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Ice Cream in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Ice cream is nearly as synonymous with Southern California as Disneyland! It’s the sweetest way to keep your cool, especially when traveling to Anaheim in the summer months. Challenge yourself to an ice cream showdown, sampling the best scoops in town. A great starting point is Joe’s Italian Ice. It’s not technically ice cream, but it just might make you a convert with Philly-style flavors like peanut butter and strawberry swirl.

Next up is Brianna’s Ice Cream, a local joint where you can get your “ice cream in a waffle,” which is the only way you’ll take it after you get a taste! As a bonus, Brianna’s is also a great stop for a snack whether you’re craving a mango salad or a sandwich.

Double Down

You’ll definitely be tempted by a double or triple scoop at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. It’s in Disneyland, hosted by Dreyer’s, and completely charming in its old fashioned décor. Get a scoop, float, cone, and a side of a baked waffle. It’s everyone’s favorite sweet stop in the park.

Finally, you won’t want to miss out on the very unique flavors at the Portland-based Salt & Straw shops. There are five locations in Southern California featuring foundational flavors like sea salt with caramel ribbons and avocado and strawberry sherbet. However, their monthly fun flavors are a force to be reckoned with. Are you up for it?

What’s Club 33?

June 1st, 2017

 

Now in its 50th year, Disneyland’s exclusive, members-only Club 33 is celebrating its golden year in style. Just how stylish? Well, you have to be a member to find out. Oftentimes, it’s only the most earnest of Disney fans who even know about this club within the park. It’s nestled above The French Market’s Café Orleans in the New Orleans Square section of Anaheim’s park. Here, you’ll find only five-star restaurants, and membership is highly exclusive.

Although Disneyland does its best to keep the details under wraps, a few of the secrets have slipped. Most renowned for the world-class dishes, all prepared by some of the best chefs in the business, this is Disney dining at an entirely new level. It’s been said that A-list actors, Presidents, foreign nation leaders, and Fortune 100 CEOs are just a few of the guests who have seen the inside of this one-of-a-kind club.

How Can I Get a Membership?

Unfortunately, anyone who has to ask probably won’t be able to snag this particular members-only jacket. Club 33 was originally intended as a private place for Walt Disney to entertain his guests. However, he passed just five months before it opened. There is a waitlist that opens and closes as demand fluctuates, and it’s rumored that the initiation fee ranges from $25,000 – $100,000 with an additional annual fee of up to $30,000.

Supposedly, there are various membership levels, but it’s safe to say that even the “bottom rung members” are treated like royalty. You can spy a few insider sneak peeks online, though nothing has been verified by Disney.

 

Hot Dog!

May 7th, 2017

 

Anaheim and nearby Los Angeles is a major foodie town, and everything is done bigger, better, and more uniquely here—including hot dogs. Try Corn Dog Castle, a stand at Disneyland with a medieval theme. Choose from a variety of one-of-a-kind toppings, and get them with a side of apple slices to balance the savory with the sweet.

Dog Haus Santa Ana has a variety of toppings and an expansive cheese selection. Pick from organic eggs, avocados, pastrami and sautéed mushrooms before deciding whether to add fig and onion relish, kimchi, haus slaw and crumbled blue cheese or cheese sauce. Try it with crispy fried onion for extra crunch.

All-American Favorites

Wienerschnitzel at North State College is open daily until midnight and offers hot dogs, chili dogs, corn dogs, chili cheese fries and burgers for your late night cravings. Shakes, cones, sundaes and Tastee-Freezes are also on hand. Yellow American cheese, kraut and basic toppings make this a prime spot for comfort food.

At Award Wieners, another Disneyland staple, you’ll find gourmet yet street-style dogs and sausages. Bite into the Uptown Chili Dog or the BBQ Crunch Dog. There are also vegetarian options along with Filmstrip Fries, kid’s menu items and more. This takes dogs to an entirely different level.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall

May 1st, 2017

 

Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall is renowned for hosting premium classical, contemporary, jazz and world music. The building itself is a work of art, designed by Frank Gehry and famed around the world as one of the best acoustic endeavors available. Visitors instantly recognize the steel curves of the building, and the interior features hardwood paneling in the auditorium.

