November 2013

Cover Story
Hidden O.C.
Off-the-beaten-path finds, including off-menu secrets, hidden shopping treasures, obscure memorials, overlooked historical realities you won’t find in any textbook, and—what’s this? A nuclear reactor at UC Irvine? Check back for additional hidden treasures and Web-exclusive features. For the full feature, buy a print or digital copy of the November issue here.

‘The Most Dangerous Living Anti-Semite’
David Haldane, our writer and the child of a Holocaust survivor, profiles grandfatherly college professor Kevin MacDonald from Laguna Hills, whose intellectual books and writings about the Jewish takeover strategy in America have been embraced by anti-Semites worldwide. To read the full story, click here. Web Exclusive: For excerpts from MacDonald’s books, and a short history of anti-Semitism through the ages, click here.
by David Haldane

The $5 Million Fiddle
A local chamber musician has been awarded the use of a 324-year-old Stradivarius through 2015. But what’s it like to live, day in and day out, with a global treasure strapped to your back? Click here to see a more detailed discussion of what makes this violin so special.
by Scott Martelle

The Storyseller
Alexandra Uhl, who relocated her fabled Irvine children’s bookshop “A Whale of A Tale” in May [we named it best Children’s Bookstore in July], has developed a new business model and is doing her best to carry on in a new economic reality.
by Tyler Biddle

Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events, including the Orange County Museum of Art’s “Art of Dining” gala, which raised $375,000 for exhibition and school programs.


Coast Lines

Our Person of Interest page features Cirque du Soleil hoop dancer Eric Hernandez. Click here to see Hernandez perform. The Neighborhoods page discovers great places to visit in Santa Ana, with a printable page and map to take with you. O.C. Answer Man reveals the O.C. link to the JFK assassination on its 50th anniversary, the secrets of the Cook’s Corner roadhouse, and how Cypress got its name. Meet first-time documentary filmmaker Brian Ivie in Trade Secrets, and marijuana legalization activist Kandice Hawes in Quotes. Travel to San Francisco for the holidays in our Perfect Getaway feature. Hot Pop offers a guide to boy band Emblem 3, “Telling the Bees” author Peggy Hesketh recommends three books about natural history, and words of wisdom from the off-kilter characters of comedian Martin Short. On the Market spotlights the rising demand for memorable remodeled homes. To preview our searchable Events listings for the county’s don’t-miss November happenings, click here.

O.C. Style Our Finds page shows how camouflage has come out of hiding this fall. The Hot Shop feature spotlights Uni Home Store in Costa Mesa.

Dining This month’s dining section features a Main Course review of Brick in San Clemente. Our Rediscovery review revisits remodeled Rosine, Orange County’s original Mediterranean rotisserie chicken place in Anaheim. O.C.’s Best discovers six great places for brunch. In this month’s Global Diner, discover hu tieu, or noodles in pork broth. We also feature a Deconstruction of smoked duck fries from DivBar in Newport Beach.

Dining Guide Our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 170 recommended Orange County restaurants


Drive The SoCal freeway map (by an artist in Boston, of all things) that gives us all the Big Picture

Rituals Last gasps of the cut-your-own Christmas tree farming industry in O.C.

My Orange County The war of the unwatered backyard trees


Land’s End Twenty years after the wildfire that devastated Laguna Beach

Editor’s Letter A nuclear reactor you can rent by the hour?


Arts & Events

Artist Spotlight The work of glassblower Christopher Jeffries of Laguna Beach

Events Six don’t-miss November happenings, including dancer Diana Vishneva, Drake, Justin Timberlake, and more

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