Best Hot Dogs near Lake Forest

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 5:45 PM

When you’re on the hunt for a dog, nothing can stop you. No, we’re not talking about a Rottweiler, a Shih Tzu, or a Doberman. We’re also not talking about Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, or Phife Dawg. We’re talking about a hot dog. Here’s your guide to the best joints for this American classic in Lake Forest.

Burntzilla – Modern Eats

When you sit down to eat at Burntzilla, you’ll find a menu that’s loaded with $3.00 Zillas. These are mini gourmet hot dogs on King’s Hawaiian rolls. Here’s a closer look at the various options. Try not to salivate…

  • Dogzilla: all beef mini frank, avocado, grilled onions, teriyaki, Japanese mayo, furikake, bacon
  • Yaki: mini spicy Cajun pork link, yakisoba noodles, okonomi sauce, aonori, and red ginger
  • Street Dog: bacon-wrapped mini spicy link, jalapeño crema, pico de gallo, and avocado
  • Bratzilla: smoked brat link, Riesling-braised cabbage, honey mustard aioli, chive
  • Spicy Chili Dog: mini spicy pork link, spicy house chili, sour cream, and pickled jalapeños, too

The Greasy Wiener – Handcrafted Hot Dogs, Sausages & Burgers

The Greasy Wiener is the ultimate food truck for any occasion in Lake Forest. Imagine the possibilities!

  • Catering: corporate lunches, important meetings, late-night gatherings, weddings, studios, etc.
  • Special events: carnivals, art festivals, concerts, movie nights, munchies fests, and much more
  • Fundraising: A significant percentage of their sales will go back to you, for your charity of choice.

Get in touch with them today, either on the phone or on their site, if you’d like to schedule your event ASAP!

Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs – Dogs, Sausages, Burgers & More

You can enjoy Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs at two locations: 1701 Corporate Drive, Suite C8 in Ladera Ranch or 1510 ‘B’ Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa. Both are quite close to Lake Forest (about a 20-minute drive).

Best of all, they’re each open daily from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, so you can practically always get your fix.

Oh, yeah, let’s not forget about that one vegetarian friend. You know, the one with the restaurant veto. Jerry’s fires up some bangin’ veggie dogs, so they don’t need to feel left out with their derisory PB&J sandwich!

Check Out Other Cool Restaurants Around Lake Forest CA Today!

Once you’ve had your fill of hot dogs, it’s time to move on to something else. Perhaps sushi? Steak? Or even a smoothie? Regardless of what you want, you can find it in Lake Forest. Browse our blog for ideas.


Best Deep-Sea Fishing near Huntington Beach

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 5:42 PM

The word is out: Huntington Beach has some of the best deep-sea fishing in all of California! If you’re interested in going out on the water soon, then check out this official guide. We hope you enjoy!

Davey’s Locker – 400 Main Street, Newport Beach

From whale watching adventures to deep-sea fishing trips, Davey’s Locker offers it all! You can even go overnight deep-sea fishing during one of their open-party overnight trips on the Thunderbird vessel.

Here are a few of their most popular deep-sea fishing locations close to Newport Beach, CA…

  • Newport Harbor Entrance: sand bass, sheepshead, halibut, etc., from 60 feet to 360 feet.
  • Newport Artificial Reef: 10,000 tons of concrete over eight acres makes for a thriving eco system.
  • Corona del Mar State Beach: white sea bass, calico bass, sheepshead, and many other species.
  • Newport Beach Pipe (Santa Ana River Mouth): calico bass, sand bass, sheepshead, sculpin, halibut, white sea bass, yellowtail, and more, from 30 feet of water to 150 feet of waterBeach

Best of all, it’s completely affordable. Adult tickets start around the $40 range! Register right away.

Epic Pacific Charters – 414 California Street, Huntington Beach

Regardless of how long you want to go out, you can do it with Epic Pacific Charters – ½ day, ¾ day, full day, and even overnight trips. There truly isn’t a better way to experience the Pacific Ocean, as they range from Southern California all the way down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. What an opportunity!

However, like many of these companies, they allow you to do a lot more than just deep-sea fishing! If you want to scuba dive, you can. If you want to snorkel with tropical fish, that’s not a problem. If you want to swim side by side with whale sharks…well, you know where to go! Make it freaking epic, ok?

