October 2013

Escape to Orange County; Center of the Universe; and more!

Cover Story
Best Coastal Resorts in Orange County
Locals are a short drive from the country’s finest coastal resorts. Many have no idea what they’re missing. Want a sample? For a list of the best dining options at Orange County’s top-tier coastal resorts, click here. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the October issue here.

Features
The World’s Most Persistent Marathon Runner
Marina White, a 27-year-old UC Irvine grad student, hasn’t won a single race. Still, she has left her tracks in the Guinness Book of Records. Web Exclusive: For Marina’s travel tips for adventurous cheapskates, and her list of memorable marathon moments, click here. For a complete list of White’s 136-plus completed marathons, the most ever by someone her age, click here.
by Stan Sinberg

Seduced By a Serial Killer
A compelling, unforgettable memoir by a former Marine Corps scout sniper who three decades ago spent an afternoon being seduced in a San Clemente motel by now-condemned serial killer Randy Kraft. To see the full story, along with our fact-checker’s chronicle about trying to verify Jay Roberts’ account and a contemporary photo of him, click here. To read our previous story “Why Isn’t Randy Kraft Dead?” by Patrick J. Kiger, click here.
by Jay Roberts

Chapman Goes Hollywood
A short profile of Robert Bassett, dean of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, who discusses the challenges of going Hollywood with the university’s own production company and its first feature film, “Trigger,” starring Scott Glenn.
by Pat H. Broeske

Zoom!
 Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including Pacific Symphony’s “An Evening in China” fundraiser, which raised $1.3 million for the symphony’s artistic and education programs.

Coast Lines


Our Person of Interest page features a new project by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who grew up in Laguna Beach. To see Hawkins on stage with the Foo Fighters, click here. Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit at The Camp and The Lab in Costa Mesa, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man reveals what may have been Orange County’s most cherished Halloween tradition. Click here for a hint.

Perfect Getaway takes you for a musical weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Hot Pop offers a Google Search of actress Sandra Bullock on the eve of the “Gravity” release, a talk by author Zadie Smith, and Culture Clash between Cameron Diaz and James Cameron. On the Market spotlights local home sales by ZIP code. To preview our searchable Events listings for the county’s don’t-miss October happenings, click here.

O.C. Style Our Finds page shows how houndstooth check is changing fall’s classic look. The Hot Shop feature spotlights elegant Jarbo in Newport Beach, and Tastemakers profiles custom-made shoemaker Gordon Clune.

Dining Our dining section this month features a Main Course review of the surprising dinner menu at Early Bird in Fullerton. For a gallery of additional Early Bird photos, click here. Our Rediscovery review assesses the new chef’s offerings at Raya at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. O.C.’s Best discovers six of the best hot pot hot spots in Orange County. In this month’s Global Diner, Katherine Nguyen takes you to three great O.C. places where you can get Peru’s classic meat-and-potatoes pairing, lomo saltado. We also feature a Smackdown that compares hand-held chicken pies at Pie-Not in Costa Mesa and Pasty Kitchen in Los Alamitos, and our Pay It Forward tells you where three outstanding local chefs spend their dining dollars.

Dining Guide Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants

Departments

Drive Why does Philippe de Lespinay have so many toys?

Rituals The weirdest Oktoberfest tradition. Ever.

My Orange County What to do when a colleague won’t take his meds?  

Columns

Land’s End The Angels, the Dodgers, and the magic of Magic Johnson.

Editor’s Letter Why should you care about a failed seduction in 1980? Because it’s a story you’ll never forget.

Arts & Events

Gallery Spotlight Our Events page highlights six don’t-miss October happenings, including Maroon 5, Bernadette Peters, and the upcoming Solar Decathalon. And our Arts page celebrates culture crusader Berenika Schmitz of Dana Point.