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September 2013

Readers' Choice 2013: Mom & Dad

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Readers' Choice 2013

Mom & Dad

date night

BEST PLACE FOR DATE NIGHT: MASTRO'S, NEWPORT COAST

Though being parents is a full time job, it’s good to take a break and rekindle what it was like before the kids came along. According to our readers, the most romantic place to do that is at Mastro’s. Between the beautiful setting, lobster mac and cheese and gourmet cocktails, you and your partner will have a wonderful time.

 8112 east Coast Hwy, Newport Beach | 949-376-6990 | www.MastrosRestaurants.com


workout

BEST PLACE FOR A WORKOUT: PURE FITNESS

We’re always looking for the next best place to work up a sweat, and according to Parenting OC readers, Pure Fitness in Lake Forest will let you work out without worry, as they have a Fit Mamas program with childcare.

"PURE Sports, Fitness & Therapy in Lake Forest. Great group personal training with incredibly knowledgable trainers. While you train with other people, the exercises are tailored toward your specific abilities and goals, and are adapted for any injuries you may have. They train a broad range of clients, but are especially great for moms with young kids because of their Fit Mamas program with childcare. PURE has helped me improve my family's entire lifestyle for the long term, a transformation no other gym or trainer has ever done!" -Amy Lazzaroni, Foothill Ranch

22821 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest | 949-916-3558 | www.Purefitnessoc.com


coffee

BEST COFFEE HOUSE: KEAN COFFEE

Let’s be honest, as a parent, your best friend is caffeine — and according to our readers the best place to get a java fix is at Kean Coffee. Teas and artisan coffees that are organic and fair trade — as well as super yummy hot chocolate for the kiddies — make this the “it” coffee house in OC. Bottoms up!

"Our family loves to start the day at Kean coffee. Not only do they have the most unique coffee menu, (we love the Napoli and Mexican hot chocolate), they also offer a place for everyone to sit back, relax and enjoy being with the community; serving warmth and love with every cup!" -Tanya Neal, Irvine

 Locations in Newport Beach and Tustin | www.keancoffee.com


RETAIL THERAPY

BEST MALL: South Coast Plaza

BEST BOUTIQUE: Daisy Shoppe & Laurenly Clothing Boutique

BEST MATERNITY STORE: A Pea in a Pod

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE: Children’s Orchard


OC WOMAN

BEST PLACE FOR MOM’S NIGHT OUT: SEA LEGS, ROOFTOP, JAVIER’S

It’s often been said that women are indecisive, and in this case, ladies, we proved that saying true. We couldn’t decide between Javier’s, Sea Legs Wine Bar and Rooftop Lounge, so we think you should visit all three and decide for yourselves! Here’s our rundown of each place:

sealegs

Sea Legs Wine Bar

This place is sassy, sophisticated and the perfect place to “wine” down after a long week. Grab the girls, throw on your heels and get ready to giggle and gossip over a glass of vino!

Reader Quote: "Sealegs is the absolute best place for a Girls Night Out! First it's owned by two amazing women so they know just what we want when we go out....a beautiful place with gorgeous decor, great little plates to share and fabulous wine (half price bottles on Wed night). It's just a fun spot to meet your girlfriends and there is nothing else like it in Huntington Beach."

Reader Recommendation: Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon and Jill Hammer Rose -Candace Rock, Huntington Beach

21022 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach | 714-536-5700 | www.Sealegswinebar.com

rooftop

Rooftop Lounge

On the top of Casa Del Camino in Laguna, sits a restaurant perfect for a staycation with the ladies. The delicious mojitos and breathtaking view of the Pacific are the perfect setting to catch up with the girls.

1289 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
949-497-2446 | www.rooftoplagunabeach.com

Recommended Menu Item: Tuna Tartar

 

 

 

 



javiers

Javier’s

Girls night out and margaritas go hand-in-hand, and there’s no place in OC that does margaritas like Javier’s Cantina and Grill. A delicious menu, fun and happening scene make Javier’s the place to when you want to get dressed up and have a little “me” time with your girls.

Locations in Newport Beach and Irvine | www.javiers-cantina.com

Recommended Menu Item: Ensalada de Ensada

 

 

 

 


nail

BEST NAIL SALON: HAPPY NAILS

If you’re wondering where to get your nails done, wonder no more. Our readers have selected Happy Nails as the favorite place for a mani and pedi. With locations sprinkled in every corner of the OC, there’s no doubt you’ll find a location near you. Pick out a pretty color, sit in the relaxing spa chairs and enjoy!

“To be named “Best Nail Salon” in Orange County is an incredible honor! Over the last thirty years, Happy Nails & Spa has made great strides in transforming what it means to “get your nails done.” We cherish this distinction as an indication that our clients recognize and value the quality of service and atmosphere of luxury and tranquility found in our salons.” –Brian Sim, vice president and general counsel

Locations throughout OC | www.happynails.com


spa

BEST SPA: BURKE WILLIAMS

Sometimes, parents need some R&R. And according to our readers for its second consecutive year, Burke Williams is the ideal place to indulge themselves. No sand boxes or business meetings, just calming music, aromatherapy, facials, massages and more. Drop the kids off at the sitters and take pleasure in the all too rare “me time.”

To be named “Best Nail Salon” in Orange County is an incredible honor! Over the last thirty years, Happy Nails & Spa has made great strides in transforming what it means to “get your nails done.” We cherish this distinction as an indication that our clients recognize and value the quality of service and atmosphere of luxury and tranquility found in our salons.

Locations in Orange and Mission Viejo | www.burkewilliamsspa.com


BEST HAIR SALON: TIE! TONY & GUY AND ALEXANDER’S GRAND SPA AND SALON

TONY & GUY

There’s no better feeling than when your hair is cut and styled just right, which is why Tony and Guy is committed to cutting, coloring and styling your hair to perfection. OC residents are lucky to be able to choose between the academy where students learn by working on your hair at a less expensive rate, and a salon where qualified professionals are able to toss your tresses. Either way, you’re getting top-notch quality hair styling.

Locations throughout OC | www.toniguy.com

"Tony and Guy hair academy they are students who are about to graduate but do amazing work and prices can't be beat. Even the products they use are of great quality." -Idalia Escalara, Santa Ana

ALEXANDER'S GRAND SPA AND SALON

Alexander’s is a full service spa and salon in OC, and according to our readers, is “the” place to get your hair done. With a staff of over 60 professionals, you can be sure there is a stylist for your unique style.

5579 E. Santa Ana Canyon, Anaheim Hills
714-282-6438 | www.alexandersgrandsalon.com

 

 

 


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