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.

Best of 2013: Caffeine Contraption

New-fangled Steampunk machine at SEVENTH TEA BAR is the ultimate means of brewing the tea lover’s favorite sip. The staff has programmed 30 tea recipes into this ingenious, computerized machine by Utah-based Alpha Dominche. Differing brewing times, water temperatures, and “agitation” make the perfect cup o’ tea. Ideal for caffeinated Jules Verne fans in a hurry.

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41 Finding the Best…Bargain TheaterA Step-by-Step GuideRemember that old movie house where you saw “Die Hard”? Chances are it’s now a bargain theater, and in these times of skyrocketing ticket prices, that’s not a bad thing. Here’s how I found the best bargain theater.—Scott ChristianStep 1  I Googled “bargain theaters.”Step 2  I narrowed the search to theaters with m

O.C.’s Biggest Export

In the winter of 1985, I had dinner in a tiny Balboa Peninsula restaurant with Steve Hawk, with whom I was sharing an apartment, and a group of his lifelong surfer friends. Freshly arrived from Pittsburgh—and with the Beach Boys and Jeff Spicoli as my only points of cultural reference—I was sure I was in for a vapid conversation about hot babes and tasty waves.

Commemorations: Unbuilt Tower

This tongue-in-cheek 1970 marker honors a never-built, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.-designed tower. Wright Jr., award-winning architect of the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes and son of the more legendary architect, proposed a stylized 94-foot oil derrick tower at the shopping center and gas station he designed. Locals didn’t like it, however, and developer Stanley Fann put a tombstone on the site proclaiming “its defeat is symbolic of the democratic process.” In the bushes behind the Arco station at Springdale Street and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach

Marcus Rosencrantz, MD, FACOG

Dr. Rosencrantz established Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC), a state-of-the-art IVF center, with a single purpose: to give patients the highest fertility success rates.

Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans.

Shopping: OC Style Report

Co-founded by sisters Rachael and Natalie Dickens, this comprehensive fashion and beauty website is a zine tailored for Orange County women. It features weekly layouts of the latest trends, a daily “Look of the Day,” and how-to’s on makeup, hair, and skin care. Its “Ultimate OC Style-List” is a roundup of their picks for best-of-the-best boutiques and beauty professionals to help you define your personal style. ocstylereport.com

The 5 Best Unicorn-Themed Sweets in O.C.

The unicorn sweets trend has led to some of the most colorful creations in Orange County, from rainbow-dyed bagels to pink hot chocolate piled high with...