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Irvine Coffee Shop Highlight – Portola Coffee Roasters

This month, our highlight for Irvine’s best coffee shop is falling on… Portola Coffee Roasters!  Located inside the Union Market at The District in Tustin it boasts modern industrial decor, an outside patio and a seating bar which offers a more interactive and personal experience.  You can find a full menu of specialty coffee drinks as well as a selection of pastries from Cake Monkey Bakery in L.A. and macaroons from Kayla’s Cakes.  Union Market is home to some fantastic restaurants and a top-notch craft cocktail bar.  In addition, there is a unique mix of artisanal retail shops and food items to take home.  

Born from passion, Portola Coffee Roasters is the brainchild of owner and roastmaster Jeff Duggan and his wife Christa.  A propeller-head rooted in science and technology, Jeff’s approach to roasting and brewing is focused on quality so he journeys to the far stretches of Africa, South America and Central America every year in search of this mysterious and elusive marvel of nature.

May the 4th be with you…

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May the Fourth be with you!

Sunday's forecast: sunny with a high of 82° with Iced Coffee

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How does an iced coffee sound? Because they look amazing!

 

They’re not just about coffee!

 

Treat yo self. 🌹

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Their cookies are yummy!

 

Thanks for stopping by our #pacificcity location @chelseatheterrier

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Everyone loves Portola’s – even dogs.

☀️+ ☕️ = cold brew

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How does a cold brew sound?

Doughnuts can cure rainy day blues.

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Their doughnuts are heavenly!

The aroma of fresh coffee beans, one of the best smells everrrrr!

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A peek at the beans.
So what’s keeping you? Head out there and tell ‘em we sent you. They’ve got no idea who we are – we just like being talked about!

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The 3 Best Happy Hours in Costa Mesa

Work’s over so it’s time to kick back with friends over a drink at your favorite Happy Hour. We have so many great Happy Hours out here, we’re blessed – but which ones are the best Happy Hours in Venice? We thought you’d never ask!

We began our tour at Kitsch Bar and loved it! Located at 891 Baker St. (you know, near Sherlock Holmes – not!), it has different events going on each night. Different DJs or pub trivia – check out their website for dates and times. There’s nothing in the way of food at Kitsch (unless you count a fruit slice in your cocktail) but there’s plenty and plenty of booze. Happy Hour here goes from 7-9pm and drinks are only $4 (note to time travellers from 1932: yes, that’s a month’s wages) (note to time travellers from 2020: Pocket change!). We sampled an Old Fashioned and loved that the bartender used actual sugar cubes instead of syrup, etc. We also tried the Lavender Pisco Sour and loved it; tart, sweet and light!

Next up we recommend Seasons 52 located in the South Coast Plaza at 3333 Bristol Street. Happy Hours here go Mon-Fri from 4-6:30pm and comes with various food dishes for $5, specialty cocktails for $8, select wines for $6 and regular cocktails for $6. Seasons is a more upscale venue and even has live music during Happy Hour. We sampled the Kona-crusted Lamb Chops which were perfection as well as the Grilled Chicken Yakitori Skewers with caramelized pineapple, slivered scallions and toasted sesame. Yum!!

Have you been to the Karl Strauss Brewing Company? Located at 901 S .Coast Drive, this Gastropub’s Happy Hour – which runs Mon-Fri from 3-6pm includes $5 appetizers (including Beer Pretzels, Boneless Wings, Cauliflower Romesco, Spicy Hummus and Chili Lime Fries), Pints & Flights for $5, a house wine for $5 and “Shorty” Beers (9oz) for $3. We really enjoyed the place (and handy tip; avoid paying for the valet by parking in the parking structure nearby!). We definitely recommend the chili lime fries!

Wherever you decide to take your Happy Hour, please remember to drink responsibly. Have fun!

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The 4 Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Newport Beach

With a camera never more than a few inches away from our hands, we’re photographing almost everything we see. But let’s face it; not everything is worth taking pictures of (including some of those meals). So what are the most Instagram worthy spots in Newport Beach? We thought you’d never ask!

Start off with the Artist Walk Corporation at 201 N. Bush St. The downtown Santa Ana art and food scene has evolved into one of the best go-to locations in the OC. The art scene has grown in this region in particular, with its mixed-use buildings and frequent art walks and exhibits. The hipster scene really shows itself off via the architecture, restaurants and, of course, art. The art-walks are a must-see when in the area and the restaurants offer some of the most unique and delectable cuisine in the region. Click!

Next, you should check out the Huntington Beach Pier over at 103 Pacific Coast Highway. Southern California is a great region known for its beaches and, even more importantly to some, their iconic piers. Huntington Beach began its stratospheric beginnings in 1904, thanks to its surf culture. It was legendary surfers George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku that made this specific pier a landmark. Located by Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, this city is also home to the Surf Museum just down the street. Enjoy the sunrise, the sunset and the surf. Click!

Have you been by Montage Laguna Beach yet? Situated at 30801 S. Coast Highway, the 30-acre seaside resort is home to one of the most beautiful and luxurious artist colonies in the Southern California area. Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, this spot is arguably one of the best tourist locations in the area, able to grab a lot of attention with its impeccable views from its main lobby balcony. In fact, it’s that in itself that had become one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the region. In each location of the resort — from its cleverly placed benches, restaurants and main lobby — you can capture many moments to post on Instagram! Click!

