Editor’s Letter: O.C.’s Last War

The first time the United States went to war in Iraq, in 1991, I was a reporter at The Orange County Register. Because there...

Editor’s Letter: Why I drink cantaloupe martinis

In a social setting surrounded by peers, I’m a manly, bourbon-sipping kind of guy. But in secret, when I’m anonymous in a dark bar, I’m not opposed to ordering something far less hairy-chested.The Cantaloupe Martini is my drink of choice at Starfish in Laguna Beach. When the server places it in front of me, my wife invariably looks around to see who might be snickering, as if I’ve just ordered a stem glass full of estrogen. But I can’t help myself.

Editor’s Letter: In Praise of Next Chapters

I try to make conscious choices about how I live. This involves small-scale daily decisions: broccoli instead of Big Macs, walking meetings instead of...

Editor’s Letter: Where to Taste the World in O.C.

My first O.C. global dining adventure involved a cafe in Little Saigon. Four of us had come to try authentic Vietnamese. Unable to read...

Editor’s Letter: World of Warcraft and Everything Else

Let’s pause for a moment of reverent silence to acknowledge that, on any given day in Orange County, it’s possible to dress your bulldog...

Editor’s Letter: Why Old Las Vegas is MIA

I once asked Wayne Newton, Mr. Las Vegas, to give me a tour of the most historic parts of his adopted hometown. Who better...

Editor’s Letter: Work It! in Our September Issue

My father toiled 43 years for U.S. Steel, back when many of this country’s biggest corporations had a now-unthinkable compact with workers: employee fealty...

Editor’s Letter: The Best of Orange County 2015

But the biggest question, of course, is: Why should you trust our recommendations?Here’s my simple answer: Because we do the research.Our discerning staff and contributors distill an entire year’s worth of great experiences into this annual feature. Whether we simply stumble across something extraordinary, or chase down rumors and legends to find remarkable things to eat, drink, buy, and do, we put all that collected wisdom into our pages so you can enjoy our discoveries as much as we did.

Editor’s Letter: Eight Great Places to Escape the Madding Crowd

Each time I visit Soka University, I ask the front-entrance security guard: “You’re sure it’s OK to just go in and roam around?” The...

Editor’s Letter: Beach-Town Getaways

My father and his father built a beach cottage way back in 1940. Our family owns it still, and that unglamorous little structure remains...