Editor’s Letter: The Best of Orange County 2015

Since 2008, our annual July cover feature that celebrates the best of Orange County has proved not only a reader favorite, but a reliable trigger for passionate staff debates—and endless field trips. Where’s the best place to buy Wagyu beef? Where can you find the county’s best pick-up roller hockey games? Who’s the go-to local photographer for a commemorative “Yankee Doodle Dachshund” photo of your costumed dog?

We answer those questions and more in “Best of 2015,” on Page 73 of the print issue. 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.

As a bonus this year, we’ve included a foldout feature called “Oh-So-O.C.,” a catalog that spotlights some of the Orange County experiences that make life here different than anywhere else—Duffy Boats, random Nixonia, chocolate-covered frozen bananas, Bolsa Chica’s fire pits, Fashion Island’s dogs, the world’s largest international Vietnamese film festival.

Enjoy this year’s choices, and please visit our reader nomination page here and contribute ideas for next year’s edition. We can’t wait for the quest to begin again.

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