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Adventure City

June 9th, 2017

 

Disneyland is far from the only amusement park in Anaheim. Adventure City is the ultimate destination for little ones aged 1 – 9, where parking is always free and admission is just $18.95 per person. The perfect alternative for budget-minded travelers or those with younger kids who aren’t yet ready for the bigger parks, it’s a popular space to reserve a spot for birthday parties and other special events.

Attractions, rides, performances and great food are all part of the Adventure City experience. With a gorgeous carousel, plenty of water rides to keep cool on an August outing, a petting farm, rock climbing and party tree house for the ultimate celebration, there’s no better place than Adventure City for non-stop family fun.

The Ride of a Lifetime

The Drop Zone is one of the biggest thrills in the park, dropping guests 45 feet for a tummy-flipping experience. In the Barnstorm Planes, you’ll soar high and low as you go around this fun and casual favorite ride. Head to the Children’s Theater for performances all day long, or the Arcade to battle it out with your favorite pinball machines and video games.

Rescue 911 is an experience that gives kids a taste of what it’s like to be a fireman or police officer. Whether you’re on the Crazy Bus or the Giggle Wheel, the options and fun are limitless at this destination.

 

 

 

LA Angels vs. Minnesota Twins

June 1st, 2017

 

Head to Angel Stadium June 2nd and see the local LA Angels of Anaheim take on the Minnesota Twins in the hallmark of summer sports. “Take me out to the ballgame” has an entirely different meaning in Los Angeles when you’re at a famous stadium where the amenities, snacks and beverages are all A-list status.

Located at 2000 Gene Autry Way in the heart of Anaheim, you can get tickets at Ticketmaster (or at the gate if you’re lucky). MLB Baseball is the perfect highlight of any Anaheim trip, whether you’re here on business or on vacation and taking a Disney break. In addition to an exciting game, enjoying all the amenities of Angel Stadium is reason enough to book your seats!

What to Expect

Forget peanuts and cracker jacks (unless you love them, because Angel Stadium has those, too!). Come hungry, because you won’t want to miss out on Angel wings with garlic fries and chicken tenders. At Battered Up, you’ll find hand-dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes and other carnival favorites. Try the goodies at The Big Cheese where grilled cheese classics, with bacon or with short ribs, go gourmet (served with tomato soup, of course).

Burger Bites is known for their sliders on Hawaiian rolls, while the Broken Bat Club is where you’ll find the staple hot dogs in two sizes and packs of peanuts. At Chili Cheese Fries, get classics along with sweet potato fries and even funnel cake fries! From Crafty Dogs to Chronic Tacos, Angel Stadium is a foodie delight.

 

Visit LACMA

May 22nd, 2017

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a brief drive from Anaheim, and the standout building has been an L.A. landmark since opening in 1965. Featuring works that span geography and history while showcasing the diversity of the region, it’s the biggest art museum in the western half of the country. Here, you’ll find more than 130,000 objects from several centuries and around the world. Visit the Latin American art, pre-Columbian relics, Asian art, Islamic art and contemporary showcases to discover incredible gems at this must-see attraction.

Most of LACMA’s galleries and exhibits come from public programs and research institutes. Millions visit each year, and the digital programs with online collections and interactive options are a fantastic way to keep in touch with LACMA when not in the L.A. area. You’ll find LACMA on 20 acres at Hancock Park right in the heart of L.A. Conservation, interpretation and exhibition are at the center of LACMA’s mission.

Art with Heart

Special exhibitions available in May include Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn, and The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts. You won’t want to miss Tony Smith: Smoke, the Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959-71, or any of the art programs available for all ages.

Adult art classes include Drawing from Sculpture, Focus on the Figure, Dreams: Exploration of Surrealism, Drawing and Painting, and several one-day, special workshops. Kids’ workshops are also available, and the LACMA film series highlights a variety of pieces throughout the year. Find out more and reserve your tickets in advance at the official site.

Craving Indian in Anaheim?

