December 2013

Cover Story
O.C. Dishes You’ve Just Gotta Try
We’ve scoured the county for the best appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts from the local restaurant scene, and here we reveal which ones have proven unforgettable. Click here for list of local craft brews and more web-only content.

The Uncommon Cowman
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Rick Rickman and writer Shawn Hubler spent time in the saddle with Silverado’s Frank Fitzpatrick, one of the last working cattleman in Orange County. His artisan, grass-fed beef has made him a darling of O.C. foodies. Click here for our story and check back for a gallery of additional photos that depict the full scope of what it’s like to be both a cowboy and an entrepreneur.

The Witty Professor
Valley girl Sandra Tsing Loh of public radio’s “The Loh Down on Science” brings her sharp humor and passion for science to UC Irvine this semester—and opens a new chapter in her famously complicated LA-centric life. Click here for the full story.


This month’s dining section features instant favorite Little Sparrow in Santa Ana in our Main Course review. And then the fun begins with our O.C.’s Best vintage cocktails, Global Diner focus on Vindaloo (that Indian fave), and Tastemakers profile on a local chocolatier.

Don’t forget to click over to Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants.

Coast Lines
Our Person of Interest centers on an eleven-year-old ballet student in his third turn as Fritz in “The Nutcracker”—click here for a full list of Nutcracker performances in Orange County.

In Neighborhoods, we visit Laguna Beach, south of downtown. You can check out a map of all the places we’ve covered in Neighborhoods here.

The O.C. Answer Man fills us in on the upcoming landlocked Villa Park Boat Parade and other local trivia. 

In Trade Secrets, we spotlight a rattlesnake wrangler—with behind the scenes footage from videographer Sean Teegarden, and a harrowing account by author Jake Weber of wrangling a rattler of his own.

Stat Sheet features Igor Pasternak, wild-haired dirigible enthusiast.

Perfect Getaway showcases the Lone Star state, from John Wayne Airport to Austin, Texas!

In Hot Pop, Laguna Beach author Suzanne Refearn recommends three crime novels.

You also can follow our handy Hot Pop guide to determine if you should see Irvine native Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman 2.” Click here for the trailer. On the Market features surprising Santa Ana neighborhoods, while our Arts page profiles former Grand Central Arts Director Andrea Harris-McGee. Be sure to check our Don’t Miss events page for all the December happenings.

O.C. Style
Finds Croc and snakeskin!
Hot Shop Taim boutique in Laguna Beach 

In Every Issue
from the Editor

Zoom! Society editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events. Be sure to check out our Charitable Events Calendar here.

My OC What the Aquadettes taught me about jiggly thighs and late-life self-confidence; click here to read the full story.

Drive Click here to learn how not to drive like a jerk. Check back to take our poll on the worst drivers in Orange County.

Rituals Holiday home decoration is one thing; inviting 100,000 strangers over for cider is quite another. Click here for the full story click here for a video of the spectacle.

Land’s End How to “harden your home,” 20 years after the Laguna Beach firestorm.

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