Renegade Santa Run in Irvine CA

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 3:41 PM

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You’ve heard Run, Run Rudolph, but what about run, run Santa? If you’ve been holding out for some fun holiday festivities with physical exertion, you may want to sign up for the Renegade Santa Run. This fun event is sure to bring out a lot of holiday go-ers right before the big day, so we’re here to give you the RUNdown of this fun event!

Renegade Santa Run: When & Where?

Renegade Santa RunThis fun 5K, 10K, and Kids Run will take place prior on Saturday, December 21. The event will be held at Hicks Canyon Elementary School at 3817 Viewpark Avenue in Irvine, CA. Limited parking is available at the school. Additional parking will be available three short blocks away at Arnold O. Beckman High School at 3588 Bryan Avenue. Free buses will shuttle participants and spectators to and from the race site from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

There will be various race starts throughout the morning. Registration and packet pickup will begin at 6 a.m. The 5K and 10K races will start at 8 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., the 5K Award winners will be announced. Don your red, white, and green to participate in the Costume Contest that kicks off at 9:30 a.m. for more chances to win! At 9:45 a.m., the 10K Awards will be presented. The ½-mile Kids Run starts at 10 a.m.

What to Expect at the Renegade Santa Run?

Renegade Santa Run in Irvine CAThis event is expected to draw a huge crowd. You can dress up to participate in the Costume Contest or simply admire all the running Santas. There will also be an appearance by the BEST Santa in Orange County, and you’ll have a chance for a photo op with your family and little ones. And, of course, there will be plenty of commemorative Renegade Santa Run apparel available for purchase!

Running with Purpose

This year’s Renegade Santa Run is partnered with Team Challenge, a physical endurance non-profit that works with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. There will be opportunities to learn more about their mission. You can also sign up for a variety of fundraising physical events to help combat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Sign Up Today!

Are you looking to get out and stretch your legs before the holidays? The Renegade Santa Run in Irvine is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and test your endurance! Sign up today to run with the Santas!

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Do the OC Turkey Trot 5K!

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 8:07 PM

There’s nothing better than enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with your family. There’s the delicious turkey, the flavorful stuffing, the creamy mashed potatoes, and the sweet cranberries. To really prepare yourself for the food coma, why not get your hunger all set during the OC Turkey Trot 5K?

This annual run occurs every Thanksgiving morning, and it’s your chance to push yourself in the race–so you can feel like you’ve earned all the eats and treats!

OC Turkey Trot 5K When & Where

MarthonThere are several fun races and events tied in with the OC Turkey Trot 5K. The event takes place at Irvine Valley College in Lot 5 next to Performing Arts Boulevard. There are different races and events for varying ages and skill levels:

  • 1 Mile Turkey Dash- 7:30 a.m.
  • Turkey Feast Combo- 7:30 a.m.
  • 5K Race-8 a.m. with elite runners in first wave
  • Kids Dash: 9:10 a.m. with age divisions every 10 minutes

If you’ve already registered, you can pick your packet up the day before the race at Road Runner Sports Laguna Beach between noon and 6 p.m. Online registration closes on Monday, November 25th at 10 a.m., but you can do later registration in person during packet pickup.

What to Expect at the OC Turkey Trot 5K

MarathonOn top of friendly competition and a variety of different races on Thanksgiving morning, this event will have some fun for everyone. There will be a mini expo that you can explore with your little ones. There will also be food as well as local vendors showcasing some of their products and services.

There will also be a photo booth where you and your family and friends can take holiday-themed selfies, or you can have your picture taken by staff!

Running for Charity

The proceeds of the OC Turkey Trot 5K will benefit two charities:

Urban Health Alliance/Race 4 the Environment dedicates their work to providing public awareness, education, prevention, and insightful remedies for health as well as assisting in helping the environment. They educate the public about health hazards, such as lead, asbestos, pesticides, air/land/water quality, and more.

To Return is an organization that began in Tanzania in the Kilimanjaro region to help better the lives of porters and mountain guides. The organization provides better climbing equipment and clothing to improve working conditions, and it also offers scholarships for budding climbers and porters.

Head out to the OC Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning to dedicate your time and energy to great causes–and to really get your appetite going for the big feast!

