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Top Thai Food

June 9th, 2016

If it’s Thai you’re craving, you’re in luck because the Anaheim area has some delicious and authentic restaurants. Fasai Thai Restaurant is a little nook that’s open until 10pm and is renowned for authenticity and spice levels you can customize—but be careful about going “hot!” Specials are constantly changing, but one consistency is the fresh flavors, incredible spices and the sheer passion that’s evident in each dish.

Pad Nor Mai (Thai food)

You might also want to try You & I Thai Cuisine, serving classic Thai dishes until 9pm each night. The adorable name makes it a favorite for date nights and holidays, too. There’s some fusion on the menu, and the owners are quick to make dishes palatable for kids. Customize your spice levels to suit your heat tolerance.

Thai Adore You

At Thai Lingo Restaurant, beer and wine pair perfectly with both traditional and innovative dishes. Open just until 8:30, it’s the ideal happy-hour spot and a popular takeout option for locals. You can also start your night here before heading out to a beach party, night club or night cap at a local rooftop bar.

Spicy Thai Restaurant perfectly blends the chic atmosphere of an LA nightclub with very authentic dishes. It’s a favorite spot for a special celebration or for anyone looking for an excuse to dress up and dine on amazing fare.

 

Get Your Star Wars Half Registration In

June 6th, 2016

It’s true that the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Park isn’t until January 12, but registration kicks off in June, and these bibs are always a hot seller. Not feeling a 13.1 miler right after the New Year? There are also kids’ races, 5k and 10k options as well as special themed runs that come with their own in-demand medals and swag. Plus, the long race weekend is stuffed with celebrity appearances, seminars and giveaways.

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For many, running a chipped, timed race through Disneyland is a big bucket list item, and January is prime time to do it. Not only will the weather be cool (by California standards) for those who prefer a breezier run, but you can also double down on Disney and enjoy the park during the off season. It’s a blast for runners and spectators alike!

Don’t Delay

The earlier you secure your bib, the sooner you can start planning your next Anaheim getaway. With a hotel minutes from the park, you can sleep-in a little on race day and not worry about the bustle of getting to the starting line. Sign up the little ones for their own run, and remember that themed participants are encouraged.

Go Outdoors with Dad this Father’s Day

June 2nd, 2016

Father’s Day in Anaheim means two things: The great outdoors and fantastic food! Take advantage of the summer sun and schedule a horseback ride along the beach, a mountain trail, or pick a specialty ride that caters to dad’s unique interests. Some of the best outfitters include Urban Horseman and Yes U Can Ranch. Yes U Can Ranch specializes in getting riders of nearly every age and ability on horseback—which means little ones and those with special needs can ride off into the sunset.

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Ziplining is phenomenal in southern California and a great way to see the famous landscape from a new angle. Surprisingly, ziplining is safe and accessible to almost every age, weight and ability. Try out Skull Canyon Zipline or Action Zipline Tours. Get an adrenaline rush before brunch, and really work up an appetite!

Outdoor Fun

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is very easy to catch onto. However, if you’d prefer a lesson or group outing, connect with SUP Fitness Laguna, one of the best reviewed outfitters in the area. There are also options to rent paddle board gear at nearly every surf shop, so you can hop from beach to beach.

Pack a picnic, perhaps with local goodies, and head to Yorba National Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center or Fullerton Arboretum to celebrate dad in the heart of Mother Nature. Hiking and biking trails abound, and birders are in paradise with unique species all around. How are you celebrating dad this year?

Memorial Day at LEGOLAND

May 20th, 2016

Maybe you’ve always wanted to explore LEGOLAND, or maybe it’s long been one of your favorite southern California destinations. This Memorial Day weekend, the park is going all out with The Knights’ Tournament, the latest addition and a unique experience that’s interactive and hands-on. You choose which path you take as you scurry over moats and handpick which rides you’re up for taking.

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As you battle dragons and meet other knights, you’re fully in charge of the intensity of the experience—and the challenges. No matter your age, it’s the ultimate California adventure and Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to experience it.

LEGOLAND Adventures

It’s understandable that you can’t see it all and do it all at this park in just one day, which is why the spring special is: buy one day, get four free! It’s perfect for that long weekend you have scheduled at the best Anaheim hotel. Ninjago the Ride also opens in May, and The Lego Movie in 4D is playing, so you can catch a break between adventures.

The Waterpark will keep you cool as the weather heats up, and the Sea Life Aquarium is a great spot to meet new friends from under the sea. Where will your first stop in LEGOLAND be?

 

Register for the Disney Half!

May 18th, 2016

Is the Disneyland Half Marathon on your bucket list, whether you’re a runner, Disney lover, or both? If so, register right now to make sure you get a bib! It’s also a good idea to make your Anaheim hotel reservations now for the September event weekend. This race sells out every year, and if you’re planning on running the half, 10k or 5k in September, registering early guarantees you a spot in the Happiest Race on Earth.

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This year, the festivities take place September 1-4, and Mickey and Goofy are your hosts. A slew of Disney characters also make appearances, both pre- and post-race as well as along the route. For the half marathon runners, the course takes you right into the heart of Main Street, U.S.A. in the park, then leads you into the Anaheim streets.

A Run for Your Money

Not everyone who attends this beloved Disneyland race is a runner. Spectators outnumber runners by quite a bit! Whether you’re cheering on a loved one or simply want to stop by for the fun, festivities and the food, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Special treats, live entertainment, and photo opportunities abound.

If you’re on the fence, know that 2016 is slated to be the best race yet, with a number of surprises up Mickey’s sleeve to make it extra special.

