Huntington Beach just landed a new gourmet coffeehouse, Adams Avenue Coffee, which is proudly serving custom-roasted Kéan Coffee along with tasty treats such as the legendary Adams Avenue Donuts and pastries.
Owner Gretchen Bock worked for Diedrich Coffee a decade ago at this same location, and when the space became available, she jumped at the chance to get back to her roots and passion.
Adams Avenue Coffee serves artisan coffees as well as lattes, cappuccinos and mochas, or chilled options such as dreamy mocha shakes and blended drinks. On the sweets menu, select from donuts such as Mile Long Tiger Tail, maple bacon and PB&J. There are also croissants, bagels, cakes, brownies, cookies and chocolate-covered bacon.
It's open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 16222 Beach Blvd. (next to Sport Chalet) in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 842-4860.
Time to eat Crow
It's a wonder we survived this long without Crow Burger Kitchen on the peninsula in Newport Beach. Since it opened last month, it's been turning out insane gourmet burgers and hand-cut fries that are making locals swoon.
The sister restaurant to Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar prides itself on a top-secret proprietary blend of house-ground meats (prime, chuck, short rib, brisket and hanger steak) for its artisan burgers, freshly made buttermilk buns at a local bakery, organic vegetables, housemade ketchup and Nueske's smoked bacon in its burgers. You're welcome to build your own burger by adding Crow chili, gourmet cheeses, caramelized onion and jalapeno peppers, or make it hangover-style with a fried organic hen's egg, smoked bacon and sharp cheddar.
I haven't tried everything on the menu yet, but I can vouch that the cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger with black pepper cheese, cream cheese, goat cheese, fried onion, garlic mayo and wheat English muffin will satisfy cheeseburger lovers like no other ($8.95); and if you're into playing it safe, go for the classic burger with butter lettuce, vine ripe tomato, sweet onion, 10,000 island dressing and buttermilk bun ($7.95).
Vegetarians are also taken care of: The organic garden burger is tasty with a blend of organic vegetables and grains, charred romaine, roasted tomatoes, herb aioli and whole wheat bun ($7.95); and the bird burger is a blend of Diestel turkey and Mary's chicken, cooked in Dijon, caramelized onions, Hass avocado and whole wheat bun ($7.95).
Go for the duck fat fries with housemade ketchup if you want an indulgent gourmet fry; the grilled green bean fries with olive tapenade are different and delicious, and the crispy Vidalia onion rings are tasty.
Those who appreciate unique bottled sodas can try the dry soda lavender, dry soda cucumber, Pop Shoppe Lime Ricky and Kickapoo Joy Juice ($3.50).
It's located at 3107 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 673-2747 or visit http://www.crowburgerkitchen.com.
Honor Congress with ketchup
The Counter Custom Built Burgers promised to give complimentary fries when Congress finalized the debt deal, so it's following through with a Free Fries Friday. Simply order regular fries or sweet potato fries with any purchase. The offer is for dine-in-only guests. The Counter Irvine is located at Woodbury Town Center at 6416 Irvine Blvd., Irvine. For more information, call (949) 336-7272. The Counter Newport Beach is located at Westcliff Plaza at 1104 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 642-0700 or visit http://www.thecounterburger.com/menu.
From beach to bedroom
With the opening of Taryn Michelle Boutique in Laguna Beach earlier this spring, locals have a new boutique to find well-edited luxury basics and accessories that are priced just right. Owner Taryn Freeman seeks out must-have items that are perfect for travel and life at the beach and lines that you won't be able to live without.
Shop from Soft Joie, Lanston, Krisa, Beautiful People, Liam Cashmere, 360 Cashmere, Susana Monaco, T-Los Angeles, Only Hearts, Velvet, AG and Salt Swimwear. Taryn will be receiving everyone's favorite Krisa linen pants (available in black, white and navy) in steel gray and charcoal that don't bag out. (The pants are sheer craziness, and there's already a waiting list for the charcoal color.)
Also choose from jewelry and accessories that include lightweight scarves from Chan Luu, Spun and American Vintage; darling bracelets that are ideal for layering from Tai and Chan Luu; simple seashell necklaces and earrings custom made for the store, Tkees leather flip-flops; and gift items like Makana Candles; and word signs from Kithi that spell out love, aloha, beach and ocean.
Taryn Michelle is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 1500 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 354-3735 or visit http://www.tarynmichelleboutique.com.
Eat free at Marie's
The little ones you are feeding every day won't cost you a thing Tuesdays and Saturdays at Marie Callender's. The classic American restaurant chain is offering a kids-eat-free deal with the purchase of every adult entrée Tuesdays and Saturdays. Kids (12 and younger) can order from the kid's menu, which includes options like grilled cheese, slider burger and fries, and soup and salad bar. Each meal is served with a slice of pie (excludes cheesecakes, seasonal fresh fruit pies and promotional pies). Marie Callender's is located at 16390 Beach Blvd., Westminster; and 18889 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley.
For more information, visit http://www.mcpies.com/find_us/results.php?s=ca.
A first for 3D fans
For the first time, 3D movie fans in Huntington Beach can see the latest 3D blockbusters in style with the debut of a vending machine full of RealD 3D glasses at the Cinemark Century Theatres at Bella Terra. You can purchase your own affordable, stylish glasses (known as EX3D glasses) that includes 25 styles for men, women and kids that cost $22 to $30. EX3D also has options for prescription glasses.
The glasses will work in any RealD theater and are compatible with most 3D televisions and 3D gaming.
Bella Terra is at 7777 Edinger Ave. # 170 in Huntington Beach.
GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.