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

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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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Letter from the Editor
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Welcome to the Winter issue of Tableau Magazine! 


This is the issue that almost wasn’t — a project that felt overwhelming amid the chaotic days of a midterm election, fast-paced work days, and all the other things that come up with family, pets and just trying to live in our crazy world right now.


But here it is, granted it’s a little more abbreviated than our typical issues of Tableau…or should we say more curated, LOL?! Thank goodness for our talented and intrepid writers who, despite their hectic work/life/holiday schedules, came through with some amazing content that I know you will love and appreciate. (Insert huge sigh of relief here.)


The holidays can be magical and painful, festive and stressful, fun and a lot of work. Here’s wishing you a balance of all things and, in that, mostly good things. 


Speaking of which, this issue of Tableau has a host of good things for your reading pleasure. In these virtual pages, you’ll find:


  • The definitive guide to the best day hikes in OC, along with links to all of the trail maps!

  • A list of deserving charities who could really use your help this holiday season, and all year ‘round.

  • Coverage on local places to shop and dine that includes some hot new spots as well as some hidden gems.

  • A thoughtful feature on how to live slower — and we think better — to enhance your overall sense of wellbeing.


There’s more, of course, but that’s up to you to discover! 


Happy holidays and happy winter to you and yours from the Tableau Magazine family.

With gratitude, 


Carrie Freitas 


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Carrie Freitas

Team Tableau


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.

Thank you to the Winter 2022 issue's

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Anissa Brown

Anissa is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She recently completed grad school and has written journalist pieces for various publications and companies such as Starbucks and Disney. She is also experienced in social media, marketing, and consumer insights.


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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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.

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Jo Murray

Jo Murray, a native Californian, has been writing professionally for almost 10 years. Her stories have appeared in the Orange County Register, Long Beach Press Telegram and she has a weekly column in the Grunion Gazette. She enjoys Farmers Markets, lending a hand during wine crush season, and learning from the best (like Emeril). Her “JoVentures” include taking tea, collecting tiki bars swizzle sticks and photographing quirky roadside attractions.

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