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A nice mention of our favorite Coffee Shop in LA Times:

Portola Coffee is hot right now. The company has six locations in Orange County — almost all of them in alternative sites. The slogan is “their hands, our hands, your hands.”

It’s a sustainable thing. But if you’re a coffee snob, you will want to experience it. Chances are you will soon be driving 20 miles out of your way for a cup, thus erasing any environmental benefits.

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Chef Stephane Treand of ST Patisserie gets a mention in LA Times


As a child in France who listened to American bands like the Eagles, which gained popularity with songs like “Hotel California,” Stephane Treand longed to live in the state someday.

Ten years ago, he got his chance, and since then he has done many things for the Orange County culinary scene.

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LCA Wine called “Good Education” by LA Times


Kelsey Fernandez was in a rut. The Fullerton man had been a bartender for years but wanted to work in a fine-dining restaurant that served good wine.

After getting hired at the Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa in October 2010, his new bosses gave him a suggestion: Take Wine and Spirits Education Trust, or WSET, classes with master sommelier Peter Neptune.

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