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The Hit List: In the Details
By Kristen Schott | February 19, 2015

1. Bistango
This vibrant place is known for its revolving modern art exhibits from talents like Ben Hecht, and its newly revamped atmosphere...

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Magic Number
Jamie Gwen | Photography by John Dole | February 16, 2015

The food is mind-bogglingly good, and the chef is an immense talent. In the giant space that once held Kimera, tucked between office buildings and situated next to a stellar gym, sits a renovated, refined and elegant...

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The Hit List: Culture Vultures!
By Danaé Overman | February 13, 2015

1. Bizet’s Carmen
O.C. diva and sultry mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic joins the Pac Symph...

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S.H.O Stopper
By Shaleek Blackburn | February 12, 2015

For the past 10 years, Susan Hornbeak Ortiz has been busy building her Laguna Niguel-based furniture empire, Shine by S.H.O. The Newport native travels to exotic destinations to find...

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Living Large
By Nate Chapnick | February 12, 2015

American luxury is alive and well. From handmade Shinola watches to Martin guitars, “made in the USA” is becoming a major selling point for many of the hottest luxury brands. Lincoln is seizing this moment, offering a slew of new...

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Double Take
By Michelle Pulfrey | February 12, 2015

Jerrod Blandino remembers working behind a makeup counter at Saks Fifth Avenue, dreaming of creating a high-end, cruelty-free cosmetics line that offered a burst of personality. Fast-forward 17 years—plus a lot of hard...

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By Tina Borgatta | February 12, 2015


San Joaquin Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary

Jose V. Matutina is a student of nature, and his tool for learning is his camera. The Santa Ana resident often spends...

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The Hit List: Love Bites!
By Kristen Schott | February 6, 2015

1. Andrea Ristorante
The Italian splendor that is Pelican Hill’s signature restaurant sets the scene for romance, and Il Menu del Caviale...

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O.C.'s Power Families
By Jerry Hicks | February 5, 2015

Philanthropy stands at the core of the An family.
The fall of South Vietnam in 1975 meant heartache and financial loss to the An family. They fled with...

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Thai Tranquility
By Beth Weitzman | February 5, 2015

As the go-to retreat for the frenzied, harried, hypertense and otherwise overworked of the jet-set crowd, Chiva-Som (said to mean “haven of life”), one of Asia’s first...

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Heart of Rock
By William Lobdell | February 5, 2015

Greta Valenti rocks. And maybe never sleeps. Her band—Well Hung Heart—won the 2014 OC Music Award for best live performance and best music video, and will soon hit the road...

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Oh, Olivia
By Elina Fuhrman | January 30, 2015

“I’m an over-orderer,” Olivia Munn confides as we settle in at a cozy Thai restaurant in Burbank. “I usually get a wonton soup, the red curry with chicken, a pad thai, and egg rolls; and I also like pineapple fried rice and...

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