4.29.2014

Ways and Means Oysters House

Have you ever read about a restaurant through a magazine and you wanted to drive off and experience the food yourself?  Well, this happened to me last week.  After reading a local magazine, I decided to check out Ways and Means Oysters House with my good friend.




As soon as we sat down, we were greeted by lovely waitstaffs and also offered us these flavored breads.   The Guinness bread was my favorite and I spread it with tasty European butter.




After shucking oysters at work two weekends ago, eating oysters was the last thing on my mind.  The truth is I haven't had oysters before but sometimes I dare myself to try new things.

These Hot Naked Oysters (lunch - $12) with chorizo, watercress, hot sauce and hollandaise didn't disappoint!  


 When you come visit this place, make sure to ask for the specials.  This  light and refreshing Rock Fish Ceviche was not on the menu and I was so happy to try it with fried plantains. 


I rarely see Frenched Chicken leg/thigh around here and I appreciate this Roasted Mary's Organic Half Chicken ($24) so much because of the time given to make this dish so appealing.  With the charred carrot puree, Brussels sprouts and rosemary potato - this organic chicken is seriously the best chicken I've had here in OC.


The nautical ambiance, the chandelier and the leather red sofas are so welcoming and I must come back by all means!

513 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, California 92866
(714) 516-1800

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4.26.2014

The Beachcomber

If you're looking for an intimate less crowded beach side, Crystal Cove is your best bet. Coming here is a bit of a hike so wear comfortable shoes. :-)



I've heard of Beachcomber through my good friend and I've always wanted to come here.  I decided to stop by here for dinner after a 3K run/walk with a girl friend.   I ordered the Frutti di Mare Pasta ($23.95), packed with wild Mexican shrimp, calamari, clams, mussels and zucchini. Perfect amount of everything!  And I mopped my plate with Ciabatta bread into the sweet spicy Arrabiatta sauce while the sun sets.  Ahhh-mazing! 




Now that it's almost summer time, expect to wait at least half an hour to any restaurants near the beach so I suggest to plan ahead when you come here.

Watching the sunset and walking by the beach aren't just for couples, I actually came here by myself and I did enjoy my "me" time.  It was a great way to just relax, watch people and embrace life as a single. :-)

Have a lovely weekend!

Bisous,
Mardy



The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove
15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657

PARKING: Free parking at Los Trancos Parking lot if you eat at Beachcomber. Don't forget to validate your receipt.  :-)