February 2012

February 2012 Cover

February 2012

Cover Story
Reasons We Love O.C.
We counted the ways, and in this unusual valentine we present 43 laudable things about Orange County, everything from skimboarding dogs to decadent spas. Orange Coast Insiders can read seven of them (“Because Our Homegrown Jocks Rock!”) here. To order a print or digital copy of the February issue with the full feature, click here!

Mr. Inconspicuous
The FBI hired Craig Monteilh to infiltrate the Islamic Center of Irvine as part of the fight against terrorists. It’s hard to imagine how it could have gone any more wrong. The story package includes “The FBI’s Least Wanted,” a related story that offers other examples of informants who became a thorn in the agency’s side. You can read it here. To order a print or digital copy of the February issue, click here!
by Matthew Heller 

Expect the Unexpected
Provocation is the order of the day in art dealer Sanja Simidzija’s Laguna Beach home. To get the full feature, subscribe or order a digital copy of our February issue here!
by Barbara Thornburg

How former Register reporter Thannha Lai turned childhood rage into a National Book Award.
by Barbara Thornburg

Candlelight Concert Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 38th annual “Candlelight Concert.”

Orange County Cigar Lounges INSIDERS ONLY!
Grab your cutter and lighter for a tour of seven of the county’s premium cigar havens.
>> Online Only Browse past Guides

Coast Lines
Our Neighborhoods page visits Richard Nixon’s childhood playground, Yorba Linda. The O.C. Answer Man tells the story of a short-lived Jazz Age automaker called Balboa, which actually was based in Fullerton. In Books, we review “Then Again,” actress Diane Keaton’s memoir. Our Perfect Getaway feature takes you to Mammoth, now accessible by nonstop flight from John Wayne Airport. In Quotes, urban aggie Kevin Beckers talks about raising goats in Westminster. On the Radar introduces the unexpectedly brunette addition to “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” and On the Market explores the county’s dramatic hillside homes. Our Arts page features the work of Laguna Beach painter David Milton, and we spotlight the Jayhawks, the Laguna Beach Music Festival, and OCMA’s exhibit of Richard Diebenkorn works, among other February events.

O.C. Style
Neoprene is moving from the beaches to the streets with what designer Yigal Azrouel calls “structured pieces that are a mix of feminine, masculine, and architectural.” Plus, our Tastemakers feature profiles Lugano Diamonds jeweler Moti Ferder, and we explore Laurenly in Orange, this month’s Hot Shop.


Drive Almost anybody can afford a used Ferrari these days. But smart buyers know that’s only half the story.

Legends Fullerton shop owner Phyllis Duran Estrella turned her passion for the zoot suit into a three-decade career.

My Orange County Living on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties is more than an accident of geography. It’s complete cultural schizophrenia.

Land’s End Maybe it’s an age thing, but Valentine’s Day isn’t always about romance.

Editor’s Letter Counting the Ways

Artist Spotlight “Silver Slipper,” by Laguna Beach painter David Milton. It’s among the works that will be part of the Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art Auction on Feb. 4. To see previous Artist Spotlight features, click here.
>> Online Only Click here to see an online gallery of other Milton’s works, as well as our comprehensive events listings that will guide you to the month’s best in local arts and entertainment.

Main Course Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach

Nibbles & Bits News and notes from the local foodie scene, including a dessert trio from Tamarind of London, Fullerton’s Hak’s BBQ Sauce, an unusual mix of food trucks and cocktails, and more!

Rediscovery French 75 Bistro & Champagne Bar in Laguna Beach

>> Online Only Our authoritative, expanded, and searchable dining listings  

To purchase a digital copy of this issue click here.

Main Course: Pizzeria Mozza
Rediscovery: French 75 Bistro & Champagne Bar

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