Archive for July, 2008

OC Super Adoption Event

2nd Annual OC Super Adoption EventIf you’ve been thinking about joining the ranks of pet owners, or adding to your current furry brood, stop by The Second Annual Orange County Super Adoption Event this Sunday, July 27 at the Irvine Animal Care Center, between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. According to the flier, more than 40 rescue groups will bring about 700 adoptable dogs, cats, and rabbits.

There will also be a food court, a variety of local vendors, vets and specialists, silent auction, raffle, and a bouncy house for the kids (playful adults enter at your own risk).

Old Towne Eats

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The Filling Station Cafe is a quaint little place located at the intersection of Glassell and Maple. They serve great no-frills breakfast, yummy lunches and (from what I hear) amazing pies.

I’m sad to report I’ve only eaten there 3 times. Twice for breakfast and once for lunch. When I was there for breakfast, we sat inside at one of the booths in the front. The cafe has lots of old metal gas station signs and the like. The kitchen is right behind the bar for all to see. That is actually one of my favorite parts about the place. I like sitting there watching all the different food get cooked and smelling the variety of food be prepared. Admittedly, it’s not the cleanest looking kitchen I’ve ever seen, but things like that don’t bother me all that much. It looks like a kitchen that is well used and abused. They also have a great outdoor patio with pretty plants surrounding the area. It’s nice when the weather is nice, however, I found the traffic noise (especially the buses from the train station) to be a bit too much for me.
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Where in OC – and the answer is…

Knott’s California Marketplace!

The photo was taken in the greenhouse that seperates the restrooms from the fudge shop in the stores located outside of Knott’s Berry Farm.

50 points to the reader who guessed Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant – you were very close.

In semi-unrelated news, this post was supposed to dovetail into a full Knott’s post with more details about the photo and Knott’s in general.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that my ‘puter died and was recently cryogenically frozen. So, the Knott’s post will have to wait till the nice folks at Apple Computer fix the goddamn thing.

(PS – This post is from my Palm, so please forgive any typos and whatnot)

Please, Please, Pretty Please with Sugar on Top?

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The best show ever set in Orange County is trying to make a comeback!

Well, on the big screen, anyway. 

 Yes, that brilliant show that I and a couple dozen other people loved so much hasn’t yet been greenlit, but one can hope!

Words cannot describe how much I adored this show. If all twenty five of us can pledge to see the movie at least 20 times, maybe this would help assure the studios that the movie will indeed make enough money to justify the production.

But hey, they cancelled the show despite the critical acclaim and rabid (if admittedly small) fanbase, so maybe I shouldn’t get too excited.  I’m going to pop in my Season 2 DVD of season for some solace.  You can go to Hulu and watch some episodes and clips for free.

Orange County Fair- With Kids

We attended the Orange County Fair on Thursday, and thank goodness the weather decided to cooperate.  It was sunny, but still pretty cool and a nice breeze, even at 1pm.

My experience is colored by the fact that I have a five year old.  Thus, “big people” rides, the wine tasting area and the artisan village tend to be things that I don’t get to frequent.

But, if you have a kid, try to go there on a day that has one dollar rides.  Trust me, it will save you a heck of a lot of money.   You have to purchase the tickets (and I say that loosely because they use pre-loaded cards) by 5pm and ride by 7pm. Still, it’s a great deal and a better money saver than the free kid’s admission.  You don’t want to go on kid free admission day anyway, unless you want your kids to stand in line behind large hordes of day campers.  I’ve got nothing against day campers, except when the descend upon a ride ten at a time.  Then, it’s kind of a bummer when you get stuck behind them.

They are charging a ridiculous amount of money for the games (again, using the pre-loaded cards) and I would try to avoid them.  The only one that is worth it is the “fishing” game where you are guaranteed a stuffed animal no matter what.

Definitely try to see the animals at the Centennial Farm area.  Yes, you can often pet some of the show livestock and there is a petting zoo, but nowhere else are there cute, cuddly baby chicks and piglets to pet.  And, there are ample sinks in which to wash afterwards, unlike the show livestock area.

