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A Taste of New Orleans in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Craving mint juleps, beignets and jazz? You’ll feel instantly whisked to New Orleans when you enter the Mint Julep Bar. This charming, old-fashioned destination is known for strong espressos, authentic beignets, and a variety of non-alcoholic, southern cocktails for those who wish to imbibe without completely indulging. It’s a favorite spot for day dates and business meetings.

At Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland, you’ll experience an entirely new kind of magical, small world! Here, it’s all Creole fare and live jazz while still staying family friendly. Satisfy your cravings for jambalaya, gumbo and of course bananas foster while being treated to the best jazz in Anaheim.

There’s also the Jazz Kitchen Express where you can get your piping-hot, smothered-in-powdered-sugar beignets on the go. They’re messy, as they should be, and the perfect fun snack for little ones energizing up for the next Disney adventures.

Old School Entertainment

Café Orleans is another Disney favorite, and it’s considered a veteran of the famed park. In casual surroundings with a sprawling patio, you and your family can enjoy Cajun and Creole favorites in between wild rides and the best entertainment in California.

Where will your jazz leanings lead you?

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.

 

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?

Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration

December 10th, 2016

 

Mark your calendars for December 12th when the annual Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration helps you kick off the season! From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., you and the family can enjoy giveaways, a balloon artist, face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a DJ spinning the latest hits with just a sprinkling of your seasonal favorites. Located at N. Euclid St. and the Santa Ana Freeway intersection, the Anaheim Plaza is your destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Shops and restaurants are teeming with December deals and specials. With 33 stores and restaurants, over 20 brand name stores and 7 on-site dining options, you can finish up your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Check out Fashion Q, Ulta, T.J. Maxx and Carter’s for last minute shopping.

‘Tis the Season

Dining options include treats like Baskin Robbins, Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory, and Marie Callender’s. Head to Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Subway or Wendy’s for more options, or slide into Happy Dragon to heat things up.

In between shopping and dining, explore the plaza’s holiday décor, or head to Party City to get everything you need for your own winter extravaganza. Avoid the big crowds and hectic seasonal shopping, and stick with where the locals shop for plenty of cheer and end-of-year specials.

 

Oak Tree Lanes Bowl-a-thon Christmas

December 7th, 2016

 

Start the season of goodwill towards men with the Cheerallyear.org Bowl-a-thon in collaboration with Anaheim’s Oak Tree Lanes. December 9th all day, from noon ‘til midnight, you can bring family and friends for an epic bowling session with all proceeds benefitting local children. With host Rick Lozano of KTTV Fox 11 News, your participation helps to bring cheer to those in need.

The “no tap” tournament features three games with first place for men and women. The ultimate prize is a cruise from Catalina to Mexico for four days and three nights. More prizes are to be determined, based on generous donations. Choose any time in the 12-hour window to bowl your three games, have a blast, and try your hand at winning a 2017 getaway.

Strike!

All games are donation-based, with a minimum of $100 per person to play. Your donation includes a two-night stay at a newly renovated Las Vegas hotel, and for those who donate $200, you get two nights and airfare for two to Las Vegas. Donors are able to give and receive their prize even without competing.

Squad teams can sign up for a noon, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 or 10:00pm time slot. If all slot times fill, alternates may be available. For questions, contact the Diamond Bar bowling alley directly at plee@oaktreelanes.net.

Rock City Climbing Gym

November 18th, 2016

 

Looking for a real rush? The Orange County Rock City Climbing Gym offers short-term and day passes to visitors looking to get in a workout—that doesn’t feel like one! Choose from a variety of pricing options, including the full-day bouldering pass with shoe rentals for just $15. Climbing and bouldering courses/routes are available for all levels from beginners to pros.

Enjoy great flow and learn new techniques from one of the many instructors on hand. Resilience and determination is needed, but the goal of Rock City Climbing is to help everyone become stronger and more assured climbers. Bouldering, or climbing without ropes, means steep overhangs and sometimes vertical climbs. The top-out bouldering space has room for all, although it’s recommended to have a buddy for bouldering.

Climb On

Try out top roping, where you can summit walls with a harness attached to a “belayer” (partner on the ground). You can sign up for belaying classes, or get a quickie lesson for under ten minutes. Climbing shoes are highly recommended, though not required. You can get a day pass with harness and shoe rentals for just $20.

