Month: January 2017

Best Spots to Watch the Big Game

Best sports bars in Anaheim to watch the Superbowl game.

Hosting a football party for the Big Game can be fun—but also a bit stressful. Rather than sacrificing your home (and your sanity) for the biggest NFL game of the year, check out these Anaheim hot spots perfect for catching all the action—with cheap beer on tap and classic game-watching grub on the menu.

Unique Seats

The open atmosphere of the Anaheim Packing House might seem like an unusual setting to watch NFL football, but in fact, it makes quite the perfect venue. Not only does it give you access to ample merchants offering a variety of food and bev options, but come February 5, a big screen will be positioned in the middle of the common area for watching the Bowl game.  Bring your friends and grab a seat in the center of the action. If you’re going with a big group, be sure to get there early enough to save a space.

Watching football at Tony's Deli in Center City Anaheim.

Pull up a bar stool and chow down on one of Tony’s Deli’s hearty sandwiches while watching the big game.

Not Your Average Deli

For something a little more intimate, try pulling up a bar stool at Tony’s Deli & Bottle Shop. With a focus on offering you great deli food, this spot is more than just a grab-and-go diner; it’s a fresh take on the classic sports bar. Sit down and peruse their menu of over 60 craft and imported bottled beers, 4 beers on tap and 25 bottled sodas. Take your time ordering from the list of classic and non-traditional sandwiches available. This low-key atmosphere also offers a couple of TVs conveniently placed to enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere for NFL game day.

Healthy food options at Gypsy Den in Anaheim.

Health nuts like football, too. Get your fix of both at Gypsy Den!

The Healthy Option

If you’d prefer to steer clear of the traditional wings and brats, stop in to Orange County’s original alternative café. The Gypsy Den offers a menu filled with healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan items from small bites to delicious dinner entrees. Their drink list features a variety of carefully crafted cocktails plus a selection of beer and wine. There is only one TV in the restaurant so be sure to arrive early enough to snag a spot on the couch or reserve one of the tables close by.

Collage of food options and decor in Gypsy Den, Anaheim.

(Do) Rock the Juke Joint

With 20 rotating taps, pool tables and dart boards, free wi-fi, and happy hour every day of the week from 6 am to 8 pm, Juke Joint touts itself as the NFL headquarters for watching the big game. If you head to this venue, come prepared for a little more raucous than at the other venues on our list, but with all of the action and energy fostered at this Center City staple, you’re guaranteed a great time—so long as you brought your game face!

Your Center City Caffeine Fix

Mug of coffee at one of Anaheim's top coffee shops

Coffee is a staple of life in the city of Anaheim. Whether it’s your early morning rise-and-shine or your late afternoon pick-me-up, the following are our favorite coffee shops and cozy cafes around town pouring the perfect elixir.

A Classic Cup

The historic Anaheim Packing District is a great stop for coffee any time of day. From breakfast to comfort foods, there are over 20 vendors offering a range of culinary treats to choose from. For a classic cup of artisanal coffee we suggest Pandor Artisan Boulanger & Café, the perfect spot for a sit-down breakfast of eggs benedict or a Parisian omelet—or to grab a fresh decadent pastry to-go. No matter which way you prefer to start your day, you can be sure their exclusive blends of aromatic coffee and espresso beverages will hit the spot.

Popbar sign in Center City Anaheim

Indulge in all of the culinary treats Anaheim Packing House has to offer in Center City.

Try Something Cool

For the truly daring coffee drinkers, we suggest something a little cooler. Stop in to Pop Bar and treat yourself to a Popaccino. This sweet concoction is a blend of premium caramel coffee, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate flakes. Order the frozen hot chocolate or hot chocolate on a stick for the kids as non-caffeinated alternatives to the traditional recipes.

Frozen coffee on a stick at Popbar in Center City Anaheim.

Pop in to Popbar for frozen coffee on a stick – an original way to get your caffeine fix.

