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
  • Best of 2014: Bird-Watching

    When the throngs of beachgoers are too much, spend a day with the birds. Here, with the wind whipping off the ocean and herons, egrets, ducks, and more soaring above, you'll get a chance to be the amateur ornithologist you never knew you wanted to be. Free
    3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-846-1114,

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  • Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

    Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
    Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648,

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  • Food Lovers Guide - Vanilla

    Plain vanilla extract is fine for large-batch baking, but vanilla snobs like to play with other varieties, including the skinny, leathery beans. We won’t delve into the classic Mexican-versus-Tahitian debate, except to say we like Tahitian for creamy concoctions and the bolder Mexican in concert with dark chocolate. Find plump, vacuum-sealed beans of both varieties at Surfas Culinary District. Read More
  • Food Lovers Guide - Kouign Amann

    Butter worship is a birthright in Brittany—the French region that invented this transcendent caramelized pastry with the funny name (say Queen a-MAHN). Read More
  • Food Lovers Guide - Taps' Remy Beer

    Brewmaster Victor Novak and owner Joe Manzella fill a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel with Taps’ Imperial Russian Stout. After five months, the transformation of flavors is phenomenal, eliciting notes of coconut and marshmallow that flatter the inherent dark chocolate flavors of the stout. Read More

Style Stuff

  • 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
  • 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
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