Growing Up in O.C. The famous and semi-famous spawn of Orange County recall their early years growing up in this once-rural, sun-kissed paradise. Read about cover boy John Stamos, as well as Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, surf champion Joyce Hoffman, the owner of Benjie’s Deli, and more. Bonus! Spotlight on three locals who grew up in Santa Ana, as interviewed by playwright José Cruz González, who recently completed a staged-in-the-street play for South Coast Repertory which involved gathering life tales from a hundred or more Santa Ana residents.
Doughnuts! In this “Golden Age of Doughnuts,” Orange County has become home to a variety of pastry vendors pushing the envelope—what they’re calling doughnuts are not just sweet, but savory. Ready to have your pastry world rocked? Click here for our video and 10 O.C. Doughnuts You’ve Just Gotta Try.
The Trigger Question Why would an indulged South County teenager stalk and murder his parents? The question has Ashton Sachs’ friends, family, and investigators scrambling to answer as the young man’s sensational trial approaches. Writer Matthew Heller delves into the case here.
Check out our Main Course review on the buzzy Oak Grill/Aqua Lounge at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Click here for Second Course, where we visit the new Sessions sandwich shop on the peninsula in Newport Beach. Find O.C.’s Best finest Neapolitan pizza here; it’s tamale time in Global Diner, and get the latest news about Babette’s, Moulin, and Settobello in Bites.
Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants.
Meet our Person of Interest, Mrs. Claus, naturally. Explore the Neighborhood of Costa Mesa’s Midway Market, as well as all our Neighborhood guides on a map here. Plan your Rose Parade day in Perfect Getaway to Pasadena. And the always-entertaining O.C. Answer Man is here. In Hot Pop, read about O.C.-based band Adam’s Attic.
Click here for our Finds guide to holiday hostess gifts, with extras not found in the print mag! Hot Shop takes you to The Celect, which brings high-end designer clothing to The Lab in Costa Mesa.
Feature How do you design a home for a family with six kids, and make it look beautiful and uncluttered? This Newport Beach couple solved the problem. Don’t miss the homeowners’ 503 Found, a Newport Beach furniture emporium showcased here.
On the Market What you can get for your money (organized by down payment)
My O.C. A Carl’s Jr. Christmas
Rituals When it was the Crystal Cathedral, you could always count on the “Glory of Christmas” for some Yuletide glitz. So what new rituals does the Diocese of Orange have in mind now that it’s simply called Christ Cathedral?
Land’s End Shawn Hubler’s final column for Orange Coast!