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Neighborhood: Buena Park

On the edge of what’s quickly becoming Orange County’s own Koreatown, the new Village Circle on Beach offers a mash-up of Asian cultures. Anchored by Taiwanese bakery 85C, Korean supermarket H Mart, and Japan’s dollar store Daiso, it’s Buena Park’s answer to Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree. Read more...

Neighborhoods: Along the Boulevard

One of Newport Beach’s busiest thoroughfares may be just a block away, but the sprawling strip mall at Old Newport Boulevard and Hospital Road still seems like a local secret. It’s one worth knowing: Among the hairstylists and tanning salons, you’ll find an unexpectedly diverse collection of treasures. Read more...

Neighborhoods: Huntington Beach’s Bella Terra

Construction crews have been busy at Huntington Beach’s Bella Terra. In the past year, more than 10 stores and restaurants have opened at the shopping center just off the 405 Freeway’s Beach Boulevard exit, adding to the dinner-and-a-movie spot’s lively vibe Read more...

Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita’s Plaza El Paseo is a South County suburban mall with a twist. It’s the unexpected finds—a little gem of a florist, cozy spots to sample tea and wine, and a top-notch steakhouse across the street—that put it in a league of its own. Read more...

Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa

Chain restaurants and stores dominate most of the strip malls on Costa Mesa’s east side. But at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street, look a little closer and you’ll find indie boutiques and cafes tucked in among the usual suspects Read more...

Neighborhoods: Spiffed Up Shopping in Irvine

New facades and landscaping—part of a $10 million renovation—have gussied up Heritage Plaza, formerly a somewhat-tired Irvine strip mall with a few good places to eat. New tenants Habit Burger and Bruxie are breathing life into this place, along with these local favorites. Read more...

Anaheim's Growing Community

Nearly four years ago, Rose Homme rehabbed part of an Anaheim strip mall near Brookhurst Street and Orange Avenue to open a baby boutique, and invited other indie businesses such as The Makery, below, to move in. Now, the center known as Community draws shoppers looking for handmade, ecofriendly, artisan goods. Bonus: It’s near some of the county’s best Middle Eastern restaurants. Read more...

Neighborhoods: Laguna Beach

The downtown hub of Laguna Beach is filled every weekend with tourists, no matter the season. But go less than a mile south of Broadway, and you’ll find a quieter stretch of shops and restaurants, with mostly locals milling about. Some spots are new, and some are longtime neighborhood favorites—a good mix for a day of holiday shopping Read more...

Neighborhoods - Santa Ana

The foodie revolution in Santa Ana that began five years ago is picking up steam again. A half-dozen buzz-worthy restaurants have opened in the past six months, and a microbrewery, The Good Beer Co., is on the way. Try them for lunch, dinner, or dessert between gallery visits, or while celebrating at downtown’s annual Noche de Altares festival on Nov. 2 Read more...

Orange County's Indie City

A mini-map to Costa Mesa. Read more...
  • 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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  • Hot Shop: Popping With Petals

    Petals and Pop would be at home in a Paris street scene. Blooms and foliage spill onto the sidewalk from old aluminum buckets and vintage German pickling jars. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling library ladder slides along the shelves of this flower and home goods store, providing access to vases, table linens, garden and kitchen tools, specialty chocolates, and cookbooks. Read More
  • Neighborhood: Buena Park

    On the edge of what’s quickly becoming Orange County’s own Koreatown, the new Village Circle on Beach offers a mash-up of Asian cultures. Anchored by Taiwanese bakery 85C, Korean supermarket H Mart, and Japan’s dollar store Daiso, it’s Buena Park’s answer to Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Shaved Ice

    These light and downright lush desserts get tricked out with enticing toppings and mix-ins, many taking their cues from Asian favorites such as red beans, mochi balls, and lychee. But they also can be as traditional as orangesicle and strawberry shortcake. Here are six places in Orange County to get your brain-freeze on. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Roast Chicken

    Whether it’s cooked slowly over open flames on a spit-roast or stuffed with herbs and roasted in the oven to golden perfection, few dishes are as comforting as a simple roast chicken. While it’s hard to beat a home-cooked version, these seven diverse locales in Orange County do right by this ubiquitous classic. Read More
  • O.C.'s Best: Afternoon Tea

    The ritual dates back to the 1800s as a snacking fix and social gathering for the aristocratic ladies of Britain. Today, afternoon tea has become a fashionable alternative for birthday parties, and bridal and baby showers. Here are five teahouses in Orange County where you can practice traditional etiquette while noshing on dainty pastries and finger sandwiches. Read More
  • How to Have Tea Like a Brit

    You call it afternoon tea, but in Britain it’s just called tea. Because you don’t just have tea in the afternoon. You have tea all the time. 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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