Did you know there is a great Hawaiian restaurant right here in Irvine? Da Luau in northeast Irvine is one of our favorite family owned local spots for a casual meal.  It’s conveniently located in the Cypress Village Center off of Jeffrey and Trabuco just off the 5 freeway, with plenty of parking.

Hawaiian Restaurant Irvine


Sweet Taste of the Island!

Da Luau is great for an early morning (ok, in my case, late morning) breakfast, after game get togethers, meeting spot for Dole Whip or shaved ice, or catering for your next birthday party.  The inside seating has a Hawaiian restaurant theme that is casual and comfortable and offers plenty of elbow room. View Post

Looking for the best wine bar in Orange County? Did you know that we love wine?  And wine bars?  If not, please see bio, or Instagram, or Facebook….  We have searched far and wide in our OC for that perfect vino watering hole – and we finally found it!  We were very diligent!  Well friends, welcome to Five Vines Wine Bar: our favorite wine bar in Orange County is located in the quaint Historic District of San Juan Capistrano.  

Best Wine Bar in Orange County - Five Vines

You have arrived!

Note to other wine bars:  dim those damn lights and cozy up the place! This is one of the cutest and most comfy spots to lounge and sip!

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Although I have lived most of my life in the United States as a legal permanent resident, I did not become a US citizen until 2017.  Having recently gone through the naturalization process for U.S. citizenship, I cannot begin to imagine how daunting it must be for so many new arrivals or even those who have been in this country for years.  Our family is involved with an organization called Advancing Justice, which works on civil rights and immigration rights for Los Angeles and Orange County.  

my path to U.S. citizenship

Saranya with her family after getting sworn in as a U.S. Citizen

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Happy New Year: 2018 The Year of Purple

Happy New Year friends!  We are so excited to kick off 2018:  the year of purple!  Our beloved purple, or more specifically, ultra violet, has been named the 2018 color of the year by Pantone.  Pantone forecasts global color trends for many different industries, as well as branding and product development.  They are recognized as the leading source for color trends.  A great big thanks to Pantone for helping us spread the love!  Purple represents so many things to us:  imagination, innovation, and vision towards the future.  Check out the Pantone website announcing the color of the year and paying tribute to our much loved color: 


happy new year 2018 the year of purple

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Looking for great venues to see Santa Claus in Orange County? Here is our list for favorite Santa visits in the OC.  We did not extensively list malls, since you probably already have your favorite.  So we listed our 2 favorite mall Santas, and instead, are sharing sites we also just love to visit that happen to have awesome Santas.  We prefer going to these beautiful settings and finishing our visits with some adult holiday cheer at the bar!

  1. The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach  
    22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach  (855) 315-8214  
Santa at Pelican Hill

Story time with Santa

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