On Wednesday, October 18th, artist Kelsey Montague unveiled her “Wings” mural in Orange County at the Village at La Floresta in Brea. Her #WhatLiftsYou project has been sighted all over the world. (Click here to see her Instagram.) Most of us have seen her wings in social media all over Los Angeles. This is most exciting for us OC locals because now we can access her beautiful creation in just a short drive!

Kelsey Montague’s #WhatLiftsYou campaign gives people the opportunity to become a “living work of art” as they pose in front of her wings and share with the world what inspires them most in life. You can see many of these photos on Instagram when you search the hashtag #WhatLiftsYou. What a wonderful uplifting phenomenon!

whole foods view

You can find the wings mural on the left side of Whole Foods Market.

kelsey montague wings oc

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Harry Potter fans filled the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, CA for J.K. Rowling’s 3rd installment “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” from her books turned mega-hit film series. This unique experience included viewing the film on a 40 foot screen with Justin Freer conducting the Pacific Symphony. What an amazing way to relive our favorite Harry Potter moments! The orchestra was so incredible you almost forgot that they were there. You’d get so caught up in the adventure and it sounded exactly like the soundtrack of the film. Then you’d look at the stage and realize, “Wow, this is a live performance.” It was mind blowing. Fans dressed up as Hermione or Harry, some wore scarves in the colors of their team – Gryffindor red and gold, Slytherin green and silver, Hufflepuff yellow and black or Ravenclaw blue and bronze.  During the movie the crowd cheered and boo’d for their favorite or not-so favorite characters as they appeared on the screen. So much fun!

Harry Potter Film Series Concert - kids

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Curry Lentil Tofu Quick and Easy Recipe
Serves 4
This Curry Lentil Tofu recipe has just 4 ingredients. Quick and easy recipe! Most of the items are from Trader Joe's.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Trader Joe's Coconut Milk
  2. Red Curry Paste
  3. Trader Joe's Ready to Eat Steamed Lentils
  4. Trader Joe's Super Firm Tofu
Instructions
  1. Drain, pat dry, and cut tofu into cubes and set aside.
  2. Break up the lentils and place into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Shake can of coconut milk and pour into a pot.
  4. Heat on medium.
  5. Add curry paste.
  6. Add lentils.
  7. Stir.
  8. Add tofu.
  9. Stir.
  10. Heat for 5-7 minutes.
Optional
  1. Add a little soy sauce to season
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Once at South Coast Repertory Pre-Show Drinks on Stage

“Once” is playing at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. You can enjoy a pre-show drink on stage at the Irish bar (part of the set) and hang out with the cast! Enjoy live music including all kinds of strings while sipping on chardonnay. This unique experience is available half an hour before the show begins. Ten minutes before curtain, you can take a seat with your drink and enjoy the show. Click here for details about pre-show drinks.

Once at South Coast Repertory audience enjoying drinks and live music with the cast.

“Once” audience enjoying drinks and live music with the cast.

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They had me at pumpkin donuts. You know Fall is officially here as soon as you see pumpkins all around you. The smell of Starbucks PSL’s (pumpkin spiced lattes), pumpkin everything at Trader Joe’s and what’s left of any empty lots in Orange County have early signs of a pumpkin patch in the making. When we were invited to check out some gourmet pumpkin doughnuts at Poqet Donuts (pronounced “pocket”) in Irvine, we couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy some Fall vibes.

pumpkin donut gourmet doughnuts at Poqet

Pumpkin Cheesecake Donut paired with Pumpkin Latte from Poqet (mmmmm…)

Poqet’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Donut is to die for. It is everything you’d imagine and even sweeter. If you love pumpkin, then you will really love it! What grabbed us was not just the pumpkin donut, but all the other flavors available too: Maple Bacon, Campfire (think s’mores), Nutella, Lemon Meringue, Butter Salt, Apple Pie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookies and Cream, Pistachio Creme Brûlée and yes, a Vegan Samoa to name a few. The list is huge & yummy. You can even customize your gourmet doughnut. Build your own by picking the type of doughnut (glazed, chocolate cake, vanilla cake or vegan), the type of filling (creams and butters, fresh fruit or jams) and finish it off with a topping of your choice (candies, spices or nuts). Amazing! You can also order your doughnuts online and pickup.

What drinks can you sip with your doughnuts? How about a hand-crafted Pumpkin Latte? If you wanted other coffee drinks, they offer others too. You can enjoy a regular fresh brewed coffee, Americano, espresso, ice blended drinks, hot chocolate or tea. And what? They even serve boba drinks! Boba milk tea and doughnuts is a brilliant pair.

poqet donuts maple bacon donut and boba

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