COVER: Perfect Pizza We tasted nearly 100 pizzas to find the best, from Neapolitan to DIY offerings to Roma-style pies like the ones at Doppio Zero, left. Here are our favorites, in order of preference, and where to satisfy your cravings. by Gretchen Kurz and Benjamin Epstein
The Bumpy Road Toward Gold Olympic medalist and O.C. native April Ross didn’t like beach volleyball at first. Now she’s on course to win in Rio. by Bill Dwyre
A New Life in a New Land We speak with fi ve Vietnamese families to talk about identity, what it means to start over, and what’s important in their lives. by Katherine Nguyen
Parisian Panache A couple replaces floral chintz with Euro-chic in their Lido Isle home. by Barbara Thornburg
Insights, and What We Got Right in 1984 What did we say about Disneyland’s exclusive restaurant/club, Club 33, back in 1984??
O.C.’s Own Costa Mesa-raised Jonny Wickersham shares the highlights of his rock career.
Hip Hoods We visit a warehouse alley in Fountain Valley.
The Perfect Getaway Oakland has moved out of San Francisco’s shadow.
Culturephile Caitlin Lucia is an H.B. singer who coordinates her style with her career as we learn.
Arts Laurie Hassold is a Costa Mesa artist making exquisitely detailed sculptures.
Don’t Miss Our events page featuring six great August happenings
O.C. Style Opener Go glam with Roger Vivier’s sparkly sneakers!
Finds Go for office chic with this month’s style finds.
Hot Shop Check out the emerging local lines at Red Fox in Corona del Mar.
Tastemaker Shane Baum, the founder of Leisure Society eyewear, tells us about his small-town roots.
Opener/Main Course Dining critic Gretchen Kurz explores the gourmet vegan cuisine at Gratitude.
The Global Diner Whether you like them savory or sweet, crepes satisfy.
Nibbles & Bits Deconstructing panna cotta from Cucina Enoteca.
Behing the Counter We talk to Evan Marks about the Ecology Center’s food agenda.
O.C.’s Best We take you on a tour of the top poke spots.
Dining Guide The appeal of SeaSalt Woodfire Grill in Huntington Beach is evocative of the Old West dining experience in California’s Santa Maria Valley. Ironwood brings wine country cuisine to Laguna Hills . And many of our 200-plus restaurant reviews are in this month’s Dining Guide.
DEPARTMENTS AND COLUMNS
My O.C. I’ll never forget my husband’s face when we parked for the first time outside the house in Laguna Beach I’d found online. He realized he would not have
a garage, that the place lacked curb appeal, was directly opposite a high wall enclosing the high school gymnasium, and had no front yard. “No, this isn’t going to happen,” he said. How could I convince him to move? by Lynette Brasfield
Rituals “Welcome to Yappy Hour,” says a Ritz- Carlton resort staffer as we enter the summer happy hour for dogs, where we discover at least 300 canines enjoying doggie drinks and other four-legged partygoers. by Laura Saari
Answer Man What are the “booms” I hear from my South O.C. home? How did The Trolleys surf break get its name? And what about Orange County’s so-called
diversity? by Chris Jepsen
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