New American Cuisine in South OC

Neighborhood restaurant Hendrix features fresh seafood and fire-roasted meats in an inviting atmosphere  


Written by Beth Fhaner

  Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

An impressive newcomer to South OC’s dining scene, Hendrix Restaurant & Bar recently opened at Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel. The third concept for the owners/operators behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck in Laguna Beach, this gorgeous neighborhood resto focuses on New American cuisine. After an extensive remodel of the former Fred’s Mexican Cafe, the expansive, revamped space boasts a main dining room with a large bar, an enclosed patio area with distant ocean views, a lounge area, a private dining room and a retail wine shop. 

Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz’s rotisserie menu tempts with Rosemary-Lemon Chicken, spit-roasted Porchetta and Colorado Leg of Lamb, available as entrees or as a three meats platter. For starters, the zucchini cornbread with honey compound butter, the Roti Chicken and Prosciutto Fritters, and the chicken flatbread all make for appetizing shareable plates. The restaurant’s beverage program features an expansive wine list, craft beer and hand-crafted cocktails, including its signature drink, The Perfect G&T with Hendrick’s Gin—(the Hendrix moniker a play on this spirit).

“Our goal is to be a neighborhood restaurant that highlights local and seasonal ingredients, and delivers an experience that is approachable and desired,” notes chef Schwarz. Based on a recent visit, Hendrix is off to an auspicious start. 


32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA |

  Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

  Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

  Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

Photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

Bucket-List Books

A bibliophile's lit picks for your library


Curated by Jenn Thornton

  Photo courtesy of Flatiron Books

Photo courtesy of Flatiron Books

Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winder

In Elizabeth Winder’s tribute to tent-poles of American culture Marilyn Monroe and New York City, readers follow the megawatt movie star as she flees the frustrations of Hollywood for a new identity in New York. In one magical year, she shakes off a stereotype to romance Arthur Miller, take to Truman Capote and bury herself in books. It’s a story rarely told of Monroe—one of happiness and independence; a woman coming into her own.  In doing so, she made decisions that forever changed the course of her comet-like career. $27.99, Flatiron Books,


Haven on Hazel

Built to perfection, this new Corona del Mar home was a labor of love for builder/owner Makwan Yiu and notable architect Mark Teale


Written by Wendy Bowman       Photographs by Tim Krueger      

  Presented by Summer Perry,  Surterre Properties

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Homeowners on Corona del Mar’s Hazel Drive are blessed to have the best of both worlds—an ideal locale where they can commune with nature via a natural reserve right in their own backyard, or revel in all of the superlative shopping and dining offerings of the village just a short walk away from their front doorstep (with a spectacular view of the ocean waves kissing the shoreline of the nearby beach to boot). Now, entry to this coveted coastal lifestyle has emerged in the form of a stunning new contemporary/post-modern industrial home erected by owner/builder Makwan Yiu, complete with first-rate architectural direction by Mark Teale and interior design by Jessica Lentz of Costa Mesa-based Teale Architecture, and staged furnishings curated by Blackband Home & Design.

“Mark is one of our favorite local architects, and it has been a pleasure working with him on other projects in Corona del Mar,” says real estate agent Summer Perry, who is co-listing Teale’s latest project with Jessie Holechek (both of The Summer Perry Group at Surterre Properties) for $5.9 million. “We relate to his philosophy that says, ‘Liking what you do determines how well you do it,’ which in short means doing your best for each individual client. His passion for design produces a unique and cutting-edge result each time.”

Case in point, this impeccably designed home at 316 Hazel Drive on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway in the city of Newport Beach. With its prime location—adjacent to the Buck Gully Reserve and the village of Corona del Mar, and just a mere few houses away from the secluded shores of Little Corona Beach—the residence not only provides superb views of a spacious canyon and the beautiful blue Pacific, but also offers convenient access to local hot spots, such as the landmark fine-dining destination Five Crowns and its casual English-style gastropub SideDoor, and much more.

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“The Buck Gully locale provides a tranquil setting full of birds, frogs and a serene stream, along with the sound of crashing waves, and yet you are able to walk to restaurants, shops, beaches, Fashion Island and Crystal Cove State Park,” says Yiu, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a master’s in construction management from Columbia, and has more than 30 years of construction-management experience for large infrastructure/public works projects. 

Already proficient in the field of heavy construction, Yiu found a new passion in custom home building after overseeing the construction of his own Corona del Mar dream home with his wife, Meiling. His second residential project has resulted in a soft contemporary stucco, steel and wood masterpiece with an industrial twist that boasts approximately 3,400 square feet of one-of-a-kind aesthetic and architectural touches. Among them: an eye-catching, corrugated metal entry tower with elongated windows to bring in natural light, as well as linear decks on each level offering magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

Upon entering the home’s light-filled foyer, one is introduced to staircases that lead to three generous living levels and a rooftop deck, as well as an elevator hidden behind an attractive painted door. A set of cable-railed stairs sporting French oak wood treads and raisers ascends from the foyer to the main living level, emptying into a living room highlighted by a porcelain textured tile fireplace with a black leather-finished mantle; floating shelves and cabinets; and floor-to-ceiling glass Fleetwood stacking doors that open to reveal massive vistas of both the tranquil rock-and-tree-filled gully and ocean, along with Pelican Hill Golf Course.

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A small set of steps leads from the living room to a raised dining area overlooking the glorious natural scenery, with plentiful natural light provided during the day and an exquisite LED diamond-cut, clear crystal chandelier offering illumination at night. The dining area is flanked by a glass-encased, temperature-controlled wine cellar that holds 462 bottles and a sleek chef’s kitchen showcasing a large pantry with slide-pull drawers; gray wood Legacy cabinetry; Thermador appliances (including a flush-mount, column refrigerator/freezer, six-burner stove with griddle and double ovens); and a large double-waterfall-edge island with sink.

