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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...

Best of 2013: Angel Stadium Seats

An ideal gift for the baseball fanatic: front-row seats at Angel Stadium with close-to-the-plate unobstructed views in two slightly elevated sections behind the tony Diamond Club. Read more...

Best of 2013: Portable Snack

O.C.’s only Aussie meat pie joint, PIE‑NOT, offers some of the county’s best on-the-go food. Who knew you could slip these delectable pies out of their tins and eat them in hand without dropping a morsel? Read more...


Best of 2013: Country Stomping

Ever since THE RANCH SALOON got a mention in our Best of 2012, the dance floor has been jammed with even more two-steppers and lovers of country music having a grand ol’ time. Read more...

Best of 2013: For Your Fish Friend

Tucked in a nondescript shopping center is PACIFIC REEF, a 4,000-square-foot tropical fish adventure fit for Jacques Cousteau. Read more...

Best of 2013: Timeless Toys

The dark-wood shelves at TIDDLYWINKS hold a thoughtful selection of crafting and building toys, dress-up sets, and cuddly stuffed animals. Read more...

Best of 2013: Swing Thing

The ATOMIC BALLROOM is the go-to destination for local Lindy Hoppers, but it also offers fun classes and evening dances in salsa, blues, and other styles. Its owners assure us that “two left feet” is a curable ailment. Read more...

Best of 2013: Believe the Hype Tortilleria

You may find yourself parked between a Mercedes and a pickup at this shop that serves much more than tortillas. Read more...

Best of 2013: Children's Bookstore

Independent A WHALE OF A TALE CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOPPE stocks the very best reads, helping turn youngsters into bookworms. Read more...

Best of 2013: Kayaking

The conservancy’s two-hour guided kayak trips ($25) are a
fun and communal way to see Newport Beach’s Back Bay. 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
  • 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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