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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.

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.

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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.

Anaheim Thanksgiving Guide

November 20th, 2016

 

Spend the holidays in sunny southern California where you get the best of both worlds: Incredible Thanksgiving feasts along with sandy beaches and warm weather. Many of the restaurants at Disneyland feature Thanksgiving classic fare including juicy turkeys, moist stuffing, pies, sides and more. However, it’s also a great time of year to visit the park with shorter lines, less crowds, and the opportunity to bond with loved ones.

The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon is a popular pick, offering a prix fixe menu starting at 2 p.m. This rustic, charming diner is a family favorite, and the innovative dishes provide generous portions and spins on classics. You might also want to check out Buca di Beppo for a full turkey feast along with their regular menu. Feasts are available for a fixed price based on party size, and they are open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (though reservations fill up fast!).

Thanks for the Memories

Prefer to enjoy your holiday meal in the comfort of your oversized guest room? Many restaurants offer to-go options, including Zov’s Anaheim. They pack up fresh, homemade full Thanksgiving meals for up to 15 guests. It’s all there from the turkey to the yams, stuffing to mashed potatoes, carrots, salads, rolls and desserts.

For those who prefer to go turkey-free, try Morton’s for their seafood, steak, and Thanksgiving-infused sides. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is dishing up their full menu, and McCormick and Schmick’s is surf and turf with a holiday twist.

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club

October 10th, 2016

 

Known as one of the best German pubs and restaurants in town, the Phoenix Club puts on an Oktoberfest like no other. With events held throughout September and October, there’s sure to be a festival for every visitor to enjoy. Even better, the restaurant underwent a big reconstruction in the summer, so this year’s Oktoberfest will be the best yet! It’s all leading up to “Karneval” in November, the Mardi Gras of German parties.

Costumes are always encouraged at the Phoenix Club, especially during the Oktoberfest season. Raucous singing and dancing can always be found, along with happy hours Tuesday through Saturday. Dining here during the autumn means more than indulging in the incredible menu. It’s a non-stop party filled with cultural traditions and plenty of imported beers.

Party On!

Try the fried mac and cheese or spicy sweet potato fries to get your appetite revving. It’s a must before those stuffed beet rolls topped with gravy and loaded with bacon arrive. The sauerbraten, or marinated sirloin roast, is a fan favorite complete with homemade ginger snap gravy served alongside red cabbage and spaetzle.

For travelers looking for a special banquet facility for wedding receptions, parties, business meetings and more, you’ll find it all at the Phoenix Club Banquet Room. Throw your own Oktoberfest, or take advantage of the surrounding festivities to create a party atmosphere for the record books.

 

Keep Cool at Irvine Inline Skate

July 3rd, 2016

The best way to beat the heat near Anaheim is at Irvine Inline, an ice-skating and hockey rink with summer camps, open skate times, and all the rental equipment you need to keep your cool. Every day of the week, check out the public skate times from 2-4pm and Saturdays from 7-10pm. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $3, making this one of the most fun and affordable ways to stay cool in July.

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If you’ll be in Anaheim for the summer and want to enroll your child or teen in summer hockey camps, they offer one week long camps beginning July 5, July 11 and August 8. For skaters and goalies alike, the price is $195 for skaters and $50 for goalies. Lunch is included in these camps that are Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm.

Skate Like You Mean It

Kids don’t have all the fun, because adult-only pick-up times are every Friday and Sunday from 9-10:30pm. Admission is just $10 for non-members. There’s also stick time, which is available Monday through Saturday with a $5 admission. Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been skating for years, Irvine Inline has you covered.

Ask about company retreat options, birthday parties or another custom idea!

 

Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 12th, 2016

Now in its 58th year, the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend. From May 27-30, 2016, you can enjoy live entertainment and, of course, the best strawberries California produces. Friday hours are from 1pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-10pm, and Monday 10am-9pm. Veterans are honored at the festival, which is held at the Village Green between Euclid Avenue and Main Street in Garden Grove.

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Admission is free, and unlimited all-day rides are just $25. You’ll pore over historical photos, check out the Strawberry Cake Cutting Ceremony and Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest, and partake in the Strawberry Stomp 5K run. On Saturday, a VIP breakfast is held followed by the parade, celebrity autograph signings, listen to blues and rock bands, and check out the Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest in the evening.

A Sweet Escape

The Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Contest is held on Sunday, followed by more live bands, dance groups and a performance by Miss Garden Grove and Friends. The Redhead Roundup Contest kicks off on Monday, followed by musical groups and The Colony of the Performing Arts.

Don’t miss out on the sweetest event in southern California. Come hungry, armed with your camera, and ready to have a blast!

Grapes for Grads

April 28th, 2016

On May 1, head to the biggest wine festival in Anaheim to celebrate the graduates of the season! Music is provided by Magnolia Memoir, food by the Wine Gallery, and a silent auction and raffle drawing causes quite a stir each year. The biggest prize of 2016 is a one night’s stay at the Pacific Edge Hotel & Resort. Tickets are $40 per person with an advance purchase of $50 at the door.

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Located at Tivoli Too! in Laguna Beach, the event kicks off at noon and culminates at 4pm with the exciting raffle drawing. The biggest wine tasting event in the area features wines from local vineyards as well as around the world. This year representing countries include: Argentina, France, New Zealand and more!

Art and Culture

Art demos by students at the Laguna College of Art + Design will also be featured, with some pieces available for purchase. Get your tickets early, bearing in mind that at-the-door tickets are never guaranteed. You must be 21+ to attend, and planning for transportation in advance is highly recommended.

Nothing compares to wine tasting in California—especially at this biggest wine tasting extravaganza of all. Some vendors ship their wines to your door, but it’s still a good idea to leave a little extra room in your suitcase.