Catalina Island Day Trip

May 10th, 2016

May is the perfect month for a Catalina day trip. Just 22 miles from the shores of Malibu, sheer paradise awaits (as if southern California’s mainland isn’t paradise enough!). This quaint, charming, Mediterranean-style town has incredible dining, pampering and nightlife. Avalon and Two Harbors are the two hot spots that really come to life at night, perfect for wining, dining and dancing.

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Catch a movie at the Avalon Theater, or slip into your dancing shoes for the Descanso Beach Club. The Island Spa will treat you right with the Sea Oxygen De-Age treatment using pure white algae, white wine, copper, and white tea to detox your body and refresh your mind. Their classic facial treatments, anti-aging treatments, and brow perfectors pair perfectly with massages.

A Slice of Paradise

Camping and boating, including “primitive camping,” lets you truly get away from it all. Boat-in camping sites, mooring sites, guided camping trips, and the ability to really go off the grid on your own are all possible on Catalina. Blackjack Campground is Catalina’s highest peak and offers incredible views of the terrain and ocean.

You can go ziplining, golfing on an 18-hole course, take a scenic tour, or board a glass-bottom boat. Where will Catalina take you?

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day

May 1st, 2016

Anaheim is rich with brunch, breakfast and dinner options to treat mom like royalty, but where will you start? For many, Mother’s Day weekend will kick off with a trip to Disneyland where every single restaurant will have special treats just for her. Plus, there are free flowers throughout the park, and it’s the perfect excuse for the queen of your family to hob knob with princesses for photo opportunities.

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Make reservations at Andrea’s Restaurant on Pelican Hill, a luxe eatery that still has a casual vibe. The intimate banquettes, outdoor terrace with ocean views, and house-crafted cocktails are sure to delight. The appetizer menu features seasonal soups, octopus, seared scallops, and shaved veggie salads with a caramelized dressing. Homemade pasta, fresh seafood and homemade gelato helped make Andrea’s famous.

Make Mom Melt

The Canaletto Ristorante Veneto in Newport Beach, close to Fashion Island, is an Italian mouthful (of flavor). If its sister restaurant in the Venetian has snagged your heart, you’ll be in heaven here. Barrel-shaped ceilings and a romantic atmosphere, along with reasonable prices, make this restaurant a top pick. Begin with fresh oysters, swordfish, or a memorable pizza. Grass-fed veal, clam pasta, and risotto helped put this eatery on the map.

Whether it’s a decadent brunch or a family-friendly dinner you have in mind, Anaheim has all the options you can imagine for a Mother’s Day to remember.

 

Yes4arts 2016 Spring Fashion Show is Coming

April 18th, 2016

Tickets start at just $22 for the yes4arts 2016 spring fashion show, coming to the LA area on April 30 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. A full evening of fashion and entertainment is on deck, all supporting the free art classes offered at the center. Fiber art classes are offered complementary and year-round to the community. The annual show is an avenue for showcasing some of the best fashion coming out of the local industry, as well as bringing awareness to what the center offers.

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The show’s founder, Paula Bennett, was self-taught and also learned her design skills from her mother. She first learned crochet and yearned to teach others—at no cost. She created the show to inspire and empower, as well as bring attention to zero cost fiber education. Teachers, artists, friends, parents, and community members make up the program.

Coming Full Circle

Yes4arts offers a platform where all students can become teachers if they desire. The designs that come out of the workshop are phenomenal, from haute couture to vintage classic inspired pieces.

Join a thriving community of fashion lovers, and see what this spring’s collection has in store for you. Also, meet the designers and models after the event in a welcome reception.

Das ist Some Fantastic German Grub

April 2nd, 2016

 

Craving some authentic German fare while staying in Anaheim? There are some fantastic restaurants in the area, like Jägerhaus. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll love their fresh corned beef hash and eggs in the morning or curry wurst for lunch. Dive into their braised lamb shank or braised wild boar alongside a stein of your favorite German beer at dinner.

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At Loreley Restaurant, you’ll find an eclectic menu featuring Hungarian Goulash, a comfort food of a soup that’s a meal in itself. Try the Bavarian warm pretzel or the aufschnitt board, with German cold cuts and beer cheese. Steak tartar and a “true Reuben sandwich” seal the deal.

Satiate Your Appetite

The Phoenix Club offers Oktoberfest year-round, where there’s singing and dancing all the time at the Pub. Potato pancakes and fried mac and cheese start the perfect dinner, followed by herring in cream sauce and grilled veal loaf. Sauerbraten, apple strudel, and a black forest cake are all favorites.

At the Euro Market Bakery and Deli, you can pick up to-go sandwiches or the ingredients for your own home cooked meal (perfect for your kitchenette!). There’s also a full German bar and restaurant on-site which was featured in Hell’s Kitchen!

 

Let’s Go Cosmic Karting!

March 30th, 2016

Excitement for the whole family awaits at the beloved Cosmic Karting night at SB Raceway! Held Friday and Saturday night, April 1 and 2, from 5pm until midnight, it’s one of the few weekends of the year where the go karts are kitted out in bright colors for epic racing. Located in San Bernardino, it’s just a short drive from your Anaheim hotel, and there are karts for all ages and abilities.

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Bring the family together for a weekend night outing you’ll never forget. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy some outdoor fun. Snacks, beverages and merchandise are available for purchase, but riders are encouraged to arrive early. This event is looked forward to by locals and out-of-towners alike.

Go, Kart!

SB Raceway is home to some of the best tracks and equipment in southern California. Go karting is always a thrill, but it’s kicked up a notch with the cosmic lights and special DJ tracks. Spend hours showing off your skills and racing to be number one.

It’s also a fantastic choice for date night, forcing couples to get close and heat things up with some healthy competition. Are you ready to race into the night?