Special Issue: Our Ocean
The dynamic sea off the Orange County coast is like no other, especially now during a cyclical abundance of marine life—including whales, dolphins, sea lions, and seals. Let this month’s special issue immerse you in the glory and power of our most treasured and fragile resource. Registered Orange Coast Insiders can read our accompanying list that explains which local restaurant offerings are sustainable species -- and which aren't. That’s here. To order a print or digital copy of the May issue with the full feature, click here!
Knee-Deep in Doubt
Affluent Balboa Island has become Orange County’s front line in the debate about climate change and rising seas. Here, where science meets the seawall, it’s time to decide: to believe, or not to believe? You can read it here. To order a print or digital copy of the May issue, click here!
by Patrick J. Kiger
O.C.’s Wondrous Piers
A refreshing walk on a pier is like a minivacation. But don’t assume the privilege will last forever. To see the full feature with photos, subscribe or order a digital copy of our May issue here!
by Christopher Smith
10 True Things
We asked best-selling young-adult novelist Alyson Nöel what she knows about today’s adolescents. Her answers give us reason to hope. To see the full feature with photos, subscribe or order a digital copy of our May issue here!
by Laura Saari
Go Red for Women
Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including the American Heart Association's eighth annual Orange County 'Go Red for Women' luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club, which raised more than $246,000.
Brownies! INSIDERS ONLY!
Nine places in Orange County to get your chocolate bliss on.
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The Neighborhoods page explores the shopper’s paradise of Westcliff. The O.C. Answer Man revisits Gospel Swamp. In Books, we review the crime novel “The Jaguar” by Orange County native T. Jefferson Parker. Learn the Trade Secrets of TV’s worldwide home finder Danielle Robb, and, in O.C.’s Own, behold the tao (and come-hither smile) of Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson. The Perfect Getaway travel feature takes you to Chicago for the Windy City’s 175th birthday celebration. Fun Page offers a quiz that will answer the question: How well do you know O.C.? Our On the Market page features four local homes in Newport’s scenic Back Bay, and we highlight seven don’t-miss May happenings on our Events page.
Spring’s pastel palette is straight from an English garden, including a handbag from Red Valentino, a print blouse from Equipment, a silk skirt from Nina Ricci, and beribboned shoes from Nicholas Kirkwood that all but scream “girly-girl.” Plus, meet Tastemaker Kallie Dovel of 31 Bits in Costa Mesa.
Rituals The annual and somewhat problematic Undie Run at Chapman University. Can the school’s risqué finals-week tradition survive the tut-tutting of the townies?
Land’s End Memorial Day isn’t just about remembering the ones who died.
Editor’s Letter Canary Island
“The Wood Family” by Lisa Adams, part of the Phyllis and Ross Escalante Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University. To see previous Artist Spotlight features, click here.
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Main Course Three Seventy Common in Laguna Beach
Nibbles & Bits News and notes from the local foodie scene, including a strawberry croissant Smackdown, Kyocera kitchen tools, handmade food products from an indie craft festival, and the favorite places of three local chefs.
Rediscovery Las Brisas in Laguna Beach
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