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Greer's OC: Wahoo's raises the bar in Surf City

Longtime fans of Wahoo's Fish Taco can celebrate its newest Huntington Beach eatery (and second Wahoo's in Orange County with a full bar) complete with a Vizio Beach Bar, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The grown-up version of Wahoo's serves all of its original menu favorites like massive Banzai Burritos, Maui Bowls and tacos, as well as specialty tequila drinks. At the bar, you can watch state-of-the-art Vizio 3-D televisions.

The party will also celebrate the launch of Dirty Heads' newest album, "Cabin By The Sea," and summer tour, where guests can watch the new video "Spread Too Thin," featuring a Wahoo's taco truck.

The new Wahoo's is at 7891 Warner Ave. For more information, visit http://www.wahoos.com.


'A Taste of Greece'

In Orange County, you can experience delicious Greek cuisine, entertainment and wine tasting for three days at the 34th annual A Taste of Greece festival Friday through Sunday.

The grounds of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, the largest congregation in O.C., will transform into a festival featuring authentic recipes for traditional Greek dishes, delicious pastries, Greek and American coffees, as well as Greek wine and beer.

Guests can feast on chicken, lamb chops, Greek French fries, gyros, pastichio (Greek lasagna), loucanico (Greek sausage), spanakopita (spinach and feta pie), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), saganaki (Greek brandy-flamed cheese), loukoumathes (Greek doughnut holes), Greek salad, calamari and more. Church members have been baking Baklava and other delicious pastries around the clock for weeks in preparation for the tasty festival.

The family-friendly event also offers Greek dancing lessons, games and boutique shopping.

The festival will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $3 per person but is free for children under age 10. There is complimentary festival parking and shuttle buses transporting guests from public parking sites in Irvine.

St. Paul's is at 4949 Alton Pkwy., between Culver Drive and Jeffrey Road. For more information, visit, http://www.IrvineGreekFest.com or call (949) 733-3102.


New denim store in O.C.

Fashionistas can put down M. Fredric's first Orange County location on their list of new places to shop. Los Angeles-based M. Fredric, http://www.mfredric.com, just opened at Fashion Island and it's stocked with celebrity favorite styles for men, women and children.

The family-owned boutique chain is known for its passion for fashion since 1980. And you can feel good about your purchases here. M. Fredric partners with the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer by encouraging vendors, employees and customers to make donations. It raises thousands of dollars each month for the society.

M. Fredric carries the best in denim, casual apparel and accessories from designers such as Alternative, Hudson Jeans, J Brand, Joe's Jeans, Brandy Melville, Johnny Was, Hard Tail, James Perse, Splendid, 7 Diamonds, Chaser, Jeremiah, Nuco, 7 For All Mankind, Free People, Rebel Yell, Ella Moss, Miilla, English Laundry, Tart, True Religion, Testament, and even M. Fredric's private label.

It's open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The store is near the Iris Fountain at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 644-5100.


Half-off deal for in-home massage

Just when we thought we knew where to go for massages, we discovered Samantha Ruster at Body Design in Newport Beach. The premier athletic and wellness clinic not only offers individual and group sessions of Pilates, Gyrotonic, weight training, Coreboard and TRX, but it also offers spa services.

Ruster offers excellent massages at Body Design and offers in-home sessions too. For new clients only, Ruster is offering 50% off for an in-home massage at $45. She specializes in therapeutic, deep tissue, pregnancy and relaxation massages.

She's great at what she does, and says that she's loved every moment of her job for 12 years. You can reach Ruster at (949)2 85-2236 or email at samquist@hotmail.com.

Body Design is at 210 Newport Center Drive, Suite No. 3. For more information, call (949) 719-2600, or visit http://www.bodydesignonline.com.


Pandor is 'a dream come true'

Now you can enjoy savory and gourmet French breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a chic new boulangerie in Newport Beach like we've never seen before. The thought and concept behind Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café is a dream come true for partners in business and in marriage, Raffi and Tiffany Sepetjian.

At Pandor, the two Francophiles give us a taste of true French artisanal breads, Viennoiseries, pastries, tartines, paninis and salads with a focus on locally sourced and sustainable seasonal ingredients.

To ensure the most authentic French baking processes and recipes possible, they brought in French master baker Julien Pietravalle to supervise breads, pastry chef Serge Bertrand to oversee delicate pastries and L.A.-based chef Eric Cuenin, who crafted the café menu.

We highly recommend that you try a delicately sweet and flaky almond croissant, and the decadent peanut butter and jelly French toast served with mixed berries and whipped cream. Those two items go perfectly with a cup of artisan Portola coffee.

When it comes to sandwiches and paninis, we say go for the portobello melt sandwich with pesto, grilled zucchini, piquillo peppers, smoked mozzarella and caramelized onions on multigrain square bread; or the tasty tuna panini with capers, Maui onions and Vermont cheddar cheese. We also think Habano sandwich is delicious, with roast pork cured ham, pickled jalapenos, Swiss cheese, deli mustard on a chef baguette.

Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Westcliff Plaza at 1126 Irvine Ave. For more information, call (949) 209-5099 or visit http://www.pandorbakery.com.

GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed at http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at greer@greersoc.com.

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