HopDoddy Opening in Southern California!

Some of you might remember that we featured HopDoddy Burger Bar on our blog when we visited Austin in May 2014. (POST HERE) At that time there was speculation of opening one in Southern California and after a year and couple months – the news became true! The first California restaurant will open this Summer in Fashion Island, Newport Beach. We are so excited to check out the build-out and see if it lives up to the South of Congress, Austin location. Continue reading “HopDoddy Opening in Southern California!”

Lemonade – Newport Beach

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A day shopping at Fashion Island, wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a fabulous lunch. T.W.O. + Mom decided to try Lemonade since they have heard so many great reviews about it. And now it’s our chance to give our review….

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The Restaurant

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The ambience of Lemonade has a clean, fresh, modern feel. The color scheme is yellow and white with some pops of green – sounds freshing, right?!  Immediately when you walk into the restaurant, you know you have come to the right place. While waiting in line to order, you get a chance to review the menu. At first, it is overwhelming with the amount of choices on the menu, but we promise you that it is worth it. Once you reach the “food-line” the staff is eager to help you make your decision. If you change your mind based on what you saw being passed to another person, that’s fine! They will get you want you want! Everything looks too good not to try.

The Menu

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Lemonade is a casual dinning experience with a menu that has many options for everyone.  Salads, soups, sandwiches, poultry, fish, desserts and of course – Lemonade! T.W.O.+ Mom each got something different and we were impressed with our choices.  Our favorite picks of the day were the herb grilled chicken, mozzarella, basil pesto, arugula, ciabatta sandwich, the butternut squash, radicchio, scotch bonnet sauce, sriracha pepitas side dish, and the pineapple chicken, green beans, coconut, jalapeno, jerk dressing side dish.  The food tasted fresh and had a ton of flavor.  The side dishes had a great mix of sweet and spicy and was not drenched in sauces. 

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T.W.O. is already looking forward to going back to Lemonade and can’t wait to try something new! If you are ever looking for a great casual dining experience, T.W.O. highly recommends Lemonade. There is even one in Dubai! Next trip!?

Cheers,

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T.W.O.’s Favorite Orange County (OC) Spots

31st Street, Newport Beach

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For many years, T.W.O. has been riding their beach cruises to this street’s beach front to soak up the sun. It’s a great place to catch-up on your summer book read, gossip magazine news and a little game of smash ball. Generally, this beach spot is not too crowded so you don’t have to worry about finding a place to sit.

Balboa Island

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This island is famous for its Balboa Bar, which is a chocolate dipped frozen banana. It’s THE BEST in the WEST! Other than these gastronomical gems, Balboa is a great place to stroll along the board walk and enjoy the sun! And if you have young children, the island offers a Fun Zone and a Ferry Boat that will definitely keep your children on Cloud 9!

Sugar Shack

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Located on Main Street in Huntington Beach, the Sugar Shack is a restaurant that T.W.O. and their family have been going to for breakfast every Christmas Eve. The eggs, pancakes, hash browns and the hot chocolate are highly recommended. The restaurant is also known for its hamburgers and Turkey Dinners on Wednesday nights.

Fashion Island

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Where the shopping bags meet the surf! In T.W.O’s opinion, there is no better way to spend the day shopping than in an outdoor shopping mall that has views of the ocean. The center has many of T.W.O.’s favorite stores- Norstrom’s, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Trina Turk, Rebecca Taylor, Elie Tahari, Kate Spade,Nike, and the list goes on! One of T.W.O.’s favorite spots to dine for lunch while shopping is True Food Kitchen, which has the most amazing salads!

Crystal Cove Shake Shack

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Shake Shack is a great place to cool down with a shake and enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean. This small little hut is located on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near Laguna Beach that is worth stopping at! They are most famous for their date shake creation. So take your next date here and share a date shake!

Cannery, Newport Beach

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A local favorite, The Cannery is a wonderful restaurant that is known for its gastronomical, fresh seafood. Whether you go for brunch, lunch dinner, or drinks, this waterfront spot will not be a disappointment. They also offer a fantastic happy hour from 4-6:30 PM daily!

TK Burger, Newport Beach

At the beach and craving a hamburger? T.W.O. would highly recommend that you make your way to TK Burger. This spot is filled with locals because they know that it is the best burger you can get in town with sand on your feet. All their food is fresh- never frozen and cooked to order. They also have locations in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Anaheim Hills and Santa Ana.

Happy Exploring!

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