Just steps from the beach is a new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf designed to reflect the surf culture in downtown Huntington Beach.
Quiksilver and other action sports brands donated the surfboards that were used to build the art installation. There's a tall interior bar for socializing and a patio for relaxing after a day at the beach.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, at 200 Main St., Suite 109, offers specialty drinks, fresh baked goods and Original Ice Blended drinks, including the latest limited edition Mocha Mudslide and Cookies and Cream. Free WiFi is available.
The store is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 5 a.m. to midnight Fridays through Saturdays. For more information, call (714) 960-1582.
Old Vine Café celebrates five years
Old Vine Café at the Camp in Costa Mesa has hit the five-year mark of serving fresh and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners with an emphasis on seasonal foods, great service and wines.
In celebration, chef/owner Mark McDonald and sommelier Mario Miranda are updating the wine list and reworking pairings for their famed community wine dinners and seasonal tasting menus. With the duo, expect exciting new, elaborate, regional food and wine pairing experiences.
At dinnertime, Old Vine Café offers four-course tasting menus such as seasonal, original, vegetarian, vegan, Italian, comfort, premium and epicurean dishes paired with wine priced from $65 to $80. You can also choose from tossed salads served with herb focaccia crisps, fresh handmade pastas or smaller plates to be shared.
Old Vine is also a favorite spot for breakfast, served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. You can stop in for sweet, savory and comfort food such as biscuits smothered in Italian sausage, pancetta gravy and served with potatoes. The lengua omelet is excellent as well.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. You can choose from three-course set lunches, or a la carte. We recommend the panini served with your choice of mixed greens or homemade potato chips.
Favorites include the tuna melt with dill havarti cheese, the quattro formaggi with provolone, gruyere and pecorino "Soledad's Goats" cheese, shiitake mushrooms and arugula with pomodoro sauce for dipping, and pulled pork and chef's BBQ sauce with smoked gouda cheese.
Dinner is served Tuesdays through Saturdays, starting at 5 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays there are two seatings: at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Reservations for dinner are highly recommended, yet at breakfast and lunch, reservations are not taken. Old Vine Café is in Suite 102A at the Camp, 2937 Bristol St.
For more information, call (714) 545-1411 or visit http://www.oldvinecafe.com.
Luxurious style at St. Regis
Ready to have your hair cut, colored and styled by experts highly skilled in luxurious styles?
The Salon at Spa Gaucin at St. Regis Monarch Beach recently debuted its redesigned luxury salon services. The salon offers a bespoke experience and a tranquil respite for locals and guests at one of California's only resorts to receive Forbes' Five Star and AAA Five Diamond award.
Book an appointment for indulgent nail and makeup services and for hair. Premier stylists Dennis Lee and Elizabeth Castillo bring with them years of experience, working with industry greats and celeb clients.
Lee studied under his uncle, the famed celebrity stylist Allen Edwards, and has worked at Edwards' salon as well as Salon Gregorie's, Gods & Heroes and Arhmando Joshua Christopher Salon in Newport Beach. Lee is offering his talents on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and, through Labor Day, you can take advantage of Lee's offer of a 20% discount off your first visit to the salon and/or complimentary haircut with a hair color service.
Castillo's roster of celeb clients have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Ripa, Kelly Rutherford and Jennie Garth, as well as with photographers Annie Leibovitz and Harry Langdon. Castillo has worked at the Langham, and Peninsula Hotels, Vidal Sassoon and at Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills. She's available Fridays and Saturdays.
The Salon at Spa Gaucin also offers and uses exclusive lines as Schwarzkopf, Davines, Cuccio, Essie, Spa Ritual and TRUE.
It is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. To schedule appointments with Lee, Castillo or any of the pro stylists at the Salon at Spa Gaucin, call (949) 234-3367.
The St. Regis Monarch Beach is at 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point. For more information, visit http://www.spagauchin.com.
Special spa service through September
In celebration of the Del Mar racing season, Spa Gregorie's three locations (in Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita and Del Mar) are offering a special spa service.
Through September, Spa Gregorie's is offering the ultimate treatment trio, the Trifecta, which includes a one-hour facial, a one-hour massage of your choice, and a signature manicure or blowout (or men's haircut).
Cost is $185 (regular price is $248). More information can also be found at http://www.spagregories.com.
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