Salty Tales Fishing – 2901 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach

The guys at Salty Tales Fishing provide a lot more than mere deep-sea fishing experiences. You can also explore local islands, go hoop netting, surfing, and much more. Perhaps that’s why they were featured on CBS. Oh yeah, and it all happens aboard a 28-foot Boston Whaler with twin 250-horsepower Suzuki outboards.

They can customize practically any trip you want to take. Lobster? Done. Tuna? Done. Other fish? Done. Whatever you want to do, captain/owner Scott Hunt will make it happen. After all, he learned everything that he knows in the commercial fishing industry, so you can rest assured that he’s an expert.

Discover Other Cool Activities & Events Around Huntington Beach!

If you get out on the water and nothing’s biting, you’re going to want to find another way to spend your afternoon. Check out our blog today to learn about other things to do around Huntington Beach!


Best Cold Brew for the Summer near Irvine

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Now that summer is here (summer in California, nonetheless), you probably don’t want to wake up and sip on a steaming hot beverage before work each morning. However, there’s still no way in hell that you’d give up your coffee altogether. After all, caffeine is an addiction, and a difficult one to kick, too.

That’s why we created this guide to the best cold brew for the summer near Irvine, CA. Please, enjoy it!

Common Room Roasters – Raised in Melbourne, Roasted in California

They started in Australia, and now they’re on the West Coast. What did the folks at Common Room Roasters bring over from the Land Down Under? Well, to start, they brought a variety of both single origin and blended coffees from across the globe. They also brought a tradition of customer service.

Kéan Coffee™ – Artisan Roasters

Martin Diedrich’s family has been cultivating and roasting coffee since 1916. Today, he gives you Kéan Coffee™, a concept coffeehouse that’s designed to bring you exotic blends in a creative environment. In addition to a killer cold brew, you can enjoy a selection of loose-leaf iced teas from Tao of Tea (Oregon).

Kona Loa Coffee – The Smallest Hawaii on Earth

Hawaii is known throughout the world for its unique 100% Kona Coffee. Now, you don’t need to travel to The Aloha State to taste it. Instead, you can just stop by Kona Loa Coffee to try their 24-hour cold brew.

Learn About Other Cool Spots Around Irvine CA Today!

Regardless of whether you want to sip on coffee, wine, beer, juice, or any other beverage, there’s a cool place to do it in Irvine! We encourage you to browse the rest of our blog today to discover other spots.


4th Annual Freedom Bowl Fundraiser

By keishajames | Posted in Events on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Ah, the Freedom Bowl Fundraiser in Irvine, CA! It’s in its fourth year running, and it just keeps getting better and better. Even the name sounds patriotic: Freedom Bowl. It certainly has a ring to it!

4th Annual Freedom Bowl Fundraiser – What?

It’s your opportunity to help raise money to support homeless vets, that’s what it is! And, you can have tons of fun doing it. That’s because this year’s event is a competitive bowling tournament, open to all.

Some of this year’s top sponsors include Irvine-Tustin Broker Preview, Pacific West Association of Realtors, and Eagle Home Mortgage. All the proceeds go to support Veterans Legal Institute and The Homeless Veteran Stand Up. These are two great organizations!

4th Annual Freedom Bowl Fundraiser – Where?

The activity takes place at Irvine Lanes, 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. What a venue!

4th Annual Freedom Bowl Fundraiser – When?

June 28, 2017, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Save the date! Registration begins at 1:00 PM, and bowling starts at 1:30 PM.

4th Annual Freedom Bowl Fundraiser – How?

If you’d like to sign up, you can fill out a simple online form today. The cost for a 5-member team is $150, and the cost for an individual sign-up is $40. If you have any additional questions, just reach out.

Learn About More Local Events & Activities Around Irvine CA!

We understand that the people in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach, and the surrounding California areas love to get involved in their communities. That’s why we offer tons of information about local events and activities near you. We encourage you to read our other articles.

Best Record Store for Father’s Day near Irvine

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 5:29 PM

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if there’s one thing that most dads love, it’s their favorite music on classic vinyl. That’s why we wrote this guide to the best record stores around Irvine.

