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We are sorry this is getting posted a day late.... Looks like our blog wasn't ready to be back from vacation yet!

What a week! You may have noticed things were a little different around here last week. After what seems like forever, Senior Food Nanny finished up her world travels for a little while. We are so excited to have her home!

It just so happened that this last week was Spring Break around our neck of the woods.

Junior Food Nanny, along with a bunch of our other family members, spent the week in Newport Beach. It was such a treat getting away for a few days.

We may not have been cooking our usual meals, but we were still bonding over dinner time!

Today, we want to tell you all about Newport Beach. Its a trip we have done many times before, and will continue to do as often as possible. We love it that much!

To break up the long drive with kids, we spent a little time in Las Vegas.

We were so excited to see that Eataly is now in Vegas! It started in Italy, but we have been enjoying it in New York for years.

It's the highest quality Italian food that everyone will love! Even the pickiest eaters will find something, we promise. So fun to now have this gem in Las Vegas!

LODGING

On this trip, we stayed at the amazing Marriott Newport Coast Villas.

This hotel is in the perfect location. It is close to the beach, restaurants, and shopping. It is located up on a hill so the views are breathtaking.

We love that you can easily sleep the whole family comfortably and have the option to eat in. The address is Newport, but you are also super close to Laguna Beach. It is one of our favorite places on earth.

FOOD WE LOVED

The whole family couldn't get enough Mexican Food this week. We really tried to take advantage of the amazing food options in Newport. We had some awesome recommendations from our viewers, and we were not disappointed.

Our three favorite stops were Chronic Taco, Taco Mesa, and Sancho's Tacos. They all have similar menus, but we liked different things at each place.

  1. Chronic Taco: So delicious! Their carne asada tacos are out of this world. Some of the best we have ever had.

  2. Taco Mesa: We loved their chips and guacamole!

  3. Sanchos Tacos: This place came highly recommended! We preferred the food at the other two places, but we loved the fun atmosphere.

Something else we couldn't get enough of this trip was Sidecar Donuts! They are absolutely unreal. The shop is open from 6:30am-9pm, and their is constantly a line!

We LOVED the Huckleberry, Butter and Salt, Apple Fritters, honestly everything! We are completely obsessed.

Don't worry, we did eat a few healthy things this trip! We tried out Pressed Juicery and loved it! I felt like I was getting healthier with each sip.

They have locations all over California so check them out!

At R+D, we had one of the best salads of our lives! It is definitely a fancier restaurant but we loved it. Its located in Fashion Island and was the perfect place to enjoy lunch before shopping.

RECOMMENDATIONS

We had so many food recommendations and we just ran out of time! Here is a list of all the other places people suggested. Looks like we need another trip!

  • Bonsai Bowls

  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar

  • Pit Fire Pizza

  • The Crack Shack

  • Burger Lounge

  • Nektar

  • Haute Cake Cafe

  • Mendocino Farms

  • Rose Bakery Cafe

  • Mama D's Italian Kitchen

  • Bear Flag Fish Co

SHOPPING

Since I mentioned Fashion Island, let's talk about the shopping! You know our main passion is food, but shopping isn't far behind. ¿We love checking out new places and discovering everything that's out there.

One of our favorite shops this trip was Anthropologie. I know, I know, there are Anthropologies all over! But the one at Fashion Island is incredible. It's ginormous, and full of so many amazing things. We could have spent all day in there.

We also enjoyed checking out Des' favorite store, Jux-ta-po-is-tion. It did not disappoint! They have remarkable antique benches, stools, and boards. It is full of truly breathtaking and unique items. It is definitely on the pricier side, but its amazing.

And finally, we couldn't leave Newport without checking out Studio McGees Store in Costa Mesa. We have been fans of Shea's for a long time so this was such a treat!

We had an absolute blast eating, shopping, and home admiring our way through Newport Beach, but we missed you! We are excited to be back cooking with all of you! Here is our menu for the week. Keep cooking, your family is worth it!

MEAL PLAN

Monday: Chicken Rice Casserole with Almonds

Tuesday: Cacio E Pepe: Quick Mac and Cheese

Wednesday: Fish Tacos

Thursday: Chicken Fajita Soup

Friday: Little Italy Pizza

Saturday: Sloppy Joes

Sunday: Cream of Zucchini Soup