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OC Restaurant Week 2015 at the Irvine Spectrum

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

Irvine's premier center in dining, shopping, and entertainment, the Irvine Spectrum Center, is participating in Orange County Restaurant Week starting tomorrow Sunday March 1 to Saturday March 7. Participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus priced at $10, $15 or $20 per person for lunch, and/or $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person for dinner (varies by restaurant). Make a reservation to secure your restaurant week experience!


Brio Tuscan Grill

774 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-0380 

Lunch Menu $15

~ Starter ~

(Choice of one per person)

Lobster Bisque

Chopped Salad
Chopped greens with tomatoes, olives, onions, cucumber, Feta and red wine vinaigrette

Caesar Salad
With toasted Brioche croutons

~ Entree ~

(Choice of one per person)

Pasta Brio
Rigatoni pasta tossed with grilled chicken, garlic, seared mushrooms,

Parmesan cheese and a sweet roasted red pepper cream sauce

Tuscan Harvest Salad
Mixed greens tossed with grilled chicken, mushrooms, bacon, almonds,

Gorgonzola cheese, apples, dried cranberries, crispy lavoush and Tuscan Italian dressing

Salmon with Angel hair
With tomatoes, green onions, asparagus, cilantro pesto and scampi butter sauce

Dinner Menu $30
~ Starter ~

(Choice of one per person)

Lobster Bisque

Chopped Salad
Chopped greens with tomatoes, olives, onions, cucumber, Feta and red wine vinaigrette

Caesar Salad
With toasted Brioche croutons


~ Entree ~

(Choice of one per person)

Chicken Milanese
Crispy Romano chicken with herb pasta, fresh Mozzarella and homemade Pomodoro sauce

Pasta Vodka
Ricotta filled pasta, spicy tomato Parmesan cream sauce, crispy pancetta, garlic, basil

Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno
With our homemade Bolognese meat sauce, Ricotta, Parmesan & Mozzarella

cheeses and Pomodoro & Alfredo sauces

Fish of the Day


~ Dessert ~

Choice of one Dolchino

CUCINA enoteca

31 Fortune Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-2222

Lunch Menu $20

cup of zuppa or chopped salad

AND

panini or pizza

Lunch Menu $25

cup of zuppa or chopped salad

AND

pappardelle or risotto or puttanesca or polenta + daily ragu or chicken

** please refer to our regular menu for item descriptions.

Dinner Menu $30

~ primo ~

please select one

farmer's chopped
warren pear + grape + walnut + bacon + crisp quinoa + blue cheese vinaigrette *
+ finocchiona (pork fennel salame) 1.5

kale ‘caesar'
shaved brussels + orange cognac raisin + parmesan frico + meyer lemon anchovy emulsion

creamy tuscan kale zuppa
garlic + onion + shallot + basil + spinach + celery + mascarpone


~ secondi-pizza ~

please select one

pizza bianca
bèsciamella + garlic confit + sicilian oregano + calabrian chili

pancetta + brussels sprout
fontina + red onion + roasted garlic + calabrian chili

persimmon + radicchio
gorgonzola + caramelized onion + hazelnut + juniper balsamic

margherita
san marzano tomato + house made mozzarella + basil

chicken meatball
smoked mozzarella + arriabata + swiss chard

casalingo pepperoni + fennel sausage
mozzarella + peppadew pepper

cremini + hen of the woods + oyster mushroom
goat cheese +fried onion + truffle oil

spicy coppa
pepperoncini + calabrian chili + house made mozzarella + basil + san marzano tomato
+ fennel sausage 1.5 + farm egg 1.5


