Month: August 2017

You’re Invited: Luxe Day of Design at SOCO!

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THRILLIST: THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN 15 ORANGE COUNTY CITIES

ARC Food & Libations

Most everything here is cooked on a wood-fire grill and comes away with a distinctive smoky flavor, from the meatballs and quail to the charred bacon (served with quite possibly the OC’s best wedge salad). A well-executed menu of artisanal cocktails (like the Italian Snow Cone made with Aperol, or Hyland Old-Fashioned crafted with black walnut bitters) balances out all the earthy, woodsy flavors.

Taco Maria

Don’t be fooled by the name: Taco Maria’s more than a simple taqueria (although it does make a particularly memorable shiitake mushroom taco). While the prix-fixe dinner menu changes regularly, it always features elegant, modern interpretations of Mexican food, like scallops served with a soft Oaxacan cheese and black squid ink crumbs.

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The OCR: See the new tenants coming to SOCO in Costa Mesa

SOCO and the OC Mix have welcomed a handful of food and retail tenants.

Notably, an Italian furniture titan is taking part of the space vacated by Surfas, a kitchen supply store.

“These latest additions continue to position our center as the premier hub of top-notch restaurants, showrooms, shops and experiences in Costa Mesa,” said Scott Burnham, Partner in Burnham-Ward Properties, who redeveloped and repositioned the center, and chairman and CEO of Burnham USA, which manages the property, in a statement.\

 

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Modern Luxury: Marin Howarth Von Blom

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Daily Pilot Biz News: Eggslice, a breakfast sandwich maker, opens in Costa Mesa’s OC Mix

South Coast Collection and its OC Mix center, in Costa Mesa, have new tenants.

Eggslice, now open inside the Shuck Oyster Bar, offers a type of breakfast sandwich that had its beginning at farmers markets in Australia.

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Must Read – Five New Tenants at SOCO and The OC Mix!

Happy Thursday! We’re excited to share with you five new tenants now open and opening soon at SOCO and The OC Mix. Be sure to check out our event calendar for grand opening events, in-store promos, and much more. We look forward to you visiting these new stores and giving them a warm welcome to SOCO and The OC Mix – and our valued community and neighbors!

Eggslice pop-up inside Shuck Oyster Bar at The OC Mix 
Visit Eggslice every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7AM-10:30AM inside Shuck Oyster Bar to enjoy perfectly crafted breakfast sandwiches that were born at local Farmers Markets in Sydney, Australia more than 18 years ago. These delectable breakfast sandwiches feature unique locally madeChili Jam, combined with fresh, local ingredients. You’ll get your sandwich piping hot, stacked with flavor and served with a reverence towards sustainable, local ingredients in a timely manner. Visit http://www.eggslice.com/  for more info and menu options. 

Bono Spera at The OC Mix 
Bono Spera, meaning ‘Good Hope’ in Latin, is a new women’s athletic apparel and beauty store now open inside The OC Mix at SOCO. Bono Spera’s goal is to help women in their pursuit of a healthier version of themselves without compromising style. In addition to offering trendy athleisure wear, Bona Spera specializes in all natural, eco-friendly Korean skincare products as well as Korean cosmetics and body care that no one should go without in their daily regimen.  

Natuzzi Italia at SOCO
Natuzzi Italia is Italy’s largest furniture house and one of the most recognized in the furniture industry. As the best-known luxury brand in the furnishings sector worldwide, Natuzzi Italia is committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. The SOCO location will showcase the new store design, merchandising concept and overall Natuzzi Italia consumer experience. Opening this winter at SOCO.

Bang & Olufsen at SOCO
For more than 90 years, Bang & Olufsen has been an iconic brand, known for its highly distinctive and exclusive range of televisions, music systems, loudspeakers, and multimedia products, which combine technological excellence and emotional appeal. The company – opening this Fall at SOCO – will offer a proud legacy of excellence in both design and engineering as a statement of timeless quality, ensuring that each new generation is as compatible with the past as it is with the future.

Chuck Jones Gallery at SOCO and The OC Mix
Founded by four-time Academy Award recipient, animation director, creator and creative genius Chuck Jones, and his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones Gallery is best-known as “the” gallery for the art of American Pop Culture. This second, smaller location in The OC Mix (now open) will focus on finding the art people love to collect and helping them place it in their homes and offices. In addition to its fine arts collections, the gallery will carry Looney Tunes-inspired gifts and offer archival framing for your own treasured works of art.  

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New Worlder: The Reinvention of American Mexican Food

The price point is not cheap at any of these restaurants, and nearly all the chefs say they’ve struggled with customers who think Mexican food should be purchased for pocket change. The chefs have also pushed back against the idea of authenticity, fielding complaints from diners who say the food isn’t actually Mexican. They’re serving dishes that my own grandmother (a Mexican-American born and raised in Los Angeles) would not have recognized as Mexican food—things like blue corn sopes with morel mushroom mole at Californios in San Francisco, charred octopus pozole from Lalito in New York City, gorditas with fingerling potato, hoja santa, anchovies and caviar from Taco Maria in Costa Mesa; chochoyotes (masa dumplings, below) in a green garlic and chile pasilla-laced broth from Broken Spanish in Los Angeles, and fideo noodles with cauliflower and smoky Oaxacan chintextle paste from Mi Tocaya Antojería in Chicago.

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At Designer Camp’s first O.C. session, students get a taste of fashion 101

Whhen Kristen Dees and Mercedes Curran made high school visits on behalf of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles to speak with adolescent students, many of the pupils seemed unsure about pursuing a future in the industry.

“It was almost too late, like they were too scared to know if this was something they wanted to do for the rest of their lives,” Dees said. “Some parents wanted tutoring and mentoring geared toward the college-bound kids. But what about the age before that?”

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Pastry chef’s sugar sculpture sweetens the pot for O.C. Fair visitors

 

Orange County Fair visitors with a sweet tooth can find a lot to satisfy it on any given day. But most confections on the midway don’t require a blow torch to create.

On Sunday evening, however, award-winning pastry chef and master chocolatier Stephane Tréand wielded fire, canned air and plastic molds to forge an exotic tropical-looking sculpture out of sugar.

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