Ladies Who Dine :: Komo’s Cocina

Ladies Who Dine :: Komo’s Cocina

It’s been a while since the Ladies have gotten together for an outing. We’ve had babies, promotions, band concerts, PTA meetings, work trips, and fall vacations that have kept our nights and weekends full, so it’s been challenging to assemble a critical mass. But Christmas Eve eve proved to be a splendid night for a fair number of the Ladies to sip cocktails and indulge our bellies while chilling in Naples.

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You see, the LWD restaurant club launched with seven co-workers, all of us wanting to experience food beyond our Chili’s/Mimi’s Café/CPK lunch rut. Since its start in 2011, we’ve taken on other career opportunities, added new Ladies, and created LWD spinoffs (such as Ladies Who Wine and the Boozy Book Club) that included yet additional peeps. Since many of us no longer work together, the catching up part of our outings has become just as important as the food. So at Komo’s Cocina, we were so happy to see each other, so consumed with chatting that we forgot to eat. We drank (margaritas and wine). We appetized (guacamoles, grilled corn, queso fundido, carnitas chilaquiles). But none of us ended up ordering an entrée with the exception of Mario, who’d quickly requested the mussels with chorizo from the waitress upon his late arrival, thinking the rest of us had already ordered.

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Perhaps the margaritas did it, so potent that three of us lagged leaving with the others in need of some sobering up time, offering us an excuse to get dessert – the churros, all cinnamony and sweet, perfectly crunchy yet gooey and soft on the inside, stood out as my favorite bite of the evening, especially when double dipped in the warm chocolate and butter sauces served alongside of them.

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Komo’s is indeed a bright new spot among the expanding collection of boutique restaurants that LB locals are thrilled to have nearby. Also billed as a tequila bar, Komo’s offers tequila flights and a long list of inspired cocktails. The attentive and welcoming staff only help seal the deal in making Komo’s a hot spot for elegant, simple Mexican cuisine. My big regret is that I didn’t get a taste of their enchiladas. Luckily, Komo’s is but a hop and a skip from my daughter’s volleyball practice gym, so if ever I decide to ditch my run (how I prefer to spend part of the two-hour block of her bump/set/spike/block sessions), I may just mosey over to Naples for more of their zesty, hearty food. I’ll just be sure to skip the margarita so my kid won’t have to wait for me to sober up before getting her.

Komo’s Cocina
5730 E. 2nd Street in the Naples neighborhood of the LBC

Tasty Places :: The Beachcomber Cafe

Tasty Places :: The Beachcomber Cafe

Those of us who live in Southern California may not always appreciate our coast. The fact that, within minutes, we can drive to it – watch the waves, play in the sand, sun bathe, play beach volleyball, catch a dolphin swimming just offshore, run with our dogs barefoot. I don’t do most of those things on a regular basis, but I CAN if the itch to do so ever comes. What I did do recently is sup a wonderful breakfast beach side at The Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove.

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Even if the food were mediocre, it makes a dandy little getaway, just 35 minutes or so from my crib in the LBC. Sitting right on the beach along with the wooden Crystal Cove rental cottages, The Beachcomber is easily accessed via a slight and leafy walk that eventually winds under the Pacific Coast Highway to Crystal Cove (the Beachcomber shuttle will also drive you over for $1.00 – kids under 12 ride free).

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The scene itself would be good enough, almost cinematic. But then there’s the food! I can only speak on breakfast, but what I’ve tasted so far has been sublime. The turkey chorizo scramble is savory and balanced with a piquancy that soothes for those who may have enjoyed a bit too much champagne the night before. The brioche french toast is delicate, robust in its vanilla and almond flavors. Perhaps my favorite is the crabcake benedict, the stream of egg and Hollandaise mixing together and syruping into the crabcake is unparallelled. For a starter, the beignets are a nice treat as well – tiny, sugared puffs that melt in your mouth.

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So yes, it’s definitely worth the drive if you’re coming from the LA area. Get there early, though, or make a reservation as the place gets busy weekend mornings (does not take same-day reservations). And once you get there, rent some beach toys and hang out. Or, if it’s cold outside, Fashion Island is a 10-minute drive away – shopping can help burn off your Beachcomber calories. Bon appetit!

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove
15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Parking at the Los Trancos Parking Lot on the east side of PCH – $15 parking ticket validated with a purchase at Beachcomber of $15 or more