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What’s your go-to massage parlor in O.C.? 💆🏻 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our Best of Ora...
11/05/2022

What’s your go-to massage parlor in O.C.? 💆🏻 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our Best of Orange County issue in July! 🎖✨

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Battle of the Mariachis officially returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano this Saturda...
11/05/2022

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Battle of the Mariachis officially returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano this Saturday, May 14! Read more about this beloved ritual of 15 years and what to expect at our homepage 📲

📸: Val Westover

Do you have a favorite lash salon in O.C.? Comment your fave spot below and your answer might be published in our Best o...
10/05/2022

Do you have a favorite lash salon in O.C.? Comment your fave spot below and your answer might be published in our Best of Orange County issue in July! 🎖✨

Are you a coffee fanatic and martini lover? Read up on these O.C. spots that have put some new-school spins on the Espre...
10/05/2022

Are you a coffee fanatic and martini lover? Read up on these O.C. spots that have put some new-school spins on the Espresso Martini ☕️🍸 at orangecoast.com!

📸: @blinkingowl

What’s your favorite local clothing brand in O.C.? 🛍👕 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our Be...
09/05/2022

What’s your favorite local clothing brand in O.C.? 🛍👕 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our Best of Orange County issue in July! 🎖✨

Where is your favorite spot to celebrate happy hour in O.C.? 🍹 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published ...
05/05/2022

Where is your favorite spot to celebrate happy hour in O.C.? 🍹 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our annual Best Of Orange County issue in July! 🍾🎖✨

Need to do some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping? @maymartininc has some great gift ideas for Mom! Head to our homepage...
05/05/2022

Need to do some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping? @maymartininc has some great gift ideas for Mom! Head to our homepage to learn more.

📸: @emilyjdavisphoto

The OC Wine & Spirit Festival is this Saturday, May 7th at Giracci Vineyards! Tickets are available at ocwineandspiritfe...
05/05/2022

The OC Wine & Spirit Festival is this Saturday, May 7th at Giracci Vineyards! Tickets are available at ocwineandspiritfest.com! Use code FEST for 30% off!

Orange Coast is a proud media sponsor of this special event. 🍷

📍 @giraccivineyards

#ocevents #wineevents #21andover #orangecounty #promotion

Meet Tony Fasulo, owner of Old Brea Chop House, as he prepares his irresistible Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce...
04/05/2022
Ricotta Gnocchi with Old Brea Chop House Team

Meet Tony Fasulo, owner of Old Brea Chop House, as he prepares his irresistible Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce along with executive chef Masa Ose. Watch the video on our website to see the fine art of gnocchi making.

Old Brea Chop House

Meet Tony Fasulo, owner of Old Brea Chop House, as he prepares his irresistible Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Sauce along with executive chef Masa Ose.

Which spot in O.C. has your favorite cookie? 🍪 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be featured in our annual Bes...
04/05/2022

Which spot in O.C. has your favorite cookie? 🍪 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be featured in our annual Best of Orange County issue in July! 🏅✨

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, we’ve rounded up some O.C. restaurants that are celebrating with festive food sp...
04/05/2022

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, we’ve rounded up some O.C. restaurants that are celebrating with festive food specials, cocktails, and live music! Head to our homepage to read up on these specials 📲

Photograph Courtesy of El Mercado Modern Cuisine

Where is your favorite spot to get a cold brew in O.C.? 🧊☕️ Comment your faves below and your answer might be published ...
03/05/2022

Where is your favorite spot to get a cold brew in O.C.? 🧊☕️ Comment your faves below and your answer might be published in our annual Best of Orange County issue in July! 🏅✨

Don’t have plans for Mother’s Day yet? 💐 Check out these Mother’s Day dining options throughout Orange County! Reserve a...
03/05/2022

Don’t have plans for Mother’s Day yet? 💐 Check out these Mother’s Day dining options throughout Orange County!

