April 2013

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Best New Restaurants

Orange County is flush with new openings, and more heavy hitters are on the way. We rank the nine best from among our favorite newbies of the past 18 months. To see the Class of 2013 photograph of chefs from the nine, and to watch behind-the-scenes footage of the photo shoot, click here. To see our list of restaurant trends we love, and don’t, click here. For the full reviews, buy a print or digital copy of the April issue here.
by Gretchen Kurz

The Man Who Would Be You

One of Orange County’s most prolific identity thieves shares the secrets of his dirty work with candor, calculation, and maybe a little self-delusion. Remorse? Actually, not so much. To read the story, click here.
by David Haldane

Global Chic
This month’s featured home is a well-manicured beach cottage in Corona del Mar. To subscribe or order a digital copy of our April issue, click here!
by Barbara Thornburg

Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including the Diamond & Pearl Ball for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, which netted $1.3 million in donations.

Coast Lines

The Neighborhoods page discovers the small wonders of Anaheim, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man remembers to enormous joys of Belisle’s restaurant. Trade Secrets Meet the off-ice oral surgeon and facial seamstress for Anaheim’s Ducks (click here). Stat Sheet The numbers that tell the story of Laguna Beach’s Andy Lyon, who walked off a grim health diagnosis by hiking all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Perfect Getaway takes you to a Bakersfield you never knew existed. On the Market shows that energy-efficient homes also can be stylish. We also highlight don’t-miss April happenings on our Events page. To see searchable listings for April events in Orange County, click here.

O.C. Style
Mod gets a makeover in crisp black and white in the monthly Finds page. And Hot Shop visits Finca Home, a lifestyle boutique in Newport Beach that features Old World rustic and O.C coastal contemporary furnishings.

Our dining section this month features a Main Course review of two of Orange County’s most promising new pizzerias, Pitfire Artisan Pizza in Costa Mesa, and Neapolitan Pizzeria in Laguna Beach. Argentine sandwiches are celebrated in this month’s Global Diner, Miles Clements’ page about global dining in the county.

>>The List Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants


O.C.’s Best Our guide to eight great dog-friendly restaurants.

Drive The science of making electric cars sound less like golf carts.

My Orange County That mound in the middle of the trail can be a peek into one of O.C.’s many unseen worlds. Depends on how you look at it.

Legends With Chapman University now running his Santa Ana bookstore, MacArthur “genius” Reubén Martinez can do what he loves most.


Land’s End Voices of hope in a season of next steps and second chances

Editor’s Letter An ode to a jerk—and what he can teach us.

Arts & Events

Artist Spotlight “Untitled II” by G. Ray Kerciu of Laguna Beach. Browse more of Kerciu’s works here. His work appears April 13 through May 25 at Cal State Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery. Online Only >> see an online gallery of other works by Kerciu.

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