Greer's OC: Huntington event to raise funds for cystic fibrosis cure

We want to see an end to cystic fibrosis for all who suffer from this deadly inherited disease, but also for our close friend's niece and my son's college roommate.

Join legendary watermen Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, as well as more than a dozen musicians, gold medalists and surfing legends at the Pipeline to a Cure gala on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

It's a fantastic event dedicated to raising awareness and funds to cure cystic fibrosis. Other Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ambassadors in attendance include musicians Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, world champion surfers Lisa Andersen, Tom Curren and Peter "PT" Townend, surf legend Mickey Munoz, skate legend Tony Hawk and gold medal swimmers Rowdy Gaines and Jason Lezak.

Making a donation or attending Pipeline to a Cure will have a direct positive impact on the lives of those suffering from cystic fibrosis. It affects the lungs and digestive system of nearly 30,000 people in the United States, and 700,000 worldwide. Sadly, the average lifespan is just 37 years old. Researchers found that CF sufferers can benefit from surfing as it improves lung function.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception; at 7 p.m. enjoy a gourmet dinner, live music and live auction. Tickets cost $350 each.

For more information and tickets, visit The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is at 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy.


Joie opens in Newport's Fashion Island

Understated chic and Southern California lifestyle defines Joie (pronounced juh-wa, meaning "joy" in French), whose first West Coast boutique just opened at Fashion Island.

Joie is the go-to line for women looking for internationally inspired, casual apparel made for comfort out of luxurious fabrics.

Choose from silk georgette sheer blouses, silk shorts with slant pockets, novelty sweaters, long sleeve linen tunics, silk maxi dresses and leather motorcycle jackets. The boutique carries all of Joie's modern- and vintage-influenced collections including Joie, Joie Soft (luxuriously soft tees, tanks, cardigans and dresses) Joie A La Plage (signature beach items for vacations and travels), Joie Shoes and Joie Handbags.

Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Joie is adjacent to the Atrium Lawn at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 759-0472, or visit


A taste of the Middle East in the O.C.

Discover Irvine's Heritage Square shopping center and you will find a mecca of international bakeries, restaurants and specialty shops for Middle Eastern foods and Asian delicacies without ever leaving the comforts of Orange County.

Whether you want to experience family-style Iranian dining at the Caspian Restaurant, buy award-winning Persian pastries at Assal Pastry, find prime meats for shabu shabu and Korean BBQ at Han's Market, or simply shop at Daiso — a Japanese version of a 99-cent store — with feel-good, hot pink walls and most items costing $1.50, you can make an afternoon of it.

A few of our favorite excursions are Caspian's popular lunch buffets (to sample savory Persian dishes ) and dinner with lively entertainment (belly dancers too).

At Caspian, go for the savory kabobs, eggplant borani (fried eggplant mixed with sautéed onion, garlic and yogurt), ghormeh sabzi (chopped and sautéed parsley, cilantro, leeks, cooked with kidney beans, herbs and stew beef served with fluffy basmati rice) and adas polo with marinated baked chicken, served with basmati rice and mixed with lentils, raisins, fresh dates and saffron.

For dessert, we recommend bastani, a vanilla-based ice cream with saffron, pistachio and rose water. It's divine.

Heritage Square is at 14100 Culver Drive. For more information, call (949) 651-8454 or visit

Next door to Caspian, you'll find Super Irvine, one of the smaller Middle Eastern grocery stores in Irvine. Nevertheless, it's a great place to find reasonably priced produce, fresh herbs, nuts, cheeses, a deli and butcher, hard-to-find Middle Eastern and East Indian ingredients, fresh hot sangak (Persian sourdough flatbread topped with sesame seeds) and staples like shampoos, tea sets, rice cookers and more.

Super Irvine is at 14120 Culver Drive. For more information, call (949) 552-8844, or visit

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, a free daily email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed at and she can be contacted at

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