The Best Cars for Surfers

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 4:17 PM

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When it’s time to head to the beach from Irvine, Garden Grove, or San Juan Capistrano to check out some sets, it helps to have a spacious and reliable vehicle to help you cart your board across the Costa Mesa Freeway, Garden Grove Freeway, or along the PCH. But if you’re setting out for your next ride and you’re contemplating the best cars for surfers, you may want to check out the assorted variety at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine.

We’re here to showcase a few models that are some top picks for surfers, based on the cargo space, the accessibility, and even the features!

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is an energetic hatchback that certainly offers a lot inside and out. The vehicle includes a 1.4-liter turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine that boasts 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine also includes direct injection, which pumps fuel directly into the combustion chamber, which reduces fuel waste. This allows the VW Golf SportWagen to get every drop of its EPA-estimated 27/36/31 city/highway/combined MPG.1

The interior offers 94.3 cubic feet of space that’s perfect for five passengers—or a few boards in back. The VW Golf SportWagen includes 30.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, which can expand to 66.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded.

Volkswagen Tiguan

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If you’re looking to get a little higher off the ground and even expand your cargo space, you may want to consider an SUV like the VW Tiguan. This vehicle includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder engine that can produce 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque while achieving an EPA-estimated 22/29/25 city/highway/combined MPG.2

The VW Tiguan can accommodate seven passengers over three rows of seating with 123.9 cubic feet of cabin space. The vehicle includes 33 cubic feet of cargo space in back. However, folding down the last two rows will expand the cargo area to 65.7 cubic feet.

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Both vehicles have been considered the best cars for surfers due to their expansive cargo areas and performances that seamlessly blend power and efficiency. However, there are some helpful VW accessories that you can install to help you get more out of your trips to the beach. There are plenty of roof racks to consider where you can throw your boards up top and head to your favorite spots with your friends. You can even get a tow hitch installed, so you can bring your boards and accessories by trailering them behind your vehicle.

Browse Your Options & Schedule Your Test Drive

Now that you’ve got a bit of a stronger sense of the top surfing cars in the Volkswagen lineup, you’ll be ready to tailor your search for when it’s time to find a new set of wheels. When you’re ready, you can come see us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine to get a closer look at these options. You can even get behind the wheel to see what they can really do on the road!

Schedule your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. We’re happy to help drivers in Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano find the right car and the best VW accessories for their surfing adventures!

 

129 city/37 highway mpg (2019 Golf SportWagen 1.4L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

222 city/29 highway mpg (2019 Tiguan 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Cauldron Ice Cream

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 6:05 PM

National Ice Cream Day

The end of summer is always a bittersweet time, the days are getting shorter, the weathers getting chillier, and school is back in session. One of the best ways to say farewell to these warmer months is by enjoying the season’s sweetest treat, ice cream.

Luckily on September 22nd, you can do just that by celebrating National Ice Cream Cone Day at Cauldron Ice Cream!

About Cauldron Ice Cream

National Ice Cream DayCauldron Ice Cream was founded in 2014 and since then has been serving up homemade all-natural ice cream since 2014. They make small batches using high-quality ingredients and are always experimenting with new flavors.

Innovative Ice Cream Flavors

When you go to an ice cream shop, you know they’re going to have the classics, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry, and sugar cones. While those are always great, they can tend to get boring.

If you’re looking to branch out, then Cauldron is the spot for you. Here you can find flavors like Milk and Cereal, which is milk ice cream coated with frosted corn flakes that will make you feel like you’re a kid watching cartoons on a Saturday morning.

If you’re in the mood for something mild and light, try out the Earl Grey Lavender flavor, which gets topped with a light drizzle of honey, or the H2O Rose. Both have delicate floral essences.

They also have vegan options, like the Strawberry Unicorn, which is Strawberry Limeade topped with confetti sprinkles, or the Pineapple Express, consisting of a sweet and tart Dole Whip.

Home of the OG Puffle Cone

National Ice Cream DayYou’re not going to find your traditional sugar and waffle cones here, instead, you’ll be able to fill up a puffle cone with their delicious ice cream. The puffle cone is their own spin on a popular Hong Kong street snack known as the egg waffle, and it creates a sweet soft base for your hard ice cream.

To learn more about their menu, head on over to their Facebook and Instagram pages!

