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Anaheim’s Top Burgers

April 16th, 2017

 

No trip to a foodie city is complete without checking out the best burgers in town. Start at Dino’s Chicken and Burgers, but don’t let the name fool you. Burgers are a far cry from second place at this landmark. Their charbroiled burger selections include classics done right like chili cheeseburgers, doubles, and the tangy coleslaw burger.

Tom’s Place is an old-fashioned joint serving up burgers, tacos and pastrami sandwiches. The menu is a little all over the place, but Tom’s does it right. For burgers, this place keeps it simple with homemade sauces and sides. Pair any burger with perfectly seasoned fries for a classic comfort meal.

 Burger Up

FusionBurgers is a simple establishment with incredible flavors. Check out the Mexican BBQ burger with al pastor meat, grilled pineapples, caramelized onions and aillade (or make it vegetarian with a Portobello mushroom). Their house burger features pancetta and yellow cheddar.

At Fred’s Downhome Burgers, you’ll get turkey sausage burgers, Grandma’s burger, and the classic with a six-ounce patty and plenty of sides. Add on hot relish, pastrami, an egg, bacon, chili or your choice of cheese. Fred’s is a regular on best-of lists. Be sure to try their banana pudding, pies and cake slices for dessert.

 

 

Flamenco Teatro

April 9th, 2017

 

Flamenco dinner shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at El Cid provide a flashy and romantic night out. This signature Spanish Flamenco Dinner Show offers incredible beauty and passion while patrons dine on gourmet cuisine. Flamenco as a spectacle is integral to Spain’s culture. The passion in the music and dance is sheer art, which means every show is unique.

Flamenco shows are $15 per person, and it’s best to book online in advance. Tickets are for the show only, and a full dinner menu is available à la carte. El Cid is an L.A. landmark and opened in 1925 as a speakeasy. El Cid began as Jail Café, part café and part underground bar with a quirky 1920s jail theme, including a watchtower, booths in jail cells, and waiters donning prison uniforms. Today, the 20s/30s Hot Jazz Night lets patrons partake of that crazy era.

A Monument in L.A.

The rafters, wooden dance floors, and many other original pieces still exist at El Cid’s. However, in 1932, it became a theater. For nearly 30 years it operated as the Gateway until it was turned into a supper club in the 1960s. It was then that flamenco dancing began alongside Spanish cuisine and cocktails.

El Cid is known for paella on the patio as well as an impressive vegetarian menu. However, popular menu items for Flamenco Night include patatas bravas, which are Spanish-style potato wedges with chorizo sauce, and ceviche with avocado. Try the paella indoors, and remember to always save room for flan.

 

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park

April 2nd, 2017

 

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park at 8800 Rosecrans Avenue in nearby Buena Park is open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. in the spring. Parking is just $3 on weekdays and $5 on the weekends. The sprawling park is the perfect getaway from the bustle of Anaheim and Disney attractions. Situated in the foothills of Coyote Hills, visitors enjoy 104 acres with a softball complex, large grassy hills and open areas, and an abundance of sandstone cliffs and native plants.

Bring a picnic, hike one of the many trails, or simply stroll and enjoy the California sunshine. There are plenty of large, shaded picnic areas, trails just for bikes, and a selection of playgrounds for kids. Many sports teams use the park for volleyball, baseball and softball practices. Head to the well-stocked fishing area with a three-acre lake, and catch your own dinner!

R&R in Anaheim

Tennis courts are also available, as well as an amphitheater. You can book these spaces for private events, or simply stop by and make use of them when they aren’t reserved. The amphitheater overlooks a lake and is a favorite spot for weddings and special events.

Visit the on-site Interpretive Center to explore the paleontology museum. Get a peek into prehistoric Orange County with exhibits, guided tours and programs. Volunteers and scientists are regularly excavating in the park, prepping fossil specimens. There’s a good chance you might stumble across a discovery team during your visit!

