The Grape Escape
With its rolling hills, gnarled oaks, and leafy vineyards, Paso Robles is the new Central Coast hot spot for locals longing for a quick wine country getaway just a four-hour drive from Orange County. Vintners have enjoyed rave reviews for decades; now luxury hotels and restaurants are catching up.
By Anne Valdespino
The Private Struggle of a Public Woman
To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death last year, she lost what mattered most.
By Bruce W. Cook, Matthew Heller, and Martin J. Smith
Ducks Without Pucks
From broadcast announcers to skate-sharpeners, the Anaheim hockey club’s support staff gives deeper meaning to the word “teamwork.
By Scott Martelle
Raising the Barre
The next move choreographer Jodie Gates makes could be monumental.
By Jordan R. Young
Intersection Harbor Boulevard & Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim.
Trade Secrets Kirk Strodel, Taxidermist.
O.C. Answer Man Lucy and Desi at the Montage Resort.
Books Orange Coast literary critic Marylin Hudson’s final column, in which she reviews Jo-Ann Mapson’s latest novel, Solomon’s Oak,” a pictorial history of Laguna Beach, a memoir about being Jewish in Orange County, and a modern-day Frankenstein as reimagined by Dean Koontz.
Just for Fun Tattoos later regretted.
Quotes Short-statured comic Brad Williams, on getting big laughs.
Travel San Diego, America’s Mediterranean.
Deconstruction How the Orange County Performing Arts Center makes Peter Pan fly.
On the Market Floral Park, a gracefully aging Santa Ana neighborhood.
Arts Artist Jane Richlovsky’s “Day After Tomorrow.”
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Finds Brooching the Subject
Seen Irvine’s Cat Nguyen, general manager of American Rag in Fashion Island
Voices Philippe Vergez of Jee Vice gunglasses, the ace of shades
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