Retail Therapy: Chile Fest heats up South Coast Plaza

Back to fashion: Teen Model presents a back-to-school fashion show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster. The show includes a fall trend preview, performances and surprises.

It is co-sponsored by Macys and Quinceanera Magazine. Information:

Spice it up: Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza is holding its annual Chile Fest, a tribute to the world-famous chile festival in Hatch, New Mexico, through Sept. 16. The special menu includes appetizer, entrée, dessert and cocktail options. A tamarind chicken salad, beef tenderloin-stuffed chiles, chile-glazed mahi mahi, pork medallion sliders, chile coconut flan, the Smokin' Margarita, and Z'Smash cocktail are some of the offerings.

One dollar from each entrée off the special menu will benefit the Blind Children's Learning Center. Information:

Lake Forest fun: The third annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week runs from Sunday through Sept 15. The week kicks off with a free The Adventure Begins event from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Orchard shopping center, Arbor Way and El Toro Road, featuring live performances, giveaways and raffle prizes.

The first 500 people will receive a free "explorer bag" with a savings booklet. The week closes with a Taste of Lake Forest event Sept. 15 at the Foothill Ranch Towne Center food court, featuring samples from more than 30 Lake Forest restaurants and food vendors. A $7 ticket is good for tastings from all vendors. Information:

Ladies' night: Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, presents a Girls Night Out event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The evening includes "fashion, fun and food" and is sponsored by Diet Coke and the British Virgin Islands. Information:

British invasion: Nordstrom locations at Fashion Island and Brea Mall will open Topshop and Topman department stores late this month. Nordstrom is the only major retailer in the United States to carry the iconic British fashion line.

Nordstrom locations that already include Topshop include those at South Coast Plaza and the Irvine Spectrum. For more information, visit

Surf and turf: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a two-course, prix-fixe menu featuring filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp for $32.95 to those who make online reservations through Sept. 30.

The closest Fleming's is at 455 Newport Center Drive, in Fashion Island. Information:

A good egg: The Broken Yolk Café, the famed San Diego breakfast restaurant chain, has opened its first Orange County location, at 2810 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. Information: (714) 289-9655 or

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