Retail Therapy: A wonderful week to waffle

A delicious trend: Gourmet waffle restaurant chain Bruxie is offering holiday specials including a Maine lobster Bruxie (waffle sandwich), available Thursday only; Vermont apple pie Bruxie; red, white and blue shake; and black cherry cane sugar soda, available Thursday through Sunday only. The closest location is 180 5th St., Huntington Beach. Information:

Coastal cool: The Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, presents its first-ever Summer Music Series from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11. Acoustic classic rock will be provided by the Mark Wood Duet near Starbucks and Craig Warren Colley near the Sweet and Saucy Shop. Information:

Dorm deals: Future college students should pop by IKEA, 1475 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, this weekend for special deals on dorm essentials. Purchase up to two 100%-cotton Frajen bath towels in a variety of colors for 99 cents each (regularly $4.99) on Thursday only. Friday, the Jansjo LED desk lamp is $4.99 (regularly $9.99). Saturday, get an 18-piece IKEA 365+ dinnerware set for $14.99 (regularly $34.99). In addition, kids receive a free kids combo meal in the restaurant Thursday through Sunday. No purchase required. Information:

On the docket: Sol Cocina, 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, is once again promoting its full-service dockside catering service for those who wish to drop by the coastal Mexican restaurant by boat this summer. Five Dock & Dine menu packages are available, as well as a la carte options. Information and menus:

Make (up) a trip: The OC Mart Mix at SoCo has announced that makeup studio MicaBeauty has opened in the trendy shopping center. MicaBeauty offers 100% natural cosmetics and skin care. For more information, visit

Eat fresh: Subway is offering a new smartphone app at that allows diners the opportunity to order ahead and skip the line. Those using the app will receive a free cookie with their meal. Wait time is approximately 15 minutes from time of order. The app currently is available in Southern California only.

Puppy love: Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer with a Lazy Dog Anniversary Belgian Blonde Ale beer collaboration with Firestone and special "throwback" menu items. The deals launch Thursday and will be available through Sept. 12. Throwback specials include Scrappy Snacks (mini cheese dogs topped with housemade chili and other toppings), Hawaiian Sticky Ribs with umami fries and Asian slaw, and the Naughty Maggie Margarita. Local restaurants include 13290 Jamboree Road, Irvine, and 16310 Beach Blvd., Westminster (on the Huntington Beach border). Information:

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