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Fodor's Southern California 2014
Balboa Island Review
This sliver of terra firma in Newport Harbor boasts quaint streets tightly packed with impossibly charming multimillion-dollar cottages. The island's main drag, Marine Avenue, is lined with equally picturesque cafés and shops.
Sugar & Spice. Stop by ice cream parlor Sugar & Spice for a Balboa Bar—a slab of vanilla ice cream dipped first in chocolate and then in a topping of your choice such as hard candy or Oreo crumbs. Other parlors serve the concoction, but Sugar & Spice claims to have invented it back in 1945. Cash only. 310 Marine Ave., Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA, 92662. 949/673–8907.
Olive Oil & Beyond. At Olive Oil & Beyond, you can sample and purchase premium oils from around the globe. There's also a lineup of unique balsamic vinegars—some flavored with fig or tangerine—and other gourmet goodies. 210 Marine Ave., Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA, 92662. 949/566–9380. www.oliveoilandbeyond.com.
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