The Breakfast of Champions for Kids in San Clemente

 

We’ve heard it for years. Altogether now: “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day.” But often we don’t treat it that way. For growing kids who are heading off to school, and need to be mentally focused and physically nourished, giving them a healthy breakfast in a time crunch can be tough. So here at the Reed Team we’ve found a few recipes that are kid-friendly, healthy and easy to make. It’s the trifecta of breakfast recipes!

 

Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites

Do you have one of those apple coring contraptions that make slicing an apple into wedges a 5-second job? So worth it! Cut an apple into wedges, and take some peanut butter or nut butter and spread it around. Dip it into a small bowl of your favorite granola. Easy. Healthy. Fun!

 

Easy Egg Sandwich

Take a whole wheat English muffin, and get it toasting. Crack an egg (and a little bit of milk and salt & pepper if you like) into a microwave-safe bowl. Beat the egg, the put it in the ‘wave for 30-45 seconds on high. You might stop to stir it with a fork. By now the muffin is done, put a piece of cheese on the bottom slice, top it with the egg. If your kids like avocado or tomato, a slice of each will really set it off. Two minutes tops. Done. Yeahhhhhh.

 

Tropical Bran Muffins

We found a fun make-ahead recipe called Tropical Bran Muffins. They are muffins you make ahead that include bran, peaches, pineapple and coconut. Yummmm. Talk about easy! Pop one out of the frig and into the microwave for 15 seconds, pour a glass of milk and breakfast is served.

 

Berry & Yogurt Smoothie

Can’t beat a good smoothie, right? You know you have it: that plastic container of blueberries, blackberries and/or strawberries in your fridge and you don’t want to waste them. A good breakfast smoothie for the kiddos is a great way to give them healthy probiotics and protein in the yogurt, and superfood antioxidants from the berries. Plus, one added bonus. It just tastes good.

 

PB&J Waffle Sandwich

Yeah, we like this one…a lot. Take a whole grain waffle and toast it. When done, cut it in half and smear some nut butter of your choice. Then top the nut butter with your favorite jam and you’re good to go. Unless your kids like strawberries, then slice them up and decorate the top. Put the finished halves at an angle and your kids will think they are judges on the Food Network.

 

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7 Best Outdoor Seating Restaurants in Orange County

“We’ll Sit Outside, Thank You”

Time to grab a table outside! Southern California is famous for its temperate climate. Our summers are long, warm, and clear, and our winters are short, cool and partly cloudy. October hits a sweet spot where the temps are perfect for meeting friends and family for a dinner al fresco.

Fun fact: when we use the term “al fresco” we are using Italian for dining outside, meaning to dine “in the cool air.” However, talk with an Italian and they will raise an eyebrow, as the expression ‘al fresco’ usually refers to spending time in jail! They prefer the terms ‘fuori’ or ‘all’aperto’ to mean dining outside on a patio.

But where to go? With our gorgeous weather, The Reed Team knows OC has a lot of great outdoor options, so it’s difficult to narrow it down, but here are a few for your consideration. Grab your favorite sweater and your best buds, and make a reservation!

Woody’s Wharf

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Woody Payne was a longtime fisherman who used the property to fix and store boats. Guess his fellow fishermen got hungry, and in 1965 wanted him to open up a restaurant where they could knock down a pint or two, share a good meal and tell tall fishing tales. They kept coming back. Now, Woody’s is owned by four buddies and its outdoor patio gives you a direct view of the harbor. Can’t you just hear the stories of the ‘big one that got away’? Great outdoor dining and terrific brunch menu.

Habana

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So let’s knock the sand off our sandals and move into Costa Mesa. Find The Lab, which is a hugely popular mini mall and Habana is a must-stop on your shopping journey. Great outdoor eats featuring a Cuban-inspired menu. Hey, the drinks are awesome, too. Habana has a gorgeous patio illuminated with string lights and candles. Very relaxing. So grab your handcrafted mojito and kick back for awhile.

