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Weekend roundup

April 21-24


Floral Park Home and Garden Tour

April 23-24. Bask in the history of the legendary Floral Park neighborhood. Featured will be numerous vintage homes from the 1910s through 1930s open for public viewing. In addition, there will be lovely gardens to enjoy, a vintage automobile display, food from local restaurants, a wealth of shopping along our “Street of Treasures,” and our Wine & Beer Garden featuring live entertainment and locally crafted beer and wines from vineyards owned by Floral Park residents. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $50. Tickets are available at the event. For directions, parking, and ticket booth information, visit

Farm Walk for Childhood Cancer

Farm Walk for Childhood Cancer

Coming Soon. Join MaxLove Project for the inaugural Farm Walk for Childhood Cancer, a family-friendly adventure through beautiful Tanaka Farms, ending with a delicious Ohana (family) luau and ceremony in honor and memory of our precious SuperKids prepared by Chef Cathy McKnight and Electric City Butcher’s Chef Michael Puglisi. Spend the day filling your MaxLove x Tanaka tote bag with produce you’ll pick at special stops along the walk. Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them here. May 1st, 4-7 p.m. 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, 949.653.2100.

Food + Drink

Fast Hot Pot Brings Fiery Mala-Tang Hot Pots

Open Now. Fast Hot Pot, a fast-casual eatery specializing in tongue-tingling Sichuan Mala-Tang hot pots at affordable price points and express service, is now open at The District at Tustin Legacy. Mala-Tang hot pots have surged in popularity in recent years and become a bonafide Sichuan street food trend that’s become quite the international culinary sensation. 2419 Park Avenue, Tustin, 949.434.4616.

Taco Thursdays at Blinking Owl

April 21. Newly tapped executive chef Luis Perez is adding his beloved tacos to the craft distillery’s arsenal of chef-driven eats. This week’s featured taco will be a stunning 1/4-pound of Mariposa Ranch grass-fed and mesquite-grilled ribeye on a handmade heirloom corn tortilla with “refried” black lentils + applewood bacon, cinnamon + ginger. 802 E Washington Ave, Santa Ana, 714.852.3947.

Paradise Dynasty Introduces Vegan Offerings

Now Available. Paradise Dynasty, Singapore’s renowned soup dumpling specialist has just introduced an array of all-new vegan items on their expansive menu. Guests can now enjoy more than a dozen vegan dishes, from Mapo tofu and Dan Dan noodles to vegetable-filled dumplings, buns and wontons in chili vinaigrette — to fried rice, stir-fried noodles, rice cakes and noodle soups. 3333 Bristol Street, BLM, 1 Bloomingdale’s, Costa Mesa, 714.617.4630.

Walk-Around Wine Tasting

Coming Soon. Wine down from the work week and join Tableau Kitchen and Bar for delicious appetizers and pours from Bucher Wines, Cornerstone Cellars, and Lombardi Wines. This delicious escape will take place on Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m., and a percentage of the proceeds from this event will benefit Uncork for Hope. Tickets are $75 a person and space is limited to 50 guests. Tickets and more information can be found here. 3333 Bear Street Ste. 119, Costa Mesa, 714.872.8054.

Plants for the Planet

April 22. Join Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden this Friday as they spotlight their delicious, plant-filled entrée of Spaghetti Squash & Braised Green Enchiladas. 50% of sales of this dish all day will go to a local, environmentally-focused charity making a difference in the community, and for the planet as a whole by supporting Newport Beach’s Environmental Nature Center. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona Del Mar, 949.640.1415.

Arts + Culture

Fleurs de Villes: FEMMES

Through April 24. Introducing Fleurs de Villes : FEMMES, a floral exhibit dedicated to culturally, politically, and historically significant women throughout the ages, women who have had a profound impact on the world we know today. On display is a collection of 16 mannequins, each with a unique story inspired by South Coast Plaza, as well as by the center’s community, arts and culture partners. 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa 800.782.8888.

John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell: A Tribute to Nat King Cole and the Ladies of Song

April 21. John Pizzarelli has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years, singing classic standards and ballads, and playing inventive jazz guitar. Joining him is Catherine Russell, who is among the greatest interpreters of American popular songs. The concert includes Cole’s most memorable hits such as “Route 66,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, and “Paper Moon,” along with the timeless works from Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee – the iconic Ladies of Song. 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine. 949.854.4646

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Fresh Faces Exhibit

Open Now. Since its inception in 1932, thousands of artists have showcased and sold their artwork at the Festival of Arts. There will be sixteen first-time exhibitors in the 2022 summer art show. Patrons are invited to get a sneak peek at some of their creative and innovative works at the Fresh Faces” exhibit at the Festival of Arts’ off-site gallery, foaSOUTH. Located inside Active Culture, 1006 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.5188. To stay up to date on all things Festival of Arts visit

Photo credits: Paradise Dynasty, Fast Hot Pot, and Blinking Owl courtesy of FWD Public Relations. Tableau Kitchen & Bar courtesy of Kitchen Table Marketing + Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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