Reserve a table now and treat Mom to a delicious brunch this Sunday 🥞 Find the perfect spot at orangecoast.com

📸 Photo Courtesy of Balboa Bay Resort

Don't miss out on Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen, The Mozart Project, Scottish Fest, and more happenings coming this ...
03/05/2022
Don't-Miss O.C. Events in May

Don't miss out on Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen, The Mozart Project, Scottish Fest, and more happenings coming this month.

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen, The Mozart Project, Scottish Fest, and more happenings this month.

Which spot in O.C. has your favorite martini? 🍸 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our annual B...
02/05/2022

Which spot in O.C. has your favorite martini? 🍸 Comment your faves below! Your answer might be published in our annual Best Of Orange County issue in July! 🏅✨

Cooking has never been easier than with a Wolf gas range. Don't forget to add a Cove dishwasher for a perfect kitchen!Vi...
02/05/2022

Cooking has never been easier than with a Wolf gas range. Don't forget to add a Cove dishwasher for a perfect kitchen!

Visit our showroom today!
https://bit.ly/3xngd9R

#subzerowolfcove #kitchendesign

SPONSORED: Want to sell your Orange County home and buy a new one? Line up timelines, avoid double mortgages & unlock th...
29/04/2022
Want to sell your Orange County home and buy a new one? Here’s how Opendoor can help

SPONSORED: Want to sell your Orange County home and buy a new one? Line up timelines, avoid double mortgages & unlock the power of an all-cash offer with Opendoor. 🏡

If you’ve ever bought and sold a home the traditional way, you know how stressful the process can be. Lining up timelines for selling your current home and buying a new one is a tricky process, and may often leave you with double mortgages or living in temporary housing.

Our May 2022 Mornings in O.C. Issue ☀️🍩Before the rest of the county has woken up—or even gone to bed, in some cases—man...
27/04/2022

Our May 2022 Mornings in O.C. Issue ☀️🍩

Before the rest of the county has woken up—or even gone to bed, in some cases—many O.C. locals are already up and at ‘em. From unique coffee drinks to early breakfast feasts and rounds of golf, we rounded up what you night owls are missing in this cover story.

You’ll also find a feature on “California Scenario,” better known in Orange County as the Noguchi Garden, which turns 40 this month. Subscribe to our magazine at orangecoast.com/subscribe for our monthly coverage of the best of O.C. living, dining, home, style, culture, & more.

Cover photograph by @emilyjdavisphoto

John Park is also the executive chef and co-owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery. He is on a mission to give back to the comm...
27/04/2022
5 Questions With Executive Chef and Co-Owner of New Tableau Kitchen + Bar at South Coast Plaza

John Park is also the executive chef and co-owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery. He is on a mission to give back to the community with both restaurants donating 10 percent of their profits to Orange County charities.

Tableau Kitchen and Bar Toast Kitchen + Bakery

John Park is also the executive chef and co-owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery. He is on a mission to give back to the community with both restaurants donating 10 percent of their profits to Orange County charities.

Join us for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration! Each night will highlight our best new restaurants, ...
26/04/2022

Join us for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration! Each night will highlight our best new restaurants, wines from @sansimeonwines, @mountainvalleywater, desserts and so much more!

Night 1: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Night 2: Thursday, May 26, 2022

📍 Sub-Zero Wolf Cove Showroom in Costa Mesa

🎟 Tickets on sale. Limited tickets available. Event is 21 & over.

More info & to buy tickets visit us at orangecoast.com/bestrestaurants

#orangecoastmag #ocbesteats #bestrestaurants #orangecounty #ocfoodies #wine #foodwineevent #costamesa

This month’s perfect getaway takes us to Carlsbad - Fine French food, strawberry and floral fields, beautiful beaches an...
25/04/2022

This month’s perfect getaway takes us to Carlsbad - Fine French food, strawberry and floral fields, beautiful beaches and more. Read up at orangecoast.com 🌊🍓🌸

📷: Renee Fisher

Clean air, blue skies, and crystal-clear water brought to you by Running Springs.
22/04/2022
Running Springs: Gateway to the San Bernardino Mountains

Clean air, blue skies, and crystal-clear water brought to you by Running Springs.

