Matthew Parsons: Shaka Sauce

On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we spice things up with Matthew Parsons – and his tight-lipped, bottle-wielding sidekick, Leo – to learn all about their local line of hot sauces. You can find Shaka Sauce in restaurants and independent markets all over Costa Mesa. Check out the episode, then give Shaka Sauce a try!

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Jason Holland: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

On this first episode of a brand-new season of the podcast, we dive into the world of performing arts – here in the City of the Arts – with Jason Holland, VP of Community Engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Learn all about the upcoming theater season and more FREE, local events you can enjoy on the Argyros Plaza, here in Costa Mesa…

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Up To Scratch: Ciao! Deli and Pizzeria

Ciao! Deli and Pizzeria feels like a neighborhood joint. Because it is! And as I came to find out, we’re really lucky it’s in our neighborhood. Owners Carmina and Ray Casso want you to feel right at home, and from the minute you walk in the door, you feel welcomed. Today, Ray is manning the front counter and he greets me with a cheerful hello. He introduces himself, and invites me to check out the menu. There’s some groovy blues playing, and I notice the tap behind the counter with cold IPA just waiting to be poured…

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Rockreation: Costa Mesa’s Social Climbers

Some people choose a career path, and spend their life pursuing it. But for others, the career chooses you. Take the case of 46-year-old Blaine Eastcott, owner of Rockreation Climbing Gym, off Logan Avenue in Costa Mesa. “For me, Rockreation was the summer job that never ended,” laughed Eastcott…

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Toggle The Mind: Behind The Lids Collective

“Have you ever tried breathing?” asks Frankie Salazar, co-founder of Behind The Lids, a new meditation studio and healing collective in the heart of Costa Mesa. Sounds like a silly question, right? Breathing is something we do without having to think about it. Every day, all the time, even when we’re sleeping. But what Frankie is talking about is something different. When you’re stressed, when you’re feeling anxious, when you’re overwhelmed—have you ever tried breathing to help you get through it?

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Argyros Plaza: Cultural Free-For-All

Historically, performing arts had a reputation for out-pricing the cost-conscious. But here in the City of the Arts, a new cultural hub is inviting everyone from ‘hoity toity’ to ‘hoi polloi’ in on the act. Thanks to a generous donation from the family for whom the hub in named, Costa Mesa’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts exists to wed free events with locals (like you!) At the forefront of this plaza-performance push is SCFTA’s VP of Community Engagement, Jason Holland – an affable and intelligent overseer with clear aspirations of “art for all.”

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Clean Plate Club: Nourish Ayurveda Cafe

Simple, wholesome, nourishing food is all that’s on the menu here at Nourish. The menu changes every day, depending on what produce looks good and fresh to the chef, Prakash Jagadappa. They try to choose local, organic and biodynamic ingredients whenever possible, and every dish is made with thought and intention. That’s the Ayurvedic way…

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SCFTA: Staging ‘The City of the Arts’

Every community has its share of seminal moments. Here in Costa Mesa, 1986 was a biggie. That was the year the Segerstrom Center for the Arts – a sprawling, performing-arts campus located at Bristol and Town Center Drive – first opened its doors to theatergoers, dance groups, theater troupes and more. The debut was pivotal, encouraging our city to slowly dogleg away from its ‘goat hill’ moniker, and grow more fully into a “City of the Arts” future…

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New ArtWalk On The Block

The City of the Arts has a new monthly gig that lives up to its name. The Costa Mesa ArtWalk is now a free monthly event, held on the lawn in front of the library. If you thought we already had a free art walk, you would be right—it’s a self-guided tour through the city featuring the most notable sculptures in town. This ArtWalk, however, is different…

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Neck of the Woods: Cottonwood Music Emporium

A “coffee shop vibe with a guitar factor.” It’s a concise way the marketing director of Cottonwood Music Emporium, a new electric guitar, amp, pedals and effects store in Costa Mesa’s Sobeca District, describes the place. Cottonwood, a name inspired by trees in Colorado, is the brainchild of Jim Deitzel and his marketer/partner, Mary Harden. Their dog, Bowie, also wanders the store, located at 2967 Randolph Ave., Suite C, across from Barley Forge Brewing Company…

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A (Gluten Free) Walk Down Lavender Lane

It’s 2019, and the “food as medicine” movement is fast becoming mainstream. We all know someone eating – or avoiding – certain foods in pursuit of better health. For many, the rise, and rising awareness, of food allergies and sensitivities has upgraded the issue of food choice from ‘optional’ to ‘critical.’ With so much focus on what to give up, it can be hard to know where to safely turn for a treat. One that can satisfy that sweet tooth without derailing diet directives. Luckily, at the crossroads of healthy and indulgent, lies a new, local sweet spot: Lavender Lane Baking Co.

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Prism Boutique: Free-Spirit Fashion

Have you been shopping at The LAB lately? I stopped by recently to see what’s new at the iconic Anti-Mall, and found a sweet surprise: Prism Boutique. Just like its namesake, Prism Boutique at The LAB captures all of the light and separates it into a gorgeous array of colorful goodness. Each display shows off a carefully curated story of unique and delightful items—from chic clothing and funky shoes to quirky stationery and jars of delectable bath and body products. It feels more like you’re in your cool, free-spirited and fashionable best friend’s closet. And that’s by design.

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Day 172: OC Press Club Awards

I’ve decided Bradley Zint is our fairy godfather. A former Daily Pilot reporter, Zint has been a contributing writer at I Heart Costa Mesa for about a year – but his influence on our publication extends well beyond that! Over the course of these past four years, Zint has a way of showing up at just the right time, with just the right stuff, to make a big difference in our little project. Like all good stories – wishes, bears, billy goats gruff – his magic comes in threes…

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