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Retail Therapy: Leave room for New Year's Eve meal deals

December 23, 2013|By Candice Baker

Shop early: Tip: The Container Store at South Coast Metro probably will begin its annual floor sample sale on Elfa closet shelving and storage beginning Christmas Eve. Floor samples go quickly, so head over soon for the best selection. Information: containerstore.com.

Clean up deals: Post-holiday deals will be available beginning Thursday at most retailers. IKEA Costa Mesa, 1475 South Coast Drive, will be offering special one-day deals until the end of the year. Thursday, black folding chairs will be $4.99, regularly $12.99. Friday, globe lightbulbs will be $3.99 instead of $6.99. Saturday, 12-gallon tote boxes will be $1.99 instead of $6.99. Sunday, get a six-pack of glass champagne flutes for $1.99, regularly $4.79. Monday, a storage box in various colors, sized to fit inside Expedit storage systems, will be $1.99 instead of $5.99. Tuesday, a queen size side-sleeper pillow will be $4.99 instead of $9.99. On Jan. 1, buy a basic drawer unit for closet storage systems for $9.99 instead of $19.99. Information: IKEA.com.

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Party it up: New Year's Eve dining and entertainment options abound in the area this year. Join AnQi at South Coast Plaza for a "Barrio Chino" experience that replicates Havana in 1954. Cuban and Latin music will be performed, and cigar rollers, tangoing stilt walkers and mahjong tables will provide entertainment. Cuban cocktails and Cuban Asian fusion cuisine will be served for one night only. Multiple pricing options include an early dinner to a four-course, family-style meal and show. A late-night champagne toast also is available. Prices range from $53 to $225 per person. A VIP package for 18 guests is $4,500. Guests are asked to wear white and pearls. Information: (714) 557-5679.

Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza will offer a six-course tasting menu from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Courses include oysters and caviar, tuna sashimi, diver scallops with risotto, duck breast, prime rib medallions, a meringue and Mont Blanc chocolate. Dinner is $110 per person; a wine pairing is available for $75 more. Information: (714) 352-2525.

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