The mountains are a perfect getaway to discover a relaxing and refreshing way of life. From hiking to farmers markets to boating and fishing to mountain biking and camping, there is so much to explore in the local forest.

A New Earth Project has opened a showroom in Laguna Beach ✨Find out how you can shop “New Earth Approved” products for E...
22/04/2022

A New Earth Project has opened a showroom in Laguna Beach ✨
Find out how you can shop “New Earth Approved” products for Earth Day and help rid our waterways of pollution.

#linkinbio

📷: Zak Noyle

🏆Congratulations to @butchershouseoc in Costa Mesa for being named our 2022 Restaurant of the Year!🥳 Join us for our ann...
22/04/2022

🏆Congratulations to @butchershouseoc in Costa Mesa for being named our 2022 Restaurant of the Year!

🥳 Join us for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration two-night tasting event on May 25 + May 26 at Sub-Zero Wolf Cove Showroom in Costa Mesa. Each night will highlight our best new restaurants, wines from @sansimeonwines, @mountainvalleywater and so much more! More info at orangecoast.com/bestrestaurants

📸: @emilyjdavisphoto

#orangecounty #bestrestaurants #ocfoodies #ocevents #costamesa

🏆Congratulations to @calokitchen in Laguna Niguel for being named one of our Best New Restaurants in Orange County for 2...
21/04/2022

🏆Congratulations to @calokitchen in Laguna Niguel for being named one of our Best New Restaurants in Orange County for 2022!

🥳 Join us for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration two-night tasting event on May 25 + May 26 at Sub-Zero Wolf Cove Showroom in Costa Mesa. Each night will highlight our best new restaurants, wines from @sansimeonwines, @mountainvalleywater and so much more! More info at orangecoast.com/bestrestaurants

📸: @emilyjdavisphoto

#orangecounty #bestrestaurants #ocfoodies #ocevents #lagunaniguel

Fleur de Villes FEMMES is on display in the Jewel Court @southcoastplaza until Sunday, just in time for Earth Day. 16 ma...
21/04/2022

Fleur de Villes FEMMES is on display in the Jewel Court @southcoastplaza until Sunday, just in time for Earth Day. 16 mannequins are decorated with fresh flowers to celebrate women who have made an impact! You might recognize some local O.C. florist on display including Newport Beach’s @shoppenelopepots. More info at orangecoast.com.

Photos courtesy of South Coast Plaza

#orangecounty #ocevents #southcoastplaza #earthday

🏆Congratulations to @bosscatkitchen in Orange for being named one of our Best New Restaurants in Orange County for 2022!...
21/04/2022

🏆Congratulations to @bosscatkitchen in Orange for being named one of our Best New Restaurants in Orange County for 2022!

🥳 Join us for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration two-night tasting event on May 25 + May 26 at Sub-Zero Wolf Cove Showroom in Costa Mesa. Each night will highlight our best new restaurants, wines from @sansimeonwines, @mountainvalleywater and so much more! More info at orangecoast.com/bestrestaurants

📸: @emilyjdavisphoto

#orangecounty #bestrestaurants #ocfoodies #ocevents #orange

Spice is the Variety: We have 4 new restaurants that bring the heat! Read up on orangecoast.com 🌶 📷: @yupddukirvine #ora...
20/04/2022

Spice is the Variety: We have 4 new restaurants that bring the heat! Read up on orangecoast.com 🌶

📷: @yupddukirvine

#orangecoastmag #newrestaurants #ocfoodies #irvine #placestoeatinirvine #uci

Come celebrate with us! 🥳 Tickets are on sale for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration. Two nights to ...
20/04/2022
Orange Coast's Best Restaurants Celebration 2022

Come celebrate with us! 🥳 Tickets are on sale for our annual Orange Coast’s Best Restaurants Celebration. Two nights to choose from - Wednesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 26th!

Join us for an evening of tastings celebrating the best new restaurants in Orange County, dish of the year, past winners and hall of famers!