~ dolci ~

please select one

strawberry millefoglie
graham cracker + condensed milk

dark chocolate budino
panna fresca + amaretti cookie

cheese course
crucolo + toasted oats + kumquat marmellata

Dinner Menu $35

~ primo ~

please select one

farmer's chopped
warren pear + grape + walnut + bacon + crisp quinoa + blue cheese vinaigrette *
+ finocchiona (pork fennel salame) 1.5

kale ‘caesar'
shaved brussels + orange cognac raisin + parmesan frico + meyer lemon anchovy emulsion

creamy tuscan kale zuppa
garlic + onion + shallot + basil + spinach + celery + mascarpone

rib eye carpaccio
marinated mushroom + arugula + grana padano + charred scallion aioli + truffle oil + crostini

fritto misto
shrimp + calamari + seasonal veg + lemon condiment


~ secondi ~

please select one

short rib pappardelle
cremini mushroom + carrot + parmigiano

shrimp spaghettini puttanesca
tomato + gaeta olive + calabrian chili

almond crusted sea bass
potato + king trumpet mushroom + cavolo nero + charred leek + prosecco brodo zenzero *

risotto carbonara
pancetta + pea + pecorino + farm egg

braised lamb ragu
mascarpone polenta + castelvetrano olive + calabrian chili + charred red onion

jidori chicken
parsley root puree + braised turnip + basil + ‘vincotto'


~ dolci ~

please select one

strawberry millefoglie
graham cracker + condensed milk

dark chocolate budino
panna fresca + amaretti cookie

cheese course
crucolo + toasted oats + kumquat marmellata

Del Frisco's Grille

772 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 431-0946  

Lunch Menu $20

**Choose Two Courses**

~ Starter ~

Grille Salad

Crisp Mixed Greens, Tomato, Carrot, Bacon, Vinaigrette


Wedge Salad

Bacon, Tomato, Blue Cheese Dressing


Cheesesteak Eggrolls

Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce, Honey Mustard

~ Entree ~

Roasted Chicken

Hand-Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Roasted Chicken Jus


Wild Salmon
Arugula-Citrus Salad

Grille Prime Cheeseburger
Double Patties, Lettuce Tomato, Red Onion, Sloppy Sauce, Frites

Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff
Pappardelle Noodles


~ Dessert ~

Nutella Bread Pudding
Coffee Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Molten Cake
Raspberry Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream

Cheesecake
Raspberry Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream?

Dinner Menu $40

~ Starter ~

Grille Salad

Crisp Mixed Greens, Tomato, Carrot, Bacon, Vinaigrette


Wedge Salad

Bacon, Tomato, Blue Cheese Dressing


Cheesesteak Eggrolls

Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce, Honey Mustard

~ Entree ~

Roasted Chicken

Hand-Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Roasted Chicken Jus


Wild Salmon
Arugula-Citrus Salad

Grille Prime Cheeseburger
Double Patties, Lettuce Tomato, Red Onion, Sloppy Sauce, Frites

Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff
Pappardelle Noodles


~ Dessert ~

Nutella Bread Pudding
Coffee Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Molten Cake
Raspberry Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream

Cheesecake
Raspberry Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream?

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

31 Spectrum Center Drive #300
Irvine CA 92618
(949) 453-0724

Lunch Menu $15

~ Starter ~

Choose One:
Garlic Edamame
Delicately sautéed edamame with sea salt and garlic

Mini Shrimp (Jidori Chicken) Tostada
Grilled shrimp (Jidori chicken) over lightly fried wonton skins


~ Entree ~

Choose One:

Chicken Teriyaki, Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura & California Roll


Ramen & California Roll
Choose from Soy Ramen, Spicy Miso Ramen, Cha Shu Ramen, Veggie Ramen or Jidori Chicken Ramen

*All served with your choice of a soup or salad*


~ Dessert ~

Mochi Ice Cream
Japanese rice cake with your choice of ice cream filling. Choose from green tea, strawberry or coffee

Dinner Menu $30

~ Starter ~

Choose One:
Starter Duo
Seaweed salad and shrimp sunomono

Yakitori & Niku Kushiyaki
Japanese-style skewers with chicken and onions, and marinated beef with shishito peppers

Yellowtail Carpaccio
Yellowtail filets served with chopped jalapeños and spicy ponzu sauce


~ Entree ~

Choose One:

Chilean Sea Bass & Tempura
Chilean sea bass marinated in sake and soy sauce, served with sautéed asparagus and chili sesame sauce

Albacore Crunch Roll & Tempura
Albacore wrapped around krab and shrimp tempura, served over spicy ponzu sauce

Sashimi Platter & Tempura
Tuna, salmon, yellowtail and white fish

*All served with your choice of a soup or salad*


~ Dessert ~

Choose One:

