Orange Coast Magazine



Snapshot: Art Without Limits

Featured on the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” blog, Singh is fast becoming a standout arts and events producer in SoCal. In addition to Brokechella, the “music fest for the rest of us” taking place April 19 in downtown L.A., the 27‑year‑old oversees an annual film festival, art installations, stage shows, and acting workshops. She hopes to someday host an event similar to Burning Man.

Orange County's 10 Best Restaurants

You wait all year for this list. Now get out there and eat. Read more...

Orange County Restaurant of the Year 2014: Little Sparrow

This Santa Ana newbie developed a loyal following the month it took wing, by charming worldly diners with its cozy vintage venue and a crew brimming with talent. When partners Jenny Le, Bruce Marsh and wife Naseem Aflakian tapped Eric Samaniego as chef, their intentions were clear: Give Little Sparrow what it takes to soar. Read more...

The Nature Dorks: Orange County's Wildflower Experts

‘Want to come up and see my daisy? Robert Allen asked that question the first time I met him. Well past my ingenue days, I don’t get many offers like that. Read more...

O.C. Home: Change Artists

Prospective buyers don’t always end up with the storied homes of their dreams. They usually take their newfound digs—however imperfect—and make them their own. Such was the case for Dean and Carla Soll. With three children, her live-in parents, and five cars to juggle, they needed more room, so in 2009, they began searching for a property. Read more...

Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Santa Ana

This rebooted downtown, with its hip, edgy vibe, is a magnet for urban adventurers of every stripe—chef-stalking foodies, new-media types, and millennials happily camping out overnight to buy the latest limited-edition sneaker. Most recently reinvented is the East End, home of the former Fiesta Marketplace. The East End adds vibrancy to the bustling and diverse arts district, with the landmark 1928 Santora Building, Velvet Lounge, and an array of trendy hangouts. Read more...

Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Pavilion Park

Orange County’s newest neighborhood is different from the others profiled; check out that walk score. Still, this 21st century community is attuned to demographic trends, and it has put out a welcome mat for all ages. This Great Park neighborhood contains the first one-story homes built in Irvine in 25 years, and it’s the first to focus on multigenerational housing, some with master bedroom suites downstairs and upstairs, and others with “homes-within-the-homes,” helpful for aging parents or boomerang kids. Read more...

Hot O.C. Neighborhood: East Side Costa Mesa

This updated neighborhood doesn’t have to try hard to be interesting, original, surprising, and modern—it just is. Take the mile-long stretch of strip malls along 17th Street, between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, the heart of the renaissance. Foodies come for the Instagram-worthy Aussie-style meat pies at PieNot, coconut French toast at Plums Café, and braised pork panini at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. And that’s just the Ps. Other homegrown restaurants and shops tip toward lean-and-clean fare, such as the casual Jan’s Health Bar. Plus it’s the birthplace of Mother’s Market & Kitchen. Read more...

Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans. Read more...

The Professor’s Mortal Sin

Norma Patricia Esparza, assistant professor of psychology and clinical psychologist at Webster University in Geneva, flew into Boston on Oct. 19, 2012, for a brief layover. She was on her way to St. Louis, where she would be attending a meeting of faculty from all of the school’s far-flung campuses. But Esparza never made it to St. Louis. Shortly after her plane landed at 8:30 p.m. at Logan International Airport, she was approached by police, placed in handcuffs, and booked for the 1995 murder of 24-year-old Gonzalo Ramirez. He’d been beaten and hacked to death with a meat cleaver. Read more...


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.
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.