COVER Hidden OC: A look at more than 30 secrets around Orange County, covering food, drinks, secret menus, obscure classes, shops with odd business models, locations, more. Sidebar on OC celebs you didn’t know had local roots and another one about hidden things under the water.
OC coloring book for adults: Our own version of the latest pastime for grown-ups. With quirky caricatures of OC shows like Real Housewives (paper dolls), Flip or Flop, Arrested Development, The OC, and Laguna Beach.
Memoir: A local health worker writes about her upbringing in a home that was half Muslim and half Catholic. As she reflects on the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino shootings, what she learned about Islam from her dad’s side of the family.
Insights, and What We Got Right/Wrong Feedback from readers.
Person of Interest Nancy Pe’A started a club for adults to do coloring books at the Tustin Library. She tells us about how she uses them to relieve stress and make new friends. Refer to COLORING BOOK feature.
Hip Hoods San Clemente. Stores featured include: Mahalo Juice, Zebra House Coffee, Wildflower Florist, Casano’s Italian restaurant.
Perfect Getaway A trip to Rancho Santa Fe, the upscale, horse-oriented neighbor of Del Mar.
Culturephile OC resident Dawn McKeen has a paperback version of her book, the Hundred Year Walk, out this month. The book is her reporting her grandfather’s journey during the Armenian war. She will speak at a local high school this month.
Arts Andrea Patrie is a Huntington Beach artist who gave up her job teaching autistic students and enrolled in an MFA program.
Don’t Miss Our events page features Johnny Mathis, Elf the musical, The Nutcracker, Henry Rollins, and George Benson.
O.C. Style Opener What a Betty hairband designer. Mostly wedding wear but some other very festive and visual pieces.
Finds Colorful velvet
Tastemaker Better Together: the new makeup collaboration between Kat VonD and OC’s Jerrod Blandino.
Hot Shop The Webster at South Coast Plaza.
Main Course Irenia in Santa Ana. A new Filipino restaurant, where the chef spent time at Taco Maria and Slapfish. Ashley Guzman is the pastry chef.
Nibbles & Bits Behind the Counter with Ashley Cochrane, the new chef/manager of Baker and Olive in Corona del Mar. She was the former frommager at Montage.
OC’s Best: Crazy sandwiches around the county, including Burnt Crumbs in HB, Sandwich Society in Santa Ana, Ike’s Love and Sandwiches in NB, Piadina at Irvine Marketplace and Mr. Katsu in Anaheim Hills.
Global Diner Pan Dolce Mexican pastries
Dining Guide Our guide to many of our 200+ recommended restaurants. We’ll also have short spotlight features on Tanners at Pasea Hotel in HB and Royal Hawaiian in Laguna.
O.C. Home Opener A Newport Beach home refurbished by Shannon Wilkins
On The Market Homes with the best view of the Newport Boat Parade
Personal Space A JAC dining room in Laguna
Home Feature A fashion stylist turns home-staging specialist and makes her own Newport Beach contemporary craftsman a winner.
DEPARTMENTS AND COLUMNS
My O.C. The holidays bring bad news for one couple, but their determination to beat all of it becomes a sign. Terry Black
Rituals Lines at the holidays, especially for fresh seafood at Santa Monica Seafood in Costa Mesa. Laura Saari
Answer Man Three local trivia questions: Monkey Island in La Habra, the origin of the Balboa Ferry and how did Imperial Highway get its name?