Tuesday, October 6, 2015

One of California’s best kept secret is Newport Beach says Rock Star Buddy Princeton

Newport Beach, Ca

Newport Beach, which is nestled between Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa is a seaside city in Orange County, California.  Its population was 85,287 (at the 2010 census and is fast approaching 100,000). Newport Beach is also home to Newport Harbor.  Balboa Island tucked up against Newport Harbor has a village atmosphere with cool shops, tons of fun and romantic views at night. There is even a late running (up to 10:00 p.m.) three car ferry that shuttles vehicles and tourists on foot across the harbor in less than five minutes.

On this particular day and often on any holiday weekend tourists and the locals pack into Newport Beach according to Rock Musician Buddy Princeton, because “it has the best surfing waves in California and it is the best kept secret in the Golden State.” Princeton (his real name is Frederick Rawlins, who has play with music giants like Jackson Brown, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, is an unofficial Newport Beach tour guide. He contends it’s the best beach and place of magic for anyone who wants to surf, sail the seas or just bask in the sun. According to Wikipedia, Newport Beach is an affluent community, a place of luxury, elegance and world famous for hotels, designer boutiques and spectacular views.

“The weather here is so warm and even,” said Princeton. “We get this kind of weather, in the 70’s year- round. It is home to surfers like me. When I have out-of-town visitors I describe Newport Beach as a total paradise with rugged trails, never ending waves and boutique restaurants to die for.”
Princeton offers to take tourists and visitors to the best Newport Beach hotspots and restaurants. 
Mouth Watering Clam Chowder at Bear Flag Fish Co.

If you love seafood, don’t forget to check into Bear Flag Fish Co. (Crystal Cove Promenade, 7972 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657) The clam chowder is so thick the clams nearly standup in a delicious bowl. 

 The fish and chips are just one of the local’s favorite dish, too. The fish tacos are huge servings, especially the “Special Taco- Halibut”, which is a meal in itself. The Bear Flag was named #25 among the best 50 tacos in America by The Business Insider Magazine. Once inside the cafĂ© you will notice a wall and display of fresh fish you can order to take home and cook yourself, or if love sushi, just checkout the sushi bar. It is owned by Thomas Carson, but goes by the name of “Thos” Carson.
Princeton guides people to some of the best kept secrets and highlights in this city that will be 110 years old in 2016. He loves Balboa Peninsula, a five mile-long tract of beaches from West Newport past Balboa Village, nicknamed “Home of the Fun Zone.” 

Other highlights include, Cannery Village/Lido Village a former fishing village with nice boutiques, galleries and great seafood cafes. Other favorites Princeton enjoys showing off are: Corona Del Mar, “Crown of the Sea, which lives up to its name; Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, an upscale area of shopping and stylish restaurants on one side of PCH and across street from the historical Crystal Cove State Park. There’s a pedestrian tunnel right under PCH to the park.

Another huge drawing card is Fashion Island, Newport Center, which has luxury boutiques, restaurants on gorgeous landscaped plazas, palm trees and eye-popping fountains. Other great spots to see include Mariner’s Mile, Westcliff, which is the nautical heart of Newport Beach bursting with brokers, waterfront eateries and boats for hire. And finally the Upper Newport Bay, which is the Back Bay and one of the largest coastal wetlands in SoCal offers 1,000+ acres of active land and water adventures.
According to published reports, The Newport Beach's median family income and property values consistently place high in national rankings. The Daily Pilot, a newspaper published in the neighboring city of Costa Mesa but which serves the greater Newport-Mesa community, reported in 2010 that more than a quarter of households have an income greater than $200,000, and the median value for homes exceeds $1 million. After you spend time on the beach, you could spend many hours just touring neighborhoods of multimillion dollar homes. 

And in some neighborhoods, each house has a different look and designs with the neighborhoods surrounded by water. Princeton suggests that the best way to get your maximum holiday or vacation opportunities is to take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to obtain a full day’s worth of shopping at the world-class Fashion Island or boutique-filled Balboa Blvd. 

You can also auto-ferry it to the old-fashion Marine Ave of Balboa Island. Every picture you take says Princeton is postcard perfect with images that pop right off the screen.

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Hot cars and hot weather go together at Galpin Ford Auto Show

Galpin Ford Auto Show in Los Angeles 
Thousands of auto show fans, car collectors and enthusiasts beat the triple digit heat recently to get a close-up shot of their favorite Ford make and model cars at the 4th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford, Van Nuys, CA. There were just about every make and model of Ford cars from roadsters, antique sedans to the new and modified Ford Mustangs.

“You have to remember that other than the Chevy Corvette, the Mustang was America’s first muscle car,” said car enthusiast Salem Cain, who had his candy apple red, 2015 S-550 Mustang on display at the event. It was a ‘performance package’ of which he turned into a “track package.” It has board racing suspension, Brembo brakes, and other advanced features. 

The license plate on the right is a tribute to Paul Walker
“The first American Muscle car didn’t come out until 1967, and then after that you had the Roadrunner, the Challenger, the Charger and all of that.” And Cain boasts about his knowledge of all the different varieties and styles of Mustangs. “My favorite is now sitting in my garage at home, a 1966 GT-350-H, which is a Shelby Mustang, which is original and a classic, and my other favorite is the 1967 GT-500, the Shelby Eleanor,” he said.

When asked why auto shows draw such large crowds, Cain said, “Everyone likes auto shows, the customization of someone else’s car.”  1934 Ford Sedan owner, Michael Fonterra said he comes every year because of the comradery and he likes to connect with other car enthusiasts. “You know a simple car like this is amazing to look at, the technology of that time and is an amazing car to drive, but I could use an air conditioner today,” he said.  

Harold Thomas and Paul Monet at auto show with 1939 Ford.
Car collector Harold Thomas, who brought his 1939 Ford sedan he has owned since 1959, also enjoys networking with auto enthusiasts. “It’s the value you get from creating a museum piece,” he said. And Paul Monet said what attracts him to these cars shows, “It’s the styling. I would rather see more of these (1939 Fords) that all of those Mustangs. They got the power and the rides, but the style in the older models have everything,” he said.

The Auto Show included live music, a BBQ, 44-foot Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, bungee jump and live music entertainment. There were hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting TV and movie cars. 

Some of the award-winning hot rods on display included:
Pierson Brothers’ 1934 Ford Competition Coupe
Blackie Gejeian’s 1955 “Shish Kabob” Special
1929 Ford Model A Roadster “Emperor”
Chopped 1932 Ford 3-Window Hot Rod
The Grasshopper
Iron Orchid

Unique multi-million dollar vehicles:

The Shah of Persia’s 1939 Bugatti Type 57C
1967 Ford GT40 MKIII

Hollywood Movie Cars:
“2 Fast 2 Furious” 2001 Honda S2000
“Back To The Future” DeLorean
“Mystery Machine” Van
“Herbie The Love Bug”


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