They again had the great idea to have the kid fun zone inside a nice, cool tent.  Seriously, whoever thought of that needs a raise.  Last year was the first year they implemented it, and it is a lifesaver for both the kids and the adults.

All in all, a fun time was had.  We always do, and there was nary a scary clown to be seen.

Starbucks stores to close in the OC

With the announcement that Starbucks is closing stores, the list has finally been released.In Orange County the following stores are slated to close (according to the Huffington Post):

  •  Anaheim: 
  • 10184 KATELLA & 57 FWY 2420 E KATELLA AVE ANAHEIM CA
  •   Brea: 14001 IMPERIAL & LAUREL 703 E IMPERIAL HWY BREA CA
  • 14002 BREA UNION PLAZA 2435 E IMPERIAL HWY BREA CA 
  •  Tustin: 9632 NEWPORT & EL CAMINO REAL 14001 NEWPORT AVE TUSTIN CA
  • 14025 NEWPORT & MAIN 13681 NEWPORT AVE TUSTIN CA 
  •  Laguna Beach:13745 PCH & BOAT CANYON 636 N PACIFIC COAST HWY LAGUNA BEACH CA  
  • Lake Forest: 14013 LAKE FOREST & MUIRLANDS 22621 LAKE FOREST DR LAKE FOREST CA
  • Misson Viejo:6791 MARGUERITE & COLLEGE DR 28171 MARGUERITE PKWY MISSION VIEJO CA
  • 14017 TRABUCO HILLS 27775 SANTA MARGARITA PKWY MISSION VIEJO CA 
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    A quarter cup?

    One of the things I look forward to every year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I know it sounds weird, but I do. Is it for the great deals on shoes or jeans? No. It is for the $0.25 cup of coffee. Every year since 1999 when they raised the price from a quarter, during their Anniversary sale they would revert back to the quarter price.

    I arrived at the Nordstrom eBar (espresso bar) at The Irvine Spectrum Center before work with a quarter in hand. I ordered my coffee, dropped the coin on the counter and said “The Anniversary sale coffee makes the crowds here worth it!” Much to my dismay, I was informed by Matt and Jason, my regular morning baristas, that the sale price was no longer part of the Anniversary sale. I was not the only one that remembered this part of the sale, they graciously informed me. The only thing I could see related to the sale at the eBar now is an offering is to add an additional $5 when a $25 Nordstom gift card is purchased.

    I understand business and costs, but the drip coffee is not that expensive and it was a nice little perk. (get it , coffee…perk…nevermind)

    I am not sure if this is just regional or company wide, but either way, I was disappointed. Regardless, Irvine Spectrum Center eBar still provides friendly service (thanks Matt and Jason) and good coffee, just not $0.25 Anniversary coffee.

    My question to the readers is this: Are there any local traditions/ perks that seem to have gone by the wayside due to costs or corporate decisions?

    Eating Cheap At The Mouse

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    Photo used courtessy of www.themeetingmagazines.com

    Due to a number of circumstances, the wife and I have been doing our best to cut back on spending money. Saturday we went with some friends to Disneyland, and had to find some affordable food. Though it may seem an oxymoron, there are ways to have affordable food at Disneyland.

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    Where in Orange County?

    So, where in Orange County was this photo taken? You can find things of beauty in unlikely places. Leave your best guess in the comments. 100 points if you get the answer right.

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    The official answer will be given next Tuesday (07/22) in a follow-up post. I promise I won’t make this a regular feature, because it could get very annoying very fast.

    Opening Night

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    Me being a goob waiting in line to see Batman, The Dark Night

    Before I start my article, I have to tell you to see the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight.” It is AHHH-mazing! Go see it now. NOW!
    Thank you.

    There is something so special about attending the midnight showing of a large scale film. Almost everyone at the theater is a big fan of whatever the franchise is, and anyone who is not a fan is there for the electricity that the opening night crowd has to offer. Having grown up in L.A., my friends and I would always go to the midnight showings with the throngs of other fans and get swept up in the excitement. It’s so nice to see that happens down here in Orange County too. Since I’ve moved here, I’ve done this for all 3 “Pirates” movies, a few Harry Potters, the last LOTR and now Batman. I really appreciate the respect the crowds show during the film.
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