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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Anaheim’s Steak Restaurants

July 29th, 2016

Craving a juicy, perfectly prepared strip or filet? Anaheim has you covered with some of the best steakhouses in southern California. Try Carthay Circle Restaurant, where you’ll find boneless beef short ribs, Cajun spiced salmon, and jambalaya on the menu. A touch of New Orleans right along the golden coast, there’s also roasted beef sirloin and bayou surf and turf, too!

Organic Lamb Loin Chops

JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery pairs their own locally crafted beers with some of the most mouthwatering menu items you can fathom. Favorites include their world famous French dip, the cowboy burger with bleu cheese, killer steak tacos, and boneless beef buffalo wings. Hibachi filet steak and a 16 oz. prime rib are available for those who really bring their appetites.

Up the Steaks

The Royal Street Veranda offers a magical Disneyland touch to steakhouses, located in the Disney Park and famous for their steak gumbo. Here, you can also get clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, or enjoy a drink on their spacious wrought-iron patio as you munch on fritters.

Roy’s is a Hawaiian restaurant that does beef right with their grilled filet mignon alongside teppanyaki shrimp. Braised beef short ribs and truffle bacon mac and cheese are just a couple of their prime picks. No matter which steakhouse you choose, you can’t go wrong in Anaheim!

 

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.

Asian Ingredients

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?

“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?

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.

Little Europe

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!

Fathers day composition

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.

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.

 

Satisfy Your Dessert Cravings

January 1st, 2016

Anaheim is a sweet spot in southern California with the dessert shops to prove it! Of course, you can find plenty of sweet treats at the local theme parks, including Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, but there are also options in the real OC itself. Patty’s Cake and Desserts is known for unique creations and homemade goodness, and you can custom order just about any dreamy dessert you can imagine.

Marceline’s Confectionery is a favorite for kids and adults alike, offering a variety of sweets to satisfy any craving. At OMG! Dessert Lounge you can really get your sugar on, complete in a charming setting that will quickly become a southern California tradition.

Caramel and chocolate Pavlova meringue cake

Cravings, Satisfied

Amazing Cakes serves incredible cakes (of course!) but also a variety of chocolates, cookies, parfaits and more. Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert is just the ticket for a sweet cool down on one of those legendary OC hot days. Polly’s Pies Restaurant is a traditional Americana diner known for pies with a variety of fillings.

The Cookie Lady Shop serves mouthwatering cookies with a cold glass of milk. Sarkis Pastry dishes up a variety of sweet solutions, whether you’re craving a buttery chocolate croissant or a decadent slice of five-layer cake. Try a sweet foot truck or ask your front desk staff for their own local recommendation!

 

Add Rockin’ Taco Tuesday to Your Itinerary

December 9th, 2015

You know you’re at the happiest place on Earth when Rockin’ Taco Tuesday is always available for some mid-week excitement. Available at Who Song and Larry’s, located at 1525 West Katella Avenue just a short drive from the Pavilion Hotel, it’s a true fiesta every Tuesday (and every other day of the week!). Take advantage of $3 carne asada, carnita, or chicken tacos. If you really bring your appetite, there’s also a pig roast from 4pm to close on the patio. You won’t find any better eats in Anaheim, and Tuesday will quickly become your favorite day of the week.

However, Who Song and Larry’s isn’t the only place rocking Tuesdays. Just ten minutes away in Fullerton, Tuesday is the new Friday night. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday here, and you’ll find happy hour prices throughout the day. Get three fat tacos for $5 at Bourbon Street. For just $2 per taco at Chronic Tacos, you can eat ‘til your heart’s content.

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Taco Time

The Continental Room features $1 tacos every Tuesday, $2 beers, and a DJ that plays ‘til close. Opening at 5pm is the Commonwealth Lounge and Bar, where 2 tacos for $3 or two tacos and a pint of Modello for $5 is the winning combination for many.

From La Palapa Grill to the Pint House, make Tuesday a new tradition when visiting Anaheim!