Fave Five Coffee Shops in OC

5. Caffe Lucca Located in beautiful Old Towne Orange, just a few steps away from the historic Plaza Square and Plaza Park. The decore and style is inspired by the small Italian town of Lucca. The gelato is a must try, but it’s really the cappuccinos that keep me coming back. Website: http://www.cafelucca.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafelucca Phone: 714-289-1255 Address: 106 N Glassell St., Orange, California 4. Cafe Calacas This is definitely for the hipster in you. I’ve been drinking Mexican cafe de olla since I was a kid; now, thanks to the whole hipster movement it has become somewhat of a thing. This is my favorite Mexican Cafeteria in Orange County. My favorites here are the Horchata Latte and the Mexican Chai. Website: http://www.cafecalacas.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caf%C3%A8-Calacas/200081063387724 Phone: 714-662-2002 Address: 324 W 4th St., Santa Ana, California 92701 3. Lost Bean ​This comfortable little coffee shop is located right off Newport Avenue. The coffee is delicious and the atmosphere is very calm. Whether you enjoy the indoor or outdoor seating, you’ll feel right at home. Website: http://www.thelostbean.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lostbean Phone: (714) 544-2584 Address: 13011 Newport Blvd., Ste. 104, Tustin 2. Kean Coffee For the Coffee connoisseur, there is Kean Coffee. It specializes in fine organic and fair trade specialty coffees from around the world. Being from Colombia, I can really appreciate the freshness and professional roasting. Website: http://www.keancoffee.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeanCoffee Phone: 949-642-5326 Address: 2043 Westcliff Dr. Suite 100, Newport Beach, California 1. Portola Coffee Lab At number one coffee shop in OC, I’ve got the 2015 Roaster of the Year, Portola Coffee Lab. It has the word Lab in the name...

Paint, drink, laugh at Pinots Palette

Sometimes we’re all guilty of getting stuck in a rut. It’s nice to try something new, and you just might discover your next favorite hangout! Every month we will give an alternative choice for entertainment that you might not have heard of before. This month we wanted to embrace our artistic side but we also wanted to drink, Pinots Palette in Tustin is a place you can do both. Great idea for ladies night, or a perhaps a first date. So if you’re looking for something off the beaten path head on out to Pinots Palette for a night of drinking and express your creative side. Pinots Palette Pinots Palette opened their doors for business on May 6, 2009. Pinots Palette is place where they invite guests to feel relaxed in a fun environment while following the guidance of expert local artists and awake the artistic side of them all with a glass of wine. Visitors are allowed to bring their own drinks and snacks or they can purchase from the bar at selected locations. The art supplies, glasses and ice is all provided. Pinots Palette is a great place to have fun with your friends. Instead of taking your date out for dinner and watching a movie, you can both try something fun and possibly make it a memorable first date. Pinots Palette aims to bring the masses of fine art with fine drinks. There are many Pinots Palette locations. Pinots Palette first began in Houston, Texas. From Houston, they have expanded out nationwide from the California coast to the New York coast. You can find Pinot Palette at 2479 Park...

Staycation: Dana Point

So you’ve just set-up a date night but don’t necessarily have a solid game plan on where to go yet. If you’ve just asked out someone for the first time, double congratulations on temporarily conquering your nerves and just going for it. However, I’m sorry to say, that’s only half the battle. You now need a lovely day together but don’t want to break the bank in the process. We’ve got you covered. The featured location for this staycation is in the beautiful heart of Dana Point, Orange County. Even if you lack the experience to properly “wine and dine” someone, take comfort in the fact that you can use the following day plan to build a perfectly enjoyable, memorable itinerary. Feel free to change anything you want to cater to your own personal tastes, budget, and time constraints. By all means, modify anything and everything to get the most out of the following places. Let’s begin! What A Dish I think most will agree that, caffeine helps make conversations pop a little. With great coffee, I believe, laughter just sparkles a little bit more. Conversation becomes a little more engaging. Everyone who’s felt that caffeine buzz knows how beneficial it can be in a variety of social situations. Because coffee is such a pleasant start to good day plans, the first stop should be a quaint little cafe just a stone’s throw away from the harbor. I highly recommend the wonderful Cafe and Bistro, What a Dish. You can’t go wrong with getting some of their bold coffee and, perhaps, a plate or two of delicious food. What...

What a Dish Cafe BistroDana Point

What a Dish Cafe Bistro; why this lovely cafe in Dana Point may be your new favorite. There must be some kind of cuisine-oriented success gene. I’m truly in awe as to why a single family can start multiple foodie business ventures and find such clear cut success in each and every one. What a Dish is a Cafe Bistro in the heart of Dana Point and just one more successful addition to the Richey family lineage of fantastic foodie establishments. Founded by Diane Richey and subsequently passed onto her son, Jordan Richey, Cafe Bistro holds a plethora of reasons to name it your new favorite cafe. Restaurants are notoriously bad business decisions-most fail within the first year, and if even if they weather that storm, 80 percent go under within first five years. That’s a lot of failure. However, it seems to me this kind of restaurateur data has no bearing on What a Dish cafe bistro. The truth of the matter is, Jordan Richey has elevated above these “normal” restaurant principles. Focusing on perfecting the fundamentals-I would gather that What a Dish will be around for a long, long time. For example, think of your current favorite cafe or bistro. Does it grow it’s own fresh herbs? Probably not. I’m not trying to discourage you from enjoying your current favorite place to sip a coffee or eat a delicious brunch on a beautiful sunday morning- but I’m just stating, I’ve yet to come across such a detailed-oriented and lovingly crafted Cafe Bistro in a long while. It’s the often over-looked details, like fresh herbs, that indicate passion....

Fave Five Taco Spots in Orange County

As most people who live in Orange County are aware, tacos are an important staple in Southern Californian cuisine. However, there are a plethora of Taco options which should be avoided where possible. This list covers the top 5 tacos in Orange County to save your boring date night or hungry family’s lamentations. Daniel’s Fave Five Taco Spot in Orange County 5. The Original Taco Factory: 14455 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA The Original Taco Factory kicks off this list at number seven. It doesn’t pretend to be what it’s not. It keeps to the satisfying basics of the art of the taco. The fact of the matter is, you cannot go wrong with tasty tacos, at a decent size, for just $1.50 each. You can get better tacos elsewhere, as I’ll cover ahead, but the Original Taco Factory needs to be included due to it’s fundamentally sound taco nature. It’s too good to ignore, but not good enough to exceed it’s number 5 spot. That’s not to say that these tacos aren’t delicious-they can definitely stand on their own two taco-feet-it’s just that there are better taco places in other single taco categories (like size, taste, price etc.) that I’ll cover as we move along this list. 4. Tacos El Chavito Food Truck: Residential neighborhood, On Slater between Beach & Gothard, Huntington, CA Coming in at number 4, Tacos El Chavito is the best budget oriented taco in Orange County. I promise this list gets to several “high-end” or “luxurious” tacos later on, but in terms of being the best street-food tacos, Tacos El Chavito is far and away the king. These delicious...