A Peek at Our One Year of COVID-19 Issue | March 2021

Illustration by Andrew Hart


Community in the Time of COVID-19
One year after stay-at-home orders were first issued, we provide a look at where we are now. The past year has forced us to take stock, innovate, and reassess everything we do. We asked entrepreneurs, educators, fitness professionals, arts and nonprofits leaders, health care workers, an economist, and readers for their thoughts.

Photograph courtesy of The Picnic Collective

“(As a new mom), it was really special to do a sweet baby shower picnic for someone who wasn’t going to be able to celebrate but ended up just having a small intimate gathering instead.”    

Lauren Rivard, founder of The Picnic Collective and The Picnic Shoppe in Costa Mesa


Crowning Glory
UC Irvine alum Melissa King is the latest winner of “Top Chef All-Stars,” Bravo’s culinary competition show. King is the quintessential entrepreneurial chef and uses her platform to partner with nonprofits supporting minority communities.

Bringing the World’s Treasures for 30 Years
Peter Keller has led Bowers Museum for three decades, and he says he’s just getting started.

Oregon Coast photograph by Jeffrey S. Rovner

People & Places

Opener | A verdant field in Irvine
’Hoods | Fresh and distinctive finds in Lake Forest
Perfect Getaway | Discover the rugged grandeur of the Oregon Coast.
Culturephile | Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest sci-fi novel explores the future challenges of climate change.
O.C. Events | Classical and jazz concerts, festivals, and more

Style & Home

Opener | The mouth-blown glass flare candleholder designed by Hay
Style Talk | Small-batch, eco-friendly clothing from Mesa
Finds | Welcome spring with floral prints.
On The Market | A San Juan Capistano property has a pathway lined with garden spaces.
Sourced | Style your home in Pantone’s colors of the year.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Food & Drink

Opener and Main Course | Delectable dishes and bold drinks combine at Chato’s Bar and Grill in Santa Ana.
5 Questions With … | Co-founder of Taylor Made Cuisine in Irvine
Food Trends | Shop market essentials from these local restaurants.


My O.C. | Scary moments and small joys abound at a senior living community rocked by COVID-19.
First Person | Navigating beauty routines during a pandemic

Dining Guide

Many of our 200-plus restaurant reviews

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Back Page

Person of Interest | Taylor Hamby of Orange gives historic clothing a new life through her online business, Sputnik’s Vintage.

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