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Author Preston Lerner

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Drive: The Post-Prime Pony Car

On a crisp Thursday in early December, I elbow my way through the crowd assembled in front of the cartoonish facade of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Lights, cameras, and big names fill the spaces between famous hand- and footprints in the pavement. But the occasion isn’t the opening of the latest installment in the superhero franchise du jour. It’s the first public look at a new car—the 2015 Ford Mustang. Read more...

Freeway Fantasia: Will Driverless Cars Be the 21st Century's Flying Cars?

A few months ago, at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the massive runways that once carried the last century’s cutting-edge technology were showcasing what’s being touted as the technology of the not-so-distant future. Read more...

Drive: Golden Road Rules

An anecdotal survey of a small sample of motorists in the United Kingdom recently revealed that the drivers most susceptible to road rage were men between the ages of 35 and 50 behind the wheels of blue BMWs. Read more...

Drive: The So Cal freeway map that gives us all the Big Picture

I distinctly remember the moment I fell in love with in-car navigation systems. Twelve years ago, I was running late on my way from Edwards Air Force Base to Palm Springs. As it happened, my borrowed Acura was equipped with a newfangled GPS nav unit, so I entered my destination, and voila! Two hours later, and with minutes to spare, I swung into my hotel parking lot without a single stop for directions. Pure genius. Read more...

Drive: The Tinkerer’s Toys

I’ve been following Philippe de Lespinay around his two-story house on Lido Isle in Newport Beach for the past two hours, dutifully taking notes as he shows me artifacts of a wonderfully accidental life that’s included stints as a motorcycle racer, slot car designer, wheel manufacturer, safety gear dealer and, currently, collector and dealer of antique toys. Read more...

Drive: One More Puzzle Piece

It doesn’t take long to realize that The CarLab isn’t your typical bean-counting automotive consultant. First of all, it’s not in Detroit, home to the Big Three, or near one of the sprawling Southern California campuses of the Asian automakers, but in a funky little storefront in Old Towne Orange. Read more...

OC Guides


OC Guides
  • 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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  • Best of 2014: New York Pizza

    Seal Beach’s A Slice of New York makes pizza the way it’s supposed to be—with a thin, chewy crust that oozes cheese and can be enjoyed the New Yawker way: folded in half.
    142 Main St., 562-493-4430,

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  • Best of 2014: Bird-Watching

    When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
    3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114,

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  • Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

    Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
    Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648,

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  • Food Lovers Guide - Vanilla

    Plain vanilla extract is fine for large-batch baking, but vanilla snobs like to play with other varieties, including the skinny, leathery beans. We won’t delve into the classic Mexican-versus-Tahitian debate, except to say we like Tahitian for creamy concoctions and the bolder Mexican in concert with dark chocolate. Find plump, vacuum-sealed beans of both varieties at Surfas Culinary District. Read More

Style Stuff

  • Hot Shop: Popping With Petals

    Petals and Pop would be at home in a Paris street scene. Blooms and foliage spill onto the sidewalk from old aluminum buckets and vintage German pickling jars. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling library ladder slides along the shelves of this flower and home goods store, providing access to vases, table linens, garden and kitchen tools, specialty chocolates, and cookbooks. Read More
  • Ruffle Some Feathers this Fourth of July!

    We're all familiar with the food truck craze, but now there's a new kind of truck to get excited about. Pekok Within Boutique is Orange County's first fashion truck to hit the streets. The peculiar name is intended to encourage customers to embrace the idea of peacocking, or "Pekoking": using fashion as a means to attract attention and distinguish oneself. The new business is taking part in the Fourth of July event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina July 4th from noon to 10 p.m. and July 5th from 1 to 10 p.m. Read More
  • Here Come the Brides!

    Looking for wedding inspiration — something that will set you apart from the crowd? Then keep from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, open. That's when Something Lovely Wedding returns to Orange County, with an impressive collection of more than 30 high-end wedding resources here in SoCal. Read More
  • Brea Mall is Home to O.C.'s Second Kiehl's Store

    In addition to getting a newly renovated mall, Brea now has bragging rights to a Kiehl's boutique. Elevating the skin and hair-care routines of loyal customers since 1851, Kiehl's chose The Brea Mall as the lucky landmark to expand the chain's presence, making it the second Orange County location (the other is at South Coast Plaza). Paying homage to Kiehl's East Village New York roots, the store brings a modern Big Apple apothecary to north county, blending antique fixtures with modern neon flair. Read More
  • California Cool: Oliver Peoples Launches WEST Sunglass Line

    This being the land of perpetual sun, it's no surprise that sunglass brand Oliver Peoples decided to launch a new line inspired entirely by coastal California. Read More
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