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Christ Cathedral

September 22nd, 2017

 

Explore this standout architectural and spiritual destination near downtown Anaheim Monday – Saturday with a self-guided or docent-led tour. Located at 13280 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, there are 32 beautiful acres with a variety of buildings including Christ Cathedral, Cathedral Cultural Center, as well as gardens and an on-site cemetery. With 55 volunteer docents, private groups of 15+ can schedule a personalized tour. Otherwise, complimentary tours take place throughout the day and last around 40 minutes.

Visit the cathedral grounds from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for a day of worship at this now-Catholic institution, although all faiths are welcome to the services. When it was first built in 1980, “Crystal Cathedral” was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee as a sort of religious theater. Enclosed in glass, Rev. Robert Schuller had a big say in its design, wanting his evangelical televised church to “be open to the sky and surrounding world.”

A California Beauty

Today, the Cathedral’s main sanctuary seats 3,000 people. Currently under renovation (but open during construction), the big reveal is slated for 2018. With the star-shaped plan and a modified Latin cross plan on the campus, the architects have been challenged to create such an angular construction.

There are more than 10,000 mirrored glass panes that are created to withstand an 8.0 earthquake and wind speeds up to 100 mph. From the carillon with 52 bells to the ability to hold 1,000 singers and performers, it’s truly an Anaheim marvel everyone has to see to believe.

 

Best Burger Joints

September 12th, 2017

 

Getting ranked as a best burger destination in Southern California is no easy task. Glee Donuts and Burgers offers two all-American favorites. Try the Holy Mole Burger with guacamole, jalapenos and Swiss cheese with two patties and house dressing. The Soft Shell Crab Burger highlights the Pacific’s seafare, and of course dessert with a cronut, apple fritter or Tiger Tail donut is the sweet ending you crave.

At Burger Theory, they have burgers down to a science. House burgers include the Philly with grilled peppers, onions and jack cheese, The Boss is two patties with loads of bacon and sharp cheddar melted along with Swiss cheese. Get the parmesan panko onion rings as a side for a double whammy of goodness.

Flippin’ Awesome

The Blind Rabbit is an upscale restaurant, speakeasy and bar known for “The Burger.” Grab some bone marrow appetizers before diving into the half-pound monster with gruyere cheese, a fried egg, caramelized onion, bacon aioli truffle greens and tater tots on the side. Alternatively, the Buffalo Chicken Sliders on a pretzel roll with Pepper Jack and house pickles makes for a tangy dish.

Anaheim Indoor Marketplace

August 31st, 2017

 

Keep cool as summer comes to a close at the expansive Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, where you can shop for fresh, local produce, pastries and meats along with artisanal gifts and treasures. Known as the OC’s biggest indoor swap meet, it’s a one of a kind indoor shopping experience with permanent vendors featuring children’s wear, cosmetics, electronics, housewares, jewelry, men’s  and women’s wear, sporting goods, toys and of course a smorgasbord of shoes.

The banquet hall is available to rent, and special events happen year-round. Those planning an event have access to tables, chairs, a stage and dance floor, services including cleanup and catering, and free parking. Contact the Marketplace directly for more information.

Going to Market

In August, there’s the Ballet Folklorico Competition on August 6th where groups dance battle for a $500 cash prize. The annual Free Health Fair on August 20th includes screenings for dental, vision, cholesterol and more. Plus, with the Latin Mirage event on August 5th and the Resplandor de Mexico every other Sunday, there’s always something exciting happening at the Marketplace.

It’s also the go-to spot for home cooked meals, specializing in authentic Mexican flavors. Try La Palapa for snacks, Dulceria Botanas Avalos for sweet treats or the Latin Kitchen for genuine dishes from south of the border.

 

Visit the Honda Center

August 24th, 2017

 

Anaheim is home to one of the biggest entertainment venues in the world. The Honda Center is also the Anaheim Ducks home base and hosts the Big West Basketball Tournament. World class concerts and performances take place here, from the Harlem Globetrotters to Stars on Ice and The Rolling Stones. Over 35 million visitors have experienced the Honda Center in over 3,500 events.

