An age-old staple spanning multiple cultures and cuisines, noodles are the ultimate comfort food. The tradition of handcrafting the golden strands from scratch lives on at many O.C. restaurants. From steaming bowls of ramen to savory plates of pappardelle, here are 46 of our favorite noodle and pasta dishes in the county.
As 2020 comes to a close, we offer a collection of amazing photos—many submitted by readers—that capture the golden glow of an Orange County day’s end. Enjoy these images, and take a few moments to savor the sunset on your own as you reflect on the past year.
A Great Connector
Nella Webster O’Grady is honored as Outstanding Philanthropist, having used her experience, compassion, and relationships to lift Orange County nonprofits.
People & Places
Opener | A Christmas tree on Laguna’s Main Beach
’Hoods | Four spots with unconventional business models in Costa Mesa
Perfect Getaway | Breckenridge, Colorado, home of the highest ski resort in North America
Culturephile | Huntington Beach singer-songwriter David Rosales
O.C. Events | Boat parades, holiday walks, and more
Style & Home
Opener | Irvine-based ZO Skin Health’s Anti-Aging Program
Style Talk With … | UC Irvine alum and Revolve’s chief brand officer
Finds | Light up a room with these sparkling pieces.
On The Market | A property with Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade views
Rooms We Love | This Newport Beach living room features a variety of textures to make you feel at home.
Food & Drink
Opener and Main Course | Exceptional fare meets a waterfront setting at Shorebird.
The Breakdown | The Spanish octopus dish at Mayfield in San Juan Capistrano
Food News | Live music on restaurant patios around the county
My O.C. | A mixed-race family establishes new traditions and comforts.
Quotes | CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank Harald Herrmann
Rituals | Ways to help in an unprecedented year
Stats | Bracken’s Kitchen tackles food insecurity.
Many of our 200-plus restaurant reviews plus a spotlight on Heritage Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano
Person of Interest | Apra Bhandari, founder of Adaa Dance Academy in Tustin