August 26, 2005
Avanti Cafe offers a new choice in vegetarian dining, but co-owners and chefs Mark Cleveland and Tanya Fuqua don't advertise Avanti's meat-free menu. There aren't any billboards supporting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, no "Vegetarians Rule!" signs pasted on the window, and no frightening brochures about mad cow disease. Instead the owners entice meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans with the dishes themselves -- such as a fresh focaccia sandwich with shiitake artichoke pesto and Emmenthaler cheese, a bowl of organic tomato and lentil soup, or a spicy triple ginger cookie.
October 19, 2011
THURSDAY Morning Boost The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosts its 90-minute Breakfast Boost from 7 to 8:45 a.m. at the Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive. Prepaid reservations are $15. They can also be made at the door for $20. To make reservations, call (714) 885-9090. Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Dr. Andrew Weil and Chef Michael Stebner will give a 2:30 p.m. talk and presentation at True Food Kitchen, Fashion Island, about the health benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets.
May 17, 2012
A homeless encampment in Costa Mesa adorned with animal rights posters and graffiti could have been shelter to suspects connected to a recent rash of burglaries, police said Thursday. Costa Mesa police discovered the elaborate encampment beneath a San Diego (405) Freeway underpass where the Santa Ana River meets Moon Park, 3377 California St. Officers believe six to eight men have been living in the encampment for about two years, said Sgt. Vic Bakkila. The camp was discovered after an officer saw a suspicious-looking man go under the overpass, according to Bakkila.
July 15, 2013
Years ago, I attended an outdoor festival organized by a vegan friend at which Veggie Grill had agreed to hand out food samples. One passerby tried something from the tray - a soy chicken strip, maybe - and remarked how delicious it was. "See?" my friend exclaimed as he walked on. "Meat is so unnecessary!" Would that it were. Well, let me qualify that statement. It is unnecessary for me - and for the 5% of Americans, if last year's Gallup poll can be trusted, who follow a meatless diet.
April 8, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH Films with local connections set for film festival Newport-Mesa filmmakers will leave their mark on this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, set to begin April 19. Longtime Balboa Island vacationer Phoebe Shackeroff has documented the life and death of Rupert, the black swan who amused and harassed visitors to Newport Harbor for almost 20 years. Getting their start in the entertainment industry tap dancing on the streets of Newport Beach, Emmy-winning director and producer team Kip and Kern Konwiser will present "Shanghai Kiss," a romantic comedy drama.
February 11, 2010
Mother’s Market and Kitchen is moving out of the location it’s called home for more than 30 years. But it’s not going far. Mother’s is taking over the old Borders bookstore that closed recently on Newport Boulevard. The new site is under construction by Carlile Coatsworth Architects Inc., and Mother’s is expected to be all moved in by June. “We’re bummed. Mother’s is awesome,” said Eric Santana, the manager of Surfside Sports store, one of the market’s neighbors on 17th Street.
November 8, 2007
The Five Crowns restaurant in Corona del Mar will have some choice wines on the menu at its special dinner Nov. 15. Other than that, the staff can’t say much about them. Every year on the third Thursday of November, winemakers in the Beaujolais region of France release their latest batch of Beaujolais Nouveau, a light, fruity red wine that ships out to restaurants nationwide. Five Crowns expects to receive its supply Thursday morning and put the wines on the menu that evening — meaning the people who shell out $89 for the four-course meal will be the first in town to try them.