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According to folklore, on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, if a groundhog sees its shadow it means six more weeks of winter. In Huntington Beach, if a brewery makes a funky, sour, hoppy beer in mid-October, it means six more weeks of summer. Beach City Brewery did just that with their new beer, Citra W.I.P.A.. The 6.2% […]
Many people say “I’m not the Vegas type,” or “I just don’t like Las Vegas.” I used to be one of these travelers, particularly since I don’t gamble. I went for a work conference and marveled at the mass of humanity, the constant noise that made it seem like everyone was winning, the incredible visual display […]
Fall is my favorite time of year. For just a few months, the relentless heat of Southern California’s summer surrenders. Suddenly it becomes sensory overload—the sight and sound of fallen leaves crunching beneath your feet, and the subtle white noise of falling rain. In addition, the flavors of this season bring an almost spiritual experience […]
Move over craft breweries, there’s a new craft movement in town! Orange County is about to have its very own grain-to-glass distillery. After two years of meticulous planning, founders Brian and Robin Christenson, business partner and actress Kirsten Vangsness—who stars in the CBS hit drama, “Criminal Minds”—and head distiller, Ryan Friesen, have broken ground on […]
If you dine often enough at the Korean barbecues in our county, you’ll learn that banchan—the cluster of small side dishes that accompanies virtually every meal—is just as important as the entrée. With the quality of each piece of meat inspected down to the last millimeter of marbling, it’s a restaurant’s banchan that separates the […]
Until recently, I’d never eaten Ethiopian food. Wanting to correct this deficiency, a friend suggested we meet at Tana Ethiopian in Anaheim, his favorite of the two—count ‘em—Ethiopian restaurants in Orange County. I can tell you that my first time will not be my last—I loved it. There were multiple vegetable stews, each with distinct […]
Can a girl have enough Diptyque? Not this one. I’ve been wickedly fond of this 54-year-old French company since the ‘90s, when I fell in love with its ivory candles in clear glass holders with classic black-and-white labels. Some designers I know love these iconic containers so much that when the candle burns down, they use […]
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 […]
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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?
Last Feb. 9, Orange County sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call arrived about 2 a.m. at the three-story hillside mansion that Brad and Andra Sachs shared with their large family in San Juan Capistrano. The officers found the couple’s youngest, 8-year-old Landon, facedown in a hallway, wounded and crippled by a bullet that had […]
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 […]