Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Russian Restaurants

January 9th, 2018


Moscow Deli is a favorite stop in Anaheim for authentic Russian cuisine, whether you’re looking for takeaway or key ingredients to whip up your own dishes. Try one of the spicy soups, an Odessa sandwich, genuine Borscht or a Kiev sandwich that will make you feel like you just touched down in Moscow. It’s known for having some of the best sandwiches in town.

Pirozhki La is a food truck that does genuine Russian food right. Trying their namesake pirozhkis is a must, or check out the vegan Borscht soup (a rarity amongst Russian food). Follow the truck on social media to find out where it’s parked. Once you get the address, it’s easy to spot with its bright neon lights aboard a classic American truck.

A Taste of Europe

Old Village blends Russian and Armenian cuisine for one of a kind flavors. There are a number of vegetarian dishes, making it the perfect choice if you’re traveling with veg-minded folks. The dumplings are divine, and the khachapouri is what grilled cheese wishes it could be. This destination is a must-stop for anyone visiting Anaheim.

Kavkaz features Russian, Armenian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Located in Los Angeles, it’s worth the quick drive—but keep a close eye out for it. It’s easy to miss, but well worth the effort. Their khinkali, kebabs and tarragon lemonade get rave reviews. The portions are huge, so come hungry (or admit defeat and take some back to your guest room).


Founder’s Park

December 1st, 2017


Anaheim has a rich and fascinating history, though the city’s historic sites aren’t usually the big tourist draws. Founder’s Park, located at 400 N. West Street, is home to a trio of old buildings that tell the unique story of Anaheim’s roots. The oldest home in Orange County, the Woelke-Stoffel House, is right beside the charming Carriage House. In December, the Christmas themes of the homes really shine and it’s the best season to visit.

Take a photo by the Grand Moreton Bay Fig Tree out front, planted in 1876 and serving as a beautiful landmark. On-site museum docents are decked out in Victorian costumes and are well-versed in the architecture of the home, history of Anaheim and culture of the era. Learn about the citrus heyday of Anaheim, local agriculture and discover a treasure in Anaheim’s back yard.

Travel Through Time

It doesn’t take long to tour all three buildings on site, which makes Founder’s Park the perfect miniature stop. However, keep in mind that not all areas are completely accessible to those with mobility challenges. Still, the grounds are gorgeous and well worth a visit. The best time to visit is the first two Saturday mornings in December when the grounds are decorated to the nines.

You’ll find Founder’s Park at Lincoln and West Street in the middle of Anaheim. Free open house admission is held the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon.

Anaheim’s Day of the Dead

November 1st, 2017


Take a day trip to Old Town San Diego for one of the biggest Day of the Dead events in Southern California. It’s a celebration of history, heritage and culture. The rich diversity of the area makes it the perfect destination within the Mercado, where you’ll find food, goods, entertainment and plenty of activities for all ages (such as creating your own sugar skulls).

Prefer to stick closer to Anaheim? The downtown Anaheim Community Center offers an all-day event along the Center Street Promenade. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit, and you don’t want to miss out on the mariachi bands, cultural dances, altars and plenty of authentic fare.

Both events take place October 29th.

November Events

On November 2nd, the Anaheim Cemetery hosts a Ballet Folklorico Donaji featuring the RHYTHMO Mariachi Kids. The free event includes masks for children and a selection of Pan de Muertos and marigolds for offerings. Refreshments and desserts are also included. The family-friendly event is a chance to honor those who have passed in a culturally sensitive environment.

On November 6th, visit the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace from noon – 4 p.m. for a special opportunity to put your loved one’s photo inside a traditional Day of the Dead altar. Folk dancers, mariachi bands and activities for children take place, while giving visitors the opportunity to explore one of the city’s most revered destinations.


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.