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September 2014: 52 Things Every Local Must Do

Your table of contents for what made it from pages to megabytes—for the full print or digital edition, get a copy on newsstands or in the iTunes store today. Read more...

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52 Things Every Local Must Do

When it comes to picking things to do in Orange County, we have different priorities than out-of-towners. Sure, we love Disneyland, but we’ve been there so many times. So stash that tourist guidebook! In our September issue, we created an insider’s list of amazing sights, offbeat places, challenging adventures, and just plain fun things to do. To make it more interesting, keep score and see how local you really are. Read more...

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, theslidingdoorcafe.com

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Best of 2014: Honey Bee Chicken

You’ll fall in lust with the chicken pieces at BBQ Chicken at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. Fried in olive oil for a crunchy exterior, they’re tossed in a sweet honey sauce making them all the more delicious. $11 to $21

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Best of 2014: New York Pizza

Seal Beach’s A Slice of New York makes pizza the way it’s supposed to be—with a thin, chewy crust that oozes cheese and can be enjoyed the New Yawker way: folded in half.
142 Main St., 562-493-4430, asliceofnewyorkpizza.net

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Best of 2014: Bird-Watching

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114, bolsachica.org

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See Balboa Pavillion in Buster Keaton's Films!

Deconstructing our iconic pavillion

The Balboa, an eight-count WWII-era swing dance, has its roots here, but the fast-moving jitterbug was banned due to the building’s deterioration. Read more...

Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

Lil'Green Wagon

Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648, lilgreenwagon.com

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Food Lovers Guide - Vanilla

Plain vanilla extract is fine for large-batch baking, but vanilla snobs like to play with other varieties, including the skinny, leathery beans. We won’t delve into the classic Mexican-versus-Tahitian debate, except to say we like Tahitian for creamy concoctions and the bolder Mexican in concert with dark chocolate. Find plump, vacuum-sealed beans of both varieties at Surfas Culinary District. Read more...

Food Lovers Guide - Kouign Amann

Butter worship is a birthright in Brittany—the French region that invented this transcendent caramelized pastry with the funny name (say Queen a-MAHN). Read more...

Food Lovers Guide - Taps' Remy Beer

Brewmaster Victor Novak and owner Joe Manzella fill a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel with Taps’ Imperial Russian Stout. After five months, the transformation of flavors is phenomenal, eliciting notes of coconut and marshmallow that flatter the inherent dark chocolate flavors of the stout. Read more...

Best of 2014: Summer Cocktail

Chapter One

Vivid, fizzy, and a tad nectarous, Druid Divination is bar boss Drew Tripp's nod to summery quenching with its shaken mix of Irish whiskey, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil, plus thyme muddles with sweet strawberries from star producer Harry's Berries. Order two - one for you, and one for you. $10
227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714-352-2225, chapteronetml.com

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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.