My Favorite Things & The Best of The Best
Orange County has been my home since the day I was born. I have loved it all my life and still find it to be a magical place. If you're new to the OC or have been a long-time resident of Orange County, I bet you'll fall in love with these places, just like I have. Enjoy!
The Best of the Best for Food & Fun in Orange County
The Sawdust Festival in the Summer and During the Holidays
The Orange County Performing Arts Center - something for everyone
The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts - reminds me of an opera house in Europe!
The Hollywood Bowl
The Groundlings - Comedy Troupe in LA
The J. Paul Getty Museum - Beautiful architecture and amazing views of downtown LA
Beautiful holiday walks on almost any beach, but especially...
Big Corona, Corona del Mar
Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
Main Beach, Laguna Beach
Seasonal activities and free (or almost free) music in the evenings at...
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
The Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
The Hyatt Newporter (jazz festival is great, but not free)
Best Places for Coffee and Pastry
Zov's Bistro, Tustin
Pacific Whey Bakery, Newport Coast
Best Place for Casual Brunch
Madison Square and Garden Cafe, Laguna Beach
Best Places for a Funky and Fun Lunch
Memphis Cafe, Santa Ana
Zinc Cafe, Corona del Mar
Best Places for a Lovely Dinner
Studio, The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach
Sapphire Grill, Laguna Beach
Sage in Eastbluff, Newport Beach
Brasserie Pascal, Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Best Place for Wine and Cheese
The Loft, The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach
Best Place for Authentic Mexican Food
Avila's El Ranchito, Corona del Mar
Best Stylist and Colorist
Brian Kudsi, Kud'Ci Salon, Corona del Mar
Best Massage Therapist
Marjorie Panzer, IMT, Corona del Mar
Best Ultra Lush Day Spa
Spa Montage, The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach
Best Affordable and Still Lush Day Spa
Nina Montee Day Spa, Santa Ana
Best OC Charity
Southern California Bulldog Rescue
I'm very proud to be a volunteer with this group of dedicated animal rescuers. We'd love your help and support!
Things that are making me laugh...
Yahoo Odd News
The Darwin Awards
CNN - The Funny News
Piglet the Bulldog - my bulldog! - "Gimme More"
YouTube Video: Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager