Orange Coast Magazine

Make Your Valentine’s Day Wedding Reservation

Good news, lovebirds. The Orange County Clerk-Recorder has extended hours on Valentine’s Day, Friday the 14th, for wedding ceremonies at its three offices: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Santa Ana, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Laguna Hills and Fullerton. Plus, free courthouse parking! Read more...

She's a Professional Size 6

Like a warm-blooded mannequin, she has the perfect frame for trying on 100 sample outfits a day at Wet Seal’s headquarters in Foothill Ranch. Read more...

Watch a Snake Wrangler at Work

Watch snake wrangler Jason Magee and catch a live Orange County rattler in action. Read more...

We Helped Create a Wedding!

File it under "This is why we love our jobs": In our February issue, we profiled wedding officiant Christina Aguilar (click here for the story). She recently wrote to us, saying: Read more...

So You're a Legsmith: Richard Myers

The Trade: The Irvine company Myers founded four years ago outfits about 200 amputees a year with lower-extremity, hard-to-fit prostheses. He welcomes the challenge every patient brings, from their first fitting to their last, a process that can take two weeks to three months. Read more...

Trade Secrets: Milkman

For more than half a century, Alta Dena products have been delivered to Orange County homes, and for 34 years Camera has been behind the wheel. He’s one of 15 independent dairy drivers who make nightly rounds. Read more...

Trade Secrets: Aerial Adman

Fifty-five-year-old Dobry, owner of Aerial Promotions Inc., says his company’s 12 planes tow 80 percent of the aerial billboards you see in Orange County’s skies. Read more...

Trade Secrets: Wedding Officiate

Forget the title “justice of the peace.” Thirty-eight-year-old Aguilar is a deputy commissioner of marriage, one of 20 who regularly conducts civil ceremonies at Santa Ana’s Old County Courthouse—and at satellite venues in Fullerton and Laguna Hills. Read more...

Trade Secrets: Airplane Wrangler

Next time you’re waiting at the carousel, be patient: Only one person is unloading the luggage from your flight. John Wayne Airport’s 75 gate agents, who also direct planes to and from the gates, are employed by the airlines. In addition to other tasks, they also handle about 2.6 million bags a year. Read more...

Romance Novelist

The Trade
The prerequisites for a romance novel are a central love story and a happy ending. It’s a hot-selling formula for the genre’s predominately female readers, who are estimated to have helped ring up more than $1.3 billion in U.S. sales last year, according to the Business of Consumer Book Publishing. 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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