May 2013

Cover Story
Is O.C. Worth It?

Come along as we explore the pros and cons of living in paradise, from wide-open spaces to crowded freeways; from outstanding colleges and universities to cash-strapped schools; from palatial homes to sky-high real estate prices; from luxury retail to overextended shoppers. To take our pop quiz about local school district realities, click here. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the May issue here.

Why Isn’t Randy Kraft Dead?

Thirty years after his arrest in Orange County, one of California’s deadliest and most depraved serial killers still lives and breathes on San Quentin’s death row. What’s wrong with this picture? To read the story, click here. For a chart showing comparing myths and realities about serial killers, as well as a story about the low-demand market for Randy Kraft memorabilia, click here.
by Patrick J. Kiger

Submerged in a Dancing Daydream
A playful collaboration by the artists of Backhausdance, photographer Priscilla Iezzi, and illustrator Oksana Badrak. To subscribe or order a digital copy of our May issue, click here.


Happy to Be Home
Orange County native and “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz talks about the highly anticipated return of the Emmy-winning series on Netflix. Web Exclusive: To read the extended interview with Hurwitz, click here!
by Pat H. Broeske

 Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including the Center Club’s annual Charity Classic that raised $30,000 for various charities while celebrating the club’s grand reopening.

Coast Lines

 The Neighborhoods page discovers the trendy side to sleepy Seal Beach, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man unravels a trailside mystery. Trade Secrets introduces best-selling romance novelist Eve Ortega, or rather, “Tessa Dare.” Quotes offers words of wisdom from Orange County’s leading hope in this month’s National Spelling Bee. On the Market spotlights California Craftsman dream homes. Perfect Getaway takes you to upscale Scottsdale, Ariz. We also highlight seven don’t-miss May happenings on our Events page. To see searchable listings for all May events in Orange County, click here.

O.C. Style Straddle the seasons in fringe, denim, and studs in the monthly Finds page. Hot Shop visits Love & Whiskey in Irvine, a boho shop that appeals to both sexes. And Tastemakers features Tracy Borkum, whose Cucina Enoteca in Irvine is both a fine restaurant and a furnishings showroom.

Dining Our dining section this month features a Main Course review of Hopscotch Tavern in Fullerton, and our Rediscovery review assesses Costa Mesa’s The Golden Truffle now that it has full cocktail service. O.C.’s Best discovers seven local restaurants that still make their own noodles. And in this month’s Global Diner, Miles Clements delves into northern Thailand’s bracing but awkwardly named signature dish, larb.

The List Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants


Drive How a legendary Santa Ana monkey-wrencher showed us all the meaning of “work ethic.”

My Orange County The Saturday night date was an easy, safe choice. Until it wasn’t.


Land’s End Celebrating an act of kindness after a long mean season

Editor’s Letter Is Orange County worth it? Yes, and here’s why.

Arts & Events

Artist Spotlight Abronia umbellata” by Clara Mason Fox (1873-1959), the Orange County artist whose work is featured in “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage” at The Huntington in San Marino. It’s already so popular, it’s been extended it through July 8! >> Online Only Click here to see more watercolors and some incredible sketchpad images by Fox.

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