May 22nd, 2017

 

When only a good tandoori or dal will do, Anaheim and the surrounding area takes good care of visitors with a plethora of Indian restaurants at the ready. Check out ADYA for traditional Indian street food paired with craft beer. Take a cooking class at the Anaheim location, or simply pick up your favorite chaats like bhel puri, chickpea chaat, pani puri or sev puri. Their vada pavs and kathi rolls are divinely addictive.

Masala Hut gives you everything necessary for Indian cravings in a little hut attached to a marketplace. You’ll find chana masala, goat and lamb curries, paneer pakoras, and tikka masalas all made from scratch at this family-owned restaurant and grocer.

More Masala!

Tandoor Cuisine of India is a northern Indian destination that’s a little more upscale. The menu includes Punjabi staples like garlic and onion naans, creamy butter chicken, and of course a generous variety of sides along with strong pickled vegetables and rich lassis.

Curry Hut has a strong local following. Try the aloo gobi with potatoes and cauliflower or the spinach with cheese combo if you’re craving a vegetarian dish. Goat curry and chicken tandoori are always popular, and the à la carte along with the deep-fried specials change on a daily basis. Where will your taste buds lead you?

Hollywood Bowl

May 15th, 2017

 

You’ve heard of Hollywood Bowl in movies and television shows, but have you ever been? It’s a Los Angeles staple for a reason, a mecca for concerts, dining and special events. Voted the best outdoor venue for 12 years in a row by Pollstar Magazine, it’s also the biggest natural outdoor amphitheater in the country and a go-to spot for summer concerts and events. Home to the L.A. Philharmonic in summer months as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, you’ll find 14 picnic grounds in this sprawling public park.

It’s ideal for your own special event, too, with various weddings, reunions and camps calling the Hollywood Bowl home for a night of a lifetime. Located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, close to the Hollywood Freeway, it’s easily accessible from Anaheim, although parking is limited. It’s best to park and ride from one of the convenient, nearby locations or use the shuttle bus lots.

Wining and Dining

The Wine Bar by a.o.c. and the backyard restaurant are two great on-site options for food and beverages. For those attending concerts, check out the “supper in your box seats” option for to-go picnic boxes. Every great event deserves equally fantastic fare and wine, which is why the Kitchen 22, sweet shop, and on-site marketplaces have you covered.

May events include Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey May 5 and 6, A Perfect Circle May 7, and Train May 13. Keep an eye on the calendar for updates, to purchase tickets, or for last minute special events you won’t want to miss.

A History of Sunset Boulevard

May 6th, 2017

 

Arguably one of the most famous landmarks in southern California, few can say why Sunset Boulevard is so well-known. It’s located in central and western L.A. County, stretching from the Pacific Coast Highway to Figueroa Street in downtown. At 22 miles long, it’s a lovely and relatively short trip, but takes drivers through notorious mountainous spots that hug the Los Angeles Basin. In the 1780s, what’s now Sunset Boulevard was a cattle trail from Pueblo de Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

It’ll take you from downtown to Hollywood, heading west before slightly curving to the Pacific. Take Sunset Boulevard past Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake before reaching Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s also in Bel-Air, hugging UCLA’s Westwood campus boundary. Finally, it reaches the Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.

A Ride to Remember

Sunset Boulevard is known for its curves, sometimes treacherous to the unfamiliar. At its widest, it offers four lines, but is often congested like much of L.A. In the past, it went farther east, reaching into the historic regions of downtown. However, that area has been re-dubbed Cesar Chavez Avenue as of 1994.

Since the 1950s, Sunset Boulevard has been known for its thriving nightlife, and in the 70s it unfortunately became famed for seedy activity. However, other parts of the boulevard are known at Guitar Row thanks to the influx of guitar shops and music industry stores. Today, it’s well worth the 22 mile drive, including a stop at 4334 W. Sunset Boulevard to see the mural of Elliott Smith where fans leave messages to their hero.

 

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?