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15 MORE Food Spots You Need To Visit In Orange County, CA

Check out these delicious spots if you're in the southern California area.

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It's no surprise that Orange County, California is home to some incredible food spots, and a couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about 15 spots to visit if you're in the Southern California area. If you're taking a trip to California this year, you're in luck because I have 15 MORE amazing food spots that would be great to check out. Definitely stop by if you can!

1. Cauldron Ice Cream (Santa Ana, CA)

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Cauldron Ice Cream serves unique flavors like earl grey lavender and milk + cereal in fluffy cones called "puffles."

2. The Loop Handcrafted Churros (Westminster, CA)

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If you love churros, this spot is for you! The Loop serves custom churros dipped in glazes and ice cream.

3. The Stand Natural Food Restaurant (Laguna Beach, CA)

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The Stand is a local healthy spot located right by the beach in Laguna Beach, California serving fruit bowls, smoothies, and other options.

4. Cafe Gratitude (Newport Beach, CA)

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Another healthy option is Cafe Gratitude, a plant-based spot in Newport Beach with nachos and other delicious choices.

5. The Tea House on Los Rios (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

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This adorable tea cottage looks like it's straight out of a doll house. They serve scones, sandwiches, and obviously, a variety of teas!

6. The Aussie Bean (Orange, CA)

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This coffee shop in Orange, California was founded by an Australian couple and serves unique options like a "short black" and "piccolo latte."

7. La Galette (San Clemente, CA)

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This delicious brunch spot has a beautiful location across from the San Clemente pier, and is known for their coffee and crepes.

8. 4th Street Market (Santa Ana, CA)

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This food hall in Santa Ana is full of unique food spots serving products like custom ice cream sandwiches and Mac 'n cheese burgers.

9. Sprinkles Ice Cream (Newport Beach, CA)

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They have a variety of Sprinkles Cupcakes locations now, but this Sprinkles ice cream location in Newport Beach is always packed and serves cupcakes mixed with flavors like captain crunch and red velvet.

10. Boba Me Baby (Laguna Beach, CA)

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This Laguna Beach spot serves a variety of teas with boba, as well as waffles and açai bowls.

11. Daydream Surf Shop (Newport Beach, CA)

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This California-themed coffee shop is filled with fun decor and records, and also doubles as a surf board store.

12. South Swell Hand-Dipped Ice Cream (San Clemente, CA)

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This shop in downtown San Clemente serves ice cream pops with a variety of drizzles and toppings- they have everything from fruity pebbles to Oreos.

13. Ellie's Table (San Clemente or San Juan Capistrano, CA)

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This adorable brunch spot has two amazing locations, and serves pastries and coffee, as well as other sandwich and salad options.

14. Trade Food Hall (Irvine, CA)

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This food hall in Irvine, California features spots like Pig Pen Delicacy (serving unique bacon and pork products) and Sweet Combforts (makes custom waffles with drizzles and toppings).

15. The Lab Anti-Mall (Costa Mesa, CA)

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The Lab is another food hall/shopping center with some of my favorite food spots in Orange County. Definitely make sure to check out Good Town Doughnuts and Gypsy Den.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.

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I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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