Kabocha Honey Nuts
Cinnamon sugar and honey drizzled over roasted kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) slices with walnuts and almonds, served with vanilla ice cream

Mochi Ice Cream
Japanese rice cake with your choice of ice cream filling. Choose from green tea, strawberry or coffee

Paul Martin's American Grill

31 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 453-1144 

Dinner Menu $30

~ Appetizer ~

Kale Caesar Salad

baby kale, pamesan cheese, wild white anchovies, house caesar dressing, croutons


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

garnished with sonoma sage pesto


Wild Mushroom Soup

vegetarian with cream, six types of mushrooms

~ Entree ~

Grilled Salmon

meyer lemon vinaigrette, chilled quinoa and bulgar wheat salad


Braised Short Ribs

mashed potatoes, horseradish cream, beef jus


"Brick" Chicken

free-range chicken, mashed potatoes, herb jus

~ Dessert ~

Homemade Ice Cream

your choice of 3 daily flavors served with shortbread cookies

~ Wine by the Glass ~

Parducci. Sustainable Red 2012, Mendocino County$5


Shenandoah Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, Amador County$5

Wahoo's Fish Taco

81 Fortune Drive, #151
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-0251 

Dinner Menu $20 for 2 guests

~ 2 Glasses of House Wine,

any Draft Beer or Fountain Drink ~


~ Appetizer ~

Baja Roll


~ 2 Entrees ~

Taco or Enchilada Plate


~ Dessert ~

Churro Chips

Images/Information via the Irvine Spectrum Center & OC Restaurant Week 

Filed In: Events

Weekend Lunar New Year Festivities in Orange County

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Feb 20, 2015

Thursday Februrary 19, 2015 marked the new year and beginning of Spring on the Lunar Calendar in which many around the world will celebrate by enjoying lots of food, cultural performances, firecracker displays and more with friends and family through this weekend. If your looking to join in on the fun this weekend, here are a few places hosting Lunar New Year events:

IRVINE

Great Park Neighborhoods
Pavilion Park Terrace
194 Compass
Irvine, CA 92618

February 21, 2015 11am - 4pm

Lunar New Year celebration will take place on the Pavilion Park Terrace with something for everyone! Exotic teas, Kids arts & crafts, Floral arrangement demonstrations, Cupcakes, Traditional Chinese flute music, and a traditional lion head dance.

Pavilion Park
The very first of the Great Park Neighborhoods, Pavilion Park, is located at the northern edge of the Orange County Great Park. It adds a touch of relaxed nature to everyday life in Irvine. This neighborhood's main attraction is a large, central park shaded by majestic heritage trees. And a choice of graceful, new home collections, each inspired by classic, American Heritage architecture but designed with great flexibility for today's multigenerational families.

*Image via Great Park Neighborhoods website

OCTA Lunar New Year Celebration
Irvine Station
15215 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618

Saturday, February 21st

The most celebrated holiday of the year for the nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese descent living in Southern California, Lunar New Year gets a big welcome in Los Angeles at the 116th  Golden Dragon Parade and Festival. Metrolink to L.A., join OCTA in Irvine for a Lunar New Year celebration. The first 100 people will receive free Metrolink tickets. (First come, first served)

OCTA will hold a pre-festival at 8 a.m. at the Irvine Station. The first 100 people will receive a free round-trip Metrolink ticket to Los Angeles. The special Lunar New Year program includes traditional Lion Dancers and a chance to win lucky red envelopes. After the fun at Irvine Station, riders will take the 9 a.m. Metrolink train to Los Angeles.

Arrive at the Irvine Metrolink Station at 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a traditional Lion Dance and enter to win Lucky Red envelopes. Bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to play Plinko and win a prize. 

*Image via OC Metrolink Facebook Event Page


 Pretend City- Celebrate Lunar New Year!
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618


February 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission

Lunar New Year is an important tradition for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Enjoy some great activities to celebrate with the children:
• Smart Art: Dragon Dances are a performed during Lunar New Year's celebrations around the world. Children will enjoy making their very own dragon to make dance at home!
• Music and Movement: Lunar New Year is for celebrating and making noise. Make a traditional Chinese drum and play them while dancing to traditional Chinese music.
• Symbols in a Second: Children will enjoy learning a fable of the Zodiac Animals and finding out what animal sign they are. A special take-home sheep activity will remind them of the zodiac animal for the year.

