Weekend Destinations

If you’re needing some ideas for some fun weekend destinations, might we suggest a few? Santa Ana, CA has plenty to offer for everyone, regardless of age or status!

For the lovers of history and art, check out the Bowers Museum! They always have new exhibits coming and it’s fun for adults and kids alike. Maybe you’re wanting to be outdoors? Look no further than the Santa Ana Zoo! This beautiful home to over 80 species of animals (including the smallest monkeys in the world!) has something for everyone. Or maybe you’re wanting to experience Santa Ana and the surrounding area from above? OC Helicopter Tours are your answer! There’s nothing quite like getting to see everything you’ve only ever seen on the ground from a bird’s eye view!

Whatever your preference, Santa Ana, CA has plenty to do close by so you can plan your perfect Weekend Destination!

Where To Have St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Santa Ana

Making a memorable St. Patrick’s Day requires three things: a good bar, good food, and a great atmosphere. Luckily, Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana may be the perfect bar to celebrate the holiday. St. Paddy’s day has turned into one of the most fun U.S holidays even though it didn’t originate with us. We get to wear green, drink beer, and enjoy life with our Irish brethren–what’s not to love?

Chapter One has been called “wonderful” by reviewers and one person on Yelp says the bar has “Not only the chill but high end vibe, the drinks and food is just awesome. This is my favorite bar in Santa Ana” which is high praise for a place that is known for its nightlife like Santa Ana.  The bar opens at 11am everyday, so head over and celebrate St. Paddy’s when you are ready.

Chapter One: the modern local

227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone number (714) 352-2225

 

Enjoy Some Tasty Food At The OC Restaurant Week

Celebrate your love of food next week with the most delicious seven days on the calendar at this year’s OC Restaurant week from March 5 – 11, 2017. Starting last Sunday some of the tastiest restaurants in Orange County will be coming together for a huge food festival. Food week is a little different than most festivals because the fun won’t be isolated to one area. The fun takes places at each participating location (there are over 30) with each offering patrons special menu options, huge discounts, and other fun deals.

You can also enter to win a free meal at the OC food week webpage, which is listed below. So make plans to not cook for the rest of the week and dine out instead. A portion of the food week proceeds also go to various charitable organizations. So have some fun dining out this week!

Best Hiking Locations and Exercise Spots in Santa Ana

Wow the year goes by fast doesn’t it? The days are already getting longer, the sun brighter, and once the rain stops, it might as well be summer already. With those changes to the weather come a few changes to our exercise routines. We can finally get out of the stuffy and overcrowded gyms and enjoy exercising in nature.

Going on a after work or early morning hike is a great way to stay active, fit, and de-stress from a long day at the office. The Santiago Creek on Memory Ln in Santa Ana is perfect for just about any nature filled activity you are trying to accomplish. There are long and windy running trails, walking trails, an area for your dogs, and a massive slide for kids and adults looking for some fun. Here is a quick look a the Santiago Creek.

Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center, Santiago Park Nature

510 E Memory Ln, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 647-6904

 

Visit the Hobbit (No, Not the Movie) this Valentine’s Day

If you are searching for a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Tuesday by the way (February 14th, for those who are completely lost), try The Hobbit restaurants on Chapman Ave–no we are not talking about the movie, but if that is your idea of romance, by all means go ahead. The Hobbit is a fine dining French winery experience with the right vibe and atmosphere to make Valentine’s Day special.

The location is by reservation only (so call now), and will cost a pretty penny but the experience will be worth it. The menu has a host of wine options for every meal on the menu, but you might have to ask your host to pair something for you (unless you are an expert of course). Here is a bit more information about The Hobbit.

The Hobbit

2932 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
Phone number (714) 997-1972

Where To Watch Super Bowl LI in Santa Ana

The Super Bowl is only a few days away and if you don’t have a place to watch it yet, now is the time to start finding one. Even if you are not a sports fan, the Super Bowl is one of the first “water cooler” moments of the year and you don’t want to be left out of the “talk” at work and on social media. The game will probably feature a viral commercial or two and maybe even a few entertainment moments on the field.

