Though coffee is good for jumpstarting a morning, it pales in comparison to the ritual surrounding afternoon tea. The Tea Room carries on this cherished English tradition, offering four levels of tea service, a selection of fair-trade organic teas, and a slew of finger foods for guests to enjoy. The simplest option is the Queen's Tea, during which you can nibble on treats while sipping selections from the house?s 50 signature blends. For a more decadent experience, the top-tier Royal Tea includes finger sandwiches, plates of salad, rows of glistening pastries, fruit, chocolate, and champagne. Outside the tearoom, guests can browse British paraphernalia at the gift shop or take home their favorite variety of tea without having to reverse-engineer flavors from stains left on lapels.
Baking Betty's two exuberant founders, Emily and Taryn, bake up batches of soft, chewy cookies from scratch everyday. The two best friends speckle cookies with sugary chunks of marshmallow and chocolate like field hands seeding Candyland’s farms. Available by the dozen or in bundled mini bunches, each batch of cookies bears sea-foam-green packaging and comes sealed with a kiss from the Baking Betty’s themselves.
Seaside Catering Company’s deli chefs start anew each day as they craft carryout lunch meals, frozen hors d’oeuvres, and platters of prepared, multicultural fare to sate guests' appetites. Hold breakfast in each hand with a duo of muffins laden with bacon, egg, and cheese ($2), or bury taste buds under avalanches of frozen 12-piece packages of italian sausage-stuffed mushrooms ($9.50). A quart of butternut-squash soup ($9) warms mouths or melts down gaudy ice sculptures. Up to 10 people can excavate platters of traditional quiche lorraine or chicken and artichoke quiche ($19.50) before leading spoons on a hike up the sugary peaks of pumpkin spice-bread pudding, baked in batches of 16 or 32 ounces ($4.50; $7.50).
Though it has no legal bearing in the U.S., the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 is gospel at Newport Beach Brewing Company. It stipulates that only three ingredients should be found in beer: barley, hops, and water. Brewer Derek Bougie sticks to this 16th century decree when creating all of Newport Beach's beers, which include hefeweizens, pale ales, and the comically named Evil Monkey and Village Idiot. And the Bavarian approach pays off: since 1995 Newport Beach Brewing Co beers have earned the brewery two bronze medals, two silver medals, and one gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
While Derek sticks to tradition, Newport Beach's head chef, Gabriel Beltran, prefers putting an contemporary spin on classic bar food. Made entirely in-house, his cuisine ranges from bourbon stout salmon, 1/2 lb. Harris ranch raised burgers, and fish and chips to brick-fired, garlic-crusted pizza topped with macaroni and cheese. His innovation even extends to desserts such as calzone filled with white and dark chocolate. Beer-fueled feasts unfold in front of Newport's HD televisions and 101-inch flat-screens, which stay tuned to the latest sports and weather reports from neighboring planets. Patrons may also visit the beer garden and patio located near the beach and the bay on Balboa Peninsula.
Dr. Bobbie McDonald completely dedicates herself to helping patients bring healthy, positive change into their lives. In addition to earning a doctorate in counseling psychology and sharing her expertise with CNN and ABC 15, Dr. McDonald also champions the salutary effects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Each session begins with the hypnotherapist gently talking the patient into a more relaxed state, where the mind is more vulnerable to suggestion. Highly specific language patterns and techniques can reduce the subconscious urges that encourage people to fall into bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, nail biting, impulsively buying big-ticket items, or paying for big-ticket items with nothing but pennies. McDonald also claims hypnosis may help patients to overcome fears related to test taking, public speaking, or sports performance.
With a name that's a riff on the French phrase for golden bread, Pandor Bakery and Cafe specializes in regional French pastries OC Weekly once said inspire "where-have-you-been-all-my-life epiphanies". Pandor is far from just a pastry shop, though, as it boasts an extensive menu that includes everything from breakfast plates to paninis. By morning, guests can be found digging into Nutella french toast or croque madames?and head in early for its Dornut pastry, which OC Weekly calls "obscenely good." At lunch, the kitchen sizzles with the sound of pressed sandwiches layered with pesto chicken or grilled zucchini. Though Pandor's flagship location can be found in the south of France, the California locations incorporate local goods such as coffee from Costa Mesa's Portola Coffee Lab and forks grown within Orange County.