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Greer's OC: Sales from OC Blend benefit schools

March 02, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Caffeine can help local students!

The first Orange County Blend coffee and tea arrived at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores throughout Orange County, and proceeds will benefit local schools. The Orange County Blend Coffee is smooth with a light citrus aroma, a slight malty taste and a caramel finish. And the exclusive Orange County Sunshine Blend Tea is a premium oolong tea that's sweetly scented with orange blossoms and tart orange zest.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is giving $1 from the sale of each bag of the OC Blend to 24 Orange County schools to help fund computer labs, art, music and science programs and more. The Orange County Blend Coffee costs $9.95 and the Sunshine Blend Tea costs $8.95. Coffee Bean has locations in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Corona del Mar and more.

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For more information, visit coffeebean.com/index.aspx.

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A treasure Trove in Laguna

It's not easy to categorize Trove in Laguna Beach. Is it an antique store, gallery or a place to find museum-quality pieces to call your own?

Devotees simply say, "Wow." It's a one-of-a-kind showroom with now twice the space since it moved from its Coast Highway location to Ocean Avenue last summer.

Longtime Trove seekers knew that co-owners Heather and Bobby Lee would have an even better place to store their treasures, a mix of art and home furnishings, including 18th-century primitive pieces from Belgium; mid-20th century Danish pieces; organic hemp hand-loomed linens; luxury Matteo bedding and atypical finds; fertility figures that served as rice paddy markers from Malaysia; a rare mid-1800s cook's canteen from the back of a stagecoach with canisters for spices and a grind handle for coffee or flour; an antique bronze hibachi from Japan; and a mid-century modern Howard Keith sofa from London.

It's also a resource to find contemporary art pieces by Cheryl Ekstrom, who has exclusive rights to make limited-edition stainless steel sculptures of an Eames chair and ottoman. She also offers stainless steel sculptures of the marshmallow sofa, swan chair and large and small bean bag chairs.

Trove is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 370 Ocean Ave. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 376.4640 or visit http://www.trovegallery.com.

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Dine green at Crow Bar

Congratulations to the Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar for taking a green initiative. The Green Restaurant Assn. just certified Crow Bar, an upscale gastropub, as the first "green restaurant" in Orange County.

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