Sapphire

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You know when you pull together that perfect outfit, that is trendy, stylish, flattering and gets you noticed? Sapphire understands. This Laguna Beach restaurant has it all pulled together: it is located across from one of the best surf spots in town, but it isn’t resting on location. The ever-changing international menu pics the best seasonal ingredients and combines them with a laid-back feel. Great food, wine, and a view that will have your smartphone camera snapping pics.  Enjoy the ocean view from the patio along with your hand-selected wine. Aaah yes.  It’s 5:00 somewhere.

Las Brisas

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Light breezes. Doesn’t that just chill you out? Go to Las Brisas and you will be awash in light breezes while you enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s the whole package: you would go there if the food wasn’t good because of the view, but the food is terrific. Wait for patio seating; it’s worth it. Patio menu features lighter dishes. Sunday brunch includes 4 courses and endless champagne. So there’s that.

Bluewater Grill

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Repeat after me: chow-dah. Chow-dah. That’s one of the amazing restaurant items you can order at the Bluewater Grill. Located in the Cannery Village on the Lido Peninsula, this restaurant has an enormous menu of amazing seafood and yes, homemade chowder.  Bluewater Grill has true waterfront dining. It’s a great way to sample some of the freshest fish available, and hey.. If you’re sailing and not driving, tie up to the City of Newport Beach Dock and walk in to order some…(say it all together now)  “Chow-dah.”

Gulfstream

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Now we understand you’re exhausted from a day of vintage and antique shopping or hanging out at the beach. You need somewhere to recharge! Gulfstream is in the middle of Newport Beach just off Route 1. The restaurant has a gorgeous patio that will have you soaking up the sun in the afternoon, and enjoying the ambiance after sunset. If it’s chilly, grab a seat by the fire pit. The restaurant also has a chef’s garden you can visit, and get up-close-and-personal with the heirloom tomato you may have on your salad in short order!

BLK Earth Sea Spirits

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Okay, so you aren’t on a family vacay. You have a business meeting, and you want it to be special. BLK Earth Sea Spirits offers sweeping ocean views, a fabulous patio and outstanding food in an upscale, business-casual atmosphere. Need I say more? Impressive menu with Kobe beef, rack of lamb, stuffed chicken. Carnivores unite! Great environment and by the way, families are welcome too.  

 

4 Family Fun Events to Kickstart Your Fall in OC

Choc-Littlest Angel Guild’s Great Kitchens & Garden

Anaheim & Yorba Linda

October 20, 2017

10am-4pm

Tickets:  $45 General/$50 at the Door

 

Let’s face it: at The Reed Team, holiday gatherings and may be looking for something special. The Choc-Littlest Angel Guild’s Great Kitchens & Gardens is a self-guided tour of 6 gorgeous homes located in Peralta Hills and Yorba Linda.  

Included in the ticket price are 2 full house tours, and 4 houses featuring stunning new ideas for kitchens, gardens, and entertaining spaces created by experts in the business. Hey, come hungry! You can munch on some tasty bites and sips from local restaurants, bakeries, and wineries. If you are so inspired, you can pick up a few items for your home at the “Petite Boutique” featured at several homes on the tour.

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Time Warp: Pile the Kids in the Car for Silverado Days

Buena Park

October 20-22, 2017

William Peak Park

7225 El Dorado Drive

 

Have you been hankering to best your buddy in arm wrestling? Want to ring a few in horseshoes, or maybe you’ve been complimented on your hog-calling skills? This is the place to be!  Each October, this community festival features a Car Show, the World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, an Amateur Horseshoe Contest, a Contest for cute babies, hog-calling, dogs, chili, and pies! Hey, what else could you ask for on an autumn weekend?

 

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Get Your Ghoul On: Historical Cemetery Tour

 

Santa Ana

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fairhaven Memorial Park

1702 Fairhaven Ave.

Santa Ana

714.547.9645 (Reservations recommended)

 

Now that’s the spirit! The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society is offering a historical guided walking tour to share stories from OC’s colorful past. Costumed actors and docents guide visitors through the hour-and-half long walking tour, which ends at Fairhaven’s beautiful 1916 mausoleum. Hold my hand, please. I’m scared. (walking shoes recommended.)

