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Greer's OC: 'Lido Goes Pop!' at film festival

April 27, 2011|By Greer Wylder

As if eight nights and 350 films aren't exciting enough, now we have "Lido Goes Pop!" to look forward to. For the first time in its 12-year run, Newport Beach Film festivalgoers can convene nightly at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach as Riviera Magazine transforms the quaint waterfront village into a shopping, dining and gathering mecca.

Stop by and enjoy goodies, giveaways and sneak peeks at newly revealed products as well as tasty bites from renowned restaurants starting Thursday through May 5. ("Lido Goes Pop!" also coincides with the Newport Boat Show at Lido Marina Village from Thursday to Sunday.)

You can also meet directors, screenwriters and cinematographers who will stop by post-screening Q&As to share an exclusive inside look at the industry.

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It's open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Riviera will also be co-hosting the Film Festival's closing night party May 5 following the screening of "A Beginner's Guide to Endings" at 7:30 p.m. at Lido Theatre. Tickets for the film and party cost $75. A percentage of proceeds will benefit American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3421 Via Oporto in Newport Beach. For more information, call (714) 371-2386.

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SALSAS FROM RASTA TACO

Just in time for spring/summer grilling and entertaining comes Rasta Salsa, a trio of natural spicy sauces out of Laguna Beach. Chef Isaac Buchanan of San Francisco's famed Le Cordon Bleu collaborated with Rasta Taco, an OC-based gourmet mobile taco cart company, to introduce the new line of dynamic flavored salsas: mild with habanero chili and pineapple, medium with mandarin oranges and jalapeno, and our favorite, hot with New Mexico and habanero chilis.

Rasta Salsas are gluten-, soy- and dairy-free and come in airline travel-approved bottles. The trio costs $9.99. You can order online at http://www.rastataco.com. Or you can have them delivered with Rasta Taco's mobile taco cart that cooks up original Mexican fusion recipes and brings them to your backyard party or any event.

You can choose from Caribbean carne asada, Jamaican chicken, slow-simmered carnitas, al pastor and side dishes, including tortillas, rice, beans and vegetarian entrée selections too. No canned food is its motto — everything is fresh. For more information, call (949) 842-6936 or visit http://www.rastataco.com/index.php.

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