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  • Photo essay: A colorful day at the 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix thrilled automotive fans this weekend. It was the 41st running of the 1,968 mile 11-turn course, which winds through the seaside area of Long Beach. Three-time Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon won the  race for the first time. Maximum  speeds reached almost 200 miles per hour along the Seashore portion of the
    Mon Apr 20, 2015
  • Water Warrior By: Terence Loose
    In September of 2009, Laguna Beach native and then-pro surfer Jon Rose was on a boat trip, hunting waves in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands. The water was clear and warm, the surf was good, the sun was shining. But things in Ro
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Flashback Flair By: Leonard Ortiz
    Style signatures of the late ’60s and the ’70s have returned with gusto for spring. Think wide-leg and bell-bottom pants, gladiator sandals and platform heels, jumpsuits and pantsuits, suede and fringe, bold prints and maxidresses. Just don’t cue the revolving disco ball quite yet. The throwback isn’t so much about steppi
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Best Places to Eat, Coast-Style By: Brad A. Johnson
    Who doesn’t love a list, especially when it’s restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson’s 75 favorite restaurants in Orange Coun
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Market Watch By: Jenn Tanaka
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • One to Watch By Alexandria Abramian | Photography by Jessica Bodas Photography
    Interior decorator Ashley Clark is one to watch on the Orange County design scene. The Salt Lake City native lives in Newport Beach with her husband and four kids, and is staking her design claim with an online shop as well as a growing roster of residential design clients. Clark’s boutique, Skout, specializes in pillows and accessories ma
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Second Home Stunner by Marilyn Kalfus | Photography by John Beutler
    A home for sale high up in the Crystal Cove hills is a car collector’s haven. The motor court leads to a temperature controlled, 6,000-square-foot garage that can accommodate 25 cars. It’s not just functional; The upscale garage includes barreled, cobblestone ceilings and a lounge and is steps from a 1,500-bottle wine cellar.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fresh Catch By: Steve Bramucci
    As Orange County tiptoes into becoming a legitimate player in the national food scene, chefs seem tempted to clonk diners over their heads with  attention-grabbing concepts and ultra-rich flavors. By comparison, at Little Sparrow in Santa Ana, Chef Eric Samaniego’s menu feels impossibly light, clean and balanced. The benchmark example
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Scenes from the 2015 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells
    The 2015 BNP Paribas Tennis Open finished with a dazzling display of tennis brilliance in Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic (Serbia), the No. 1 ranked player in the world, met Roger Federer (Switzerland), the No. 2 ranked player, for the 38th time. In an epic battle, Djokovic prevailed in three hard fought sets: (6-3, 6-7, 6-2). On the lady'
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Bag Lady By: Steve Irsay
    With her bright pink Bettie Page ’do and oft-matching pink attire, Jennifer Perkins has a flair for the dramatic. Not surprising, given the Costa Mesa resident spent more than a decade as a costume designer for Disney. After years of creating for movies and television, she turned her attention to blending her love of design with her retro
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Siren of the Sea By: Terence Loose
    More than 400 miles off the coast of mainland Mexico, Julie Riffe hovered 30 feet deep in the cobalt blue waters off uninhabited Clarion Island, her speargun trained on a huge wahoo prowling the waters a dozen yards away. She fought the urge to breathe or dart to the surface, instead staying calm, motionless and waiting for the fish to swim with
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Car Concierge By: Steve Irsay / Portrait by Ken Steinhardt
    A couple of years ago, David Cashion got an email from a client with a “problem” of sorts. The client, a well-to-do OC car lover, was eyeing a trio of forthcoming hybrid supercars: the $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari, the $1.15 million McLaren P1, and the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. The problem? He couldn’t decide which
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • 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 compute
    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