 

Get Your Motor Running

Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo

Sunday, October 22, 2017

9am-4pm

Los Alamitos

 

Bring your favorite gear and head out to the Los Alamitos Army Airfield for a wonderful mix of machinery! The expo features a wide-ranging mix of civilian and military helicopters and aircraft. There will also be a custom car show that features the classics as well as muscle cars and a vendor fair, where you can buy food, car or aircraft items from 100 vendors. Great family venue with games, a kids cor, er and live entertainment.

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6 Ways to Prep for Fall in the OC

It’s time to pack up the bikinis and put away the beach accessories because Fall is now upon us. Even though the leaves don’t change quite as dramatically and the weather doesn’t drop that much in California, it’s still fun to prep for the new season by decorating, doing the classic traditions and eating the seasonal foods. Here are seven ways to help get you in the Fall spirit!

1. Pick Pumpkins at Stu Miller’s

Just down the road in Aliso Viejo, Stu Miller’s sets up a lot where families can go to pick out the pumpkins they want to carve! This is a great activity to do on the weekend with the whole family because aside from the pumpkins there’s also giant inflatables, mechanical rides and even a petting zoo! Kids and parents alike can enjoy this day of fun.

2. Devour a Slice of Pumpkin Pie

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin pie is a favorite among many Americans, and since it’s only offered 2-3 months out of the year, you have to take every chance you can get! Although many restaurants offer this treat, some of our favorite places to go are Pie Hole and Polly’s Pies (since pie is what they specialize in).

3. Decorate for Halloween

It’s never too early to start putting up the skeletons and coating everything in orange and black. Head to Party City for easy and cheap decorations that are great for Halloween parties or small decorations. However, if you’re looking for decorations that are a little more sophisticated, some of the boutiques in Dana Point and San Clemente sell seasonal items, as well as shops like Pier 1.

4. Carve Your Pumpkins

If you haven’t already done so after the pumpkin picking, carve those pumpkins! Not only is it a fun activity for the kids, but you can also use the pumpkin guts and pumpkin seeds for great Fall recipes! However, before handing the kids the carving tools, make sure you have taken the necessary precautions and procedures to prevent a mess!

5. Attend Fall Events in the OC

Even though southern California is well-known for the hot Summers and beautiful beaches, it is also a great place to be during the Fall. There are plenty of events and festivals to keep the whole family busy. For instance, Knott’s Scary Farm kicks off Sept. 22 in honor of Halloween. Part of the theme park turns into a haunted house at night and the spooky attraction brings in visitors from all over southern California! Oak Grille also hosts an Autumn Match and Mix Wine Dinner that you can reserve spots for!

6. Eat All The Seasonal Treats

There are plenty of restaurants all over Orange County that add seasonal treats and flavors to their menus during the Fall! Places like Yogurtland offer pumpkin flavored yogurt, so take advantage of this before the time is gone!

For more information on South Orange County and activities happening during the Fall, get in touch with one of our realtors today!

5 Best Bars in South Orange County

Whether you are looking for an exciting night out, or just a great place to get wine with the girls, South Orange County has it all. Between the cute downtowns of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano you’ll be wanting to hang around these bars all night.

1. StillWater Spirits and Sound

This communal style bar and restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and is very popular among the Dana Point locals! StillWater will often bring in live music on the weekends when the closing time isn’t until 1 AM! The menus include food items, happy hour specials and weekend brunch favorites! StillWater also has a variety of classic and specialty beers on tap.

2. Five Vines Wine Bar

Voted as the 2016 “Business of the Year” in San Juan Capistrano and the 2016 “Best Wine Bar” by OC Weekly, Five Vines Wine Bar is a hot spot to grab a drink in the evenings. Many locals like to visit for happy hour Tuesdays-Fridays from 2-6 PM. The menu includes over 60 wines from smaller vineyards and winemakers and over 15 craft beers that are constantly changing.

