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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.

 

 

Celebrate Love in LA

February 10th, 2017

 

Whether you’re single or coupled up and on vacation in Anaheim, love is in the air. The Dollface Dames Monthly Magicopolis Burlesque Show features a special Valentine’s Day extravaganza on February 11th. Located in Santa Monica, the theater features stadium seating with incredible bartenders as attendees let fantasy take over.

Shows begin at 9:30 p.m., and magicians behind the bar will amuse you as the dollfaces prepare to entertain. VIP seating starts at 10:30 p.m., and the 80-minute show will amaze with singing, group numbers, and burlesque acts all designed around a red-and-pink, love-fueled holiday. The after party lets you meet and greet. VIP entrance is just $30, or you can upgrade to a party package with autographed swag and priority seating.

In the Mood …

True Pablove is an annual fundraiser designed to give you a night you’ll never forget. It’s another option for February 11th, with tickets for the gala starting at $75. Children are welcome at the Casa Vertigo venue as the Pablove Foundation kicks off the signature family event of the year.

Around 600 attendees of all ages come to the one-of-a-kind event for music, amazing food from local establishments, the silent auction, and the arts and crafts. Design Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, and spread the love knowing that in six years the Foundation has raised $600,000 to fight childhood cancer.

 

How Well Do You Know Space Mountain?

February 2nd, 2017

 

Perhaps the most famous of Disneyland rides, Space Mountain is both a landmark and a legacy. The roller coaster races through the dark, alongside the stars, and has been a major thrill ride for generations. It first opened in January of 1975 at the Magic Kingdom Park and stemmed from the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride. Due to the Matterhorn’s success, Disney thought thrill rides really did belong at his parks.

At first, Disney thought the thrill ride should be the epicenter of the new (at the time) Tomorrowland, thanks to the “space port” vibe. Before the moniker “Space Mountain” was picked, the Imagineers dubbed the coaster “Space Voyage.”

A Legend is Born

When Walt passed, Space Mountain was put on hold temporarily. However, it was soon clear that Magic Kingdom was seriously lacking in the thrill ride department. Young adults and teens were starting to flock to the area, and as land and technology become more available, Space Mountain was put back into motion. Originally, it was meant to nest on the south side of Tomorrowland but was soon moved to be situated on the perimeter berm.

The official opening of Space Mountain included a marching band playing the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover tracks. There was also a special appearance by the pilot of the Lunar Module on Apollo XV, Colonel James Irwin, and the rest is history.

 

 

Let it Flow Detroit to Los Angeles

January 24th, 2017

 

On January 27th, the L.A. Doubletree hosts the Let it Flow Detroit to Los Angeles event by Vanessa’s Positive Energy. Marking ten years of celebration in the Anaheim area, you’ll be treated to live bands, live DJs, and non-stop dance workshops. The all-access weekend pass is just $90 and includes three workshops and two black tie dinners. Contact the organizer directly at 213-760-8429 to register.

The Dance Fusion USA event features The Guru, Kevin Collins, DJ Rod and a number of top dance students. All are welcome to join, dance, or simply take in the performances. A fun-fueled weekend of dance, entertainment and fine dining is the perfect segue into February.

Let’s Dance!

The party starts at 6 p.m. on the 27th and goes until the wee hours on the 28th. Host Vanessa began as a line dance instructor in 1991 and founded the Nubian Bootscooters two years later. After 32 years as a teacher in public schools, she branched out to share her love of dance with students of all ages and abilities.

Dedicated to bringing awareness to social dancing, she’s partnered up with the best DJs and bands in the country to share a love of dance for all generations. Promoting equality, health, wellness and independence, this is one dance-filled weekend you won’t want to miss.

Lunar New Year Celebrations

January 16th, 2017

 

For many in the Anaheim area, the Lunar New Year on January 28th has to be celebrated at Disneyland. Much like recent holidays including New Year’s Eve and Christmas, Disney goes all out for this end-of-the-month celebration. Surprises are always in store, but you can also count on the gorgeous ornamental lanterns woven throughout the walls and pathways. Banners and signs that reach for the sky celebrate the holiday in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Entertainment for all ages is on grand display with authentic performers peppering the streets. Disney characters get in on the fun, too, dressed up in their own homage to the Lunar New Year. Swing by on January 28th, and get treated to some New Year fun Disney-style.