Pretendgineers and Brain Builders, our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and child development educators, grown-ups.

Have fun writing fortunes to each other and make fortune cookies together! "You will snuggle with your mommy tonight", "You are one smart cookie", "Being silly is the key to a happy life", Sharing with your brother will bring you great luck"!

COSTA MESA

South Coast Plaza- Lunar New Year Weekend

3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


"China's Silk Road" Xinhua Gallery Exhibit (February 12 - February 22, 2015)
"China's Silk Road," will be on display beginning February 12 through February 22 and can be enjoyed during center hours. Presented by the Xinhua Gallery and the China National Tourist Office Los Angeles, China's Silk Road is an ancient land-borne trade passage that spanned more than 4,000 kilometers in China between China and Europe since 100 BC, with Central Asia as the intermediate station. The Silk Road played a significant role in bridging eastern and western culture and promoting commercial and trade contacts.


Lunar New Year Exhibit (February 12 - February 22, 2015)
South Coast Plaza ushers in the Year of the Ram with an elaborate exhibit and exquisite floral displays. The exhibit will be surrounded by blossoming orange trees, which are a symbol of good fortune and abundant happiness. Located Level One, Jewel Court


Lunar New Year Weekend Entertainment (February 12 - February 22, 2015)Saturday, February 21, 2015
2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Chinese Music - Level 1, Jewel Court
2:00pm - 4:00pm Strolling Stilt Performers - Level 1, Jewel Court

Sunday, February 22, 2015
2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Chinese Music - Level 1, Jewel Court
2:00pm - 4:00pm Strolling Stilt Performers - Level 1, Jewel Court

*Image via SCP's Lunar New Year Event Page

*From 2014 SCP Lunar New Year celebrations
Tet Festival

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ticket & Parking Information

FRIDAY, FEB 20 / 3 PM - 10 PM
SATURDAY, FEB 21 / 10 AM - 10 PM
SUNDAY, FEB 22 / 10 AM - 9 PM

Each year, those of Vietnamese descent celebrate the coming lunar year with Tet Nguyen Dan, our most celebrated and significant holiday. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh.

The Union of the Vietnamese Student Associations Southern California is proud and honored to annually present to the community the largest Tet Festival in the entire world. The festival attracts of over 100,000 guests annually and caters hundreds of booths in a span of a three-day weekend event. Visitors are immersed in a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, cultural displays, festive games, and spectacular firecrackers show celebrating the new year. Located in the heart of Orange County and a short drive from Los Angeles or San Diego, the Tet Festival is the best way to spend the Vietnamese New Year holiday weekend in SoCal.

*Image via Tet Festival

WESTMINSTER

2015 Tet Parade

Saturday February 21, 9:00am

Parade begins at Bushard Street and Bolsa Avenue; the main stage is at Hanoi Plaza, 9082 Bolsa Ave.


Celebrating 40 years of Friendship Between Vietnamese-American Community of Southern California and City of Westminster

Visit Parade Details here.

*Image via parade website, see more photos here.


Asian Garden Mall Colors of Spring Festival

9200 Bolsa Ave
Westminster, CA 92683


Saturday February 21

Visit the Facebook Page for more info

*Image via Asian Garden Mall

GARDEN GROVE

Garden Grove Tet Festival - Garden Grove Park
9301 Westminster Avenue
Garden Grove CA 92844Friday, February 20th 2015: (1:00PM - 9:30PM)
Saturday, February 21st 2015: (10:00AM - 10:00PM)
Sunday, February 22nd 2015: (10:00AM - 9:00PM)

Visit the Facebook Page for more info

*Image via event facebook page

ANAHEIM


Disney California Adventure Park - Happy Lunar New Year

1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
February 19th to 22nd
11am-5pm


