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Cheesy Hour

Cheese lovers, rejoice: Picnics Deli in Costa Mesa is offering a tasting of a selection of cheeses and assorted small plates for $15 on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Past tastings have featured heirloom tomato gazpacho, meatballs and other tasty bites, including a glass of sparkling wine. The longtime gourmet foods shop has long been known for its array of posh deli fare and elegant catered goods, but it’s the cheese that shines here. Look for a carefully hand-selected variety of 40 to 50 cheeses, from Brillat-Savarin with raisin and Halloumi to new picks like Epoisses Berthaut and Gravenstein Gold. Picnics is at 435 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. 949.722.7200.

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Get Your Vietnamese Fix

In the mood for Vietnamese food but don’t want to make the trek to Little Saigon? Try Vietnam Pearl in Costa Mesa. For nearly a decade, Vietnam Pearl has been dishing out homestyle Vietnamese fare like comforting plates of rice and crispy chicken or charbroiled pork. Do
try the bi cuon, or shredded pork spring rolls as well. The family-owned eatery recently underwent a facelift with new tables and brightly painted walls for a more updated look. Vietnam Pearl is located at 1215 Baker St., Suite B, Costa Mesa 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays 714.540.2212.

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