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Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Bellows are king at the OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Pop Rocks Donut: OC Fair Foods

Ready for this year's outlandish batch of edibles? Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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By Angela Bull

Slow Food Showcase

Slow Food Showcase

Foodies flock to Costa Mesa for a variety of homegrown culinary delights. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Time to Shine Up That Hearse

Time to Shine Up That Hearse

It's year 14 for one of the largest 'n most lively hearse happenings in the nation. Read »

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free OC Flicks with Theatrical Ties

Free OC Flicks with Theatrical Ties

The Segerstrom Center's popular Movie Mondays are set to unspool. Read »

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

The comedian will reprise some favorites, for one night only, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Wicked" Casts a Bit of Magic: A Ticket Lottery

The Segerstrom Center announces a lottery for day-of seats. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC's Annual Hearse Roll

OC's Annual Hearse Roll

Atmospheric autos line up for a Costa Mesa tradition. Read »

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Elvis Festival

OC Elvis Festival

One of SoCal's biggest King-themed events prepares to take the stage in Costa Mesa. Read »

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Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
Alysia Gray Painter Alysia Gray Painter has served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.