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Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
We recently took a trip to the quaint, always sunny, and charming Balboa Island, in Newport Beach, California where I spent many of my formative years. A visit to the island, accessible over a very short bridge or ferry, is must if you are touring...
Westside Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Westside Costa Mesa, among many other things, is ground zero for the surf industry. Hurley, RVCA, Volcom, and dozens of other surfwear and board manufacturers reside here. It is also home to some of the most authentic culinary experiences in...
3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, USA
Corona Del Mar is the ideal beach for an early morning swim. (Yes, it will be invigorating!) There are buoys a couple of hundred yards out from the shore line to guide you, as well as the long rock jetty that keeps the water fairly calm. Want...
Back Bay Loop, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
The Back Bay Loop is a paved pathway that takes you all the way around the Newport Bay, an inlet from the ocean that has created a haven for birds and wildlife. Almost the entire path has designated biking and walking areas, making it a safe...
270 E 17th St #18, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
While seeking out any spots that offered stumptown coffee, I found Sidecar Doughnuts located in the Costa Mesa area. The doughnuts are made fresh every hour and they serve Stumptown coffee. If in the area, I would definitely check this place out....
2937 Bristol St A102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Tucked away by the Wine Bar at the Lab in Costa Mesa, Old Vine Cafe is one of those hidden gems in the Orange County dining circuit, with both tasting and a la carte menus. The service was excellent and our waiter's vast knowledge of wine was...
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Seasons 52 allows you to leave your calorie counter at the door with a seasonal menu that has a ceiling of 475 calories for every item. Serving contemporary American cuisine, Seasons 52 prides itself on using only the freshest produce, and feature...
7972 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657, USA
Get your hands on the best poke burrito in the area, bar none, at Bear Flag Fish Company. This locally owned hotspot is a "fish market for the new generation." There are now two locations to visit: one located in Newport Coast, and the other on...
234 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
Green Leaf is one of my favorite discoveries in Costa Mesa. The menu options are a little overwhelming, but everything I've tried so far has been delicious. My favorite are the steak, mango, and thai chile lettuce cups with lemongrass lychee...
2937 Bristol St B103-B100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
The 'Gelato Flight' of five small 'shots' is a clever and fun way to taste test the homemade gelato, including playful flavors like Honey Lavender. The combined indoor/outdoor space is ideal for sitting back with your freshly-made Piadina...
2981 Bristol St B-2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
What's more quintessentially American than a good 'ole hamburger? Another California chain that has been creating waves when it comes to this American staple is Umami Burger. After practically placing my beloved In-N-Out on a pedestal, I always...
3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Located in an unsuspecting area just off the 405 freeway, the OC Mart Mix hosts over 30 upbeat, original, and delicious retailers, all under one roof (including Whiskey Tango 1977, shown in the photo). Unwind at the Shuck Oyster Bar, peruse the...
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