Retail Therapy: Leave room for New Year's Eve meal deals

Shop early: Tip: The Container Store at South Coast Metro probably will begin its annual floor sample sale on Elfa closet shelving and storage beginning Christmas Eve. Floor samples go quickly, so head over soon for the best selection. Information:

Clean up deals: Post-holiday deals will be available beginning Thursday at most retailers. IKEA Costa Mesa, 1475 South Coast Drive, will be offering special one-day deals until the end of the year. Thursday, black folding chairs will be $4.99, regularly $12.99. Friday, globe lightbulbs will be $3.99 instead of $6.99. Saturday, 12-gallon tote boxes will be $1.99 instead of $6.99. Sunday, get a six-pack of glass champagne flutes for $1.99, regularly $4.79. Monday, a storage box in various colors, sized to fit inside Expedit storage systems, will be $1.99 instead of $5.99. Tuesday, a queen size side-sleeper pillow will be $4.99 instead of $9.99. On Jan. 1, buy a basic drawer unit for closet storage systems for $9.99 instead of $19.99. Information:

Party it up: New Year's Eve dining and entertainment options abound in the area this year. Join AnQi at South Coast Plaza for a "Barrio Chino" experience that replicates Havana in 1954. Cuban and Latin music will be performed, and cigar rollers, tangoing stilt walkers and mahjong tables will provide entertainment. Cuban cocktails and Cuban Asian fusion cuisine will be served for one night only. Multiple pricing options include an early dinner to a four-course, family-style meal and show. A late-night champagne toast also is available. Prices range from $53 to $225 per person. A VIP package for 18 guests is $4,500. Guests are asked to wear white and pearls. Information: (714) 557-5679.

Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza will offer a six-course tasting menu from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Courses include oysters and caviar, tuna sashimi, diver scallops with risotto, duck breast, prime rib medallions, a meringue and Mont Blanc chocolate. Dinner is $110 per person; a wine pairing is available for $75 more. Information: (714) 352-2525.

Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, is offering a French-inspired three- or four-course meal from 5 to 11 p.m. The various course selections include lobster bisque, American caviar, smoked salmon, tuna or steak tartare, clams, Scottish salmon, diver scallops, a New York steak and short rib combo, chicken and lamb. The three-course menu is $65, and the four-course menu is $78 per person. Information: (714) 444-5900.

Fleming's, 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, is offering a filet and lobster three-course dinner for $69.95 per guest. The meal begins with a roasted prosciutto-wrapped shrimp amuse bouche, followed by a choice of salad, fillet mignon with Cabernet sauce paired with an 8-ounce lobster tail, and a supplement option for a black and white roulade dessert for an additional $9.95. Information: (949) 720-9633 or

Lark Creek Newport Beach, at Fashion Island below the Island Cinema, will offer a three-course menu for $59 per person. The meal includes champagne and oysters, châteaubriand, Dungeoness crab salad and a chocolate hazelnut dessert. For reservations, call (949) 640-6700.

A Restaurant, 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will offer two dining options on New Year's Eve: The regular menu is available from 5 to 7 p.m., and a $125 second seating, beginning at 9 p.m., includes five courses, deejay entertainment, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. The menu includes lobster and caviar, black truffle gnocchi, a salad, and choice of three entrées, along with a deconstructed rocky road dessert. Information: (949) 650-6505 or

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