The Best Pumpkin Patches near Irvine CA

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Now that fall is right around the corner, you’re probably thinking of some fun ways to bring in the new season. Of course, it’s the time for Halloween decorations and costumes, but instead of spending your time in crowded costume stores or craft departments, why not enjoy the outdoors by going to a pumpkin patch? Pumpkin picking is a fun way to enjoy yourself during the fall season, while getting outdoors and picking the perfect pumpkin to add to your decorations. Luckily, there are a few great places to go for pumpkin picking, so we did the research and came up with a few that are worth checking out.

Irvine Park Railroads

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA                                      Facebook

When it’s time to get the family out on some fall adventures, you can always head to Irvine Park Railroads. It’s your chance to walk around and check out a genuine pumpkin patch, and you can browse until you find the right one to carve into a Jack-o-Lantern. There are also several fun, family-friendly activities to partake in.

You can take the little ones on a train ride, a moon bounce, a hayride, or on mini John Deere racers. There are also carnival games, face paintings, and pumpkin ring tosses to help you and your family get into the spirit of fall. Irvine Park Railroads even offers haunted houses to check out to add a little spookiness to your experience.

Tanaka Farms

5380 ¾ University Drive, Irvine, CA                              Facebook                    Instagram

If you’re looking for a full-service pumpkin picking experience, Tanaka Farms may be what you’re looking for. On top of picking out the perfect pumpkin, this farm offers a wagon ride across their 30-acre farm. Drop by the petting zoo and get acquainted with some cute and cuddly goats and sheep, or get lost in the Corn Maze. Every weekend in October, Tanaka Farms even holds a Fall Harvest Festival which features carnival-style games, ATV rides, face painting, and of course…a pumpkin cannon!

Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm

24203 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA                           Facebook                    Instagram

When you want a memorable pumpkin picking experience, there’s no better place than Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm in Laguna Hills. You and your family will certainly enjoy yourselves when you’re out picking your pumpkins, but you’ll want to leave some time to enjoy some of the great attractions like the bounce house, boat rides, swing ride, and the wipe out obstacle challenge. There are even game booths for you and your family to try your luck at winning a prize. Create some memorable experiences at Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm before you head home, ready to carve your freshly picked pumpkins.

Pumpkin picking is a fall past-time that hasn’t gone away. Now that you’re aware of several great places to go pumpkin picking in the Irvine area, you’re ready to embark on a fun family adventure to help you get into the spirit of fall!

 

 

 

Your Guide to STYLEWEEKOC

By keishajames | Posted in Events on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Are you the type of person who keeps up on fashion, beauty, and style trends? If so, you’re no doubt waiting with bated breath for STYLEWEEKOC to arrive at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. There’s plenty to talk about and check out during this event. But to better prepare you, we’ve got some tips, and even the schedule. Get yourself ready, because this is an event that you don’t want to be fashionably late for.

Details on STYLEWEEKOC

STYLEWEEKOC is your chance to learn about what the latest designers are up to, as well as what the best fashion writers are getting excited about. STYLEWEEKOC occurs on September 15th and 16th at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach. You’ll get to hear industry tips from the professionals, the latest style trends, and even fashion tips and tricks. There are also several incentives and sales occurring at some of your favorite stores at Fashion Island, so you can stock up on your new wardrobe and accessories.

STYLEWEEKOC Schedule

There are plenty of events and speaking engagements that you’ll want to check out. Some of these events include professional discussions about where the industry is headed, exciting upcoming trends, and fashion tips. There will even be free demonstrations, including beauty treatments, yoga, and music. Get ready and plan your trip to STYLEWEEKOC.

Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard           9/15/17          5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The first panel discussion during STYLEWEEKOC will feature event designer Jesi Haack, event and floral designer Carissa Jones, and pastry chef Melody Brandon to discuss entertaining guests at home. They’ll discuss their work ethic, their creativity, and what inspires them. They’ll go over tips and tricks that’ll help you turn a normal dinner party into a stylish soirée that your guests will continue to talk about. Bring a notepad, because you won’t want to miss these tips and suggestions from these industry leaders.

