My Favorite Things and Places in Orange County, CA

I've lived in Orange County my whole life and as a native, I've had the good fortune to explore and discover so many great restaurants, places, and events. If you're new to the area, planning to visit OC, or just looking for a new adventure, please consider these wonderful spots. They are my best of the best places in OC and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I have. Cheers!


My Favorite Theaters & Festivals

The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach during the Summer

The Orange County Performing Arts Center & Segerstrom Center

The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts - reminds me of an opera house in Europe!

The Hollywood Bowl - amazing concerts in the Summer

The Groundlings - Comedy Troupe in LA

The J. Paul Getty Museum - Beautiful architecture and amazing views of downtown LA

My Favorite Restaurants

Zov's Bistro, Tustin

Pacific Whey Bakery, Newport Coast

Plums Bakery & Cafe, Costa Mesa

Madison Square and Garden Cafe, Laguna Beach

Memphis Cafe, Santa Ana

Zinc Cafe, Corona del Mar

Rutabegorz, Tustin

Studio, The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

Sapphire Grill, Laguna Beach

The Loft, The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

Avila's El Ranchito, Corona del Mar

Nick's Pizza, Costa Mesa


My Favorite Beauty & Relaxation

Hair - Brian Kudsi, Kud'Ci Salon, Corona del Mar

Massage - Marjorie Panzer, Integrated Wellness, Newport Beach

Luxury Spa - Spa Montage, The Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

Down-To-Earth Spa - Montanya Day Spa, Santa Ana


My Favorite Florists

Sussanna Davidson, French Buckets, Costa Mesa

The Elegant Hive, Tustin

Roger's Garden Floral Studio, Newport Beach

Blooms, Corona del Mar

Favorite OC Charity

Southern California Bulldog Rescue