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NoHo Food Truck Collective

April 22nd, 2017

Head to North Hollywood April 6 and every Thursday from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. for the NoHo Food Truck Collective! Along with some of the best food trucks in town, attendees enjoy live music, games and more. Every week there are different food trucks as well as giant Jenga tournaments. If you really want to get a taste of the Anaheim area, earmark Thursday nights where there’s always something new driving into the collective.

Located at 14155 W. Magnolia Boulevard, it’s a short drive from Anaheim and takes all the guesswork out of food-truck hopping. Only the best are welcomed into the collective, and you’ll find an eclectic mix of cuisines from Mexican to Greek, Ethiopian to Indian and everything in between.

A Foodie Paradise

It’s impossible to sample all the top-rated fare the city has to offer, even for residents. Tourists have to make the most of their time in Anaheim, and it’s easy when the Collective keeps an eye out for the latest trucks for you. Staple award winners and promising newbies alike are found here.

Follow the #NoHoFoodTruckCollective on social media for updates on who’s going to be there, new musicians and performers, and what games to expect. It’s the easiest way to indulge in food truck sampling without driving all over town.

 

Anaheim’s Juiciest Burger Joints

April 14th, 2017

 

Gastro tourists are in for a real treat, and it’s as seemingly simple as standard Americana fare. Take a burger tour of the area, starting at The Fix Burger—known for their signature patties. You can customize not just the toppings, but the patty itself! Opt for buffalo, chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef or vegetarian before adding toppings like avocado and fried eggs.

Astro Burger dishes out classic burgers along with mouthwatering veggie burgers and Greek cuisine. Try the Ortega Burger for a little added spice, go Greek with rice-stuffed bell peppers (a surprisingly sultry side), and go crazy with the plethora of fry options.

Big Bites

Fresh & Meaty Burgers are known for their turkey patties, although they also serve traditional beef. Cooked to order, this veteran staple features all meats, which are purchased fresh daily. For dessert, how about self-served ice cream, a pie slice or cake? Chili cheese Fritos are the preferred side dish here.

A&T Burger is a retro, kitschy dive that does fast food right from breakfast to dinner. Get your burger with a side of onion rings or fries, and if you’re craving something with a little more kick, there’s an impressive Mexican menu here. No matter where you satisfy your burger cravings, you’ll be in for a treat in Anaheim.

 

Earth Day Los Angeles

April 10th, 2017

 

This annual event takes place April 22nd at Exposition Park in Los Angeles from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Earth-friendly fun is on deck for the second year in a row. Local sanitation trucks will be available for kids to discover and explore, plus there’s a plethora of fun, educational exhibits scheduled. Sustainability is at the heart of this festival.

During the inaugural year in 2016, over 50 exhibitors rallied at the park, and more are expected for 2017. Enjoy plentiful giveaways, live entertainment and free food. Plus, admission is always free, making this one of the most family-friendly and exciting events of the season.

The Host with the Most

This event is hosted by L.A. Sanitation, whose mission is “collect, clean and recycle.” The agency includes nearly 3,000 professionals. Events happen year-round, although Earth Day is certainly the pinnacle. Check out their social media site to stay updated on free composting and smart gardening workshops, open houses on discovering recycling and more.

As a green-leaning city, protectors of the earth are abundant (both as residents and visitors). Take the whole family to this sustainable event and learn more about recycling efforts in southern California. It’s also a fantastic way to network, sample the local cuisine, and find inspiration.

 

Can You Visit the Hollywood Sign?

April 2nd, 2017

 

Everyone wants to see the Hollywood sign, but can you actually visit it? The simple answer is no, but there are some key spots to take the best photos. Originally funded by a newspaper publisher, Harry Chandler, the first sign said “Hollywoodland” in 1923. Perched on Mount Lee, it fell into disrepair a few years later and was demolished. It debuted again in 1978, excepting the last four letters.

Three agencies are charged with its maintenance today, and it remains one of the city’s top attractions. You can get a great shot from the Hollywood Bowl concert venue, while hiking in Runyon Canyon, or if you trek to the top of the LA County Museum of Art. However, locals know a few more hot spots for viewing.

Great Shots

Beachwood Canyon is a prime spot for photographs, and local residents are used to visitors and photographers in their neighborhood. Ranked by many as “the best,” you’ll need to wind up some mountainside streets to get a clear shot. It’s also a great neighborhood for shopping and dining.

Lake Hollywood Park keeps you out of residential areas, offering grounds to relax, play, and of course take some fantastic photos. BBQ pits and picnic tables are also available. Try the Griffith Park Observatory for a different angle, and don’t forget to check out the views from the on-site telescopes before going inside for galleries and exhibits. This photo is a staple when visiting southern California. Where will you get the ultimate shot?

Bubble Run 2017

March 20th, 2017

 

The annual Bubble Run on Saturday, March 25th is truly a fun run! It’s the perfect way to work off those green beer calories from St. Patrick’s Day and takes place at nearby Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Many 5ks are a little underwhelming, but just add bubbles and suddenly it’s double the fun. The hosts liken it to racing through Willy Wonka’s factory.

Everyone wears a custom white tee-shirt, and strollers, kids and joggers are all welcome. In just over three miles, you’re welcome to walk, run, jog, dance and play. New waves are released into the course every four minutes, and at each kilometer you’ll be covered in foam with the famous Foam Bogs.

Double Bubble

Throughout the course, you’ll be cheered on, and there are plenty of fans and volunteers ensuring you’re absolutely doused in bubbles. Each Foam Bog represents a different color, so by the end of the trek you’ll be a veritable rainbow of success.

