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Anaheim’s Best Mexican

September 28th, 2016

 

Southern California is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine as well as innovative and fusion-rich flavors. In Anaheim, travelers are treated to a variety of Mexican options, starting with Los Alazanes Mexican Food. With tortas, tacos, burritos, and more, the full menu is open around the clock for counter service. It’s a popular late night stop for locals and a place where you can get amazing cuisine no matter when cravings strike.

Tacos

El Cholo is an Anaheim classic, a family restaurant where the margarita menu is just as big as the dinner menu! Get the Sonora-style enchilada with layered corn tortillas, chicken, a fried egg, tomato, onion and cilantro broth. It’s the original, though there are many imitators.

Dine In or Carry Out

At Mi Casa Mexicana, you’ll find street tacos with every possible filling and combination imaginable. Try the Chef’s Combos featuring tacos, taquitos, fajitas and accoutrements, or one of their famous chili rellenos with a taco. For dessert, cheesecakes, cinnamon fried ice cream, churros, flan and tres leches are on the menu.

Casa Rangel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can start your day with chilaquiles, chili verde con chorizo, machaca or even a short stack or classic omelet.

Hang Glide in Anaheim

September 25th, 2016

 

Get a real bird’s eye view of the Golden Coast with a hang gliding adventure! Safe, fun, and suitable for nearly any ability, your first tandem ride is one you’ll always remember. There are many reputable hang gliding schools and outfitters in the area, such as Windsports Hang Gliding. Choose from beach or mountain lessons, where you can either soar above the Pacific or off a 3,500-foot mountain!

RushCube is another popular outfitter, offering a number of adrenaline-packed adventures including hang gliding, ziplining, hot air balloon rides, skydiving and more. Learn from the best and get off the ground after just a couple of hours of training for your initial tandem flight. You can also double down and book back-to-back adventures!

Want to Hang Out?

Hang Gliding in Anaheim offers a variety of packages, whether it’s your first time or you want to train to be an instructor. For a tandem jump, all you need is a brief introduction and training, then you’ll be towed via plane with your instructor for your very first gliding experience. Alternatively, you can choose the Basics of Flight Package and learn to take to the skies yourself!

You’re sure to find the perfect hang gliding experience with add-on media packages to record your flight, or find a special all-day experience if you want a little more in-depth training. Ready to see how Californians really hang out?

 

Greek Treats in Anaheim

September 17th, 2016

 

Staying so close to the Pacific Ocean means you have to take advantage of the freshest seafood—and what better cuisine than Greek to make this happen? Anaheim is rich with Greek cuisine, like the offerings at Kentro Greek Kitchen. Starters include keftedes meatballs, house spanakopita, tiropites (stuffed puff pastries), and homemade zucchini chips.

Choose a spread with house baked rustic bread alongside olivada, fava or tzatziki. Brizola, an 8-ounce ribeye, is a popular dish as is the psari tiganito featuring pan-fried fish. Save room for dessert, like the baklava, Greek beignets, or cool down with the delectable baklava ice cream sandwich.

Going Greek

Willy’s Eatery is open for breakfast and lunch, offering Greek-American fusion cuisine. A Greek omelet with tomato, basil and feta cheese is a hearty start to the day. Grab one of their famous Greek pitas for lunch, like the Willy’s Greek chicken wrap with rice, hummus and tomato. A gyro plate with Greek salad is always in season, and the feta delight burger with a side of hummus and pita is divine.

No matter where you go in Anaheim, you’ll be met with eclectic and delicious offerings from all over the world. Make your trip a culinary adventure, and don’t forget to check out what the Greek chefs have in store for you.

 

Go on a Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

September 16th, 2016

 

If you can’t decide between swashbuckling and settling down to a delicious meal, the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is for you! Located in Buena Park, you’ll find a Spanish galleon replica that stretches 46 feet and features 40 foot masts to start your adventure. This 18th century homage is anchored into a 30,000 gallon interior lagoon complete with a night sky crafted overhead with cutting edge technology. Six showrooms displaying six more ships encircle your pirate boat. Comfortable seats are laid out throughout these showrooms, giving every attendee the best seat in the house.