However, to be honest, these record shops transcend the local Irvine area. They’re some of the best record stores in California, some of the best record stores in America, and some of the best in the world.

Analog Record Shop

Record Shop – Turntables – Stereo Equipment – Buy – Sell

At the Analog Record Shop, they have an extensive inventory of exciting vinyl discs. With new releases like LA Divine by the Cold War Kids and Prisoner by Ryan Adams, plus new arrivals like Starboy by The Weeknd and ÷ (Divide) by Ed Sheeran, they’ve really got something for everybody.

From indie rock, pop, and jazz to blues, hip hop, and electronic, this is the place to go.

Black Vinyl Park

Orange County’s Newest Old Record Store

They have three main genres at Black Vinyl Park: rock, jazz, and classical. In our opinion, these are the only three genres that matter.

Whether you’re looking for Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s Bird and Diz, or Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, you can find it here.

Port of Sound Record Shoppe

One of the Largest Collections of Vinyl Records in the World

With free shipping in the USA on all orders over $50, the folks at Port of Sound Record Shoppe seem to expect you to buy a lot. We suppose that’s a reasonable expectation, as they do carry thousands upon thousands of affordably priced records, after all!

We encourage you to read the rest of our blog today to learn about more exciting local businesses.

Best Water Parks near Anaheim CA

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: It’s time to pack up a few drinks in the cooler, put on your sunscreen, and hit the water park! To help you decide exactly where you want to go, we’ve created this guide to the best water parks near Anaheim, CA. However, it’s much more than that.

These are also some of the best water parks in California, they’re some of the best water parks in the United States, and, honestly, they’re some of the best water parks in the world. Now, let’s get down to the fun.

The Cove Waterpark

With attractions like the Ne’er Endin’ River, Crow’s Nest Slides, Riptide Reef FlowRider®, and Lil’ Mates’ Lagoon, plus educational programs like swimming lessons, aqua fitness classes, and lifeguard training, they’ve got it all at The Cove Waterpark.

Best of all, if you’re looking for some summer fun and a summer job, they’re now hiring lifeguards, admission attendants, camp counselors, and concession attendants.

Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf Lodge also has tons of wet ‘n wild rides. From Fort Mackenzie, Mountain Edge Raceway, and Raccoon Lagoon to Slap Tail Pond, Crooked Creek, and Big Foot Pass, there’s an adventure waiting for every single member of the family.

And that’s not even mentioning the available cabana rentals, for when you just need a breather…

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark

Shore Break. The Wedge. Banzai Falls. Gremmie Lagoon. Laguna Storm Watch Tower. Malibu Run. Old Man Falls. Sunset River. Tidal Wave Bay. You know the names, and you know the place.

It’s Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, where summer comes to life, day in and day out.

We hope that you read the rest of our blog today to discover other awesome things to do in Anaheim.

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 6:06 PM

What’s worse than driving around Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach with squeaking brakes? At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we’d say there’s nothing worse. That’s why we wrote this article: We want to help you get to the root of the issue.

Have you ever wondered, “Why are my brakes squeaking?” Keep reading to discover the answer!

What’s Causing Those Gosh-Darned Squeaking Brakes?

Here’s an overview of four common reasons that your automobile’s brakes might be squeaking when driving. Three of the reasons deal with disc brakes, and one of the reasons has to do with drum brakes. Read on!

1. Moisture: The brakes are squeaking because the vehicle sat out overnight. This only applies to disc brakes. If you don’t store your car in either a garage or some other climate-controlled environment, moisture will collect on the brake rotors. This is due to factors like rain, dew, humidity, and condensation. This moisture will cause rust, which the pads will scrape off the rotors as the brake turns. This rust will get caught in the brake pad, making it squeak and squeak and squeak.

2. Thin pads: The brakes are squeaking because of thinning pads. This only applies to disc brakes. When the brake pads start to wear out and get thin, their wear indicators will start to poke through. These are small steel tabs that the manufacturer installs under the brake pads. It’s a friendly (and squeaky!) way of reminding you that you need to get your brake pads replaced ASAP.

3. Metallic pads: The brakes are squeaking because of high metal content in the pads. This only applies to disc brakes. It only applies to disc brakes that are made with cheap brake pads, as they usually have a high metal content. To avoid this issue, you should only use top-quality brake pads that are produced with organic materials, such as resin, rubber, Kevlar®, fiber, etc.

