I’m flipping through the 2004 “Best of Orange County” book that came in the Register this morning. On cursory examination, it’s hard to tell the ads from the articles. I get the distinct feeling that this thing was put together more as a way to garner advertising dollars than something that is meant to be of real use to OC residents. Oh heck, it even says it on the bottom of the cover: “A SPECIAL ADVERTISING PRODUCT OF THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.” Ah well, so much for making an insightful and cutting comment in my first post!
As for the “Best of” lists included…well, they’re pretty uninsightful. Putting San Juan Capistrano on the “best place of historical significance” list doesn’t take imagination, nor does Disneyland on the “best entertainment venue” list. And Starbucks tops the list of “best coffeehouse” — if having the most locations qualifies as “best” then McDonalds should be a five star restaurant in the Michelin guide. It seems, in most cases, that they’ve just picked the most obvious three and stopped there. Which is a good way to keep from offending any potential advertisers, I suppose.
I jokingly tell people that I live in “Disneyland’s backyard”, but in truth the theme park is not what defines living in Orange County for me. There’s gotta be more to life than frappachinos and mouse ears, after all. That’s why I’m here. I’m hoping to find (and share) what is really best about Orange County, not what the glossy adverts tell what ought to be the best.
Now — if anyone can tell me where to get the best chai latte, I’ll be extremely happy.