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August 2012

On the Cover: What a Ride! Why we're home to a $6 billion industry and the birthplace of beach-culture cool. // Our guide to eight gotta-have Orange County apps. // Los Alamitos’ Lynne Cox swam 2.7 miles across the frigid Bering Strait between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in water that would have killed most people within 30 minutes. But that breakthrough moment 25 years ago tells only part of her story. // News and notes from the local foodie scene, including a farm-to-table look at the beekeepers who produce the honey in Sapphire Laguna’s Strawberry Panna Cotta, restaurant recommendations from three top Orange County chefs, pickled peppers from Laguna Beach’s Mozambique, and a new cookbook from Sol Cocina’s Deborah Schneider.

David Rossi of The Ranch Restaurant Makes Panna Cotta

David Rossi, award-winning executive pastry chef at The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim, can win you over long before dessert arrives. Watch him make his signature panna cotta in this new video with Cathy Thomas.

Toast in Costa Mesa Celebrates Two Years With New Summer Menu

New dishes and cocktails are making their debut for patio dining or takeout. Chef John Park shares what this milestone means to his team, especially during a trying time for many O.C. restaurants.

Where to Get Family-Style Takeout Barbecue in O.C. Memorial Day Weekend

Celebrate the holiday with curbside barbecue and ready-to-grill meal kits from these local restaurants.

At a Crossroads with chef Aarón Sanchez

While the House of Blues in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney is a very comfortable place to see live music, the food in the on-site restaurant… well, it might not have reflected the star quality of the acts onstage.

Get Out There and Eat: Orange County’s 10 Best New Restaurants of the Year!

Our much-anticipated list of the best new restaurants of 2015 is here! Pueblo truly is a first of its kind in Orange County. Modern Spanish tapas are the lure here, with executive chef Michael Campbell’s dishes so spot-on they sound familiar to travelers with Spanish stamps on their passports. Mejillones en Vinagreta—chilled mussels, saffron, and cava vinaigrette—is perfect for a warm night patio dinner.

Review: An Imaginative Menu Meets Positive Atmosphere at Nova Kitchen & Bar in Garden...

Nova Kitchen & Bar is a sure cure for pandemic blues.

Fashion Island Newbie is Plenty Satisfying, But Doesn’t Surprise

She sits quietly at a table for two at the front window, only a glass of water before her. Not even a menu. After 20 minutes, my tablemate spots a solo male, looking bemused, at a table in the back of the 220-seat space. Eventually, the two singles find each other and share a meal.

Omakase in Orange County

Time to try omakase, which means “trust me” in Japanese.

Main Course: Little Sparrow

As I dig in to my latest meal at Santa Ana’s Little Sparrow, a loop of the ’60s E-chord surf tune won’t leave my head. A-well-a bird, bird, bird, the bird is the word. I chalk it up to dizzy relief. It’s been some time since a new restaurant has wowed me three times in a row. The bloody mary is superb, and I’ve had only one—I swear.