4. Unlubricated brakes: The brakes are squeaking because they need to be lubricated. This only applies to drum brakes. In this case, the shoe-to-backing-plate contact points are dry, and they’re starting to rust. Like the situation outlined in the first bullet point, this will cause a rhythmic squeak every time the wheel goes ‘round. Use a high-temperature anti-seize lube to fix it.

Is It Dangerous if Your Brakes Are Squeaking?

No, it’s not really dangerous. But it’s incredibly annoying. You don’t have to live with this awful noise.

How to Fix Squeaking Brakes

Although you might be capable of fixing those squeaky brakes on your own, we recommend that you bring your vehicle to a professional. The team of expert automotive technicians at our world-renowned Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine Service Center can help! They can fix just about anything.

Stop Squeaking Brakes at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine

To stop squeaking brakes on your car, simply call us, chat with us online, fill out a form, or stop by our service center to schedule brake service today.

When Is the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Release Date?

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Whenever an automaker is getting ready to release a new vehicle onto the market, people start to get hyped up, especially when that automaker is Volkswagen, one of the largest manufacturers in the entire world. Drivers are asking a lot of key questions: “What can I expect from the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan?” “What will be different from the 2017 VW Tiguan?” “When is the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan release date?”

That’s why our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine wrote this article. We want to answer these important questions, and more, for our customers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach, and the surrounding California communities.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like even more information!



2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Release Date

We’ll start with the good news. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan release date is just around the corner! Volkswagen has announced that they’re releasing this hot compact SUV in early-to-mid 2017. So, you don’t have to wait much longer; it’s almost here.

We’ll conclude with the great news. The very second that the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is available, you’ll find it in our new Volkswagen inventory at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. We encourage you to keep checking back so you can be one of the first to know when it’s out.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Exciting New Features

Finally, we’ll go over some of the vehicle’s cool new features and systems that you can look forward to.

4Motion: The fifth-generation 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive system has four distinctive modes: On-Road, Off-Road, Off-Road Custom, and Snow.

Cockpit: The available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit lets you customize the cabin display with five different settings. It also allows you to integrate many compatible smartphone brands.

Assistants: Optional systems include Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more!

Engine: 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine: 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

Flexibility: The second-row seats offer a 40/20/40 split so you can customize your space.

Space: All in all, the 2018 Tiguan provides up to 57% more interior space than the previous model.

Seats: Even better: A third row of seats is standard on front-wheel drive Tiguan models, and available on 4Motion-equipped all-wheel drive models. Remember, people, this is a compact SUV here!

Style: LED daytime running lights, standard LED tail lights, optional LED headlights, standard roof rails, four available wheel styles, dual exhaust tips, a boldly-designed front grille, etc.

2018 VW Tiguan in Mission Viejo: Coming Soon!

Do you live in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach, or anywhere else nearby? If so, our representatives at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine would love to talk to you about the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

We hope that you contact us now. Simply call us on the phone, chat with us on our site, or stop by our brick-and-mortar location in person. See you soon!

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Release Date

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Sometimes, auto manufacturers will market a vehicle as “all new” or “brand new” when, in fact, it’s not. They’ll say that something is completely fresh and completely different, when it’s really just the same. In other words, they’ll lie—intentionally misleading you to catch your eye or make an extra sale.

On the other hand, once in a blue moon, a vehicle will come around that really is brand new. Without further ado, we’d like to introduce the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, an SUV meant for America.

Our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine wrote this review for our forward-thinking friends in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach. Contact us today for more info, or check out the current VW SUVs we have in stock!

Volkswagen Atlas Specs

To start, we’ll look at a few of the crucial features and specifications for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

Maximum cargo capacity: Up to 96.8 cubic feet of space for equipment, gear, and general stuff. Not to mention, it can seat up to eight people.

Fender® Premium Audio System: This available technology puts the power of 480 watts into your cabin.

Protective safety technology: Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, etc.

Standard 2.0L turbo engine: 235 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque (with premium fuel).

Optional 3.6L V6 engine: 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque (also with premium fuel).