The Holidays Aren’t Over Yet

Unlike western NYE traditions, the Lunar calendar shifts each year. However, having the Lunar New Year fall on a Saturday is a real treat. You can also head to Los Angeles China Town for specials, celebrations and parades throughout late January and early February.

The LA Golden Dragon Parade is the biggest in southern California, a family-friendly event where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of China as a new year begins. Where will the Lunar New Year find you?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15th, 2017

 

Mark your calendar for January 16 to celebrate the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade. “Our work is not yet done” is the motto of this parade, which is the biggest in the country. Committed to fighting for equality, a variety of participants show off massive floats. Celebrities are regular sightings at this popular event that travels along MLK Jr. Boulevard, Western Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard, and Vernon Avenue from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You can sign up to volunteer or even take part in the parade as an individual or organization. For those traveling to Anaheim for work, rallying together to take part in the parade is a fantastic team-building activity. Hosted by the Congress of Racial Equality of California, this televised event is a must during the holiday weekend.

Celebration Options

At Kiddie City in Leimert Park, the “I Have a Dream” Wall is a favorite activity for little ones. The weekend of MLK Jr. Day, visit the kingdom spilling over with activities for kids. Everyone is welcome to put handprints on the wall as a way to express their dream.

The festival includes songs, readings and stories about Martin Luther King Jr., all designed to inspire visitors of all ages.

 

Spanish Restaurants Near Anaheim

January 7th, 2017

 

When you’re in the mood for tapas, sangria, fresh seafood, Barcelona-style, or another favorite Spanish dish, nothing else will do. Head to the Felix Continental Café, a homey getaway specializing in Spanish and Cuban fare. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try the Shrimp Louisianese, featuring shrimp beer battered and coated with coconut, served with a horseradish, orange and mustard sauce.

The roasted Chicken Cubano is a half chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon and garlic. Pierna de Puerco is a pork leg roasted in drippings with seasoning and a bitter orange for extra bite. With the Boliche Mechado, you’ll enjoy eye of round beef stuffed with chorizo imported from Spain and slow-cooked.

Flavor Fiestas

Try Olé! Spain Deli Shop where you can eat-in at the sandwich shop and grab some treats to go from the store. On the traditional menu, you’ll find Tortillas de Patatas with chorizo, potato and onion in an omelet, served with house bread.

Paella is now served daily at Ole! Saffron rice with mussels, shrimp, pork loin, chicken wings, chorizo and a red bell pepper is sure to satisfy. Get Carlota or Flan for dessert, or take it to go in case you over-indulge on the tapas options.

 

 

A Disney Winter Wonderland

December 19th, 2016

 

Disneyland doesn’t “just” have one way to celebrate the winter holidays—there’s a reindeer’s cart full of surprises! Of course, incredible decorations and special attractions are sprinkled around the park. The Christmas Fantasy Parade features Santa, his reindeer crew, and your beloved Disney characters dressed in their holiday best as they start the park’s winter season with a decked hall and salute.

Check out the Jingle Cruise, available only during the winter months, for a twinkle-filled twist on the classic cruise. This traditional voyage is wholly enveloped in the Christmas spirit, complete with special drinks and treats to keep your spirits bright. It’s a great add-on to any park visit.

Holly and Jolly

At the It’s a Small World celebration, you’ll enter a magical world full of happiness, goodwill and peace with an international twist. Of course, if you prefer a little spookiness to go with your Christmas spirit, the Haunted Mansion Holiday is right up your dark alley. Who knew a “takeover makeover” from Tim Burton could be so winter-fully delightful?

At each of the park’s restaurants, you’ll find holiday-themed treats, meals and more that are only available this time of year, and every year there are surprises. Start planning your Disney holiday itinerary today!