 

Best Coffee in Ontario

March 30th, 2017

 

Stay caffeinated during your Ontario trip by checking out the top-rated coffee bars, cafes and drive-thrus in town. Klatch Coffee has a number of locations in town and is known for cozy seating, free Wi-Fi and some of the best pour-over beverages available. Local art peppers the walls, and the scratch-baked pastries perfectly complement your preferred drink.

Bad Ass Coffee is known for their Hawaiian blends and roasts, like their 100% Kona brew. The laidback environment is perfect for a working office, meeting or even a casual date. The coffee’s strong, the fare is fresh and locally sourced, and it’s a welcome touch of Aloha right in California.

Sips and Nips

Need Grind Coffeehouse to lighten up your daily grind instantly? Then you’re in luck. The chain is known for quality coffee and tea, along with light bites and the staple California smoothies. Whether you’re craving a strong espresso or a fabulous lunch, it’s an easy stop with great service and a fun atmosphere.

Try Zeke’s Eatin’ Place known for their down home big breakfasts and non-frou frou drinks. If you want American classic blue plate specials alongside a variety of roasts, Zeke’s is your place. Where will you energize first?

 

 

 

Middle Eastern Options

March 28th, 2017

 

When you’re craving some good jasmine rice, toum, kebabs and falafel, you have to head to the most authentic Middle Eastern establishments in town. Fortunately, Anaheim is full of them! Start at Al Amir Bakery, a local hot spot known for their innovative pizzas. Top yours with keshek, zaatar, or even egg and cheese to get those flavorful spices on a familiar platform. You can’t go wrong with Lebanese pizza!

Zait and Zaatar offers a simple ambiance and home cooking. The kebab platter gives you all the chicken, lamb and beef your taste buds desire along with onions, pickles and spices. With the chicken tawook platter, you get the homestyle garlic paste with grilled chicken and pickles. Available for dine in or carry out.

Spice of Life

Rosine’s is an insanely popular pick for the best rotisserie chicken in town. Open for lunch and dinner, start with sarma and hummus before moving on to the famous half chicken with two sides and their garlic sauce option that put Rosine’s on the map. The wheat pilav and garlic mashed potatoes are beloved sides.

Little Arabia is a bakery and a quick stop for treats where you’ll find classic hot and cold starters along with homemade pita bread. If you’re craving flaky baklava, this is the place to go for a sweet fix.

 

 

Graber Olive House

March 22nd, 2017

 

Olives and California go together like sand and surf, and in Ontario guests are treated to a working olive-packing facility experience like no other. Spanish missionaries planted the first olive trees in Mission San Diego de Alcala in the mid-1700s, and the trees quickly took to their new soil. Olives on a California dinner table quickly became a tradition, and C.C. Graber continues that tradition by curing his own barrels—and opening the entire experience to the public.

Olives are Ontario’s oldest industry. Graber Olives have been a landmark since 1894, featuring olives ripened on the tree for a rich flavor. Harvest time is October-December, but you can visit year-round and peruse the gift shop, take a tour and indulge in one of the state’s most beloved delicacies.

Olive You!

From olive oil to a variety of gift baskets and of course “just olives,” the gift shop is the perfect place to choose a treasure to bring home. You can also shop online for favorites like the California Classic Box, which comes with two tins of olives, smoked almonds, whole roasted almonds, pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, a jar of apple butter, a jar of cucumber slices and pectin candy.

Go nutty, sweet or all of the above. Apricots and dates, including medjool varieties, are the perfect decadent dessert. Try cherries, or pair your dried fruits with salty almonds. No visit to Ontario is complete without swinging by Graber’s.

 

 

 

Ontario Convention Center

March 19th, 2017

 

The premier venue in Ontario is perfect for your next big event whether it’s a conference, tradeshow, competition or anything else you can imagine. It’s popular with filmmakers, offering state of the art technology ideal for films and commercials. Enjoy a modern design with over 225,000 square feet of space flexible for any type of function. DS3, video-conferencing and of course Wi-Fi are all available.

Professional on-site services and catering teams offer over 50 years of combined experience, guaranteeing a flawless event. Building services such as setups, floor planning, vendor services, labor, permit negotiating, transportation and parking are all available.