Exterior Design: Fire Colors

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas features the type of iconic style that makes heads turns and jaws drop. Even though it’s new, it doesn’t look contrived or garish; instead, think organic and striking. Everything’s just right.

You can choose between a variety of colorful paint jobs. We’re talking about bold coats like Reflex Silver Metallic, Titanium Beige Metallic, Pure White, Platinum Gray Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Tourmaline Blue Metallic, Kurkuma Yellow Metallic, and Fortana Red Metallic. Even the names sound sexy.

Check out our new Volkswagen vehicles to discover which trims and colors we have in stock now.

Comprehensive Warranty: Peace of Mind

Another cool benefit of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is that it comes with what’s considered America’s Best SUV Bumper-to-Bumper Transferable Warranty.* This 6-Year/72,000-Mile Limited Warranty will cover almost everything that you used to sit up at night worrying about. Tell that to the competition.

Volkswagen Atlas: Born in the USA

Best of all, despite Volkswagen’s German origins, the Atlas is an American SUV, through and through.

It was manufactured at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant in Tennessee. This is a result of a $900 million investment into the facility, which is a part of VW’s larger $7 billion commitment to the North American sector. In a world that’s constantly outsourcing jobs, it’s a breath of fresh air.

When Is the 2018 VW Atlas Release Date?

If you live in Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Mission Viejo, and you’d like to test drive the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, simply reach out to us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. We’ll have the all-new VW Atlas in our showrooms soon. July is right around the corner!

Call us, chat with us online, or stop by our showroom as soon as possible. Good luck!

*MY2018 Atlas and Tiguan 6 Years/72,000 Miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Based on manufacturer’s published data on transferable Bumper-to-Bumper/Basic Warranty only. Not based on other separate warranties. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty limitations.

Why Buy a Pre-Owned Passat Laguna Niguel

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 7:08 PM

If you live in Southern California, and you’re researching midsize sedans, you’ve probably already asked yourself, “Why should I buy a pre-owned Passat near Laguna Niguel?”

Oh boy! Do we have an answer for you! Laguna Niguel is a suburban city of about 62,000 residents that’s located in Orange County, CA. As a pre-owned Volkswagen dealer near Laguna Niguel, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine is extremely proud to serve the members of this community.

A very interesting fact about Laguna Niguel is that it was one of California’s first master-planned communities. The Laguna Niguel Corporation began development in 1959, and they haven’t looked back since. If you have any questions about Laguna Niguel, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Program

There are lots of benefits to going with a Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. All in all, it’s a great option. Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

  • 2-Year/24,000-Mile Limited Warranty
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance program
  • 112-point dealer inspection
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

You can contact us right away if you have any additional questions about the Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned program.

Volkswagen Passat: All You Need to Know

Finally, there’s the car itself. Let’s go over its top features and systems.

Powerful and efficient engines: With the Volkswagen Passat, you can choose between a standard 1.8L turbocharged engine and an available 3.6L V6 engine. The standard engine has fuel economy ratings1 of 23 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway, and it delivers up to 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The available engine has fuel economy ratingsof 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, and it delivers up to 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (with premium fuel).

High-tech safety software: The midsize sedan comes with a variety of available protective functions, including a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and an Intelligent Crash Response System. It’s also constructed with high-strength steel, plus front and rear crumple zones.

Entertainment and convenience: It also offers a host of available state-of-the-art entertainment and convenience technologies that’ll significantly improve both your ride and your life. There’s Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and a Fender Premium Audio System. There’s no better way to access apps, navigation, music, and more than through VW’s innovative entertainment/convenience suite.

Life in technicolor: Finally, you can find a used Volkswagen Passat in tons of different hues. There’s Reflex Silver Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Pure White, Platinum Gray Metallic, Fortana Red Metallic, Reef Blue Metallic, Titanium Beige Metallic, Urano Gray, etc.

Test Drive a Pre-Owned Volkswagen Passat Today!

If you’d like to take a pre-owned Volkswagen Passat for a spin, you can do so at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. Just call us, chat with us online, or stop by our showroom right now.



1. 23 city/34 highway MPG (2017 Passat 1.8L, 6-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

2. 20 city/28 highway MPG (2017 Passat 3.6L, 6-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.