Many California visitors know Anaheim as the home of the Disneyland Resort, a great reason to travel south from Los Angeles. However, the locals will tell you, the park gates have plenty to see, eat and do outside.
Once home to musicians such as Gwen Stefani, her No Doubt bandmates, and Jeff Buckle, Anaheim still has a musical scene, with local and tourist artists bringing live performances to the city as the country emerges from the epidemic. And, if you’re looking for eclectic food for the admirable dining scene of rival LA – with less competition for reservations – you’ve come to the right place.
Catch a game like 1 at Angel Stadium
Sure, everyone knows LA Dodgers, but did you know Anaheim has its own Major League Baseball team? Angel Stadium, also known as the Big A, has been home to Los Angeles Angeles since its opening in 1966.
Grab a home game on a Saturday night, grab an angel dog or some helmet nachos, and then stay tuned to enjoy a firework show.
Maybe you’re in the market for a history lesson? Public walking tours of Angel Stadium from June to September provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the grounds, press rooms, broadcast booths and other behind-the-scenes areas that you will not see on Gameday.
2 Find another great thing in the House of Blues
If you like live music, look no further than House of Blues Anaheim, which hosts everyone from Billy Idol to Tory Kelly to Corn. Whether you’re in the market for a legend or a new face, you’ll find them at this famous venue, also known for its Sunday gospel brunches.
Like other House of Blues locations across the United States, Anaheim Outpost – formerly a movie theater – is filled with outdoor and American folk art. Local artists on display include Audrey Kawasaki, whose Shine on the Wall occupies a wall, and Johnny Rodriguez, aka KMNDZ, with his Robot and Bird House wall.
Didn’t get a chance to visit one of our recommended restaurants before your show? Don’t worry; The in-house restaurant and bar is open on show nights, with Southern favorites like flies and grits, jambalaya, fried chicken and much more allowing you to dance through the night. The proceeds from the restaurant will also be used to support the House of Blues’ Music Forward Foundation, which helps young people gain access and insight into the music industry.
3 Eat (and drink) your way around the Anaheim Packing District.
The Anaheim Packing District was once home to the Sunkist Citrus Packing House, but the 1919 building and its neighbors are now marking the region’s own history as a modern food paradise.
Home to more than 50 merchants, the Packing District is a perfect place for decision-making groups, giving each visitor the opportunity to choose different foods and dine with friends. Alternatively, you can visit your food, learn stories from different vendors, sample their delicious treats and see how they embody that unique California feeling.
For example, Chef Shachi Mehra, co-owner of ADYA Fresh Indian Flavors with Chef Sandeep Basrur, was on her way to medical school before realizing her heart was in the kitchen. “As soon as I stepped into my first commercial kitchen, I realized I had found my place of happiness,” says Mehra. “When the opportunity to move to Orange County came as Michelle starrer Tamarind of London’s first American position as executive chef, I took it. I was able to open Tamarind with much fanfare and success, and finally in 2014 left to open my own restaurant, ADYA.”
Mehra is credited with bringing a new Indian experience to Orange County by using the fresh, sustainable ingredients available in the area to provide contemporary interpretations of Indian street food, tandoori specialties and rich curries. “The response to the concept was something I will never forget,” she says.
Mike Krie of Unsung Brewing Company, based in the packing district, knows very well how a big change in lifestyle can lead to your true call.
“Before, I was in the financial advisory business,” says Kriya, originally from the American Midwest. “I had a life-threatening heart condition that required open heart surgery and I had plenty of time to reflect on my life. From that time on, I started homebrew. I wanted to make beer from the west coast. I started making alcohol almost every week , Won some competitions and it became a passion.
Exhausted by the snow and in love with California, Kriya and his wife moved in and he began to learn how to cook. “The other thing I knew, I was ordering equipment and signing leases.”
Combining his passion for beer with his childhood love of comic books and superheroes, Krie and his team began creating and naming characters to match each of their brews. “Every beer has its own character and backstory,” he says. “Backstory and parables usually have something to do with me or my history, but – more importantly – directly related to beer. Anthia, for example, is a rogue alien who looks like a human horn. The special powers are super power and energy blast. Beer is an IPA in itself, but we use tropical hops that really pop into the aroma. “
4 Fall in love with Poppy and Seed
While poppy and seeds are located in the Anaheim Packing District mentioned above, especially in Farmer Park, it stands out as one of the top dining destinations in the city. Directed by chef Michael Reed and his wife, co-owner Quinny Reed, Poppy & Seed’s greenhouse setting is perfect for a date night.
With a garden at his fingertips, Michael enhances his own microgreens and all the finishes for poppy and seeds, helping him to be able to control the quality of his food while changing the menu seasonally. She and Quinn work with Ashley Irene, a culinary gardener known as Hairloom Potter, to create the growing season. “It allows him to be more creative when he says: ‘I think it would be fun to work with this material or plant it and see what I can do with it,'” says Quini. “Our mission is basically to rethink your diet. Brussels sprouts are something that stays on the menu and changes with the seasons. Now we’re serving them with pomegranate seeds and a little red vinegar wine, so they’re sweet for the season. Then we fry them.” We will change the service with Caesar and Permission.
As well as being an ideal romantic destination, the existence of a restaurant is a love story. “My husband saw it [the restaurant space] When it was up [for offer] For the first time, when it was really just a greenhouse shell, “says Quinn.” We slowed down a bit. “
“At the end of 2020, fast-forward and I were saying [Michael]: ‘You know, we’re doing really well in terms of what’s going on, so we have two options; We’re either going to expand the business or we’re going to buy a house. ‘ So he said: ‘Let’s have another restaurant … let me see if that greenhouse is available. I like I’ve always had a restaurant there and I’ve been dreaming about it. ‘ He looked at it and the housekeepers listed it two days before we started looking. We went and walked it, and signed the lease, and now his dream has come true.
5 Discover new adventures at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Park
If you’ve been to Disneyland Resort before, some recent additions make it worth the next visit. For example, the resort welcomed new land in 2021 as the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park. Suitable for budding superheroes and Disney aficionados, Avengers Campus features a brand new family-friendly attraction, WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. The interactive scene is the first Disney Ride-through attraction featuring Spider-Man and sees fans team up with Spidey to pull the spider-butts out of control using a WEB slinger vehicle.
The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout !, which opened in 2017, also includes the Avengers campus for those looking for the biggest thrill. Elsewhere in the new land, visitors can take on Iron Man in their new Armor, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Doctor Strange, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Thor.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Disneyland without some thematic dining experience, and the Avengers campus has many of them. Pym Test Kitchen draws inspiration from Pym particles in Ant-Man and The Wasp, which were used to make things grow and shrink, and offers pretzels, plant-based meatballs and “Pym-ini” water in both large and micro sizes. The Shower Palace is adorned with Avengers Memorial and offers chicken wrap wraps, while the Terran Treats have churro spirals for dessert.
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