COVER STORY: Orange County’s Hottest Shops We celebrate the county’s finest retailers, large and small, from Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza to indie boutiques and even the high-style home of Almond Surfboards. Get info on resort shopping, beauty-product vendors, top local brands available online, and a retail hall-of-fame that includes A’Maree’s, Aris, and more. Click here.
Flying the Coop Writer Deborah Serra shares how she and her sister resolved their distress after realizing that their lives as stay-at-home moms were suddenly over. Road trip!
Read our Main Course review of long-awaited Sushi Roku at Fashion Island. Sample gourmet Haute Dogs in O.C.’s Best. Find three great places to get soba noodles in Global Diner. And get the latest news on Grits Fullerton, a Cal comfort food place, and Urbana Anaheim, which features Michoacan street cuisine.
Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 200 recommended Orange County restaurants.
In Person of Interest, meet the cosplayers at Anaheim’s annual vid-nerd celebration, BlizzCon. Explore Laguna Beach’s village center in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. Meet O.C.’s Own former Mater Dei High and University of Arizona basketball phenom Stanley Johnson, who at 19 was drafted eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons. Perfect Getaway: Plan a weekend in Eugene, Oregon, on the occasion of the Trojans-Ducks game. But good luck finding a room on home football weekends.
Meet six of the biggest fashion bloggers in Orange County. Finds showcases modern minimalist chic, and read Quotes from Jackie Dalton, owner of Lollipop Nail Studio in Costa Mesa’s The Camp. Check out our newest column, Philanthropreneur, showcasing the people and brands building companies while giving back. First up is Parks Project, which focuses on promoting and preserving our public parks.
Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. The four stages of stuff, or, do I really still need this three-compartment crystal crudité tray?
Rituals The annual Tour de Coop, a 20-mile bike ride through Laguna Beach to look at chicken coops.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.