In our story—click here to read—we cover wildflower dork Bob Allen, who shares his joy as he finds the Santiago Peak phacelia. This 9-second capture pre-dates Vine!

December 2013

O.C. Dishes You’ve Just Gotta Try We’ve scoured the county for the best appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts from the local restaurant scene, and here we reveal which ones have proven unforgettable.

November 2013

Coast Lines

Our Person of Interest page features Cirque du Soleil hoop dancer Eric Hernandez. Click here to see Hernandez perform. The Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit in Santa Ana, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man reveals the O.C. link to the JFK assassination on its 50th anniversary, the secrets of the Cook’s Corner roadhouse, and how Cypress got its name. Meet first-time documentary filmmaker Brian Ivie in Trade Secrets, and marijuana legalization activist Kandice Hawes in Quotes. Travel to San Francisco for the holidays in our Perfect Getaway feature. Hot Pop offers a guide to boy band Emblem 3, “Telling the Bees” author Peggy Hesketh recommends three books about natural history, and words of wisdom from the off-kilter characters of comedian Martin Short. On the Market spotlights the rising demand for memorable remodeled homes. To preview our searchable Events listings for the county’s don’t-miss November happenings, click here.

October 2013

Cover Story
Best Coastal Resorts in Orange County
Locals are a short drive from the country’s finest coastal resorts. Many have no idea what they’re missing. Want a sample? For a list of the best dining options at Orange County’s top-tier coastal resorts, click here. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the October issue here.
About 250 dancers make up six student-run hip-hop dance groups on UC Irvine's campus, a school long known for high-achieving scholars. Below, click through extra photos from our exclusive photo shoot ... in a parking structure home to dance rehearsals. For the full profile, check out our September 2013 issue.

September 2013

Coast Lines

Our Person of Interest page introduces you to underwater photographer Bonnie Pelnar of Irvine. Click here to see a gallery of her photos. The Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit in Old Towne Orange, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man uncovers the dark secret about Santa Ana’s Centennial Park. Perfect Getaway takes you for a wonderful weekend in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Hot Pop offers a pop quiz about former Miss Orange County Michelle Pfeiffer. See a video of Pfeiffer as a Miss California contestant here. See a trailer for her latest film, “The Family,” here. The pop culture pages also guide you through the Orange County Children’s Book Festival, and Monarch Beach author Cecilia Velastegui recommends three favorite works by Latin American writers. On the Market spotlights local homes in South County’s gorgeous canyons. To preview our searchable listings for all Orange County events in September, click here.

August 2013

Orange County became a center of arts and culture because Henry T. Segerstrom committed time and treasure to make it so. But legacies don’t maintain themselves. To see the full feature, click here. Web Exclusive: Check back for a gallery of iconic photos of Henry Segerstrom selected from the Segerstrom family and foundation archives.
by Laura Bleiberg

July 2013

Life After Julius
Designer and Surf City native Paul Frank, on his new brand and his role as co-curator of this month’s Kustom Kulture II exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center.
by Astgik Khatchatryan
At the heart of any good Japanese izakaya is conviviality: an unending stream of shareable small plates, a few substantial frosty mugs of beer, and the rollicking energy of late-night dining. For many, there’s no better way to spend an evening at an izakaya than with a parade of yakitori (single servings of skewered grilled chicken) and kushiyaki (all manner of skewered grilled meats and vegetables).

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