No matter which one of the six ships you’re on, you’ll have your very own pirate mascot leading the way. Over a dozen actors take to the “stage” with stunt performances, singing and dancing as you’re served an incredible meal. It guarantees to ward off scurvy and sate a hungry pirate’s appetite.

All Aboard!

Of the 150 attendees invited to every show, each and every one has the option to play a role and join in the adventure! Can you help take down evil Captain Sebastian the Black? Or will you be the one who ends up walking the plank? It’s an adventure suitable for the whole family and a great way to kick off your vacation.

Buy tickets in advance, and get ready to sail the high seas—without even having to leave the golden coast!

Labor Day Weekend’s Orange Street Fair

September 2nd, 2016

 

Visitors to Anaheim are in for a real treat at the Orange International Street Fair, a massive, 15-street festival spanning September 2-4 where you’ll find themed streets paying homage to a variety of regions and countries. With eight stages of live entertainment, an arts and crafts street for the kids, and more food and beverage vendors than you can possible try in one long weekend, the decades-old fair is just what you need for your southern California getaway.

A non-profit event, the Orange International Street Fair began in 1973 to celebrate food, community and fun in Old Town Orange, California—just a short drive from your hotel. This year, it’s expected to be the biggest yet with over 42 food and alcohol booths spanning those many streets. You’ll find handcrafted treats and crafts from local artists as well as a community booth area where you can learn more about the non-profit participants.

Plan Your Weekend

From All-American Street to Swiss Road, Australian Avenue to Italian Avenue, there’s no shortage of options for indulging in any type of cuisine you’re craving. Alcohol sales are open until 9 p.m. all three nights, but do bear in mind that parking is limited. Ask your front desk agent for help with transportation if you need a designated driver, or enjoy a dry event (but head there early to get the best parking spots!).

A portion of proceeds benefit local non-profits.

Labor Day Weekend in Anaheim

September 1st, 2016

 

A lot of travelers are heading to Disneyland for the long weekend, and while that’s a fabulous yet popular choice, Anaheim has a slew of other options at the ready too! For the college crowd, AVALON Hollywood is the biggest collegiate event venue in the area, and they have a special event taking place September 4. It’s a 19+ crowd with doors opening at 8 p.m. and the party goes on ‘til 4 in the morning. At AVALON Hollywood, a top entertainment venue, you’ll find the best in EDM with four music rooms.

DJs feature trance, hardstyle, progressive, trap and more. Since there’s no school or work the next day for most, it’s your last chance to celebrate summer. All college/university students are welcome and bottle service starts at $450.

The Labor Day Interfaith Harvest is also happening at The Abundant Table. Come together, regardless of faith, to harvest, share and celebrate the bounty.

Nobody’s Working for The Weekend

The Impresario Group Black Party kicks off September 4 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets range from $30-150, but book yours soon! Attendees come from all over the world for the most renowned event of the year hosted by The Impresario Group, Rouse House Entertainment, BleedingLuv Entertainment and more.

Nearby, The City of Maywood Festival Carnival on September 2 is your chance to check out classic games, rides and sporting events. Family friendly, there are four stages of entertainment, plenty of food vendors, and a beer garden for the 21+ crowd.

International Gem and Jewelry Show

September 1st, 2016

 

All that glitters is gold (and diamonds, and rubies and more!), at least when you’re at the International Gem and Jewelry Show at the Pasadena Convention Center! Offering the biggest, most impressive selection of jewelry from manufacturers and designers directly, this is where you’ll find that collector piece and heirloom. From artisans around the country, there are options for every budget and style. Here, you’ll find gems, designs and beads that aren’t available in brick and mortar stores or online.

This is one of the biggest shows in the gems, jewelry and minerals industry anywhere in the world. Jewelbrite will be offering free jewelry cleaning, and military members get complimentary admission. Start off your Labor Day weekend with a sparkle, and head to the show Friday, September 2 from noon to 6 p.m.

Treasure Hunt

Tickets are just six dollars at the door, and attendees need to be at least eight years old. This innovative show has been open to the public since 1967 (previously, it was an industry-only event). There will also be workshops on beading, and all of the vendors are competing for your business—which means you’ll find the best gems at the lowest prices.

