By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
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By Courtney Hamilton
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By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
301 Hikers who still occasionally require search-and-rescue teams in Whiting Ranch, a park surrounded by homes and Soviet-era-big shopping centers.
302 Trader Joe's at 640 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-5134.
303 The used-CD bin at Compact Disc Warehouse on Sunday morning after the new stuff comes in Saturday and before the weekday rush hoovers up the best stuff. 125 N. Tustin St., Ste. D, Orange, (714) 771-6646.
304 Dinner on the patio at Troquet. It costs as much as eating in a fine New Yorkrestaurant, but it feels like you just might be in New York, which makes it a great two-hour vacation. Inside South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Ste. 3001, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-6865.
305 "I think I know who [Oklahoma City bombing suspect] John Doe No. 2 is. The resemblance is incredible if you put glasses on the composite. I say we force Janet Reno to roll up her shirt sleeves and see if she's got a tattoo." Letter to the Register, May 12, 1995.
306 The 1999 Angels-their worst team ever!
307 Buying Cadbury chocolate other than Cadbury Creme Eggs at Best of Britain. 127 Ave. del Mar, San Clemente, (949) 361-0631.
308 Where have all the vegan hippies gone? Rutabegorz. Look like a hippie, or just eat like one. 211 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-9339; 158 W. Main St., Tustin, (714) 731-9807; 4610 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 733-1444.
309 Reverend Robert "Boom-Boom" Schuller's recipe for a better flight in first class: more grapes, less cheese.
310 The Irvine Animal Shelter, where everything wrong with the county's Thrill-Kill Kult Animal Shelter-crappy hours, bitter staff, lousy animal accommodations-is fabulously rectified. Note: this is where county officials drop off deer killed by motorists on the county's toll roads. 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, (949) 724-7740.
311 The Caffeine and Complex Amino Acids Orange Plaza Special: rice and beans at Felix Continental Café ($2.95, to go) and a cup of coffee at Diedrich Coffee two doors down ($1.25). Chapman Ave. and Glassell St., Orange.
312 Buying used clothes for kids at Children's Orchard because the very act of buying secondhand constitutes a revolutionary moment in the history of Orange County consumption. Or maybe I just hate to waste money. Locations countywide.
313 The Plant Depot, the best nursery that isn't Roger's Gardens, which has the obligatory koi pond and the largest selection of lavenderswe've ever seen. 33413 San Juan Creek Rd., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 240-2107.
314 SONGS, the nuclear power plant at San Onofre, which has run accident-free for decades and whose breast-like cooling towers have given us several good laughs in Leslie Nielsen movies.
315 Renovations will eventually eliminate the fabulous old sofas in the old library wing at Cal State Fullerton, but until then, we'll be chillin' in the darkness.
316 The even more fabulous new sofas at Décor. We can't afford them-not on what the Weekly pays its staff of third-world Best Of writers, working in a dim factory south of a major Asian city (please help)-but if you bought one, it would please us to know that someone, somewhere had a beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for thinking of us. 1800 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-4874.
317 It's not Fahrenheit 451, but Quest Books is part of a dying breed. Excellent magazine section and cute little water fountains make us want to squeal with joy. 31882 Del Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-7750.
318 Great Mexican food at Las Golandrinas-and cheap! Students won't have to blow their ramen money. 27981 Greenfield Dr., Laguna Niguel, (949) 362-1913; 501 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-3116.
319 Lost track of all the problems/ scandals at Irvine Valley College? So have we. Try Saddleback. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4500.
320 Boyfriend screams, "How could you possibly charge $800 at the Container Store!" Girlfriend smiles and says, "Easy." 901G South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2333.
321 The Transportation Corridors Agency admits it hasn't solved the deer-fence problem; we say $2.25 to ride the toll road is cheaper than a hunting license.
322 The cure for the Starbucks disease: Peet's. 894 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 640-6377.
323 The pork chops at Romeo Cucina could seduce a kosher vegan. 249 Broadway, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-6627; also in Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-4131.
324 Used hockey equipment at Play It Again Sports doesn't stink as bad as you might think, and it's cheap if you hit the Huntington Beach location. 18352 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-6788.
325 The centuries-old stink of incensepermeating wood and plaster in the Old Mission church in San Juan Capistrano. 326 The sense you get that Eisenhower's still in office and that Sputnikis racing overhead when you pierce the top of a steaming pie at the La Palma Chicken Pie Shop. 928 N. Euclid St., Anaheim, (714) 533-2021.
327 Exo.com is an affordable independent service provider and just small enough to allow you to talk to a live person on tech support without a three-hour hold. 300 S. Harbor Blvd., Ste. 716, Anaheim, (714) 991-1919.
328 Mini-mall tattoo shops.
329 Sitting in PJ's Abbey, a desanctified churchthat's now a restaurant. The specialty: bread and wine. 182 Orange St., Orange, (714) 771-9858.
330 The gazpachoat Felix Continental Café: delicious, though never warm enough for our taste. 36 Plaza Square, Orange, (714) 633-5842.
331 Antiquesshopping on the Orange Plaza.
332 The chicken sandwich at Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain. 116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 532-6315.
333 The lime-green zoot suits, fedoras and wingtip shoes at Wicket's Sho-Biz. It's like walking into Cab Calloway's closet. 100 S. Glassell, Orange, (714) 639-6431.