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Greer's OC: Adopt a kitten, cat through Second Chance

May 18, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Kittens and cats are patiently waiting for a home through Huntington Beach-based Second Chance Pet Adoptions. Its darling kittens are kept at Petco and PetSmart in Huntington Beach. There's a summer adoption fee special of $99 that includes neuter/spay, vaccinations, FVRCP/FIV testing, micro-chipping, vet check, ID tag/collar and a bag of food. It's a great deal, because their expenses exceed the adoption fee.

Petco is at 5961 Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 846-7331. PetSmart is at 7600 Edinger Ave. in Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 842-5253. For more information about Second Chance Pet Adoptions, call (714) 715-3027 or visit http://www.secondchancepetadoptions.org/.

Eat like royalty at Five Crowns

Curious to see what the unveiling of the updated Five Crowns in Corona del Mar will look (and taste) like? It's celebrating its grand reopening Thursday. For the first time in 46 years, the landmark restaurant closed for one month and will debut a new casual yet elegant dining experience, promising an improved dining value.

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New Executive Chef Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, a fourth-generation Lawry family member, is keeping the Five Crowns' prime rib signature dish and other longtime favorites such as its traditional rib-eye, creamed spinach and creamed corn. And he'll introduce seasonal additions with fresh, regionally sourced ingredients. New menu items for spring will include wild salmon from Oregon, gem lettuce and Point Reyes Original Blue salad (a twist on a Five Crowns classic) and, as a vegetarian entrée, morel mushroom risotto with wild ramps and parmigiano reggiano.

Craft beers, classic cocktails and a finely tuned wine list are also part of the new menu. For dessert, treats include a dark chocolate soufflé, a strawberry and rhubarb tart and a dozen artisan cheeses. The restaurant's interior maintains the warmth and antiques of its English inn ambience, yet now features stunning sepia-toned silver gelatin prints from David Halliday, silver, gray and persimmon fabrics, hand-figured light fixtures and wood floors for a fresh, open space. The beautiful English garden and greenhouse patio are still ideal settings for outdoor dining and festive events.

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