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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
  • 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,

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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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Style Stuff

  • Hot Shop: Betting the Farm

    “There’s not a guy in America who wants to go to the mall,” says John Anderson, left, co-owner, with his brother Mike, of Tankfarm in Seal Beach. 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
  • 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
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