 82, founder of his own executive jet charter company...

  • Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Avalon, Calif.

    Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Avalon, Calif.

    A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening 12 miles from Avalon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:12 p.m. PDT at a depth of zero miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 38 miles from Newport Beach, 39 miles from Huntington...

  • Big surf pounds Catalina, causes major damage to boatyard, harbor

    Big surf pounds Catalina, causes major damage to boatyard, harbor

    Surging surf caused by Hurricane Marie battered Santa Catalina Island, leaving a wake of destruction at a boatyard and creating hazardous conditions at Avalon Harbor, officials said Wednesday evening. On Wednesday night, a structure on Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu slid down a hill and...

  • Catalina: New operator sought for Inn at Mt. Ada

    Catalina: New operator sought for Inn at Mt. Ada

    The search is on for a new operator for the Inn on Mt. Ada on Santa Catalina Island. The iconic bed-and-breakfast inn, onetime home of chewing gum industrialist William Wrigley Jr., is closing Nov. 30. All rooms are booked for the remaining nights, but cancellations are possible. "The operators...

  • Catalina, music fest, Beatles film and fireworks for the Fourth

    Catalina, music fest, Beatles film and fireworks for the Fourth

    Ring in the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Catalina Island with fireworks and two special events: a six-hour music festival on July 4, and the 50th anniversary screening of the Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night” on July 6. The events, sponsored by the Catalina Island Museum, will be held at...

  • Avalon bracing for even more severe water restrictions

    Avalon bracing for even more severe water restrictions

    This harbor community is bracing for water rationing this summer and even more severe restrictions this fall in the face of continuing drought, dwindling groundwater and a rising demand from tourists who are flocking here in numbers not seen since 2000. Ron Hite, district manager for the island's...

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