Finally, of course, there’s Disneyland! A visit to the happiest place on Earth has also been voted as the top destination geo-tagged on Instagram and just so happens to reside right here in Orange County. The beautiful theme park is a landmark known all over the world and home to some of the most well-known characters, including – of course – Mickey Mouse. Every season the theme park introduces exciting elements make for great Instagram posts. The iconic rides and characters have the world wanting to capture what makes Disney so special and people following you will have something to ooh and ahh over.

Wherever you go, make sure you’re not stepping over any cliffs or walking into the paths of oncoming vehicles – something that’s easy to do if you’re focused on the picture. Take stock of your surroundings – and happy snapping!

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The Best 3 Mother’s Day Brunch Spots in Irvine This 2017

On Sunday, March 14th, Moms up and down the country will wake up to brunch plans with their kids – so have you thought where you’re taking your mother yet? There are some great options right here in town so take a look at these and make your reservations quickly! Without further ado, here are the best Mother’s Day Brunches in Irvine.

How does a three-course brunch sound? Well that’s what you’ll find at 370 Common! First Course selections include Tomato Soup with spring vegetable grilled cheese, Salmon BLT Salad and Avocado Toast with crab, radish, pancetta and cheddar. Second Course choices are Asparagus Ramp Frittata, Spring Scramble with chicken confit, cheese, vegetables and herbs, Crab Cake Benedict and more. For dessert you can get stuck into Toasted Honey Cake with citrus frosting, rhubarb, whipped cream and strawberries or Chocolate Walnut Brownie with fruit. And for the younger set is a Kids’ Mother’s Day Brunch Platter with little people-friendly items such as fruit salad with mixed berries and fruit, scrambled eggs, French toast, breakfast potatoes, bacon and sausage with chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

There’s also a fantastic Mother’s Day Brunch in The Backyard over on 17900 Jamboree Road. The fun and festivities are an outdoor affair featuring a Farmers’ Market-inspired menu with Hand-Tossed salads, Ahi Poke and Ceviche stations, Roasted Berkshire Ham and a build-your-own Mimosa Bar with fresh-squeezed juices. Plus guests can shop for locally sourced gifts like jams, honeys and fresh flowers as an extra treat to show the leading lady in their lives how awesome she really is. Prices are $65 per adult; $15 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities. Children four and under are free.

Finally, check out the Mother’s Day at Oak Grill. Running from 10:30am-3:30pm, mom will love the sun-filled outdoor deck at Oak Grill. Enjoy live-action stations featuring Build-Your-Own omelettes; an Oyster Bar, Fresh Crab Legs and Ceviche, and the Farmer’s Market serving up Mediterranean Pasta Salad, Artisan Cheeses and Charcuterie. The Chef’s Carving Corner will have Filet of Beef, Herb-Roasted Chicken, Prime Rib, Whole Baked Salmon and Lake Superior White Fish. The Sweet Tooth station tempts with housemade Beignets, and an assortment of mini desserts, such as Pink Champagne Cupcakes, Deep Dark Chocolate Tarts and more. And, moms will love bottomless mimosas!

Wherever you take mom, she’ll be VERY happy just to spend time with you so have a great time!  And can we just take the moment to say to our own Moms; Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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The Best Pet Friendly Activities in Newport Beach

Fido is looking like he wants to go out. He’s scratching at the door and so it’s time to figure out where to take him. A walk is a walk but what if you want to do something special with the little guy? There’s so many pet-friendly activities you can find here in Newport Beach if you know where to look. They’re like bones! So with that in mind, we took our little one out to help dig them up and bring them to you.

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The Best Taco Tuesday Spots in Costa Mesa

When you say best tacos in Costa Mesa you know you’re in for a treat as outside of Mexico they’re some of the best in the world! And when you say best Taco Tuesday spots in Cost Mesa you’re in for a massive treat as we have plenty of them. We went out and did the research (oh, it was so awful! Having to stuff ourselves full of tacos was just… well, it was Heaven) and so without any further ado, let’s present the best of the best.

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The Best Brunch Spots in Costa Mesa

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It’s a lovely morning out. It’s the weekend. And you’re hungry. HUNGRY. Hungry for food and the company of friends which means it’s time for brunch! Yes, the meal that celebrates the art of sleeping in is here. But where are the best brunch spots in Costa Mesa? We went out to more than a few places to sample both the food and the atmosphere and we’re bringing you the goods.

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Your Guide To The Best 2017 Spring Events In Irvine

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We’re emerging blinking into the light as spring 2017 finally descends all around us. Gone are the heating blankets and space heaters – you’ll  be replaced by air conditioning! Lots and lots of air conditioning! Well here in Irvine, spring has a special place in our hearts especially because of the upcoming spring events held here. Let’s do a quick rundown of what to expect.

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The Best Crossfit Studios in Irvine

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Exercise – without it we’d be… well, let’s not think about that, shall we? Instead, let’s focus on CrossFit and specifically the best CrossFit studios right here in Irvine. If you don’t entirely know what CrossFit is, here’s a quick history. It’s a fitness regimen designed over several decades by Greg Glassman that’s all about constantly varied functional movements all performed at high intensity. So you’ll find that all CrossFit workouts can include weight lifting, running, towing and more as they’re all core movements. So what are the best CrossFit studios in Irvine? Let’s drill down.

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The Best Irish Pubs in Newport Beach

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We are well into March and we know what that means: The luck of the Irish is upon us and soon we will be scoping out the best spots to get our St. Patrick’s Day on.  We’ve compiled a small handy list for the  best Irish pubs in Newport Beach. Enjoy!

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