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Fried Brussels Sprouts at Home with Chef Amar Santana

Fried Brussels sprouts are one of the most popular side dishes at VACA, one of two restaurants (the other is  The Hall Global Eatery) co-owned by Chef Amar Santana that are part of the South Coast Plaza dining collection. And it’s easy to see why. Brussel sprouts can be tricky because they can turn out bitter. But with a little help from our favorite Top Chef alumnus (and competition finalist), you, too, can make them a delicious family favorite. Amar has generously shared his secret recipe tailored for cooking at home.

OC Fair Goes Virtual with Online Contests, Activities & More

From The Orange County Register | Just because there's no in-person OC Fair this year doesn't mean people need to miss out on some of the fair-related fun that's an Orange County summer tradition. Since officials decided about two months ago to cancel the OC Fair at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds because of coronavirus concerns, fair staff have been dreaming up ways to help people enjoy the flavor of the annual event at home. They’ll kick off the virtual fair July 17 at ocfair.com.

Avenue of the Arts Hotel Presents Check to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

August 11, 2020

Avenue of the Arts Hotel executive Paul Sanford, CEO and Asset Manager for Wincome Hospitality, joined Segerstrom Center for the Arts president, Casey Reitz, on the Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa to present a check for $52,000 in support of its Center at Home on-line virtual programming. Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa Hotel is located directly across the street from Segerstrom Center. Center at Home is located on the Segerstrom…

South Coast Repertory Launches Community Engagement Initiative

July 29, 2020

Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei announced a new initiative, SCR Community, an online series of free readings, events, interviews and community-centered stories to engage Southern California with the power of live theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series starts on Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m., with MASA, a live, online fiesta with readings of four short pieces relating to the historical and cultural importance of masa (corn meal). MASA, curated and directed by Juliette Carrillo, includes selections from works…

Restaurant Happenings at South Coast Plaza

July 23, 2020

South Coast Plaza currently has 17 restaurants open for patio dining or takeout/curbside pickup (listed below).  In addition, some special events are coming up today through Saturday: POKE POP-UP AT THE HALL TODAY Chef Amar Santana has been playing with poke.  And the results are pure Santana:  bold and flavorful with unexpected touches and generous portions. Join Amar and partner Ahmed Labbate on Thursday, July 23, for a poke pop-up at The Hall Global Eatery…

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Watch Chef Amar Santana Prepare an Eggless Béarnaise Sauce

There's something magical in Amar Santana's culinary joy. He is relaxed and quick to laugh as he cooks, a mix of mischief, out-of-the-box imagination, and well-honed skills. Santana and his business partner Ahmed Labbate opened a third restaurant in December, the Hall Global Eatery at South Coast Plaza.

He joined me in my home kitchen to share the secrets of how to make and use his eggless bearnaise sauce. Eggs and butter are essential in making traditional bearnaise, but his hunger for innovative thinking inspired him to create a sauce without eggs or butter.

The Generous Pour @Home Experience

This year, for the first time ever, the exclusive wine and food pairings you’ll enjoy at The Capital Grille during The Generous Pour Summer Wine Event are available for you to experience in your own home. The Capital Grille invites you to select from seven wondrous wines to pair with any dining selections from their full menu.

Offering Al Fresco Dining, Curbside Pickup, and Delivery

Royal Khyber's fountain side patio is open Friday through Sunday for safe dining in the relaxing atmosphere of the beautiful South Coast Plaza Village in South Coast Metro.
Seating and hours are limited, so reserve your table now!
Call 714.436.1010 to reserve your table now,
OR reserve through  OpenTable   on their home page or through the app.

Retail News

What's Open to Visit

Select boutiques with entrances accessible from outside are open.Select restaurants offer outdoor dining. All department stores are open. Store and restaurant hours of operation may differ from center hours – please call your favorite boutique, restaurant and department store for the most updated information.

Restaurants & Retail Still Open at The CAMP

With a lot of new information coming out from the State Government, The CAMP wants to assure you that they are still open and there to support you! The CAMP has always prioritized a healthy lifestyle - mentally & physically - and want to ensure you that no matter what changes come, your health and well-being will be their priority. Of course, with the new guidelines, some of the tenants you know and love at will need to close. Please click the link below to see who is still open and who temporarily closed at The CAMP.


You've probably noticed a few additions around The CAMP recently, from expanded patios to reminders to wear your mask and our additional sanitation stations. The CAMP has even added 6ft indicators outside their tenants' doors, just a reminder to try and keep your adventures 6ft apart. Simple touches that help their wonderful guests and their incredible team happy and healthy for the adventures to come!

Welcome Back OC!

Retail shops and restaurants are opening at Metro Pointe. Due to COVID-19, tenants are setting temporary store hours as-needed basis. Please contact the individual stores for any further clarification. Follow the link to learn more about store hours.

5 Ways to Support South Coast Metro Businesses

  • SHOP LOCAL: Shopping at local essential businesses will help the local economy. Look for businesses that are offering curbside pickup or delivery.
  • GIFT CARDS: Buy gift cards for yourself or for future gifts for in-service businesses that are temporarily closed.
  • ORDER TAKE-OUT: Many local restaurants are offering take-out and delivery so you can enjoy your favorite meals and treats at home.
  • SHOP ONLINE: Many of your favorite shops are still selling their items online. Shop online and have it delivered right to your home.
  • GET SOCIAL: South Coast Metro businesses are on social media too! Like and share their posts. Leave positive reviews for them on Yelp, Google, and Facebook.

The Ultimate Guide to South Coast Metro

Everything you need to know about Orange County’s Urban Center can be found in The Ultimate Guide to South Coast Metro. The guide focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, hotels, performing arts, unsurpassed shopping, and over 100 restaurants is what makes South Coast Metro the preferred address for those who want a vibrant mix of commerce and culture.

South Coast Metro Preferred

Our latest insert published in Orange Coast Magazine focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, restaurants, hotels, performing arts and unsurpassed shopping is what makes South Coast Metro Orange County’s Urban Center.

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for any occasion! South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates are available in any denomination up to $5,000 and honored at more than 250 stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza. For more information, contact Diane Pritchett at 714.435.2109 or alliance@southcoastmetro.com

Check out the South Coast Metro 360!

The glossy, full-color magazine that covers Orange County’s  cultural, culinary and commercial center. Visit our website at southcoastmetro.com or call Diane Pritchett  for a hard copy of the 2017/2018 issue: 714.435.2109