Life Through A Lens #18- Campus Life

Santa Monica beach views of the Georgian Hotel and beautiful palm trees.

A break from campus with a night out on the town. Emily Saliers concert at The Troubadour was amazing!

First meet of my collegiate career! I don’t know what was better, the experience or the view ❤

Views from the top of the Pepperdine campus.

Malibu at sunset is nothing less than breathtaking.

My beautiful campus part 1…

…and part 2…

…and finally part 3.

Cotton candy skies make any day better. Still can’t believe that I live here!

Life Through A Lens #10- Phuket

We’re back from our spring break beach vacation in Phuket. Here are some photos!

be be be be beachin’

no complaints here!

our hotel had a private beach enclosed between green hills

definition of lazy: me on this trip

tropical drinks part 1

amazing amazing dinner at EAT. restaurant and bar

no vacation is complete without a couple lush bath bombs

my favorite beach time activity

picture perfect resort

tropical drinks part 2

this view for 5 days;)

EAT. part 2–yes we went back!

tropical drinks part 3

the beautiful entrance to our hotel at sunset

happy hour with a view:)

Life Through A Lens #5- Southern Cal Adventures

the ever-so-aesthetic Newport Pier- Newport Beach 11:15am

the ever-so-aesthetic Newport Pier- Newport Beach 11:15am

the morning crowd- Newport Beach

the morning crowd- Newport Beach

the dock- Newport Beach

the dock- Newport Beach

I hate birds, but love seagulls by the beach- Newport Beach

I hate birds, but love seagulls by the beach- Newport Beach

the obligatory "I'm under the pier" picture- Newport Beach

the obligatory “I’m under the pier” picture- Newport Beach

nothing better than sand between your toes!- Newport beach

nothing better than sand between your toes!- Newport beach

picture perfect views- Newport Beach

picture perfect views- Newport Beach

world's best and prettiest lemonade store- Fashion Island, Newport

world’s best and prettiest lemonade store- Fashion Island, Newport

beautiful water running through an even more beautiful garden- DreamWorks Animation Studios, California

beautiful water running through an even more beautiful garden- DreamWorks Animation Studios, California

this garden serves as inspiration for animators while creating animation films- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

this garden serves as inspiration for animators while creating animation films- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

hey there, Po!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

hey there, Po!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

dreams really do come true!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

dreams really do come true!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

Life Through A Lens #4- SoCal

Palm trees on palm trees on palm trees!- Oceanside Pier

Palm trees on palm trees on palm trees!- Oceanside Pier

The Boardwalk- Oceanside Beach

The Boardwalk- Oceanside Beach

Beautiful waves crashing on the beach- Oceanside Beach

Beautiful waves crashing on the beach- Oceanside Beach

Good old Cheesecake Factory lunch (mmmm!)- Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Good old Cheesecake Factory lunch (mmmm!)- Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Downtown Pasadena- 1pm, the most gorgeous time of the day

Downtown Pasadena- 1pm, the most gorgeous time of the day

First night back in beautiful Claremont- 6:45pm early June

First night back in beautiful Claremont- 6:45pm early June

Talk about shopping with a view!- Ontario Mills

Talk about shopping with a view!- Ontario Mills

Nothing better than sitting on a beach with a sun-kissed nose and sandy toes- Laguna Beach @ 11:30am

Nothing better than sitting on a beach with a sun-kissed nose and sandy toes- Laguna Beach @ 11:30am

God bless America for the best shopping malls, beaches and the prettiest flag- Fashion Island, Newport Beach

God bless America for the best shopping malls, beaches and the prettiest flag- Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Greek at the Beach

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Pizza Bar/Akropolis

After a fun day at the beach, everybody craves refreshing beverages and delicious finder foods. 2201 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach is home to a cute little Greek restaurant, Pizza Bar (previously Akropolis), which serves delicious Greek Pizza, small crunchy falafels and ice cold. My family and I stumbled upon the Akropolis last year after a day beach hopping, and went back this summer after another day at the beach.

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An Extensive Menu

Starting with drinks, my parents ordered the Akropolis signature ShockTop, beer with an orange tang, which was light and refreshing, while my sister and I ordered a simple lemonade, which was perfect after being out in the sun all day. With an extensive menu, it was difficult to limit ourselves to ordering only 4 dishes. We decided on an order of Calamari, Hummus and Pita Bread, a Greek Salad, and a Gyros Plate with Beef/Lamb and Falafel.

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Shock Top- Orange Beer

The Calamari cane out first and was a huge hit. Its light, spiced batter nicely coated the fresh squid; both the rings and the tentacles. It came with a delicious spicy honey mustard sauce to dip, which only made it better. On the side, it was served with a small Greek salad and thick-cut fries which were to die for. Lightly salted and fluffy in the middle, the fries were gone in a flash.

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Calamari and Thick-Cut Fries

The Greek Salad was served soon after that. Filled with fresh lettuce, Lebanese cucumbers, baby tomatoes, sweet red onions and crumbly feta with Greek vinaigrette, the salad was a light and refreshing pairing for the deep-fried calamari. The sweet onions added a nice crunch to the soft crumbly feta, which was fresh and not too salty. Overall, one of the best salads I’ve ever had.

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Greek Salad

The Hummus and Pita was yet another great dish. The hummus was filled with creamy chickpeas, paprika, garlic, parsley and olive oil. It left a smooth texture on your tongue and was delicious with the fluffy pita. Also served with a small side of Greek salad, the dish was devoured.

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Hummus and Pita

Last but not least was the Gyros Plate. This dish was the cap to a great meal. We ordered a Gyros plate with Beef, Lamb and Falafels, but also came with thick-cut fries, tatziki, pita, and a side of Greek salad. The Beef and Lamb mixture was just a tad caramelized and which enhanced the light flavor of the Greek spiced coating. A hard, crunchy mixture of breadcrumbs, spices and herbs coated the three big falafels’ smooth, fluffy inside. Alone, the falafels were bursting with flavors of parsley and Greek spices, but dowsing it with the fresh tatziki added another layer of flavor. The tatziki, made with julienned cucumber, paprika, parsley and fresh Greek yoghurt, went really well with the falafels, the beef/lamb and the thick-cut fries.

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Gyros Plate with Beef/Lamb and Falafels

Our meal at Akropolis/Pizza Bar was once again incredible. We walked out the doors satisfied and stuffed. Topped off with a gorgeous view of Balboa beach, it was a great meal. Akropolis/Pizza Bar is definitely a must-go for those spending the day at Newport or Balboa beach!