The city of Anaheim owns the venue, opened 14 years ago to a sold-out Barry Manilow show. Continuously updated, the latest offering is the Grand Terrace Project with 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space complete with a 250-seat restaurant. With StadiumVision from Cisco throughout the venue and over 500 monitors, it’s truly a one of a kind experience.

Planning Your Visit

Two years ago a new scoreboard was added, a staggering 27 feet tall and over 47 feet wide. With the highest definition available on the continent, it’s one of many upgrades that makes the Honda Center so popular. Explore the massive 650,000 square feet that makes up the venue, including 200,000 square feet of marble in the concourses. With 12 feet of Swedish and Italian granite on the exterior and only 82 feet from the highest seat to the floor, it’s easily one of the most exciting venues in the world.

Check the events page and book your tickets online for a number of summer events, performances, festivals and more.

 

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

August 12th, 2017

 

Featuring a number of permanent and traveling exhibits, special events and boasting a stunning architectural design, no visit to Anaheim is complete without checking out the “Muzeo.” On site is the Carnegie Gallery, a historic library from 1908 and originally crafted via a $10,000 grant. It served as a library until the 1960s, then a museum in 1987 before becoming part of the complete Muzeo experience ten years ago.

The Muzeo Main Gallery expands over 25,000 square feet and encompasses the biggest art gallery venue in Anaheim. Nestled perfectly into the urban environment, there’s luxury living and shopping experiences flanking the campus. Special events are often held at the Main Gallery, which is available to rent.

Find Your “Muzeo”

The permanent exhibition features the history of Anaheim, curated before the 2007 Muzeo existed. You’ll find it in the Carnegie Library, where a variety of artifacts describe how the city came to be. Ancient Native American artifacts, 19th century vineyard and citrus tools, and more reveal the unique history of the region.

Discover one million permanent items in this one of a kind museum. You can purchase tickets for special events on site or online, but a number of areas are always free (including the Main Gallery). Plan to arrive 40 minutes before any scheduled event.

 

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Ethiopian Picks in Anaheim

August 3rd, 2017

 

Anaheim is home to two authentic Ethiopian restaurants, each unique and worth a visit to explore the intricate flavors and innovative dishes. At Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market, the eatery is open for lunch and dinner, with sambusas and the famed injera bread making perfect starters.

Yemiser Wot is a favorite dish here, with red lentils stewed in a special red pepper sauce and seasoned with garlic and onion. Cooked cabbage with spices, cubes of fresh lamb for the Yebeg Tibs in a spicy sauce and side salad, along with the imported Ethiopian wines make this a favorite, laidback option.

A Taste of Africa

Abysinnia Restaurant is the quintessential locals-only establishment with no online presence, but well worth the visit. Try the doro wat and lamb cubes for a flavor punch, or the vegetarian sampler platter that features plenty of treats for two.

Tender beef prepared in spicy sauces, cooked cabbage and “greens” done in a unique Ethiopian style are part of what make this casual eatery so memorable. Infused, flavored butters give a number of entrees an extra kick, and the ingredients are sourced locally. When you’re looking for foodie options off the grid, trying one (or both!) of these restaurants is a guaranteed hit.

 

Top Indian Cuisine in Anaheim

July 28th, 2017

 

Many Anaheim visitors go straight for the decadence at Disneyland, but if you’re craving something with a little more kick and heat, the local Indian restaurants are the place to go. Try Punjabi Tandoor for traditional northern Indian cuisine including the famous tandoori chicken and naan in a casual eatery. Authentic fare that ranges from creamy butter chicken to parathas stuffed with a variety of options, from meats to vegetarian, can be found here and are made from scratch.

Gandhi Palace is popular with locals, featuring an impressive vegetarian and carnivore menu. Here you’ll find classics from around India, from southern-inspired crispy dosas to “comfort food” like moong dahl and saag paneer with large pieces of paneer (cottage cheese).