For those ready for the next level, check out lead climbing. A special lead wall gives you the biggest challenges, and you’re required to have a skilled belayer with you (instructors are available!). Belayers will need to pass a fast skills test before being allowed to partner with you. Lead climbing classes are available throughout the week.

 

Your Anaheim Disney Thanksgiving Guide

November 17th, 2016

 

Dine in or get a feast to go; choose traditional or select an innovative spin. Thanksgiving in Anaheim has something for everyone, starting with Disneyland! The Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel hosts a massive buffet with ham, turkey, roast beef, a myriad of sides and too many desserts for any one guest to handle. Children have their own buffet stations, and of course your fellow guests will include favorite characters.

Head over to The Storytellers Café for an impressive dinner buffet with hand-carved beef and turkey, a variety of stuffings and dressings, candied yams and all your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. For those who prefer an upscale prix fixe, Steakhouse 55 is offering a three-course meal with roasted turkey and brioche stuffing, Swiss chard with mushroom gravy, delectable cranberry sauce and special desserts.

A Feast for All

At Carnation Café, you’ll find a slow roasted turkey smothered in bourbon gravy, cranberry and apple stuffing, roasted veggies, and mashed sweet potatoes. Harbour Galley is dishing up their famous turkey tortilla soup featuring south of the border spices. The French Market is famous for their Thanksgiving turkey breast and Andouille sausage stuffing, artisan bread with house cranberry sauce, and market potatoes.

Try the Carthay Circle Restaurant for free-range turkey served alongside poblano chiles and mushroom tamales. Their creamed corn dipped in turkey jus can’t be missed. The Pacific Wharf Café is crafting their annual turkey pot pie soup served in a bread bowl with pumpkin spice bread pudding for dessert.

Where will your Thanksgiving begin?

Joy to the World! Free 26-Piece Brass/Percussion Party

November 9th, 2016

 

Get into the swing of the season on December 11th with the free brass and percussion holiday concert, Joy to the World! Hosted by Justin Rudd, the Bay Shore Church is featuring the massive ensemble at 5100 E. The Toledo in nearby Long Beach. Rudd is the director of the Community Action Team (CAT) non-profit, and each year invites all guests to this 90-minute special at 5 p.m.

The concert is free, but tickets are required to ensure there’s enough seating for all. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for this family-friendly concert, and all proceeds benefit the Long Beach Turkey Trot, also managed by Rudd. You’ll be treated to 26 professional musicians, compliments of the Southern California Brass Consortium.

Spreading Joy and Cheer

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation. In-demand items include cereal, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and peanut butter. All donations go to the Long Beach AIDS Food Store food bank. You can also bring toys as well as treats for local shelter pets under the CAT Operation Santa Paws program.

For only $5, you can also attend the tasting reception and Rudd’s Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest! Meet the performers, give your opinion on the cookies to be judged, or enter the contest yourself here.

Visit Muzeo

November 3rd, 2016

 

This little-known museum and cultural center packs a big punch, offering exhibits, tours and special events year-round. Nestled in Orange County, it’s easily accessible, and they’re committed to celebrating heritage and cultural diversity via the arts. There are three major traveling exhibitions each year, and all are coupled with special activities and programming. All Carnegie Gallery exhibits are free, and various admission fees are assigned to the other exhibits. Visit Muzeo Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In November, local Anaheim residents enjoy Free First Thursdays. On November 17, join the Open Book Author Series, a free event that brings writers from around the world to Muzeo. This month features Eric Z. Weintraub, author of Dreams of an American Exile and winner of the Plaza Literary Prize. William Brandon III, editor and designer of numerous publications, also takes the stage. Don’t miss Jon-Barrett Ingels, storyteller and screenwriter, who has passed on the craft to his daughter.

A Cultural Exchange

November 12 welcomes the Art Crawl Experience, a special event from 6 – 10 p.m. where museum visitors can walk, imbibe and explore various pop-up exhibits around the area. Any time of year is a great time to check out the permanent exhibits, including Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History, a historical exhibit in the 1908 Carnegie Library building.

You’ll discover artifacts and slices of history, which pair perfectly with a trip to the Anaheim Heritage Center. It’s now a part of the local public library system, and is right beside the Main Gallery. A rich history space, there are nearly one million artifacts catalogued by local scholars.