COVER: Around the World in 80 Meals! To eat your way through Orange County is to take a culinary tour of the world. Ours is an almost unfathomable diversity: delicate Afghan dumplings, towering Cambodian sandwiches, obscure Japanese noodle soups, even hearty Kenyan stews. Here’s our delicious guide to the best of O.C.’s globe-trotting, genre-defying cuisines. No need to pack your bags, just click here for the guide.
Celeb Q&A O.C. native Dita Von Teese dishes on her first local stripping gig and her transformation into a retro-burlesque queen on the eve of the release of her new book.
Nutcracker Dreams We photograph the aspiring young dancers auditioning for “The Nutcracker” at the new American Ballet Theater Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and then create a gallery of studio portraits of those adorable, if zealously competitive, little divas and diva dudes.
The O.C. Wish List Orange Coast staffers, local luminaries, and others share their sincere wishes for Orange County in 2016, including an affordable Disneyland, more walkable downtowns, our own Eataly by Mario Batali, and the return of manned toll booths and a drive-in movie theater.
Person of Interest A short conversation with one of the Ducks’ Power Players, an ambitious and multidimensional young woman who helps squeegee the ice of blood and teeth between periods.
Neighborhoods Exploring Balboa Village on Balboa Peninsula, including Trough Sandwich Kitchen, Chez Vous bakery, Kohana skin boutique, and San Shi Go sushi.
Perfect Getaway A holiday trip to San Diego for ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado, and a few other treats.
Culturephile O.C. author Gordon McAlpine discusses his new book, and a spotlight on actor (and O.C. native) Jason Lee
Hot Shop Atelier 7918 in Crystal Cove Promenade
Tastemakers A conversation with Neil Ferrier, the Foothill Ranch accessories designer from Discommon Goods
Opener/Main Course Benjamin Epstein reviews Kutsi, which recently opened in the old Memphis space in Santa Ana’s Santora Building
Dining Guide Listings from our online master list of 200+ recommended restaurants. We’ll also have Top 10 lists of staffer recommendations, and short spotlight items on BLK Earth Sea Spirits in Huntington Beach, and Trough Sandwich Kitchen in Newport Beach.
Feature A stunning multifamily time-share beach cottage owned by three couples with nine kids
On the Market Million-dollar condos that are on the market in O.C.
DEPARTMENTS AND COLUMNS
My O.C. A touchy-feely Sea Monkey kind of Christmas
Rituals The annual Lights Up Talega holiday ritual that unfolds each year on a Rancho Mission Viejo cul-de-sac, from which hardly anyone has moved in the past 25 years
Answer Man Three local trivia questions, including one about the O.C. origin of Harrison Ford’s sexy chin scar, the first local In-N-Out stand, and an attempt to explain why no one here can drive in the rain.