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See Glasspar 's *secret* Fernet-Branca cocktail menu highlighted in Orange Coast Magazine! Offering five concoctions ($14 each, $50 for a tasting), "most pair surprisingly well with chef-owner Rob Wilson’s dishes, such as day-boat scallops with glazed pork belly, kohlrabi pear salad, and parsnip puree." Read more at the link below!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with El Mercado Modern Cuisine as mentioned in Orange Coast Magazine's lineup earlier this week! From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., El Mercado is serving a trio of specialty tacos crafted by executive chef Fernando Franco, as well as house margaritas. Try selections from their award-winning cocktail menu and listen to live music from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by a DJ spinning until 2 a.m. Reservations can be made online. Read more at the link below!
Have YOUR voice heard Tues., 5/3 when Fountain Valley City Council votes on a Massive Electronic Billboard for Fountain Valley. The contract would be with Outfront for a Massive Electronic Billboard with 24/7 advertising on City property at Ellis/the 405. It's a 15-year lease term with three 5-year term extensions. FV economy is STRONG. Do we we NEED to have a billboard for a term of at least 15 years? No. MUST we have a billboard for a term of at least 15 years? No. The next-term budget is being worked on, as we do yearly. Additionally, there will be an update to our 20-year plan now which will include an additional $11 million & increased property tax from the Slater Investments Project. In the meantime, please peruse our FV financials in the easy-to-read 1-Page FV Financial Plan with built-in economy downturns and 👀 see for yourself... https://www.fountainvalley.org/DocumentCenter/View/14076/20-Yr-Financial-Forecast-Model---FY21-22--Budget As you see, FV is "in the black" (positive) after the current 20-year sales tax increase (Measure HH) ends in 2036... & will be even more so each time these numbers are updated. EVERYONE is welcome to attend the 5/3 @ 6 p.m. City Council Meeting at Fountain Valley City Hall - 10200 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley...no matter where they live. I am not taking a position on this matter. On the City's website... https://www.fountainvalley.org/409/Current-Projects (The video in this post is that of an Outfront billboard on Newhope near Trask, Garden Grove).
The Yorba Linda Arts Alliance Foundation, along with the Yorba Linda Parks and Recreation Department, are proud to present the 21st annual Celebration of the Arts and Music Festival. Dozens of artisans offer beautiful art, unique gift ideas, and items for you or your home. Free admission, suitable for all ages. Live entertainment in the park amphitheater, food available for purchase. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the day in a beautiful park setting. Sunday June 5, 11am to 4 pm. For more information visit www.artsyl.org, or call 714-349-2581
Don't be fooled by the title of the OLD newspaper article. Please read on. 👀 You have a VOICE. COME on 5/3. An ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD FOR FOUNTAIN VALLEY? You have a VOICE! COME! You are welcome to attend the Tues., 5/3 @ 6 p.m. Fountain Valley City Council Meeting at Fountain Valley City Hall - 10200 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley. Do you want a Massive Electronic Billboard with 24/7 advertising erected on Fountain Valley City property on Ellis/405 in Fountain Valley? In 2015, many Fountain Valley & Costa Mesa residents didn't, as they spoke at FV City Hall -- at the Planning Commission Meeting. Then, the company was Clear Channel. How did we get to this point? Let's first go back... In 2015, the Fountain Valley Planning Commission unanimously said, "no" on this matter. City Council ALMOST voted. No, there was no vote. Here's the early 2016 newspaper article that reflects, later in the article, then-Mayor Brothers had the matter taken off the 12/2015 City Council Agenda due to her concerns about her upcoming re-election. It was near Christmas time & people were on their way to City Hall -- only to hear the plan changed. The people were first told one thing when they arrived at City Hall, then the truth came out in the newspaper article weeks later. You will need to read into the article...NOT just the beginning. The matter remained dormant for years, till 5/2020 