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  • Astgik Khatchatryan

    Associate Editor

    Hailing originally from the Valley, and even more originally from Armenia, Khatchatryan joined Orange Coast after working as an editorial intern for the magazine. Armed with a degree in literary journalism from UC Irvine, her goal is to make everyone else’s job easier, thus becoming the most-loved staff member in the office. She enjoys surfing the glorious Orange County coastline, playing ukulele, and performing improvisational comedy—not all at once, though that would be something.

 

Meet Umi Garrett, 14-year-old Piano Prodigy [VIDEO]

What qualifies a 14-year-old to give a TED talk? How about being globally hailed as a piano prodigy since her 2009 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? Garrett, who lives in Aliso Viejo, already has released two albums, played with multiple symphonies, been named a Young Steinway Artist, and won competitions in Japan, Hungary, and New York. This month she’ll speak at the TEDxOrangeCoast conference at Soka University. In other exciting news, she’s just started high school. Click here for more. Read more...

Indian Street Fare in Action: Adya [VIDEO]

At Adya (adyaoc.com), inside the new Anaheim Packing House, chef Shachi Mehra offers contemporary interpretations of Indian street foods, tandoori specialties, and rich curries using fresh, sustainable ingredients, prepared simply. The menu offers the expected samosas and chicken tikka, along with lesser-known specialties such as pavs, the Bombay-style sloppy Joes of spiced vegetables or meat, and Indian beers as well. Check out the video below for a sneak peek at how Chef Mehra puts together her tasty bites. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Read more...

Conquering a Fear of Heights at Trapeze School

Behind the scenes at our High Flyer shoot, with photographer Priscilla Iezzi overcoming her fear of heights just to get the right shot! Read more...

There Are Some Sounds I Hate, Like a Flushing Toilet and Motorcycles

An extended interview with deaf filmmaker Austin Chapman—who can now hear

For the full story on filmmaker Austin Chapman from our February print magazine, click here. Read more...

Stuff We Love | O.C. Editors Blog

  • 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

Priscilla Mayfield on Food in Orange County

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