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Steak Your Claim in Anaheim!

July 3rd, 2016

Celebrate summer the old fashioned way, with a delectable steak dinner just for dad! There are a number of top steakhouses in the Anaheim area, but consider Morton’s The Steakhouse, a high-end chain that everyone adores, providing a variety of cuts and sides for every craving. There’s also Bari Bari, a local Japanese steakhouse with grilled-to-order meats, and their preparation is a real showstopper.

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Head to Stubrik’s Steakhouse and Bar, an American-style chophouse with some thick Italian influences. It’s a high-end restaurant with innovative dishes and constantly changing specials to keep you on your toes. Call ahead to let the host know about the special occasion, and surprise someone with a special treat!

Delicious Options

Doug’s Downtown Grill is low-key and casual, with cozy booths in a sports bar environment. However, their cuts and how they’re prepared are anything but ordinary. You’ll find delectable, homemade tastes in this intimate environment where dad will feel right at home.

You may also want to check out Fire & Ice Grill & Bar, an all-you-can-eat Mongolian-style buffet hot spot that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Latin, Asian, American, and Italian flavors are also featured here!

Register Now for the Star Wars Half Marathon!

June 23rd, 2016

Hurry and pick up the pace, because you only have a few weeks left to register for the epic Star Wars Half Marathon! It’s not until January 2017, but bibs always sell out and it’s critical to register before the end of July. You can register, get course information, and find out details on the swag at the official site. Running in costume is highly encouraged, but not required. Spectators are also urged to show up as their favorite character.

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Registration begins June 14, right in time for you to start training for one of the best half marathons in town. However, it’s not just a half that’s at stake. You can opt to enroll little ones in the Padawans or Jedi Knights runs, suitable for a variety of ages. There’s also a 5k, 10k, and an out of this world running adventure!

There is No Try

Don’t miss out on the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo before the races, taking place January 12-14. It’s HQ for all you’ll need and is required for picking up your bib, shirt and gear packet. You can also check out more merchandise and get an early peek at what’s in store.

A speaker series on-site features a slew of celebrity runners and last minute trainings on nutrition and strategies. Don’t wait—it’s not as far, far away as you think!

 

Welcome Summer in Anaheim

June 15th, 2016

Summer Solstice is almost here, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than in sunny Anaheim. The Los Angeles Summer Solstice celebration harkens back to ancient Egypt, marking the Nile flooding season at this time of year. More daylight, warmer weather, and more available outdoor activities is what we celebrate on June 21! You can find the Summer Solstice Party with headliner Jeremy Sole at the Hammer Museum. There’s also Celebration at the Autry at Griffith Park, suitable for families looking for some cultural festivities.

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It also marks the beginning of the LA Film Festival, and movie fans can indulge in a number of outdoor screenings with celebrity appearances around Hollywood. Make Music LA also kicks off this time of year, and you’ll discover many mini concerts in the neighborhood.

Foodie Paradise

The LA Street Food Fest during solstice is the perfect way to indulge in some of the city’s best chef creations. There are more than 100 vendors at this all-you-can-eat day-long event. Summer Solstice is the pinnacle of summer in California. How are you planning to celebrate?

From beach hopping to whale watching, surf lessons and more, choose your favorite way to say, “Thank you!” to the sun.

Get the Perfect Grad Gift

June 10th, 2016

Are you heading to Anaheim but don’t want to lug a graduation gift with you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of top notch gift shops near your Anaheim hotel. Try out Castle Gate Gift Shop on Harbor Boulevard for a huge selection, including plenty of graduation gift options for students of all ages. There’s also ABC Market, a popular chain peppered around California offering golden coast twists on grad gift classics.

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You might find the perfect present at Mickey’s Gift, a Disney-themed gift shop for the grad who loves the happiest place on earth. Of course, if you’ll be visiting Disneyland this June, you can always pick up a primo gift from the park itself!

Gift Shopping

A Little Known Shop is a unique gift shop just a few miles from your Anaheim hotel, offering a wide selection for all budgets and tastes. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this is the shop to check out first. Locally owned and operated, the customer service is also premium.

The Star Trader on Tomorrowland Drive is a phenomenal shop that you can’t get out of without  buying a little (or a big!) something for yourself too. No matter where you go in California for that perfect gift, you’ll find plenty of options!

Dad’s Day Celebrations

June 4th, 2016

Show Dad how much you love him by planning the perfect Father’s Day in Anaheim! The Anaheim Marketplace features a special performance by Don Cheto of La Que Beuna on June 19 along with a full taco bar and mechanical bull. Join the fun from noon until 4pm at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace located at 1440 South Anaheim Boulevard. Come hungry and ready for an exciting day just for Dad.

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On June 16, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 3:30, but it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. Choose box seats, the reserved section, and treat dad to concession favorites and a beer garden visit. It’s the perfect gift for the sports loving dad in your life.

Holiday Bonanza

The annual Father’s Day Beer Brunch at the Phoenix Club is accepting reservations for the 10:30am or 1pm seating. Brunch features include a carving sation, German and American specialties, omelet station, pork ribs, salads, European breads and pastries, German sausages, and peel and eat shrimp. Bitburger Beer for dads is included in the price.

The Brownstone Café is offering a Father’s Day special of steak and eggs along with their usual, expansive menu. Located in Fullerton, it’s the perfect way to start the morning! Make reservations early whether you’re heading to a feast, game or special event.

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!