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By Jill Cowan | June 1, 2013
Locals had their first taste of summer this weekend, and it had a distinctly fishy flavor. It was also lightly battered and crisped to perfection, visitors to Fairview Park for the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival said Saturday afternoon. "It's a very pleasant batter," longtime Costa Mesa resident Hank Panian said as he finished off a $10 plate with fries and Newport Rib Company coleslaw. Added his wife, Barbara Panian: "It's not greasy at all. " But it's not just the Pacific cod that hooks residents year after year, said Panian, who's lived in Costa Mesa since 1956.
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 30, 2013
Only three people can list the ingredients of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's secret fish batter recipe. President Mike Scheafer is one of them, and he claims that the directions will probably accompany him to his grave. The 59-year-old Costa Mesa resident created some wiggle room, though, when he admitted that he might share the coveted information with his oldest son, Matt, who is a fellow club member. Dinners - for $10 they include the famed fish, French fries and coleslaw - will be offered at the Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival from Friday to Sunday.
By Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
Anyone worried about consuming too many calories at this weekend's Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry won't have to go far to work them off. Runners and walkers can join the sixth annual Costa Mesa Community Run, which takes place Sunday along with the annual $10 Fish Fry at Fairview Park. "There's a race for every level and something for everyone," said Karen Barloon, president of the Costa Mesa Community Run. "Think of it as a cross-country course through a park.
By Jim de Boom | May 21, 2013
The 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival will take place May 31 through June 2 at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The three-day event will include the traditional world-famous $10 fish dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts, the annual cute baby contest, opportunity drawings, wine and beer. New for 2013 is the partnership with the Costa Mesa Community Run on Sunday the 2nd, and in celebration of the City of Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary. Friday night, May 31, has been designated as Costa Mesa night.
By Jill Cowan | January 10, 2013
It was almost midnight when someone spotted the banana. Word on the boat spread quickly. Guys in the back corner were snacking on a bunch, people said, but it was unclear if they threw the talismanic fruit overboard. No matter - the damage had already been done. The Western Pride - a no-nonsense, 76-foot Ditmar that had taken off from Davey's Locker Sportfishing and Whale Watching in Newport Harbor about five hours earlier Wednesday evening - was headed back to port without having hooked a single squid.
By Bradley Zint | January 10, 2013
Twenty-five years ago, Wing Lam's hair was shorter and the fish taco restaurant he co-founded was brand new. These days, however, Wahoo's Fish Taco is a household brand, with 64 stores in seven states, that continues to spread its fins. All that started in 1988 in Costa Mesa's Westside. The founders of the first Wahoo's restaurant at 1862 Placentia Ave. had an idea: Combine Mexican, Brazilian and Asian cuisine, give it all a North Shore vibe, and get a hungry surf community involved.
From the Los Angeles Times | October 30, 2012
An animal rights activist wants a memorial erected on a street corner where 1,600 pounds of live fish died in a three-vehicle crash, but an Irvine official says there are no plans to put up such a sign. Dina Kourda, a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to the Irvine Public Works Department to request that a sign be placed at the intersection of Walnut and Yale avenues to honor the lives of the fish -- believed to be saltwater bass -- lost in the accident.
From the Los Angeles Times | October 11, 2012
In human terms, the three-vehicle crash in Irvine was casualty free. But as for the 1,600 pounds of live fish that sloshed onto the roadway after a truck flipped over Thursday, well, that's another story. The load of life fish, which authorities believed to be saltwater bass, spilled near the intersection of Walnut and Yale avenues in front of a local firehouse, said Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority. Stone said the fish -- estimated to be worth roughly $13,000 -- were stored in large tanks that cracked open, and when firefighters opened the back of the truck, many of the fish spilled out, some dead and others still flopping around.
By Britney Barnes | September 28, 2012
A drumline and cheerleaders welcomed six visiting Japanese exchange students to Corona del Mar Middle School on Friday. An assembly in a packed gymnasium recognized the visitors from Okazaki. The Japanese students are taking their turn in the U.S. after hosting Newport Beach students over the summer. They leave on Monday for San Francisco. The visiting delegation wrote in calligraphy, shared their dreams and performed traditional dance. Japanese student Yuta Ohura sang the U.S. national anthem for the first time.
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