Hoods: New Tea Shop Adds to Mix in Mission Viejo

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COMEBUYTEA
Glass containers on the wall behind the counter at this new tea shop display and grind tea leaves before they’re brewed in copper “Teapresso” machines that look like fancy espresso makers. You can choose from jasmine green, oolong, or Ceylon black tea; add milk or fruit juice, then top it off with boba or jellies ($4 to $5). 218 The Shops at Mission Viejo, 949-299-2789

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Gold & Braid Salon
At this upscale salon, colorful modern art decorates the walls, and cheerful conversation fills the room. Some stylists specialize in balayage, but they can also do brighter dye jobs, straightening treatments, custom braids, and special-occasion hairstyles. Most styles include a gloss and strengthening treatment. 27525 Puerta Real, 949-273-8400

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Costello’s
There’s often a line snaked out the door on weekends at this popular neighborhood hangout, where crowds turn out for the live music, big dance floor, craft beers on tap, and strong drinks. They also come for the comfort food, from nachos ($11) and loaded potato skins ($9) to Reuben sandwiches ($11) and cheeseburgers ($11). 27567 Puerta Real, 949-582-3140

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Hummus Bowl
Nearly all the bowls at this food stand inside Union Market start with freshly made sprouted hummus. Choose from toppings such as tomatillo salsa and guacamole ($8) or shakshuka (eggs, peppers, onion, garlic, and spices cooked in tomato sauce; $11). Every bowl comes with pita, and many items on the menu are vegan. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, 949-625-6282

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Good To Know
This is the first U.S. location of Taiwan-based chain COMEBUYTEA. A second is slated to open in Bella Terra this summer.

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