Java Beach Cafe (Two Locations in the Outer Sunset)

If you are ever relaxing at Ocean Beach or find yourself in the Outer Sunset and in need of a sandwich or snack, Java Beach is the place for you. The locations are opened early in the morning until 8 or 11 at night (depending on which location), so they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a variety of food for a small cafe that fits any craving you may have.

For breakfast, they have multiple coffee based drinks, from black coffees to fancy frappes; pastries like croissants, muffins, and donuts; specialty bagels with various toppings; and granola with fruit bowls. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with any of these options. They are made so well with fresh ingredients and portions that leave you satisfied.

For lunch and dinner, they have a variety of salads and sandwiches on the menu. The sandwiches are heavenly. They use fresh bread, my personal favorite is their dutch crunch, and each is served with a side of potato chips or coleslaw. Though there’s many great options you can choose from, you have to get the Pesto Tomato Mozzarella Melt. This is served as an open faced sandwich on dutch bread made with a creamy pesto and mayonnaise spread and topped with melted mozzarella and warm tomatoes. It’s the perfect combination of warm and gooey and will have you come back for more. Because I love this sandwich so much, I usually do not get many salads here, but I have tried their classic caesar salad, which is basic but still good.

At Java Beach by the Zoo, they offer my absolute favorite dessert: soft serve. Their machines are made from organic cream from Californian dairy farm, Straus Family Creamery. They offer the classic flavors of chocolate and vanilla, which you can get in a cup, cone, shake or root beer float.

Both locations are less than a block from Ocean beach where you can enjoy your food and drinks inside with surfboards as tables or outside overlooking the ocean. For more information (exact address, history, and menu items) visit their website.

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Yogurt and fruit bowl with hot chocolate (creds: @fuudgram)

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How To See Disneyland In One Day

IMG_8961.JPGIn this post, you will learn how to explore and enjoy Disneyland in one day. This is perfect for those who do not have the time and or money to go to Disneyland for a long period of time. Disneyland is a very big and overwhelming place, and with this guide you will be equipped with tips on how to get the best experience in one day.

Step 1: Buy a one-day park hopper.

This is a standard ticket that lets you travel both Disneyland and California Adventure. The price on how much a ticket costs depends on the busyness of the season that you pick to go. For example, it is cheaper to go in September than in December, so keep that in mind when deciding what date to pick. You can purchase tickets online at disneyland.disney.go.com.

Step 2: Plan your trip.

Know what you want to do before you get to the park. You can check out maps of the park online beforehand to see exactly what way to walk in order to be most efficient. There are some must-see attractions and rides like the classic Pirates of The Caribbean and California Screamin’, but you should decide what you are most excited to see and plan a route that makes sense to where the rides are. Make sure to take photos at the best spots like Cinderella’s Castle, so you can keep the memory with you! (above you can see an example of one I took!)

Step 3: Prepare for a long day.

To get the most out of Disneyland, you should arrive at the park when it opens and leave when it closes. Depending on the day, this can mean twelve hours. You should be prepared for this by bringing water, weather-dependent gear (umbrella or sunglasses) snacks, sunscreen, and shoes that are comfortable to walk in. You want to be as comfortable as possible while exploring disneyland and once you enter the park you cannot leave so make sure not to forget anything!

Step 4: Avoid long lines.

When getting in line for rides, separate from your group (if you’re not with children) and go into the single rider line instead. This has you ride with strangers, but the wait time is much shorter. You should do this for rides that continuously have long lines, but for rides like Splash Mountain, you should go with your group because there is a photo at the end. You should also go to a ride with a long line and get a fastpass that tells you when to go back to a separate, shorter line. Another way to avoid the line is to download the Disneyland Wait Times App which tells you how long the lines are.

Step 6: Know where to shop.

Do not spend too much time shopping. At Downtown Disney, you can find a wide variety of souvenirs that will satisfy your shopping needs, so you do not have to search for what you want at the stores around the park (unless you want to).

Step 7: Have fun at the happiest place on Earth!

 

 

Judahlicious (3906 Judah St, San Francisco, CA)

Located in the Outer Sunset, blocks away from Ocean Beach, Judahlicious is great for those who are looking to eat healthy while still having delicious food.

There are many options to choose from ranging from smoothies to dinners. My favorite time of day to go is in the morning, and I would consider this more of a breakfast or mid-afternoon snack place rather than a place to grab a full-size meal, even though it is open until 7pm.

Because this place is mostly vegan and vegetarian, the dinner meals sound a little intimidating for a non-vegan or vegetarian or someone who has little experience eating so healthy and raw. For example, they have zucchini noodles instead of pasta and tacos with sunflower.

Even though I cannot recommend the full-size meals, I highly recommend their snack foods. My absolute favorite item on the menu is the acai bowl, which I believe is their best seller. It is described on their menu as “Brazilian acai, OJ, bananas, & blueberries, blended into a sorbet & topped w/ organic pumpkin flax granola & fresh banana slices.”, which to me means basically heaven. You can add toppings to the acai bowl for a boost for an additional cost, such as peanut butter, strawberries, goji berries, or mango. These toppings are worth the price and make the bowl much more enjoyable. This acai bowl fills you up as well for around $9, which is not too bad in pricy San Francisco.

Their smoothies are also very delicious and you can’t go wrong with any of them. My personal favorite is the Double Overhead which is orange juice, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, and nonfat frozen yogurt. For a less fruity smoothie, try the Velvet which is organic peanut butter, banana, & non-fat frozen yogurt.

At the counter, they display house made vegan treats that resemble brownies, cheesecakes, and chocolates. I was reluctant to try these, but they are very flavorful and you forget that they are dairy-free.

I love this restaurant not only for the food, but for the location and atmosphere. The place has a very laid-back, hipster vibe with natural furniture pieces like wood for decoration. I do not eat inside because even though it is usually freezing outside, you can see the ocean while you enjoy a classic acai bowl.

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Smoothies from Judahlicious. (creds: @fuudgram)

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Acai Bowl with strawberries and peanut butter from Judahlicious (creds: @fuudgram)