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January 9, 2003
Kathy Mader Everybody say cheese! No, this is not a family photo, but the battle cry of Mi Casa Mexican restaurant on the corner of 17th Street and Santa Ana Avenue in Costa Mesa. For some, Mi Casa is a guilty pleasure -- a place where nothing, and I mean nothing except for the prices, has changed in 30 years. For the crowd of regulars who jealously guard Mi Casa, it can be their one and only source of true "Mexican" food. But no matter how you look at Mi Casa, it is a local favorite, and there is always a crowd.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | September 10, 2008
The words on the front door proclaim what waits inside, and for more than 33 years Mi Casa has been the warm, comfortable sweater you grab on a chilly fall day. “Mi casa es su casa” is indeed a philosophy more restaurants should embrace. The family-owned restaurant provides that homey feeling that makes dining so enjoyable. Despite her being slammed with tables, our waitress came right over with a big smile and an armful of plates and asked us what we wanted to drink.
NEWS
October 21, 2002
THE PLACE Mi Casa, 296 E. 17th Street, Costa Mesa THE JUDGE Deepa Bharath, public safety and courts reporter THE MEAL A lunch combo with a bean taco and cheese enchilada served with beans and rice. THE SPEED The place is bustling at lunch time and seems to have a wide variety of customers, from people in formal business attire to couples and small families. But service is quick and efficient. I was seated within seconds and waiting on my table was a plate of crisp, warm tortilla chips and a bowl of spicy -- and I mean spicy -- salsa.
NEWS
July 27, 2010
Dennis B. Moore passed away July 25, 2010, at his residence in Newport Beach at the age of 68. He had been a resident of Newport Beach and the coastal area since the mid-1960s, and was a former co-owner and manager of the popular Costa Mesa eatery, Mi Casa. Dennis was born in Pasadena to Douglas Barrie Moore, founder of Mi Casa, and Joan Bond Moore, and attended Wilson Grammar School in Pasadena, graduating from San Gabriel High School in 1960. He completed his university studies in Texas at the University of Houston in 1966 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
NEWS
July 13, 2003
They say that bad things come in threes. That was certainly the case in Newport-Mesa over the last couple weeks as the community lost three legends. First, Barrie Moore died. He was the founder the Mi Casa restaurant in Costa Mesa. Those who knew him said, yes, he was crotchety and could be stubborn, but he was loving and generous. For all of that, he will be missed. Then, just days later, former Orange Coast College President Robert B. Moore died.
NEWS
June 10, 2000
There is no wake being held by those of us who opposed the school bond. And as much as I believe that the school board's "missing in action" campaign tactic was a horrible way to develop public policy, the strategy worked. That it did says more about the low standards of voters than it does about the school board and sends a very bad message to our youth. Let's face it -- any time we get 20% of eligible voters to the polling places to decide on anything, well, Houston, we've got a problem.
FEATURES
By Mark Wiley | April 24, 2009
I am not much of an Earth Day kind of guy. I think my lack of “Earth Dayness” is due to genetics. I have an amazing ability to kill plants. I have even killed plants given to me that were designated immortal. I am afraid that any Earth Day tree I planted would die before it could ever help the planet. But this year I was shocked to discover Earth Day has been around for almost 40 years. We have planted trees, cleaned beaches, reduced emissions, made prayers and held rallies and picnics.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
Kathy Mader A peaceful Christmas is actually an oxymoron of sorts. Joyous? Yes. Exciting? Certainly. But peaceful? Hmmmm ... . Peace on earth? Absolutely. But peaceful Christmas preparation? Never experienced it myself. Running place to place, agonizing over those perfect gifts, biting off way more than I can chew when I say, "Sure, I'll wrap, bake and decorate this weekend" -- not my personal definition of peaceful. But if it exists anywhere, it exists at the Country Inn-Garden Cafe in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
January 18, 2001
It's January, and if you are like me, you are already looking to destroy your New Year's resolutions and take refuge against the harsh winter. This is so important here in Southern California, and I have just the place for you to warm up with real Italian comfort food. Garduno's Ristorante Italiano, on the corner of 17th Street (directly across from Mi Casa restaurant) and Santa Ana Avenue in Costa Mesa, is just the kind of cozy, family-run, heavy-duty comfort food place you need in the dead of a Southern California winter.
NEWS
January 15, 2005
STEVE SMITH This is my last "Family Time" column. Now before you get out either the champagne or the Kleenex, you should know that I'll still be writing for the Daily Pilot. You'll find out more about that role in the days to come. There aren't really any final words. We are fortunate to live in a part of the state where the importance of strong family ties is a priority, even if we do hear too many sad stories about divorce, abuse or neglect.
