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August 18, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Camp, which is known for offbeat, food-conscious restaurants like Native Foods and 118 Degrees, will add another eatery: taco asylum. Set to open in winter, taco asylum won't be your average taco stand. Partner, Greg Daniels, is also the owner of Haven Gastropub, the gourmet beer joint in Orange. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and a former sous chef for Pascal Olhats (of Tradition by Pascal), he is known at his pub for marinating mussels in dark ales and braising ribs in India pale ale. Daniels will apply his love for unconventional cuisine in his new endeavor, according to a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2009
Where’s it at: Chronic Cantina, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa (949) 646-0227 What’s in it: The taco is packed with carne asada, pollo asada, carnitas al pastor, grilled Cajun mahi mahi, Tecate beer-battered mahi mahi or shrimp. It is made with either corn or flour tortillas and is served with lime, cheese, onion, cilantro, salsa and lettuce. Cost: $3.25 for most and $3.75 for the fish and shrimp tacos. Why you should order it: This is a lot of food for a decent price.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2007
Where: Gloria’s Mexican Food, 731 West 19th St., Costa Mesa What’s in it: A corn tortilla is filled with pork that is marinated for one to two hours, along with cabbage, cilantro and a sliced spicy carrot. Cost: 99 cents Why you should order it: This could be the best food deal in Costa Mesa. The pork is filled with flavor and a double corn tortilla is used. A flour tortilla can be substituted for an additional 50 cents. Ramon, who works at the restaurant, estimates 800 of these tacos are made a week.
NEWS
December 6, 1999
ANAHEIM - Costa Mesa High's boys basketball team (2-2) saw its two-game winning streak snapped in a big way Saturday, falling to Woodbridge in the consolation championship game of the Taco Company Invitational, 104-42, at Loara High. Woodbridge (3-1), which raced to a 36-13 first-quarter lead, outscored Costa Mesa in the second half, 46-14. Woodbridge 104, Costa Mesa 42 Taco Company Invitational Consolation Championship Woodbridge 36 22 23 23 - 104 Costa Mesa 13 15 9 5 - 42 Woodbridge - Tilton, 6, Lambert 10, Harris 9, Moultane 3, Reed 5, Van Houten 2, Wardak 3, Wallin 12, Tompson 11, Koeller 7, Forehan-Kelly 2, Arroyo 14, Szekel 3, Perkins 17, Watson 1. Fouled out - none.
NEWS
October 15, 2003
Karen McGlinn, 60, Costa Mesa ... Executive director of Share Our Selves ... Oversees various projects at Orange County's largest agency for direct aid -- food, medical, financial ... Founder of SOS Orange Aid Project, which collects retrievable food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and caterers and then distributes the food to low-income Orange County residents ... Gets "wild and crazy" at taco night fund-raiser ......
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
May 2, 2002
Kingsley and Jack Croul recently opened their Corona del Mar home for the 41st annual patroness tea of the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County. More than 250 guests filled the residence with lively conversation and upbeat support for the charity, which is a nondenominational adoption agency under the wing of the Catholic Holy Family Services. The party was a feast for all the senses. Exquisite floral donations from the Newport Coast Floral Co., overflowing wines from Hi Time Wine Cellars of Costa Mesa and gifts donated by both patrons and local merchants, including South Coast Plaza, Ashworth, Puma, Balboa Bay Racquet Club and California Closets, helped to make the afternoon a major success.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 13, 2010
Amorelia is something special. Distinguishing itself from the plethora of Mexican restaurants in Costa Mesa, this new storefront eatery brings fresh new energy to classical Mexican food. Tucked into the southwest corner of the Kmart mall on Harbor Boulevard, it’s an attractive little place with faux stone walls, chunky Mexican wooden furniture, warm lighting and a very pleasant ambience. This is a family business based on Momma’s recipes from Morelia and Michoacan, but the menu is continually evolving.
