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Cruise the Coastline Race

April 20th, 2017

 

A popular half and full marathon event, Cruise the Coastline takes place April 8 starting in nearby Long Beach. Choose from a full, half, 5k or 10k option along the incredible beach pathways. That ocean breeze, unbelievable view, and sunrise kickoff with a number of drinking stations along the way make for a peaceful race.

Full/half participants start at 6:30am, while the 5k/10kers head out at 7:30. Parking is free on East Ocean Boulevard but limited during this beloved event. Instead, using the pay parking area at $1 per hour can be more convenient. The out-and-back course is doubled for the half marathon and quadrupled for the full marathon.

Beach, Please

As one of the most affordable marathons in the country, the full entry price is just $55. Also, unlike other marathons, it’s not highly competitive to enter. In fact, last minute registrations may be possible (although it’s always a good idea to register as soon as you can). Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the runners.

There’s no better start to a Saturday morning than a sunrise at the beach, a cool breeze, and discovering just what makes running in southern California so special. Register now, or start planning your morning picnic as you root on the runners.

Bradbury Building

April 14th, 2017

 

An architectural wonder at 304 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, this circa-1893 building was commissioned by local millionaire Lewis L. Bradbury. Originally designed by Sumner Hunt, it’s been featured in a number of novels, television shows, music videos and films. In 1971, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (one of just four buildings in Los Angeles to make the list). It’s also the city’s oldest landmarked building.

Bradbury was a gold-mining king turned real estate mogul. Although he originally asked architect Sumner Hunt to design his dream, the drafted design was rejected and considered inadequate. Next, Bradbury commissioned George Wyman, who wasn’t formally educated as an architect. At the time, Wyman worked for Hunt earning $5 per week.

“Victoryin Los Angeles

It opened in 1893, months after Bradbury died, and the building cost three times over the original budget of $500,000. It was largely untouched until 1991 when a $7 million restoration/seismic retrofitting project was undertaken. Beautification included redesigning the lighting system via alabaster wall sconces imported from Spain. However, the original beauty still remains.

Featuring brown brick, terra cotta and sandstone, the Bradbury boasts an Italian Renaissance Revival theme. Inside, it looks like a Parisian paradise with arched windows and a cathedral court. Immediately, visitors are whisked over one hundred years in the past when entering. With a five-story court encased in pink bricks, Italian marble and ornamental cast iron, it’s a true slice of paradise in downtown. Visitors are welcome daily.

Hawaiian Grub Near Anaheim

April 4th, 2017

 

When you’re in sunny, tropical California, sometimes only exotic fare will do. Luckily, there are many options for Hawaiian cuisine nearby. Check out Matiki Island Barbeque, a favorite BBQ joint where pulled pork, short ribs, and sides like macaroni salad and musubi are staples. Here, the flavors are always authentic.

Ola Hawaiian BBQ is a traditional, counter-service joint with big portions and full flavors. You’ll want to try the Hawaiian BBQ beef tacos, a fusion of Hawaiian and Mexican cuisine. Ola fire chicken really turns up the heat, while the noodle menu featuring seafood noodle soup and Hawaiian chicken noodle soup are comfort food picks done right.

That 808 Grind

Lovfish Poke is a little gem dishing up sushi and rice bowls with a Hawaiian twist. You’ll really taste the Japanese influence at this unassuming, family-owned restaurant. Plus, a business along the Pacific Ocean has access to the freshest, most delicious fish possible for mouthwatering entrèes.

Maui Hawaiian BBQ is famous for lunch plates and burgers with Hawaiian influences. Try the hamburger steak with homemade gravy, fried mahi mahi and curry shrimp. The Maui cheeseburger might be just what you’re craving, or maybe it’s the grilled salmon salad you want. No matter which Hawaiian restaurant you choose near Anaheim, the taste of the island is never far away.

