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Korean BBQ Picks

October 11th, 2017

 

Southern California is a true gastro-destination with flavors and cuisines from around the world featured. If nothing but Korean BBQ will do on a crisp autumn night, Anaheim has you covered with authentic restaurants around town. Start at Cham Soot Gol for an all you can eat experience, grilling your favorite proteins and kimchi on tabletop grills and enjoying non-stop sides from spicy radishes to red bean paste.

Han Yang is known for their authentic, home cooked dishes. Short-rib soup is their specialty, and it pairs perfectly with a rich seafood pancake or the house kimchi. Fermented sides along with hearty soups and generous chicken, pork and beef options make this a favorite for group outings.

Anaheim’s Got Seoul

Head to Mo Ran Gak Restaurant for an informal BBQ eatery with tabletop grilling suitable for large groups. Pair your bulgogi or bibimbap with South Korea’s staple adult beverage—soju. To drink like a Korean local, combine soju with a domestic beer for a stronger kick.

You’ll also want to check out Korea House BBQ Buffet for a generous spread of classic dishes. Here, you can indulge in all the spicy pork (japchae), house-marinated chicken, seafood and sides you can handle. For dessert? Slices of the freshest local melons.

 

Anaheim Packing District

September 22nd, 2017

 

The historic Packard Building gave the popular Anaheim Packing District its namesake. Part farmers market, cultural hub and hands-on museum, the Packard Building boasts the title as one of just a few historic commercial buildings left in Orange County. It has survived urban development, and what was once a citrus packing house has turned into a landmark of downtown.

Originally built in 1925 as a mission revival building, it’s flooded with light and features an open space. Similar to car showrooms, it’s lived a hearty life as a plethora of auto showcases. However, now restored to its original Art Deco glory, it’s home to the famed Umami Burger (a local chain of escalated pub grub) and the Anaheim Brewery.

Farm On

Adjacent to the Packard Building is Farmers Park, a lush two-acre area with a boardwalk, olive grove, grassy knolls and community gardens. It connects the Packard Building with the Anaheim Packing House, and is a popular spot for special events. The Packing House opens every day at 9 a.m. for breakfast and many stalls stay open until the wee hours.

Check each restaurant for their hours of operation, but expect bars to stay open until midnight. Vendors include Pandor boulangerie and café, the SEED People’s Market, Urbana and many more. The Packing District is a must-see during any Anaheim visit, perfect for families, individual adventures and dates.

 

Top Italian Restaurants

September 19th, 2017

 

Southern California is full of premium Italian restaurants, like Baci in downtown Anaheim where the dishes are elevated in an upscale environment. Perfect for a date or business outing, the classic dishes are paired with an extensive coffee, wine and dessert menu. Sit on the outdoor patio to enjoy the tail-end of summer or in the elegant dining room for an intimate lunch or dinner out.

Rufino’s Italian Restaurant is another favorite, featuring a charming décor and known for the tender veal and al dente pasta since 1967. Another pick with an extensive wine and dessert menu, you’ll want to save room for the house tiramisu with a cup of espresso. Here, traditional fare is the star with gorgeous plating and impeccable service.

Pasta in Paradise

At Roman Cucina, enjoy lavish cocktails with your pasta and premium subs. A must for happy hour, start with the pepperoni garlic bread or fried calamari. The martini list includes the Italian Ice with Smirnoff citrus vodka, triple sec and sweet and sour. The Banana Split is dessert in a glass, featuring Smirnoff vanilla vodka, Godiva white and dark chocolate, and crème de banana.

Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante has Sicilian puppets as part of the décor, an enormous wine cellar and an impressive lunch buffet. This playful destination is where you’ll want to order a pizza to share with premium toppings like gorgonzola, artichokes and Kalamata olives.

OC Fest of Ales

September 14th, 2017

OC Fest of Ales

The Fest of Ales returns to Anaheim September 16 with more than 35 craft breweries, live music, food pairings, games and more. Check out the home brew competition and enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings with entry alongside unlimited gourmet cuisine pairings. Only one brewery can claim the Mayor’s Trophy—and you can help decide the winner. Part of all proceeds benefits local non-profits including The Muzeo Museum in Anaheim.

