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Why are so many things in Newport Beach named Balboa?

Some interesting O.C. trivia!

O.C.’s Saturated Food-Truck Market

Q: Any advice on how to stand out in O.C.’s saturated food-truck market? A: The gourmet food truck craze gets several things right: clean trucks, friendly service, changing menus, and quality ingredients. Stick to those. But fusion and freak-show cuisine has been done to death. (Who thought Asian tacos would so quickly go from novelty to cliche?) Surprise everyone by making well-executed versions of foods everyone loves. For instance, if you’re going to make pizza, don’t make a tofu faux-pork-belly pizza with Assyrian woodchuck cheese, seaweed, and kumquat sauce on a wheatless crust. Just make the best possible version of the traditional kind. 

O.C. Answer Man: How did O.C. become such a hub of hipster foodies?

Tableware expert Miss Lisa of Orange’s A&P Collectables has a theory. As our local cost of living skyrockets, and wages and benefits continue to...

O.C. Answer Man: Orange County was named for its orange groves, right?

Oranges were exotic curiosities to most Americans, who were lucky to get one a year in their Christmas stocking.

O.C. Answer Man: Where Did Our County’s Logo Come From?

That circle with three oranges in the foreground? It’s a mystery. The earliest known appearance is on a 1948 book of county ordinances.

O.C. Answer Man: The flood of 1938 killed more than 50 people. But...

Some would argue that the Army Corps of Engineers’ willful ruination of the Killer Dana surf break in 1966 was the worst, though that...

O.C. Answer Man: White swallows at Mission San Juan Capistrano?

Q: Grandma is certain she saw white swallows at Mission San Juan. White swallows?

O.C. Answer Man: What Food Best Personifies Orange County?

As a traditionalist, I’d like to point to classics such as Cordelia Knott’s boysenberry pie. But these days, perhaps nothing reflects us as well as Dos Chinos.

O.C. Answer Man: How did Black Star Canyon get its name?

Black Star Canyon has a reputation for being haunted and plays host to some spectacular hikes but how did it get its name?