JC Beans — cookie heaven

September 16, 2013

Nothing says bliss to me like a warm chocolate chip cookie. So, JC Beans in Dana Point is bliss on steroids. They have ginormous cookies that are baked fresh in the morning and can be reheated in the afternoons to achieve the same fresh-out-of-the-oven warmth. The options are: chocolate chip, oatmeal or Reeses.  The  Reeses cookie has a delightful peanut butter cup in the center, the equivalent of the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. Like you really need a reward for getting to the middle of a peanut butter cookie. That should be reward enough. But to get to the peanut butter cup, and let it melt in your mouth, is sheer heaven to your taste buds.

While it would be ideal if JC Beans were at the harbor, it is a short drive away. Plus, they have a drive-through, so on cold, rainy days, you don’t even have to get out of your car to enjoy these delectable cookies. And, you get to spend money at a local business, as there is a drive-through Starbucks a few doors down. Paired with a hot chocolate, you just can’t get more warm, comfort food than this.

I typically get a cookie and then drive to the area above the harbor, and sit in my car, gazing out at the ocean, while I munch on my cookie, with the afternoon sunlight streaming onto my face. Mmmmmmm good. Thank you J.C. Beans for this slice of heaven. jcbeans.com



February 26, 2013

After living in Dana Point for two years now, and walking by the OC Sailing & Events Center at the harbor almost every day, I finally got my ass in gear this morning and tried a 9 a.m. Jazzercise class. Loved it! So glad to see Jazzercise is still alive and kicking. I seriously thought it had come and gone in the 80s, like topsiders and the Rubik’s cube.

It was the perfect panacea for a few things I’ve been looking for: a way to incorporate more dance into my life; a way to get moving, with music, in the mornings (it is also offered in the evenings); and the perfect escape from the apartment in the mornings to give my boyfriend more space to get ready for work.

After the hour-long class, I popped over to my favorite Coffee Importers for a Phil’s Power Pancake (gotta try it!), and basked in the sun with an L.A. Times. Mornings just don’t get any better than this! Felt a spring in my step and the party music reverberating in my head.

So, I will definitely be coming back to more Jazzercise classes, and encourage all Dana Point residents to try a class. It’s fairly low impact – definitely not the high intensity of what I’ve heard Zumba is all about, although I’ve never tried that (next on my list – so if anyone has a good Zumba class to recommend in Dana Point, please post a comment).

The only possible disincentive – the pricing seems a little steep. $55 a month to pay by check. $45 with automatic debit. $15 for a drop-in.  But the more frequently you go, it definitely pays for itself. http://www.jazzercise.com


February 24, 2013

Go to the harbor any time of day and you will see dogs of all shapes and sizes. Dogs basking in the sun, dogs mingling with other dogs. Dana Point is a mecca for dogs. And what better animal to populate a city than the animal that symbolizes unconditional love.

The dog-friendliness of the city is paralleled by the friendliness of the residents. Take a walk in Heritage Park, where there’s a self-enclosed space for dogs to roam, and you’ll be surrounded by dog owners and their dogs enjoying one of the most picturesque parks in Orange County.

What is your dog’s favorite part of Dana Point?

Coffee Importers

February 23, 2013

I know – another obvious like, but I’m just getting the party started here. To be able to frequent a local, independent coffee house, with so much more than coffee, and then sit outside gazing at the harbor is sublime. The way it’s split into two with coffee drinks, ice cream and pastries on one side and smoothies and sandwiches on the other side is pretty near perfect. This duality forces you to choose and cuts down on the wait time. The fact that it’s been family-owned since 1979 is a testament to its quality and service. The fact that it’s not a Starbucks is even more awesome.

The Harbor

February 23, 2013

I know — so obvious to start with the harbor. But, how many other cities can boast such a stunning backdrop that is so accessible? Having lived in San Francisco, this harbor is much easier to get to and find parking (most of the time) than anywhere in San Francisco.
And, for walkers like me, there is a multiplicity of paths that offer up panoramic views. Plus, there’s diversity to the paths – stairs, sidewalks, cement paths, dirt paths, biking trails. Benches along the way are conducive to rest and contemplation. The benches in the back of the Ocean Institute offer slice-of-heaven views. Gazebos and benches on the streets above the harbor offer dazzling birds-eye views.
I walk some part of the harbor almost every day. There’s always something new to see – some nuance, another textured layer to explore.
The plaza area near Coffee Importers, which is going to be expanded as part of a future renovation, is a mecca for meeting friends, conducting business appointments, hanging out with dogs, and people and boat watching.


February 23, 2013

I’m starting this blog to share the things I love about Dana Point. I invite Dana Point residents to share their love for the area, so we can create a tribute to the best city in the U.S.

Dana Point — especially the harbor area – -has the highest vibration of any city I’ve lived in recently. So much so, that if the esteemed David Hawkins were to measure the city’s vibration, it would probably be off the charts.

This blog is not a gimmicky “best of Dana Point” done by outsiders to get people to read their magazines or websites. And, it’s not meant to market Dana Point to tourists. This is by, for, and about residents. This is to share your favorite things, whether they’re obvious ones, like the harbor, or hidden gems, like a warm chocolate chip cookie from J.C. Beans.

So, I invite you to share your comments and thoughts — whether they’re prose, poetry, haiku, limericks or photos. Express yourself and your love of Dana Point.