This annual event happens at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street from noon – 4 p.m. Located right in the heart of Anaheim, it’s the perfect place to welcome autumn with a crisp apple cider, pumpkin-infused IPA or a vanilla stout. Plus, guests are treated to some of the best pub fare in town featuring a variety of chefs, food trucks and restaurants.

Featured Hits

Breweries include Anaheim Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Legends Craft Brewery, Heroes Brewery and scores more. Restaurants like Root Hummus, Out of the Park Pizza, ADYA, Slater’s 50/50 and a host of others are whipping up special pairing menus perfectly complementing the wide range of pints.

Enjoy the music of Apollo Bebop all afternoon as you dine, sip, taste and take in the thriving brew scene of Anaheim. What better way to welcome autumn?

Christ Cathedral

September 2nd, 2017

 

Both a historical landmark and an active place of worship, Christ Cathedral is open for daily tours that let guests discover the incredible beauty of this Anaheim institution. Famous for those of all faiths, Christ Cathedral was once known for Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” evangelized television show. However, the Diocese of Orange bought the church along with all 34 acres a few years ago and turned the cathedral into an open, welcoming destination for residents and tourists alike.

Cathedral Ceiling

Totaling nearly 320,000 square feet, buildings on the campus include the towering Christ Cathedral, an arboretum, the Tower of Hope, Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center, Crean Tower, large and small Galleries, and the Cathedral Cultural Center. There’s a cemetery on site as well as the Cathedral Memorial Gardens. With natural landscaping, sculptures, fountains and more, it’s become a peaceful retreat for many.

A Real Beauty

The campus’ history, beauty, scale and significance has made it a favorite destination for all visitors to Anaheim. Arts and cultural events take place year-round, and exhibit hours (tours) take place Monday – Saturday. Whether visitors are interested in meditation or prayer, education or architecture, Christ Cathedral can’t be missed.

Join a docent-led tour or pick up a guide for a peaceful self-guided tour. It all starts at the Cathedral Cultural Center with the “Becoming Christ Cathedral: Faith and Transformation” exhibit. With 55 volunteer docents representing 30 parishes, tours last about 40 minutes. Private tours can be scheduled for 15+ guests.

Honda Center

July 25th, 2017

 

One of the most famous event venues in southern California is just minutes from your Anaheim guest room. It’s home to the Anaheim Ducks, the Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament and the biggest concerts in the country. Hosting Stars on Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters, as well as entertainers ranging from The Rolling Stones to Fleetwood Mac, over 3,500 events (and counting!) have happened here and over 35 million guests have been amazed. Are you in Anaheim for a Honda Center event?

The venue is owned by the Anaheim city, and in 2005 it was reimagined as the ultimate events venue when Henry and Susan Samueli bought the Mighty Ducks team and took over venue management. Continuously upgraded, most recently with the addition of a 15,000 square foot Grand Terrace with a 250-seat restaurant, no visit to the Honda Center is ever the same.

State of the Art Entertainment

Two years ago, a new 27 x 47 foot scoreboard was added to the Honda Center. It’s the highest definition and clearest scoreboard available anywhere in North America. With 80 suites and up to 18,900 seats (depending on the event), the 25-year-old venue cost $123 million and continues to be one of the biggest draws in Anaheim.

On-site restaurants include the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, Standing ‘O’ and Shock Top Terrace. You’ll find gastropub burgers, delectable fries and a gourmet dinner menu at Shock Top (reservations highly recommended).

Chinese Options in Anaheim

July 15th, 2017

 

With Los Angeles’ famed Chinatown so close, it’s no surprise that Anaheim is rich with some of the best authentic and fusion-inspired Chinese restaurants in the area. Try Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant for a unique combination of cuisines. Try the “warm pots” with a variety of fillings, or the home-style noodle chow mein with lamb dough, shrimp dough or beef dough.

China Kitchen is a simple eatery serving up genuine dishes in a homey environment. Chow Fun is an innovative twist on chow mein, and it has an ample fried rice menu that comes with your choice of chicken, beef or shrimp. If you need to feed a team, try the party tray. The Weight Watchers menu offers healthy alternatives to classics, so there’s truly something for every palate.

Feeling Lucky?

