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Valentine’s Day Restaurants

February 10th, 2018

 

Anaheim is full of romantic dining options, and you’ll want to book your table for Valentine’s Day fast. Summit House, located in nearby Fullerton at 2000 E Bastanchury Rd, is a hilltop manor known for traditional British fare. Try the savory steak options and the authentic Yorkshire pudding. The fare is only matched by the ambiance, and promises a night you’ll never forget.

Also in Fullerton is The Cellar, located at 305 N Harbor Blvd. It’s known for elegant ambiance and European cuisine. Enjoy a lavish dinner over candlelight while dining in the Del Sol cellar. Start with bone marrow and escargot, followed by the Chef’s Cut. Lobster bisque soup or truffled mac and cheese are excellent sides.

A Fairy Tale Romance

River Café in Anaheim, at 201 E. Broadway, is open for lunch and dinner. Here, you’ll find upscale comfort food like chicken milanesa and wood-fired pizzas. The dessert, from the crème brulee to the tiramisu, is often accompanied by the Disneyland fireworks show if you plan your evening right.

In La Habra, there’s the Cat and Custard Cup at 800 E Whittier Blvd. Start with a “Cat-Tail” before moving onto pan-seared scallops, filet mignon, or lamb tenderloin. Sake and soy glazed Chilean bass or seared red deer are also favorites. For dessert? Brioche bread pudding or Cat’s crème brulee are divine.

MLK Jr. Day in the OC

January 11th, 2018

 

Spend this MLK Jr. Day in Orange County participating in one of several celebrations of the life and works of Dr. King. The 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration takes place in nearby Long Beach at 1950 Lemon Avenue. It all begins at 10:30 a.m. with a parade at the corner of MLK and Atlantic. The festivities continue until 6 p.m. with activities for all ages.

Over 25,000 people attend each year to enjoy live music in the afternoon and performances that revere camaraderie and peace. A carnival is erected and there are arts and crafts activities for little ones highlighting social justice. A number of groups and organizations support the event with information booths.

A Long Weekend That Matters

Every year, Tustin Library hosts special events for MLK Jr. weekend. Although most libraries, including Tustin, are closed on Monday, the weeks leading up to the holiday feature readings and showcase books that connect readers with Dr. King’s work. A particularly popular option is Jill Foran’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with gorgeous illustrations for young readers. Check your local libraries to see what events they have lined up for Saturday and Sunday.

Join OneOC, a local volunteer organization that offers projects for locals and visitors alike on MLK Jr. Day. OneOC rallies together to make Monday “a day on, not off” and hosts a variety of projects for all ages, interests and abilities. There’s even a project toolkit to help you put together your own event.

How will you be celebrating?

 

 

 

Your NYE Guide

December 27th, 2017

 

There’s a party for everyone in Southern California, like the Minimal Effort: NYE bash from 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. You’ll need to travel to downtown Los Angeles for this mega party, but it’s well worth the short drive, especially since revelers keep it going until the wee hours. Held at the Minimal Effort Club, it’s perfect for those looking for a club atmosphere, or night owls who think 2 a.m. is way too early to stop ringing in the New Year.

Others prefer to go to Disneyland for one of the most magical nights of the year. Hours are from 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. on this day, with two separate fireworks shows. It’s one of the busiest nights of the year, and you’ll want to arrive in the morning to ensure you see your top attractions (and the park doesn’t stop admissions!). However, for many families, it’s a New Year’s tradition.

Party Options

The GIANT OC New Year’s Party Supersocial for singles and couples alike is known for great food, flowing drinks and a welcoming environment where everyone 21 – 99 is treated to a night of fun and dancing. Hosted at Hotel Fullerton, close to Anaheim, there are raffle prizes, ice breakers, games and more.

You’ll also want to consider:

  • New Year’s Eve Bash at Henry’s Bar for food specials and live music
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration at El Mercado Modern Cuisine, with a four-course dinner and cocktail pairings
  • NYE at the Public House by Evans Brewing for a fixed menu
  • Resolution NYE at Holiday with live music and surprise performances

 

 

Spending Christmas at Disneyland

December 18th, 2017

 

Christmas Day is one of the busiest days of the year at Disneyland parks, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is always packed. However, when planned correctly, this can also be the most magical time of year to visit the park. Always arrive early and plan to spend the entire day at the park (if you have a multi-park pass, choose just one park for the day—there’s plenty to see and do!).

