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Greer's OC: A week of perfect prix fixe

February 23, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Foodies will love the return of Orange County Restaurant Week starting Sunday through March 5. They capped off the restaurants this year to 100 — to keep it even more special. It's a great week to try new restaurants — the list is perfect for everyone, from upscale to casual and family-friendly options. Prix fixe menus will be set at $10, $15 and $10 per person for lunch, and $20, $30 or $40 per person for dinner. You can search for your favorite restaurant by city, and see the entire list at http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com.

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A slice of the Mediterranean

When Armenian-born, Syrian-raised Sousanna Alexander couldn't find her favorite sandwich she grew up eating along the Mediterranean — a sujok sandwich with delicious spicy sausage tomatoes, pickles pressed in Mahdnakash bread — anywhere in Orange County, she fixed that problem.

"I thought, 'Why don't I just open a tasty place with a cozy feeling and great food?'" Alexander recalled.

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Last month, she opened Zeytoon in Laguna Beach, a tiny deli and market that serves her favorite sujok sandwich along with about nine other grilled flatbread sandwiches that we can't get enough of.

Alexander is an interior designer by trade, but she knows great Mediterranean foods, and she's bringing those flavors to Laguna Beach via Zeytoon's chef, Sri Lankan-born Brazil Uluwita, who grills turkey panini, manaeesh (an oregano thyme spread with olive oil on flatbread); Zeytoon's signature flatbread with green olives, herb, light mozzarella, red and green peppers and tomatoes; and toshka marinated ground beef spread and pressed in a pita bread.

Zeytoon means peace and prosperity to everyone throughout the world, which is a lovely sentiment. But selfishly, we're just happy that Alexander couldn't find her favorite sandwich.

Zeytoon also imports Italian desserts and hard-to-find Danesi gourmet coffee for espresso and lattes and has a deli section for hummus, chips and gourmet sodas to go.

Zeytoon is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 412 N. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 715-9230.

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Some bling with your bathtub

You can own a one-of-a-kind vintage bathtub completely blinged out in Swarovski crystals. And as the proud owner, you'll be helping to find a cure and improving the quality of lives of those suffering from diseases.

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