3. Luxe

It’s hard to go wrong with this fun and sophisticated martini bar in Dana Point! Couples and big groups love to come here for a drink after work or a night out on the weekends. Treat yourself to one of the tasty appetizers or delicious cocktails. Our favorite drink on the menu is the Fresh Raspberry Martini which combines fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice and vodka with fresh raspberries and a little bit of sparkling wine! Ordering this with the cheese platter or Mediterranean sampler is our favorite thing to do on a Friday night!

4. Barnoa Wine Bar

Located in San Clemente, the Barnoa Wine Bar is a great place for a fun date night or the perfect location for a night out with the girls. Lots of locals use this location for all kinds of special events and parties. People also love coming to this wine bar on the weekends because every Friday and Saturday night there is live music! Barnoa pairs their divine wine with appetizers and small plates, like brie fondue and burrata crostini, that pair well with the alcohol.

5. The BrewHouse

Looking for the perfect pint? The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano prides itself on serving some of the best beer California has to offer in a relaxed and laid-back environment. This brewery has 30 rotating taps that serve all sorts of beer to meet everyone’s preferences.
South Orange County does not just have some of the best bars, but great restaurants too! Check out some of our other articles to find out more about the area!

6 Healthy Lunch Spots in South Orange County

Still trying to maintain your Summer body through the Fall season? It’s not hard to do in Orange County where there are so many food choices and restaurants. Even though it may seem like grabbing fast food on a short lunch break is the easiest option, South Orange County actually has some great healthy spots for lunch! Whether you’re in a rush or you have a few minutes to sit down, here are a few of our favorite places!

1. Luna Grill

Finally it’s fresh! Luna Grill answers all of our prayers for fresh and tasty mediterranean food straight from the grill. Luna Grill, located in Dana Point, offers mediterranean wraps, salads, shareable dishes and more! Grabbing a chicken wrap on our lunch break is our favorite because not only is it quick and easy, but it’s healthy and delicious too!

2. Wow Poki

If you are a fan of fish, a smart lunch choice is poki! Poki is easy, quick and lately very popular throughout the OC. The poki places that have been opening recently allow you to “make it yourself” like a Subway. This poki spot in San Juan Capistrano serves up fresh fish and allows customers to add or combine whichever toppings, mix ins or sauces they like! Wow Poki is a great place to stop if you just want to grab something to bring back to the office.

3. Organic Tree Juice Bar

If you don’t need a full meal, but maybe just a little pick-me-up, the Organic Tree Juice Bar in Dana Point is a great place to stop. Their motto is “Raw. Organic. Sustainable.” Picking up a juice from here for a midday snack is a great way to curb unhealthy cravings and satisfy your needs.

4. Active Culture

Adding to the list as one of our favorite lunch spots in San Clemente, Active Culture is a natural foods cafe that serves tasty dishes packed with great nutrients. Don’t let the name or natural foods part fool you- it’s easy to fill up quick on one of the many large dishes at Active Culture! One of our personal favorite menu items is the Evolution Bowl served with brown rice, quinoa, lentils and more!

5. Cafe Mint

Didn’t get your Mediterranean fix quite yet? Cafe Mint in San Clemente is popular for their delicious chicken shawarma wraps and fantastic customer service! Other commonly ordered menu items include the hummus plates and lamb platters. Cafe Mint is a great lunch stop with coworkers or friends!

6. Nektar Juice Bar

Trying to cut down on the big lunches? Try an acai bowl for a midday, light treat! These blended fruit bowls are topped with granola and more fresh fruit to treat your taste buds to a healthy lunch! Don’t let the fruit part fool you, these bowls will be more than enough to fill you up!

For more information on San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point or other Orange County cities, get in contact with one of our agents today! We can help guide you through the real estate and community.

