November 2012

November 2012 Cover

November 2012

Cover Story
The Cutting Edge
Who’s your favorite stylist? We asked O.C.’s best coiffed for their answers, along with recommendations for what’s hot and what’s not, today’s must-have products, and all the insider buzz. From cuts to curl to color, from barbers to blowouts, we’ve got it all. For a sneak preview, click here. To order a print or digital copy of the November issue with the full feature, click here! 
by Erin Stafford   

Hair Confessions
To read an expanded list of our “Hair Confessions” and more reader responses to our survey, or to comment on your favorite stylist, click here.

What’s a father to do when patients’ rights laws and bureaucratic inattention put his mentally ill and sometimes dangerous son on the streets? To see the full story, click here! Subscribe or order a digital copy of the November issue here!
by David Haldane

Missing All the Fun
Essayist Ben Peters remembers when Orange County was one of the happiest—and possibly the cheesiest—places on Earth. But these days, where’s a guy supposed to play Skee-Ball? To order the November issue click here!
by Ben Peters    

Sea Change Party   
Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including this year’s fifth annual Oceana benefit, which raised more than $1 million for ocean conservation. 

Coast Lines
The Neighborhoods page explores Old Town Tustin’s touched-up century-old storefronts. O.C. Answer Man discovers the political intrigue behind Nixon’s Restaurant in Fullerton, and Books introduces you to Newport Beach’s Terri L. Sjodin, queen of the elevator pitch. In Trade Secrets, meet the Laguna Beach man whose passion for all things avian is behind the three local outlets of Omar’s Exotic Birds. Meet up-and-coming country star Rachel Reinert in O.C.’s Own, and our Perfect Getaway page proposes a luxe winter weekend in Calgary. Farmers market twin fiddlers Evan and Zoe Jastermsky explain the joy behind their music in Quotes. To commemorate the election and native son Richard Nixon’s upcoming 100th birthday, Just for Fun presents a collection of Nixon buttons, trinkets, and geegaws. On the Market discovers available homes that feature touches from Bali, Japan, and Italy, and we also highlight seven don’t-miss November happenings on our events page.

O.C. Style
This month we look at fall’s bold brocades, and Hot Shop writer Erin Stafford visits Bauble Accessories on Balboa Island.

Our bigger and better dining section this month features a Main Course review of Bistro Bleu in Anaheim, where chef-owner David Kesler is proving that a newcomer doesn’t have to be innovative or wildly daring to be special. And Rediscovery takes you to Leatherby’s Café Rouge at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. In the expanded section, we deconstruct Lucca Café’s crunchy avocado shrimp with chef Cathy Pavlos’ “purgatory” sauce, and also tell you where to get Grandma Izetta’s Kansas Roadhouse Barbecue Sauce. Our O.C.’s Best column introduces seven upscale market delis perfect for holiday takeout dinners, and Miles Clements, author of our new The Global Diner page about worldwide dining in the county, takes you for pizzalike flatbreads called manakeesh at three bakeries in Anaheim’s Little Arabia. 

>> Online Only Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 160 recommended Orange County restaurants   


Drive Practical electric cars are almost as eagerly awaited as flying automobiles. So why are these unicorns on wheels almost as elusive? 

My Orange County You’re never too old to learn. But sometimes you need the elderly to teach you. 


Land’s End The unseen cost of intolerance and random nastiness

Editor’s Letter The White Lie

Artist & Events 
“The Archangel Michael Defeating Satan” by street chalk artist Mark Cummings of Costa Mesa. He’ll create a new work at the Nov. 3 Festa dell’Autunno street festival at the Resort at Pelican Hill.    
>> Online Only Click here to see an online gallery of other works by Cummings, and for more information about the event, as well as our comprehensive and searchable events listings for the month’s best in local arts and entertainment.

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