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Indian Restaurants Near Chatsworth

June 23rd, 2017

Southern California is a renowned foodie paradise, and there are countless options in the Chatsworth area. Try Valley India Café for all your south Indian favorites including massive dosas, curries, and a daily lunch buffet that showcases all the flavors and bounty of the southern region. Don’t forget to try the chai or a cool and thick lassi to help with that summer heat.

Royal Delhi Palace is also known for their impressive lunch buffet in a light and casual eatery. There are plenty of vegetarian options from saag paneer to dal, but the butter and tandoori chicken are also popular picks. Choose from a selection of rotis, naan and parathas to pair with your favorite Indian dishes from around the country.

Add Some Spice to Your Trip

Dilli Express is your quick stop for delicious, home-cooked Indian fare with a touch of fusion. You have to try the curry tacos, the perfect blend of Indian and Californian deliciousness. Seafood is a must with the Pacific so close by, from the shrimp tikka masala to the coconut seafood curry.

Paradise Biryani Pointe specializes in biryani with a delectable variety of proteins, but there’s so much more to this Punjabi-centric destination than rice dishes. A local chain, you’ll want to try their kebabs and curry dishes, too. Check out the goat menu with goat saag or paradise goat curry for a unique dish.

 

Father’s Day Outings

June 15th, 2017

 

Treat the dad in your life to a special Father’s Day at one of Anaheim’s many featured options, like the brunch aboard the Queen Mary. Prices are $60 per adult and include a champagne brunch on the famed Queen while you discover over 50 dishes from around the globe from eggs benedict to carne asada tacos. With a carving station and the best view in southern California, it’ll be a day he never forgets.

Some dads prefer a beer brunch, and the Hornblower Cruise has you covered. With a $74 per person price tag, you get both beer and champagne along with a tantalizing spread and an epic dessert station. Set sail from Newport harbor and indulge in handmade glazed doughnuts, mac and cheese, artisanal sausages and poached prawns.

A Wet ‘n’ Wild Father’s Day

Check out the Father’s Day BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific where the price is $59 for adults. Dine amongst the fish and treat everyone to farmer’s market produce, flame-grilled chicken and German bratwurst, Mexican-style mac ‘n’ cheese, and legendary brownies.

There’s also the Father’s Day Champagne Brunch at Laguna Cliffs’ Vue at Dana Point, where you just might spot a whale migration! Prices are $70 per adult and come with a fantastic view. Customize omelets, dine on jumbo shrimp and prime rib fresh from the carving station, and pair your favorites with seasonal produce, a variety of potatoes and a massive dessert station.

Where will you treat Dad?

The Outlets at Orange

June 11th, 2017

 

So close to Disneyland you can almost see it, you’ll find the real happiest place on earth (at least for shopping addicts) at The Outlets at Orange. It’s the only outlet shopping mall in the county and features over 120 stores from Neiman Marcus to Tommy Hilfiger with Saks Fifth Avenue and a slew of options for snacks, drinks and dining, too.

Just minutes away, you’ll find the Honda Center, Angels Stadium and Disney delights. Conveniently located right off of I-5, the open-air destination also boasts family-fun entertainment. Slip into the Vans Skatepark, or take a break at Dave & Buster’s. There’s also Lucky Strike Bowling and a massive AMC 30 movie theater featuring IMAX. You won’t find better deals in Anaheim.

Plan Your Trip

For many, the trip to the Outlets is solely for dining! Choose from Café Tu Tu Tango for Spanish tapas, Charley’s Steakery for grilled subs, Corner Bakery Café for breakfast, brunch and comfort food, or Kamiyama Sushi for some fresh Pacific seafood. You’ll find every cuisine from around the world.

Always check the site for special deals and events, especially if you’re shopping for a dads or grads occasion. You’ll get sneak peeks on deals and sometimes printable coupons to save even more. Only make one stop for all your southern California shopping needs and have plenty left over for more golden coast adventures.

Local Races in June

June 4th, 2017

 

Discover Anaheim in a brand new way at the June 11th Northgate Market Downtown Anaheim 5k. Featuring a shorter kids run, this family-friendly event is a great way to get to know the city and challenge yourself in the California sunshine. It’s the only race in central Anaheim during the month of June, and many consider it a warm-up for the Disney half-marathon at the end of summer.