The Spice of Anaheim

Don’t be fooled by the name Ambala Sweets and Spices. This grocer/restaurant is known for their Indian sweets including besan ladoo and jalebi, but also serves a genuine and full menu to customers in the know. Try their vegetarian biryani, malai kofta, palak paneer and saag aloo.

At India King, you’ll be treated to an impressive option of curries, stuffed naan and tandoori specialties. Try the paneer tikka skewer, goat biryani and variety of starters from perfectly seasoned samosas stuffed with potatoes to the aloo tikki chaat. Where will your cravings take you?

Seal Beach

July 25th, 2017

 

Just 20 miles from downtown Anaheim and south of the much more famous Long Beach is the quaint coastal town of Seal Beach. Here, you’ll find much less hustle, bustle and tourism. It’s the perfect getaway for Anaheim visitors, full of quaint shops, dining and attractions. It’s the northern gate to the 42 miles of Orange County coastline, and a quiet community named after the seals that love to call the city home.

You’ll find big, open beaches and some great surfing. The town is small at just 13 square miles, including 1.8 miles of water. The beach itself is just 1.5 miles long, but features the second longest wood pier in all of California. Seal Beach was established at the turn of the century, and the pier was re-structured in the 1980s following a storm.

Enjoy the Wild Side

Seal Beach is also home to an impressive park system, including 18 parks and over 75 acres stretching beyond the city limits. You’ll find a tennis court, indoor gym and aquatics facility available. During the summer months, average daytime temperatures are 70 degrees, making it perfect for strolling, beach bumming and swimming.

With just under 25,000 residents, Seal Beach is a true gem amidst a busy metro area.

Use Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART)

July 15th, 2017

 

If you’re in Anaheim for Disneyland, skip the cabs, car rentals, Ubers and Lyfts. Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) is your veritable pumpkin–turned-chariot. It connects Best Western properties and a number of additional hotels to the best attractions and restaurants in the area at a low cost. ART Day Passes are just $5.50 for adults and $2 for children, with unlimited stops throughout the day.

Get a 3-day pass for $14 for adults ($3 for children), or a 5-day pass for $23 for adults ($5 for children). You can purchase tickets online and have the passes delivered to your home or hotel, at a variety of Best Western properties, or even at convenient locations around the city. Alternatively, a one-way cash fare (exact change required) is an option if you only need to hop on ART for a quick trip.

What Can I See?

Dozens of attractions are included on the ART route including the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim GardenWalk, Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Resort, as well as the Bowers Museum, Knotts Berry Farm and the Outlets at Orange. Head to Downtown Anaheim, the Toy Story Transportation Center, the National Grove and much more!

Delectable restaurant stops include Morton’s The Steakhouse, Coco’s Restaurant, the Anaheim Brewery and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Book your ART pass now.

Best Fireworks Near Anaheim

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland often takes the cake when it comes to Fourth of July fireworks, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you have plenty of options. Check out the Canyon Hills Community Council celebration taking place all day on July 4th, ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. There’s also a 5k and 10k run, pancake breakfast, ice cream social, food vendors, patriotic concerts and of course a parade. Don’t miss the Yankee Doodle Dog Show, too!

In Balboa, there’s the Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay fireworks and parade cruises with three cruises scheduled this year. The Firework Spectacular evening cruise is the most popular, but the 2.5 hour day-cruises at 1 and 4 p.m. are fantastic for families with little ones. You’ll want to make reservations by calling 949-673-1489.

Light Up the Night

The Annual Brea Country Fair is a local favorite, with activities starting at the 7 a.m. breakfast. The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. with free music and entertainment until 4 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful baby contest, kiddie parade and bow wow contest. Pie eating contests, hula hoop contests, a car shop and massive market make for a charming traditional celebration. Tour the Brea Museum, take a trolley tour, and check out the petting zoo before the dusk fireworks.

The Cypress Fireworks Celebration starts at 4 p.m. with entertainment, a kids zone and an impressive food court. The Joint Forces Training Base is hosting this event, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a cozy fireworks extravaganza experience.