Salvadorian Cuisine in Anaheim

March 27th, 2017

 

Anaheim and the Los Angeles area offer diverse, rich and eclectic options and every type of cuisine imaginable. If you’re craving food from El Salvador, you have plenty of choices. Discover the flavors of El Carbonero Restaurant, with authentic eats whipped up in a fast and friendly restaurant. Counter seating is available for you to dig into beef soup, pupusas de loroco, chicken and pork tamales, and the famous pork meat pies.

At Cuzcatlan Restaurant, you’ll be eating like a local in this low-key establishment that only a few know about. There’s no online presence and the menu can change with the seasons, but you can bet you’ll find some of the freshest, most genuine of dishes at this hideaway.

Great Eats

There are two Restaurant y Pupuseria Comalapas, but both are on Lincoln Avenue, so you’ll have to try each of them and select your favorite. Homemade food, fresh ingredients, and the perfect amount of spice make both of these family-owned restaurants a favorite.

Finally, there’s San Salvador Restaurant, a quaint and tiny getaway that will make you feel like you’ve landed in the heart of El Salvador. Cooking like abuela is the norm here, and there’s a reason this family-owned establishment is a local delight.

Spring Break in Anaheim

March 12th, 2017

 

March is the month that brings college students, high schoolers, and those who are young at heart flocking to the beaches. A trip to Disneyland is the perfect way to usher in warmer months, or hop on a whale watching cruise ship, and see the massive gray whale migration in full swing. Throughout March, Anaheim and the surrounding areas dish up plenty of options for a week-long escape.

Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is a Disney alternative where you have endless picks for water park rides. Keep cool, dine at some of the best restaurants in the theme-park realm, and discover everything the family-friendly getaway has to offer. There’s also Knott’s Soak City and the Atlantis Play Center for more water-full options.

Life’s a Beach

No spring break in southern California is complete without plenty of beach bumming. Check out the top-rated beaches including San Elijo State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach and Campground and Salt Creek Beach Park. These names might not sound familiar, but they’re highly rated by locals and less busy than more famous coastlines.

Surfing lessons, swimming classes, fishing expeditions and relaxing cruises all give you a new reason to head to the Pacific. How will you be spending your spring break in Anaheim? Start planning today!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parties

March 12th, 2017

 

Celebrate March 17th in style by ducking into one of the many Irish bars and restaurants close to Anaheim. There’s Branagan’s Irish Pub in Fullerton where you’ll find a laid-back environment, a variety of Irish beer and whiskey, and a unique fusion of Irish and American grub to satisfy all your cravings. Each Irish establishment has their own St. Patrick’s Day festivities, so bar hopping is a must.

The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery features waiters and waitresses adorned in kilts, and they’re famous for their fish ‘n’ chips. Inspired by genuine UK pubs and eateries, you’ll find authentic flavors here alongside fusion concoctions. You’ll also want to try The Red Leprechaun and Doheny’s Tavern.

A Party for the Ages

The Coach House is famous for their festival with authentic dancing, food and music  featuring the Young Dubliners. The South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is free, kicks off at Pier and Valley Drive and is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

San Pedro also has an annual parade complete with a dinner of corned beef hash and cabbage. Don’t miss the St. Paddy’s Day block party at Rock and Reilly’s where you’ll be treated to eight bars, over 100 kegs and numerous DJs. Whether you want to party big or small, Anaheim has you covered.

In Town for the Natural Products Expo?

March 7th, 2017

 

Park Place Inn and Mini Suites welcomes attendees of the 2017 Natural Products Expo with spacious rooms, easy access to the event, and the peace and quiet you need to relax in between sessions. From March 9 – 12, attendees are flocking to Anaheim to network, catch up and check out the latest natural products for 2017.

Best Western specializes in big events, offering blocked rooms and premium service during what can be a hectic event. If you’re arriving for the full-day, educational event on March 8 as a precursor to the tradeshow, you can rely on the best customer service, quality bedding and prime amenities to make you feel right at home.

A Day’s Work

Perfect for business travelers, each mini suite has a kitchenette, larger square footage than average hotel guest rooms, and all the comforts of home. Planning to stay a bit longer after the tradeshow for a vacation? Rely on local staff members and services to make your vacation as relaxing as possible.

