Road Tripin’ In SoCal

BEACH!I think everyone has figured out that we love to take road trips and see America. DH and I were absolutely burning for some beach time.


We started to look around and decided on Newport Beach California, someplace different. My fabulous husband found the perfect hotel/motel, well really an old style Motor Inn of days gone by, the Newport Channel Inn, fantastic!

The location just couldn’t have been better. Two blocks down, two blocks over and there’s the Pacific Ocean that we miss so much. I really should start taking photographs of the places that we stay, and the surrounding area to share with you.

It took us quite awhile to drive there, given the fact we had to drive around the greater Los Angeles area… you folks are crazy! I took a deep breath once we got off the Interstate and pulled into the hotel’s parking lot.

The next order of business, BEACH! We just about ran down to the water’s edge and then just walked, for the rest of the afternoon till just about sunset.

Time to think about dinner. There were several places within walking distance of the hotel, so we chose Spaghetti Bender.

We ordered Bruschetta to share, not bad. We also shared the always favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs and Halibut Piccata (bad pictures I know, I didn’t bother with the meatballs). Meh, passable.

Okay, let’s talk about the most important meal of the day, breakfast.

Eat Chow. WOW!

This place was recommended by our hotel, and again, within walking distance. I had the Spinach and Wild Mushroom Scramble, while DH had the Salmon Plate. Look at that toasted baguette with olive oil on his plate, super yummy. The Scramble was a ginormous amount of food, so I took ‘home’ half the eggs and we had it as a sandwich later.


Our hotel was so fab, they offered beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and loads of beach towels, at no charge. Here’s the thing though, get yours early, there’s only so many.

I had the forethought to bring with us some lunch fixin’s for the beach. This way we could simply sit and enjoy. This area is great! It’s not in the hubbub-bub of The Pier’s and all the tourist and restaurants and shops… it’s very low keyed. Our friends gave us a heads up that Newport Beach is kinda upscale, but we likened it to Kailua Hawaii, a great beach town, very cool, at least where we were anyway.

So, it’s time for dinner again, what to have?


Bluewater Grill

On the menu for us tonight is a pupu platter of smoked Albacore and Salmon to start, we shared that, and then Swordfish and Mahi Mahi for the entrée. We asked for the seasonal veg and sautéed spinach for me and local heirloom tomatoes for DH.

We went for an early supper, since the sun and surf (yes, we did go into the water) had taken so much out of us. There were only two other tables occupied, but you should have seen the bar for Happy Hour, PACKED! This is definitely a local watering hole, after work joint on Newport Bay.

I’m always on the lookout for stores that carry goodies from back home in Hawaii. SoCal has a store chain that is a must, Marukai.

We went by the meat counter and I swear my eyeballs just about fell out of my head. Can you see the price of that Beef? $69.99 per pound! This is why people in Japan don’t eat a lot of meat. That Berkshire pork looked so tasty, I wished  that we had a kitchen.

Keeping with the Japanese theme of the day, we sought out 930Sushi, the #1 Sushi place in Newport Beach. We had a late lunch of their Bento Box. My husband had the Sashimi and Shrimp tempura for me (that photo didn’t come out). This is served with a salad and a bowl of Miso Soup, heaven!

Another boring day at the beach, yeah right! We enjoyed Eat Chow so much for breakfast the other day, we went back for dinner (mostly because we were too lazy and it was a really short walk from the hotel). It was a little later in the evening, so we figured we didn’t need a reservation, WRONG! They were hopin’!

If you decide to go here, do not drive, they only have seven, yes I said 7 parking stalls and the on street parking is always full as well as metered.

We weren’t super hungry, so we shared an order of Crispy Beef Tacos and Hangar steak served with gorgeous Onion rings and a baby Arugula salad… a glass of wine (or two) and Auntie is a happy gal.

Last day at the beach… so we stayed there ALL DAY LONG! It was a good thing that on our walk back to the hotel there’s Big Belly Deli.

Great pizza and beer to finish off this terrific road trip.



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4 thoughts on “Road Tripin’ In SoCal

  1. Krystle September 23, 2014 at 9:57 am Reply

    Sounds like an amazing trip Auntie! It’s not even noon yet and you’re making me hungry with those photos! 🙂

    I need to get myself to the beach soon… A Hui Hou!

    • auntiedoni September 23, 2014 at 11:17 am Reply

      Thanks for stoppin’ by Krystle. It wasn’t Hawaii, but it did the trick.

  2. Liz September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm Reply

    That was lots and lots of yummy food. You leave me totally, drooling…

    • auntiedoni September 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm Reply

      We love to travel by car and see there i to see, eat what there is to eat, just generally enjoy life as it comes our way. Thanks so much for stopping by Liz, really appreciate it. A Hui Hou, until we meet.

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