Beer For Breakfast? Yes, Please

Are you the breakfast all day type? Iron Press offers a non-traditional take on a classic morning menu item. Their sweet and savory sandwiches put two cooked-to-perfection waffles together with over a dozen fixings. From slow-roasted pulled pork to crispy fried chicken, the mouth-watering option will make it difficult to narrow down.

While Iron Press specializes in pairing these unique menu items with locally crafted beer, you can get your coffee fix with one of their special brews. Try a stout crafted with coffee from their regularly rotating tap and bottle list We suggest stopping in for Hoppy Hour Monday through Friday 3pm – 6pm to try their tots and waffle fries.

Crafted With Care

For the traditionalists, those who are just looking for the classic water poured over beans type, Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop is the ideal stop. Serving the rich and delicious flavors from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the baristas here are well-versed in everything from crafting the perfect cappuccino to pouring the perfect cup of cold brew coffee.

Ink and Bean cafe in Center City Anaheim.

Stop in to Ink and Bean Coffee Shop–one of Center City’s most popular coffee shops, for a piping hot cafe beverage.

Serving breakfast and lunch, you can enjoy a made-to-order meal or grab a delicious, fresh pastry to accompany your favorite beverage on-the-go. Grab a stool to enjoy free Wi-Fi or cozy up to a good book. And like a true classic coffee shop, live music comes with the territory. Stop in on the weekends for some tunes to set the tone for your day.

Unique New Year’s Resolutions

unique new year's resolutions to keep in center city anhaeim

Whether you’re the “stick to a regimen” type, or you’re just looking for some interesting ways to start the new year, we have a list of unique New Year’s Resolutions to get 2017 off on the right foot.

Learn Some New Tricks

Eating healthy is a resolution that we can all relate to, and CulinaryLab Cooking School is just the place to help make this happen. Located just outside Center City on Anaheim Blvd. sign up and enjoy some expert instruction to help you hone your skills in the kitchen. From single day home cooking classes, to full fledged pro level programs, this immersive, hands-on school offers chefs of every level the chance to make something delicious.

CulinaryLab in Center City Anaheim

Learn to cook new, delicious and healthy meals at CulinaryLab cooking studio in Center City Anaheim.

Sure everyone has health and fitness at the top of their self-improvement lists, but how about a way to get fit while having some fun? Sign up for a class at SwingIt Trapeze and soar high above the ground like a circus acrobat—all while getting a good workout. Professionals will teach you how to swing from the bars and fly through the sky in a safe and skilled environment. Impress your friends all while having the time of your life.

man practicing trapeze at Swing It Trapeze in Anaheim.

Get in shape while having fun–try your hand in trapeze at Swing It Trapeze in Anaheim.

Expand Your Vocabulary

Have a poem inside that want’s out? Need a little more time to finally finish that book? Make the second and fourth Thursday of every month your nights to write. Join the Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop Critique Group where all levels and genres are welcome. Get the support and camaraderie you need to keep putting words on the page.

Women catching up over coffee at Ink and Bean cafe in Anaheim.

Spend more time catching up with friends and investing in your relationships. Meet up at Ink and Bean Cafe.

The new year is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. Just outside the Ink & Bean is the Airstream Library, providing a unique spot for picking up a free paperback. Pop in and find a classic you’ve forgotten about or a new title you’ve never heard of. And if you have some books you’re tired of, donate them for others to enjoy.

Help Your Neighbors

In addition to improving the health of your body and mind, give your soul a healthy diet by volunteering your time. By opening Rockwood Apartments in 2016, Anaheim took a huge leap forward in solving the prevalent homeless problem in Southern California. By offering affordable housing this new complex has given those in need a new lease on life—literally. Help keep the positive momentum moving forward in 2017 by volunteering your time. Jamboree, the home-builder behind the Rockwood complex, is always looking for individuals or businesses to help serve the underserved. You can sign up for a single day of volunteer service or get involved to help your neighborhood on a regular basis. Find out how you can help by visiting the Jamboree volunteer page.