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Day Trip to the OC: Museum Crawl in Newport Beach, Santa Ana & Huntington Beach

  • Aug 24, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. 

2) This event involves visiting 4 points of interest from Newport Beach to Santa Ana to Huntington Beach. We will also have a scheduled lunch right after the 1st museum visit. 

3) When you arrive at the Orange County Museum of Art call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

4) Bring about $60 for this field trip to cover lunch, museum admissions, and gas for your designated driver. Set aside $20 for lunch, $15 for gas for your designated driver and $25 museum admission fees/donations.

5) This is an all day event. We will leave LA and head to The OC at 10 AM and won't return until 7 PM.

6) I am arranging for a carpool that will meet at the B of A parking lot at 10 AM. The address is: 11501 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles

First Stop is Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach for the California-Pacific Triennial

"Formerly known as the California Biennial, OCMA has re-envisioned this important survey of contemporary California art and will re-launch it as the California-Pacific Triennial in 2013 with participating artists representing a cross-section of countries from throughout the Pacific rim. California’s geographical position on the Pacific Ocean has enriched its cultural prominence. The demographics of the state are strongly linked to the diverse countries throughout the Pacific rim, which are increasingly producing some of the most innovative art today. Despite the phenomenal economic and cultural growth of Asian and Latin American countries that border the Pacific, and California's proximity to these developments, there is no ongoing exhibition on the West Coast that regularly explores this activity. With national boundaries becoming more porous and artistic connections happening between artists and viewers from a broad range of cultural backgrounds, the flow of ideas and images crisscrossing the planet becomes a crucial component of any contemporary art survey. The California-Pacific Triennial will place artists working in California within this broader global network, one that is particularly relevant to our region, and that will offer visitors their only opportunity to engage in a more cosmopolitan conversation about contemporary art."

Link to Orange County Museum of Art:

Second Stop is Columbian Lunch at Donde Adela in Orange

1707 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868

"If you're not familiar with Colombian food, no worries: next to Argentinian cuisine, it's the most American of Latin American foods, with its love of proteins and starch. Take Donde Adela's sobrebarriga criolla, a plate of beans, rice, fried plantains and potatoes, as well as an epic steam-cooked flank steak presented alongside bell peppers. If you don't like the meat so juicy, you can always order itcaballo-style (grilled). And then there's the constellation of meats known as the bandeja paisa: turgid chorizos, chicharrones that resemble timing belts (a line I've used before, and I'll use it again because it's so apt), and eggs your style. Any of those meals could double as a Norm's special in a pinch, but far tastier and almost as cheap.

These dishes make up almost the entirety of the regular menu; almost everything else are daily and weekly specials, which necessitates multiple visits (I still haven't tried Donde Adela's version of ajiaco, the Colombian potato soup famous for at least three tubers bobbing in its dark-yellow broth). But also a constant are the arepas, here thick and accompanied by a slab of queso fresco. And the drink menu, though small, is eclectic: two types of passion-fruit juices (lulo is sweeter than the maracuya), blackberry juice, even aguapanela, water made from boiled chunks of hardened brown sugar and cut with lime—sweet and sour personified."


Third Stop is the Grand Opening of the Fire Station Museum in Santa Ana

120 West Walnut Street 
Santa Ana, CA 

"The public is cordially invited to attend this free gala event announcing our recent acquisition of the museum, with extensive collections ranging from the 1880s to the 1960s."

4th Stop is Kustom Kulture Show at the Huntington Beach Art Center

538 Main St · Huntington Beach

"What do you call the powerful concoction of imagery formed by tattoo art, surf culture, cartoons and hot rods? You call it Kustom Kulture. Fashioned from the tastes and stylistic innovations of ’50s greasers and ’60s hot rodders, Kustom Kulture has continued to evolve, receiving input from other fringe groups along the way: lowriders, punks, bikers, scooterboys and so on.

The Laguna Art Museum hosted a now-famous Kustom Kulture show in 1993, and 20 years later, the name and the theme have reappeared at the Huntington Beach Art Center as Kustom Kulture II. Naturally, one of the key pieces on display is the George Barris Munster Koach – the crazy custom car from the 1960s television sitcom, “The Munsters.”

For more info on the Kustom Kulture II, check this NYTimes article:

Fifth and Final Stop is the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum

411 Olive Ave · Huntington Beach

"There's been somewhat of a tussle over who's the surfing capital and who lays claim to the best surfing museum in California. We've visited three of them in Calif. and aren't taking sides. With different locations and different names, they all are run by locals who absolutely love the sport of surfing. With that, Huntington Beach takes no exception.

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum was founded several decades ago by a woman who's never surfed. In fact, Natalie Kotsch (pictured with a rare electric surfboard) came from a spot in Canada where there really wasn't any surfing.  She recognized this incredible beach vibe and a welcoming spirit that made her feel happy in Huntington Beach, and she got caught in a fever that snags many who live in beach areas around the globe. You don't have to surf to love watching the sport, said Kotsch. And the over 90% of residents who do not surf agree.  Thanks to her efforts, many of the great surfboards and local history have an opportunity to be preserved in a huge, cataloged collection that rotates in the museum. Tourists and locals can visit this surfing museum for a very small fee. Especially popular with surfers from around the globe, they visit the museum to share stories and find out where some of their favorite local surfers are surfing these day."

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum Link:

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  • Mijo

    id love to join if the pending plan I have fell through.

    August 9, 2013

  • Yumi R.

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Wish I could join!

    August 9, 2013

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