Worried about “tasting the whimsy?” Don’t be! These bubbles are edible, delicious and completely safe. Sign up early here, or show up on the big day and help cheer on the runners. The after party is just as fun as the race!

St. Paddy Day Celebrations

March 3rd, 2017

 

Whether you call it St. Paddy’s or St. Patrick’s Day, the Anaheim area knows how to celebrate the only raucous holiday of the spring. You can always warm up with St. Practice Day one week prior to the big event, with pub crawls scheduled in nearly every nearby beach from Huntington to Newport. That’ll have you ready for the big event March 17th with a full Saint Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl (each beach town hosts their own!).

The Venice Ale House St. Patrick’s Dance Party is a favorite, and you’re required to wear green for entry. The party spans across two venues at the Venice Beach Boardwalk including the Ale House and The Rose Room, with just $10 cover charges.

Get Your Green On

The local Queen Mary hosts the Shamrock ‘n’ Roll with Celtic entertainment in the Queen Salon, Royal Salon and Promenade Deck. Full of traditional Irish grub, drinks and music, you’ll enjoy trivia contests and costume contests at this 21+ event.

Other staples include the annual South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Hooley in San Pedro, and Rock & Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. No matter how you choose to celebrate, local Irish venues and organizations have you covered.

 

Get Your Guatemalan Cuisine

February 28th, 2017

 

Southern California is famous for Mexican fusion and healthy eating, but don’t overlook some of the more eclectic fare options—like Guatemalan cuisine. Start your gastro journey at the aptly named Guatemala Restaurant where you’ll find delicious chiles rellenos, garnachas and authentic flavors that will make you feel like you’re on an entirely different vacation.

Next up is FiRE + iCE, an all-you-can-eat buffet specializing in Guatemalan food but also offering picks from a variety of countries. Here, you can satisfy your Mongolian, Latin, Asian and Italian cravings in one fell swoop. Come hungry, and remember that the chefs whip up new favorites all the time.

Going Loco (and Local)

Antojitos Nueva Guatemala is a local pastelería where you can find all the mouthwatering pastries you want and more. Baked goods, Guatemalan comfort food, and the best conchas you’ve ever tasted are just a few miles away from your guest room.

You’ll also find a number of Guatemalan specialties and spice blends at the many Mexican restaurants around the area. When in Anaheim, follow your Latin flare and dine in some of the most flavorful of establishments.

Japanese Fare Near Anaheim

February 20th, 2017

 

Japanese cuisine is a favorite in southern California, and, thanks to the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, restaurants are never short on the freshest fish. Try the Hibachi Steakhouse for casual dining and surf ‘n’ turf specials. Each hibachi table ensures a unique and fun experience for all, and you can customize sides and entrees, and choose from a variety of dessert options. If you want true tableside entertainment, it’s a family-friendly pick.

The Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet is an informal buffet beloved for the one-of-a-kind dishes, authenticity, and, of course, the all-you-can-eat goodness. Take your colleagues for a bonding experience, or slip into this local favorite yourself to fuel up for your next vacation outing.

Fresh and Genuine

Boasting a rich Japanese community, the Anaheim area is full of choices when you’re craving Japanese fare. The WaBa Grill is a Japanese fusion restaurant where you can get the best of both worlds: That genuine Japanese flavor you crave with innovative California twists. Get a teriyaki bowl with chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies.

Ohshima Japanese Cuisine is a hidden gem, small and quaint but known for having some of the freshest seafood in town. Creative Japanese dishes, imported beer, wine and sake, and the omakase make this an addictive little treasure.

 

Spring Break Musts

February 20th, 2017

 

Over 15,000 schools let out for one week in March and April around the nation, and Anaheim has long been a favorite spring break destination. A trip to Disneyland is a must for many spring breakers with the perfect weather, seasonal treats, and of course your favorite rides. Aim for a mid-week, early morning arrival for the shortest lines and most comfortable weather.

You’ll also want to explore all the beaches in the area, but don’t feel like you need to stick to the famous sites like Malibu and Venice. Check out lesser known beaches that are highly rated by locals including South Carlsbad State Beach Campground, Crystal Cove State Park and Pirate’s Cove Beach.

Memories in the Making

March is peak whale-watching season as the massive gray and blue whales make their migration up from the coast of Mexico. The Anaheim area is a sanctuary spot for the whales, and there are numerous outings from Newport Beach throughout the day. It’s your best chance to catch a glimpse of the beasts up close and personal.

Also explore the numerous waterparks in the area—there are more options than Disney! Try Great Wolf Lodge, Raging Waters Los Angeles and Aquatica in San Diego, if you’re in the mood for a road trip. With so many ways to keep your cool, you know this will be the best spring break yet.

 

A Whale of a Tale

February 18th, 2017

 

Whale watching season started in January and stretches through April, but February is prime time for catching a glimpse of magnificent gray and humpback whales, along with numerous dolphin species. Every year, the huge whale migration brings thousands of these beautiful beasts back up from Baja, California through the Newport and Laguna Beach area. These miles of coastline are an established sanctuary, with cruises leaving throughout the day and promising the best shot of a great photo opportunity.

Your guides will teach you how to scan the water and spot the signs of the migration. The beautiful marine life in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you can’t miss. It’s ideal for a solo outing, family trip or romantic date. Depart from the Newport area, and you’ll likely see a few giant blue whales, the gray whale migration and more.

The Best Seat on the Boat

Newport is the best spot in California for whale watching with it’s clear waters, and the marine life is aware that this is a safety zone for them. Add in the backdrop of palm trees and white sand, and you have all the makings for a magical evening.

Choose from a sunrise or sunset tour, or hop on board for a noon ride. Get tickets in advance if you can, and remember that this is one activity animal lovers of all ages will adore.