Guilty Pleasures


1080 The mint juleps in New Orleans Square in Disneyland.

1081 The smellof Republicans in the morning.

1082 the best place to be alone with someone in a chat room.

1083 Watching waves and noshing salamiand crusty bread at Laguna Beach's Heisler Park.

1084 The gem of a woman who works behind the counter at the Smoke Shop. She's an expert at sizing up customers and a champ about charging them less than what's marked on some stogies, and she generously gives out free clips or lighters to keep you happily addicted. 2801 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 435-2866.

1085 The endless supply of Novocainhypos.

1086 The cool, single-lane, elevated-concrete carpool lane that links the 5 and 55 freeways. It's the closest you can get to feeling like you're flyingin your car without sustaining major undercarriage damage.

1087 Doing a Kids in the Hall-inspired "I crush you" routine on the toll road when you first catch a glimpse of it while driving inland on Laguna Canyon Road.

1088 Los Alamitos Fish Co., which somehow manages to be worth the one-hour 45-minute wait every visit. 11061 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, (562) 594-4553.

1089 "What would have been legal, appropriate behavior is for those officers to have opened fire on the entire truckload of alleged illegals. Perhaps then, the driver would have stopped. Instead, the officers put at extreme risk hundreds of taxpaying citizens along the 15 and 60 freeways." Letter to the Register, April 4, 1996.

1090 The flan! The flan! The flanat Las Brisas is perfect for those who fear flan because it's creamier and less, uh, flan-like than most. 361 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-5434.

1091 The cavesthat have naturally formed in the boulders jutting out of the hills alongside Laguna Canyon Road.

1092 The ad firm of Lawrence Mayo & Ponder, which acts like the kind of agency featured in a television sitcom-except that its jokes are funny and the firm makes money. Consider its campaign for Pure Intensity clothing: "We guarantee your mother won't like it. But she's not the one you want to see naked anyway." 5000 Birch St., Ste. 1000, Newport Beach, (949) 955-9200.

1093 Conca d'Oro's arancina, a ball of meat and rice so dense that light bends around it. 776 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 532-2070.

1094The best boulevard of cars for sale in Orange County: Laguna Canyon Road.

1095 Climbing the rocksand exploring the caves in Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park.

1096 The Happiest Potties on Earth shows you the dark, seamy, waste-product-filled side of Disneyland: the restrooms. Which ones have no lines, which ones are clean, which door locks are broken, which toilets will flush all by themselves . . . Don't leave home without it. DLPotties/index.html.

1097 Mmm . . .seamy.

1098 Watching the guy who takes your order at the Irvine Lake Cafe grab a fishing pole and head outside after you've ordered the fish special. 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado, (714) 649-9111.

1099 The stream and steppingstones at Eisenhower Park in Orange.

1100 The lush forest that fills O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon.

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