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  • Writer's pictureShannon Fascitelli

Fresh Air and Fresh Food Make for the Perfect Outing.


If you haven’t yet heard, Orange County has closed bars again and implemented restrictions on restaurants in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. Indoor dining may be a bit risky at the moment, but a meal enjoyed in the fresh air is a great way to stay safe and continue to support local restaurants.


Not sure where to go? No problem, Locale Magazine has a round up of 26 local restaurants offering outdoor dining.


I am excited to check out Mozambique in Newport Beach. Mozambique offers Orange County’s top-ranked wood-fired steaks, fish and seafood as well as sumptuous brunch on weekends, and happy hour every day of the week.

Check out their menus

1740 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Phone: 949-715-7777 | Fax: 949-715-7101

Please visit OpenTable for reservations

Monday -Thursday 3pm-10:00pm Friday 11am-10pm Saturday – Sunday 10am – 10pm


SEE ALL RESTAURANTS OFFERING OUTDOOR DINING

  • Writer's pictureShannon Fascitelli

One of the key design trends identified by is something that is not new to residents of the OC - blending the outdoors and the indoors.


“Clients continue to request spaces designed in a way that brings the outdoors in and often don’t want there to be a distinction between exterior and interior,” said Eilyn Jimenez, founder and creative director of Sire Design in Miami. “In my own home, for example, we are using bifold sliders that bring the outside indoors for a seamless transition.”


Biophilic design, a way of connecting the interior of a home to nature, is a necessity rather than just a trend.


“People will incorporate more glass into the interiors of their home and use sliding doors rather than solid walls to give the feeling of the outside coming in. This will also give people more access to natural light, which is something we have come to appreciate more after lockdown,” she said.


“In good design there’s a harmonious dialogue between the exterior environment and the interior space,” said Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International in New York. “It’s about taking inspiration from the architecture and surrounding environment and paying close attention to layout: how each space flows into the next while also ensuring the space adheres to its purpose,” he said. Mr. Beers recommends carefully chosen key materials that are timeless and durable.


Read more to see 5 other design trends for 2021 in Global Mansion

  • Writer's pictureShannon Fascitelli

With the sun setting a little later every day, it's the perfect time to try a new cocktail that will leave you feeling refreshed.


What you will need


1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin 2 oz Aloe Vera Juice .5 oz simple syrup 3 slices cucumber Squeeze of fresh lime

How to make it


Muddle cucumber and simple syrup. Add other ingredients and shake well. Strain and serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

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