“Entertaining in this light-filled living room, dining room and kitchen space is immensely unique,” says Holechek. “As the glass walls are opened and stacked to the south side of the home, the natural elements of the interior blend seamlessly with the lush greenery of the neighboring coastal canyon.”

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From the main living level, a recessed glass walkway leads past an artistic light-filled powder room with porcelain tile, a vessel-style sink and floating toilet and empties out onto a partially covered rooftop deck that is ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Back inside, yet another level holds the master bedroom quarters—complete with glass Fleetwood doors that open to a linear deck overlooking the gully. An en-suite bath features a double vanity, and a striking hand-cut tile bathing platform sports a stand-alone sunken tub and rain shower, while a large custom walk-in closet with built-in shelves is designed to maximize the space with style.

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Heading downstairs, a voluminous terrace level holds a laundry room with a stackable washer/dryer and sink, the home’s equipment room and a massive storage space. Also found on this lower level is an office space/bonus room, along with a duo of bedrooms (one with an exposed concrete wall) featuring en-suite baths and custom closets—all with glass Fleetwood sliding doors that open to the balcony and views.

“The three levels of the home are thematically different: The lower level is defined by the concrete flooring, and it is the quietest level; the next level by a ‘half-flight’ of stairs, and it is dedicated to the master bedroom and bath; and the upper level by the openness, both spatial and view,” says Yiu. “Put together, living here allows for a balance of privacy and company, truly embodying the beauty of ocean-side Hazel.”

Last, but definitely not least, is what rounds out this home’s special appeal: an oversized two-car garage with epoxy flooring and crisp white walls that features dual electric car-charging stations and a space for a water-filtration system. 

“We are very excited and honored to have the pleasure of finding this home its new owner who will appreciate and cherish the quality of build and its relationship to the natural environment as much as we do,” says Perry. 

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A Diamond Affair

Proprietor of Winston’s Crown Jewelers, Glenn Verdult, together with wife Michelle, offers a first-class shopping experience in Newport Beach 

  Michelle & Glenn Verdult

Michelle & Glenn Verdult

As told to Wendy Bowman

When and how did you first develop a passion for jewelry and under what circumstances did you decide to pursue it professionally? 

My passion started at age 15, when I worked for my uncles in their second-hand jewelry stores. We dealt with all pre-owned merchandise. I learned the value of buying and selling at an early age, dealing with anything from guitars and stereos to fine and estate jewelry.

In what way is your earlier work an asset to what you do now? 

My earlier work taught me various skills that are key to keeping the business successful. Because I started working and was taught what hard work was at such a young age, being an active, hands-on business owner is what I am today. 

When and where did you open your first store and how has it evolved? 

At age 19, I opened Costa Mesa Jewelers, and operated the store for 11 years. After that, I sold Costa Mesa Jewelers and acquired Winston’s Jewelers on Newport Boulevard. Then Winston’s Jewelers built our new Winston’s Crown Jewelers in the Mariner’s Pointe Plaza here in Newport Beach.

Describe the experience of shopping at the store and how its environment enhances this feel. 

The shopping experience is first-class. All clients are warmly welcomed upon arrival. Most of our staff have been here for years, and in turn, are very knowledgeable and helpful. Our clients have a relaxed yet regal, fun experience at our store filled with museum-quality pieces.

Talk about the range of jewelry the store offers. What brands do you carry that resonate with your clientele? 

We have two stores full of inventory. I like to say there’s something for everybody. We carry a huge inventory of large diamonds to all colors of semi-precious gems, and an extensive pre-owned luxury watch selection. The brands that resonate with the clientele are Rolex and Cartier.

Elaborate on the store’s base. Who shops at Winston’s and what is their core concern? 

The clientele we get want the best quality for the best price.

What is Winston’s signature? 

We specialize in large diamonds.

What are some of the most amazing pieces you currently have in your inventory? 

Some of the pieces that I find the most amazing are the larger, rarer stones—a Colombian emerald suite, a 30-carat diamond to a 100-carat tanzanite.

Describe how Winston’s custom design business responds to the market. 

We always have people coming in who have seen something in a picture somewhere that we can re-create for them with the help of our master designers. Our master designers are savvy to the quickly evolving fashions. 

Where do you glean inspiration for your designs? 

One of my biggest inspirations for the custom designs is from my wife, Michelle. Our passion for jewelry and being unique lets us work together to come up with one-of-a-kind designs.

How has jewelry design changed over the years? Jewelry design always changes, but vintage looks always circulate back around again and become the hottest trends. Our master designers help us keep our customers satisfied with creating the designs they love best.

Are events a large part of your business? 

Events have become part of what we do at Winston’s Crown Jewelers. Winston’s sponsors and donates to more than 30 charities in Orange County. We also host philanthropic events at our new Mariner’s Pointe Plaza in Newport Beach.

What are the most creative and also the most extravagant things you’ve done for an event? 

One of the most creative things we do for an event is host it at our Mariner’s Pointe Plaza location, and totally transform the property into a red-carpet affair with a VIP Cabana.

What are the hottest trends in jewelry now? 

More modern and simple things are the hot thing right now. For example, rings that have thin dainty bands accented with diamonds all the way around the finger. Wearing different color golds together is in too—the yellow, rose, white gold combination is popular.

How have you been able to maintain your business success all these years? 

I can say our business has remained consistently successful through our whole team’s perseverance and hard work.

What’s next for Winston’s?

Winston’s has been branching off in our involvement in different charity organizations throughout Orange County. What’s next for us is finding more ways to better our community.



100 W. Coast Hwy., Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663 ~ 949.642.5000 |