I have to admit when I travel the highlight of my trip is typically what I eat, the hidden restaurants I find, and immersing myself in the food of the locale. So when I discovered a few hidden gems in my own backyard you have to excuse my elation. I mean finding a killer organic juice bar and a super cool breakfast spot all within one weekend, well it almost felt as if I was on vacation!! Below are a few of these hidden gems in the Laguna area. If you go to Break of Dawn, be sure to order the “bacon” and eggs. The bacon is really pork belly and the eggs are tempura poached eggs! How do they do that!? See photo below to see what I mean. For lunch or a fabulous dinner Driftwood kitchen is my favorite spot. It’s just above the more popular The Deck, so it has the same great killer ocean views, but with less people, and a more sophisticated menu. Be sure to order the oysters and the lobster cabonara. Lastly is Thrive Juice Lab, a real deal organic, GMO free juice bar. They have fabulous smoothies and a fun kids smoothie list. The Stimulator, which is basically a coffee smoothie is fantastic. And the acai bowls are great too!