June 2011

June 2011 Cover

June 2011

Cover Story
Dream Back Yards
Everything you need for entertaining, swimming, lounging, grilling, and more! Plus, behind the scenes at a Newport Coast family’s perfect retreat.
By Chris Christensen, Beth A. Clayton, Susan Heeger, Francine Rios, Martin J. Smith, and Barbara Thornburg

The Uncertain Life and Premature Death of Daniel Mendez
Two years ago, a desperate scene involving a troubled teen unfolded on a San Clemente street. But as the aftermath of that tragedy shows, there are no easy answers in the debate over school bullying.
By Matthew Heller

Pizza to Go
Creating first-rate Neapolitan pizza is one thing. Towing the straight-from-the-oven experience directly to the hungry masses? Now that’s a culinary breakthrough.
By Priscilla Mayfield

The Start of Something Big
Some of Orange County’s most iconic products began as imperfect ideas. Here’s a look at a few baby pictures, if you will, of innovations–including Oakley sunglasses–that made us famous. Show us your Oakleys!
Text by Scott Martelle. Photographs by Joseph Escamilla


“Imagine a World Without Diabetes” Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including the gala fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Seven Cool Summer Trails INSIDERS ONLY!
Our guide to hikes along the county’s thrilling ocean bluffs and shaded wilderness parks.
>> Online Only Browse our past Guides

Coast Lines
Intersection visits Broadway and Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. The O.C. Answer Man recounts the legend of Bubbles the hippo and reveals a local connection to the Eskimo Pie. Nibbles & Bits looks at the tasty macaron trend. In Books, Corona del Mar author Patricia Wynn discusses her new novel, “A Killing Frost.” We also found O.C.’s own Betsy Ross and reveal the mysteries of the county flag in Deconstruction, meet 15-year-old Mission Viejo actor Noah Munck (see him in the just-released “Bad Teacher” with Cameron Diaz) in Stat Sheet, discover the county’s most popular dog breeds, and explore the relatively inexpensive high-end bargain homes of Yorba Linda in On the Market.

O.C. Style
Show Dad the love with great finds for Father’s Day, including a selection of perfect ties, cool Carrera shades, Thomas Pink cufflinks, tan suede lace-ups from Toms, a set of Taylor Made golf clubs and bag, and a Brera Orologi diver watch. Plus, in Voices, meet the local brother-sister act behind red-hot Drybar blowout-only salons.


Drive Caveat emptor, car shopper, because the person selling you that new ride probably doesn’t know squat. Read about it in Preston Lerner’s “Dearth of the Salesmen.”


Legends Honoring Paul Salata, the man who annually honors pro football’s Mr. Irrelevant.

My Orange County The shortest lives sometimes leave the deepest impressions.


Land’s End Catastrophe as Adventure

Editor’s Letter Why We’re Here

Arts & Events Artist Spotlight “Yellow Hat,” by Fountain Valley artist Tim Genet
>> Online Only Our events listings guide you to the best in local arts and entertainment.

Main Course The Capital Grille at South Coast Plaza
Rediscovery Napa Rose in Anaheim
>> Online Only Our expanded, searchable dining listings  

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