Restaurants | The past year was particularly busy with openings, and these are the most notable of a deliciously varied bunch. But brand-spanking-new is just the beginning—we’ve jazzed up the list with well-seasoned influencers that cast long shadows we can’t ignore. Make your reservations, and bon appétit.
A Life of Secret Service | Decades protecting presidents and working counterfeit cases coincided with a suburban O.C. life for this pair.
Poll Vaulter| Erica Kwiatkowski was the driving force behind Katie Porter’s historic flip of California’s 45th Congressional District—and the 29-year-old rising political star is just getting started.
➜ PEOPLE & PLACES
Opener | An art installation at The Lab in Costa Mesa
‘Hoods | Unexpected finds in Orange
Perfect Getaway | Walk through history in London.
Trade Secrets | Fullerton native and host of Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.”
Culturephile | Novelist Don Winslow’s final installment to an epic saga
O.C. Events | Imaginology, Sutton Foster, and more
Person of Interest | Laguna Beach resident Meg Weidner, the writer and star of indie family film “Best Mom”
➜ STYLE & HOME
Opener | Home decor from Eclectic Goods
Hot Shop | Ethical and sustainable fashion at Kestan
Finds | Stay comfy and on trend in crochet.
On The Market | Homes with eco-friendly amenities
At Home With… | The California Workshop in Costa Mesa
➜ FOOD & DRINK
Opener | Plein Air cocktail from Ocean at Main
Three’s a Trend | Restaurants with dramatic tableside presentations
5 Questions With… | Sonny Nguyen, co-founder of 7 Leaves Cafe
Food News | Old Vine Kitchen & Bar’s new digs plus three more openings
Dining Guide | All 228 of our restaurant reviews and a spotlight on Placentia
My O.C. | An olive tree inspires in Laguna Niguel.
Rituals | Newport Beach Film Festival marks its 20th anniversary with big aspirations and big stars.