March 2014

Eat. Play. Live

What made it from pages to megabytes—for the full print edition, pick up a copy on newsstands or in the iTunes store today.

Cover Story
Eat. Play. Live.
An insider’s guide to the hottest neighborhoods in Orange County right now—plus some other undeniably cool ’hoods. Click for Downtown Anaheim, Downtown Santa Ana, East Side Costa Mesa, and Pavilion Park in the Great Park. To see those neighborhoods on a map, click here.

Features
The Professor’s Mortal Sin
Psychologist Patricia Esparza of Santa Ana moved halfway around the world to escape the deadly secret in her past. It wasn’t far enough. She’s scheduled to stand trial for the murder of the man who she says raped her in 1995, and we’ve got the full grand jury report in which she tells her story. Click here to read more about Esparza’s research focusing on the problems of Latino youth, and about the prosecution’s primary witness.

The Showstoppers
The past few years have seen a number of alums from the Orange County School of the Arts go on to lead and starring roles in major Broadway productions. We spotlight five of them, and download them about the lessons they learned at OCSA and beyond. Click here to see the Showstoppers in their Broadway roles.

Dining
Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita is featured as our Main Course review, while we visit post-makeover Bayside in Newport Beach in Rediscovery. For at-home fun, mix up O.C.’s Best bloody marys with the meal-worthy JFAT bloody

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants

Coast Lines
Fly high with our Person of Interest, trapeze artist Nick Selvy—and check back to watch our photographer conquer her fear of heights while shooting this story. In Neighborhoods we visit East Side Costa Mesa; click here for a map to all of our Neighborhoods O.C. Answer Man tackles the city formerly known as Dairyland, and more. Find out about unexpectedly healthy vacation options in Las Vegas in Perfect Getaway. Should you see “Nite at the Puppet Asylum,” a karaoke puppet show? Click here for the flow chart.

 

IN EVERY ISSUE

Letter from Editor Martin J. Smith

Zoom! Society editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events. Be sure to check out our Charitable Events Calendar here.

My OC Dennis McDougal remembers a long-ago bike ride through the Adventureland of 1959 Orange County.

Rituals Should we continue to celebrate the swallows’ annual return to Mission San Juan Capistrano when, in fact, the swallows no longer return there? 

Land’s End Shawn Hubler on how we often overlook the Eden in which we live.

 

You gotta check out our print edition to see: our Spring Fashion feature and our expanded Style section, Don’t Miss events, and even more dining content!