Purchase Park Tickets or Use Annual Pass if Valid

Ring in the Lunar New Year with unforgettable sights, sounds and tastes at Disney California Adventure Park!
Commemorate the moment when both sun and moon begin yet another year's journey. It's a perfect opportunity to focus on family, all while offering warm wishes for a wonderful future and celebrating the occasion as well!
Some of these experiences may include:
• Exhilarating live performances
• Photo opportunities with select Disney Characters
• Stunning scenic displays
• Special event merchandise
• Limited-time food and beverages items
• Complimentary face painting

Over the course of this multicultural event, Paradise Gardens in Paradise Pier will be decked out in celebratory décor and a diverse variety of continental colors.
Stroll along walkways where awe-inspiring ornamental lanterns have been woven into the walls for all to enjoy. Then, marvel as you feast your eyes upon banners and signs high in the sky-each presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, wishing one and all a Happy Lunar New Year!

No matter who you choose to visit with, be sure to catch an impressive array of authentic performers. And be on the lookout for a few familiar Disney Characters too, dressed in their best and ready to take part in all the fun.
Festive Food and Beverage Options
Throughout select areas of the park, treat your senses to many of the festive food and beverages choices available-including:
• Pork Bao - Steamed bao filled with pork and served with sweet chili sauce
• Year of the Wood Ram - Shaped sourdough bread
• Almond Cookies
• Ginger Milk Tea
• Tsing Tao Beer


Please note: Events, experiences and offerings are subject to change without notice.

*Image via Disneyland Event Website

Alegria Fresh Farm-Changing the Way We View Farming

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015

Have you ever strolled through a forest of collard greens with their leafy canopies resting up above your head? Wandered through rows of kale growing so large that they resemble sago palms far more than they do the average cruciferous vegetable? Have you ever seen plump, red strawberries growing without soil and massive rainbow chard wearing socks? If your answer to these questions is no, you obviously have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Alegria Fresh Farm, a tiny 1 1/4 acre demonstration farm at the Orange County Great Park that is doing some pretty huge things.

 

If I told you that Irvine's Alegria Fresh Farm vegetables were growing 2  1/2 times faster using 70-90% less water, 50% less fertilizer, and 70% less land, you might think this was some sort of  genetically modified and chemically enhanced super food operation.  In reality, Alegria Fresh does use plenty of science, but this smart science uses purely organic and hydroponic methods to create food that is healthier and more nutrient dense without the need for chemicals or modified genetics.

 

What makes this farm different from all the rest? Well I would say the fact that none of the plants are growing soil is certainly one of them.  Half of the farm uses a hydroponics system to water the plants on a timed and highly efficient drip system as they grow huge and healthy out of small holes in specialized stacking planters. The other portion of the farm utilizes organic SOXX which are essentially breathable horizontal tubes filled with a growing medium that can be laid down pretty much anywhere. Holes are simply snipped in the socks, seeds or seedling are placed inside, and the plants roots happily feed  on the organic growing medium without the threat of soil born disease. From these two systems grow vegetables like spinach, lettuces, strawberries, tomatoes, kohlrabi, fennel, kale, beets, chard, onion, and cauliflower so handsome and nutrient-dense that you have to fight the overwhelming urge to sit down and have a fresh-picked salad right in the middle of the farm.

 

 

Good plants start with good nutrients which is why Alegria Fresh makes all of its own nutrient-dense organic compost on site. Ask them to open up on of their big compost bins and they are happy to show you thousands of red worms working away to create amazingly rich compost out of cuttings and scraps from around the farm, creating a perfect little circle of life. This, combined with ground up coconut hulls serves as the growing medium for the vegetables around the farm. Clearly, the plants are happy. So are restaurant chefs like those at Tender Greens which come to Alegria Fresh daily to select vegetables to serve to their customers. As are locals who are "in the know" and purchasing their own farm fresh CSA boxes every week or buying their own SOXX and hydroponic systems direct from the farm.  The many visitors who take tours of this demonstration garden and become inspired to grow their own food using these  techniques in their own urban and suburban plots are certainly plenty pleased as well.

