Month: August 2019

CtrCity Locals, What’s on Your End-of-Summer Playlist?

Nothing says summer like a summer jam. So when the barbecue parties start to wind down, and the kids start holding up their back-to-school signs, you know it’s time to retire the summer tunes—But that doesn’t mean the playlist has to end.

We spoke with people in and around CtrCity Anaheim to find out what’s on their end-of-summer playlist: whether new or old classic rock or emerging rap, the musical tastes we found in CtrCity are just as diverse as you would expect.

Jacob and Lorisse, Mini Monster Packing House

“Jacob got me into Styx, we saw them at the OC Fair. I also like 21 Pilots and Panic at the Disco!”

Emily, The Iron Press

“We’re all about Taylor Swift on Spotify right now. Personally, I’m into early 2000s power punk pop like The Ataris, Yellowcard and Taking Back Sunday. “

Jaime and Pedro, Security, Packing House

“I’m from Spain originally and am listening to the Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz.” —Jaime

“I like the cumbia group ‘Los Angeles Azules’ especially one of their newer singles ‘Nunca es Suficiente’ featuring Natalia Lafourcade.” –Pedro

Matt, The Statesman Grooming

“There are several of us who work here and everyone chooses what they play. I’m really into post-hardcore and indie. Right now, I’m listening to an L.A. band called Touchė Amorė. One of their albums To the Beat of a Dead Horse just hit its tenth anniversary. They’ve rerecorded it and I’ve been listening to that on Spotify.”

Maryan and Freud the French Bulldog, Pour Vida

I’m listening to ‘On Chill’ by Wale it’s his newest single. And Jacquess. I’m more like R&B and Hip-Hop for sure. I definitely like ‘90s hip-hop too.”

Brock and Jaime, LAG (Libations and Gaming)

“We’ll do ‘80s retro music in the bar, like synth-wave and we also have 8-bit where it will be older and newer pop but with classic video games beats and sounds.”

“At home I’m listening to a lot of Freddie Gibbs, the album that came out recently, Pinata. Pitchfork gave it an 8.4” -Brock

“I listen to Frank Ocean. The whole discography for me is good.”-Jaime

Need even more inspiration for your personal soundtrack? Visit for a list of the live entertainment happening in CtrCity Anaheim!

Mini Monster

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Iron Press

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

The Statesman Grooming

165 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

Anaheim Packing House

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Pour Vida Latin Flavor

185 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

The LAG Bar

211 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

Cheese It Up: Plate Like an Expert with Chef Andrea Machuca-Kirkland

Who doesn’t love cheese? Most of us at least love the gooey cheeses of childhood; whether melted in between slices of bread or peeled away from portable sticks. However, growing up your cheese game can be a little intimidating. There are as many cheese varieties and styles as there are the delicious beer and wine that complements them. So where to start?

Luckily, BXCR’s resident chef Andrea Machuca-Kirkland has you covered. Chef Andrea knows her stuff, The down-to-earth evangelist of a good brie (and all other types of food) has been dreaming up ways to introduce Anaheim to the finer points of cheese for awhile now.

“During our last plating presentation, we had a few new faces come and show up,” she says… “They grabbed their cheese board, and at first they felt a little intimidated, like ‘Oh my gosh, she’s creating this thing step-by-step how am I going to do that? You totally can!’ Take your favorite cheeses and just play around like you’re a kid, like playing Tetris,’ “Once they have that look on their faces like they’ve created their first board, that smile…that’s my favorite thing”

Chef Andrea hopes to create more cheese “aha” moments with her next event for BXCR on August 20th. At this end-of-summer Plating and Presentation Cheese class, guests will learn how to plate like a professional cheesemonger, walking away having created their very first cheeseboard and “ready to impress guests” at their end-of-summer soiree.

The three kinds of cheese featured at the event will be from Vermont Creamery and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. During the class, you will sip wine and champagne while Chef Andrea guides you on how to use edible flowers, homemade jams, and spiced nuts to create your unique cheese presentation.

Tickets to the event are $45 and include one 4 oz wheel of Vermont Creamery’s Bijou, two slices of cheese from Point Reyes, your very own handcrafted cheeseboard to take home, and one glass of red wine, white wine or bubbly. Need a little more practice? You can purchase additional cheese, wrapped to go on the spot and dependent on availability at the event.

Reserve your spot now as seats are limited!

For tickets:

Plating & Presentation Cheese Class by BXCR Underground Wine Society

Cooks Chapel
440 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805