Drink Up | February 2016

COVER STORY | Drink Up! A Guide to Craft Cocktails Our list of the 39 tastiest in Orange County. Find web-exclusive drink recipes here.

Beyond the Ink This photo gallery gives six artistically inclined locals the chance to show (!) and tell  us the story behind their favorite tattoos.



Read our 2½-star Main Course review of EATS Kitchen in the refurbished Hotel Irvine, with a menu retooled by the former chef from Santa Ana’s popular Chapter One. Explore Tasty Thai soups in Global Diner. Plus, get the latest news on La Colombiana in San Clemente, the new Austin-born burger joint Hopdoddy in Fashion Island, and Skyloft in Laguna Beach, which took over the space formerly occupied by Rock’n Fish.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 190 recommended Orange County restaurants.



In Person of Interest, meet workout king Marc Payan, who leads a community fitness movement dubbed PayanX. Beginning at 5 a.m., three days a week, hundreds pile into Santa Ana Stadium to participate in the volunteer-led workout. Check out Old Towne Orange’s mix of old (antiques malls) and new (upscale gastropubs) in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. Plan a Perfect Getaway to wintertime Lake Arrowhead, which tends to be a lot quieter than the ski resorts at Big Bear.



Discover geek chic—pocket protectors not included—in our Finds page. Our Hot Shop takes us to Rags & Stones in San Juan Capistrano. Plus, read all about Sloan Street, a mother-daughter jewelry enterprise that’s got the local socialites buzzing in Tastemakers.


Home Feature Click here for photos of the stunning Three Arch Bay home of executive Mark Hammond, whose late wife created a design masterpiece and living legacy for their family. On the Market visits some of the county’s finest master suites, in honor of Valentine’s Day.


Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. She didn’t much like Orange County, and always planned to leave. But after a couple of decades of planning her escape, a medical crisis convinced her that she’d accidentally sunk deep roots here.
Rituals Witnessing the annual release of a craft beer called Pliny the Elder to its cult-like legion of local fans, who gather for ritual consumption at drinking establishments lucky enough to get an allocation. Click here for a list of the O.C. places that get a ration of Pliny!
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.


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