Orange Coast Magazine

Pier Nostalgia

We’re always prowling for art by locals that speaks to something elemental about Orange County. So we were thrilled when long-time friend Lynne Cox, the cold-water marathon swimmer who trains off Seal Beach, mentioned during lunch on Sept. 16 that a local postal worker/artist was building some wonderful coffee tables, benches, and other furniture out of timber salvaged from the Seal Beach Pier. The artist is Gino Dominic Nardo, and you can at least see some of his creations (now, alas, mostly sold) at Read more...

OC Guides


OC Guides
  • Best of 2014: Chile Burger

    The Anaheim Chile Burger is a popular item at this vegan cafe, and for good reason. The plant‑based patty is tucked inside a whole‑wheat bun slathered with “veganaise” mayo, then topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a fried chile that’s both soft and crispy. $8
    201 W. Center St., Anaheim, 714‑772‑5865,

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  • Best of 2014: Chocolate Honeycomb

    Honeycomb, seafoam, fairy food, angel food— whatever you call it, the best stuff is here. In the kitchen, melted sugar and baking soda are combined to create a magical foamy texture. Imagine if toffee met meringue. Chunks are coated in milk or bittersweet Guittard chocolate. At $28 per pound, it’s a splurge that’s worth it.
    34513 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949‑493‑4135; 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949‑494‑4462,

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  • Best of 2014: Purse Pup Relief

    It was a long flight and you know that look: Your doggy is not going to make it home. Stop at one of the Service Animal Relief Areas at opposite ends of the terminal on the arrivals level. The fenced 10-by-13-foot privies are outfitted with bag and trash boxes, and sport grass, a hydrant, and a palm. Only the tree is real. Read More
  • Best of 2014: Custom Scents

    You'll find unexpected fragrances here, as well as replicated designer fragrance oils (absolutely no alcohol) that last long on the skin. give yourself time to spare, because the sales help likes to regale customers with stories. Provide a little information about yourself and they'll find you a signature scent you can't resist. $35 t0 $86
    Panno Plaza, 490 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-2114

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  • Best of 2014: Tiki Spirits

    Never mind the lack of tropical decor-the tiki spirit can be found behind the bar, particularly on Tiki Tuesdays when classics such as mai tais, painkillers, and planter's punch are served. The Bumbo - a Caribbean-imbued concoction with dark rum, Demerara syrup, lime juice, Allspice Dram and Falernum - is refreshing and complex, with hints of molasses and island spices. $8
    320 Main St., Seal Beach, 562-799-6246,

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Style Stuff

  • 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
  • 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
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