Best of 2015 in Orange County! | July 2015

COVER STORY

Best of 2015! Our annual compilation of the very best eats, drinks, activities, and shopping in Orange County, including an “Oh-So-O.C.” special celebrating iconic local activities. Plus, sidebars on the best places to eat and drink with dogs in Orange County, the toughest workouts, and French pastries.

Don’t Miss! Our second “Best of” event will take place July 16 at the spectacular Rancho Las Lomas. Tickets are still available here.

FEATURES

9 Reasons We Need an NFL Franchise Overlooked in all the speculation about luring the NFL back to Southern California is the fact that we already have two professional football teams, both with ties to Orange County. So we sent Lyssa Myska Allen, the most athletic Orange Coast staffer, to try out for both the Arena Football League’s “LA Kiss,” and the Legends (formerly Lingerie) Football League’s “LA Temptation.” Her conclusion? Read the headline again, then click here for the full story, complete with her tryout action photos.

Looking for Big George Coyle Martin J. Smith’s essay on love, loss, and the inexorable march of time at Orange County’s venerable Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery. Plus, a gallery of more than 100 memorable headstones. Click here to read.

Snapshot: Aline’s Inheritance San Juan Capistrano’s Aline Ohanesian drew on her Armenian family’s expulsion from Turkey in writing her buzzed-about debut novel, “Orphan’s Inheritance,” published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Click here for an expanded interview with the author.

O.C. DINING

Read our Main Course review of Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach, with a second-to-none ocean view, and our Behind the Counter interview with Hector Garcia from Donut Bar in Fountain Valley.  O.C.’s Best sniffs out the best whiskey cocktails, and we discover three great places to get tandoori chicken in Global Diner. Plus, get the latest news on Barley Forge Brewing in Costa Mesa, Bistro Papillote in OC Mix, and Sushi Roku in Fashion Island.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 190 recommended Orange County restaurants.

COAST LINES

By day she’s an Orange County deputy district attorney; by night, she fronts a hair band called Back to the ’80s—meet our Person of Interest, Anna Chinowith, in “Legally Blondie.” Learn the Trade Secrets of a 40-year waitress from Avila’s El Ranchito here. Check out what’s new at Harbor & 19th in Costa Mesa in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. Plan your Perfect Getaway to San Luis Obispo. Take our Hot Pop quiz about former Sunset Beach resident Sandra Bullock, fresh from her voice role in the second “Despicable” movie.

O.C. STYLE

Click here for our Finds page, covering the summertime explosion of yellow. Hot Shop takes you to Coast Modern in Seal Beach. Plus, meet Dave Allee, maker of stylish Almond surfboards, in Tastemakers.

COLUMNS
Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. House Hunting: Searching for normal amid the tract homes of Orange County
Rituals The annual gathering of the OC Fair’s most earnest exhibitors.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.

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