Best of 2013: Swing Thing

The ATOMIC BALLROOM is the go-to destination for local Lindy Hoppers, but it also offers fun classes and evening dances in salsa, blues, and other styles. Its owners assure us that “two left feet” is a curable ailment.

A Peek Into Our Annual Best Of Issue | July 2019

Preview the issue before it hits stands this Friday!

Doctors by Specialty: A–E

Adolescent Medicine Jennifer Johnson Eating disorders, young women’s health 366 San Miguel Drive #209, Newport Beach, 949-856-2701 Allergy and Immunology William E. Berger Adult and pediatric allergy, asthma 27800 Medical Center Road #244, Mission Viejo, 949-364-2900 Mark H. Ellis Asthma/atopic dermatitis 7

Best of 2014: Asian Soft-Serve

There’s no better way to end a meal at Mitsuwa Marketplace than with a swirl of Japanese soft-serve ice cream. Choose from matcha green tea, black sesame, and roasted tea. All are delectable, but the roasted tea—unique in O.C.—tastes like delicate coffee. $3 to $4.75
Mitsuwa Marketplace, 665 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, 714‑957-2933,

Best of 2014: Green Cleaners

Sold from her website and a refitted retro travel trailer, these earth-safe cleaning products are Marilyn Nowak of Coto de Caza's propriety formulas. Products for laundry, surfaces such as glass and wood - even an ecological drain cleaner - all have dispenser bottles and bulk refills $8 to $48
Resuming in September at Great Park Farmer's Market, Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 949-292-1648,


To be selected for the 2013 Physicians of Excellence honor, applicants were required to meet the following baseline criteria:


- Be certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, a member board of the American Board of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, or an equivalency board recognized by the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California - Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California - Maintain his/her primary practice in Orange County for the last five years - Be in practice within his/her specialty field for the last five years


Applicant nominees also were required to meet at least two of the following four criteria. The Selection Committee determined whether the applicant met the criteria, and in some instances, discretion was used. 1) Physician Leadership- Recent (within the past three years) positions as an elected or appointed member of a medical organization including but not limited to: chief of staff, member of the medical executive committee, department chair or vice chair, board of director position for Orange County Medical Assn., the California Medical Assn., the American Medical Assn., the American Board of Medical Specialties, or other medical groups. Excludes full-time paid administrative positions, although a paid position as a medical director is acceptable.

Best Summer Cocktail: Pizzeria Ortica’s State Fair

Spirits wizard Joel Caruso commemorates summer with the State Fair—a pink-but-serious, frothy-but-complex drink that’s the taste equivalent of a thrill ride. It’s got barrel-aged...

Best Amateur Orchestra: Pacific Symphony’s OC Can You Play With Us?

For musicians who play only for the love of it, it’s like getting a call up to the majors. The annual concert lets them...

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What It’s Like To: Be Free From Epilepsy

Chris Marten turned his life around after brain surgery stopped his daily seizures.