July 2010 Table of Contents
Best of 2010
This is the issue you wait for all year: Our annual hot list of the 101 coolest things in Orange County, from frozen yogurt to fireworks shows, from grilled cheese sandwiches to hip boutiques. We even consulted psychics to bring you the best place for a tarot card reading.
The Last Ride of Darryl Benefiel
One year ago, the competitive and conscientious cyclist pedaled from his Newport Beach apartment to train in the idyllic hills of Newport Coast. In another sense, though, he was riding headlong into what has become hostile territory. In Southern California’s ongoing turf battle between bike riders and motorists, it’s easy to predict who loses.
by Nan Kappeler
His & Hers
A retired airline pilot and a Nike executive realize their dream 25 years in the making. Hint: It’s stylish enough to call home, and practical enough to cross the ocean.
by Sarah Womack
Fast and Furious
by Martin J. Smith
Zoom! Society Editor Gloria Zigner takes you inside local events, parties, and fundraisers, including the “Ticket to Ride” gala for the Orange County High School of the Arts, among others.
Intersection Thalia Street & Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
O.C. Answer Man Why the Laguna Beach Little League gives away Cracker Jack on opening day
Trade Secrets Barney Lopas, Angel Stadium head groundskeeper
Books Orange Coast literary critic Marylin Hudson says Don Winslow’s hard-edged new novel, “Savages,” is not for the squeamish, but is excellent crime fiction. Plus, a Chapman University screenwriting teacher crafts memorable women’s literary fiction, a local motivator helps you find time to excel, and an O.C. lawyer pens a guide on recovering from identity theft.
Just for Fun What we found in local lost-and-found bins
Quotes Christopher Duma, a brain surgeon, on his marriage of medicine and music
Deconstruction The O.C.-commissioned USS Dewey
On the Market Driveways that lead to luxury
Arts Artist Rimi Yang’s “Offering Flowers” Web Exclusive!
Don’t Miss Our featured arts and entertainment events this month. Our comprehensive, chronological, and searchable listing of the month’s happenings are here. We'll also be happy to e-mail you our weekly Don’t Miss newsletter featuring recommended events for the week ahead.
Finds Proudly wearing the red, white, and blue
Voices Laguna Beach jewelry designer Julia Post
Hot Shop Green Cube in Laguna Beach
O.C. Street Chic A photo and video blog by Jason Wallis that will introduce you to some of Orange County’s most fashion-forward people.
Drive Chasing Orange County’s inexplicably trendy food wagons
Legends The improbable comeback of surf legend Ian “Kanga” Cairns
My Orange County Only one of them is an alien. But it’s not the one you think.
Guide Five genial Japanese pubs
Land’s End Is the OC Fair in our DNA?
Main Course The Catch reopens in Anaheim
Mouthful At home with Sol Cocina chef Deborah Schneider
Rediscovery What to order at Wildfish Seafood Grille in Newport Beach
The Guide Orange County’s definitive source for restaurant news, more than 160 minireviews, and the hottest food and drink destinations
Taste of Orange County Cynthia Furey’s blog can help you keep up with the latest local dining news and events.
The Grapevine Anne Valdespino's wine blog
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Letters From ashes to inspiration
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