California Cruizin'

Discovering the Hidden Jewels Throughout America's Golden State

Gems by the Sea

on January 24, 2013

Seal Beach. The gateway to Orange County, this sleepy beach community of about 24,000 boasts a  charming main street  IMG_6465IMG_6467 IMG_6477 charming main street  and the longest wooden pier up and down the California Coast.

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Strolling down historic Main Street, fancy boutiques, antique shops, barber shops, cafes and restaurants beckon. The food choices are as diverse as the Southland population. American, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Irish, Lebanese, French. There is something for every taste bud.
One of the most popular breakfast eateries, the Crema Café, http://www.cremacafe.com, is one of my favorites too. IMG_6463

You can sip gourmet lattes, cappuccinos and chais, while indulging in scrumptious wraps, omelets, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and soups. But you must try their famous wholesome breads IMG_6635

and mouthwatering French pastries freshly baked in their newly opened artisan bakery every morning.

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And if you like to step back in time and experience the bygone Hollywood days, sit back in those red velvet chairs at the Bay Theatre, http://www.baytheatre.com, just a few steps down from the Crema.

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For a more breezy dining experience try the sunny beach patio at River’s End, http://www.riversendcafe.com. IMG_6595

Tucked away at the end of the white sandy beach where the San Gabriel River meets the sea, this hidden gem features a great mix of American, Southern Caribbean and Central American dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offers stunning views of the Long Beach Marina, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Catalina Island, the Orange County shoreline and the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountain ranges. IMG_6441
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