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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for May, 2009

Going Raw in Costa Mesa

Posted on May 26, 2009 | 9:00am

I’m going raw! Ok well, not quite, but occasionally I love a totally raw meal. There is something to be said for guilt-free, delicious food. A few months ago I had the pleasure of dining at 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa. It’s a relatively small bistro in a strip mall right off of Bristol near South Coast Plaza. All of the dishes are living and organic and prepared beautifully. Read More

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The Rainforest Café Restaurant Review

Posted on May 19, 2009 | 9:00am

The Rainforest Café at South Coast Plaza offers far more than simply good food and drinks.  Enjoy a full dining experience that includes entertainment for any age and any interest.  They offer adult entertainment at the bar with streaming sports games along with the many attractions for the younger diners; from the animal wild ‘life’ and simulated storms to the fish acquariums, the décor seems more like an escape into the jungle than a family, friend or birthday outing.

The service was above adequate and any fault was certainly made up for in energy.  Our waitress’ guidance about beverages and entrees to try was additionally helpful.  I was impressed by her ability to multi-task between our table and many of the other families in her area. Read More

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Arts and Shopping in Costa Mesa

Posted on May 11, 2009 | 9:00am

Saturday, Joseph and I drove up to Orange County to stay with Allison, and help her with her fashion show on Sunday. On the way, we stopped at South Coast Plaza. It is the premiere shopping center in Southern California and Orange County.

Since it wasn’t open yet, we parked and decided to walk around a bit. Luckily, there was a walking bridge that extended from the shopping center into the city! Everything was so cool and artistic, but interestingly strange. As you can see, I got “lost” in all of these bush shrubs. Read More

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Happy Hour at The Clubhouse

Posted on May 5, 2009 | 9:00am

As Happy Hour Week only lasted so long, each restaurant choice was crucial. Happily enough to say, The Clubhouse Restaurant at South Coast Plaza granted us a satisfying experience. Although we were seated at the incorrect location at first, they were more than accommodating in directing us to the bar where the Happy Hour menu was offered.

The service was wonderful. The hostess, waitress and bartender were very pleasant and friendly, however each withheld any intrusive, snobby or forced conversation. Read More

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