2015 Features Archive Stories

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  • Fresh Fish By: Brad A. Johnson
    For anyone who loves sushi, as I do, we’ve got it good here. Nowhere else in the United States – not New York, not San Francisco, nowhere – comes even remotely close to the quality of sushi widely available in Southern California. And while Los Angeles has always been the sushi capital of America, Orange County is right
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • On the Edge of Glory By: Ashley Breeding
    On a clear and balmy afternoon, professional mountain biker Richie Schley is on his daily sunset ride. He drops in and surfs down the mountainside, winding through singletrack hugged by a profusion of greenery so lush he could be in the British Columbian forest or the Costa Rican jungle – but the Laguna Beach resident is riding in his own
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • One Door Away from Heaven By: Peter Larsen
    Dean Koontz doesn’t get out much and that’s entirely by design.The author of thrillers, such as the recent “Saint Odd” and scores of earlier best-sellers such as “Watchers” and “Intensity,” says he likes to put in at least 60 hours a week at the keyboard of his old-fashioned MS-DOS computer.
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Three Masters of Modern By: David Ferrell
    Playing with Light, Space and Geology Driven to grasp the deepest secrets of architectural design, Anders Lasater turned to his other creative passion: music. The boyish-looking amateur drummer and bass guitarist, a fan of Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin who
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Henry T. Segerstrom By: Kedric Francis
    Whenever I asked Henry T. Segerstrom about his legacy, he would politely but firmly move on to the next question. “I prefer to focus on the future,” he would say. Now that he’s gone at age 91, I’ll go against his wishes and speak of how I’ll remember him: as the most influential and inspiring person I had the good f
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Listen to Your Heart By: Jenn Tanaka
    The procession entered, two at a time.  My bridesmaids paraded into the St. Francis Assisi chapel wearing cobalt blue Vera Wang empire-waist gowns. They delicately held their bouquets of light green cymbidium orchids and Privé pink and plum-colored roses as they stepped into the hushed chapel. My matron of honor entered last and behi
    Mon Feb 09, 2015
  • A Wedding by the Sea By: Heather Skyler
    Rob Roy and Eddie Swaim were together for seven and a half years before they decided to tie the knot.  When same-sex marriage first became legal briefly in California in 2008, Rob says, they weren’t quite ready to wed. The two  hadn’t been together very long, and besides, a good deal of time is required to pull off the type
    Mon Feb 09, 2015
  • A Whole New World By: Jenn Tanaka
    As Maggie and David Abrego-Bellis stepped onto the pavement lining Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. they were delighted that something was missing. On most days, the asphalt-lined thoroughfare that leads guests into the park is notoriously clogged with visitors. As the sun rose over Anaheim on this brisk June morning, the couple experience
    Mon Feb 09, 2015
  • High Drama By: James Cant
    Weddings are real-life theater, with a couple’s union celebrated in a singular, memorable performance. Like theatrical costumes, bridal ensembles and tuxedos are pivotal in telling a story, whether they’re classic, modern or edgy, or in the case of these not-just-for-the aisle styles captured at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom
    Thu Feb 05, 2015
  • Shannon Santos, Executive Director of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Tutoring Program By: Terence Loose
    Orange County isn’t exactly the first place you think of as needing a soup kitchen. But tell that to the more than 300 hungry men, women and children who show up for a hot meal – or two – every day at Costa Mesa’s Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. Unfortunately, its huge hall is packed seven days a week.The Soup Kitchen,
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • 2014 Restaurant Awards By: Brad A. Johnson
    The Best of the Best Restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson’s opinions are among the most valued (and at times feared) in California’s culinary world. He’s the only critic to have ever won both the James Beard Award for criticism (2009) and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award (2010). For more than a decade
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • The Tribe at Water's Edge By: Terence Loose
    Photography by Joni Sternbach Long ago, in my college years, I took a class in semiotics. The first day there were 30 students and we were greeted by a bearded professor wearing tattered Birkenstocks and offering a challenge. “Your entire grade will be based on one, final paper. It can be on anything, but you must convince
