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Author Preston Lerner

  • Preston Lerner


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
  • Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Margarita

    Rancho Santa Margarita’s Plaza El Paseo is a South County suburban mall with a twist. It’s the unexpected finds—a little gem of a florist, cozy spots to sample tea and wine, and a top-notch steakhouse across the street—that put it in a league of its own. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

    Get your vegetables and booze in one convenient—and delicious—serving with what’s been hailed as America’s murkiest and most complex cocktail. Traditionally made with tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, its origins are widely debated. Here are five superb O.C. renditions of the world-famous drink.

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  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: East Side Costa Mesa

    This updated neighborhood doesn’t have to try hard to be interesting, original, surprising, and modern—it just is. Take the mile-long stretch of strip malls along 17th Street, between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, the heart of the renaissance. Foodies come for the Instagram-worthy Aussie-style meat pies at PieNot, coconut French toast at Plums Café, and braised pork panini at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. And that’s just the Ps. Other homegrown restaurants and shops tip toward lean-and-clean fare, such as the casual Jan’s Health Bar. Plus it’s the birthplace of Mother’s Market & Kitchen. Read More
  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

    With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans. Read More
  • Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa

    Chain restaurants and stores dominate most of the strip malls on Costa Mesa’s east side. But at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street, look a little closer and you’ll find indie boutiques and cafes tucked in among the usual suspects Read More

Style Stuff

  • 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
  • O.C. Trunk Show Worth Seeing: Michael John

    Don't miss Orange County-based award-winning jewelry designer Michael Hezar's trunk show until 5 today at Neiman Marcus, and again from 10 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Read More
  • WANTED: Burger Records Musicians

    It sounds like a request for background musicians, but guess again. It's the call of a famous French fashion house and it's lured an up-and-coming musician you may know. Saint Laurent's creative director, Hedi Slimane, has selected---among other locals---Rex Tyler Osterkamp, frontman for O.C.'s Rexx, to model in a Saint Laurent men's fashion show in Paris. Osterkamp is among a growing list of local musicians snagged to strut the catwalk for the famed designer line. Check him out in stills from last weekend's show in the City of Lights: Read More
  • New Year, New Beauty Booty

    You know that deep maroon lipstick and funky purple eyeshadow we always think we’re going to wear on some special occasion, but haven’t touched in years? Now we can donate them and get something in return! Spa Gregorie's has set up a beauty product donation station at each of its three spas as a way to launch its new Osmosis makeup line. Osmosis, which works on all skin tones, is made using 100 percent triple-milled minerals and a unique gogi-berry antioxidant blend. Read More
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