Come along for five weekend escapes to nearby places where life just seems simpler: Ojai, Julian, Avalon, Del Mar, and Montrose. We tell you what to see, where to shop and eat, what’s nearby, even what it costs to feed the Main Street parking meters—if there are any. For fun facts about each city’s small-town cred, check back next week. For fun facts about each city’s small-town cred and travel information from the feature, click here. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the June issue here.
New Sheriff in Town
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s recent remarkable health decision to lower her odds of getting the disease, an alternately tearful, composed, and cheerful Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens reveals in a candid interview the costs and unexpected blessings that come with hearing the words, “You have breast cancer.” To read the story click here.
As told to Rachel Powers
Color Her Inspired
See how interior designer Deborah Cooper-Ramos tuned a 1904 rental cottage into a colorful laboratory. Read her six tips for cost-effective ways to decorate here. To see the full feature, including the extraordinary photos of her cottage, subscribe or order a digital copy of our June issue here.
by Barbara Thornburg
Letters From Vanished O.C.
A time-traveling correspondent writes insightful missives from some of Orange County’s small towns that no longer exist. Web Exclusive: To see photos, a locator map, and a complete list of places your GPS will never locate, click here.
by Jim Walters
Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including the eighth annual Dream Gala, which netted $450,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Neighborhoods discovers the night market in Little Saigon, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man explains the differences between the two surfing memorials on opposite sides of the street in Huntington Beach. Trade Secrets introduces John Wayne Airport airplane wrangler Di Mylon. Quotes offers words of wisdom from Jason Lucash, the 29-year-old Tustin businessman who Entrepreneur magazine named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. Hot Pop compares the county’s two famous Kevins, Costner and Bacon, and Googles actress Leslie Mann. On the Market spotlights local homes that let the sunshine in. We also highlight seven don’t-miss June happenings on our Events page. To see searchable listings for all June events in Orange County, click here.
Keepin’ it fresh in summery yellow in the monthly Finds page. Hot Shop visits the Good Californian Haberdashery in Anaheim, where vintage Americana meets British service and style.
Our dining section this month features a Main Course review of Brunos Trattoria in Brea, and our Rediscovery review trumpets the encouraging changes at The Cannery in Newport Beach. Tastemakers Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon of Best Wines Online in Santa Ana discuss their new concept in wine retailing. O.C.’s Best discovers five great local spots where America’s favorite frozen dessert, ice cream, is getting the new wave treatment with bold flavor combinations and unexpected ingredients. In this month’s Global Diner, Miles Clements takes you to three great places in O.C. where you can get Japanese yakitori, those mouthwatering chili-soaked chicken skewers grilled over white-hot charcoal. Nibble and Bits presents a popover smackdown between Neiman Marcus’ Mariposa and The Ranch! In Pay It Forward, three local chefs reveal their favorite restaurants.
The List Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants
Drive It’s fast. It’s cheap. It’s green. And express carwashes may be the next evolutionary step in Orange County’s carwash culture.
My Orange County A name means something. And changing it can mean trouble
Rituals Can new ideas rejuvenate the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry?
Land’s End Still think graduation day is all about the kids?
Editor’s Letter Why Orange County’s sheriff is a profile in courage.
Arts & Events
Curator Spotlight Dan Cameron of the Orange County Museum of Art discusses the “California-Pacific Triennial,” which runs June 30 through Nov. 17. >> Online Only Click here to see selected works from the exhibit of 32 artists from 15 Pacific Rim countries.