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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for October, 2012

Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer Teaches Cooking Course in Costa Mesa

Posted on October 25, 2012 | 12:04pm

Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer offered a cheese cooking course at his eponymous restaurant in Costa Mesa.  Palmer has received many culinary accolades including three Michelin stars and has appeared on the Food Network’s Top Chef during season 6 as a guest judge.

Charlie Palmer has restaurants in Las Vegas, Dallas, Northern California and New York.  His location in Bloomindale’s at South Coast Plaza is widely considered one of the leading restaurants in Orange County.

Palmer, accompanied by his Executive Chef Seakyeong Kim, provided the course at the demonstration kitchen in Bloomingdale’s.  With so many locations nationwide, personal appearances and hands-on demonstrations are rare. Read More

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Costa Mesa Public Art

Posted on October 23, 2012 | 2:27pm

With the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures in Orange County, now is an ideal time to take an art walk through the City of the Arts – Costa Mesa.  The public visual arts that adorn the Segerstrom City of the Arts and Town Center Park offer a wide variety of shapes and sizes from the flowing yellow steel of the Ram to the 60-foot-high structure, Fire Bird, that is integrated into the interior and exterior of  Segerstrom Hall.

Fire Bird

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Costa Mesa Offers Great Halloween Events in Orange County

Posted on October 18, 2012 | 1:59pm

Whether it is a unique costume idea or extra attention to detail while carving a jack-o-lantern, Halloween is a great opportunity to showcase creativity and have fun. Dressing in costume and carving pumpkins are not recent fads. Both of these activities originated from Celtic tradition. Originally, faces were carved into hallowed-out turnips to ward off evil spirits, but European immigrants to the United States continued the tradition with pumpkins. Today, Halloween is more about costumes, candy and scary movies than the pagan harvest festival where it originated. Costumes are not just limited to children – or even people! Many adults attend costume parties, while some even get their pets in the actHalloween is the second most commercially successful holiday in the United States with an average around $2 billion in candy sales alone.

If you’re looking for more to do than sit by the front door and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters, or you are looking to celebrate on more days than just All Hallows’ Eve, Costa Mesa offers some great ways to celebrate Halloween in Orange County. Read More

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OC Weekly “Best Of” in Costa Mesa

Posted on October 15, 2012 | 10:44am

Costa Mesa is the perfect Southern California destination.  Known as the City of the Arts, Costa Mesa offers the best entertainment, shopping and dining options in Orange County. Many local favorites were represented in the Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” and the OC Weekly’s “Best of” edition highlighting some of the mouth-watering fare and bars on offer in Costa Mesa.  Whatever your preference – lounge, dive, music venue or dancing, there is a bar in Costa Mesa that suites your partiality. Read More

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STOMPing Grounds at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted on October 10, 2012 | 10:27am

The rhythm of percussion echoed through the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the opening night of STOMP.  But this music wasn’t made from instruments – it was a collection of plastic bags, coffee tins, trash cans and empty water bottles.  The music wasn’t from a cast warm-up, or from the studio crew testing equipment.  The sound was created by STOMP ticket holders in the STOMPing Grounds – an interactive experience where guests have the chance to be a part of the show by using stage props from the production. Read More

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