Nekter’s Alexis Schulze: My 24 Hours in Newport

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Juicing guru Alexis Schulze moved to Newport in 1998 and never looked back. “I fell in love with being outdoors and being so close to the ocean,” says the founder of Santa Ana-based Nekter Juice Bar, which has a location in Corona del Mar on East Coast Highway. “I wanted to live in a place where it felt like vacation all of the time.” Here, Schulze describes how she, her husband Steve and their two sons share a perfect day in Newport Beach.

 

Morning Ritual: Haute Cakes Caffe

“Every weekend, we have a tradition to ride our bikes with the kids and have breakfast somewhere nearby—and dog-friendly—to plan out the day. One of our favorites is Haute Cakes Caffe. The wait can get pretty long, so an early start is important.”

Haute Cakes Caffe
Haute Cakes Caffe

 

Cardio Crush: Grit Cycle

“I have to work out with my husband, Steve. We love Marisa Wayne’s Saturday class at Grit Cycle. She makes the workout fun—you don’t even realize how many calories you’ve burned until after.”

Grit Cycle

 

Lean and Green: Nekter Juice Bar

“I have to grab a Greenie with extra lemon from Nekter. I walk there from Grit as an additional cool-down. It’s so great to flood my body with nutrients and enzymes after a good workout.”

    Alexis Schulze portrait by Ryan Garvin Photography | Nekter juice photo by Anne Watson
Alexis Schulze portrait by Ryan Garvin Photography | Nekter juice photo by Anne Watson

 

Island Hopping: Fashion Island

“Steve and I love to walk around Fashion Island, especially on a beautiful summer day. I love the beet [tartare] salad from Great Maple; it’s filling, but still healthy.”

Great Maple beet tartare photo by Eddie Grace Creative Media
Great Maple beet tartare photo by Eddie Grace Creative Media

 

Dock and Dine: A&O Kitchen and Bar

“One of our favorite things to do over the summer is take a Duffy boat out on the harbor with the kids. Afterward, we stop for a light bite at A&O Kitchen [and Bar] at Balboa Bay Resort.”

A&O Kitchen and Bar patio
A&O Kitchen and Bar patio

 

Date Night: A Restaurant

“I love that the menu changes frequently. … The halibut is the best in OC. And, the ruby red martini is delicious and it’s not too sweet.”

A Restaurant Ruby Red martini
A Restaurant ruby red martini

—Written by Allison Hata

 

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