The Boardwalk in Irvine is home to a new restaurant that is always in season, Solstice. This new restaurant concept curates its menu in harmony with the season’s harvest. “Chopped” winner, Chef Demetrio Zavala sources ingredients from all around the world to develop the seasonal menu. Solstice offers a variety of food and beverages with larger options for groups to share. This fall, the menu features dishes like Mason Jar Deviled Eggs, Malbec-Braised Wagyu Short Rib, and Celery Root Mignon. Drinks are also based on seasonal ingredients and offer elevated twists to classic cocktails. Each guest experience is unique as the design around the restaurant reflects the changes in seasons with each different dining zone. Guests have access to a bar, plenty of outdoor seating, and a view of the kitchen to watch their meal being prepared.
18555 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Tenaya Stone Spa
Disney Imagineers have created a new spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa inspired by the spirit of nature and California heritage. Tenaya is a full-service spa where guests can live out their relaxation fantasies through luxuriating body treatments, massage and salon services. The spa features eight treatment rooms, two for couples massage, four manicure/pedicure chairs, a relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s changing rooms, and a retail boutique.
1600 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim
Irvine says hello to Hello Kitty as a Sanrio boutique opens in its University Center. Sanrio fans will be able to shop the latest product releases and limited-edition collectibles that range from back-to-school essentials and stationery to clothing, accessories and more. Sanrio Irvine will have dedicated sections for a variety of beloved Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody, Keroppi and more. For more information about Sanrio Irvine, follow @sanrioirvine on Instagram and Facebook.
4255 Campus Dr. Ste. B-142, Irvine
Huntington Beach has a new Mediterranean food spot, Zankou Chicken. One of 11 locations throughout Southern California, this restaurant offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes including signature dishes like their famous rotisserie, tri-tip shawarma, kabob, falafel, trademark Chicken Tarna and more. Also on the menu are their house-made sides and sauces like Tabouleh Salad, Mutabbal, Hummus and Zankou’s Signature Garlic Sauce.
18541 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach
The Sweet Hand
An accessible do-it-yourself dessert decorating studio that features a sprinkle of ASL (American Sign Language) has arrived at Ladera Ranch’s Mercantile West. Owned and operated by local Abigail Longo, The Sweet Hand welcomes customers who love to decorate desserts, along with those who want to host classes, events and private parties. Longo, who is deaf herself and has taught deaf children for years, designed A Sweet Hand for all ages. Parents of deaf or hard of hearing children can take ASL classes for free and children can partake in the ASL Story Time every other Tuesday. Those who love to create sweet treats can expect a delicious experience with pre-baked cookies, cupcakes and cakes; icing and fondant; toppings; and a take-home box if you want to take your treats home.
25642 Crown Valley Pkwy. Ste. E2, Ladera Ranch
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