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 Рthe 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


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.