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Hawaiian Grub in the OC

March 19th, 2017

 

Hawaii might be just a hop over the Pacific, but it’ll feel like you’re living the Aloha life at one of these local 808-themed establishments. Matiki Island BBQ serves classics like kalua pork along with generous side dishes including musubi and macaroni salad. It’s a laidback, casual environment that’s family-friendly. Here, the flavors are incredible, and the portion sizes are impressive.

Roy’s is your upscale pick for Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Located along the Garden Walk, many locals love their Aloha Hour where you can get a Hawaiian martini, tempura-crusted ahi rolls, lump crab fried rice and a lot more for very little. The kalua pork sliders with crispy onions are always a hit.

Island Life

Try the aptly named Hawaiian King BBQ where there’s shaved ice, shrimp rice and pulled pork, and try the famous platters spilling over with short ribs, grilled spam and delectable seafood. Being so close to the Pacific means every platter is fresh.

Maui Rose is a quaint, family-owned establishment where you can get fast, delicious Hawaiian cuisine for dine-in or takeout. Try their various side dishes with your pick of protein, and get a taste of the tropics right in Anaheim.

 

Most Romantic Restaurants

February 10th, 2017

 

Wine and dine your special someone this Valentine’s Day at one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Make reservations at The Getty Center’s restaurant, a fine dining establishment with Chef Michael Cimarusti whipping up delights like grilled octopus, sea scallops with black quinoa, short ribs with ground grits, mussels and clams. A special menu is available with a decadent dessert.

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The Little Door is a Parisian-style bistro known for fine wines paired with authentic pastries. Start with marinated seaweed and fresh shucked oysters, then move on to the grilled filet mignon with a demi-glace. The pine nut-crusted scallops are addictive, and the couscous “royale” with duck stew is unforgettable.

More V-Day Options

At Cliff’s Edge, you’ll find an outdoor patio that’s dripping with romance, and marinated olives or potato fritters are an excellent start. Roasted duck breast with foie gras or venison with braised cabbage are both popular entrees. Don’t miss out on the chicken liver mousse with bacon jam, too!

Head to Yamashiro Hollywood if you want sushi and Asian-Cali fusion while being surrounded by koi ponds. Tucked into the Hollywood Hills, you’ll overlook the city as you dine on wagyu steak and truffle Hamachi. End the meal with a dessert martini and dessert sushi with a strawberry and kiwi hand roll with melon.

Your Spanish Restaurant Picks

January 6th, 2017

 

At Tapas Flavors of Spain restaurant, you’ll find a full lunch, happy hour and dinner menu—with late-night entertainment like no other. Tapas turns into a night club, and nothing fuels you for a night of dancing like their house paella featuring chorizo, shrimp and chicken with sautéed bell peppers in this spicy rice dish. You can also choose the vegetarian option with saffron and seasonal veggies.

Their chicken andalucia with pear sauce, baked to perfection, is a favorite for regulars. The seafood pasta with clams, shrimp and scallops served on a bed of linguini with a cream sauce is perfection. With pasta Barcelona, you get asparagus, Spanish jamon, rice and an angel hair pasta with a cream sauce.

A Special Night Out

A night of flamenco dancing at Tapas is a real memory maker, but what if you want something more? Try Café Tu Tu Tango, an artsy café where generous sangria pitchers are paired with tapas. Try the berry sangria, sparkling sangria, or staple red or white. The mojitos are also famous, especially if you get the mango, dragonberry or tango variety—all available as a glass or pitcher.

Pair your cocktail with favorites like lobster bisque or Spanish antipasto salad with manchego cheese, olive tapenade, rosemary flatbreads, made in-house, and the marinated artichoke hearts with red onion. All art on display is for sale and complements your tapas night perfectly.

 

NYE in Anaheim

December 21st, 2016

 

Nothing compares to New Year’s Eve in Anaheim, whether you’re more of a Disneyland fan or want to check out the exclusive nightclubs in town. Start your itinerary planning by checking out the Long Beach NYE Under the Fireworks Cruise Yacht Party! The Catalina King Yacht whisks party goers into 2017 with three decks of entertainment, five DJs, and two rooms of music. The cruise is limited to 400 partiers, so book your tickets early!

The 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel features a 7 p.m. reception before the lavish 8 p.m. dinner. DJs start at 9:30 and spin until 2 a.m. for hours of fun including a champagne toast and party favors. Early bird special rates are available, so reserve your tickets now for one of the most stunning parties in the area.

Ring in 2017

At Last Dance 2016 at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, you’ll enjoy premium admission and a party until 1:30 a.m. It’s a family-friendly event with complimentary tapas, appetizer stations and, of course, munchies at midnight to keep you fueled to dance all night. A champagne toast and souvenir photos complete the evening.

Check out the Hollywood New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl for something more low key, or the Resolution New Year’s Eve 2017 couture party if you want to go upscale. Where will 2017 find you?

Anaheim’s Thanksgiving Feasts

November 21st, 2016

 

For much of the country, Thanksgiving means chunky sweaters and crisp autumnal air. Not in Anaheim! If you’re celebrating turkey day minutes from Disneyland, you can complement your sun and surf with some incredible Thanksgiving feasts (and wear sandals in the process). The Orange County Mining Co. offers an incredible buffet with all the trimmings, a carving station, more desserts than even the biggest Thanksgiving lover can handle, and some incredible views.

At The Phoenix Club, you might not expect the most famous German pub in town to dish up Thanksgiving delights, but you’re in for a real surprise! You’ll find all your favorite German fare readily available alongside your beloved turkey day treats. If you’ve never had pumpkin pie with a German ale before, or paired schnitzel with stuffing, stop missing out, and head to The Phoenix Club this year.

The Gobble Wobble

OceanView Bar and Grill features a sprawling Thanksgiving feast with one of the few evening reservations in town. If you prefer to have your turkey when the sun’s going down instead of mid-day, check out this stunning destination. It’s both intimate and welcoming to large groups. Sit outside and let the sea air rev up your appetite.

Club 33 is a staple offering a full menu as well as a buffet option. It’s a local favorite for holidays, and they really go all out on Thanksgiving. No matter where you go, get reservations early!

House of Blues Anaheim

November 3rd, 2016

 

Anaheim’s famous House of Blues has left Disney, but don’t worry—their brand new location, launched just a few weeks ago, is incredible! Now located at the GardenWalk Mall, it’s bigger, better, louder and crazier than ever. It’s located where UltraLuxe used to be, providing even more space for top-of-the-charts entertainers and their fans. The previous location was big, but there are so many fans eager for mind-blowing concerts that it was simply time to move on.

Enjoy the indoor/outdoor restaurant, live entertainment on four big stages, the foundation room where the legendary VIP room and nightclub can be found, and two floors of sightlines and sounds like you’ve never heard before. Original art, a one-of-a-kind experience, and live music every single day are all just a few miles from your Anaheim guest room.

Feeling Blue?

The restaurant and bar features inventive food with craft beers and cocktails, a soulful environment, and seating options no matter what the occasion calls for. Head to the nightclub or VIP room for pre-show parties and late night DJs. Private events here are amazing, with a flexible layout, premium service and one of the most creative beverage programs in the country.

Leading up to the opening weekend, much of the new House of Blues was kept hush-hush. Keep an eye on the official site for concert listings, special events, and more perks that will make the House of Blues your number one spot in Anaheim.

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.

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!

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.