It’s February. It’s 75 degrees. Stop taking Orange County’s weather for granted and get outside for some fresh air and endorphins. We have three remarkable playgrounds where you can swim, surf, cycle, jog—even learn the trapeze. And they’re open all winter long.
by Rosemary McClure
Murder, Love & Redemption
Here’s a Valentine’s Day story unlike any other, one about a lost but earnest young man, a notorious Manson girl, and their long and loving life together despite prison bars and a monumental struggle to overcome her past. Can love transform? Here’s proof. Click here to read the full story.
by Shawn Hubler
Yard House CEO Steele Platt’s Newport Coast home is his palace. With its 15 televisions, five bars, poker room, wine cellar, home theater, billiard room, and pool, it’s also every man’s dream.
by Emily Young
By Martin J. Smith
Zoom! Society Editor Gloria Zigner takes you inside local events, parties, and fundraisers.
Intersection MacArthur and Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.
Numbers The precise distance to basketball glory.
Trade Secrets What it takes to fly a little plane towing a huge banner.
Answer Man The "Pepsi City" of Garden Grove, the lack of seals in Seal Beach, and racing through Irvine.
Deconstruction San Clemente surfer Greg Long’s perfect ride.
Books Orange Coast literary critic Marylin Hudson reviews a romantic comedy from Fullerton’s Carol Snow, the latest flight of fancy from Newport Coast’s Dean Koontz, a Hang Ten founder’s take on surfing legends, and a timely post-Bernie Madoff survival tale.
On the Market Staircases that make grand entrances.
Arts “Jizo” by Santa Ana’s Nobuhito Nishigawara. Plus, as a Web exclusive, meet three other artists featured in the OsCene 2010 exhibit.
Don’t Miss Our featured arts and entertainment events this month. We’ll be happy to e-mail you our weekly Don’t Miss newsletter featuring recommended events for the week ahead.
Finds Stylish plaid wool sneakers and other cozy comforts.
Seen O.C. "Housewife" Alexis Bellino.
Voices The hip housewares visionaries of Alice Supply Co.
O.C. Street Chic A photo and video blog by Jason Wallis introduces you to some of Orange County’s most fashion-forward people.
Drive Maybe Vespas are more than just stylish, efficient transportation. Maybe in O.C., the little bikes are an answer to some big questions.
Rituals Why Valentine’s Day is prime time for Newport’s leading private eye.
My Orange County Discovering Orange County through the early-bird specials, poker nights, and Costco runs of a brief senior citizenship.
Guide We scoured the county for great places to stage low-stress Valentine’s Day dessert dates.
1,000 Feet Top of the World neighborhood, Laguna Beach.
Main Course Chef Pascal Olhats brings Gallic charm and authentic cuisine to Brasserie Pascal.
Mouthful Pizzeria Ortica chef Steve Samson’s modern home kitchen has touches of—what else?—Italia.
The Guide Orange County’s definitive source for restaurant news, minireviews, and the hottest food and drink destinations.
Taste of Orange County Cynthia Furey’s blog can help you keep up with the latest local dining news and events. It’s here.
The Grapevine Anne Valdespino's wine blog. It's here.