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A thoughtfully curated collection of food, services, products, giving, and people in Orange County



Thank you for visiting our website — we’re so happy you’re here! Whether you prefer to browse the site for stories or want to flip through the virtual pages of our digital magazine, we know you’ll love Tableau. Each issue is full of inspiring people, interesting places, delicious dining, fun shopping, captivating art, and opportunities to give back. 

Happy reading,

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Welcome to the Fall issue of Tableau! 


We can’t believe it’s been two years of the little online magazine that could. Our team started Tableau on a wing and a prayer to highlight the people, places, causes and stories we felt weren’t getting the attention they deserved in Orange County, and a bit beyond.


Through the process, we’ve gotten to know some wonderful people who have started small businesses, who have beaten the odds in so many ways, who are working to make a difference in our communities and who are just plain awesome humans. We’re so thankful for that.


We also are in gratitude to the talented journalists, designers, photographers, artists and editors who I have given their time to the magazine. We know you are enjoying their unique perspectives and exceptional talents.


In this edition, you’ll discover the latest in OC, be inspired by a local family, learn about nonprofits we know you’ll want to support, and so much more. 


If you haven’t yet, please visit our website at It’s gorgeous, easy to navigate and full of wonderful stories for you to enjoy. And, if you’d be so kind, would you tell a few friends about Tableau? That would be the best birthday gift of all. 


With gratitude, 


Carrie Freitas 


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Carrie Freitas



Meet the passionate and talented team that brings Tableau to life

Introducing the


Miki Akil

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After working as a publicist in Hollywood, Miki found her calling in consumer/lifestyle PR. She is a Houston native (who you’ll always find watching the Astros or Texans) with a proven track record of developing powerful marketing communications campaigns. After moving to the West Coast more than 10 years ago, she now calls Oceanside home and lives with her husband, two kitties and pups.

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Carrie Freitas

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Carrie hails from a newspaper / journalism family on her mother’s side, and a marketing/ printing family on her father’s — which explains why she is both a published writer and founder of Kitchen Table Marketing. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband and is a proud mom of two, and stepmom of three. Carrie is passionate about giving back to her community and supporting LGBTQ+ rights.

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Lauren Burgos

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Lauren is a skilled public relations and marketing professional with experience across the real estate, finance, non-profit and retail sectors. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Lauren now resides in Newport Beach with her fiancé. She is an animal lover and is passionate about supporting non-profits.

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Sara Hall

Sara has nearly 14 years of experience at several daily and weekly newspapers, including The Record Searchlight in Redding, The Daily Advocate in Greenville, Ohio, the Newport Beach Independent, and most recently at Stu News Newport and Stu News Laguna. Her work has included photography, writing, design and layout. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and pets.

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Allison Hata

Allison Hata is a freelance writer and editor based in Southern California. She lives and breathes OC, covering food, style, design and culture around town for over a decade. A former editor for Newport Beach Magazine, Allison is passionate about telling stories that capture the fascinating people and places that shape her community. Her work has appeared locally in Modern Luxury, Pelican Hill Magazine, Design OC and more.

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Amy Senk

Amy is a longtime Corona del Mar resident and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked at the Kansas City Times, Kansas City Star, Contra Costa Times, Coast Kids and Coast magazines, published the online news site Corona del Mar Today and currently is a regular contributor to StuNews Newport. A recent empty nester, she spends her free time hanging out with her husband and planning elaborate imaginary vacations.

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Alyssa Hamilton

Alyssa is a lifelong Southern California resident. She has been writing professionally for over 20 years, primarily for health websites and magazines. She is an MFA candidate at Sierra Nevada University and is currently working on a novel. She enjoys biohacking and preventative health practices, full soil immersion in her native garden, and spending time with her two teenage sons and their black Lab named Bear.