There’s a Buzz at Trader Joe’s Wine Tasting Bar

The wine-tasting bar inside the Costa Mesa Trader Joe’s was a first in the company’s history, and Wine Dude Rusty Gaffney approves of its unpretentiousness—little wonder its success led to wine bars in other TJ locations.

Rock Band Adam’s Attic Is a Hot Entry To Orange County’s Rock Scene

The musicians of Adam’s Attic left New Orleans for O.C. after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and lost no time winning new fans. The band launched...

Commentary: How Special Will the New ABT Gillespie School Be?

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently announced that it was getting into the ballet-school business with American Ballet Theatre in a splashy, high-profile...

Todos los Tamales

It’s tamale time, and O.C. gives even those who weren’t raised with the holiday tradition permission to indulge, by the few or the dozen. Miles Clements suggests three hot tamale stops, including a nearly 80-year-old Santa Ana classic.

Costa Mesa’s Social Brings Wine and Food Together

Social is an apropos name for this new Costa Mesa hot spot. It’s packed with regulars energetically conversing over cocktails, craft beers, and carefully...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: Domaine Lafage 2013 Cuvée Centenaire, Côtes du Roussillon, France

The Jean-Marc Lafage’s family has been growing grapes in Roussillon for six generations. He and his oenologist wife, Eliane, decided to stop selling their...

Is the Hass Avocado Really From La Habra?

Was the Haas avocado really born in La Habra, California? Almost. This most popular of all avocado varieties was developed by postal carrier Rudolph...

O.C.’s Best: Neapolitan Pizza

Thin-crusted, lightly topped, and baked to a blistering finish in a wood-fired oven—Neapolitan-style pizza has become the county’s pizza of choice. Katherine Nguyen’s search for the best yields five favorites, from Dana Point to Fullerton.

Growing Up in O.C.: Marisa Wayne Recalls Hugs and Discipline From Dad John Wayne

Marisa Wayne b. 1966, raised in Newport Harbor Businesswoman, daughter 
of Oscar-winner John Wayne My father loved candy, and he would go out and buy cases of...

Magnums For the Holidays: Bigger is Better

A double-sized magnum of wine makes an impressive gift. But did you know that wine tastes better from large bottles? And the names of the larger sizes get pretty interesting—who doesn’t like letting salamanazar or nebuchadnezzar roll trippingly off the tongue?