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Best Thai in Anaheim

July 9th, 2016

There’s an abundance of top Thai restaurants in town, and it’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings. Thai Tangerine Restaurant offers a crying tiger BBQ beef starter, a famous papaya salad that’s the perfect refresher on a hot summer day, Thai curry options, and a boat noodle specialty you have to try. Top it all off with rainbow ice cream.

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At Jumpa Thai Restaurant, you’ll enjoy deep-fried tofu, beef or pork jerky, and shrimp cakes for starters. The shrimp pineapple curry is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, while the Chinese broccoli with crispy pork is always a favorite. Their crab fried rice, Thai omelet, and mango with sticky rice for dessert are all guaranteed to delight.

Thai Options

Thai California Kitchen is a favorite for college students, where affordable, authentic eats with innovative twists are king. Get deep-fried ground chicken with cream cheese and a selection of dipping sauces for a real treat. Egg noodle and wontons with your choice of protein, glass noodle dishes, or BBQ chicken over fried rice are all popular picks.

There’s also Thai Nakorn, where Thai BBQ is so big, it needs its own menu! Choose from their seafood selection, curries, soups, Thai salads, and specials like fried fish with mango salad or Chinese water grass with bean sauce. Where will you Thai one on?

Anaheim Events You Can’t Miss

July 5th, 2016

It’s the peak of summer, and there’s nowhere better to be than Anaheim! Countless events are taking place this July, starting with the Family Beach Days July 1 from 10am-2pm. At the Dockweiler Youth Center, a slew of family-friendly games, like ping pong, basketball and badminton, are on hand—all complementary! Hosted by the department that governs 17 of the area’s beaches, it’s an event to help you keep your cool and escape from the sun for a few hours before barreling back to your surf lessons and sand castle competitions.

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The Palisades Park Tour is held regularly throughout the summer with tours beginning at 10:30am. These walking tours give you an insider, expert perspective on the gorgeous landscapes of Anaheim. Learn watercolor artistry, and gather with new friends for a picnic by the sea.

July Finds

Every Friday in July, Fullerton’s BIGS Bar and Restaurant offers $10 all-you-can-eat fish tacos with a drink purchase. You’ll also find late night happy hour prices on other items, the latest music videos streaming from high-tech televisions, and a number of bar games from billiards to Monster Jenga!

Ready to dance off those endless tacos? Free Zumba classes are offered at the DYC in Los Angeles every Friday at 5:30pm(??). Hosted by the Department of Beaches and Harbors, simply show up ready to show off your moves—or the ones you’re about to learn!

 

Fourth of July Festivities

July 1st, 2016

Nothing compares to the Fourth of July fireworks at Disney because they really take it to the next level—the magical kingdom has to when they’re already famous for their regular fireworks show! It’s a fantastic night to visit Disneyland, and the fireworks pair perfectly with a sweet treat available along Main Street, U.S.A., but what if you want a different kind of celebration this Independence Day?

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The Fourth of July Celebration at El Modena High School has no crowds and features games, live performances, and entertainment for the kids. It offers a fun, charming experience, even in the glitz and glamour of southern California. For those craving an old fashioned Fourth, this one really delivers.

Fireworks Galore

Head to Aliso Viejo at Grand Park for their annual festival, which includes fireworks at dusk, face painting, live music and plenty of food vendors. A massive bounce castle has made it a favorite for families, and arts and crafts stations let your little ones stay busy so the whole family can enjoy the holiday.

There’s also the Newport Dunes Fourth at Newport Beach, where carnival games and face painting accompany a fantastic show. Live entertainment, food and music late into the night ensure this is one summer celebration you’ll never forget.

 

 

“Top” Rooftop Bars

June 24th, 2016

Really enjoy the weather and views of southern California by discovering the best rooftop bars in the area. Upstairs at the Ace Hotel Bar, you’ll find killer views, incredible cocktails and a blazing fire, just in case you start missing that California heat when the sun goes down. Rotating DJs keep you on your toes, and this relatively new establishment attracts the occasional celebrity so you can do your star sighting without having to leave your table.