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You can’t go wrong with any of the available flavors, come on by to celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day at Cauldron Ice Cream this September 22nd!

 

The Best Vehicles for Pets

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 6:35 PM

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If you’re browsing for your next car with your pup in mind, there’s a few models at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine that you’ll want to pay close attention to. At our dealership, we’re proud to accommodate pet lovers in Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano with finding the perfect vehicle so they can hit the road with their dog aboard.

Below you’ll find our recommendations that we consider the best vehicles for pets!

Volkswagen Atlas

The VW Atlas is a spacious SUV that can really provide a lot of comfort for your passengers—even the furry ones! This powerful SUV can certainly get you to the dog park on time with its 235 horsepower-capable 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled inline 4-cylinder engine under the hood. This engine includes the 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode.

This spacious SUV offers three rows of seating with 153.7 cubic feet of space reserved for the passengers. Of course, if you’re looking to make your dog as comfortable as possible, the cargo area expands to 96.8 cubic feet, giving them plenty of room to relax and perform about 15 spins before finally finding their comfort zone.

The Dual-climate control can accommodate passengers and pups with varying temperature preferences. This system also includes vents in all three rows, so if your dog is riding in back, they’ll certainly feel the comfortable cool air blowing. You can even browse VW Genuine accessories for some pop-in window shades so your furry friend stays cool during longer highway treks!

Volkswagen Tiguan

The VW Tiguan is one of the best vehicles for pets due to its space and comfort, and for its adventurous nature.  This SUV is a bit lower to the ground, making it easier for your pup to get in and out without having to jump too high. The 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled inline 4-cylinder can boast 184 horsepower, making it a peppy performer and allowing you to get to your important destinations efficiently!

The Volkswagen Tiguan interior also seats seven, with 123.9 cubic feet of space offered. You can even fold down the last two rows to make more room for your pup, with 65.7 cubic feet available. You may even want to consider getting the MuddyBuddy® Trunk Liner to not only ensure that your cargo area remains clean after a long day at the park, but it can even improve the traction for your dog!

Find the Best Vehicle for Your Pet Today!

At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we’re happy to help drivers with specific needs in mind, especially when it comes to their four-legged passengers. If you’re interested in learning more about these VW SUVs and all that they offer to you and your pup, you can always drop by and take a closer look at what they include. Getting behind the wheel and taking either SUV out for a spin can really help you get a sense of how you and your pet can rely on it!

Schedule a test drive with us! We’re proud to help drivers and pet owners throughout Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano for when they’re ready to find their next car.

 

Best Wedding Bakeries in Orange County CA

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 4:19 PM

The cutting of the cake – it’s one of a wedding reception’s most importance moments, right along with the best man and maid of honor speeches, the first dance, and that inappropriate joke from that distant uncle who barely got an invite. Okay, we’re just kidding about that last point…

Check out these wedding bakers around Orange County. They’re some of the best in California, and they’ll make sure that you slice into an absolutely stunning creation on your special day. Congrats!

Layer Cake Bakery

When you sign up for a wedding cake with Layer Cake Bakery, you’re signing up for an entire process that’s centered around perfection:

  • Free regular cake tasting session
  • Free design consultation and quote
  • Gluten-free or eggless cakes available
  • Individualized attention from co-owner Liz

With so many cakes under their belt, it’s no wonder that their Instagram is full of hundreds of photos of edible works of art. Get some inspiration there, and then call them to start designing your masterpiece.

Penelope’s Perfections

At Penelope’s Perfections, they specialize in a certain type of cake – Buttercream Cakes. Made with butter (and Belgian chocolates and Dutch cocoa, for the chocolate cakes), these are some of the best-looking and best-tasting cakes imaginable. Why? Because butter is the secret ingredient for taste and stability.

If you want to peruse a list of dozens of popular flavors, they’ve got it on their website; if you want to a read a bunch of taster reviews, their Facebook page is your best bet.

Simply Sweet Cakery

In terms of flavors, Simply Sweet Cakery really does have it all. Check out some of these varieties:

  • Strawberry Cream
  • Sweet Marble
  • Sugar & Spice
  • Red Velvet
  • Confetti

And that’s not even mentioning some of the more interesting options, such as Peanut Buttery & Jelly or Cookies & Cream. They’re constantly posting new flavors and designs to Twitter, so you’ll want to follow them on there if you’re in the process of planning your wedding.

