COVER: Top Doctors! Our annual list of the top doctors in Orange County, as surveyed by Castle Connolly, along with six inspiring personal stories about people who are successfully managing or surviving harrowing medical circumstances. Check back for the full listings!
Snapshot: Devyn Bisson A conversation with the filmmaker and Chapman University alum as she prepares to launch her buzzworthy surf film, “The Wave I Ride,” about female big-wave pioneer Paige Alms. It killed at the Maui Film Festival; a distribution deal is being signed; opening set for January or February.
Neighborhoods Exploring the big changes at Irvine University Center, where old standbys such as Britta’s Café are being replaced by youth-friendly places such Slapfish, Mendocino Farms, and Blaze Pizza. Perfect Getaway A weekend getaway to Ojai in pursuit of wellness.
Main Course Read about Holstein’s, the high-end burger and craft beer joint that’s taking over the South Coast Plaza space until recently occupied by Charlie Palmer. Bites Ritz Prime Seafood and the new Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach. Smackdown Comparing the Irish Coffees at MacCallans in Brea and Dublin 4 in Mission Viejo. Global Diner Three great places to get European pancakes, including German pancakes at Jaegerhaus, Swedish pancakes at Original Pancake House, and the Dutch Baby at Plums. O.C.’s Best Local restaurants offering terrific Sunday suppers.
Dining Guide Our complete list of 200+ recommended restaurants.
DEPARTMENTS AND COLUMNS
My O.C. Comparing the indie coffeehouses of O.C. with some memorable ones in Istanbul, Turkey.
NEW! Next Chapter The long-time owners of a popular Laguna Beach nursery have decided to close the doors of the business that kept them homebound for the past 30 years and hit the road, trying to recapture the feeling they had when he was a globe-trotting correspondent for Surfer magazine, and was the French woman who won his heart, and their marriage, kids, and business had not yet happened.