I hope you are all doing well during this pandemic. We’ve officially been on quarantine for one month. Aside from going a little stir crazy, we are all healthy and happy. We’re counting our blessings, praying for continued health for us and for our loved ones, and enjoying this time together. We are doing our part by staying home. A little wine at the end of the day is nice. Who doesn’t enjoy relaxing to a glass (or two) of wine? My friend Mona Shaw of Moxxe PR just shared this wonderful news with me and I thought I’d repost and pass it on! Check out the list and pricing. Click on the link below for convenient curbside pickup. Salud. — MaryAnne xo

(Newport Beach, CA – APRIL 2020) — As a show of appreciation to its customers for their support during this crisis, BELLO by Sandro Nardone is announcing that it is now offering a 50-70% discount on select wines on its list for carryout.

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Looking for a vegan restaurant in OC? I recommend Freesoul Caffe. Located in the heart of Old Town Tustin, this cozy restaurant offers an array of foods, using only 100% natural, plant-based ingredients. This includes no eggs, honey, or dairy products of any kind. You’ll discover all kinds of healthy entrees, soups, organic salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, pizzas and tasty desserts. Bring your hungry tummy and prepare to be happy! 

I enjoy the relaxed vibe of this place so much. Next time I’m bringing my laptop and getting some writing done at Freesoul Caffe! It’s the perfect place to enjoy an almond milk latte and chia pudding with berries (my absolute favorite dish!) for breakfast or their colorful plate of roasted cauliflower (not pictured, sorry I ate it too fast) and miso ramen for lunch or dinner. They also have an almond milk matcha latte which is so delightful. Another delicious veggie plate is their charred brussels sprouts with Medjool dates, garlic, chili flakes, vinaigrette. Those are my favorite things to eat when I have to opportunity to go. On a cool evening, ask for their chili. You will be surprised how good all of their dishes taste and it’s all plant-based. Whether you are a new or seasoned vegan or vegetarian or one who likes to enjoy a healthy meal, this place is for you. It’s great for some quality time with a girlfriend or a date night. (Side note: if you have any nut allergies, please consult with your server. Lots of vegan foods have nut ingredients.)

vegan restaurant OC Freesoul Caffe

My favorite!!! The chia pudding with fresh berries.

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Nothing says summer like seafood and beer!  Here is a Mexican twist to that great combo:  Mariscos Mocorito serves Sinaloa style seafood dishes just down the street in Orange.

Mexican Seafood and Micheladas in the OC

If you have never been to a Mexican seafood place, then here are a few pointers and recommendations; and if you have, then come try Mocorito and let me know if you agree or if you have any other favorites.  First, you get a basket of crunchy tostada chips and saltine crackers, with a side of salsa and lime when you sit down.   View Post

Fitness Goals for 2018 at Racquet Club of Irvine

Happy New Year!!!! Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018! As we reflect on all the highlights of this past year, we also think about what kinds of things to expect for the New Year. Fitness goals, financial goals, vacation goals, career goals, education goals, all kinds of goals….

One of the most popular New Year’s goals is fitness. How can we achieve this? Daily exercise is key. Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, participating in sports or dance class… anything fun that keeps you moving! There are many options to live an active lifestyle. Most people join a gym. The thing is, you have to actually GO to the gym. Ha ha! Motivation is what will get you out of the house and doing something active. 

22 hard courts at Racquet Club Irvine

We recently came across an opportunity to check out the Racquet Club of Irvine. It’s more than just a tennis club. Not only are the tennis offerings a plenty, there’s racquetball courts, a fitness center, swimming pool and locker rooms with dry and wet saunas and massage services available. The restaurant, Top Spin Bar and Grill  provides a variety of food options, drinks, and even smoothies. View Post

Talk about decking the halls!  Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach is a great place to start your shopping for holiday decorations.   A little confession:  we were on our way to the tree lighting at Fashion Island, and we were late getting out there (you all know, taking about 20 mins to get socks and shoes on, then having a last minute bathroom emergency as we start loading up the car). When we realized as we sat waiting in a long line of cars to get into the packed parking lot that we would not be able to find parking and get to the lighting in 12 mins, we planned our escape. Yes, the kids were a little disappointed to miss the official Christmas tree lighting, but we promised to bring them back another evening to see the tree.  Seeing festive lights behind us, we flipped a U turn and followed the lights.  To our pleasant surprise, we drove into a twinkling oasis.  I have had Roger’s Garden on my list for awhile, so  this accidental discovery was so timely.

For those that are not familiar, Roger’s Garden is a spacious outdoor nursery with an equally expansive indoor store.  At the back of all this beautiful garden is their Farmhouse restaurant.  The kids were so excited to roam the nursery that is currently decorated with beautiful holiday lights – simply magical!  Holiday tip:  if you call the Farmhouse restaurant, they are completely booked for reservations until January; however, we simply walked up and put our name on the wait list before exploring the garden.  The wait was only an hour on a Thursday night, with plenty of open seating at the bar, but I will assume that it will be longer if you go on a weekend.  This was just the perfect amount of time for us to enjoy the lights and do a little shopping.  The have beautiful decorations and ornaments, with a good selection of traditional and marine themed holiday items – we are in Newport Beach, after all!  The kids got some adorable fuzzy beanies with koala ears and owl ears (yes, I probably overpaid, but they were so darn cute!).  There is also a coffee cart in the middle of the garden, so you can grab a coffee or a hot chocolate on a cold evening.  

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