A massive structure encompassing 3.6 acres, it’s a Los Angeles landmark and a short drive from Anaheim. The Los Angeles Master Chorale, visiting orchestras and artists, and of course the Philharmonic all consider this one-of-a-kind structure home. It was the vision of Lillian Disney that brought it to reality.

Visit WDCH

In May, numerous events are scheduled at the gorgeous concert hall, starting with Yo-Yo Ma with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile on May 3rd. Get tickets for the Schubert Symphonies featuring Mahler Songs every Friday and Saturday of the month, with each evening offering a different highlighted composition.

On May 9th, the Chamber Music features an all-Schubert performance you won’t want to miss, and Bartók Cycle with Dudamel and Yuja Wang takes the stage May 26 – 28th for Piano Concerto No. 1. Keep an eye on the , and don’t miss out on this incredible Los Angeles experience.

Frank R. Bowerman Landfill Tour

April 12th, 2017

 

Touring a landfill might not seem like the most popular tourist activity, but this incredible tour has a few surprises. Hosted by OC Waste & Recycling, every attendee is required to sign a waiver and wear suitable, closed-toe shoes. In 90 minutes, which includes an overview of safety, visitors learn what really happens to the tons of trash and recycling Los Angeles creates.

Only municipal and commercial solid waste haulers dump at this landfill. A daily tonnage limit is set by the county, and Bowerman has more “diversions” (rejected trucks) than any other landfill in the region. Bowerman is renowned for engineering and environmental excellence. Open for less than one year, the landfill has already racked up awards and established partnerships with the City of Anaheim to power over 26,000 homes.

Green Ideals

At Bowerman, visitors see the incredible benefits landfills offer via state-of-the-art renewable energy technology. Bowerman hosts a number of environmental protection systems and engineering excellence. There’s also a nature reserve, an erosion and sediment control area, and landslide mitigation management.

Children at least five years old are welcome, and carpooling is encouraged since parking is scarce. Located in nearby Irvine with easy interstate access, contact the landfill directly to schedule your tour. Public tours are capped at 14, but larger and private groups can be arranged.

What’s on Rodeo Drive Right Now?

April 8th, 2017

 

Famous Rodeo Drive is known for high-end shopping, but few non-locals can say exactly which shops are available. Current options include 208 Rodeo, Anne Fontaine and Balenciaga. You’ll also find Burberry and Bulgari, and affordable staples like Brooks Brothers. At the intersection of fashion, entertainment and dining, it’s truly an outing destination for all.

Check out the renowned Beverly Hills Wilshire where numerous films and photo shoots take place. It’s also a popular event venue available to rent. Cartier, Chanel and Céline are on the strip, along with Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.

Head to the 90210

In the heart of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is home to Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Harry Winston. Shoppers can also find Guess, Jimmy Choo and La Perla Boutique. Lacoste has a boutique on Rodeo, as well as the world-known Lancer Skincare dermatology suite. Stop by Louis Vuitton, or spend the afternoon perusing Miu Miu.

On Rodeo Bistro and Lounge is a favorite spot for drinks and light fare, or check out Sidebar for a classic cocktail. The Polo Lounge is another hot spot, where you can take your breakfast while seated in the lap of luxury (or enjoyed in front of Tiffany).

LA Beer Fest

April 5th, 2017

 

April 8th marks the 9th annual LA Beer Festival. Buy your tickets soon! Last year’s event sold out, and this year is slated to be even bigger and better. Enjoy dozens of domestic and international beers, more than a dozen food trucks, and live entertainment throughout the festivities. Located at the LA Center Studios, this short and lively festival goes only from 12 – 3p.m., so come early to imbibe.