5 After-School Activities for the Kids

As the school year starts up again and the kids are back in class five days a week, it’s harder to plan day trips, or fun outings. With activities, sports and clubs schedules can seem very hectic. However, it can still be hard to find something good to do on the days they’re off. To make things easier on you, we’ve put together a little guide for some fun things to do with the kids after school in South Orange County!

  1. Vista Hermosa Sports Park

Do the kids have a little too much energy today? Take them over to the Vista Hermosa Sports Park in San Clemente to blow off some steam! This sports park is equipped with everything you could want and more! Not only do they have baseball/softball and soccer fields, but they also have picnic tables and BBQ pits for families that want to enjoy an evening cookout while their kids play. And for the extra hot days, Vista Hermosa has multiple swimming pools for kids to play or take lessons in.

2. Culinary Kids

Get your kids ahead of the curve by teaching them how to cook their own meals at Culinary Kids! This program, based in south Orange County, is designed to empower kids and teach them useful skills at a young age. During the Summer Culinary Kids offers Summer camps, then when school begins, Culinary Kids actually offers classes at different schools throughout the area. To find out where the next class is, or to get in touch about hosting a class in your area check out their website!

3. Hangar 18

A fun workout for both you and your children, Hangar 18 is the new climbing spot in town! Located in San Clemente, Hangar 18 is an indoor rockwall gym that focuses on free climb without harnesses. Hangar 18 is targeted at an older crowd, but does have some options for the younger ones as well! Hangar 18 also offers yoga classes and the option to host group parties and events there.

4. Color Me Mine

Paint a plate, mug, figurine and more at Color Me Mine in Costa Mesa or Tustin! Kids love this place because they can come up with their own design and create a masterpiece! Just pick the colors you want and Color Me Mine will provide the necessary tools to help you paint. Once you are finished with your creation they will put it in the kiln to finish off the piece!

5. Discovery Science Center

Take the opportunity to have an educational afternoon at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana! They have all sorts of interactive exhibits and lessons for kids to take part in, and it is fun for everyone! Current exhibits include Mission Control, Inspector Training Course, Water Gallery, Healthy Kitchen and more! Tickets for an afternoon at the Discovery Cube are just $12.95 for children 3-14.

 

There are plenty more fun activities around Orange County to take the kids after school! For more tips or information contact one of our team members today! We can also provide information on housing in the different areas.

The Best Restaurants in Dana Point

Dana Point restaurants are among the best in all of Orange County, but you have to be selective with where you go and what you try. Luckily, we’ve done our own trial and error and found the best dishes that each of our featured restaurants has to offer.

 

To be clear, we liked everything on the menu, but finding the standout items to try at each new restaurant is a must, and we’ve already done it for you!

 

The Harbor Grill

The Harbor Grill is one of the best restaurants in Dana Point thanks to its close proximity to the ocean. Nothing gets you in the mood for quality seafood like smelling the ocean.

 

There are absolutely some great burgers and steaks for the non-seafood lovers out there, but the seafood is what keeps everyone coming back! We are particularly partial to the Barbecued Shrimp “Louisiana Style” and the Pacific Swordfish with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

 

They also have oysters on a half shell, or you can get them fried, so save some room!

 

Kawamata Seafood

If you’re looking for some killer Poke, look no further! You will be hard pressed to find a better one in the OC. The best thing about Kawamata is that they deliver both huge portion sizes and it’s absolutely delicious!

 

This isn’t your typical dinner place, mainly because they aren’t open for dinner. Most will find it shocking, but Kawamata closes at 6 pm daily. We actually have found that this is the perfect closing time for them because Poke is more of a light in between meal than it is a heavy dinner.

 

What we mean is, they get packed for lunch because having a light lunch and heading back to work is the best way to finish your day strong. Imagine having a burger and fries and then going back to work instead. Big difference between how each will make you feel right?

 

Go with the Kawamata for lunch, and you won’t be sorry!

 

Salt Creek Grille

Now that you have a great lunch spot, you have to try a place known for having the best dinner around. Salt Creek Grille is only open for dinner on the weekdays, and they have brunch and lunch service on the weekends.