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By Emily Foxhall | May 3, 2014
ENSENADA, MEXICO - Before lunch began, Commodore Chuck Iverson sat in the back corner of a restaurant, reviewing the guest list. It seemed a generic Newport Beach scene: place settings arranged on white tablecloths. Ocean view. Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn., or NOSA, bedecked in navy blazers and khaki pants, mingling with the mayor. Still, the group hadn't valet parked their cars outside. They'd arrived by van. And they were greeted with glasses of wine, not from California, but vineyards in Mexico.
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By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic | May 2, 2014
The OC Mix is kind of a mini-Portland, Ore., within Costa Mesa's mammoth SoCo design complex, an enclosed warren of small shops devoted to spices, artisan cheese, baby clothes, funky jewelry, nut milks, chocolate and olive oil. Analog, a vinyl specialist, stocks Led Zeppelin bootlegs you may not have seen since the glory days of Moby Disc in the mid-1970s. If you hit the ice cream counter on the right day, you may be able to score a scoop flavored with salty black licorice. Another store features both skinny jeans and fixie bicycles.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
The CEO of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. will give the commencement address at UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business graduation ceremony in June. Greg Creed will share his expertise and give advice to the business school's graduating class, made up of 568 students, according to a news release. "Graduation is something to be proud of and I am honored to speak to the graduates of the Merage School, who have already shown great determination," he said in the release. As CEO of Taco Bell Corp., Creed is responsible for driving brand strategies and the performance of the global business, the release said.
NEWS
August 31, 2013
Local restaurateur Wing Lam will star in an episode of ABC's "Secret Millionaire" at 8 p.m.  Sunday. Modeled after the similarly named British series, the show spotlights successful entrepreneurs as they travel - undercover - to impoverished and dangerous parts of the United States. Not only do they take a week-long hiatus from luxury, but also search for individuals and organizations serving their communities. Narrated by actor Blair Underwood, "Secret Millionaire" concludes when the tycoons reveal their true identities and donate funds to worthy causes.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 23, 2013
Many an inebriated college student may have thought about how good tacos wrapped in a Doritos shell would taste, but a prison inmate is suing Irvine-based Taco Bell, saying the idea for the fast-food hit was his. Gary Anthony Cole, 49, filed a federal lawsuit May 15 in Dallas against Taco Bell, which is owned by Irvine-based Yum Brands, and Frito-Lay, which owns Doritos, and Pepsi Co. Cole claims he created the idea for the Doritos Locos Tacos...
NEWS
April 26, 2013
A Santa Ana man was arrested after trying to rob the manager of a Del Taco, Costa Mesa police said Friday. Jose F. Rocha, 26, visited the eatery at 1720 Superior Ave. with two other men with shaved heads, ordered food and ate about 4:45 p.m. April 14, police said. After the three finished their meals, two of the men left but Rocha stayed and confronted the manager, reaching beneath his sweatshirt, motioning like he had a gun and demanding money, police said. The manager called police, and officers arrived while Rocha was still on scene.
NEWS
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.
OCNOW
November 19, 2012
Taco Asylum is joining the disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, 100% of the restaurant's profits will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Previously, restaurant partners Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Ace Patel raised $27,000 at Haven Gastropub in Orange for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, according to an email announcement. Taco Asylum is at The CAMP, 2937 Bristol St. B102, Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | August 1, 2012
Jose Alonso had mixed emotions Tuesday night. The El Torito Grill head chef was happy to still have a job, but sad to see that a big part of his life was shutting down, as it was the Newport Beach location's last day of operation after 26 years at the location. Alonso started working at the El Torito at Fashion Island 23 years ago, when he cleaned the restaurant. Two weeks after he was hired, he said he was promoted to prepare for the cooks. After three years of prep, he moved to a spot on the line, where he worked for another three years until he became the second chef.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | June 5, 2012
Flame Broiler, Taco Bell, AutoZone and NuVision Federal Credit Union will take up vacancies in a new retail hub on Harbor Boulevard, the developer confirmed this week. The businesses will stand alongside the recently opened Sonic, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and Chick-fil-A on a 10-acre area near the 405 (San Diego) Freeway offramp, between Gisler Avenue and Nutmeg Place. Renovations are also being completed to an existing McDonald's, liquor store and laundromat also on site.
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