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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for April, 2010

Ladies Who Lunch Dine at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar

Posted on April 29, 2010 | 9:00am

Located directly across the street from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, Scott’s Restaurant & Bar is hard to miss.  However, over the years I had never tried it, let alone stepped inside.  Most everyone I know that frequented Scott’s raved about the seafood. Since I was never much one for fish, I always skipped over it in my mind as a dining destination.  After becoming completely vegetarian, a friend once suggested Scott’s and after looking over a menu that was most definitely a meatatarian menu, I dismissed it once again.

Then last week, I went to Scott’s for a cocktail meeting.  I didn’t think much about it, since we were only going for cocktails, not food.  I somehow had it in my mind that Scott’s was an old and stodgy restaurant and I certainly hadn’t thought of it as a world class restaurant.  Little did I know that I was in store for a wonderful evening that would dispel all of my preconceived notions of this restaurant. Read More

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South Coast Plaza Installs Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Posted on April 15, 2010 | 9:00am

Actor and Environmental Activist Ed Begley, Jr. to attend Ribbon Cutting Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

South Coast Plaza is the first shopping center in the United States to install state-of-the-art Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle charging stations. The ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations are available for all customers of South Coast Plaza and will be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony that is open to the public. The charging stations are located in the lower level parking structure by the Crate and Barrel Home Store at 3333 Bear Street. Read More

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Tapas and Wine at Hi-Time

Posted on April 9, 2010 | 9:00am

Guest post written by Dave Lieberman of the OC Weekly

The problem with wine tasting is that the palate-cleansing oyster crackers they give out are short on flavor (which is probably the point). Wine lovers in Costa Mesa, however, have an option, at least Fridays in April.

The Barcelona on the Go tapas truck will be parked at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa every Friday in April from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hi-Time will be offering wines in their tasting cellar (at the back of the store and down a ramp).

It isn’t quite the same as standing in a bar in the Barri Gòtic with a glass of excellent cava screwed into your hand and a plate of navalles (razor clams) on a tiny table in front of you while the room gripes about the latest foibles of the Generalitat, but it’s as close as you’re going to get in OC.

I haven’t been back to Barcelona on the Go since their opening, but you might want to order your food first, then ask to have it brought down into the wine cellar as you do your wine tasting. Their croquettes are very good, their tortilla española (a room-temperature potato omelet called a truita in Catalan) is nicely done, and their excellent orange flan is a steal at $3.

Hi-Time Wine Cellars, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa; (949) 650-8463. Barcelona on the Go will be there from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on April 9, 16, 23 and 30.

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A Regal Themed Mother’s Day at the Hilton OC/Costa Mesa

Posted on April 7, 2010 | 9:00am

Who better to be crowned royalty than mom? On Sunday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m, the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa is hosting a regal-themed brunch celebration “Queen Mother for a Day”. All the royal appointments will be in place and mom will be treated in the utmost of sovereign style from the moment she exits her chariot.

The reign of each Mother begins as she is greeted by imperial trumpet revelers and escorted down the red carpet by royal palace guards. During this magnificent procession, each mother will receive a flower as a token of love and appreciation. The centerpiece of this majestic event will include a custom-built royal throne fit for a queen that will be constructed in the lobby of the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. The throne will serve as a regal stage for families to enjoy a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity. Once atop the throne, mother will be presented with a bejeweled crown and scepter to complete the sovereign setting. After receiving the photo, mothers will then enjoy an exquisite and fun-filled brunch. Read More

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South Coast Farms CSA is Now Available for Pick-Up at Old Vine Café

Posted on April 7, 2010 | 9:00am

South Coast Farms CSA is now available for pick-up at Old Vine Café, located at The LAB in Costa Mesa!

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a relationship between a farm and its community. It is a great way for people to support their local farm in a direct way. Fresh produce is harvested and delivered the same day it is available for pick-up at Old Vine Café. The money from our members goes straight into growing their food, without a middleman!

South Coast Farms is a family-owned, certified organic farm in San Juan Capistrano, owned by George Kibby since 1997. He farms 25 acres in San Juan, and has been farming for over 20 years. South Coast Farms CSA program started in 2000 with just 12 members, and we now grow for over 350 local families!

South Coast Farms CSA is available for pick-up every other Thursday at Old Vine Cafe. All financial commitments are handled by South Coast Farms.

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