A second session is available from 5 – 8p.m., and many beer lovers reserve both tickets. Admission includes bottomless tastings, but food is sold separately. Opt for a Connoisseur’s Ticket for $80 to take advantage of a reserved indoor/outdoor deck, one-off beers not available for general admission, and luxury restrooms.

Bottoms Up

All proceeds benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc., an organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters to place them in loving homes. Proceeds specifically help with funding food, veterinary bills and shelter for the rescued pets.

Reserve your tickets now, and make sure to coordinate with friends so everyone is at the same session. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try out a variety of gourmet beers and cuisine from some of the area’s top-ranked establishments.

 

Anaheim Spring Break Guide

March 20th, 2017

 

With more than 15,000 schools letting out for a full week throughout March and April, Anaheim is, and has always been, a popular spring break destination. Of course, the weather is perfect for a trip to Disneyland where you’ll find the park decked out for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as well as spring break revelers. However, what if you want a cooler option this time around?

Visit the many water parks the Anaheim area has to offer, like Great Wolf Lodge—perfect for families, singles and couples! Get a daily pass for their slides and pools, and there are many dining and shopping options. The Howlin’ Tornado twister of a ride, slick Coyote Cannon and Totem Towers await.

Wet Escapades

At Knott’s Soak City, just a few miles from your guest room, you can see what the 2017 expansion has ushered in. The biggest water park in Orange County boasts a brand new Shore Break, an almost vertical fall featuring S-curves that only the bravest should dare attempt.

Hopping on a whale-watching excursion is a leisurely and romantic spring break option. With migration season in full swing and the Anaheim area a sanctuary, it’s nearly guaranteed that you will spot gray and blue whales, dolphins and more marine life.

Go Green This St. Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2017

 

Irish pubs and southern California might not sound like a common pairing, but the Anaheim area is home to some of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Check out the top Irish bars in the area, like Tom Bergin’s, a tavern where you’ll be treated to Celtic music, authentic grub, and plenty of imported beer including the famous Guinness. (Green beer is also available on the big day!)

South Bay’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities include a family-friendly parade and festival at the Pier Plaza. Located close to Hermosa Beach, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday before heading to the Pacific for a surf lesson, sun bathing session, or hopping on a whale-watching expedition.

Luck of the Irish

Wear your green when going to the Hooley in San Pedro. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, a “good old-fashioned Irish hooley” is just what your next vacation in Anaheim needs. A dinner of corned beef and cabbage, a full dessert bar, and all the Celtic entertainment you can handle is yours at this annual 18+ fundraiser.

Of course, you can always loop back to Tom Bergin’s and take part in their annual marathon where the course is full of Guinness trucks, beer pong tables and Irish entertainment. The “Shamrock Hour” is where many go for low-cost beer, fare, and a little debauchery.

Old Orange County Courthouse

March 6th, 2017

 

History buffs and appreciators of architecture will adore the 1893 Old Orange County Courthouse which is open for self-guided tours. It was the very first building in Santa Ana and opened in 1897 as a jail. However, in 1990 it began to transition into a courthouse and became the most striking building in the area throughout the first half of the twentieth century. It took 17 months to turn into a courthouse and was ushered into the new century and Orange County in 1901.

Unsurprisingly, the courthouse has been a staple in a number of big cases including the ruling which gave California royalties for off-shore drilling easements. In 1947, the streets were flooded with hundreds of people to catch a glimpse of the defendants in the People v. Gollum and Overell case. The courthouse became a landmark in 1983 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visiting the Courthouse

As part of the OC Parks System, the courthouse is open to the public, and you’ll find volunteers on site to answer questions. You can schedule group tours Monday through Friday, and the museum portion of the courthouse is open daily. It’s still a functioning courthouse with offices for marriage licenses, the OC archives, and hearing rooms for appeals.

Various wings of the courthouse are available for special events, and getting married at the Old Courthouse is very popular. Stop by for a museum tour, to explore the archives, or schedule your next event at this charming destination.