February 2013

February 2013

Cover Story
The Ultimate Guide to Mexican Food
Orange Coast dining critics Gretchen Kurz and Miles Clements sought out the best and most authentic Mexican food in Orange County for our first-ever guide to delectable favorites, from pozole to puerco, churros to chilaquiles, and tamales to tortas. To read our “Key Moments in O.C. Mexican Food” sidebar, go here. To order a print or digital copy of the February issue with the full feature, click here!
by Gretchen Kurz and Miles Clements

The Curious Quest of Aaron Quixote
Aaron Kushner, the brash young owner of the Orange County Register, says he knows how to bring his newspaper back from the brink. All it takes is an audacious idea, deep pockets, and a willing suspension of disbelief.  To read the full feature, click here. Subscribe or order a digital copy of our February issue here!
by Christopher Smith

Sweet 15
Click here to see a gallery of additional photos from our feature on how quinceañeras have, in Orange County, morphed from simple coming-of-age ceremonies into a pop-culture phenomenon celebrated on reality TV.
photos by Priscilla Iezzi / text by Anne Sterling


Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including the Solomon Society’s “Late Night” of comedy, which raised $515,000 at The Grove in Anaheim.

Coast Lines
The Neighborhoods page finds old-school charm in Fullerton. O.C. Answer Man explains how the county copes without weather-predicting groundhogs. Books reviews “Death in a Wine Dark Sea” by San Clemente’s Lisa King. Trade Secrets introduces Christina Aguilar, wedding officiate. Perfect Getaway takes you to San Francisco for Valentine’s Day chocolate. On the Market shows you why we still love Tuscan kitchens.  We also highlight seven don’t-miss February happenings on our Events page.

O.C. Style
The monthly Finds page explores various shades of red for Valentine’s Day. And Hot Shop visits the two-fer Glow Boutique + Wellness in Laguna Beach.

Our dining section this month features a Main Course review of Dublin 4 Gastropub in Mission Viejo, which transcends all the clichés about Irish hangs. The Global Diner, Miles Clements’ page about global dining in the county, introduces you to the booming specialty ramen scene in Costa Mesa.

>> Online Only Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants


Drive Meet the Seal Beach man who drives Curiosity, the latest and greatest Mars rover.

Legends Time and gravity have caught up with fabled dancer and UC Irvine choreographer Donald McKayle. And he’s fine with that.

O.C.’s Best Seven great ideas for first dates.


Land’s End Man, nature, and coexistence along life’s ragged edge.

Editor’s Letter Trust, hope, and the mysterious new owner of the Orange County Register.

Artist & Events
Artist Spotlight “Flower Mound” by painter Allison Schulnik. Her solo show runs Feb. 24 through April 28 at the Laguna Art Museum.
>> Web Exclusive Click here to see an online gallery of other works by Schulnik as well as our comprehensive and searchable events listings for the month’s best in local arts and entertainment.

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