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I've Been Looking For...Walt Disney Arcana

Of course, there’s Disneyland. But there’s a little bit of Walt’s California beginnings up the road in Garden Grove. That’s where you’ll find the modest garage he used as his first workspace when he and brother Roy moved from Kansas City in 1923. Read more...

Inconspicuous Art: Feathered Currency Roll

By: Artist unknown, late-19th to mid-20th century Read more...

Commemorations: Unbuilt Tower

This tongue-in-cheek 1970 marker honors a never-built, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.-designed tower. Wright Jr., award-winning architect of the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes and son of the more legendary architect, proposed a stylized 94-foot oil derrick tower at the shopping center and gas station he designed. Locals didn’t like it, however, and developer Stanley Fann put a tombstone on the site proclaiming “its defeat is symbolic of the democratic process.” In the bushes behind the Arco station at Springdale Street and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach Read more...

Architecture: Arden, Helena Modjeska House & Gardens

Designed by Stanford White in 1888 for the renowned Shakespearean actress. One of two National Historic Landmarks in the county, tucked into Modjeska Canyon, natch. Read more...

Another Hidden Hike: Mentally Sensitive Trail

Start out on this moderately difficult 4-mile hike walking northwest on a paved ridgeline fire road (Aswut Trail), which has some of the county’s best vistas. Undeveloped Aliso Canyon lies on one side and on the other you’ll have expansive views down into Laguna Beach and the ocean. Then dip into the park via its least-known entrance. Read more...

I've Been Looking for...Sheet Music

The Cypress Branch Library is home to Orange County Public Libraries’ music collection, and it’s the largest public repository of historical sheet music in the county. It features more than 5,000 books and 4,000 individual scores, encompassing more than 50,000 song titles. Read more...

Architecture: Notable Buildings You May Not Know

This 1995 Frank Gehry-designed, Anaheim hockey arena is the Ducks’ practice facility and is used for public skating. The ceiling’s curving woodwork is emblematic of Gehry. Read more...

Shopping: OC Style Report

Co-founded by sisters Rachael and Natalie Dickens, this comprehensive fashion and beauty website is a zine tailored for Orange County women. It features weekly layouts of the latest trends, a daily “Look of the Day,” and how-to’s on makeup, hair, and skin care. Its “Ultimate OC Style-List” is a roundup of their picks for best-of-the-best boutiques and beauty professionals to help you define your personal style. ocstylereport.com Read more...

Architecture: Francisco Ayala Science Library’s Central Courtyard

When you stand in the center of this UC Irvine landmark and speak, your voice sounds amplified in your own ear, but not to those around you. Read more...

Shopping: Social B Boutique

This new shop is off the beaten path, but it’s on the right track with its mission to support local designers. Browse the latest collections of Corona del Mar-based Jessie Loves Jewels; and made-in-South County brand Luxe by Lisa Vogel swimwear. Owner Christy Salem has great taste and her boutique is filled with chic-yet-affordable apparel, plus home goods. 359 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-533-3525, socialbboutique.com Read more...
  • Best of 2013: Speaker Series

    Newport Beach Public Library Foundation looks for the best speakers on topical issues—and boy, does it deliver. The Witte Lectures series has included playwright Edward Albee, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, and food writer Ruth Reichl. Renowned British novelist Zadie Smith is scheduled for OCt. 30, and O.C. novelist Peggy Hesketh on Nov. 7, in the intimate 215-seat auditorium, which makes the post-talk, question-and-answer session that much more fun. Read More
  • Brea Mall is Home to O.C.'s Second Kiehl's Store

    In addition to getting a newly renovated mall, Brea now has bragging rights to a Kiehl's boutique. Elevating the skin and hair-care routines of loyal customers since 1851, Kiehl's chose The Brea Mall as the lucky landmark to expand the chain's presence, making it the second Orange County location (the other is at South Coast Plaza). Paying homage to Kiehl's East Village New York roots, the store brings a modern Big Apple apothecary to north county, blending antique fixtures with modern neon flair. 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
  • 10 Great Hikes

    Cleveland National Forest: It’s long, it’s a climb, it hurts your feet, but it has amazing two-county views and loads of flowers. It’s worth it. Take Trabuco Canyon Trail through the woods with alder and large bay trees releasing their distinctive culinary fragrance. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • O.C.’s Best: Brunch O’Clock

    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
 
 
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