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  • Everything's Coming Up Gold at the Golden Foodie Awards

    We're told that a hundred tickets are still available for O.C.'s red-carpet Golden Foodie Awards, and you can get them starting on Aug. 3. If rubbing elbows with the foodie elite of Orange County isn't lure enough for you, please note the following delectable sips and sweets that are in store at the Sept. 28th soiree. You might call them "golden." Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Celebrity Wine (We're Looking At You, Kurt Russell)

    The number of celebrities who make wine, own wineries, or simply lend their name to a brand for marketing purposes, has grown remarkably over the last decade. Two of the newest and most interesting projects are from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, and Hollywood actor Kurt Russell. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Five Reasons for the Asian Crime Wave

    One of the great things about my side job as a crime novelist is the chance to commune and commiserate with others who are struggling along the same difficult path to publication. That's why I urge all aspiring mystery writers to attend the annual joint meeting of two local mystery-writing organizations — O.C. Sisters in Crime, and SoCal Mystery Writers of America — in Irvine on Sunday, August 24. Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Artist Spotlight: Salwa Rizkalla, Gala of the Stars

    Born in Cairo and now a Huntington Beach resident, Rizkalla thinks globally. The artistic director of Fountain Valley’s Festival Ballet Theatre brings dancers from around the world to Orange County every August for the Gala of the Stars. Soloists Quenby Hersh and Agnes Su trained at Rizkalla’s Southland Ballet Academy, which also runs a summer program that attracts international students and teachers. The 66-year-old studied at a Russian ballet school in Egypt, and danced professionally before coming to the U.S. in 1979. Read More
    Artist Spotlight
  • Perfect Getaway: Ventura

    Uncrowded shores, waterfront dining, and a busy late-summer calendar

    In-the-know beach lovers sneak up to Ventura for its sandy expanses, Victorian-era charm, and easy access to Channel Islands National Park. You’ll find the local late-summer calendar packed with events. The county fair, which runs through Aug. 10, offers a bacchanal of funnel cake, fireworks, and free concerts by the Barenaked Ladies and the Beach Boys. Catch “Who’s Minding the Store?,” an exhibit that examines the role of immigrant grocers, before it closes at month’s end at the Museum of Ventura County. Read More
  • Deconstruction: Newport’s Grande Dame

    The Balboa Pavilion

    The building that helped transform Newport Beach into a recreational destination is steeped in a colorful past. “This is where working men and women would come to have fun and relax,” says Mike Donegan of the Catalina Passenger Service, a tenant in the 1905 landmark. Built as the southern terminus of the Pacific Electric Red Car route, the 8,000-square-foot structure was a bathhouse where L.A. visitors could change into their swimsuits. Succeeding tenants included a post office in the 1910s, a dance hall in the ’30s and ’40s, and a 10-lane bowling alley during World War II. This federal and state historic landmark, Donegan says, “was once a rough place with lots of gambling. It took awhile to transform it to where it was nice and respectable.” Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Snapshot: Confidence Woman

    Makeup maven Carmindy, on her new cosmetics company and mission to help women celebrate their inner and outer beauty.

    For a decade, she gave hundreds of women life-changing makeovers on TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Now that the series has ended, the 43-year-old Newport Beach native who grew up in Surf City is channeling everything she learned into her own makeup line. Read More
  • Must-Try Wine of Week: 2012 Ferdinand California Albariño

    Albariño, one of Spain’s great white wines, is a white grape variety traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain. It is typically crisp and acidic, and ideal for summer evening sipping and seafood pairings. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Best of 2014: Nutty Brûlée

    Sliding Door Cafe

    No one can resist breaking into the sugary crust of crème brûlée, and this one packs an extra surprise with its abundance of silky-smooth chocolate-hazelnut custard below—thanks to the addition of Nutella. This sinful dessert is incredibly rich and best shared with a friend. $8
    704 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949‑673‑7173,

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CRIME: O.C. Confidential

Our "Center of the Universe" story about seduction and a serial killer is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 For more true crime coverage, check out:
  • Murder, Love & Redemption Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save. 
  • Sandy Murphy's Complicated Life Convicted of murder in 2000 and branded as Las Vegas’ most notorious femme fatale, she resurfaced a decade later as the happily married owner of a Laguna Beach art gallery. 
  • Murder. Just Because. One of the most loathsome killers in Orange County talks. Without remorse. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
  • The Private Struggle of a Public Woman To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death, she lost what mattered most.