A Peek at Our Hidden Orange County Issue | February 2021

Photographed by Emily J. Davis at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Champagne buyer Todd Johnston says Jeroboam size bottles (3L) have been popular during the pandemic.


Hidden Orange County
We reveal the lesser-known aspects of our county: secluded camping, surprising services, secret spots, and dishes that are hiding in plain sight.

Photograph by Julie Salas-Rodriguez

“We get two responses (about our drive-in shows): ‘Thank you for bringing us arts during COVID-19’ and ‘Thank you for keeping us safe.’ The first is the one I expected; the second is the one that makes me cry.”

Farrell Hirsch, CEO of Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Top Dentists of 2021
These 286 dental professionals were chosen by their peers as some of the best in our area. Also: Read about Newport Beach dentist Alan Gonzalez and his experience practicing during the pandemic.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

People & Places

Opener | A seasonal waterfall in Dana Point
’Hoods | A busy thoroughfare where Cypress meets Buena Park
Perfect Getaway | Take in the sunset, the oak trees, and the relaxation of Ojai.
Culturephile | A Santa Ana wildlife artist and muralist
O.C. Events | This month’s top outdoor and online happenings

Style & Home

Opener | Colorful pouches from Stoney Clover Lane at Lido Marina Village
At Home With … | Irvine-based company creating spaces for high-end fashions
On The Market |
A Santa Ana property with a spa-like bathroom
Finds | Stock your closet with something blue, this season’s favorite color.
Hot Shop | ZeroUV at Rodeo 39 Public Market in Stanton

Mayfield photograph by Emily J. Davis

Food & Drink

Opener and Main Course | Family-style dining with Mediterranean flavors shines in San Juan Capistrano
Three’s a Trend | Roasted marrow adds a rich—and nutritious—element to these local comfort dishes.
Food Trends | Globally influenced brunch spots


My O.C. | Never learning to be comfortable in the water leaves a longtime impression on this writer.
Excursions | Neighbors look to reclaim Santa Ana open space, but homeless people have few options.

Dining Guide

Many of our 200-plus restaurant reviews

Down for Dance photo courtesy of Annie Griffith

Back Page

Person of Interest | Co-founder of Down for Dance, a nonprofit dance program for the Down syndrome community

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