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February 11-14

Lunar New Year

AnQi Bistro

Through Feb. 12. Highly acclaimed House of An presents its annual Lunar New Year five-course feast for patio dining or to-go at AnQi Bistro. Menu specials include quail egg and oxtail dumpling broth; Japanese wagyu beef; Santa Barbara uni with gold leaf and the famous garlic noodles; sea bass with caramelized shallot; and dessert of red sticky rice. Bring a receipt from any South Coast Plaza boutique to receive a complimentary course of a trinity dessert and red envelope for good luck. Preorder required for to-go. $176 for two. Adjacent to Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679. | Order Online

Knife Pleat

Through Feb. 24. Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault of Knife Pleat welcomes diners to indulge in his three-course menu that honors the traditional foods of the holiday for patio dining or to-go. The experience starts with duck dumplings in an aromatic Szechuan consommé; entree of sea bream with exotic mushrooms; and a citrus mooncake with jasmine mousse for dessert. Make sure to order pastry chef Germain Biotteau’s box collection of six signature macarons with Asian-forward flavors ($18). Limited outdoor dining. $49 per person. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 3001, Costa Mesa, 714.266.3388.

Water Grill

Through Feb. 28. Water Grill honors Lunar New Year with an a la carte menu of four symbolic dishes to enjoy for patio dining. Savor festive dishes including shrimp shumai with crispy chili sauce; garlic noodles with jumbo lump crab and green onion; whole crispy black sea bass with cilantro, tangerine, radish and XO sauce; or wok-fried local spiny lobster. Order any of the dishes on Lunar New Year (Feb. 12), and receive complimentary chocolate-dipped fortune cookies. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.208.7060.

Valentine’s Day

Virtual Valentine’s Day Cocktails Class

Feb. 12. Learn how to create romantic cocktails with your sweetheart to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Casa Romantica will provide instructions on how to mix two different festive cocktails with all the ingredients—alcohol, botanical mixers and garnishes—as well as Dove chocolates and link to the instructional video led by horticulturist Stephanie Knight. Pickup will be available on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $30. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.

Cafe Sevilla’s “Lovers in Spain” Menu

Feb. 12-15. Let Sevilla set the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day weekend—available for outdoor dining or takeout. Dine your heart out with the three-course “Lovers in Spain” menu, featuring a bottle of Poema Cava Brut sparkling wine to share, chorizo basque stew, paella valenciana topped with two cold-water lobster tails, and “Almond tarta de Cupid” with fresh berry coulis and Licor 43 for dessert. Call to make reservations or takeout order. $125 per couple. Triangle Square, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.688.1555.

Sushi Roku’s Lover’s Box

Preorder by Feb. 13. Get a roll on planning your romantic meal at home with Sushi Roku’s Lover’s Box. This festive special offers a choice of two boxes (Sushi Fix or Bento Box, with options to upgrade), choice of one 16-ounce signature cocktail (makes 3-4 drinks), and Valentine’s Day must-have Choco Bomb—all for $85. Available for preorder through Feb. 13 by 5 p.m. for pick-up on Feb 14. Order online for curbside pickup. Fashion Island, 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622.

Valentine’s Shop & Dine Pop-Up Market

Feb. 13. Shop for your sweetheart and enjoy sweet and savory treats at Mess Hall’s festive pop-up market. Set on the spacious outdoor patio, look forward to shopping from local artisan vendors—such as Dough & Arrow, Mai Fleurs OC, Small Batch Doughnuts, Brie Our Guest, Imuraya Mochi, Bitz of Sweetz Chocolate Covered Treats and Tan’s Dumplings and more—specializing in floral arrangements, baked goods and more. Additionally, Mess Hall’s popular eateries will be open and offering food for outdoor dining and takeout. Masks required for all attendees at this outdoor-only. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. More Info

Terrace by Mix Mix and Hamamori

Feb. 14. Once again chef-pals Ross Pangilinan and James Hamamori collaborate on a six-course fusion dinner for two served on the covered terrace off the Bridge of Gardens. Hamamori will create a signature appetizer, followed by pristine sashimi. Guests will also experience James’ distinctive nigiri sushi. Terrace by Mix Mix will contribute a pasta course of heart-shaped soft egg ravioli; ribeye steak with potato fondant, ratatouille and ginger beet purée and truffle jus; and shared desserts of chocolate ganache, tiramisu and fruit. 6 p.m. $250 per couple. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.850.0880. Reservations

Arts + Culture

Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious

Feb. 13. Tune in for an un-pho-gettable livestream, staged reading of Dustin Chinn’s Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious, hosted by Chance Theater and Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre Company. This dark comedy spans centuries, continents and cultures in its three-part vignette structure: beginning in 1880s Hanoi, followed by 1999 in Ho Chi Minh City and ending in present-day, gentrifying Brooklyn. 5 p.m. Free.

Parent and Me Painting Class

Feb. 13. Bring the little ones to create their very own nature journal and fill the first page with a flower at Sherman Library & Gardens. Attendees will observe the colors and qualities of a beautiful Camellia bloom from Sherman’s garden and use simple watercolor techniques to create a botanical portrait. Open to all ages; no experience necessary. Class size is limited to ensure social distancing guidelines. All participants must wear a face mask. Class times: 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon. $25 members, $30 non-member. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Photo credits: Knife Pleat courtesy Moxxe PR. Mess Hall Market courtesy Ajenda PR. Ross Pangilinan and James Hamamori courtesy Terrace by Mix Mix. Dustin Chinn courtesy Dustin Chinn. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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