Mojito cocktail and cashews on table in rooftop bar

At Pearl’s Liquor Bar in West Hollywood, you’ll find delectable filet mignon and beef tartare, all while you gaze over the Sunset Strip. Famous just as much for the food as the views, you have to try the mushroom flatbread. However, if you prefer to drink your dinner, there’s always the Whiskey Twist made with ginger whiskey, fresh mint and lime.

A Bar with a View

SIXTY in Beverly Hills is an intimate getaway, located at the old Thompson hideaway, and is known by locals for their happy hours with $4 drinks and bites. Nestle next to the pool, and find yourself relaxing in the midst of Wilshire. You’ll feel rightfully old Hollywood glam in no time.

Palihouse is a secret escape where locals head when they want to avoid crowds. Now that you’re in the know, you can also slip away for some rooftop wining and dining. The area is brimming with rooftop options—where will you go first?

Star Wars Half Marathon Registration Now Open

June 24th, 2016

Come to the dark side—and be one of the first to register for the popular Star Wars Half Marathon! Planning ahead is critical for one of the most beloved races in Anaheim. The race is scheduled for January 12-15 at Disneyland Park, but with registration opening in June. The bibs always sell out, and if you know you want to run this bucket list race next year, now’s the time to get your (Donald) ducks squared away.

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If you prefer a shorter run, there are also 10k and 5k options available, and fun runs for kids of all ages. The runDisney Kids Races are an amazing way to instill a love of running in your little ones as you take on your own course. The chipped, timed run takes you through the streets of Disney before spilling out into Anaheim streets and avenues, all while spectators, hosts and of course Star Wars characters cheer you on.

A Weekend of Fun

Arrive early on race weekend, and don’t miss out on the Health Expo where you’ll get swaddled with oodles of goodies, hear celebrity guest speakers and fitness experts, and learn tips for having the best, fastest and most enjoyable race possible.

You can also register for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge in tandem with the half marathon or 10k, ensuring you battle to victory along the course, and receive your special finisher medal.

German Restaurants in Anaheim

June 14th, 2016

Whether you’re celebrating a graduation, Father’s Day, or simply want an amazing dining experience out, Anaheim and the surrounding area has some of the best German fare in town. Try Jägerhaus, a homey, authentic eatery with an expansive craft beer and wine selection. Fresh corned beef hash, a Bavarian cherry pancake, potato pancakes with applesauce, and a full bratwurst dinner are just a few of their specialties. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s always the perfect time for Jägerhaus.

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The Alpine Village is worth the short drive, where you can shop, dine and celebrate Oktoberfest-style, year round! Happy hour, a Sunday champagne brunch, and their daily menu will all satisfy. Try their Reuben spring rolls or the brioche sliders for a twist that blends German and American flavors.

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Kaiserhof is another option, a family owned restaurant featuring escargot, chicken paprika, schnitzel, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut that’s addictive! Homemade German noodles, calves liver, and wurstplatte await, as well as American children’s menus.

At Wirtshaus LA, you’ll find Bavarian Nights every Saturday that squeezes an entire month’s worth of Oktoberfest into a single evening. Try their jäger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzel, black forest salad, or traditional wurst dishes for a real treat. No matter where you head in Anaheim for German fare, you’ll be delightfully surprised!

Father’s Day in Anaheim

June 4th, 2016

There are exciting options to celebrate dad this Father’s Day in Anaheim! Beyond Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios (for the dad who can’t get enough of theme parks), try thinking outside the box and head to Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, the annual event for car buffs. This year’s theme is Highways to Heaven, and he’ll feel in paradise as you explore muscle, vintage and collector cars. It’s the perfect “consolation” as Petersen Automotive Museum is under renovation!

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The LA Roadsters Show and Swap at the Fairplex in Pomona also takes place on Father’s Day Weekend, the ideal spot to find that roadster of his dreams. Antique parts are also on hand as you pore over hundreds of vintage cars. For the dad who loves to cook, check out Hipcooks’ The Thrill of the Grill Cooking Class where he can learn a few new tricks.

