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Best Place to Spot Rich People Gone Wild Dana Point hotels. Despite its name, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is in Dana Point. The tea room? Not to be missed if you've got a grandma visiting from the north of England. The St. Regis? Fabulous dining and a Sunday brunch that is—no kidding—perhaps the best in all of OC, a kind of magic trumpet spitting out all manner of fresh fruits, meats, fish, waffles, pancakes, eggs and chocolate—chocolate on, like, everything. We sat outside and smoked a cigar one night, contemplating a fountain on the grounds of the St. Regis, a fountain so large that it seemed to throw the world around it out of perspective. We thought it might have been some kind of drug thing, or maybe the cigar, but we've been clean and collecting chips at AA for years. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, (949) 234-3200; St. Regis, 33102 Niguel Rd., Dana Point, (949) 234-3325.
Best Place to Spot Catholic Priests Gone Wild St. Edwards Parish. OC's most molesterous ministry: John Lenihan, Denis Lyons, Michael Pecharich, Henry Perez, Gerald Plesetz and Siegfried Widera—score!
Best Prawn Pie Beach Cities Pizza. There's sweet spaghetti, wonderful bread sticks and a terrifyingly powerful sauce with thin, crispy strands of garlic that will actually numb your lips. But order one of the gourmet pizzas. I like the Newporter, a sweet mix of meaty prawns, juicy sun-dried tomatoes and a tangy pesto sauce glued onto a thin crust by a milky cheese. 34473 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, (949) 496-0606.
Best Reality TV Footnote Evan Marriott. Former Dana Point construction worker Evan Marriott, the robotic stud on ABC's Joe Millionaire. But where is he now? Average Joe wants to know if he's fat yet.