Life Through A Lens #5- SOCAL ADVENTURES PT. 2

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 ADVENTURES PT. 1

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!