February 2011

February 2011

Cover Story
Our first-ever ranking of Orange County’s 20 best pies, from Neapolitan to New York-style, California to Chicago. Plus, hot pizza trends and styles, a by-the-slice guide, and tips from noted drink experts on beer and wine to wash it down.
By Gretchen Kurz and Benjamin Epstein


The Reel O.C.
Orange County has played many roles in the movies, but has rarely starred as itself. Take a guided tour of memorable locations in popular films.
By Evan Henerson

Unfinished Business
The Aliso Viejo home of interior designer Sabina Vavra is in constant transformation.
By Sarah Womack


The Story of His Life
Decades after he founded Social Distortion in a rundown Fullerton apartment, Mike Ness rocks on in an older and wiser key.
By Scott Martelle


Bánh Mì
Celebrate Tet this month by savoring Little Saigon’s sandwiches one bakery at a time
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Coast Lines
Literary critic Barbara DeMarco-Barrett reviews T. Jefferson Parker’s new gun-smuggling novel, “The Border Lords.” Intersections explores Bristol Street and Anton Boulevard in Costa Mesa, Perfect Getaway take you to romantic San Francisco, On the Market focuses on sumptuous Newport Coast homes, and more!

O.C. Style
This spring, coral is the new red! Our Finds feature shows you how the pinkish-orange blend is turning up on everything from Alexandre Birman shoes to Kay Unger dresses. In Hot Shop, we visit Erica Thomas’ latest boutique in Corona del Mar, and Voices introduces Too-Faced cosmetics’ Jerrod Blandino.

Drive Preston Lerner explains why bumper stickers still speak to us in the age of social media.
Legends How Kimmie Vinson survives in the tough business.
Rituals An annual exercise in counting crows, and whatever else flutters into view.
My Orange County How I learned about trust on “Bonanza” night in 1963.

Land’s End Winter Formalities
Editor’s Letter Think Global, Eat Local

Arts & Events?
Artist Spotlight “Suddenly” by artist Nathan Spoor, at Grand Central Art Gallery
>> Online Only Our events listings guide you to the best in local arts and entertainment.
Photo Gallery An exclusive online-only Orange Coast gallery of stunning, sexy photos by dance photographer Michael Khoury, who shot the recent performances of Tango Buenos Aires at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Zoom! Beckstrand Cancer Foundation’s Diamond and Pearl Ball, “An Evening in Havana.”

Main Course True Food Kitchen in Fashion Island
Rediscovery A return to Summit House in Fullerton
Mouthful Clay Oven couple bring the world to their home kitchen
>> Online Only Our expanded, searchable dining listings

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