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 of 2013: High-End Chocolate Bar Selection

Bean-to-bar options are best at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp, and Hi-Time Wine Cellars has a surprising range of chocolates, including some meant to be paired with wines.

What It’s Like To: Be Free From Epilepsy

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

Architecture: Francisco Ayala Science Library’s Central Courtyard

When you stand in the center of this UC Irvine landmark and speak, your voice sounds amplified in your own ear, but not to those around you.

Best of 2014: Lobster Roll

Maine-sourced claw meat, lightly dressed in butter, mayo, and lemon juice, letting the lobster shine. Piled high on a toasted bun, it makes a Mainer proud. At Saturday’s Peter’s Landing Farmers Market,
16400 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Harbour, 714‑655‑1838, winkslobster.com

Best of 2014: Bro-Tastic Style

The company founded by the late Hobie Alter has been a leader in surf, water sports, and beach style for decades.
Locations in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, and two in San Clemente. hobie.com

Home to all cool essentials, from graphic Ts and denim, to grooming and paper goods, plus anything else a gentleman of sports and leisure may need.
212 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach, 562‑594‑4800, tankfarmco.com

CLOTH & METAL This newly-expanded store carries clothing, hi-fi gear (treat your ears to the headphone bar), grooming supplies, and new or vintage watches. Look for O.C.-exclusive brands like Audeze, Grayers, and Naked & Famous.
OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, 888‑938‑4536, clothandmetal.com

In an unassuming industrial area, this store offers a huge selection of rare or limited-edition sneakers and clothing. Run on consignment, the collection spans Jordan to James, with a wide range of sizes and prices, all in pristine condition.
580 W. Lambert Road, Brea, 714‑757‑9001, coolshoeshine.com

For the discerning and well-heeled gentleman, this French luxury lifestyle brand offers sumptuous bespoke footwear ($7,850 to $25,400) and prêt-à-porter goods.
South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714‑641‑3582, berluti.com

O.C.’s Best: Grilled Cheese

Gourmet grilled cheese now is a staple on menus from high to low, and Katherine Nguyen finds seven to recommend in Orange County, from her favorite at Costa Mesa’s Shuck to the Havarti-cheddar mix at Boudin SF to the mobile melts of Waff-N-Roll food truck.

Orange County Medical Association’s Complete List of Top Doctors 2017

This year's physicians of excellence were judged by the Orange County Medical Association to be among the most accomplished and caring.

A Guide to Halloween Time at Disneyland

Through October 31, visit the parks for delightful decor, kid-friendly fun, and seasonal food and experiences.