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Archive for March, 2012

5 New Stores Coming to South Coast Plaza in 2012!

Posted on March 28, 2012 | 6:00am

South Coast Plaza is one of the nation’s most luxurious shopping destinations and is home to over 280 high-end boutiques and anchor stores including CHANEL, Prada, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton to name just a few. Committed to giving guests the ultimate shopping experience, South Coast Plaza will be adding 5 fabulous new stores in 2012!


Anthropologie has plans to open an 11,000-square-foot store in the former Borders space at South Coast Plaza. Anthropologie, which is owned by Urban Outfitters, sells women’s apparel and accessories, home furnishings, “found objects” and decorative items in over 150 locations around the world.

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4 Romantic Date Nights in Orange County

Posted on March 21, 2012 | 6:00am

Some call Paris the most romantic city in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you have to jet off to France for a romantic weekend with your significant other. Whether you’re newlyweds, celebrating your 50th anniversary or just looking for an extraordinary date night, Orange County, California is full of romantic options.

Fine Dining

Did you know that Costa Mesa, CA was named a “Best in Food” finalist in the Rand McNally/USA Today “Best of the Road 2011” contest? Orange County has some of California’s most loved and respected restaurants run by award-winning chefs. What’s a special date night without a special and exciting menu to compliment it? And if you’re planning your romantic getaway for this summer, Costa Mesa Restaurant Week is gearing up for its second year, Aug. 17-24. Take the opportunity to try a new Costa Mesa restaurant at special prices, every night during your stay!

And if you’re still looking for that je ne sais quoi that only a romantic evening in Paris can bring, why not have a lovely, romantic dinner for two at one of Costa Mesa’s French restaurants.

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6 OC Restaurants to Eat at Before You Die Are in South Coast Plaza

Posted on March 14, 2012 | 6:00am

Six of South Coast Plaza‘s renowned restaurants have had their signature dishes included in Orange Coast Magazine’s round-up of “The 50 Best Dishes in OC: The Ultimate Foodie Bucket List.” Next time you are in Costa Mesa be sure to check them out to see why they made the cut.

AnQi Bistro by Crustacean: An’s Famous Roasted Crab

Available at AnQi only on Tuesdays during dinner service, AnQi’s Master Chef “Mama” Helene An travels from Crustacean Beverly Hills with dozens of 2.5 lb. Pacific waters Dungeness crabs to prepare this must-eat dish. Cooked in her “secret kitchen,” which is a separate space from the main kitchen and only accessible by chefs who have worked with the company for at least ten years, Mama An prepares the crab in a savory Asian style with lots of oil, garlic and pepper.

Due to high demand, AnQi recommends that guests call 714-557-5679 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a roasted crab dish for an exceptional Tuesday dinner! Read More

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Get “A Taste of OC” in Costa Mesa At The First-Ever OC Tastefest!

Posted on March 9, 2012 | 3:01pm

Costa Mesa is a city for foodies, and is now featuring a top Orange County food and wine event to back up that claim!

The first-ever OC Tastefest will be held on May 4-5 in conjunction with the 2012 OC Marathon. The event will feature food and wine tastings (similar to the Taste of Newport), along with live music, cooking demonstrations, and a VIP tent.

With restaurants including Cucina Alessa, Marrakesh, Port Restaurant, Salt Creek Grille, Slater’s 50/50, Ten Asian Bistro, Wahoo’s, Wingstop and Zov’s Bistro, among others being added daily, the OC Tastefest offers the chance to sample foods from some of the best Orange County restaurants. Over 20 OC cities will be represented at the festival.

The OC Tastefest will not be held on Sunday, May 6, as the OC Marathon will be the main event at the OC Fairgrounds. All registered participants for the marathon will receive one free entry into the OC Tastefest.  The price of admission is $12 for a one-day advance purchase online ticket, and $18 for both days.

Here’s where you can buy tickets!


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BBC Worldwide Asks Us for Help To Find OC Couples For Documentary!

Posted on March 8, 2012 | 4:45pm

Do you know what it takes to make a relationship work? Or do you WISH you knew?

BBC Worldwide Productions has been in touch with us here at Travel Costa Mesa about a documentary they’re making on couples.  If you’re part of a couple in the Costa Mesa or Orange County area and you think you know what makes a successful relationship – or if you’ve got a story to tell – they would love to hear from you!

If you’d like to find out more about the documentary or share your story and opinions about how to make a relationship work (or know someone who might be interested in participating in a documentary like this), please get in touch with Angie, Marshall, or Tessa!

They can be reached by phone at: 310-228-1898 or email at: CouplesDocumentary@gmail.com

All calls will be confidential and do not require you to take part in the documentary.

Keep us posted if you participate!

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