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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!

 

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.

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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!

The Honda Center

August 1st, 2016

 

At the Honda Center, some of the hottest events in Anaheim take place. Check out their full event calendar for August now and plan your trip around the best concerts, festivals and happenings in the city. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World August 1-7 with family-friendly shows daily. Arrive early and meet the cast members, including some exotic four-legged performers in a special all-access meet and greet.

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August 17 brings Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas to the Honda Center at 7pm for a must-see collaboration. Tickets are on sale now, but there may be some last minute seats given up, so check directly with the box office. Monday, August 29 is when the Outcry: Summer 2016 Tour kicks off with Kari Jobe, Chad Veach, Hillsong Worship, Housefires, and Rend Collective performing for the Bride of Christ as part of a 15-city tour.

Events Worth Remembering

The setting of a once-in-a-lifetime event makes all the difference, and that’s where the Honda Center really stands out. The Honda Center opened in 1993 and has been home to the 2007 Stanley Cup champions the Anaheim Ducks as well as LA KISS and the Wooden Legacy Basketball tournament.

With over 650,000 square feet, 200,000 square feet of marble lining, a 444 foot roof and 12 feet of granite lining the exterior, it’s an impressive LA feature you have to see in person!

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.