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Summertime, and the Grillin’ is Easy!

The first in a series celebrating Orange County chefs as they garden, grill, and entertain in their own backyards | Photos by Brett Hillyard Most of us are cooking, grilling, and eating at home much more than we were a year ago, with admittedly mixed results. Those with the requisite palate, skill, and experience post magazine-quality photos of delicious homemade gourmet dishes daily (we see you Moira, Adrienne, Jamie, and others). The rest of us […]



Buying boxes of incredible organic greens grown in the Second Harvest Food Bank parking lot helps fund programs to feed the hungry. By Kedric Francis | Photos by Brett Hillyard Some of the best produce ever grown in Orange County is thriving in a parking lot next to the railroad tracks in Irvine. Some 20 varieties of organic and nutrient-rich leafy greens are harvested each Friday from impeccably organized and maintained planting beds.  Shiny, fresh, […]


Contact Orange County By Hilly

Jeff “Yoki” Yokoyama I’m always looking for a reason to connect with and photograph interesting people. Our Contact page is a platform to get a candid glimpse into the lives of some of Orange County’s unique locals. For the first session, I caught up with Jeff “Yoki” Yokoyama at his shop in Newport.  If you haven’t been to Yokishop, put it at the top of the list. You will find one-of-a-kind garments that are made […]


Al Fresco Finds

OC dines outdoors at new and expanded spaces As restaurants struggle to survive, cities and landlords are pivoting to allow new and expanded outdoor dining options. An entire block of Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach has been closed to driving and parking, dedicating the public space to dining, shopping, and promenading.  With restaurants among the industries most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, new and expanded al fresco dining opportunities are opening in many areas of […]

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