Check out the rest of our blog to discover other cool California businesses!

Once you’re actually married, you’re going to have a lifetime of Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons to spend with your loved one. Make ‘em count by learning about everything there is to do around Cali on our blog – from gluten-free restaurants and spin classes to spas and happy hours and far beyond.

Best Healthy Breakfast Orange County CA

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 5:05 PM

 

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day off right with a healthy and delicious meal at one of these spots!

Blue Bowl Superfood

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Thanks to Blue Bowl Superfood, you can grab a quick breakfast when you’re on the go while still making sure you are eating a nutritious meal.

Here you can create your own bowl using a variety of ingredients based on your individual tastes. Start with one of their bases like their Acai that is harvested directly from the Brazilian Amazon, the Pitaya for a great source of fiber and magnesium, or the steel-cut oats, which can help reduce cholesterol levels.

You can then top your bowl with a variety of other options like fruit, nut butters, cacao nibs, seeds, and more. Each ingredient they offer comes with its own set of health benefits and flavorful taste!

Green Tomato Grill

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The food at Green Tomato Grill is made from scratch each day using the finest ingredients to give you a delicious and healthy meal! They locally source their meat and marinate it themselves; their vegetables are cut fresh each day.

Even their sauces are made from scratch using natural ingredients. All this adds to the great-tasting food they provide for you that is healthy and served fast.

Their menu features a variety of dishes from their Breakfast Tacos to Organic Oatmeal. A favorite is also their Protein Scramble, which comes with an egg white, turkey sausage, and a variety of vegetables.

Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice

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Another place to stop by for a fast breakfast is Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice. Their organic, plant-based, and gluten-free food is the perfect way to begin your day with the natural energy your body needs!

Grab their Vibe Classic avocado toast that comes with smashed avocado, cherry tomato, and coconut bacon all topped on gluten-free toast and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. You can also order their Strawberry Chia Parfait or Breakfast Bowl that features their signature cauliflower scramble.

You can wash your meal down with a smoothie like their Breakfast Buzz, which has cold-brew coffee mixed with almond butter, banana, cinnamon, maca, and more.

Grab a Natural and Tasty Breakfast this Morning!

Enjoy the best healthy breakfast near Orange County, CA, at one of these restaurants!

The Best Local Restaurants to Visit After the Coastal Country Jam

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 5:14 PM

If you live in the Orange County area, you’re probably getting really excited for the upcoming Coastal Country Jam, with artists like Tim McGraw and Jake Owen performing. But after a long day in the sun enjoying some classic country tunes, you’re bound to work up an appetite. While there’s food available at the festival, you may need some more nourishment.

We’re here to give you a list of the best local restaurants to visit after the Coastal Country Jam!

Pacific Hideaway

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If you want some fresh and tasty food, but you can decide on the style of cuisine, you may want to head to Pacific Hideaway. This restaurant focuses primarily on seafood, but with an Asian and Latin flair. Start off with some Tuna Poke or Shrimp Ceviche to set your palette while browsing the bigger entrée options to finish off your evening. There are plenty of taco and salad options to choose from, but if you’re looking for a big finish, you may want to try the Baja Striped Bass, Smoked Duck Breast, or even the Whole Crispy Fish. There’s no better way to complete your big day than enjoying a Matcha Cake or Pavlova!

Seasalt Woodfire Grill

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Are you in the mood for rustic dishes with locally sourced ingredients? Seasalt Woodfire Grill may be worth checking out after the festival. They’ve got plenty of land and sea options to choose from, as well as different styles of salt to utilize to craft the perfectly seasoned dish. Go big with the 40 oz Tomahawk Ribeye, Jumbo Tiger Prawns, or the Smoked Santa Maria Tri-Tip Linguisa with plenty of farm sides to choose from. Pair your meal with Maple Glazed Carrots, Grilled Broccolini with Lemon Thyme Salt, or the Smoked Pork Belly Mac and Cheese!

Watertable

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Watertable offers sophisticated menu items that will take your taste buds to new heights! Get started with some Roasted Winter Squash Soup or Beef Carpaccio before delving into the entrees. You’ve got options like the Chilean Seabass, House Butchered Filet, or the 8oz Rock Lobster Tail with plenty of house-made sauces to complement the dish. Complete the Watertable experience with dessert. You’ve got your choice of Fried Custard, White Wine Poached Apples, or even the Honey Whiskey Cake, among many offer delicious choices.

