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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 summer issue of Tableau Magazine!

Summer promises more unstructured, free-wheeling days with lots of sunshine — and, hopefully, some new adventures, new discoveries, and new memories made.

It’s in this spirit that we bring you stories and features to help you savor the season — all developed just for you by some of the region’s best writers.

Get ready to dive into:

  • The new restaurants and shops you’ll want to discover now, including a tour of L.A.’s hottest new upscales hopping, dining and wellness destination

  • A charity that will inspire you to support kids and their families who need your help

  • Your curated list of summer beach and vacation reads from our favorite independent bookstore

  • The ultimate guide to staycations and day trips

And, of course, there’s much more to enjoy and discover in Tableau’s beautiful pages!

Please visit our website at and follow us on social at @tableauofficialfor updates all season long.

Wishing you all a splendid, safe and sunshine-filled summer!


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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.

Thank you to the March-April 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 journalistic pieces for various publications and companies such as Starbucks and Disney. She is also experienced in social media, marketing and consumer insights.

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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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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.


Cheri Swanson

Cheri Swanson is a certified nutritionist based in Newport Beach, CA. Practicing for over 40 years, Cheri has a loyal following both locally and nationwide. Her areas of expertise include prenatal care as well as children's, adolescent and adult health, digestive issues, diabetes care, thyroid function, cardiac heath, cancer care and cancer prevention. In addition to offering nutritional education, Cheri often works on referral from those in a variety of medical fields. She works closely with GI doctors, cardiologists, endocrinologists, oncologists and internal medicine physicians to educate patients on wise dietary and supplement choices to support their medical health recovery.


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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Luke Gialanella

Luke Gialanella is a high school junior in Los Angeles, California, and founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization GOVLEARN Education. He also has a passion for journalism, debate, creative writing, and international relations, with a focus on youth activism in public policy.