 

Who do we have to thank for Alegria Fresh? Well there would be no farm without the forethought and insight of the council  members and planners involved in developing the Orange County Great Park. Their recognition of Irvine's rich agriculture history and the importance of educating visitors about food and farming has resulted in quite a fruitful endeavor. We also owe a tremendous bit of gratitude to Erik Cutter, Managing Director of Alegria Fresh, whose passion for growing healthy food, educating the public, and mentoring the next generation is changing lives. Erik loves giving tours of the farm, sharing his knowledge and expertise in hopes that it will inspire urbanites and suburbanites to see just how easy it is to grow food in their own back yards, no matter how small the space may be. He has also been a major inspiration at a few area high schools which he helped develop their very own high performance urban micro farms on school property. These micro-farms educate inner city kids about science and health while giving them an opportunity to develop skills which could lead them to start their own urban farms and change the way their community eats.

Ready to tour the farm for yourself? Start with a tour of the Alegria Fresh website which has plenty of great information about the farm, the value of eating healthy food, and a few videos which highlight the farm and its mission.

Filed In: Family Friendly

It's Strawberry Time!

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Monday, Feb 16, 2015

On the East Coast, February means snow plows.

In the Midwest, February means wind chill warnings.

But in Irvine, February means strawberry season.

Orange County is blessed with a long growing season for these berry beauties, but they are at their sweet best right now.

Sure, strawberries can be found in any grocery store, but in Irvine it's easy to buy them fresh from the fields.

 

Once upon a time, the Irvine Ranch was a vast, agricultural powerhouse. Acres of cirus groves and bean fields once covered the landscape where residential villages now grow. Today, narrow strips of row crops and patches of family farms are the only remaining traces of Irvine's agricultural heritage. 

The Original Manassero Farms 

on Jeffrey (between Irvine Center Drive and Barranca)

The Manassero Family has been farming in Orange County for three generations, and Dan Manassero has operated The Original Manassero Farms since 1976. The family prides itself on providing the freshest berries possible by picking them every morning and then hand-delivering them directly to the fruit stands.

Click here for The Manassero Family strawberry pie recipe.

 

Recently, Manassero Farms opened a boutique market and special events area near the Irvine Vally College campus. Every month, local chefs host culinary events featuring produce grown on the farm. 

 

Tanaka Farms 

5380 University Drive 

Glen Tanaka also operates a family farm, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who emigrated to the United States from Japan. At Tanaka Farms, they work to cultivate memories as well as excellent fruits and vegetables. Education is a key ingredient as thousands of school children visit its fields every year.

 

During strawberry season, They offer U-Pick Tours, where visitors ride out into the fields in tractor-pulled wagons and taste strawberries right from the vine.  

Smith's Farms 

5481 Bryan 

A little further north on Jeffrey Road, at the corner of Bryan Avenue, is the home of Smith's Farms, a certified organic produce stand. In modern-day Irvine, where colossal chain stores dominate the grocery market, Smith's Farms' small, open-air produce stand is a sweet reminder of a simpler time. 

 

Smith's Farms is known for supplying the basics; locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. In February, Smith's produce stand is filled with the fragrance of ripe strawberries, just picked and ready for your table.  

Filed In: Insider Scoop

SwimSpot's Summer Pop Up at Irvine Spectrum

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Feb 06, 2015


Although Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day, that forecasts does not exactly apply to the ever so sunny region on Orange County. Which is precisely why you should check out the SwimSpot's newest pop up shop at the Irvine Spectrum Center and get a head start on swimwear and accessory shopping! I must say that we have been experiencing some fairly warm days in which you take your new SwimSpot bikini or bathing suit out for a spin at the beach or pool before we even make it to the Spring season.


SwimSpot, the premier destination for the modern sun lover to shop women's swimwear, active wear and accessories, opened it's pop up shop doors this past Monday, February 2nd, and is located directly across from the Apple Store and next to Lululemon Athletica. 

Try out new swimwear trends such as strap details, long sleeves, and zip ups; SwimSpot carries a variety of on-trend swim and active wear for all shapes, sizes and ages. The pop-up shop is divided into three areas: Young Contemporary (Hurley and Reef), Luxury (LUXE by Lisa Vogel, Ella Moss, and Splendid) Missy (Athena, Nautica, and NEXT). And also has a team of Fit Specialists that can help you find the best swimsuit to compliment your body type and personal style. SwimSpot is an Orange-County based company, and most suits are made in Southern California.

751 Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine CA 92618

Visit the Irvine Spectrum Center website for center hours. 


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