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  • Writer's pictureShannon Fascitelli

Name a better way to enjoy a sunny Sunday morning. Locale Magazine put together a spectacular list of delicious breakfast restaurants to satisfy all of your brunch needs.


Raya at Dana Point

My personal favorite on the list is RAYA, located in Dana Point at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This beautiful ocean view restaurant offers an amazing brunch menu featuring Latin American cuisine.






  • Writer's pictureShannon Fascitelli

Here is a list of my favorite smoothie spots nearby! These are all amazing juice bars to get your health fix, or if you are looking for healthy staples for your new lifestyle.


Thrive has a location in Newport Beach and another one in Laguna Niguel. They offer delicious smoothies, juices, bowls, coffee, and grab-n-go salads. All of their product is organic and sourced from local farms!





If you are looking for a delicious plant-based smoothie bar and kitchen, this will be your new favorite! All of their food is organic, gluten free and vegan. Whether you are vegan or not, you will most definitely enjoy their juices and food options. You can find Vibes at Dana Point and Newport Beach.






This local gem has a few locations including San Clemente and Laguna Beach. They offer a full smoothie bar, frozen yogurt, and breakfast to dinner foods. They are super healthy and have great vegan options.






You might be familiar with Nekter as they have multiple locations all over the country. This juice bar offers juices, juice cleanses, smoothies, and bowls. This is a great after-workout spot to grab a quick smoothie.




This "juicery" recently opened and is so delicious! They are organic, vegan, and gluten free. North Beach Juicery offers salads, wraps, juices, and smoothies. If you would like to give them a try, you can find them in San Clemente.




  • Writer's pictureShannon Fascitelli

When you move to OC, you will have access to many piers along the coast of California. I love going to the beach and walking down the pier to watch the sunset, or grabbing dinner with a friend. Which pier will you be visiting?


Seal Beach Pier

Seal Beach Pier during sunset

Located between Long Beach and Huntington Beach, the Seal beach pier offers beautiful views for sunset, dolphins, and seals! All along Main Street you will find shops and restaurants as well. Seal beach is a fun spot for outdoor or water activities such as volleyball, surfing, and paddle boarding.



Balboa Pier

Balboa Pier, Ruby's Diner

The Balboa Pier is one of the piers in Newport Beach. Located at the end of the pier is Ruby's Diner, a well known restaurant chain first opened in 1982. This pier provides beautiful views of the nearby beaches.


Newport Pier

Newport Pier

The second pier in Newport Beach, is the Newport Pier. There is a fresh fish market available called "Dory Fishing Fleet", a very popular fish market among the locals. If you can get in without getting stuck in the lines, I recommend giving this a try!





Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach Pier

One of the longest piers on the West Coast is the Huntington Beach Pier. If you love to walk, this is your go-to pier! You will find Ruby's Diner on this pier as well as gift shops.






Dana Point Pier

Dana Point Pier

The pier at Dana Point is a short one, but you will typically see some people fishing. There are lots of fun activities at Dana Point Harbor such as paddle boarding or going on a boat ride.





San Clemente Pier

San Clemente Pier

Last but not least, the San Clemente Pier. This is probably my personal favorite! It is a great walk with tremendous views and a cute little town with delicious ice cream spots. It is a beautiful spot to admire the amazing Southern California sunset.

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