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Over-The-Top Food For This Year’s OC Fair

Posted on July 11, 2023 | 7:22am

Chances are good that you’ve been waiting all year to see what deliciously eyebrow-raising foods the creative vendors of the OC Fair have cooked up for us this year. Of all the fun the OC Fair brings to Costa Mesa each year, the free pass to indulge in new and curious foods is hard to beat. That’s why we’re showing you some of the newest additions to this year’s menu, along with our old favorites.

If you want to fit the most into your your OC Fair food tour, stop by on Thursdays between noon and 4 p.m. when vendors will be offering a sampling of treats for $4 each! And be sure to buy your OC Fair tickets ahead of time, because advance tickets are required.

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Sustainable Eats in Costa Mesa

Posted on May 25, 2023 | 11:10am

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Come find where the love of sustainability and slow living meets great eats. Many of our Costa Mesa restaurants prioritize supporting local and ethical food sourcing along with sustainable and limited food waste in their kitchens. This adds up to a dining experience that combines phenomenal taste with the support of our environment.

Six Sustainably Focused Restaurants

Outpost Kitchen: The gourmet coffee and organic food experience is reminiscent of his Australian hometown. From local, organic, fresh produce, delicious creations are made. The Avocado Toast is a good example; more than just toast and avocado, it includes Pappadew pesto, feta cheese, Asian greens and olive oil – and you can add a poached egg to put it over the top. 

Fermentation Farm: Focused on creating health from the gut out. “Healthy Gut = Healthy Life,” with probiotic-rich and restorative foods. Enjoy fermented drinks like kombucha, plus brewed sodas, organic bone broth, plus yogurts, kefir, soups and more.

Mother’s Organic Kitchen: Bringing wellness to SoCal since 1978. Beyond the market, where you can get fresh juice and smoothies, you can shop in the market filled with 100% organic products and groceries.

Veg’d: Giving a whole new meaning to fast food. A 100% plant-based menu where even the patties are made without preservatives.

Seabirds Kitchen: This vegan restaurant offers creative and flavorful dishes using fresh, organic ingredients. HINT: Try the Beer Battered Avocado Tacos

The Plot: Coming late summer 2023. Restaurateurs Devin and Jessica Waite are bringing exciting plant-forward eating to OC with the opening of their second location of The Plot at The CAMP. The Plot’s menu features creative and sustainable plant-based dishes with a zero-waste ethos business model. They say their mission is to make plant-based food irresistible and to give back more than they take.

Want to expand your sustainability support in Costa Mesa beyond restaurants? Explore these 10 ways that you can take your commitment to the environment to the next level.

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Cool Drinks to Sip this Summer

Posted on May 24, 2023 | 1:40pm

Things are heating up in Costa Mesa this summer and there’s nothing better than cooling off with a delicious cocktail! We’ve picked a few of the hottest places in town to get a cold libation.

  1. Silver Trumpet – Located in the Theater & Arts District, the mixologists at Silver Trumpet weave the taste of art into everything they make. HINT: Try the Summer Sounds Sangria.
  2. SOCIAL Restaurant & Bar – This upscale bar offers craft cocktails with fresh, unique ingredients.
  3. Playa Mesa – This Mexican restaurant offers a variety of margaritas and other tequila-based cocktails.
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  4. Habana – This Michelin Guide Cuban restaurant at The LAB offers a variety of mojitos and other rum-based cocktails.
  5. Portola Coffee Roasters – This artisanal coffee shop offers some of the best coffee in Orange County, as well as refreshing iced coffee and cold brew options.

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Grab-and-Go Options Perfect for a Beach Day

Posted on May 24, 2023 | 12:52pm

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  1. Blue Bowl – Stay energized during your beach day by creating your own superfood bowls and drinks.
  2. Mendocino Farms – This gourmet sandwich shop offers fresh, healthy options with locally sourced ingredients.
  3. The Crack Shack – Known for its delicious fried chicken sandwiches and creative sides. Convenient outdoor order and pick-up window. HINT: The dipping sauces are the secret ingredient to every dish.
  4. Seabirds Kitchen – A vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving up creative and flavorful dishes using fresh, organic ingredients. Located at The LAB.

  5. Milligram Coffee – More than a coffee shop! This independently owned shop has great bites. Features locally sourced and seasonal produce combined with modern and clean cooking techniques.

  6. Greenleaf Chopshop – A healthy restaurant offering salads, bowls, and sandwiches made with fresh, organic ingredients.
  7. Jan’s Health Bar – A place always full of fresh food! Locally sourced ingredients and a casual atmosphere. HINT: Try the date shake for a perfect after-beach treat.

For more tasty food options in Costa Mesa, start exploring (and making reservations) now!

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International Travel Made Easy in Costa Mesa, California

Posted on July 6, 2018 | 10:36am

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Costa Mesa hotels are well versed in welcoming international travelers. As one of the most common international travel groups to Costa Mesa, Chinese visitors can be greeted with several convenient amenities and tailored services for their stay.

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