Growing Up in O.C.: Champion Joyce Hoffman on the Idealistic Days of Surfing

Joyce Hoffman b. 1947, lived in Capistrano Beach 1965 and ’66 surfing world championSurfing was nothing like it is today. It was idealistic and magical back...

Tamales in Orange County

Undoubtedly in the kitchen of someone’s abuela. Honestly, naming the “best” tamale would be an impossible task (although we try here). The next-best thing...

Growing Up in O.C.: A Special Christmas for Cal State Fullerton’s Jeanne Tran

Jeanne Tran b. 1990, raised in Anaheim Associate director of state and community relations, Cal State FullertonMy family never actually celebrates Christmas on Christmas Day. We...

Growing Up in O.C.: John Moorlach’s Trusty Family Comet

John Moorlach b. 1955, raised in Cypress and Buena Park Orange County supervisorMy dad did a little real estate. Then he got into insurance—property and life...

Beau Monde: The Social Enterprise Christmas Market at The OC Mix

When I’m out and about hunting for holiday gifts, the selection sometimes feels repetitive. If I'm seeking items with a certain unique charm, I often step...

Must-Try Wine of Week: Alvear PX Solera Montilla Moriles 1927 Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine that reaches its highest quality in the southwestern region of Spain, using primarily Palomino and Pedro Ximénez (PX for...

Sandro and Maje Open at South Coast Plaza

It figures that one of our favorite places to while away a day—South Coast Plaza—would be the new home for pretty Parisian brands, Sandro...

Skip Snow—Head for Nepal, a Destination Steeped in Spiritual Traditions

Floating among the Himalayan peaks, The Dwarika’s Resort lies an hour away from Kathmandu and a short drive—or long, scenic hike—from countless shrines, temples, and monasteries. Hinduism and Buddhism have peacefully coexisted for centuries in these mountains, and at Dwarika’s that mingled spiritual heritage is more than chic window dressing: You can consult an Ayurveda doctor, read Eastern philosophy in the light-filled library, or join the yoga master in daily sun and moon salutations. Spaces for contemplation have been carved out everywhere, and meditators can tuck into blissful womblike chakra sound chambers.

Skip Snow—Abscond to a Warm Beach in Turks and Caicos

“Provo” lies 600 miles south of Miami, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, and boasts clear turquoise water, teeming reefs, and temperatures in the 80s. The ultra-luxe Amanyara Resort on the island’s secluded western shore has a white-sand beach dotted with wood-roofed, glass-walled private pavilions set amid reflecting ponds and mahogany trees. Be warned: This is uncluttered island life at its most languid.

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. ¶...