Anaheim Beauty

If the special guy in your life loves the outdoors, try Marina Del Rey Parasailing where he can select a 600 or 800 foot ride soaring above the Venice Beach coastline to the Santa Monica Pier. Kids are welcome but have to ride with adults. First, enjoy a boat ride beyond the crashing waves before setting sail to get a glimpse of southern California in a very unique way!

Otherwise, stay a little closer to the water with a kayak class and tour on Mother’s Beach operated by REI. Every Saturday, this class is open to students at least 12 years old and teaches foundational moves, strokes, and how to prep your kayaking gear before taking to the water.

Register for the Disneyland Half Marathon

May 15th, 2016

Wait, isn’t the famous Disneyland half marathon in September? Yes, but registration begins now and these bibs always sell out. If you plan to be in Anaheim September 1-4, plan early and make sure you get your bib for the half marathon, 10k, 5k, or kids’ run. The half marathon weekend is hosted by Mickey and Goofy, featuring special appearances by Aladdin and the Genie, Pluto, Dumbo, and the Country Bears, who will all cheer you on.

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First, you’ll maneuver down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland park before making your way onto the Anaheim streets. No matter which race you choose, there will be plenty of live entertainment and energy-fueling snacks along the way. Prefer to spectate and cheer on the runners? You’re in for a real treat because the party never ends!

Run for Fun

There are games and prizes galore throughout the long weekend, like the Dumbo Double Dare, and stages with family friendly fun post-race. Anaheim hotels are all accessible to the race and many offer transportation to and from the festivities.

For a lot of runners, the Disneyland half marathon is on their bucket list, and 2016 is the year to make it happen. Whether you run competitively, for fun, or you’re a total newbie, this magical course is an Anaheim must.

Pre-Mother’s Day Afternoon Sail

May 4th, 2016

 

Think you missed the great whale watching of 2016? Think again, because Dana Point is offering a special pre-Mother’s Day Afternoon Sail on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4:30. Raise the sails and even help steer the ship while you take in the gorgeous California coastline. Refreshments will be served, and this incredible deal is just $70 for adults and $50 for children. Sea Star members snag an extra 10 percent off, and ticket prices include same-day admission to the Ocean Institute Education Center.

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Register early, because Dana Point cruises often sell out. It’s a bit past peak whale watching season, but it’s still possible a few sightings will occur. Bring your sunscreen, camera, and best nautical attire for an intimate getaway that’s a perfect precursor to mom’s weekend.

Sailing and Whaling

Visiting the Ocean Institute is a unique way to meet some of the Anaheim area’s most interesting of residents. It’s a learning experience for all, with day camps for the kids and adult-friendly exhibitions. The Tallship Sails adventure cruises operate year-round, but only on May 7 will a special Mother’s Day brunch be served.

No matter how you celebrate the mom(s) in your life, make it really stand out this year by whisking her away on a sunset cruise.

 

Show Mom Your Love in Anaheim

May 1st, 2016

How lucky are you to be at the happiest place on earth for Mother’s Day? Show mom just how much you care by whisking her away to Disneyland where flowers are on the castle and every single eatery has a special treat for the special woman in your life. However, if you really want to make the day pop, check out one of the many top rated Sunday brunches in town.

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Try The Cannery Restaurant, which overlooks Newport Harbor and is reminiscent of old school Hollywood. Formerly a fish cannery, it’s ideal for lunch, especially if you can score a spot on the patio. The freshest of salads, seafood and appetizers are found here, with an interior “water palace” featuring light fixtures shaped like starfish and jellyfish. Check out the Scottish salmon with farro risotto or the Argentine shrimp.

More for Mom

Bistango is always a great choice, located in the Atrium Building and dishing up contemporary bistro food. Live jazz is featured nightly as well as art displays that are always changing. Enjoy a 360 degree bar and New American cuisine that’s innovative with in-house cuts and wild game, like venison. The menu is always changing, but the expansive wine list is perfectly paired with everything.

Treat mom like the queen she is, from a visit to Anaheim’s famous castle to one of the most delectable eateries in town.