Fresh From O.C.
We never get tired of spotlighting local overachievers, such as the 100+ students from UC Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Chapman University, and Saddleback College who for the past two years have be designing and building an energy-efficient, drought-tolerant, affordable home as their entry in this month’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team Orange County, […]
With a gumball machine full of antacid, Beachwood BBQ’s SourFest is back this week, perpetuating the whole “odd years for odd beers” saying. It takes two years to fill their cellar for such an event, and my belly is atwitter with delight (and fear) looking at the six-day line up. For a sour beer fan like […]
I’ve worked there for 15 years and never experienced anything strange. But there’s a story. The county’s first courthouse (1901) now houses the Old Courthouse Museum and the first courtroom, which is restored to its original appearance. Descendants of those who worked there have donated original furniture. Almost 25 years ago, museum staff noticed that […]
To appreciate the majesty of Yosemite National Park, you need to visit often—and the 125th anniversary is a great time to start. Experience 360-degree views at Glacier Point or the imposing granite slabs surrounding the valley. Join a year-long celebration that commemorates Oct. 1, 1890, when President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation to make it the […]
It feels so incongruous. Yet it works so well. My wife and I are sitting at the rear counter of MRK Public in San Clemente, looking through picture windows past telephone poles and treetops to the distant ocean. With our backs to the room, we could be in some roadside diner, yet we’re enjoying a […]
The annual Silverado Country Fair strives to be a reenactment of 19th-century boomtown canyon life in Orange County, but it doesn’t stay on script. (We somehow doubt there were dog-kissing booths or hot rods at old-time country fairs.) But while the Silverado fair falls short as a replica, it’s close to achieving something better: an […]
A long time ago when we wanted to go to wine country we had to make an early morning drive up the coast to Santa Barbara County. Well, lo and behold we have a burgeoning community right underneath our syrah-sniffing noses. Save yourself the headache of fighting traffic and explore the Orange County Wine Trail. […]
Scientists see Orange County as a fossil hotspot, where every dig can reveal secrets of the region’s past. Though still an undergrad geology major at Cal State Fullerton, Michelle Barboza has mapped the magmatic systems of the Andes and worked on excavation sites along the Panama Canal. Back home, she spends most of her time […]
Now that we’ve officially entered October, I’ve been in the mood for some heartier cocktails, and I’ve got just the place and the fix for those seeking a little fall spirit. A Newport classic since 1926, the former Arches—now A Restaurant—with its low lighting, cozy bar, and plush booths, provides the perfect ambience for enjoying […]
Top Feature Stories
As soon as the federal ruling was issued this April, Skylar began talking about pursuing state-funded surgery for herself. But this is hardly a new quest; she has wanted such an operation for more than 20 years. Unknown to many people who followed the Hawks case, Skylar’s need to pay for the surgery was a primary motive for murdering the couple.
I read something on the internet one recent evening that made a brief and tangential reference to a serial killer preying on Marines in Southern California in the 1970s and early ’80s. Having been stationed at Camp Pendleton, I thought, “How come I never heard about this?” I had returned to the East Coast upon my discharge in September 1980, but still. So I searched “serial killer California Marines 80s” and came up with the name Randy Kraft.
Overlooked in the speculation about luring the NFL back to Southern California is the fact that two professional football teams are already here, both with ties to Orange County. So why does our Gridiron guinea pig think the term “professional” is misleading?
Laura Linsenmayer, a Laguna Beach native and cosmetologist, decided a few years ago that we should pay more attention to what’s in our beauty products. “It was a common-sense shift,” says Linsenmayer, 36. Her business plan included learning all aspects of the industry so she could open Roots: The Beauty Underground, a Laguna Beach boutique […]