If you are planning on going to a bar to watch the festivities, try going to Original Mike’s in Santa Ana on Main st. The location is a restaurant, sports bar, and dance club that is always a good time. You can watch the game, each great food, enjoy a drink, and then dance the night away. Here are the details about Original Mike’s.

Original Mike’s

100 S Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone number (714) 550-7764

Santa Ana Living: Join Poetry Night

The City of Santa Ana is calling all it’s aspiring poets to come out to the 4th Street Market during the beginning of February for a poetry night. If you are a lover of spoken word and aren’t too afraid to share your innermost thoughts with dozens of strangers, then Poetry Night is the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening in Santa Ana.

 

The event begins at 7pm and will last until 9pm and feature a host of local residents getting in front of a mic to read their own original works of poetry. These events are always fun, low pressure and no judgment gathers that embrace anyone will to share their material. The market also has a host of food and drink vendors, so you can show up and watch the show with some great food.

 

Poetry Night
February 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
4th Street Market
201 E 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

End 2016 With a NYE Masquerade Party

2016 was a tough one, no matter what point of view you may come from. But what we can agree is now it’s time to leave 2016 behind and celebrate 2017–and what better way to do that than with some New Year’s Eve fun. If you are looking to head out and enjoy some fun to end 2016, The Copper Door bar and lounge will be hosting a NYE bashing on Saturday, December 31st beginning at 7pm.

The bar will have live entertainment, a DJ playing the latest pop hits, multiple dance floors and free champagne for a midnight toast. Most people traditionally start the New Year being throwing or attending a party, so why not stop by one of the best lounges/clubs in the Santa Ana area? Tickets cost $10 to $12.50 for entrance but may sell out fast. You can grab yours at the link provided below. Happy New Year.

The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Price: $10 to 12.50

Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 7:00 PM –
Sun, Jan 1, 2017, 2:00 AM PST

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-new-years-eve-masquerade-party-tickets-30152002451?aff=es2

Get Ready For WTF Fridays at the Yost Theater

December is all about the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little adult themed fun. The legendary Yost Theater in Santa Ana is hosting a WTF Fridays concert series over the next few weeks that costs only $5 for admission! Yes, only $5. You cannot beat that deal for quality entertainment anywhere in the SoCal area.

The fun is set to feature music from DJ RyRySoup, DJ Sro, Dj Geoffrey Fox and Dj Joshie. Yeah, I’m not sure who they are either, but does it really matter? They’ll be playing awesome music that everyone can dance to and enjoy on a Friday night. There will also be GoGo dancers, Aerialist, giveaways and much more. The party starts at 10pm and contains over two floors of awesome music and fun. Of course this is a 21 and over event.

 

So if you are looking to let your hair down this holiday season, stop by WTF Fridays for some fun near your apartment.

307 N. Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
888-862-9573
http://www.ocweekly.com/event/wtf-fridays-7104063

Thanksgiving Sides: Roasted Brussel Sprouts

The turkey might be the main event during Thanksgiving, but it’s the sides that do all the heavy lifting. If you are looking for a tasty vegetable recipe, here is a quick roasted brussel sprouts recipe to try.

  • Ingredients
    1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, cut in half
    4 ounces diced pancetta
    1/4 cup olive oil
    Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


Start with Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan, then add pancetta, olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, toss until the Brussels sprouts are completely covered. Then spread the veggies over the pan and roast the Brussels sprouts for 20 ish minutes. Once they are done, drizzle the sprouts with balsamic vinegar, taste and then serve while still hot.

Check out the Food Network for more tasty Thanksgiving sides recipes. Happy Holidays and enjoy the food.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/balsamic-roasted-brussels-sprouts-recipe.html?oc=linkback