January 2013

On the Cover: Top Doctors of 2013. Here’s our annual roster of 317 physicians in 56 specialties chosen by the Orange County Medical Association. // Orange County’s underground hate-music scene was fading—at least until a rampage at a Wisconsin Sikh temple turned the spotlight back on. // Great Moments of 2012 // Rediscovery: Bluewater Grill.

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.

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).

February 2013

Cover Story: The Ultimate Guide to Mexican Food / Orange Coast dining critics Gretchen Kurz and Miles Clements sought out the best and most authentic Mexican food in Orange County for our first-ever guide to delectable favorites, from pozole to puerco, churros to chilaquiles, and tamales to tortas.

December 2013

O.C. Dishes You’ve Just Gotta Try We’ve scoured the county for the best appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts from the local restaurant scene, and here we reveal which ones have proven unforgettable.

9 Seconds of Pure Joy Courtesy of a Wildflower

In our story—click here to read—we cover wildflower dork Bob Allen, who shares his joy as he finds the Santiago Peak phacelia. This 9-second capture pre-dates Vine!

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

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

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

November 2013

Coast Lines


Our Person of Interest page features Cirque du Soleil hoop dancer Eric Hernandez. Click here to see Hernandez perform. The Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit in Santa Ana, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man reveals the O.C. link to the JFK assassination on its 50th anniversary, the secrets of the Cook’s Corner roadhouse, and how Cypress got its name. Meet first-time documentary filmmaker Brian Ivie in Trade Secrets, and marijuana legalization activist Kandice Hawes in Quotes. Travel to San Francisco for the holidays in our Perfect Getaway feature. Hot Pop offers a guide to boy band Emblem 3, “Telling the Bees” author Peggy Hesketh recommends three books about natural history, and words of wisdom from the off-kilter characters of comedian Martin Short. On the Market spotlights the rising demand for memorable remodeled homes. To preview our searchable Events listings for the county’s don’t-miss November happenings, click here.