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The Key to a Perfect Spring Break in Orange County

Posted on March 21, 2022 | 10:28am

Finding yourself going a little stir crazy as we head into the second half of the winter season? We have good news: spring break is coming, and the perfect spring break getaway is just a hop, skip and jump away! If you’re itching for a spring break getaway, Costa Mesa is the best hidden gem ripe for discovery in sunny Orange County, California.

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BHM Series: Hola, Adios!

Posted on February 28, 2022 | 3:10pm

Visit Hola, Adios for Delicious Food in the Perfect People-Watching Coffee Shop

As we complete our February celebration of Black History Month, Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with a Black content creator to share stories of local Black-owned businesses and her own viewpoint of Costa Mesa and Orange County. Danielle is a social media influencer and writer who started a blog called Follow My Gut, about food experiences in LA and OC, and subsequently writing for Locale Magazine and other publications. Enjoy Danielle’s guest post and stories this month sponsored by Travel Costa Mesa!


One of my favorite activities is to people watch.

I love to sit outside at a restaurant or a coffee shop with a delicious meal or drink in front of me. Whether I’m alone or with a friend, I enjoy people watching. The commentary within the act isn’t to critique those walking by, but to make observations of lives other than my own. The chance to sit somewhere, eat something delicious, and imagine about the life of someone else – even if only for a few moments – is fun. I was able to do this recently on a visit to Hola, Adios in Costa Mesa.

It was pretty easy to realize that Hola, Adios is the perfect location to people watch. The Virginia Place coffee shop is also an ideal stop to get work done, catch up with the homie, or simply have a solo meal. As I was there with a friend, I had the chance to get a firsthand look into the shop. From the moment I stepped inside, the shop felt inviting. It’s due in part to the brightly colored walls, the warm accents of wood, and the smiling faces behind the counters. The other part of it, is the menu. It’s the all-day breakfast options with well-made drinks that allow Hola, Adios to be the kind of place that makes you feel welcome and want to linger.

I lingered on my visit.

It was easy to do as I had the chance to people watch, and I had their “Basic Bi…scuit Sandwich” in hand. If I’m being honest with you, if I had their sandwich at my disposal I could have been anywhere. The sandwich takes Hola, Adios’ in house baked biscuits and pairs it with egg, sharp cheese, and bacon. It’s the simplest combination of ingredients that make a warm and hearty sandwich. It has the right amount of saltiness from the bacon, the delicious taste of the biscuits, and the ideal size to sit comfortably in hand that makes it a great item to order – especially when people watching. Hola Adios has a lovely sundries shop as well, with handmade goods and local art.

While the changes of the world have had an impact on the way we can be in a restaurant and spend time with one another, should you have the chance to slow down with the day and people watch, I highly suggest you do it at Hola, Adios. Unsure of what to get? Make it the biscuit sandwich, sit outside, and enjoy making delightful observations of the lives of people outside of yourself.

Contact Information

Name: Hola, Adios

Website: www.holaadioscoffeeshop.com

Address: 120 Virginia Pl unit 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Phone: (949) 329-8987
Hours: Daily – 7:00am to 3:00pm
Email: info@holaadioscoffeeshop.com

Social: Instagram

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BHM Series: Marcus Norris

Posted on February 25, 2022 | 2:06pm

Marcus Norris Brings His South Side Symphony Orchestra to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

As we celebrate Black History Month, Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with a Black content creator to share stories of local Black-owned businesses and her own viewpoint of Costa Mesa and Orange County. Danielle is a social media influencer and writer who started a blog called Follow My Gut, about food experiences in LA and OC, and subsequently writing for Locale Magazine and other publications. Enjoy Danielle’s guest post and stories this month sponsored by Travel Costa Mesa!


Here’s a random fact that you didn’t know you needed about me: I love theater shows and live concerts.