Big Chopsticks is a favorite amongst locals, with the most popular menu items including orange chicken made with only white meat in a slightly spicy breading with house orange sauce. Chicken chow mein with soft noodles, cabbage and green onion is also incredible. Add on the cream cheese wontons, egg flower soup and vegetarian egg rolls for a hearty meal.

Sino Fusion is the perfect stop to pair fried dumplings with an impressive beer and wine menu. Try the BBQ pork spare ribs, crispy string beans and fried coconut jumbo shrimp for starters. Offering lunch specials, family dinners, and a variety of spice levels, it’s a hidden gem you have to taste to believe.

 

 

Visit Santiago Oaks Regional Park

July 12th, 2017

 

Nestled just a few miles away in Orange, the Santiago Oaks Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk year-round. Parking is $3 on weekdays and $5 per day on weekends. It’s the ultimate getaway for residents and visitors alike, hugging the Santiago Creek and offering 1,269 acres of sheer paradise. Secluded and brimming with trails, it’s a favorite for bikers, hikers and equestrians who want to experience the beauty of southern California’s mountains and orange groves first-hand.

Stroll beside a gorgeous creek and discover what the forest has to share with you. You’ll see an impressive number of native plants and trees along with resident animals and birds. Find the lookout that offers an incredible view of the foothills and city of Orange, or pack a picnic and dine in the true Anaheim way, al fresco style.

Plan Your Trip

Five years ago, almost 200 coastal live oaks were planted as part of a restoration project. The trees have provided a fantastic background to the visitors exploring the interconnecting trails. Linking to the Anaheim Hills Trail System, there’s also a nature system where programs and exhibits take place throughout the year.

Join a nature walk, interpretive activity or connect with a local equestrian club to schedule a ride. The park is the perfect complement to an otherwise busy trip of beaches, Disneyland and legendary shopping.

 

An Anaheim Fourth of July

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland is famous for those Fourth of July fireworks, but some Anaheim visitors prefer a more nostalgic celebration. Head to nearby Fullerton for the Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival starting at 5 p.m. You’ll find live entertainment and music featuring Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonic, as well as family-friendly activities. Located at Fullerton High School Stadium, the 20-minute fireworks display blasts off at 9 p.m.

Fourth of July

Irvine is known for the Celebrate the 4th of July at Pretend City event. The Pretend City Children’s Museum features a parade throughout the grounds along with an Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty fashion show. Don’t miss the star spangled science workshop where little ones create glitzy crafts.

Let Freedom Ring!

There’s also the Concert on the Green and Firework Festival at Irvine High School, with gates opening at 3 p.m. Here, you’ll be treated to a pyro musical sky concert followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Check out the live music featuring Derek Bordeaux, plenty of food vendors, and prizes, games and fun for all. The Color Guard Presentation and big bounce houses are always a hit.

At the Pacific Symphony Concert, it’s all high energy with classics like the best of Michael Jackson. Made up of seven rockers led by James Delisco, the Pacific Symphony is also featured to help celebrate this most festive of holidays. It all opens with patriotic songs and ends with a massive fireworks show.

 

Mexican Eats in Anaheim

June 30th, 2017

 

Foodies come from all over the world just to sample the delicacies of authentic and fusion Mexican cuisine in Anaheim and nearby areas. Start your own gastro journey at La Casa Garcia, a low-key, family-owned establishment hidden in a strip mall that offers mouthwatering homemade delights. Founded in 1973 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll want to try the shrimp, cheese and avocado omelet or meatball and vegetable sizzling dish.

La Villa Mexican Food is another Anaheim favorite and local chain. Try the Quesadilla del Mar, which comes with locally sourced shrimp, or the incredible selection of burritos that can be topped with sauce and cheese with pico de gallo on the side. Don’t miss the special Taco Tuesday with 99-cent favorites.

A Cantina for All

Cabos Tacos y Mariscos is known for their chilled pitchers of beer and Mexican staples in a no-frills environment. Located in a strip mall, it’s a destination only locals frequent, but it’s well worth checking out. Go for the platter combinations including tamales, enchiladas and chile rellenos.

Los Cotijas Mexican Grill is a simple counter-service destination that packs a flavorful punch. The carne asada nachos are an excellent dish to share, or you can opt for some American fusion with the carne asada fries. The shrimp cocktail is massive, and homemade desserts demand you save room.