These are a Few of our Favorite Things
It’s that time of year again, the annual Readers’ Choice Awards! This time of year we get a true insiders’ look at the best of the best of OC, when readers open their mouths, or at least unleash their typing fingers, and let us know just what they love about this beautiful place we call home.
Each year, we see our perennial favorites bloom once more — check out the feature and note the proud ribbons decorating the winners proclaiming how many years they each got the nod. And each year, there are some newcomers. Sometimes these are new arrivals to Orange County, sometimes a narrow race ends a little differently when the second place biz edges out the champ. With over 23 thousand votes pouring in, it is never a dull issue!
I thought it was particularly telling how close the races were among the Mom and Dad categories. Date Night? A TIE. Which actually doesn’t shock because it is definitely something that pops up in conversation over coffee or before spin class, and it always seems to be a Javiers-Mastro’s-Javiers-Mastro’s revolving door. Also tied were our fave places to get that caffeine boost, Portola Coffee Roasters and Kean Coffee. I say don’t overthink it, go for the double caf’. Even our wine bars were a close call (and I happen to be rather fond of that OC mama juice, so bring em on, the more the merrier!).
When it came to our kids, things were a little clearer. But even so, we felt some really great operations might have been overlooked or might have been at an unfair advantage by pure location or circumstance, so we developed a rather robust Editor’s Choice list of places that should definitely make your list of spots to check out in 2017.
Between the Readers’ Choice and the Editor’s Choice Awards, we delved into over one hundred different categories of life in OC. Since we thought your hands might be full with those multiple coffees and wines, we decided not to burden you with a three inch thick magazine to lug around or jam in the junk drawer. Instead, we have all your results ready for you to peruse at a moment’s notice online at www.ParentingOC.com.
(Afterall, if there is one thing we can agree on, it’s that a parent always has their phone close at hand.)