From a California mountain resort to a wine lovers’ valley in Mexico, we found five terrific destinations and some offbeat adventures along the way. Join us on our journeys to San Diego, Baja, Big Sur, Big Bear, and Palm Springs.
By Chris Christensen, Evan Henerson, Barbara Thornburg, Anne Valdespino, and Jim Walters
Those Who Wait
In a world where caring service has become increasingly rare, Orange County’s most enduring career waiters have become a diner’s refuge and ritual.
Written by Kelly von Hemert, photographed by Carly Hebert
The Mel & Elmo Show
Mel Rogers’ KOCE-TV Channel 50 in Costa Mesa now controls the region’s best PBS programming, including “Masterpiece,” “Frontline,” and “Sesame Street.” Is he the smartest guy around? Or just the luckiest?
By Scott Martelle
“Broadway Rocks Anaheim.” Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including the inaugural benefit for the capital campaign to build a performing-arts center in Anaheim.
Eight great florists for Mother’s Day INSIDERS ONLY!
Our guide to flower shopping in advance of this month’s celebration of mom.
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Intersection visits Birch Street and Brea Boulevard in Brea. Nibbles & Bits deconstructs a customized Blackmarket Bakery cake. The O.C. Answer Man deflates the myth of Mankota. In Quotes, Phil Luth gives his spin on lawn bowling. In Books, literary critic Jane Glenn Haas reviews the latest from Seal Beach author Edward Humes. Plus, red-hot rentals in On the Market, and we learn the trade secrets of Dr. D.P. Lyle, a forensic expert and author who helps other writers get their facts straight.
Show Mom the love with great finds for spring, including a Tommy Bahama electric bike, a Pucci scarf, and Christian Louboutin shoes. In Voices, meet Jeff and Patrick Kazmer of Eyeconik Eyewear in Huntington Beach. And in Hot Shop this month, we visit vintage retailer Swellegant in Newport Beach.
Drive The venerable Lincoln Town Car stars in the film “The Lincoln Lawyer,” but it’s also headed for automotive irrelevance.
Rituals The hearing-impaired converge on The Block at Orange each month to bring back the art of simple conversation.
My Orange County An accidental mom and the county that helped her raise two boys.
Land’s End Bag Lady
Editor’s Letter Roadside Magic
Arts & Events Artist Spotlight “Formations—Bloom,” by Irvine artist Virginia Katz
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Main Course Alessá in Laguna Beach
Rediscovery The Crosby in Santa Ana
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