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. ¶...

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.

A Carl’s Jr. Christmas

Well, technically it’s the day before Christmas, because the actual holiday is reserved for my side of the family—my mother and siblings and so...

Growing Up in O.C.: Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath Found Paradise at the Beach

MARK McGRATH b. 1968, raised in  Newport Beach Sugar Ray lead singer, actor, TV host, and grand marshal (with Leslie Mann) of the 2014 Newport Beach...
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Perfect Getaway: Pasadena

Angelinos tend to dismiss Pasadena as an uninteresting appendage, but it’s a real gem: a leafy, small-town backdrop for the Norton Simon Museum, Cal Tech, and generous clusters of Craftsman homes. Valli Herman gives readers the rundown on the city’s newer arrivals, from innovative eateries (try the squid-ink garganelli with lobster at Union), to boutique hotels (DusitD2) and Eastern spa treatments (Chuan Spa and Salon).

Bite: Settebello, With a Pizza Oven Imported from Italy

Committed to the stringent guidelines of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Settebello opens its eighth location, this one in elegant new digs at Crystal...

Growing Up in O.C.: Surfer Don Craig Celebrates the Joys of San Onofre

Don Craig b. 1948, raised in Hermosa Beach and Newport Beach Founder of the Old Guys Rule clothing line, former team rider for Jacobs Surfboard and...

Check Out Ten Tomorrow at Serene Sky e-boutique

When you live in a place that can be 90 degrees on Christmas Day, you can wear white all year round. It’s a good...

30th Anniversary Wine Book Just In Time for the Holidays

Published in October, just in time for Christmas giving, is the 30th Anniversary Edition of “Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course”...

Growing Up in O.C.: Loretta Sanchez as Anaheim Police Chief

Loretta Sanchez b. 1960, raised in Anaheim Member, U.S. House of RepresentativesThere was a citywide essay contest about “Why I want to be police chief of...