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Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance: Tastemakers of Orange County 2016

Happy Friday!

Here’s a quick recap video of our event Tastemakers of Orange County!!

Highlights from Tastemakers of Orange County:
– We had 561 guests in attendance!
– And we are pleased to announced that we raised about $50k that will support our programs and help serve low-income and undeserved families in Orange County!

Thank you to everyone that attended, to our INCREDIBLE Chefs & Restaurants, and our wonderful Sponsors!!

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LA Times: Your guide to Orange County food halls

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Say what you will about the culinary landscape in Orange County: It may be home to strip malls packed with chain restaurants, but it’s also where the artisanal food hall scene is taking off like nowhere else in California.

Angelenos may not think twice about driving from East Pasadena to Venice Beach for a pastry. A trip down the 5 Freeway to Orange County for lunch? Not likely. But a new wave of food halls that have opened in the O.C. over the last five years should have people planning trips to the area, in search of many things from an excellent beef dip sandwich to Fanny Bay oysters to tacos. 

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Get Back to School Ready at SOCO and The OC Mix!


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soco get back to school image 1 Back to School Fashion at SOCO and The OC Mix! 
School is back in session – or will be soon, and SOCO and The OC Mix has new outfits for everyone in your family! Whether it’s a new romper for Pre-K at Milk & Honey Baby or Granola Babies, or shirt dress and top for your high schooler at Mieland Skyhaven, SOCO and The OC Mix has the hottest fashions at great price points for everyone on your shopping list! You can also pick something up for yourself, too at Eva’s Trunk! For a full list of our fashion stores, please visit our website. 
soco get back to school image 2 Parents – Go Back to School at SOCO and The OC Mix! 
Now that you might have some extra free time during the day, we invite you to check out upcoming classes at SOCO and The OC Mix. Try a fabulous cooking class at Surfas, succulent workshop at Uni Home Store, or Tiki Cocktail class and book signing at The Mixing Glass. It’s time for everyone to go back to school! Visit our website for a full list of classes available this September
soco get back to school image 3 SOCO and The OC Mix is Open on LABOR DAY! 
Come enjoy our award-winning restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. SOCO and The OC Mix will be open, but please visit individual store listings for their current holiday hours. We hope you enjoy your long weekend at SOCO!
soco get back to school image 4 Labor Day SALE at The OC Mix
Shop local this Labor Day at The OC Mix at SOCO! Enjoy sales, specials, and discounts at some of your favorite small businesses inside The OC Mix. For a full list of participating stores, please click here and be sure to follow along the individual store’s social media for up-to-date deals and specials!
soco get back to school image 5 Tastemakers of Orange County at SOCO + The OC Mix, Thursday, Sept 8
Don’t forget to purchase your ticket to the hottest foodie event of the fall at SOCO and The OC Mix on September 8 from 6-8pm. Please click here for more details and to purchase your ticket. Support the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) and enjoy delicious food from some of your favorite Costa Mesa – and SOCO – restaurants!

Portola & Taco Maria featured as Orange County’s 21 Hottest Restaurants!

portola-theoremThe Los Angeles Eater gives high praise to two of our spots!

Orange County’s dining scene continues to improve, with year-over-year growth at both the high-end and in those often overlooked strip mall finds. From fine dining steakhouses with award-winning wine lists to casual import ramen shops and New York City street food franchies, here’s the best of what to eat in Orange County, right now.

Right the full article Right Here!

OC Register: See smart toilets, furniture for small spaces and other 2016 home design trends


The smart toilets in the Pirch home showroom automatically lift their lids as shoppers approach. A touch of a pad can heat a cold seat, turn on a built-in bidet or even stream music – through a toilet’s speakers.

The gee-whiz stuff at nearby Cisco Home is old, but re-purposed. A grain sifter has become a giant light shade. A conveyer belt and a brake rotor were turned into tables.

High-tech and artisanal may be at opposite ends of the home design spectrum, but both are trendy for 2016.

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We Olive & The Cheese Shop: Beer & Cheese Tasting

Join WE Olive on the second Thursday of each month as they team up with a brewing company for a night of beer and cheese.
The next Beer and Cheese Tasting event at We Olive is on Tuesday, October 8th from 6:00pm-9:30pm. Four beers featured from Valiant Brewing Company will be paired perfectly with four cheeses from The Cheese Shop at the Mix. Cost is $20.00. RSVP by calling (949) 284-0609 or drop to WE Olive in for a unique and interesting tasting experience.


We Olive: 5-5-5 Wine Cheese and Olive Oil Tasting

Your taste buds won’t want to miss out on our 5-5-5 Tasting held on the first Tuesday of the month on August 4th from 7 pm to 8:30pm. You will be guided by our expert Olive Oil owner Phil Brooks, sommelier Wesley Kollar and Brian from the Cheese Shop. Get a taste of 5 wines, cheeses and olive oils for just $40.

Set in a fun, informative atmosphere, you will learn about each wine, it’s regions and varietal, different olive oils, all the health benefits and food pairings plus all you need to know about cheese. When each olive oil, cheese and wine are tasted together, it will tantalize your taste buds! A great tasting for your wine and foodie friends. Reservations are required and space is limited to 20 people. Call We Olive Wine Bar at 949-284-0609 to make your reservation. Payment is taken with reservation. Check We Olive’s Facebook page for additional event updates.