 

They have a wide array of food including a Porterhouse Stroganoff, a Wood Fired Filet, Chilean Sea Bass, and a make your own omelet for the weekend brunch! They also have delicious sandwiches and burgers the most common kids meals like chicken tenders and mac and cheese.

 

You won’t be disappointed with the variety at Salt Creek Grille, and their unique approaches to some of their dishes will keep your taste buds happy!

 

Hendrix Restaurant and Bar

Hendrix Restaurant and Bar has some of the harder to find dishes in the OC area. On the list of delectable dishes is the porchetta sliders, the leg of lamb sandwich, squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta, tomato, and piquillo pepper sauce, and the classic tuna tartare.

 

You won’t be able to find some of the dishes they serve here anywhere else, and the ones that you can find elsewhere are just done better at Hendrix. If you have yet to try it out, give it a shot when you’re feeling a little adventurous!

 

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Halloween Ideas in South Orange County!

For many, Halloween is the best time of the year, better than even Christmas. For one day, people are allowed to dress up as whatever they want: a slice of pizza, Walter White, one of the guys from Daft Punk, etc and not get strange looks from anyone. It’s a time when us mortals welcome paranormal activity, contemplate death, and eat spookily decorated desserts.

Here are few crazy yet amazing fun activities that you can enjoy this Halloween:

 

  1. Pumpkin Patch

If you don’t want to do anything extreme and prefer to relax on Halloween, visit the Irvine Regional Park where there’s a pumpkin field and hay maze. Kids can play in the bounce houses, ride a train, and, if they dare, enter the haunted house! (It’s child friendly, so there is no cause for alarm in the scare department.) During your down time, indulge in some food or one of the popular cookie decorating sessions to relax.

 

  1. Scare Away Hunger!

On October 31st, enter a 19th century home for the most delicious food and wine pairings from Beau Soleil, Bistro Bleu, True Seasons Organic Kitchen, Roma d’Italia, Pandor Artisan Boulangerie, and many, many others. All proceeds will go to the truly noble cause of the OC Food Banks’ “Hope for the Holidays” campaign which provides meals, winter clothing, and toys to families and children in need.

 

  1. The Haunted!

The costume party is for the OC version of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, who actually exist (according to what we’ve seen on the Real Housewives of Orange County!) On October 30, the Wyndam Hotel will reserve two floors for music and dancing, where four DJs will be playing throughout the night. For food, head to the Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar inside the hotel for sliders and steak.

 

  1. Halloween Time at Disneyland

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special event that includes trick-or-treating and the Halloween Screams Firework Show, and is unfortunately sold out or this year. However, at least Halloween Time is still running until November 1. During this period, the park is decorated in full Halloween gear and its rides, (like Space Mountain and the ever popular Haunted Mansion with the Nightmare Before Christmas annual takeover) are given a spooky twist! As for food, try the Dia de los Muertos-inspired apples, cake pops and crispies. The park also carries pumpkin-inspired baked goods, dirt and worm apples (chocolate and gummy worms), and ghost marshmallows.

 

  1. Haunted Ghost Walk

Little did you know, Old Towne Orange is said to be haunted. Learn all about it during a ghost walk led by a tour guide who’ll tell you which antique stores and restaurants may have housed the paranormal. If you’re there on the evening of October 29, a community event called Treats in the Streets for games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, entertainment, and food. Santa Ana also has a ghost walk hosted by the same company, which begins at the historic Howe-Waffle Mansion and explores tales of execution, murder, death that have been buried in the city’s past.

 

No matter where you are on Halloween, these events in South Orange County will definitely carve beautiful memories for years to come. Whatever you do, don’t forget to make it a very Happy Halloween!

 

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5 Of the Best Places to Shop in South Orange County

Finding the best places to shop in South Orange County isn’t hard, but picking your favorite is. With plenty of shopping options and various restaurants in case you need something to eat or drink along the way; shopping in Orange County never has a dull moment.

Whether you’re looking for a unique designer outfit or an unbeatable bargain, there is always a place to suit your needs. Below are some of the best places to shop in South Orange County.