Shop early for holiday gifts. Most vendors accept a variety of payments, but come early! Sell-outs do happen, and you want to make sure you see all the glitz and glamour this show has to offer.

Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts Head to Universal Studios

August 12th, 2016

 

Portland, Oregon is home to some of the most scrumptious foodie goodies in the world, and recent transplants from PDX to the LA area include the likes of Salt & Straw ice cream. However, Portland’s most beloved doughnuts, Voodoo, has announced they’ll be opening a location at Universal Studios after the Portland mayoral doughnut-eating contest.

baked donuts

 

The details are being kept relatively hush-hush, but it’s possible LA visitors might be able to dig into the famous Voodoo Doll doughnut, Mango Tango, Captain My Captain and more extra-sweet fried dough by autumn. Universal Studios has been looking for a way to renovate the entry for a while, and the CityWalk area of the park has proven perfect for the latest Voodoo location.

What’s the Big Deal?

Voodoo is a staple in Portland and has been featured on numerous Food Channel and Travel Channel shows thanks to their funky and eclectic atmosphere, strange toppings, and knack for perfecting sheer indulgence. Other non-Oregon locations include Denver and Tokyo.

It’s unclear whether the same doughnuts will be in California as well as Portland, but if so, make sure to check out their Diablos Rex (available in regular and vegan) as well as the Pot Hole, featuring Oreo crumbles and a Bavarian cream center.

Great Greek in Anaheim

August 7th, 2016

 

Thanks to being nestled against the Pacific Ocean, there’s some fantastic Greek fare in the Anaheim area you have to try. Start at Athens West, a casual eatery on Huntington Beach that offers a generous vegetarian menu alongside more classic dishes. The orzo pasta, Greek salad, kebab selection, and salmon platter with two fillets grilled perfectly are all top picks. Four lamb chops, seasoned and cooked on an open flame, are another popular choice.

Greek Salad

 

At Daphne’s California Greek, you’ll find the classic pita sandwiches with small grilled chicken served street-style or with mouthwatering steak. On the Family Feast menu, select form classic entrees like grilled chicken, falafel, chicken shawarma or fresh-carved gyros. Their seasoned rice, tabouli and dessert menu never disappoint.

Satisfy Your Appetite

Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine is a favorite fusion restaurant with chicken lulu kebabs, stuffed eggplants and grape leaves, and of course falafel platters and gyros galore. Substitute salad and/or rice for their house fries, or go for the Greek burger to really mix things up.

At The Mad Greek Restaurant, you’ll find lamb and salmon souvlaki, Greek ribs and roasted lamb, and moussaka in an unfussy, laid back atmosphere. Try the Niko’s platter with skewers, calamari, prawns and scallops galore!

 

The OC Fair

August 5th, 2016

 

The Orange County Fair runs from July 15-August 14 with a Super Pass available, offering access every single day, for just $35. There are nine pickup locations around the OC area for just $2 each way and a special $3 daily admissions price for those who travel green. At the Pacific Amphitheater, fair concerts are well underway, and in August you’ll find Michael Franti and Spearhead, Train, Chris Young, The B-52s, Ziggy Marley and more performing.

Carnival Scene

 

The Hangar is where you can find even more live entertainment including tributes to Neil Diamond and the Bee Gees. At Action Sports Arena, check out rodeos, broncs and bulls nights, demolition derbies, the emergency pursuit derby, and motor home madness. Special events throughout the fairgrounds include the 5k Fun Run on August 14, community flag salutes throughout August, and the Courtyard Wine Seminars, where $3 gets you 2 oz. tasters.

An Af”Fair” to Remember

The OC does fairs right, with carnival rides for all ages and abilities. Food vendors dish up deep-fried treats, smoky BBQ and so much more. New additions for 2016 include the $2 Taste of Fair Food every Thursday from noon to 4pm, where vendors offer up taste specials in addition to their usual goodies.

Don’t miss out on the exhibits like Agriculture in the Community, milking demos, the OC beekeepers, leather crafting and much more at the OC Fair!