Guilty Pleasures


1591 Model Mania is a heavenly chaos built atop the bones of an old car dealership. Out-of-print hobbyist stuff, an anti-corporate mishmash of the rare, consigned and militarily inclined in an easygoing thrift-shop atmosphere. 232 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 992-6194.

1592 The cannoliat Cortina Italian Market, an Italian deli comparable to the Veniro's deli on 14th in Manhattan. 2175 W. Orange Ave., Anaheim, (714) 535-1948.

1594 Dr. Gordon LaBedz, head of the Surfrider Foundation in the Seal Beach area and the nicest vegetarian you've ever met.

1595 Witness for Peace, the international human-rights organization active in Central America and the Caribbean, which recently moved its Southwest regional offices from downtown LA to Brea. "Basically, we take people on two-week delegations to places like Guatemala, Honduras or Chiapas, Mexico, to see for themselves what the issues are," said Jenny Scott, an intern at the new office. "Then when folks return to the United States, they are motivated to do their part changing U.S. and corporate policies to better foster peace and justice." Sounds good to us. Welcome to OC, gang. 242-105 S. Orange St., Brea, (714) 990-6603.

1596 And now that you're here, how about Absolut Berry and Scooby Snacksat the Pierce Street Annex. Absolut Berry contains a shot of Absolut vodka; cranberry and pineapple juices; and a shot of Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. Scooby Snacks is Malibu rum, Midori, cream and pineapple juice. 330 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-8500.

1597 Chopsabout yay thick.

1598 Oscar the talking sea lion-a.k.a. the Oracleof North Laguna Beach-who knows the answers to all questions but will only reply in Sealionese.

1599 Mike Farber's anti-Dornan political committee: The DerangedOne Has Been Dumped.

1600 Orange's Cara Beth Burnside, one of the few female skaters to make a name for herself in the 1980s and early 1990s. Vans honored Burnside with the first signature shoe for a female skater. She dominated the All Girl Skate Jam, walking away with first place in vert over and over. She was awarded the Transworld SKATEboarding Rider's Poll for Best Vert-Female last year. Known for her hunger for adrenalin and aggressive riding style on the slopes as well. World-class snowboarder-she placed fourth in the half-pipe competition as a member of the first Olympic Women's Snowboard team in 1998. She consistently places in the top three at the Winter X Games. And she's the 1996 US Open Big Air Champion. Plus, she's one of the nicest people in the industry. Burnside continues to be an inspiration for other females in the sport by breaking down gender barriers.

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