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Perfect Getaway: The Eastern Sierra

Mark the change of seasons with a drive along the Eastern Sierra, where U.S. 395 threads a colorful path through vibrant autumn scenery. The 230-mile roadway through Inyo and Mono counties is flanked by stands of aspen, cottonwood, and willow trees in hues of gold, orange, and red until the end of October. Designated a state scenic highway, the route passes along the charming cities of Bishop, Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes, and Bridgeport, and the eastern side of Yosemite National Park. Pack your binoculars and be prepared for challenging mountain trails to reach some breathtaking views. Read more...

Speaker of Note: Umi Garrett

What qualifies a 13-year-old to give a TED talk? How about being globally hailed as a piano prodigy since her 2009 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? Garrett, who lives in Aliso Viejo, already has released two albums, played with multiple symphonies, been named a Young Steinway Artist, and won competitions in Japan, Hungary, and New York. Read more...

This Sitcom Scene-Stealer is a Fountain Valley Pet Shop’s Headliner

The Asian water monitor better known as Kipling on Disney Channel’s “Jessie” still resides where he was hatched, at the Fountain Valley shop Prehistoric Pets. “Frank has a completely awesome personality,” owner Jay Brewer says. “He’s just a big teddy bear. He’s always dependable.” Frank’s done guest spots on “Good Day LA” and Conan O’Brien’s late-night talker. And he’s an actor with range: In his recurring role on the teen sitcom, recently renewed for a fourth season, Mr. Kipling was discovered to be a Mrs. Kipling when she laid a dozen eggs. Read more...

Bomb Squad: Blast Master Randy Sterett

A member of the bomb squad since 1995, Sterett says a background in chemistry and biology are essential. “The two are strict requirements to be a bomb technician,” says the 50-year-old husband and father of two, “because a lot of the job is investigating evidence.” As the unit’s senior officer—he studied public administration at the University of Iowa and Cal State Long Beach—Sterett leaves much of the fieldwork to younger recruits. “Out of all the training, which can take three years, nothing prepares you like being out in the action.”—Oliver Putnam Read more...

And the Nominees Are…

We can't wait for this year's Golden Foodies Awards. It's O.C.'s Who's Who of food and dining. And then there's, well, all that food. Here are the nominees in the three big categories, named this week. Drumroll please… Read more...

It's a Charmed Life!

Fashion Island's go-to beauty lounge, Blushington, is teaming up with jeweler Kendra Scott to launch her new Charm Bar Collection featuring a variety of charms, letters, symbols, and stones, on Friday, August 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Read more...

'The Girls From Corona del Mar' Author Rufi Thorpe

She now lives in Washington, D.C., but the just-published author is still a Californian at heart. Thorpe, 29, taps into the beachy vibe of her hometown of Corona del Mar in her first novel, the story of two “roaming and bratty girls.” The title? “The Girls From Corona del Mar” (Random House). Here are a few of her O.C. inspirations. Read more...

Everything's Coming Up Gold at the Golden Foodie Awards

We're told that a hundred tickets are still available for O.C.'s red-carpet Golden Foodie Awards, and you can get them starting on Aug. 3. If rubbing elbows with the foodie elite of Orange County isn't lure enough for you, please note the following delectable sips and sweets that are in store at the Sept. 28th soiree. You might call them "golden." Read more...

Five Reasons for the Asian Crime Wave

One of the great things about my side job as a crime novelist is the chance to commune and commiserate with others who are struggling along the same difficult path to publication. That's why I urge all aspiring mystery writers to attend the annual joint meeting of two local mystery-writing organizations — O.C. Sisters in Crime, and SoCal Mystery Writers of America — in Irvine on Sunday, August 24. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Ventura

In-the-know beach lovers sneak up to Ventura for its sandy expanses, Victorian-era charm, and easy access to Channel Islands National Park. You’ll find the local late-summer calendar packed with events. The county fair, which runs through Aug. 10, offers a bacchanal of funnel cake, fireworks, and free concerts by the Barenaked Ladies and the Beach Boys. Catch “Who’s Minding the Store?,” an exhibit that examines the role of immigrant grocers, before it closes at month’s end at the Museum of Ventura County. Read more...

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  • O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

    Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on. Read More
  • Neighborhood: Dana Point

    Perched above Pacific Coast Highway, Monarch Bay Plaza reflects the relaxed sophistication of its Dana Point neighborhood. In the Spanish-style mall with red tile roofs, ocean breezes blow through white stucco archways, and upscale-yet-casual boutiques and restaurants attract locals and tourists. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Vegan Breakfasts

    Veg-heads don’t just mow down bowls of granola and slam wheatgrass shots at the break of dawn. Most want to enjoy brunching on Sunday-Funday with everyone else. And because it can be hard to find tofu scrambles and dairy-free waffles, we’ve rounded up five local eateries that provide tasty vegan options to start the morning right. Read More
  • Best of 2014: Nutty Brûlée

    No one can resist breaking into the sugary crust of crème brûlée, and this one packs an extra surprise with its abundance of silky-smooth chocolate-hazelnut custard below—thanks to the addition of Nutella. This sinful dessert is incredibly rich and best shared with a friend. $8
    704 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949‑673‑7173, theslidingdoorcafe.com

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  • Best of 2014: Honey Bee Chicken

    You’ll fall in lust with the chicken pieces at BBQ Chicken at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. Fried in olive oil for a crunchy exterior, they’re tossed in a sweet honey sauce making them all the more delicious. $11 to $21

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