Head to Long Beach and partake in Rockin’ the Marina on June 10th. Choose from a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. You’ll race along the coastal streets taking in stunning ocean views. With an early start time to beat the heat, you’ll never experience a California sunrise like this. That cool ocean air is a great motivator, and you’ll have plenty of options for beachfront dining once you cross that finish line.

The Race is On

The Redondo Beach Triathlon on June 11th is another option for those who prefer a side of cycling and swimming with their running. With the option for a sprint or mini-sprint, it’s a much more approachable event than some others. Located along Redondo Beach Pier and in its 13th year, it’s a tradition for many as the unofficial start to summer.

With Run to the Hollywood Sign on June 3rd, you get to experience an iconic landmark in a brand new way. The eight mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Griffith Park Old Zoo. Choose from three levels (including a 5k or 1 mile walk option) so that the whole family can enjoy the trails, pathways and the final view that has made L.A. so legendary.

African Cuisine in Anaheim

June 1st, 2017

 

Southern California might be known for fusion cuisine, the freshest seafood and produce along with some quirky inventions, but if you’re craving cuisine from Africa, you need it to be authentic. There are two mainstays in Anaheim, starting with Kenyan Café and Cuisine. With a “fun menu” offering Swahili to English translations, you’ll learn how to order like a pro and know what to expect from the injera bread to the variety of lentil dishes.

There are a number of both vegetarian choices and meat dishes. Try the wali (cooked rice) with mboga (cabbage). Fried goat in Kenyan spices served with your choice of a side is an excellent option. BBQ beef with chapatti or ugali is another favorite. Samosas with local spices are fantastic starters.

Spicing Up Anaheim

Try Merhaba Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sample the foul (fava beans with tomatoes, onions and feta) in a pita or French roll. Fitt fitt is a breakfast staple featuring injera bread soaked in seasoned, hot butter and topped with herbs with yogurt on the side. A sambusa for a snack or boneless rockfish stew for an appetizer is always tantalizing.

A beef, lamb and vegetarian menu offer plenty of choices. Try the zegny bighe kiye, the most popular lamb dish on the menu, or make it a stew. Zel zel tibsy is home grilled beef strips with spices, tossed with onions and green peppers. For a little of everything, get a sampler combination platter and decide what your favorite dish is.

Why Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Should Be On Your Bucket List

May 29th, 2017

 

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (TLC) has become synonymous with the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and while those famous stars are certainly surrounding the theatre, Grauman’s is a landmark in its own right. You can complete two L.A. bucket list items in one fell swoop when catching a movie at the historical theatre.

A movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard, Grauman’s was re-named to Mann’s Chinese Theatre in 1973 before reverting to the original name once again in 2001. Originally, it was commissioned as a complement to the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre of 1922, opening just five years later with a premier of The King of Kings. For nearly 100 years, it’s been a beloved movie destination and also a venue space where corporate events, Academy Award ceremonies, and weddings take place. In 2013, the theatre partnered up with IMAX to become a customized IMAX theatre with 932 seats and one of the biggest screens in the country.

No Better Place for a Movie

Make your visit to the Hollywood film mecca complete with a movie at Grauman’s. Check the current showtimes and buy tickets in advance on the official website, and don’t let the outlandish vintage Chinese architecture fool you. It’s incredibly high tech on the inside!

Alternatively, you can also book a VIP tour seven days per week and enjoy a backstage guided pass! Find out more about the history of the theatre, including the debauchery some stars have engaged in when the red carpet rolls out.

 

 

 Mediterranean Picks Near Anaheim

May 23rd, 2017

 

Mediterranean cuisine is fresh, often seafood-rich, and Anaheim provides the perfect location and climate to indulge. Nearby, you’ll find DonerG Turkish and Mediterranean Grill, a counter-service gem for gyros, wraps, plenty of vegetarian options and much more, from house hummus and pita to the freshest tabouli in town.

Jasmine Mediterranean Restaurant is known for stellar catering, generous plates, and delicious starters including kibbeh, grape leaves and baba ghannouj. Try their cheese or meat pizzas, including mini pizzas featuring unique toppings like pomegranate. Of course, their kebabs are also always a popular choice.