I grew up watching shows like Aida and The Lion King and even acted in and worked on theater performances during high school. Not to brag, but I was the person who put the pea under the mattress in my school’s portrayal of The Princess and the Pea. Without me, the show would have just been a girl going to sleep on a bunch of mattresses. I also love concerts with orchestras. There’s something about following the notes played on instruments that makes me smile from ear to ear. As someone who has grown up loving this form of art, I continue to enjoy seeing musicals and concerts as an adult. Thankfully, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a calendar of events that can feed this interest of mine, and possibly your interest if you love them as much as I do. To celebrate Black History Month and my Costa Mesa adventures, I’m elated to know that the Segerstrom Center will be having  “The Love Below: The Heart Song” by composer Marcus Norris on Monday, February 28th at 7pm.

If you’re not familiar with Marcus Norris, he’s an acclaimed young Black composer who grew up listening to R&B, rap, hip-hop and began to explore concert classical music as an adult. With years delving into the intricacies of music, Norris has become known for his ability to fuse the styles of the genres with popular songs to see how melodies and harmonies can coexist. “I wonder how what it would sound like if we played ‘Back That Thang Up’ (by Juvenile) with an orchestra.” Norris asking questions like those while growing up came at a perfect time because music was being pushed with sampling and instrumentals on the radio. To explore each inquisitive thought that came to his mind and to make it a reality, Norris assembled South Side Symphony as his orchestra. As the composer and director, Norris tirelessly ideates and creates to find those answers and to see what he can create musically for others to enjoy.

In designing his musical fusions, Norris feels as if he is simply playing with notes and instruments to create an environment that show attendees will both love and feel. Having an orchestra that is organized primarily of his friends, he and South Side Symphony can share their musical talents and skills while interacting like a family. With his upcoming show in Costa Mesa, Norris is excited about performing with his orchestra in an intimate venue as the Samueli Theater. Being in the theater, Norris is thrilled at the venue’s design that alludes to the feeling of a cabaret where everyone can connect with the orchestra, vibe with the music, and enjoy the event in a beautiful and organic way.

Norris’ upcoming show will bring together the genres he loves most while pulling from popular music from the 90s and 2000s. The theme will revolve around the spectrum of Black love from romantic, platonic, familial, and self. I know this show will creatively highlight the songs of an incredible time in music while uplifting the Black journey through love, self-acceptance, appreciation in a truly unforgettable way.

With the hope of adding more stops to Costa Mesa to his tour, make sure to follow Marcus Norris and South Side Symphony to stay up to date on where the composer and orchestra go next.

Contact Information
Segerstrom Center for the Arts:
Address: 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone Number: (714) 556-2787
Hours: Monday – 10:00am to 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday – 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and Closed Saturday & Sunday
Social: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube.

Marcus Norris: Website, Instagram
South Side Symphony: Website, Instagram, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and Tidal.

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Black History Month Series: Pop Pie Co in Costa Mesa

Posted on February 24, 2022 | 7:24am

As we celebrate Black History Month, Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with a Black content creator to share stories of local Black-owned businesses and her own viewpoint of Costa Mesa and Orange County. Danielle is a social media influencer and writer who started a blog called Follow My Gut, about food experiences in LA and OC, and subsequently writing for Locale Magazine and other publications. Enjoy Danielle’s guest post and stories this month sponsored by Travel Costa Mesa!


I started my restaurant website, Follow My Gut in December 2014 because I love dining in restaurants and introducing people to meals they may enjoy. While I’ve been running the website for over seven years, I have been a professional eater since I was born in October 1986. In the time I’ve been exploring food, there has been a dish that I’ve loved since the very beginning. That dish is a full chicken pot pie.

Growing up, whenever my mom and I went to the grocery store I would make my way to the freezer aisle to grab as many pot pies as she would allow. My favorite was the Banquet brand that needed to be nuked in a microwave for proper consumption. I can admit, my food standards weren’t fully developed at the time. But since each box was only eighty-five cents, it was a full pot pie (crusted from top to bottom), and it perfectly carried me through an episode of Big Bad BettleBorgs, I didn’t complain. It was during that time that I quickly developed a love for a full pot pie and that love has now developed into an obsession.

When I had the opportunity to go on an adventure through Costa Mesa, I was excited to learn about the businesses and attractions, but I was over the moon at the chance to visit Pop Pie Co. on 17th Street. Why? Because on their menu they have – you guessed it – a full pot pie.