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • The Azulón Aesthetic By: Kedric Francis
    Visitors touring Azulón at Mesa Verde for the first time may be forgiven for thinking they’ve discovered a chic, new resort hotel. The look and feel of the apartment complex that recently opened in the heart of Cost Mesa’s Harbor Boulevard commercial district is closer in aesthetic and ambience to Santa Barbara’s Bacara
    Mon Jan 12, 2015
  • Early Adopters By: Jenn Tanaka and Jessica Husami
    We all have friends who know the best places to go. They’re quick to give informed recommendations when it comes to romantic hideaways, what boutique just opened, or can easily spout out the best ways to show off what our great county has to offer.Coast polled a few of these local influencers to see what’s cool; what’s
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • Sharon Ellis, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County By: Terence Loose
    Sharon Ellis likes to travel. But don’t look for her in the plush resorts or spas of the world. At least not always. Because often, instead of sampling sun-dried tomato dishes in the Med, she’s building homes from sun-dried bricks in the mud. That’s because Ellis is more than just a figurehead for Habitat for Humanity of Orange
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • Living Aloha By: Justine Amodeo
    Modern Living at Andaz It’s one of those games my family likes to play. If we won the lottery, what would be on our list? Starting a nonprofit for victims of domestic violence. Funding a new sports academy in Southern California. Volunteering for a
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • On the Rocks By: Sabin Orr
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • War Games: A Master of Many Pieces at OCMA By: Sara Wolf
    It may be presumptuous to read too much into the work of conceptual artist and provocateur Chris Burden, whose 1981 installation, A Tale of Two Cities, is now on view at the Orange County Museum of Art.Burden — who may be destined to be remembered most for audacious performance art created early on (and for only a brief period) in hi
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Public Art
    For a decade or more, the award for OC’s most acclaimed collection of public art could have gone to Laguna Beach, Brea or Costa Mesa, the latter thanks largely to Henry Segerstrom and family. But there’s a new public art player in the county: Newport Beach. The city’s Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition installed in Civic Center Par
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • The Art of OC By: Kedric Francis
    Beach Art Laguna Art Museum's Art and Nature The debut of Laguna Art Museum’s Art and Nature program last year was a stunning success, with art exhibits and events at the museum and top local galleries, a family festival, and artist Jim Denevan’s intricate and monum
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • The Desperados of the OC Art Scene By: Steve Bramucci
    Sculptor and conceptual artist Andrew Myers sits outside of his studio and takes a pull from a bottle of Stella. It’s afternoon in Laguna Canyon and the sun that filters through the oak trees has lost most of its midday fury. Everything in this little corner of the world – from the curving canyon walls to the corrugated tin buildings
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Interview: Todd DeShields Smith By: Terence Loose
    For eight months, the Orange County Museum of Art searched for a director to lead the museum through the big changes ahead. Finally, in August, Todd DeShields Smith took over as the new CEO and director. Key to the museum’s choice was surely the fact that during his last post, six years as director of the Tampa Museum of Art, he ov
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Mojdeh Eskandari :: Co-founder of TEDxOrangeCoast By: Terence Loose
    It’s perhaps ironic that if it weren’t for the suppression of ideas, TEDxOrangeCoast, an event that is all about showcasing “Ideas worth spreading,” may never have happened. At least not here.TEDxOrangeCoast’s co-founder, Mojdeh Eskandari, was at college in Iran when the Iranian revolution began and the univer
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Bag Man By: Kedric Francis
    George Esquivel was 19 when he kicked his father out and became head of a household that included his mother and four younger siblings. “I was sick of my life,” Esquivel says, some 25 years later, and a world away from his childhood living motel to motel in seedy sections of Orange County. “I was working, saving up my money and
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Trekking through Thailand By: Justine Amodeo
    Bankok's Jewels The elephant dreams started two weeks before I departed for Thailand; trumpeting jungle stampedes, fanciful river crossings and elephant-headed men. So when I arrived in the frenetic metropolis of Bangkok, pink taxis and tuk-tuks making their way past designer malls
    Mon Sep 08, 2014