Escape to the Wild | September 2016


COVER: Into the Wild Lands We explore the best of Orange County’s outdoor adventures, from yoga in Bommer Canyon to a full-moon trek through Crystal Cove. These excursions thrill, whether you’re
new to hiking, searching for new scenery, or looking to learn more about native plants and animals.
by Karin Klein

Pop Art for Fall Fashion Add Kapow! to your wardrobe with fall’s cartoon images, graphic prints, and bold patterns. by Julie Gallego

Delectable Prose Stephanie Danler’s “Sweetbitter,” a palate-pleasing bestseller set in a top New York restaurant, is earning the Rossmoor-raised author multi-star reviews. by Valerie Takahama

The Surf Culture Photography of Art Brewer In the five decades since he picked up a camera, the Dana Point lensman has captured iconic images such as the 1969 photo of surfer Jericho Poppler, left. by Steve Hawk


Insights, and What We Got Right in 1993 What did we say about distracted driving and a problem called “car-yakking” back in September of 1993?

Person of Interest Latte art champion Angie Chun shares her passion.

Hip Hoods finds bites and brews within walking distance of Angel Stadium..

The Perfect Getaway Catch the Museum of Glass and many other alternative attractions in Tacoma.

Culturephile Author Jason Overstreet recommends three thrillers.

Arts Issues That Pop: Artist Stephen Anderson uses collage to question and challenge.

Don’t Miss Our events page featuring six great September happenings.


O.C. Style Opener Charlotte Olympia’s O.C.-exclusive High Voltage sandal kicks off fall runway’s homage to pop art.

Finds features pieces with a touch of romance.

Hot Shop heads to Newport Beach’s luxurious Lavender Salon.

Tastemaker Online retailer The Little Market specializes in global goods handcrafted by women.


Main Course Hospitality power duo Noah Blom, and Marin Howarth launch elegant Restaurant Marin.

The Global Diner Savory Asian pancakes packed with meat and vegetables delight.

How It’s Made studies the fl avors behind Break of Dawn’s smoked salmon and egg dish.

Behing the Counter Elyssa Fournier talks about her Corona del Mar home-based Mixed Bakery.

Dining Guide Santa Ana’s Irenia serves elevated takes on classic Filipino dishes such as Santa Barbara ridgeback prawns with Canton noodles. Anchor Hitch, inaugural tenant at new Union Market Mission Viejo, brings contemporary seafood and family friendly dining to the Kaleidoscope shopping center. And many of our 200-plus restaurant reviews are in this month’s Dining Guide.


My O.C. Beach Boulevard is an advertising assault, from billboards to bus wraps. Most people tell me they try to ignore it all, that each new pitch blurs into the next until they all become invisible. Just white noise. Yet I hope they never become invisible, because to me, everything about Beach Boulevard says one thing: I’m on my way home. by Pam Tallman

Memoir Journalists and writers collect experiences, and we store them in forgotten parts of our brains until we find them useful. For two decades after the 1993 Laguna Beach fire, I tucked away the whole visceral experience of witnessing that carnage—along with one eerie post-fire memory that will stick with me forever.
by Martin J. Smith

Answer Man Was O.C. ever a wine region? How are we doing with water conservation? And what are the strangest animals native to the county? by Chris Jepsen


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