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The Thinking Person's Vacation

Not that you asked, but some of the smartest people in America have chosen their favorites from among the nation's 58 national parks. Read more...

The Future of Digital Journalism

With the O.C. *Register* making national headlines and the stalwart L.A. *Times* squarely in the Register's sights, Orange County has become the center of the debate over the future of journalism. On Wednesday, the same day the print-first Los Angeles Register launches, Chapman University hosts a panel called “The Future of Journalism in the Digital Age,” moderated by Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. Joining editors from the Register and the Times are representatives of a digital-first publication, public radio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The event is free and open to the public. One late line-up change: Jimmy Orr, the Times' managing editor for digital, will replace Times editor Davan Maharaj on the panel. Read more...

Our Top 13 Stories of 2013

Many thanks to our loyal readers for making 2013 our biggest year at orangecoast.com! Here are the 13 most popular stories of the year*. Read more...

A Trip Back in Time with Orange Coast's EIC

Longtime readers might know that Editor in Chief Martin Smith is actually on his second tour here at Orange Coast—he left in the late '90s to write the third book in a popular suspense thriller series he'd penned mostly while helming the mag (no, we don't know how he did it). While Smith wrote the fourth book in 2002, it was never published. Diversion Books has picked up the final book in the "Memory Series," and in advance of the fourth book's March release, is launching digital editions of the first three. Read more...

The Wild Duck Chase Continues

From the day in 2009 that I began work on a story for Orange Coast about the strange and wonderful Federal Duck Stamp Program, I've believed that the story someday should be told as a documentary film. First, I wrote it as a piece for the magazine, "The Wild Duck Chase." Then I wrote it as a book which is now available in both paperback and digital formats. (Here's the Amazon link.) Read more...

The Cronut Chronicles: Cronut Crazy

I know you'll feel sorry for me when I say that last month I sacrificed my health to find the best-tasting O.C. cronut for our Three's a Trend piece. Our team tried nine different croissant-donut hybrids from five local bakeries--Pandor, The Donuttery, Paris Baguette, Café 109, and Kelly's Burgers & Donuts--and narrowed it down to three. We crowned Kelly's blueberry cronut the winner. Read more...

How to Be a Cover Model

Managing Editor Jim Walters eyed my T-shirt-and-jeans get-up. “I guess you didn’t get my message. We need you to dress like you’re going to a wedding.” 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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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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