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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.

 

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.