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Taco Tuesday at Tustin Ranch

May 19th, 2016

Back by popular demand, Taco Tuesday at Tustin Ranch combines your two greatest loves: Golf and authentic tacos! Located at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club at 12442 Tustin Ranch Road, every Tuesday you can indulge in $1.50 chicken and beef tacos complete with a homemade salsa bar. House margaritas are just $5 and Mexican beers are $4. Additional happy hour drink specials are also on deck. This across-the-border fiesta kicks off every Tuesday at 4pm.

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Finding great Mexican fare in the Anaheim area is pretty easy, but nothing compares to tacos and golf coming together in one ooey, gooey, cheesy masterpiece. “Public play, private feel” is the motto at this beloved golf course in Orange County, featuring 18 holes, incredible dining and golf lessons for all.

Tacos: A Hole in One

The restaurant at the ranch also features fantastic dining from breakfast through dinner, beyond tacos! Try the classic eggs benedict, ranch pancakes or Belgian waffles during your early morning game. Crispy calamari steak, fresh oysters and jalapeno poppers are divine for lunch.

Their famous brunch, served every Sunday between 10 and 2, is the ultimate accoutrement to a leisurely weekend on the links. Taco Tuesday is certainly a reason to practice your swing on a weekday, but fine dining and the greatest game go together like California and sunshine every day of the week.

Register Now for the Disneyland Half Marathon

May 13th, 2016

The Disneyland Half Marathon, or The Happiest Race on Earth, takes place September 1-4, but registration begins now! This event always sells out, and it’s a bucket list item for a number of runners and spectators alike. Not quite ready for a half? That’s okay—there’s a 5k, 10k, kids run, and it’s a guaranteed blast for spectators, too! Register online now and reserve your space for September. If you frequently travel to LA, or plan to in September, this is one event you can’t miss.

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All Anaheim area hotels are convenient to the race, which takes runners through Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland Park before opening onto the streets of Anaheim. Your hosts are Mickey and Goofy, who kick off the event and cheer you on throughout the course. There’s plenty of live entertainment and Disney magic to motivate you to the finish line.

The Good Stuff

It’s Disney, so there’s also an abundance of decadent treats and sweets before, during and after the race. Nothing keeps you on pace better than some of those famous churros, ice cream vendors, and hearty protein-infused sliders waiting at the finish line.

September might seem far in the distance, but it’ll sneak up on you. Up your training now, register, and we’ll see you in the autumn!

LA Tours in Spring

May 12th, 2016

It’s cliché, it’s cheesy, and it’s loads of fun. No trip to the Los Angeles area is complete without taking a tour or two. It’s the best way to see all the highlights, especially when you claim a seat on top of a double decker. Recently, some of the Kardashians went undercover as tourists on a local bus, proving that even celebrities can’t resist the call of the classic outing. LA is brimming with high quality tour companies, such as Starline Tours which offers a variety of tour options including hop-on, hop-off, stars’ homes, and quintessential Los Angeles highlights.

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Try A Day in LA Tours, which can customize tours for private groups or offer a perfected route that shows you all the best stuff the city has to offer. Select from various themes, whether it’s beach hopping, shopping, or restaurants and clubs known for celebrity sightings.

Be a Star in LA

Another Side of Los Angeles Tours is known for being a little more intimate and niche. From foodie-based tours to musically infused options, this is the tour company for those who want something a little different.

Also check out LA City Tours, Los Angeles Sightseeing, and Ultimate Hollywood Tours to find the tour that fits your schedule, budget and needs.

Celebrate Mom in Southern California

May 2nd, 2016

If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day in southern California, you’re in for a real treat! Disneyland goes all out with specials around the park. Check out the Carthay Benedict at Carthay Circle Restaurant with two poached eggs riding on petite filet mignon served alongside corn bread and poblano chili hollandaise. At Blue Bayou Restaurant, a crayfish and crusted sea ball on angel hair pasta is available just for mom, complete with herb tomatoes and fennel sauce.

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At the Anaheim Packing House, a “progressive dining experience” awaits which hearkens back to the days of massive public markets in Europe. The BXCR Underground Wine Society is a fine place to start, then head to the Curry of the Day at Adya. The Chippy fries up the best fish and chips in the region, and finish the day with Ecco’s Georgia peach cobbler.

Treat Mom Right

Little Sparrow Café is a favorite for Mother’s Day brunch with a prix fixe menu featuring classics and innovative dishes from Chef Eric Samaniego. Kimchi fried rice with gochujang grilled pork belly, haricot vert and eggs, and incredible bananas fosters pancakes with maple syrup are a great start to the day.

End the day with a star tour, beach trip, or epic shopping expedition from Rodeo Drive to the famous outlets.

Disney Character Dining Dinner

April 20th, 2016

Want to dine Disney-style? Share a meal with Mickey or eat ooey gooey brownies with Goofy? This special dining outing is one you can’t miss! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids and parents enjoy the experience just as much. Choose from traditional, family or buffet-style dining.

 

Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can book online and specify your dining style. Restaurants are peppered around the Disney resort, so you can cherry pick exactly what kind of fare you like. With booked tickets, there are never any lines and you can take all the photos and videos you like.

Be Our Guest!

For travelers who want a more one-on-one experience with beloved Disney characters, this is the ultimate outing. Choose only the characters you want to dine with, and select from restaurants like the Lilo and Stitch Aloha Breakfast, Minnie and Friends Character Breakfast, and more. Do know that tickets can sell out quickly, so it’s best to book in advance.

