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Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau Blog

3 Top Costa Mesa Stops for National Waffle Day

Posted on August 24, 2016 | 8:03am

Today’s National Waffle Day, and we love any excuse to celebrate this fluffy, carb-loaded treat that works great in a variety of delicious ways. Eat it plain and topped with butter and syrup or whipped cream as a decadent dessert, or as part of a savory dish like fried chicken and waffles or a breakfast sandwich. Open faced, sandwich style or folded like a taco, waffles work in many versatile ways to create a delicious dish. Here’s three of our favorite places to get this criss-crossed delicacy:



iron press waffles costa mesa

Iron Press is located in The OC Mix shopping center, and was one of the anchor restaurants of this culinary hotspot. Making waffles hot and fresh in front of you with the kitchen tool it’s named after, Iron Press serves sweet or savory waffle dishess, tater tots, ice cream and craft beers along with great events like tap takeovers.



Plums Cafe is well known by locals for its amazing breakfast and brunch. One of our favorite dishes is the Northwest Berry Waffle, simply a large waffle with fresh berries and cream. Add some Oregon pepper bacon for a little bit of salty-sweet heaven.

plums cafe waffle



You’ve been to Toys R Us, and Babies R Us, but have you ever been to Pancakes R Us? It’s a Costa Mesa breakfast staple serving eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and of course pancakes galore, but they’ve also got some great waffles.



Happy National Waffle Day!

Posted in Food

Festival of Children Foundation Presents 15th Annual Event at South Coast Plaza

Posted on August 16, 2016 | 6:23am

The Festival of Children Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves to bring together and coordinate the efforts of charities, companies and individuals who actively work to improve the lives of children. This year marks the 15th Annual Festival of Children®, a community-wide charity outreach event held every weekend in September, in conjunction with National Child Awareness Month, at South Coast Plaza. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the month-long Festival offering free family activities and events, including live music and dance performances, a grand scale back-to-school fashion show by South Coast Plaza retailers, arts and crafts, animal shows, face painting, and more, while showcasing over 75 youth-serving charitable organizations.

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Posted in Events, Locals

Couldn’t Make it to Rio? 10 Olympic “Sports” You Can Recreate in Costa Mesa

Posted on August 10, 2016 | 12:55pm


We’re all enjoying the 2016 Summer Olympics, especially when cheering on our very own Costa Mesa-born April Ross in her quest for the gold in beach volleyball with fellow Californian Kerri Walsh-Jennings. Of course, we’d all loved to have visited Rio to watch the Olympic Games in person, but since we’re here, we thought we’d come up with a few ideas so you can feel just like part of Team USA while visiting Costa Mesa!  (PC: Jack Gruber, USA Today)


april ross kerri walsh jennings olympics

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Posted in Events, Misc

It’s the Last Week of the OC Fair!

Posted on August 8, 2016 | 11:34am

The last week of the OC Fair will be wild with the return of theWild West Turkey Stampede in the Livestock Show Ring with free daily shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Other special livestock exhibits include Oasis Camel Dairy Exhibit and daily demonstrations, Goldenwest Game Breeders Bird Barn, Urban Chickens Exhibit and Horsing Around.

Here is a glance at more events going on this last week (August 10-14) at the Fair. We can’t believe it’s almost over!  *sniff*                                 

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A Foodie’s Tasting Heaven at SOCIAL Costa Mesa

Posted on July 31, 2016 | 9:15am


SOCIAL Costa Mesa is one of the hottest foodie spots in SoCal, a rustic American eatery with a modern twist. Calling themselves “new-American inspired,” SOCIAL really focuses on fresh ingredients sourced locally in California by their inventive Executive Chef Brian Jenzer and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Chavez, not to mention mixologist David Valiante at the helm of SOCIAL’s incredible craft cocktail list. One of SOCIAL’s owners, Andrew Dorsey, invited us and a few other lucky guests to sample the new menu, and rolled us out about 3 hours later.


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Posted in Food, Locals