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Greer's OC: Zubies celebrates 20 years

Zubies Dry Dock in Huntington Beach will celebrate its 20th anniversary Jan. 7 by rolling prices back to 1992.

Celebrate and enjoy food and drink specials all day. Zubies is a great casual dining spot for seafood, steaks, ribs, chicken, pizza and oysters served from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

And for those still looking for a place to ring in the New Year, the classic eatery will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will offer a New Year's Eve special. It will include grilled rib-eye and 5-ounce baked coldwater lobster tail dinner with baked potato, vegetable and boat-size salad bar. The cost is $19.95.

Zubies is at 9059 Adams Ave. For more information, call (714) 963-6362, or visit http://www.zubiesdrydock.com.


Celebrate New Year's Eve at Detroit Bar

Local music fans can fete the New Year at one of the best live venues in Orange County, the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.

The show includes three renowned stars in the music industry: Junkie XL, Jason Bentley and Cosmic Kids. Tickets to the event cost $25 online, and include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The doors will open at 8 p.m. and attendees must be 21 and older.

Detroit Bar is at 843 W. 19th St.. For more information, call (949)642-0060 or visit http://www.detroitbar.com.


New menu at Seasons 52

Seasons 52, the fresh grill and wine bar restaurant at South Coast Plaza, just debuted a new winter menu inspired by abundant ingredients of the season.

At the eatery, you can enjoy wood-fire grilled, brick-oven cooked and roasted specialties like venison chops and a farmers market veggie plate (none over 475 calories), sip one of the 60 wines available by the glass, and enjoy piano music in the evenings.

Chef Tim Kast is preparing an organic tomato stack salad with arugula, blue cheese, chopped bacon and a balsamic glaze, along with grilled venison chop on venison and mushroom ragout with truffle mashed potatoes.

Vegetarians will love the farmers market vegetable plate with roasted Bosc pears, butternut squash, grilled tofu and almond tabbouleh, or the roasted spinach stuffed silver dollar mushrooms, or the golden beets with wasabi sour cream, and a limited-time eggnog mini indulgence dessert.

Two new cocktails are also available: a Ruby Red Grapefruit martini with grapefruit-infused Prairie Organic Vodka and agave nectar; and a skinny chocolate espresso martini with a mix of Voli Vanilla Espresso Vodka, chocolate coconut water and agave nectar.

South Coast Plaza is at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 437-5252, or visit http://www.seasons52.com.


Olive oil heaven

Shopping for foodie friends or home chefs?

Stop by Olive Oil & Beyond at South Coast Plaza or on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.

The olive oil emporium offers great stocking stuffers and gifts like premium aged balsamic, premium olive oils, handmade Italian pastas, risotto, pesto, sauces, honey, Italian cookies, confections, ceramics and linens.

Olive Oil & Beyond is at Level 2 in the Bloomingdale's wing at South Coast Plaza, or at 210 Marine Ave. on Balboa Island.


New eatery at John Wayne Airport

Local travelers flying in and out of John Wayne Airport can now dine at Javier's new concept restaurant, and the first Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill in the new Terminal C Marketplace.

The new Javi's will offer fresh seafood and regional dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including fresh salsa and tortillas. Popular favorites like nachos, quesadillas and taquitos are also offered. Javi's has a Baja-resort ambience with a tequila tree featuring 25 premium tequilas.

The Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill is ideal for sports fans with its memorabilia and flat-screen TVs showing game highlights.

The menu offers a varied selection of items like spicy wings, charcuterie plate, flatbread pizzas and entrée size salads. Travelers can also sip on signature cocktails, including the 10-Minute Misconduct made with 10 Cane, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, pineapple and Sprite.


Free trial workout at Barry's Bootcamp

Barry's Bootcamp is known for its one-of-kind workouts favored by celebrities, and now first-time customers can try a complimentary workout risk free on Jan. 11.

Barry's Bootcamp Irvine will be hosting two previews at 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a guest and a friend to come run, lift and repeat with Orange County's top super-trainers.

Each one-hour class will offer a blend of 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes of strength training with free weights and traditional exercises structured to burn fat, tighten up the body, and build lean muscle.

All workouts are held in the dimly lit club with high-energy music perfect for sweating, toning and burning. To join this class simply RSVP at rsvp@theaceagency.com by Jan. 3. Barry's Bootcamp is at 6260 Scholarship in Irvine.


Escape to the spa

You can retreat to the five-star Spa Gaucin at the St. Regis Monarch Beach for just $175 per person for a winter escape to nurture your body and soul.

The Winter Day Escape includes a 60-minute Mediterranean Massage or 60-minute Pristine Waters Facial, lunch from the Spa Gaucin Café with a glass of wine, and complete day use of the Spa Gaucin fitness center, classes and facilities.

St. Regis Monarch Beach is at One Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. For more information, call (949) 234-3367, or visit http://www.spagaucin.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 http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at greer@greersoc.com.

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