Adult and children’s prices are offered, and all experiences are handicap accessible. It’s one of the top attractions within Disney, but one that’s often overlooked. Make that next meal extra special by inviting some very special guests along!

The Steaks are High!

April 12th, 2016

Raise the “steaks” during your trip to Anaheim by checking out some of the juiciest steakhouses in the area. Steakhouse 55 is a classic, old Hollywood style eatery where you can get your cut your way. There are also lump crab cakes, chilled smoked ahi, seared scallops and delicious calamari. This is gourmet comfort food served in style.

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Anaheim White House Restaurant offers fine dining in A-lister surroundings. It’s also a popular wedding venue and catering company. The menu features a champagne brunch, a huge dessert menu and a kid’s menu. Meat entrees include Cornish hen, venison, lamb, and, of course, steak cuts varying from hanger to prime rib.

Meat You in Anaheim

Steer in to the Steer Inn restaurant where you get a laidback ambiance and every possible cut, side and wine pairing you can imagine. It’s the perfect destination for a low key dinner with a friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. For locals, this is a favorite.

Hibachi Steakhouse does steak Japanese style as well as seafood, veg options, and other proteins. Try the beef sashimi, jumbo shrimp tempura, yakitori, and more when you dine with friends and family at this popular location. No matter what type of steak you have in mind, Anaheim delivers.

 

 

Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 9th, 2016

No trip to the golden coast is complete without heading under the sea—or at least visiting the full-time residents! At the Aquarium of the Pacific, the whole family can enjoy a day of meeting sea creatures. Special exhibits are always popping up, and in April there’s the Jellies exhibit, which showcases one of the ocean’s most mysterious and beautiful residents.

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There’s also the Southern California Steelhead Story; an exhibit that’s immersive and tells the tale of local waterways and why this fish plays a key role. The penguins have arrived, the first in the aquarium’s history, and now is the time to meet them at the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Head to the Ocean Science Center, hosted by NOAA, and explore the why’s and how’s behind the ocean.

Dive In!

The Molina Animal Care Center is where you get to see veterinarians in action in over 14,000 square feet. It’s a healthcare center for sea-faring residents, tucked right behind Shark Lagoon. Environmentally sensitive practices and preservation are a top priority of the aquarium.

Don’t miss The Southern California/Baja Gallery, home to animals who call the coastline from Baja to Oregon home. You can easily spend several days here, so map out your plan of action now!

AORN Conference

April 1st, 2016

On April 4, the AORN Conference comes to the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s one of the largest events for surgeons in the country. The massive 2016 expo is bringing medical professionals together from around the nation, where sessions, keynote speakers and networking events are non-stop. This year, Amy Purdy is leading the general education session with her “On My Own Two Feet” talk.

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Mark Thompson, a venture investor, is giving a talk on lectureship and the general writer’s awards. He’s spent over 25 years helping businesses thrive from the ground up, and the increase in private practices makes his expertise especially important to those in the medical field.

What to Expect

Education sessions address needs, concerns and questions from those in the surgical industry. There are tools, tips, and technology to be shared that can make running a medical/surgical business a little easier. In the exhibit hall, attendees can see first-hand how the latest tech works.

The Connections and Cocktails event features a DJ and signature drinks, and it encourages attendees to connect. Book your conveniently located hotel now for the AORN Conference and minimize commute time to the conference. Where you stay is just as important as attending, so book now and mix some leisure with business travels.

Delectable Vegetarian Restaurants

March 26th, 2016

 

Anaheim is one of the best places to travel to if you’re vegetarian or vegan, with plenty of dining options catering to your kind eating ways. Loving Hut is a local chain serving only counter-style vegan cuisine. They are sensitive to food allergies too. Try their Golden Wontons, BBQ Noodle plate, Lucky Mongo with a veg fillet, or the selection of “milk” shakes and coolers.

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BHIMAS Pure Vegetarian specializes in Southern Indian style cooking that’s all vegetarian. A selection of curries (many featuring paneer) in an all you can eat buffet style environment makes this restaurant a local lunch favorite.

Get Your Veg On

Rutabegorz Restaurant has three locations in the Anaheim area, all with slightly different veg menus. Check out the mac and cheese, bagels, Peasant Mushroom bowl, Mexican Casserole or the Veggie Surprise. Thuyen Vien is the place to go for those who are craving Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine, with an all-veg menu.

Green Bliss is a café serving only vegetarian fare, like their Vegan Sweet Quesadilla, Baked Oatmeal, Caprese Flatbread, Curried Chickpea Salad, and a seasonal menu that changes as local ingredients go in and out of season. There are a number of veg options at the ready, so your only challenge is what to try first.

Your Ultimate Spring Break Guide

March 15th, 2016

 

If you’re traveling to Anaheim during spring break, you are lucky to be in one of the hottest spring break destinations in the country! With all the southern California beaches at your fingertips, you can spend each day at a different location. Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, Manhattan Beach, and more are all an easy drive away. Dine on some of the freshest seafood along the coast, or take a surf lesson to really assimilate.

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The Disney adventure awaits, with weekdays between Tuesday and Thursday being the quietest during this busy time of year. A number of theaters and cinemas are available, including the Main Street Cinema in Disneyland that features only family-friendly classics in this old school palace of a theater.

Break Up Your Routine

Spend the day in Hollywood taking a tour of star’s homes, or head to Universal Studios for the real all-star experience. Knott’s Berry Farm is a great alternative for thrill seekers who need more amusement park fun, or try the charming boardwalk in Malibu.

Shopping is an extreme sport here, whether you head to the outlet malls or to the glitz of famous boutique couture shops. Make the most of your spring break by planning ahead and choosing a comfortable hotel.