 

Brea Mall (Brea)

Although it’s located in north OC, the Brea Mall is the second largest mall in all of Orange County and was voted one of the OC’s best in the OC Register’s annual Best of OC poll. It is one of the most family friendly shopping spots and has five major department stores stocked with the latest trends and fashions as well as over 175 specialty shops which include True Religion, H&M, Michael Kors and Sephora.

This amazing mall also has several relaxation spots such as the Glen Ivy Day Spa and several quick-serve and sit-down restaurants such as the California Pizza Kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory. The amazing views from inside the mall, its vaulted skylights, Italian tile walkways, tranquil fountains and the free Wi-Fi available for shoppers makes it a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.

 

Fashion Island (Newport Beach)

Located near the coast of Newport Beach, Orange County’s premier coastal center is famous for its lovely Mediterranean architecture, graceful trees and serene fountain which makes it feel somewhat like a resort. Fashion Island offers exclusive specialty boutiques and world class department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s.

This mall is also home to Neiman Marcus, Nespresso, Urban Decay, Nike Women’s, SoulCycle, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and Halston Heritage. They also have a host of great restaurants which offer both quick-serve and sit-down services. Some notable locations are Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Sushi Roku, True Food Kitchen, FIG & OLIVE, Rick Bayless’s Red O, and CUCINA enoteca.

Exclusive discounts with the OC Stylish Savings booklet are also available at the Guest Services Desk for Travelers or Tourists in the area.

 

Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine)

Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Orange County’s most popular shopping centers, adorned by its wide open spaces and its town-like atmosphere. This is another family friendly mall with an IMAX cinema and other kid friendly brands such as GameStop, Dave & Busters, The Children’s Place and Cotton on Kids.

The open air center features world class restaurants and lively entertainment options such as The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Dave & Buster’s, Improv Comedy Club and Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21. The mall also features Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target, along with more than 130 stores. The Irvine Spectrum Center also has a Ferris wheel that operates all year and offers outdoor ice skating rink during winter.

 

South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza has the greatest selection of high-end shops and is seen as Orange County’s premier shopping center. It has the highest collection of luxury retail outlets such as like Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Christian Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Montblanc, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Versace.

Its main anchors are Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Sears; it also features over 30 upscale restaurants in two blocks of connecting shopping structures. Sergerstrom Center for the Arts is adjacent the main building as well as the Westin South coast and some offices.

South Coast Plaza is also a tourist attraction and is included as a stop on bus tours from Japanese and Chinese tourists. So, whether you’re a brand conscious shopper or just want to take in the bounty that is the Orange County, this shopping plaza is definitely worth visiting.

 

The Outlets at Orange

The Outlets at Orange, formerly known as The Block, is the sister to Brea Mall and both are part of Simon Malls. It is the only outlet shopping location in Orange County and is home to over 120 outlets and luxury retail shops. These include Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoes, Crocs Outlet, DKNY Company Store, Calvin Klein Company Store, Tommy Hilfiger Kay Jewelers Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Gymboree Outlet, and many more!

It is also home to The Van’s Indoor Skate Park. The Outlets at Orange also features other fun and entertainment centers such as, Dave & Buster’s, Lucky Strike Bowling and a huge AMC 30 Theatre with IMAX and over 25 incredible restaurants which make it an ideal spot for family relaxation.

 

Anaheim GardenWalk Plaza (Anaheim)

Anaheim Plaza has a store for all shoppers especially the ones that love the outdoors. Whether it’s buying some clothes from its wealth of retailers such as Ross, Sunglass Hut, Hollister or purchasing groceries from El Super, Anaheim Plaza is your one-stop shopping destination for all of your retail and grocery needs.

The center also offers the best in children’s clothing from stores like 4 Kids Clothes and Carter’s and also features varieties of restaurants such as P.F. Chang’s, California Pizza Kitchen and the Cheesecake Factory.

Anaheim GardenWalk is unique for its beautiful gardens as well its large public spaces.

 

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