After your long day at the Coastal Country Jam in Orange County, you’ll work up an appetite that a drive-thru can’t accommodate. Instead, try any of these great local restaurants to amplify the experience!

Feel That Sweet Burn at the Best Spin Classes near Irvine, CA

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Living the spinning life is a rewarding life to live. Imagine hopping on top of that stationary bike and feeling like you can conquer the world, all while building muscle, burning calories, and having a great time. Yes, it’s work, but it pays off. Even after your first ride, you’ll notice a difference, even if it’s an elevated mood.

Whether you’re new to this form of working out or have been a spin champ for some time, we have found some of the best spin classes near Irvine that you need to try. Keep reading below to learn more!

Freedom Ride

Best Spin Classes near Irvine, CA

With booming music and a workout light show, you can take your spinning to the next level with Freedom Ride. No rider is left behind here as they accept all fitness levels into their fun and beneficial classes.

They focus on fitness and offer their first class for free. Make sure to sit in the back row, so you can see the advanced riders, giving a glance at what you will soon become.

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Neaumi Fit

Best Spin Classes near Irvine, CAAt Neaumi Fit, they believe adding cycling to your workout regime adds a cardio edge perfect for weight loss and management, as well as a more toned look. They offer an array of plans available, allowing you to pick when you want to work out and what price you’d like to pay.

While spinning, you will have rockin’ background tunes to motivate you and hand weights to increase upper body strength. All are welcome!

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UnionRYDE

Best Spin Classes near Irvine, CAUnionRYDE invites all spinning newbies to become a roughRYDER with their cycling classes. They have one rule here – ride hard and have fun. Their high energy classes will push your limits from warm up to cool down, so you can meet your goals.

All levels are spinners can find a place here and their “we do this together” mentality allows everyone to feel welcome. Find your favorite class and get started today!

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Become a Spinning Warrior

Now that you know the best spin classes near Irvine, you can begin a new workout routine and meet your goals like never before. Remember to bring your water bottle!

 

Treat Yourself with the Best Spas in Irvine, CA

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 2:35 PM

The Best Spas in Irvine, CA

You live a busy life and work hard day in and day out. Whether you’re a busy office bee, a weekend warrior, or stay-at-home parent, your commitment deserves to be rewarded with the royal treatment.  So, why not indulge with a relaxing spa day?

To help you get started, we have found the best spas in Irvine that are ideal for practicing luxurious self-care. It’s time to turn off your phone and settle in to receive the pampering of your life.

Greenery Beauty

Spas in Irvine, CAIf you’re looking to rejuvenate with top-of-the-line facials, turn to Greenery Beauty. This salon and spa specializes in transforming your skin with top-of-the-line facials and treatments that are sure to make you look great and feel even better.

Their facial menus are filled with varying services, allowing you to pick something that will work the best with your skin. From de-stressing and revitalizing to microdermabrasion and chemical peels, it’s all right there. They can even lift your eyelashes to make them healthy and full of life.

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Lemon & Honey

Best Spas in IrvineLemon and Honey is a day spa and retreat that fuses together ancient skin-care wisdom with modern-day amenities.  Their team of professional estheticians can help reveal and elevate your skin’s natural beauty with just one visit!

Stop in and schedule treatments like uplifting facials, seamless waxing, or spray tanning that will have you looking smooth, soft, and glowing. You can also begin with an advanced consultation to find what is right for you, taking the guess-work out of your tranquil spa day.

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Majestic Spa

For ultimate relaxation through massage, Majestic Spa is the place to be. Through a number of popular treatments, they will help ease aching and sore muscles, as well as rejuvenate both your body and your mind.

Their massages include neck and shoulder and Swedish, but they also offer reflexology and acupuncture to improve your circulation and immune system. You can also opt for the Majestic Signature Package, which comes with a combination of full-body massage and reflexology for the best of both worlds.

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Take a You Day!

Whether you’re looking for a facial, massage, waxing, or more, with the best spas in Irvine, you’re all set to unwind with a soothing spa day. Now, what are waiting for? Get to relaxing!