Nestled within the bustling plaza of 17th Street Shops, is the quaint bakery with friendly staff eager to introduce you to the brand and help you find a few favorite pies, drinks, and desserts. I scanned my eyes through their display cases and was captivated by the different styles of pies they make ranging between sweet and savory. It’s perfect because Pop Pie Co. has pies that can be your meal, your dessert, or both. It didn’t take long for me to order one of their five-inch classic chicken pot pies once I learned it was in fact a full pot pie. Nowadays, most restaurants that serve pot pies make them with the crust that sits only at the top of dish. Is it good? Sure. Could it be better? Absolutely. At Pop Pie Co. they do better by ensuring the crust runs from the top to the bottom of the dishware. A pie like that takes me back to my childhood as if I’m watching after-school cartoons all over again. In addition to the classic, the restaurant serves unique flavors. Along their menu are pies such as their Green Hog & Cheese and Roasted Veggies & Yellow Curry.

In addition to the pies that are filling enough to be a complete meal are their desserts. Pop Pie Co.’s dessert pies can be served by the slice or whole and just like their savory dishes, their sweet flavors are just as mouthwatering. Key Lime, Salted Caramel Apple, and Hojicha & Salted Cream are just a few to name. Not to be overlooked, they also have galettes and cookies including a Croque Madame and Snickerdoodles.

Within their small but mighty 17th Street home, Pop Pie Co. has a well-designed menu with tasty items. If you’re looking to enjoy a pot pie that feels like warm childhood memories or if you want a few desserts that will have you returning to their location time after time, then make your way to this Costa Mesa location for your very own delicious adventure.


Pop Pie Co

Address: 270 E. 17th Street, Suite 17, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Phone: (949) 524-3015

Hours: Sunday- Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Black History Month Series: Cato X Fitness

Posted on February 7, 2022 | 11:12am

As we celebrate Black History Month, Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with a Black content creator to share stories of local Black-owned businesses and her own viewpoint of Costa Mesa and Orange County. Danielle is a social media influencer and writer who started a blog called Follow My Gut, about food experiences in LA and OC, and subsequently writing for Locale Magazine and other publications. Enjoy Danielle’s guest post and stories this month sponsored by Travel Costa Mesa!


If you’re visiting Costa Mesa with an itinerary of things to do or you plan to follow the day in whatever direction it may take you, then it’s safe to say you’re in the perfect city to do that. Whether you’re looking for places to dine or a few attractions to catch your eye, there is more than enough to fill your day in Costa Mesa. However, if at any point, should you want to incorporate exercise into your day and would like to step away from the hotel gym, there’s an experienced trainer and a motivating gym ready to welcome you.

Roger Cato of Cato X Fitness

That gym is Cato X Fitness. Owned and operated by Roger Cato, Cato began working as a personal trainer after completing his undergraduate studies in 2014 in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after, he made his way to California after being recruited by a national fitness-franchise to work in their Costa Mesa location. Since then, he began to perfect his trainings, research nutrition, actively build his clientele and later opened his own gym. Without the assistance of investors or partners, Cato was able to parlay hard work and dedication to open his own gym. Designed with his motivating aesthetic and mantras, and filled with his own equipment you can find his rapidly growing business on Monrovia Avenue.

The intimate gym is perfect for those looking for a one-on-one focused experience free from distractions and judgement. Whether you’re looking to box, work on cardio, use free weights, or a maneuver through a combination of practices, Cato will work alongside you to determine a fitness plan best for your health, body, and mind. Within Cato X Fitness you’ll discover that you have a trainer who will challenge and grow you. His mission is to help you reach your goals and develop you into your best self all within a space that encourages your advancement. If you’re looking to get in a quick workout or spend time dedicating to your fitness well-being, then Cato X Fitness should be your go-to destination for exercise in Costa Mesa. 

Contact Information
Name: Roger Cato
Website: www.catoxfitness.com

Address: 1725 Monrovia Ave suite B5, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: (727) 967-6831

Email: Roger.cato@yahoo.com

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