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Sunny skies. Innovative eateries. Local artisans. Healthy finds. Top it all off with fitness options galore. Close enough to the coast to take advantage of all the scenic adventures, yet far enough away that you’ll find a bit more room to play. This is Costa Mesa.
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270 E 17th St #18, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
While seeking out any spots that offered stumptown coffee, I found Sidecar Doughnuts located in the Costa Mesa area. The doughnuts are made fresh every hour and they serve Stumptown coffee. If in the area, I would definitely check this place out....
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655 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Award-winning live theater at its best with performances most nights of the week. Seasonal programs mix classics with contemporary work; check site to find out what's on now.
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1175 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Pop in for a wide variety of Italian shaved ices, custards, frozen yogurt, and other desserts. Recommended: the green tea custard, the cactus cooler, or the peanut butter cup.
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259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
Avanti Cafe has been serving farm-fresh veggies to Orange County since 2005. Their meals are made with local and organic ingredients, mainly from nearby farms and farmers' markets. There are vegan and gluten-free friendly varieties as well as...
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8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
The day started early, with fog covering most of the beach in a soft, eerie haze and muffling the sounds of people's voices and birds congregating around and among the rock pools. I had driven the short hour down to the beach from Los Angeles, and...
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600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Samueli Theater is one of the many theaters housed under the Orange County Performing Arts Complex. I've seen a variety of different independent comedy shows and plays here and I must say, it is one of the most visually stunning theaters I have...
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2000 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
Huntington Beach in Orange County is a must for Southern California visitors. Just think of the headquarters of cool life and this is it. Start the day surfing for a few hours, then join a match in one of the volleyball courts and go back to the...
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2937 Bristol St A102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Tucked away by the Wine Bar at the Lab in Costa Mesa, Old Vine Cafe is one of those hidden gems in the Orange County dining circuit, with both tasting and a la carte menus. The service was excellent and our waiter's vast knowledge of wine was...
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900 Bayside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Lets be honest, if a restaurant famous for Easter Brunch is not packed on Easter Sunday, then there is something amiss. Despite first impressions, a perfect trifecta unfolded—starvation-level appetites, and a reservation at 2:00 p.m. (seated at...
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3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Seasons 52 allows you to leave your calorie counter at the door with a seasonal menu that has a ceiling of 475 calories for every item. Serving contemporary American cuisine, Seasons 52 prides itself on using only the freshest produce, and feature...
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2603 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663, USA
If seen from the air, the land Cassidy's occupies looks like the tip of a piece of pie. The building sits directly at the end of a plot of land that starts with The Little Inn by the Bay at 28th St., the "crust" end of the pie. The plot ends at...
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Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
We recently took a trip to the quaint, always sunny, and charming Balboa Island, in Newport Beach, California where I spent many of my formative years. A visit to the island, accessible over a very short bridge or ferry, is must if you are touring...
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3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Portola Coffee Lab takes making a cup of coffee to a new level. But you don't have to take my word for it—it was recently voted the best coffee in Orange County by the OC Weekly. If you're interested in the artistry involved in roasting and...
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Balboa Island’s Marine Street is known for its unique and coastal boutiques, including the charming and upscale women’s shop, 5 Seas. Don’t forget to visit the small flower shop in the back of the store! Extra perk: 5 Seas carries the locally...
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3333 Bristol St SUITE #1870, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
If you ever find yourself in southern California, you must visit the shopping haven that is South Coast Plaza! It is the THE mall of Orange County and offers an eclectic range of shops to fit every wallet size. There are low-end clothing stores...
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Westside Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Westside Costa Mesa, among many other things, is ground zero for the surf industry. Hurley, RVCA, Volcom, and dozens of other surfwear and board manufacturers reside here. It is also home to some of the most authentic culinary experiences in...
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3033 Bristol St M, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
This low key restaurant has a lively crowd and interesting cocktail choices that make up for the simple ambiance. Start with the curry fries, then order a Kurrito (bulgogi stuffed burrito), kimchi rice, and sautéed vegetables. End things with a...