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July 27, 2010
Dennis B. Moore passed away July 25, 2010, at his residence in Newport Beach at the age of 68. He had been a resident of Newport Beach and the coastal area since the mid-1960s, and was a former co-owner and manager of the popular Costa Mesa eatery, Mi Casa. Dennis was born in Pasadena to Douglas Barrie Moore, founder of Mi Casa, and Joan Bond Moore, and attended Wilson Grammar School in Pasadena, graduating from San Gabriel High School in 1960. He completed his university studies in Texas at the University of Houston in 1966 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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FEATURES
By Mark Wiley | April 24, 2009
I am not much of an Earth Day kind of guy. I think my lack of “Earth Dayness” is due to genetics. I have an amazing ability to kill plants. I have even killed plants given to me that were designated immortal. I am afraid that any Earth Day tree I planted would die before it could ever help the planet. But this year I was shocked to discover Earth Day has been around for almost 40 years. We have planted trees, cleaned beaches, reduced emissions, made prayers and held rallies and picnics.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Reger | September 10, 2008
The words on the front door proclaim what waits inside, and for more than 33 years Mi Casa has been the warm, comfortable sweater you grab on a chilly fall day. “Mi casa es su casa” is indeed a philosophy more restaurants should embrace. The family-owned restaurant provides that homey feeling that makes dining so enjoyable. Despite her being slammed with tables, our waitress came right over with a big smile and an armful of plates and asked us what we wanted to drink.
NEWS
March 31, 2005
Michael Miller Gail Standt is a modest woman. Even when her school honors her for her work, she wants the work -- not herself -- in the spotlight. Last Thursday, Newport Heights Elementary School awarded a gift basket to Standt, a parent volunteer who has started 20 after-school programs and a physical education unit in the past two years. The basket contained coffee grounds, rock candy, a book on parenting and gift certificates from Garduno's, The Pizza Bakery and half a dozen other restaurants around town.
NEWS
January 15, 2005
STEVE SMITH This is my last "Family Time" column. Now before you get out either the champagne or the Kleenex, you should know that I'll still be writing for the Daily Pilot. You'll find out more about that role in the days to come. There aren't really any final words. We are fortunate to live in a part of the state where the importance of strong family ties is a priority, even if we do hear too many sad stories about divorce, abuse or neglect.
NEWS
July 13, 2003
They say that bad things come in threes. That was certainly the case in Newport-Mesa over the last couple weeks as the community lost three legends. First, Barrie Moore died. He was the founder the Mi Casa restaurant in Costa Mesa. Those who knew him said, yes, he was crotchety and could be stubborn, but he was loving and generous. For all of that, he will be missed. Then, just days later, former Orange Coast College President Robert B. Moore died.
NEWS
July 2, 2003
Lolita Harper He was the kind of man who wanted things done a certain way. He didn't like it when his pant legs stuck to his socks. He didn't like it when his hair was messed up. And he didn't like his employees telling the customers, "Thank you and have a nice day." Barrie Moore, the popular owner of Mi Casa restaurant in Costa Mesa, died Saturday in Newport Beach of heart complications. He was 85. He was mourned Tuesday at the popular Eastside restaurant, which opened in 1972, and longtime customers and employees smiled as they recalled memories.
NEWS
January 9, 2003
Kathy Mader Everybody say cheese! No, this is not a family photo, but the battle cry of Mi Casa Mexican restaurant on the corner of 17th Street and Santa Ana Avenue in Costa Mesa. For some, Mi Casa is a guilty pleasure -- a place where nothing, and I mean nothing except for the prices, has changed in 30 years. For the crowd of regulars who jealously guard Mi Casa, it can be their one and only source of true "Mexican" food. But no matter how you look at Mi Casa, it is a local favorite, and there is always a crowd.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
Kathy Mader A peaceful Christmas is actually an oxymoron of sorts. Joyous? Yes. Exciting? Certainly. But peaceful? Hmmmm ... . Peace on earth? Absolutely. But peaceful Christmas preparation? Never experienced it myself. Running place to place, agonizing over those perfect gifts, biting off way more than I can chew when I say, "Sure, I'll wrap, bake and decorate this weekend" -- not my personal definition of peaceful. But if it exists anywhere, it exists at the Country Inn-Garden Cafe in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
October 21, 2002
THE PLACE Mi Casa, 296 E. 17th Street, Costa Mesa THE JUDGE Deepa Bharath, public safety and courts reporter THE MEAL A lunch combo with a bean taco and cheese enchilada served with beans and rice. THE SPEED The place is bustling at lunch time and seems to have a wide variety of customers, from people in formal business attire to couples and small families. But service is quick and efficient. I was seated within seconds and waiting on my table was a plate of crisp, warm tortilla chips and a bowl of spicy -- and I mean spicy -- salsa.
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