Best Cars & Coffee Successors

Irvine’s nationally recognized Cars & Coffee event left a major void in Southern California’s car culture when it abruptly ended in 2014. While Orange County...

Best of Orange County Beer 2015

2015 was the year for O.C. beer. Slipping more and more into mainstream, the "beer-curious" have ventured beyond the less-than-Stella euro lagers and dipped their toes into the craft beer pool. With a grip of O.C. breweries winning Great American Beer Festival medals and the formation of the O.C. brewers guild, it's never been a better time to go out and do some beer tasting. One thing is for sure, 2016 will be even better!I polled my social media followers this month on what their favorites are, and added my own picks for 2015. Drum roll ...

Best Chocolate Sugar: Savory Spice Shop

You don’t know “addictive” until you’ve tried Savory Spice Shop’s Black Onyx Chocolate Sugar. So many everyday foods benefit from a little deep, chocolaty...

Best Garlic Spuds: Burntzilla

True garlic fans can never get enough, and these loaded tater tots don’t disappoint. Not for the faint of heart (or rather, palate), this...

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...

Best Japanese Beef: Tokyo Central Market

If authentic, imported Japanese beef—called Wagyu—is what you’re after, then this is the place for you. While there’s no shortage of Asian specialty markets...

Best Tequila Concoction: Little Sparrow

You don’t have to be a tequila fan to appreciate a Down Shift cocktail. It’s blended perfectly so the liquor doesn’t dominate, with herbal...

Best Make-Believe Sleuthing: Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

Grab your walking shoes and magnifying glass, and get ready to comb the downtown streets of Laguna Beach or San Clemente for clues to...

Best Italian Sandwich: Sessions West Coast Deli

Meatball, red pepper marinara, provolone, basil aioli, arugula, and herb-marinated onion all on fresh ciabatta make The Baller the godfather of O.C. sandwiches. $9Sessions...

Best Peerless Java: J.C Beans Coffee House

This beach city gem is the perfect spot to relax or grab a quick pick-me-up. It serves European-style Peerless Coffee, the family-owned purveyor from...