June 2014: Summer Guide

Everything You Need for O.C.’s Hottest Season

Your table of contents guide to what made it from pages to megabytes. For the full print or digital edition, get a copy on newsstands or in the iTunes store today.

Summer Guide: How to Have a Blockbuster Summer

With the 50th anniversary of Bruce Brown’s seminal surf film upon us, we thought it was about time to enjoy our own “Endless Summer.” Our guide includes great tips on O.C. beaches, things only locals know, seasonal dining, outdoor bars, and hot events. Enter to win tickets to our celebratory screening here. And don’t miss a GoPro video of our staffer’s bike ride along the entire O.C. coast here.

‘Just Absolutely Mental’
Pubs and ethnic restaurants in Orange County are the best way for homebound but soccer-crazy locals to experience the World Cup games in Brazil, which start in June. Check out the best geo-specific gathering spots to root for the home team—no matter where you call home, click here.

The 300 MPH Burn Rate
Yorba Linda’s John Force rules the fast, dangerous, and wildly expensive world of professional drag racing. But can the aging motorsports superstar outrun his $24 million annual overhead? Click here for the full story. Click here for a collection of Force tchotchkes; click here for a chart comparing the fast Force daughters.


Check back for our Main Course review looking beyond the ambiance of Fig & Olive in Newport Beach. We revisit Taco Maria in our newly renamed section Second Helping; and find O.C.’s Best rotisserie chicken. Visit Global Diner for Japanese cold noodles, perfect for a hot day.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants.


Plan your Perfect Getaway to Aspen, Colorado, and click here for the prohibition-busting “Aspen Crud” recipe. Explore Newport Beach’s Old Newport Boulevard, plus all our Neighborhoods here. Check back for the always-entertaining O.C. Answer Man; click here to see our chart showing how UCI commencement speaker President Obama has influenced pop culture.


Peer inside the beachy office of designer Steve Jones in Laguna Beach and check back On the Market offerings at various price-per-square-foot price points.



Letter from Editor Martin J. Smith [5/26]

Zoom! Society editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events. Be sure to check out our Charitable Events Calendar here.

Don’t Miss! Check back to see six events you’ve gotta check out this month.

My Orange County A Father’s Day essay that proves that, yes, you too can learn to be a father using only a few simple tools.

Rituals Who stages the most important ritual of their lives at an amusement park? Meet some Disneyland brides.

Land’s End The 50th anniversary of UC Irvine, and why its alums seem to be such cheapskates.




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