Greer's OC: Touring chef coming to Costa Mesa

Orange County is in for a major foodie treat. Chef Ryan Carson brings his touring restaurant, 'Pri-v¿, to taco asylum for a nightly tasting at 7 p.m. on these select dates: Sunday till Tuesday, Feb. 19 and 20, and Feb. 26 and 27


The globally influenced gourmet taco eatery at The Camp in Costa Mesa is opening its kitchen and doors to Carson, formerly the chef de cuisine at AnQi, for a pop-up stint where diners can enjoy 'Pri-v¿'s 11-course tasting menu for $99 per guest (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity).

'Pri-v¿, his touring pop-up restaurant, has thrilled diners in Los Angeles, and hopes to open a permanent location later this year.

Chef Carson is known for mastering molecular gastronomy, and 'Pri-v¿'s inventive menu will include some complicated scientific food wonders.

Yet he's also bringing guests a taste of "nostalgia and playfulness," such as his interpretation of an Otter Pop, a filet mignon with celeriac creamed spinach, black garlic, bone marrow and truffled 'tater tots'; for dessert, a chocolate banana milkshake, chewy peanut butter ice cream, pretzel crisp and micro celery.

The menu will focus on globally influenced "post-modern American" dishes. For the complete menu visit,

Wine will be available for course pairings, along with taco asylum's choice of craft beers and specialty nonalcoholic beverages, at an additional cost.

Some nights are sold out, but you can be added to the waiting list. Reservations can be made by calling (909) 576-9210 or emailing

For more information, visit

The Camp is at 2937 S. Bristol St., B102.


Beauty services benefit

Get your beauty fix for charity at the Valentine Beauty Pampering Expo to benefit Hopeful Hearts from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. All beauty services will be performed on site, and you can shop for specialty items and apparel with 15% of proceeds going to Hopeful Hearts, a nonprofit building both awareness and support for families affected by congenital heart disease.

Vendors at the expo will include makeup artists, hairstylists, spray-on tan services and more.

If you would like to donate but cannot attend, you can send a donation to Hopeful Hearts Foundation, P.O. Box 8255, Newport Beach, CA. 92658. Newport Beach Tennis Club is at 2601 Eastbluff Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 200-3910, or visit


Get an edge in Laguna

Weekends in Laguna Beach just became even better thanks to the Pacific Edge Hotel's recently launched happenings at the Deck, its restaurant overlooking the sand.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, it's debuting its Gospel Sunday Brunch, where you can soak up the sun and lift up your soul while enjoying brunch offerings like praline French toast and country-fried steak and eggs.

The Deck is also serving three twists on traditional Bloody Marys (The New Orleans Bloody Mary, South of the Border Bloody Mary and BLT Bloody Mary). Or play hooky from work at Ditch Friday, when the Deck is offering food specials and all drinks are doubles from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

The Pacific Edge Hotel is at 647 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 281-5709 or go to


A bargain on frames

Alexander Gray at OC Mart Mix is our favorite boutique for finding the world's best indie frames, and it's celebrating Valentine's Day with a sale through Feb. 14.

All frames and glasses will be reduced 40%, with an additional 10% off if you "like" Alexander Gray on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Top designer brands on sale include Salt Optics, Barton Perreira, KBL, Fendi, Jennifer Creel and Fabien Baron. It's open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Alexander Gray is at OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Ave. Suite C in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 284.0564, or visit


Morrison Hair hits OC

Big news just hit the hair styling world in Orange County.

Renowned stylist James Morrison, the former co-owner of Toni & Guy, just opened Morrison Hair, with his wife Rachel Morrison, in an intimate salon in North Laguna Beach.

It's a place where you can feel at home and then leave with a new style that accentuates your natural beauty.

Morrison Hair is a departure from ubiquitous stark salons. It's housed in a cozy Spanish bungalow with wood floors, arched doorways, a fireplace and beautiful natural light. The modern and Bohemian décor features Belvedere salon chairs, and a pair of sling chairs made from vintage wildfire tarp.

Guests can sip tea near the fireplace, easily check in via iPads with a few taps of the screen and purchase products via remote using handheld devices. Morrison Hair carries top-of-the-line products from Kérastase, L'Oreal Professional and Philip Kingsley.

James oversees a team of talented and experienced hairdressers at his dream salon. Morrison Hair is at 1140 N. Coast Hwy.

Open by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (949) 497-3616 or visit


Pamper yourself

Glow Skin Care in Costa Mesa is a place where you can find relaxation in a sometime crazy world.

Stepping into owner and aesthetician Ginger Leibfreid's relaxation room, you are greeted with tranquil music and soothing smells that put you at ease. Even on the walk into the retreat, you are surrounded by lush vegetation thanks to the neighbors at PlantWorld.

As you lay down on Ginger's comfy table, she pampers, massages, cleans and nurtures your skin with steam, cleansers, masks and hot stones. (Ginger uses to-quality Eminence Organic Skin Care and Epicurean Discovery products for her treatments.)

You will walk out of this place with a fresh outlook on life, ready to smell the flowers of the outside nursery and wonder why you haven't discovered this place sooner. You can also stop in LuLu Boutique, which shares the same property, for a shopping fix of casual designer apparel.

And with Valentine's Day coming up, consider some pampering specials for your loved ones. Glow Skin Care's current specials available through February include: a relaxing facial that costs $70 (regularly priced $85) for 60 minutes; a no-frills facial that costs $45 (regularly $55) for 45 to 55 minutes; an express facial that costs $25 (regularly $35) for 20 to 25 minutes.

You can add microdermabrasion to any special for just $15. All facials are available in a series, purchase five and get the sixth free.

To book your appointment, call or text Ginger at (714) 501-3700. Glow Skin Care is at 1724 Tustin Ave.. For more information 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 and she can be contacted at

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