October 2013

Cover Story
Best Coastal Resorts in Orange County
Locals are a short drive from the country’s finest coastal resorts. Many have no idea what they’re missing. Want a sample? For a list of the best dining options at Orange County’s top-tier coastal resorts, click here. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the October issue here.

Say What? UC Irvine, Hotbed of Competitive Hip-Hop Dance

About 250 dancers make up six student-run hip-hop dance groups on UC Irvine's campus, a school long known for high-achieving scholars. Below, click through extra photos from our exclusive photo shoot ... in a parking structure home to dance rehearsals. For the full profile, check out our September 2013 issue.

September 2013

Coast Lines


Our Person of Interest page introduces you to underwater photographer Bonnie Pelnar of Irvine. Click here to see a gallery of her photos. The Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit in Old Towne Orange, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man uncovers the dark secret about Santa Ana’s Centennial Park. Perfect Getaway takes you for a wonderful weekend in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Hot Pop offers a pop quiz about former Miss Orange County Michelle Pfeiffer. See a video of Pfeiffer as a Miss California contestant here. See a trailer for her latest film, “The Family,” here. The pop culture pages also guide you through the Orange County Children’s Book Festival, and Monarch Beach author Cecilia Velastegui recommends three favorite works by Latin American writers. On the Market spotlights local homes in South County’s gorgeous canyons. To preview our searchable listings for all Orange County events in September, click here.

August 2013

Orange County became a center of arts and culture because Henry T. Segerstrom committed time and treasure to make it so. But legacies don’t maintain themselves. To see the full feature, click here. Web Exclusive: Check back for a gallery of iconic photos of Henry Segerstrom selected from the Segerstrom family and foundation archives.
by Laura Bleiberg

July 2013

Life After Julius
Designer and Surf City native Paul Frank, on his new brand and his role as co-curator of this month’s Kustom Kulture II exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center.
by Astgik Khatchatryan

The Global Diner: Yakitori

At the heart of any good Japanese izakaya is conviviality: an unending stream of shareable small plates, a few substantial frosty mugs of beer, and the rollicking energy of late-night dining. For many, there’s no better way to spend an evening at an izakaya than with a parade of yakitori (single servings of skewered grilled chicken) and kushiyaki (all manner of skewered grilled meats and vegetables).

June 2013

Coast Lines
Neighborhoods discovers the night market in Little Saigon, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man explains the differences between the two surfing memorials on opposite sides of the street in Huntington Beach. Trade Secrets introduces John Wayne Airport airplane wrangler Di Mylon. Quotes offers words of wisdom from Jason Lucash, the 29-year-old Tustin businessman who Entrepreneur magazine named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. Hot Pop compares the county’s two famous Kevins, Costner and Bacon, and Googles actress Leslie Mann. On the Market spotlights local homes that let the sunshine in. We also highlight seven don’t-miss June happenings on our Events page. To see searchable listings for all June events in Orange County, click here.

Reasons to Smile

Beach towns are small towns. There’s more under the surface than people see. We were new to Laguna Beach in 2006 when we met Mike the Barista. Work had forced us to relocate and we were plying our despondent kids with hot chocolate; we’d come three days in a row to the same cafe, and the 50-ish Mike had seen all from behind the counter. “The usual?” he smiled, winking kindly. I almost wept, he was so comforting.

May 2013

Happy to Be Home
Orange County native and “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz talks about the highly anticipated return of the Emmy-winning series on Netflix. Web Exclusive: To read the extended interview with Hurwitz, click here!
by Pat H. Broeske

April 2013

Global Chic
This month’s featured home is a well-manicured beach cottage in Corona del Mar. To subscribe or order a digital copy of our April issue, click here!
by Barbara Thornburg