Growing Up in O.C.: Gwen Stefani Was an Orange County Girl

Gwen Stefani b. 1965, raised in Anaheim No Doubt lead singer, fashion designer, reality-TV judgeFrom the west side, Anaheim, a small world after allHangin’ at the...

July 2014: Best Of Orange County

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Back Bay Wine Estate: That Wall-Mounted Lamborghini

What would you do with a ’74 lamborghini after the engine dies? The first thing that catches your eye in this concrete, steel, and glass contemporary retreat is the Lamborghini bolted to the wall. A jet-black 1974 Countach, to be precise.
Villa di Sogni

A Home of Italian Splendor: Experience 15th Century Florence Without Jet Lag

Villa di Sogni—“House of Dreams”—lives up to its name. A classical estate evoking the 15th century, it looks as if it were transplanted from a hillside in Florence.

O.C. Neighborhoods: Surprising Finds at Costa Mesa’s Midway Market

Robin Jones introduces readers to the refreshingly industrial Midway Market, a rough-edged bloom of businesses tucked in the middle of warehouses and auto body shops. Look for the Quonset hut and you’ll find Viridian, a treasure-trove of jewelry, art, and intriguing one-of-a-kind objects. The Boathouse Collective is an unpretentious urban cafe with a hip, ad-hoc aesthetic (pallet furniture!) and live music. At Waffleholic Café, the waffles can be sweet or savory, served with crab cakes, or turned into BLTs.
Palm Springs Modern Tours

The Retro-and-Resort Circuit in Palm Springs | Foodie Road Trip

Dining in high style in the low desert is easier than ever, thanks to continuing enthusiasm for preserving midcentury architecture, and renewed ardor for...

Christ Cathedral Does Christmas

Ah, the braying donkeys, the bleating sheep and goats, the bellowing camels, the gathering storm clouds, and oh, the 25-mph angels soaring overhead. ¶...

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.

O.C.’s Best: Happy Hour

Who doesn’t like happy hour? Tasty cocktails, cold beer, and good wine are nirvana after a long workday—especially accompanied by great snacks at special prices. Katherine Nguyen rounds up seven fabulous O.C. happy hours—some extending into late night.