Best of 2010 41-60

41 Finding the Best…Bargain TheaterA Step-by-Step GuideRemember that old movie house where you saw “Die Hard”? Chances are it’s now a bargain theater, and in these times of skyrocketing ticket prices, that’s not a bad thing. Here’s how I found the best bargain theater.—Scott ChristianStep 1  I Googled “bargain theaters.”Step 2  I narrowed the search to theaters with m

Best of 2010 61-80

61 Gourmet S’moreThat childhood summer fave, the S’more, has grown up at BeachFire Bar & Grill. A 4-by-4-inch homemade graham cracker is topped with a wedge of housemade marshmallow torched golden, drizzled with melted bittersweet Belgian chocolate, and crowned with a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream. $7. 204 Avenida Del Mar #D, San Clemente, 949-366-3232; 25682 Crown Valley Parkway, Building I, Ladera Ranch, 949-542-7700,

Best of 2010 81-101

81 Vintage ShopLike “Mad Men” set decorator Amy Wells, we’re big fans of Fullerton’s Out of Vogue, where you’ll quickly discover the difference between this place and second-hand shops. From rotary telephones to Dansk kitchenware, every item in this treasure-trove has a vintage pedigree. 109 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-879-6647, outofvogue.com.

Murder, Love & Redemption

Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save.

The Difficult Choice of Getting an Elective Double Mastectomy

In late September 2001—it was already a bad month—my sister Mary, who had just turned 33, learned she had breast cancer. Her doctor suggested the rest of us get tested for the BRCA2 gene, which increases the risk of breast cancer. One in every 800 women carry that gene, and my doctor told me that if I had it, I’d have about an 85 percent chance of developing cancer, given my family history.

Long-Term Caregiving

I came home from work one day in 2000 and knew something was wrong. My wife, Wendy, a graphic designer, was 49 at the time. She was sitting at the table having a glass of wine. I asked her what happened and she said, “I don’t know. I was on the 55 Freeway. I was stopped in traffic. Everything turned white. Next thing I know, cars were honking at me. I worked my way off the freeway, and took surface streets home.”

Devastating Depression

One morning, I woke up and literally could not get out of bed. It’s the most awkward and crazy thing I’ve ever felt. At the time I was 31. I was physically fit. But it was like a brick wall had been built on top of my body overnight. It was frightening.

Losing My Breast

I was 52 and leaving my husband and home of 28 years, moving to a cute condo on my own. I threw away the reminder for my annual mammogram. I had no time for a pebble in my left breast when I was moving, teaching, dealing with two emotional young-adult daughters.

Doctors by Specialty: P

Pathology Aaron Franklin Sassoon Hematopathology St. Joseph Hospital-Pathology, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange, 714-771-8176 Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical Shu-Yuan Liao Gynecologic pathologyand breast pathology St. Joseph Hospital-Pathology, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange, 714-771-8175Pediatric Allergy &

Doctors by Specialty: K–O

Maternal and Fetal Medicine Judith Hyunsuk Chung Health services research UCI Manchester Pavilion, 200 S. Manchester Blvd. #600, Orange, 714-456-2911Carol Ann Major Diabetes and pregnancy UCI Medical Center, 101 The City Drive S. Building 56, Orange, 714-456-6707Deborah A. Wing Maternal and fetal medicine UCI Medical Center-Obstetrics & Gyn