March 2012

March 2012

Cover Story
Best of the West Coast
Seven Orange Coast staffers dreaming of favorite West Coast vacation spots linked those destinations into one 1,300-mile megatrip. The legwork is done. All you have to do is follow the south-to-north trail we blazed, and have fun. Registered Insiders can sample the three wine country side trips we feature as part of that package here. To order a print or digital copy of the March issue with the full feature, click here!

Features 
The Lost Boy 
Those who loved Kelly Thomas could only watch his unstoppable slide into mental illness. Now, after the public tragedy of his death following a beating by Fullerton police, they’re ready to talk about the tragedy that preceded it. You can read it here. To order a print or digital copy of the March issue, click here!
by Michael Goldstein

Bright On!
From solids to prints, spring’s color riot is a kick. So is Queen’s Bakery in Costa Mesa, where we shot this eye-popping spring fashion spread.   To get the full feature, subscribe or order a digital copy of our March issue here!
Photography by Carly Hebert / Styling by Michelle Hernandez

Happier Trails
A twisting road led a laid-off business executive to Cowboy Dan’s Jerky Emporium in Los Alamitos. And he’s not looking back.
by Chris Christensen

Zoom! 
Diamond & Pearl Ball Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including “An Evening at Moulin Rouge,” which benefited the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation to the tune of $1.3 million. 

Guide
The French Fries Guide INSIDERS ONLY!
Seven local places to find creative fries that outshine beefy burgers and stacked sandwiches. 
>> Online Only Browse past Guides

Coast Lines
Our Neighborhoods page visits Dana Point Harbor for the tail end of whale season. The O.C. Answer Man describes the strangest thing ever to wash up on an Orange County beach. In Books, we review Héctor Tobar’s O.C.-set “The Barbarian Nurseries.” Meet Orange County’s “Clock Man” in Trade Secrets, as well as the voice of the cinematic Barbie in O.C.’s Own. We found a band of brainiacs at UC Irvine—the Interactions Jazz Ensemble, made up of four professors and an administrator with 150 years of education behind them—and introduce each in Deconstruction. On the Market visits some currently listed homes designed by notable architects. Finally, we spotlight Temple Grandin, Emanuel Ax, and other March attractions in Don’t Miss.

O.C. Style
Citrus colors are the season’s freshest palette, and the colors are turning up in everything from denim to nail polish. Check out the offerings from Cut25, Diane Von Furstenburg, Fendi, Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Taylor and Inglot. Plus, our Hot Shop feature takes you inside MerMade in Newport Beach. 

Departments

Drive Love it or lease it: In an age of impermanence, choosing a car no longer means a long-term relationship. 

Rituals A monthly gathering that offers Orange County’s neediest residents the simple pleasure of clean clothes.  

Columns
Land’s End Reconsidering the local mandate to hate government.

Editor’s Letter Have Taste, Will Travel

Artist Spotlight  “Summertime Self-Portrait,” by visually impaired Seal Beach painter Arlissa Vaughn. It’s among the works that will be part of the “Shared Visions International Art Exhibit” at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton through mid-August. To see previous Artist Spotlight features, click here.
>> Online Only Click here to see an online gallery of other Vaughn works, as well as our comprehensive events listings that will guide you to the month’s best in local arts and entertainment.

Dining
Main Course Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach

Nibbles & Bits News and notes from the local foodie scene, including a Smackdown between two variations of Crispy Rice With Spicy Tuna, chef Joe Youkhan’s spice rubs, and the latest from the Seabirds vegan food truck!

Rediscovery Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s

>> Online Only Our authoritative, expanded, and searchable dining listings  

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