Curated Local Guide To Orange County

Eats & Beverages


Sol Agave (San Clemente) - If its happy hour get the queso! Sugar Cane Steak is available all day (it says it’s an appetizer but I order it as a meal and it’s a lot of food) , if you like tajin they offer a margarita flight. Usually I get the Basil Watermelon Margarita-no tajin 

Guichos (San Clemente) - Take out only, Americanized Italian, best enjoyed at San Onofre State Beach 

Active Culture (San Clemente & Laguna Beach)- Health conscious casual dining, I get the LB/SC bowl, whole bowl, evolution bowl, kale salad, mint chip shake (free local delivery) 

AHBA (Laguna Beach) - European style indoor outdoor in South Laguna, head next door to their speak easy Helen's... walk out and head north into the next building for some drinks on their patio 

Maison (Dana Point) - French inspired farm to table- Grains bowl add salmon 

Glasspar (Dana Point) - Upscale seafood restaurant by The Dana Point Harbor, I love their Lobster Mac & Cheese + Tuna. Thursday is $2 oyster night 

Monarch Beach Market (Dana Point)- Small coastal market where you can order customized sandwiches, grab snacks & a drink  perfect stop before a day at the beach

Project Social (Dana Point)- Outdoor family atmosphere with simple food 

I Love Bagels (Dana Point) - Traditional bagels made fresh every morning, I love the Spinach Parmesan

Coffee Importers (Dana Point)- Stop by for a simple breakfast (Coffee, Smoothies, bagels, oatmeal) while you sit in the Dana Point Harbor, I love the California Bagel 

Mayfeild (San Juan Capistrano) - Middle eastern/ Mediterranean upscale with great cocktails “Turkish delight” or “Spa Water” are my favorites, be sure to join their wine club if you’re local! They offer small batch intriguing wine you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. I get the two bottle option for $55, this includes a 8oz tasting- 2oz of each selected wine of the month, then bring two bottles home to share with others or enjoy alone 

Heritage Barbecue (San Juan Capistrano)- incredible barbecue, typically a very long line as it is first come first serve, the wait can be hours so get their early or make a day out of it and grab beer at Capistrano Brewing Company while you wait 

Ramos House Cafe (San Juan Capistrano) A darling Cafe on the original Los Rios Street in San Juan, this Cafe is not only extremely charming but the food is delightful. Walk around to Zoomars to see the animals, antique barn to shop vintage or meander to the darling homes 

JD Flannel (San Juan Capistrano)- Traditional specialty donuts

2145 (Costa Mesa)- Wood-fire pizza, the perfect setting for a casual date night - prosciutto burrata arugula pizza or blue cheese honey 

Side Car (Costa Mesa)- Gourmet Donuts made every hour

Javier’s (Newport Coast)- Upscale Mexican, I order the Cabo Azul 

Muse Sushi House (Laguna Niguel) - Chirachi Bowl

Thrive Juice Lab (Laguna Niguel)- Organic juice bar, the "tummy tuck" juice is so refreshing, smoothies and bowls are great


Alcoholic Beverages 

Jane (San Clemente) - Phenomenal intimate cocktail bar, get the “Girl Grey” 

Landers (San Clemente & Costa Mesa) - fun place for casual drinks with a friend + both locations have a selection of curated vintage, for the Costa Mesa location it’s down the street in its own supply house 

Artifex Brewing (San Clemente) located on mainstreet Del Mar in San Clemente they have a small tasting room the perfect place to grab a beer

Swallows (San Juan Capistrano)- Traditional western dive-bar

Docent Brewing (San Juan Capistrano/Dana Point) -Traditional brewery with indoor and outdoor seating, if you like stout beer and the "tonic on nitro" is available be sure to grab it, made with coffee from a local coffeeshop 

Turks (Dana Point) - You want a dive bar? you get a dive bar. In the harbor on the water a fun place to spice up a wells drink or grab a beer any time of day


Lavender lounge (San Clemente) - pick your freshly brewed loose leaf tea iced or hot, be sure to add choobies (a hard jello and trust me they are incredible, I’m not a sweet gal and it’s the perfect treat) 

Sur Coffee (San Clemente) - Iced Coconut milk matcha with one pump lavender, amazing gooey cinnamon rolls they make in house

JC bean (Dana Point) - Get the Dirty Chai, its sweet but worth it + its a drive-through  

Hidden House Coffee (San Juan Capistrano)- Small coffee shop in a transformed original San Juan Capistrano Home located on Los Rios, walk around to Zoomars to see the animals, antique barn to shop vintage or meander to the darling homes 


Local Practitioners 


Shawna @thewrinklewarrior at Skin Spirit Newport Beach - mention my name for $50 off of your first service 



Elizabeth at Mizokami Sports Therapy in San Clemente offers a full body lymphatic drainage massage. Not only can you see what drains out of you, but it feels incredible. Book directly by text +1 (401) 365-3379



@elaina.sterrett is located in Murrieta, she’s not only welcoming and kind but the most talented permanent brow artist I have seen 



@connealymd is the founder of @centerfornewmedicine @cancercenterforhealing located in Irvine with a holistic approach to healing she is knowledgeable and a true healer, even if you can’t make it to her in person be sure to follow her on Instagram because she offers many Q&As that I am constantly learning from 


Makeup artists 







Registered Dietician 



Personal Trainer 













Jess at Dana Point Dermatology 



Eden at Pardon My French (Laguna Niguel) 


Things to do 

Ecology center (San Juan Capistrano)- a local farm that has fresh produce and treats, on Thursday’s and Saturdays at 11am they have fresh wood-fire pizza (first come first serve and they may run out) the perfect place to bring your kids 

Antique Barn (San Juan Capistrano) 

San Onofre State Beach (San Clemente)- $15 without a State Park Pass, park on the sand and stay all day 

Shop Shani (San Clemente)- Small women owned shop full of unique and curated clothes/specialty items 

Beach Walk- (San Clemente) Map yourself to Moulin, grab a coffee, find your way to the ocean, head left and follow the beach trail along the coast 

Yoga In the Park (Dana Point)- @iheartyoga hosts a donation based yoga class everyday in Lantern Bay Park that has panoramic views of the Dana Point harbor, stop by Coffee Importers after!

     - Every Morning 8:30 &10am + sunset yoga Monday - Thursday at 5:30pm