October 2014: 5 Foodie Road Trips!

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5 Foodie Road Trips Some people will go to the ends of the Earth for an unforgettable meal—we’ll save you some travel time. We focus on five Southern California destinations that guarantee a grand time for footloose gourmands in this combination food and travel story. Click on the city to get the guide:

Snapshot: Alex Minsky The Iraq war vet came home missing one leg and any real sense of hope for his future. That led to a familiar spiral into depression and substance abuse. So how’d he wind up as an underwear model and “Hunger Games” poster boy? Click to read his story and peruse photos from our shoot.

Check out our Main Course review of The Winery in Newport Beach—and the Wine Dudes review of its wine program. We scope out Seal Beach’s Golden Foodie Award-winning 320 Main in Second Course; and find O.C.’s Best skewers, eat falafel in Global Diner, and share news about Who Song & Larry, Sessions West Coast Deli, and a new dumpling destination in Bites.

Don’t forget to click over to our newly redesigned (and oh-so-much easier to use!) Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants.

Meet our Person of Interest, a professional sand castle king named Alex LeBon—plus see him in action in this video. Explore the Yorba Linda Neighborhood, as well as  all our Neighborhood guides on a map here. Find out the Trade Secrets of a guy who digs old denim out of abandoned mines and shares his knowledge of wear patterns with high-end jeans designers. And the always-entertaining O.C. Answer Man is here.

See cottages On the Market in Orange County.

Editor’s Letter Destiny’s Crapshoot
My O.C. My demented grandmother’s drive to Tijuana, via Ohio
Rituals An annual fall grape harvest where the pickers wear Chanel sunglasses and Toms shoes
Land’s End The browning of Orange County. Thanks a lot, drought!

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