January 2012

January 2012 Cover

January 2012

Cover Story
Top Doctors
Want to know who are the county’s most accomplished and caring local physicians? Here’s the Orange County Medical Association’s 2012 roster, featuring 297 professionals in 57 specialties. The story package also includes nutrition tips from daytime-TV pediatrician James Sears, and four inspiring stories from survivors of life-changing medical traumas. This year’s list will be available online after Feb. 1. Orange Coast Insiders can find the lists from 2011 and 2010 here. To order a digital copy of the January issue, click here!

Sexagenarians, Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll
A pot collective? Drum circles? Zumba classes? Baby boomers are transforming Laguna Woods and other senior communities. Call them the Woodstuck Generation. Read the full story here.
by Shawn Hubler

Young the Giant
Sameer Gadhia, the breakthrough band’s charismatic lead singer, talks about growing up in Irvine, the temptations of success, and giving back. Read the story here.
by Astgik Khatchatryan

Great Moments of 2011
Our celebratory salute and final farewell to the weirdest moments and events of the past year. The compilation includes a list of three world records set in Orange County in 2011. You can read that part of the story here. To get the full feature, subscribe or order a digital copy of our January issue here!
by Martin J. Smith and Jim Walters 

The Art House
Bodacious sculptures and photographs amid modern décor define photographic artist Yasuko Bush’s three-story hillside house in Laguna Beach.
by Barbara Thornburg

The Black & White Ball Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including “Theatre Magic: The Black & White Ball.”

Veggie Burgers INSIDERS ONLY!
Here are eight great local restaurants where you can get guilt-free burgers that may change your mind about meatless patties.
>> Online Only Browse past Guides

Coast Lines
Our Neighborhoods page visits Irvine for kid-friendly stores and attractions. The O.C. Answer Man revisits the county’s two snow days. In Books, we review the art-themed first novel of Monarch Beach’s Connie Spenuzza. Our Perfect Getaway feature takes you to romantic Hawaii. Tina Fey dishes on the “Housewives” in O.C. Can You Say. On the Market explores the county’s most compelling cul-de-sacs. And on our Arts page, we feature the work of artist Hiromi Takizawa.

O.C. Style
Put aside those dark fall hues and step into 2012 with fresh winter whites. Plus, our Tastemakers feature profiles fashion-savvy mom blogger Sarah Ollenburger, and we focus on Newport Coast boutique Trio as this month’s Hot Shop.


Drive Car owners will always tinker. With advanced automotive electronics, though, the time is coming when they may not have to wash up afterward.

Rituals The Rosca de Reyes tradition extends the holidays into February. That’s a good thing, right?

My Orange County The sea lion’s wound tells a disturbing story. But his survival tells another.

Land’s End The endless erasure of a place where change is the only constant

Editor’s Letter Boom Times

Artist Spotlight “Crossing the Pacific Ocean,” by artist Hiromi Takizawa. It’s among the works being exhibited through Jan. 15 at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. To see previous Artist Spotlight features, click here.
>> Online Only Click here to see an online gallery of other Takizawa works, as well as our comprehensive events listings that will guide you to the month’s best in local arts and entertainment.

Main Course Red Table in Huntington Harbour

Nibbles & Bits News and notes from the local foodie scene, including looks at the olive oil trend and the Baking Bettys, a peek behind the counter with the owners of the Cheese Shop at Costa Mesa’s OC Mart Mix, and a lesson on Satsuma mandarins.

Rediscovery Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill

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

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