Greer's OC: Pig out on bacon candy

It's one thing to adore bacon. As former members of the Bacon of the Month Club, we get it.

It's another thing to call yourself the Bacon Vixen and dedicate years to perfecting handmade gourmet bacon candies. Meet Tara Simon of Costa Mesa, part-Pilates instructor, part bacon candy artist who founded The Sticky Pig candy bacon confections that will seduce any bacon lover.

The next time you're considering the perfect hostess gift, party favor, or just a box of treats for the bacon aficionado in your life, you'll know where to turn. The Sticky Pig's latest original bacon candy collection includes dark chocolate, milks and white chocolate candies.

There is the Rogue, with buttery caramel, fleur de sel and toffee; the Jane, with spicy peanut butter and caramelized banana; and the Lakshmi, with sweet curry, coconut and Kafir lime leaf. Each month, The Sticky Pig introduces a new specialty flavor. For March it's the Boudicca, with pistachio, Irish cream and candied mint.

The confections are sold exclusively online in boxed sets of four pieces for $20, 12 pieces for $34.99 and 24 pieces for $69.99. You can also customize your order to be nut-free, dairy-free or add a personalized note.

To order, go to or call (949) 864-6477.



Living with multi-generations isn't just a trend — it's a reality due to economic factors, and for some, it's simply an attractive option.

To give us a better idea on how living with three generations can work under one roof, more than a dozen leading designers from the American Society of Interior Designers in Orange County created a dream living space to inspire at the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.

The designers created a one-of-a-kind showcase project, which you can tour, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The converted storefront at SOCO has been separated into 16 distinctive areas, each designed by a different ASID member or team.

You can tour a foyer, lobby, living room, master bedroom, master bathroom, teen bedroom, guest bath, nursery, grandparents' suite, grandparents' bath, powder room, kitchen and laundry.

The Dream Home is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. On Wednesdays, it stays open until 8 p.m. for "Meet the Designers Night."

Admission is $25 online, $30 at the door, and $50 for an unlimited month-long pass. Attend meet-and-greet receptions and a "Guest Lecture Series" on Saturdays, at an additional cost.

This Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the "Guest Lecture Series" at the OC Mart Mix features Jeff Duggan from Portola Coffee, Phil Brooks from We Olive & Wine Bar, Susan Carter of Savory Spice Shop and Dawn Mednick from The Cheese Shop.

At 12:30 p.m., it's "Nourish with Anna Getty," where you can learn about cooking and eating, and attend a book signing of Anna Getty's "Easy Green Organic."

For more information, visit SOCO is at 3303 Hyland Ave. The Dream Home is in Suite C-1 between Stark and Fixtures Living.



Savory Spice Shop in Corona del Mar offers monthly cooking classes hosted by local chefs, where you can sample dishes and spices as well as take home recipes.

You can attend a Moroccan Dinner cooking class with Chefs Linda Elbert and Michael Bretall, owners of The Basement Table, on March 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The chefs will show you how to use local ingredients and spices to create a Moroccan dinner, featuring spiced hummus and pita chips with Za'atar, spicy glazed carrot salad, charmoula marinade, meatball tagine with couscous and gazelle horn cookies with mint tea.

Cost is $40 per person. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended. Call Savory Spice Shop at (949) 717-7776. Savory Spice Shop is at 928 Avocado Ave.



Be the first with an appointment to pick out a meticulously custom-crafted cocktail and evening dress at sample cost at the Oday Shakar Atelier sample sale through March 31.

All items are reduced 25% to 75%. Inventory must move quickly at the showroom in Costa Mesa to make room for the latest Oday Shakar collection.

Choose from cocktail dresses, gowns and ready-to-wear pieces in graceful silhouettes, with Old Hollywood glamour touches like glittering hand-embellished details.

The by appointment-only shop is at 260 E. Baker St., Suite 200. For more information, call (714) 641-0316, or visit .



What can a team of local drama students at Orange Coast College produce in 24 hours? Find out by attending "The Final Countdown" on Friday, Saturday or Sunday at OCC's Drama Lab Studio Theatre in Costa Mesa.

Six writers, six directors, actors and technicians will be writing, rehearsing and staging "The Final Countdown" merely one day before the performance. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an additional show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets cost $7 at the door, or $5 in advance through the OCC Bursar's Office. For tickets and more information, call (714) 432-5880, or visit The Drama Lab Studio Theatre is on the OCC campus at 2701 Fairview Road.

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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