• Bowling for Fun

    When you have tweens and teens and are trying to find a way to get together with another family with same-age kids, it can be challenging to find an activity that both adults and reluctant kids would enjoy. So when the idea of meeting up with our friends for a post-holiday game of bowling came up, we went for it. We met at Tavern+Bowl located at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. It’s a boutique bowling alley, which means it isn’t massive and overwhelming. Instead, it’s quite warm and welcoming, really. Tavern+Bowl has 10 state-of-the-art bowling lanes. Their scoring system even allows you to post your score on social media sites…

  • I Love Lucy Live

    I Love Lucy Live at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a Retro Treat!

    On opening night at the Segerstrom Center, we are transported to the 1950s and we find ourselves at Desilu Studios for a taping of two episodes of “I Love Lucy.” It is sweet and quaint. Life seemed so much simpler then and the ladies fashions so pretty! (I want pedal pushers to come back now!) “I Love Lucy” Live brings to life two episodes of the classic television show. Hardcore fans will recall the antics of “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.”  The actors who portray the characters, especially Lucy (Sirena Irwin) and Desi (Bill Mendieta), are magnificent. I totally felt like I was watching Lucille Ball and…

  • Happy Pi Day! Discovering Australian Meat Pies

    I couldn’t resist it, I had to celebrate National Pi Day at Pie-Not, the Aussie Style Bakery in Costa Mesa. It had been a while since I sampled these savory meat pies. And today, being March 14th, Pi Day (as in the mathematical pi not the baked good), the Dog’s Eye was on sale for $3.14. But of course. I have fond memories of visiting Australia some years ago and I do remember eating some meat pies and discovering the coffee-deliciousness of flat whites (lattes) over there. The guys behind Pie-Not are Jai Snowdon, originally from the Gold Coast of Australia, and Ryan Lopiccolo, of Newport Beach, California. The partners’…

  • Social Media Friends Connect At Marquee Costa Mesa

    Just a few years ago when social media was this thing people were still trying out, a group of people who met through social media though “Why don’t we help others get connected as well?” And thus was born Connect OC and many friendships. I wasn’t part of the organizing group myself but I consider myself lucky to call them and many others I met through social media, my good friends. So when the invitation for a Connect OC event in Costa Mesa came my way, I made sure I’d be there. Partnering with the Marquee Costa Mesa (located at Harbor and Adams Aves.), the event turned out to be…

  • LA’s Umami Burger opens in the OC

    [View the story “Umami Burger offers up the 5th Taste in Costa Mesa” on Storify] Umami Burger offers up the 5th Taste in Costa Mesa On a rainy Saturday, Umami, the gourmet burger sensation that’s swept LA, had a soft opening at the Camp in Costa Mesa. Umami is a Japanese word for "savoriness." A bunch of foodies had the chance to "Savor Umami Burgers" and get a preview of tastes to come. Storified by Marcie Taylor · Thu, Apr 05 2012 18:47:30 We’re official. #CostaMesa http://pic.twitter.com/0jmg0DGwUmami Burger Dragons! Cool. The interiors were unfinished when we were there but I like it so far. Dragons on the wallMarcie Taylor Mural…

  • Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and the faces of hunger

    Being an OC FAMILY blogger has given me many opportunities. While the perks such as going to Disneyland or watching a movie premiere are fun, what is truly wonderful is getting the opportunity to serve. Last week, with my fellow bloggers, we volunteered at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa.  I am not new to volunteering and I’ve made food for a soup kitchen but I’ve never served the meals before. Let me tell you that it was a humbling and eye opening experience. Perhaps because I grew up in a third world country, I’d become desensitized to the face of hunger. In the Philippines, there are hungry…