If possible, visit during the first two weeks of December when schools are still in session. You’ll get all the fun of the festive season without the additional crowds. Visiting on a rainy day is always a good idea. Rain is rare in California, but December is the “wettest” month. Map out which attractions you want to see and head to those first—otherwise, the lines might be too long to complete your itinerary.

Top Attractions

Christmas at Disneyland is famous for the It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion attractions, both of which get a seasonal touch you won’t want to miss. The Nightmare Before Christmas takes over the mansion, and you have to check out the nearby gingerbread display with its intoxicating aroma. It’s a Small World gets about 250,000 extra lights on the exterior and 30,000 inside. You’ll find icicles, snowflakes, snowmen and carols here. (Even if this isn’t your usual ride, you’ll want to check it out).

Make sure you see the Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show, set to popular Disney holiday music. Meet Santa at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail throughout the month, and don’t forget about the A Christmas Fantasy parade on Main Street. Keep an eye on the Disneyland calendar for updates, and swing into any of the restaurants and food trucks for once-a-year delights.

Magical Thanksgiving Feasts

November 20th, 2017

 

Three places are famously open on Thanksgiving Day in Anaheim: Theme parks, plenty of restaurants and a lot of pubs. One of the most popular picks for holiday cuisine is Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm. For less than $30 per person, you can enjoy a lavish and traditional feast. However, tables do fill up quickly, so you’ll want to make your reservations soon.

Disneyland is also open, as are all park restaurants, but a few are particularly well-known for their Thanksgiving dishes. The showstopper is the Fall Harvest Buffet in the Grand Ballroom at Disneyland Hotel. The classic meal includes roasted turkey, beef and ham, salads, mashed potatoes and other favorite sides, as well as a mouthwatering dessert station. It’s spendy at $79.99 for adults, but well worth it.

Dig In at Disneyland Park

Throughout the park, you’ll find themed specials like the Carnation Café’s oven-roasted turkey breast with bourbon gravy, sweet cornbread stuffing and homemade pumpkin pie. Duck into the Plaza Inn for a slow-roasted turkey and gravy dish with apple thyme dressing on the side. The River Belle Terrace also features turkey and all the trimmings, while the French Market is known for their cornbread and apricot stuffing, smashed potatoes and juicy cuts.

At the Blue Bayou, you’ll get a Cajun twist with turkey roulade complete with truffle stuffing, cognac turkey gravy and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante dishes up seasonal tamales with unique turkey twists. Get ready for the most delicious holiday spread of your life—the only question is, where do you start?

 

Halloween Treats and Tricks

October 24th, 2017

 

Since 1924, the Anaheim Halloween Parade has drawn thousands to the downtown streets for a day festival full of costumes, candy and plenty of fun. At its peak, 150,000 attendees lined the streets. It’s your pick for family-friendly fun on October 28, and the perfect pre-cursor for more spooking outings throughout the evening.

You can have a hauntingly good time at Disneyland throughout the month of October, from special games, rides and decorations to ghostly treats at vendors and restaurants. At Motel 6 Feet Under, the scariest haunted house in Orange County, you’ll be challenged to get through a haunted maze full of scares and thrills. The best part? All proceeds benefit a local non-profit.

Halloween Fun

At Anaheim Plaza, enjoy a free event for the whole family where trick or treating, face painting, balloon art and more is waiting. The first 100 kids get a free flashlight and trick or treat bag, and there’s a family-friendly DJ spinning ghostly tunes throughout the event. Head to N. Euclid St. and Santa Ana Freeway on October 28 at 11 a.m.

Check out the Halloween Treat-or-Treating at the Anaheim town square if you prefer all treats and no tricks during the haunting season. Free with scores of stores participating, there are also pumpkin decorating stations, face painting, train rides and of course a costume contest. Where will your first haunt be?

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.

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?

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.