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O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

The classic hair-of-the-dog cocktail is bigger and bolder than ever, with inspired garnishes and premium upgrades

Get your vegetables and booze in one convenient—and delicious—serving with what’s been hailed as America’s murkiest and most complex cocktail. Traditionally made with tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, its origins are widely debated. Here are five superb O.C. renditions of the world-famous drink.

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O.C.’s Best: Power Lunches

For the business elite, big meals and big deals are all part of the dance

When it’s time to impress important clients, it helps to have the right atmosphere. Our advice? Do it over a lunch that shows you mean business. Break bread at any of these five restaurants in Orange County—don’t forget to wear your best-looking suit and, of course, bring the company plastic. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Elixir Soups

If you’ve caught whichever virus currently is making the rounds, reach for comfort in a steaming bowl of goodness

There’s nothing like the warmth of soup to soothe the misery of a cold or flu. Whether it’s a light broth or hearty porridge, it’s a universally nurturing remedy. If mom’s not around to prepare her famous homemade chicken soup, these five Orange County options are the next-best thing. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Vintage Cocktails

Local bartenders are shaking things up with new twists on arcane drinks from the early 1900s

The revival continues for cocktails inspired by the golden, boozy pre-Prohibition era, along with variations on established classics, such as the Manhattan and the Boston sour. Here are six great bars in Orange County where old meets new in handcrafted cocktails. Read more...

The Global Diner: Vindaloo

The heat is on in India’s popular curry dish

India’s smallest state, Goa, is the birthplace of vindaloo. The dish is a beguiling mix of tangy, sweet, and spicy, and traditionally is made with pork steeped in vinegar, garlic, ginger, chilies, coriander, cumin, onions, mustard oil, and tamarind. Reinterpreted by the English, it has become one of the most fiery dishes on the menu at your favorite local Indian restaurant. Read more...

The Global Diner: Hu Tieu

A noodle dish so good you can enjoy it with or without the broth

There’s no dearth of delectable noodles in Asian cuisine—the options are vast and varied. Consider hu tieu. It’s Chinese. It’s Vietnamese. It’s Cambodian. You can eat it with broth. Or without. And, to add to the confusion, there are several styles of preparation and toppings. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Brunch O’Clock

It’s the weekend, you’ve gently rolled out of bed, and you’ve got the rest of the day to spend as you wish. This may be the best meal of the week.

For many of us, weekends are for sleeping in and enjoying sumptuous breakfasts that can last until late afternoon—and perhaps a mimosa or two to round out the affair. Here are six restaurants where you can stroll in for a great not-quite-breakfast, not-quite-lunch experience. Read more...

Lomo Saltado

Peru’s classic pairing is not your hum-drum meat and potatoes

One of Peru’s most beloved dishes, lomo saltado, isn’t completely Peruvian. It’s a Chinese-influenced, wok-sauteed variation on the time-honored pairing of meat and potatoes. The dish comes with a punch of flavors: a dash of soy sauce, a splash of vinegar, tomatoes, red onions, strips of beef, and golden fries, all cooked together and served with a side of steamed rice. Boring meat-and-potatoes, this isn’t. Read more...

Goi Cuon

Vietnamese spring rolls are a satisfying, beat-the-heat meal

The Vietnamese goi cuon, or spring roll, is a satisfying marriage of textures and flavors—quite possibly the perfect hand-held meal. Fillings vary, usually a mixture of noodles, fresh herbs, and poached or grilled meats, all tightly wrapped in chewy, delicate rice paper. None is as popular as goi cuon nem nuong stuffed with chargrilled, marinated pork, fried egg roll skin, and fresh lettuces, mint, cucumber, and chive. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Inspired Salads

These seven hearty bowls are assembled with creativity and gusto, and often outshine even the most assertive entrees

Fresh, hearty salads get serious love in health-conscious Orange County, whether complementing a main dish or prepared as stand-alone meals. Here are seven restaurants where the humble salad reaches its full potential—packing a delicious mix of flavors and textures to a light-but-satisfying end. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Summer Sippers

Beat the lingering heat of summer with these refreshing drinks, from raw juice smoothies to lemonade with a twist

The weather may be blessedly mild most of the year, but Orange County can really sizzle in the summer. When the sun’s blazing, you’re not limited to the ocean or a swimming pool to cool down. Try deliciously ice-cold libations from these seven places to slake that summertime thirst. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Fried Chicken To Go

Nothing says summer like crispy wings and thighs, and Orange County is home to eight terrific renditions of the Southern classic

It’s a quintessential summertime favorite, a staple at picnics and family get-togethers. What better to serve everyone than a heap of golden fried chicken bursting with flavor and crunch? Make sure one of these versions makes it into the basket for your next sunny outing. Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 

Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.

 

A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.

 

Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 

 

Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why. 

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