2015 Oc History Archive Stories

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    Mon Aug 03, 2015
  • OnQueStyle By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    “Oh my gosh, put something on her so she is not standing naked!” Kirsten Prosser directs her staff in Danish-accented English, waving toward a glass-mosaic mannequin glittering au natural in the window of OnQueStyle, the designer resale boutique and styling agency in Corona del Mar, where fashionistas flock in search of anything from
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Orangewood Children's Foundation By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Ann Chatillon
    Please smile, my story isn’t a sad one,” said Karla, the youth speaker at the 44 Women for Children luncheon, a fundraiser for Orangewood Children’s Foundation. She could have fooled those in the audience, many of whom were in tears after just seeing an emotionally charged short film Karla created about the abuse she and two si
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Peter Townend - The Original Surf Star By: Terence Loose | photography by: Cindy Yamanaka, Nick Agro, Peter Townend files
    When Huntington Beach’s Peter Townend, best known as PT, sees what professional surfing has become in the four decades since he became the sport’s first world champion, he is both stoked and amazed. Today, professional surfing’s champions are millionaire celebrities, flying first class, staying in beachfront manses and pampered
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Crab Cooker By: Lawrence Christon | Photography by Sandy Huffaker, ed crisostomo, Paul Rodriguez
    Nobody goes to the Crab Cooker for its eccentric charm. Not only, anyway. You go for the fresh fish, cooked on open rotating charcoal grills visible to anyone who wants to watch: oysters, Alaskan king crab, king crab killer claws, Maryland-style crab cakes, soft-shell crab, chilled cracked Dungeness crab, Australian lobster and Atlantic salmon f
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Hottest Homes in coastal Orange County By: Marilyn Kalfus | photography by David Heath, Toby Ponnay and Jeri Koegel
    What tops buying a luxury home with a view of the Pacific Ocean? That’s easy. Finding one that’s newly built. Three of the five Orange County homes recorded in the Multiple Listing Service as selling for the heftiest sums in the first half of 2015 were completed this year or in 2014. Their vintage aside, each home on the list is exce
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • White's Cove on Catalina Island By: David Ferrell | Photography by Matt Masin
    White’s Cove, four miles from Avalon on the leeward coast of Catalina Island, is a shallow inlet of tall palms framed by scrub-covered hills that jut sharply from the sea. Yachters from Newport Beach have sought out the idyllic spot for more than half a century. They tie up at moorings offshore, set out their deck chairs and fill tranquil
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Wooden Boats By: Nicole Gregory | Photography By Mark Rightmire
    Catch the rich glow of varnished mahogany in the morning sunlight, notice the sleek, simple lines, and – if you score an invitation – step into a wooden boat for an up-close experience, and very likely you’ll be hooked. Wooden boats have a special attraction; many are five, six or seven decades old or olde
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • A Cove to Call Home
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Art of OCMA By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
    Sometime before the end of the decade an iconic new building will rise on the campus of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, signaling the move of Orange County Museum of Art from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa. When the museum opens, there’s little doubt guests at OCMA’s 2015 Art of Dining gala fundraiser will be among the names seen on its
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Dean Corey’s Salzburg By: Rosemary McClure
    Salzburg is magical, a mosaic of graceful spires, domes and fortress walls crowned by the Alps.  It’s a backdrop that inspires.  Just ask former Orange County resident Dean Corey, a frequent visitor who loves the scenery, music and history of the Austrian city, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Corey, longtime president
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Ocean inspired By: Nicole Polizois | photography by Nick Agro
    Mikimoto NecklaceThe delicate underwater ecosystem of the oceans is being compromised by pollution. The oyster is so fragile, even small levels of toxicity can cause havoc. Mikimoto is helping to combat these problems to ensure the production of its famous pearls. Its Sunset necklace features blue, pink and purple sapphires paired w
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • August Coast Cover
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • All Mixed Up By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Serious mixologists may sneer at the thought of a premade cocktail mixer. But when the cold-pressed juice connoisseurs at Nékter Juice Bar created its line of low-calorie mixers longing for a boozy finish, several bar hounds took notice. One skeptical taster was SOL Cocina’s beverage director Colin Pflugradt. Then Pflugradt
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Along the Coast By: Martin Brower
    Building Boom of New Homes With two large residential communities about to open in Orange County – Beacon Park, the second major village in Irvine’s Great Park, in the summer and Esencia, the second major village by Rancho Mission Viejo near San Clemente, in the fall – it is easy to overlook the ever-continuing res
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Best Sellers By Marilyn Kalfus | photography by David Heath, Toby Ponnay and Jeri Koegel
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Cedar-planked Skuna Bay Salmon By: Steve Bramucci
    The best chefs are entertainers. The craft of cooking may be a utilitarian one; but the art of being a chef is based on entertaining. We don’t obsess over food because it feeds us. Potatoes can feed us. The reason we Instagram our favorite dishes is because the chef has succeeded at making food fun. Julio Hawkins, executive chef at
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Chatter By: Nancy Luna and Steve Bramucci
    NEW AND RETURNING:Reunion & Asada by Nancy Luna When Scott McIntosh was forced to close Asada in Laguna Beach in 2013, he kept the rights to the name, hoping one day he’d reopen the restaurant again. Now, that time has come.McIntosh, who operates Reunion Kitchen + Drink in Anaheim Hills, has struck a deal to
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • For the love of Dana Point By: Deanne Stillman | Illustration by Amy Ning
    My favorite places always seem to have sand. When not in the desert, I can generally be found at the beach. These days, my beach town of preference is Dana Point. It was years ago, in Laguna Beach, that I first heard about Dana Point. I was learning how to surf and the waves got crowded. My instructor recalled the old days – the 19
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Glow Tours
    Incredible is the word for when you take an adventurous activity like stand-up paddleboarding, then add deep twilight over the Back Bay and waterproof LED board lights for underwater illumination. On warm summer nights the waters are smooth as glass. “It creates a peaceful realm,” explains Tim Lukei, owner of Pirate Coast Paddle Co.,
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Goodwill Golfing By: Nicole Polozois
    It was golf by day and dinner at sunset for the Goodwill Invitational at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. The day began as 140 golfers played in a scramble-format golf tournament. Later, an outdoor silent auction, dinner and live auction raised $152,000 to support Goodwill of Orange County’s Enduring Independence Program and the Ti
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Grain of Goodness By Nicole Gregory | Photography By Mark Rightmire
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • High on the Hog By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ed Olen
    The Show stealers now fuse heritage-bred swine with surprising ethnic flavors. Surf and turf The bocadillo de ostras is a fried oyster sandwich with thin slices of house-cured pork served with a vinegary kale slaw. It’s a smorgasbord of unlikely flavors. Ham with shellfish – a true
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Natalie Stack and the Cystinosis Research Foundation By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Bob Hodson Photography
    The 2015 Natalie’s Wish gala at the Balboa Bay Resort raised more than $2.3 million for the Cystinosis Research Foundation. CRF is an OC-based nonprofit that helps identify, develop and fund scientific research for the treatment and eventual cure of cystinosis, a relentless and painful disease that affects 2,000 worldwide, mainly kids.
    Fri Jul 31, 2015