All at Your Fingertips

Depend on the marketing and PR team to help with banners, virtual or marquee signage, all marketing collateral and website event listings. Browse floor plans online or take a virtual tour of the facilities. For the biggest and best events in Ontario, you deserve a team and space with the tools and experience capable of making your big day shine.

Choose from an impressive array of options, from balloon pillars to booth or stage rentals, A/V services and delectable catering are available and can be customized to any need or preference. Contact the Ontario Convention Center today and start the planning process today.

 

 

Luck is On Your Side in Anaheim

March 14th, 2017

 

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Anaheim gives you plenty of options, whether you prefer to spend the day at Disneyland enjoying their green desserts, or you want to head to a local Irish pub for corned beef and cabbage. The annual Shamrock ‘n’ Roll on the Queen Mary is a tradition for many, and you’ll enjoy two stages of Celtic rock along with prizes, competitions, and all the Irish fare you can manage.

Casey’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival draws a lively crowd in downtown Los Angeles. All day, you can indulge in games, drinks, food and more. Admission is just $10, and the party goes all day. It’s family-friendly, but keep in mind that this is one party where the green beer flows with ease.

St. Paddy’s Shenanigans

At Tam O’Shanters, one of the oldest Irish establishments in southern California, you’re in for a real treat. The party starts at 11 a.m. with Irish coffee for those who need a pick me up. The tented parking lot opens at 1 p.m., and Celtic bands get the party really started at 2. Pub food, great music and green beer go until the wee hours.

The famous Pig ‘n Whistle also throws an epic party with the best DJs in town as well as drink specials on Jameson and Guinness. Here, pinching those not in green remains a holiday tradition. Where will March 17 find you?

 

Keep Cool this Spring Break

March 7th, 2017

 

Thousands of teens and 20-somethings head to Anaheim every March and April for spring break. Staying at Anaheim Inn offers spacious yet affordable rooms, easy access to the best destinations, and of course that Arabica coffee to help keep the party going. For many, spending spring break at Disneyland is a dream come true, especially with all the water rides and perfect spring weather.

Make this spring break one to remember by checking out as many of the area’s water parks as possible! Splash Zone offers slick water slides, pools and impeccable cabanas. It’s more of a relaxing retreat where you can sunbathe and snooze, and it’s also popular with families. If you’re traveling with little ones, this is the park for you.

A Slippery Slope

Raging Waters Los Angeles is the state’s biggest water park chain, and you can rent a cabana, take on the epic slides, and of course lounge while being served from an eclectic menu. The Aqua Rocket is a lightning-fast option, while the Dragon’s Den is the perfect pick for couples who want to take on the whirling slope as a duo.

At Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, you can take on the brand new Python Plunge or go up Taboo Tower. Once you’re at the top, there’s only one way down! Book a private event for your group, or hop from one park to another with your spring break crew on whims. Pack your spring break suits, and prepare for an adventure!

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

March 1st, 2017

 

The Anaheim area is full of destinations for history buffs, and going a little off the grid will lead you to some incredible museum experiences. At the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll be treated to the brand new 2016 renovation including new galleries, archives and exhibits. The museum was closed for nearly a year as the staff organized the best, biggest and most comprehensive collections yet.

Start at the orientation theater where you’ll be introduced to the 50-year professional history of Nixon. The Wave of Change is an interactive model of landmark events as well as the people and events that shaped his presidency. Slip into a replica of the Oval Office during his administration, and get confronted with the Vietnam War—the same predicament Nixon faced.

History in the Making

In the Domestic Policy Vision exhibit, you’ll be faced with the “war on cancer,” environmental issues, relating to the youth of America, and civil rights concerns in southern schools. Explore communism and the Cold War, learn more about Pat Nixon, and discover what life in the White House was like during Nixon’s term.

The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 11-5. Admission is just $16 for adults. For real history buffs, plan to spend a full day (or two!) perusing this impressive, re-designed museum.