July 2013

Cover Story
Best of 2013

It’s a big county out there and it’s filled with delights—if you know where to find them. That’s where we come in. We’ve found the best of the best: fabulous food, adult milkshakes, snazzy stores, and enough activities to keep you happily entertained for the next 365 days. To see our 2013 Best New Restaurant winners, click here. For the full “Best of 2013” feature, buy a print or digital copy of the July issue here.

But Wait! There’s More!

How a Fashion Island skin-cream peddler plunged face-first into the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of TV home shopping networks and became an international star. Read the full story here. Web Exclusive: See a complete list of Ron Cummings’ AminoGenesis products here.
by Patrick J. Kiger

Seeing the Light
An airy addition to a Laguna Beach artist’s hillside home becomes the ideal backdrop for his bronze sculptures. To see the full feature, subscribe or order a digital copy of our July issue here.
by Barbara Thornburg

Life After Julius
Designer and Surf City native Paul Frank, on his new brand and his role as co-curator of this month’s Kustom Kulture II exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center.
by Astgik Khatchatryan

Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including “Viva CHOC Vegas,” the 16th annual revue, which netted nearly $500,000 for CHOC Children’s.

Coast Lines

The Neighborhoods page visits the seaside Spanish gem of San Clemente. O.C. Answer Man wonders why carpetbagging opossums are such a presence in Orange County yards. In Quotes, Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti anticipates his 20th year as announcer for the US Open of Surfing. Trade Secrets introduces Alta Dena milkman Frank Camera. Perfect Getaway takes you for a wonderful weekend in Oceanside. Hot Pop compares two famous Jeffersons, and wallows in ’80s nostalgia with the Go-Go’s at the OC Fair. On the Market spotlights local homes where size matters. We also highlight seven don’t-miss July happenings on our Events page. To see searchable listings for all July events in Orange County, click here.

O.C. Style
Magical summer prints and patterns in the monthly Finds page. Hot Shop visits Oh, Hello Friend boutique in downtown Fullerton.

Our dining section this month features a Main Course review of audacious Arc at Coast Mesa’s South Coast Collection. To see a gallery of additional photos from this wood-fired, heaven-scented newcomer, click here. Our Rediscovery review samples the updated seaside fare at The Beachcomber in Crystal Cove. O.C.’s Best discovers eight great local spots to find fried chicken to go. In Global Diner, Miles Clements takes you to three great O.C. places where you can get El Salvador’s most enticing export, pupusas. Nibbles & Bits A smackdown between banana desserts at Paul Martin’s American Grill and Fish Camp. Ask the Author Four questions for Dana Point’s Sara Forte, author of “Sprouted Kitchen.”

Dining Guide Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants.


My Orange County The downside of sharing a heritage with the planet’s reigning celebutant.

Rituals Hurricane Sandy wiped out the fun zones of the Jersey Shore overnight. Here, it’s a less dramatic erosion.


Land’s End Nature has powerful ways to remind us that we are not in charge.

Editor’s Letter Using Orange Coast as a treasure map to the “Best of 2013”.

Arts & Events

Artist Spotlight Painter Robin Johnson of San Juan Capistrano, whose work will be displayed through Aug. 31 at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach.
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