when then City Council Member Steve Nagel brought up the idea during a City Council Meeting that a study be done on media sources and reader boards along the 405 Freeway, and it was seconded by then Mayor Protem Vo. That November, Council Member Nagel left City Council & 2 new City Council Members were seated, Council Members Ted Bui & Glenn Grandis. The idea gained traction last year when 4 out of 5 FV City Council Members (not me) put this out to bid. FV economy IS strong. Do we we NEED to have a billboard for a term of at least 15 years? No. MUST we have a billboard for a term of at least 15 years? No. The next-term budget is being worked on, as we do yearly. Additionally, there will be an update to our 20-year plan now which will include an additional $11 million & increased property tax from the Slater Investments Project. In the meantime, please peruse our already FABULOUS FV financials in the 1-pager on the link here. This is the City's easy-to-read 1-Page FV Financial Plan with built-in economy downturns.... https://www.fountainvalley.org/DocumentCenter/View/14076/20-Yr-Financial-Forecast-Model---FY21-22--Budget As you see, FV is "in the black" after the sales tax increase (Measure HH) ends in 2036...and will be even more so each time these numbers are updated. Today, the billboard company is Outfront. The public is welcome to come speak. In a few days, the agenda, Zoom link, etc. will be out. If you want to send an email to FV City Hall... [email protected] (main City Hall email) [email protected] (Mayor) [email protected] (Mayor Protem -- me) [email protected] (City Council Member) [email protected] (City Council Member) [email protected] (City Council Member) [email protected] (our City Clerk) [email protected] (our Interim City Manager) As you see, I am not taking a position on this matter.
Keep the applause going as we also celebrate El Mercado Modern Cuisine and their Bedoya cocktail, named Cocktail of the Year 2022 🏆 in Orange Coast Magazine's April issue! For the full breakdown and details of the drink, visit the link below!
Please join us in congratulating Butcher’s House Brasserie & chef Jeoffrey Offer on being awarded the coveted title of Restaurant of the Year 2022 🏆 in Orange Coast Magazine's April issue! The brasserie concept, which opened its doors in late 2021, is a homage to Offer's homeland of Toulouse, France. What sparked as an idea during the pandemic has become a full-fledged restaurant garnering the attention of the local community. Congratulations to chef Jeoffrey and the whole team!
Fountain Valley, a Massive lectronic Billboard coming soon by the water tank @ Ellis near the 405? I'm FV Mayor Protem letting you know you may have your voice heard at the Tues., 5/3 FV City Council Mtg. @ 6 p.m. This is the first of potentially several... This is on Newhope & Trask in Garden Grove. Take Newhope north -- will be on the right side. You can pull in to King of Kings across the street to get a better look. And we know our FV economy is very strong, so this is a CHOICE by your City Council Members. I was the only one who did not put this out to bid. If you want to inform FV, share the post.
We're so excited to see our newest concept, Roxy'z by Zov's (in Anaheim next to the stadium), be named one of Orange Coast Magazine's 10 Best New Restaurants in Orange County for 2022! Click on the link below or on the link on our Instagram bio to see more! https://www.orangecoast.com/ocdining/best-new-restaurants-2022-roxyz-wows-in-anaheim/
“Mayor Patrick Harper and Mayor Protem Kim Constantine cast the dissenting votes”. “…Constantine showed interest in sending the project back to the Planning Commission”. “The Havens (Apartments) is 30 units an acre,” said Harper, who expressed discomfort with approving a zoning change. “This is proposed at 81 UNITS AN ACRE, so that’s ALMOST 3 TIMES THE DENSITY of the place next door. I have a hard time arguing that it’s compatible with the surrounding uses”. https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2022-04-06/fountain-valley-city-council-moves-ahead-with-slater-investments-mixed-use-project?fbclid=IwAR07eRcCXmLRHFhASCoTi5khi4EPKdW-eMvVWCaF9-TGFtzB_1CDUowigIY
Orange Coast Magazine recently highlighted Solstice Restaurants as the next O.C. cocktail hotspot! Bar Manager Dylan Ray Dinsmore and his twenty-or-so-deep cocktail menu, vitamin-packed mocktails, and secret cocktail menu will keep guests on their toes with every visit! More at the link below.