In between your sessions on the Changing Chinese Consumer, an Introduction to Modern Food Safety, and Climate Day, you deserve a luxury guest room that’s close, convenient and comfortable.

 

Japanese Food in Anaheim

February 24th, 2017

 

A city so diverse offers up an array of cuisine options, and if you’re craving Japanese fare, you’re in the right town! Start at Yosuke Sushi, a casual spot for standard Japanese dishes and an eclectic mix of sushi. Being so close to the Pacific Ocean means that Japanese hot spots can feature the freshest fish possible for sushi and sashimi!

Café Misora is a cheap-eats delight that offers complimentary green tea ice cream that’s phenomenal. Try their spicy ramen if you’re in the mood for some kick, or the teriyaki roll for a sticky, sweet fusion roll. Few tourists know about this gem, so check it out, and fall in love.

On a Roll!

Toyo Sushi and Roll is located next to the local university and has long been a student go-to spot. Try their bento or lunch specials for an affordable option like the bulgogi bowl, unagi bowl or poke bowl. Upgrade your bento box to include a tempura California roll, mixed sashimi or mixed sushi.

At Biyako, you’ll find aged dashi tofu, baked mussels, a salmon skin salad, fresh, baked or tempura rolls and traditional entrees. Generous dinner options are available, and for dessert make sure to save room for tempura or mochi ice cream.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

February 19th, 2017

 

Angel Stadium is in the heart of Anaheim, with major renovations that took place in 1996, which turned the then-30-year-old building into a home just for baseball. In 1997, it became the Edison International Field of Anaheim, and in 2003 it was re-named the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The total renovation cost was $100 million, and it was completed just in time for the Anaheim Angels opening day on April 1, 1998.

It’s been the home of the Angels ever since they moved from Los Angeles in 1965. The first game was against the San Francisco Giants in a major exhibition game. The original stadium seated about 43,000 fans and was renovated in 1979 to add extra seating (up to 65,158). A number of organizations and businesses were behind the transition, including Walt Disney Imagineering, HOK Sports Facilities Group and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The Angel Stadium Today

Although baseball season doesn’t start ‘til the spring, there are many happenings at and around the Angel Stadium in February. Get Angels gear, buy a personalized brick that will be added to the wall—a beloved site to visit for years to come, or join one of the auctions, and snag a piece of Angels memorabilia for yourself.

The Angels have been active philanthropists in the community for decades with the donation program, educational and healthcare programs, youth baseball and softball leagues and the Angels Baseball Foundation. Visit the stadium for a tour, and get a peek into the rich history of the stadium.

Valentine’s Day in Anaheim

February 10th, 2017

 

There are many ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day in Anaheim, whether you’re single or coupled up. Singles flock to Relish’s annual speed dating event at Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill where it’s all about finding someone (or a few someones!) to relish for the day. On February 14th at 8pm, if you’re single and 24-38 years old, you can have a slew of dates in one fell swoop with no name tags, no games—just speed.

On February 11th, head to the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University for a night of dinner theater featuring a five-star menu. Rave reviews are touted by this show, as well as the food, with jazz artist Ilya Serov setting the mood along with his quartet. It’s the perfect complement to a four-course meal with singers between courses including Mezzo Maria Lazarova and Terasa Mai.

Love is in the Air

In the mood for something a little more seductive? Reserve your tickets for the Endless Night: Los Angeles Vampire Ball on February 19th at the Globe Theater in celebration of the anti-Valentine’s Day. Mystery, magic, romance and sensuality are at the core of this favorite event, with DJs spinning in multiple rooms and a cirque performance at 11pm. There’s also costume contests and absinthe bloodbath drink specials.

A Valentine’s Day Cabaret Dinner Theatre kicks off at the Ellery Room Sports Bar and Grill February 10th. It often sells out, so book early for the hilarious “All’s Lehrer in Love and War.” You’ll get great food and laughs, and it’s the kind of event where you can come solo, with a date or in a group. Come see Sarah Raines in her one-night-only performance!