Full of Flavor

Rosine’s is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant, but the majority of the loyal customers come for the famous rotisserie chicken (fantastic wrapped in a gyro). Open for lunch and dinner, you have the staples, but there’s also the Mediterranean hot wings in special house hot sauce, the eggplant napoleon, upside-down rotisserie chicken salad and other unique offerings.

Anatolian Fresh Mediterranean Grill features Turkish wraps and delectable salads in this simple, family-owned counter-service restaurant. Döner kebabs, wraps, salads and a variety of appetizers like falafel, Turkish feta egg rolls and even fries are available.

Visit Olvera Street

May 14th, 2017

 

Arguably not as famous as Rodeo Drive or Hollywood Boulevard, Olvera Street is a historical area that features a rich history and thriving cultural scene. Also known as Los Angeles’ “first street,” you’ll find the visitor center open seven days per week with shops and restaurants offering unique experiences all over the neighborhood.

Dubbed “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” Olvera Street centers around a Mexican marketplace that captures the romanticism of “Old L.A.” complete with a block-long shaded and brick-laden market featuring painted stalls, a variety of street vendors and vintage structures. Olvera Street was “born” in 1930 and designed to “preserve and present the customs and trades of early California.” Many of today’s Olvera Street vendors are descendants of the original vendors!

Is This Really California?

Visitors to Olvera Street feel whisked away to Mexico with the outdoor cafes dishing up authentic flavors. Mariachi bands stroll the streets, and on weekends, Mexican and Aztec folk dancers put on live shows. Visit the puestos for handmade items and gifts. In May, there’s nowhere else to be but Olvera Street for Cinco de Mayo.

Enjoy a 50-minute free tour every Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Docents will take you on an incredible journey to see the El Pueblo de Las Angeles Historical Monument and other treasures of this colorful district.

 

Tour Dodgers Stadium

May 4th, 2017

 

It’s baseball season, and some L.A. visitors might be lucky enough to score tickets to a Dodgers home game. However, everyone can take advantage of the Dodgers Stadium tour and pop-up museum! Fans have been flocking to the stadium since 1962 for the incredible views and tantalizing history. With 56,000 seats, it’s an icon in American sports and has been home to some of the best players in the game.

See the ballpark in a brand new way with a behind-the-scenes tour that gives you access to a variety of restricted areas. Dodger Stadium is the third oldest in the country and houses a few secrets you’ll only discover during a tour. Every tour lasts 80 – 90 minutes and includes a trip to the stadium and dugout, exclusive peeks at the Lexus Dugout Club right behind home plate, a trip to see the World Series trophies, and a few surprises.

Take Me Out to the Ball Stadium

Tours are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily and start at the Top Deck. Prices are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children 14 and under. The walking tour requires climbing ramps and stairs, although the stadium is wheelchair accessible.

Check the schedule, and book your tickets early, as games and events can disrupt usual tour times. While you’re there, check out the pop-up museum for a view of the 1953 National League All-Star Team signed ball, Sandy Koufax gloves and much more.

Grammy Museum

April 22nd, 2017

 

Celebrate and explore legends of the music industry, from unique creative processes to the latest technology in recording. Here, visitors are treated to the history, culture and innovations of recorded music. An interactive museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, discover four floors of exhibits, experiences and galleries. Inspirational with a plethora of temporary, traveling exhibits, every visit to the Grammy Museum is one of a kind.

Close to Anaheim, the museum opened in 2008 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famed awards. With over 30,000 square feet of space brimming with interactive experiences, there are always over two dozen exhibits available at any given time. Every genre, from country to jazz and hip hop to Latin, is represented here. At the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater, special events are hosted year round. The rooftop terrace is also an option for private events.

Music Brings Us Together

The Recording Academy is host to both the museum and the Grammy Awards. Current exhibits include Shining Like a National Guitar (opening April 11), The Kingston Trio and the Folk Revival (opening April 26), and Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey (through May 21). The museum partners with educators and schools to offer a variety of educational programming, both locally and nationally.

Special educational programs open to the public in April include Music Business Careers, Hook, Lines and Sinkers (a pop lyric writing workshop), and Networking Strategies for the Music Business. Stop by the Grammy Museum, and see what it really takes to become a music legend in Hollywood.