Nike Classes                9/16/17                      Every hour from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Nike Fashion Island is offering free classes during the second day of STYLEWEEKOC! At the 8:00 AM class, Nike Master Trainer Marisa Gonzalez will offer a free high-intensity training workout. The 9:00 AM class will be Power Flow Yoga, and the 11:00 AM class will be Vinyasa Yoga. Both classes are to help increase your core stability, movement, and mobility. At 10:00 AM, it’s another high-intensity training workout, this time as a HIIT Bootcamp with Kisha Maher.

Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard           9/16/17          2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Get ready for another exciting panel discussion! This time, it’ll feature speakers like E! News Anchor Catt Sadler, The Hills star Audrina Patridge, and Real Housewives of Orange County star Lydia McLaughlin. These panels will feature a variety of other guests like Daniel Musto, Emily Cholakian, Joey Maalouf, and Susan Yara to discuss fashion design, beauty, and home entertainment. There will even be a Q&A at this panel discussion!

Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard           9/16/17          5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

STYLEWEEKOC will close out with a performance from DJ Confetti, aka Brandi Cyrus. She’s also the editor of Style Native. She’ll provide her insight, as well as heart-pumping music to attendees during STYLEWEEKOC.

Are you excited for STYLEWEEKOC? Plan your trip and RSVP to the panels and events that you want to check out!

Volkswagen Golf MPG

By keishajames | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 3:03 PM

One of the major factors that drivers look for when they’re seeking the right vehicle for their drives around the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach areas is fuel efficiency. Finding a vehicle with a suitable fuel economy is important, even if you’re not shopping around for hybrids. Luckily, the Volkswagen Golf does deliver on this front, while also adding a spacious interior and a formidable performance. So, to give you a closer look, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine is going to delve in deep to explore the performance of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf miles per gallon efficiency.

2017 VW Golf Efficiency: A Closer Look

Getting a sense of the Volkswagen Golf miles per gallon efficiency is important if fuel economy is one of your major components when you’re seeking out a new car. Luckily, the Volkswagen Golf and its engine have been specifically engineered to provide drivers with the necessary power and efficiency that they’re looking for with their next car. This blend of VW Golf miles per gallon and exceptional power makes it one of the most sought-after hatchbacks on the market.

Volkswagen Golf Engineering

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf is outfitted with a 1.8L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct injection. Direct injection is a fuel delivery system that provides the engine with only the fuel it needs. This system prevents fuel from getting burned up in the combustion chamber unnecessarily, allowing the VW Golf to get the most out of every last drop of the unleaded fuel it needs.

When it comes to the Volkswagen Golf MPG, the vehicle delivers with its EPA-estimated 25/38/29 city/highway/combined MPG.* While the efficiency is pretty high, you’d be surprised to learn that this hatchback can deliver 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. Due to the intercooled engine, the Volkswagen Golf can perform at its peak while the engine remains a steady temperature without the risk of overheating.
Learn more about engineering in the 2017 VW Golf with this review.

Keeping the Fuel Efficiency High

If you’re a driver of this exceptional hatchback, and you’re looking for ways to keep the VW Golf miles per gallon in great standing, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that the vehicle performs at its top efficiency. One way to keep your fuel efficiency at its optimum rate is through regular oil changes. This allows the moving parts in the 1.8L engine to function fluidly, thanks to the lubrication provided by the oil. Your Volkswagen Golf miles per gallon efficiency will see a slight drop if you’re driving around with old oil in your vehicle.

Considering that this hatchback provides an ample 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space, moving or heading on vacation allows the VW Golf to shine. It even has a payload capacity of 1,021 pounds. However, filling this vehicle to capacity can have a result in its fuel efficiency, so if the Volkswagen Golf miles per gallon is a major concern, be wary when transporting cargo.

See the Efficient Performance for Yourself

Want to learn more about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf? How about you see its efficiency performance in person by scheduling your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine. We’re always thrilled to provide drivers in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach areas with the opportunity to experience the vehicles they love.

*Based on EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

 

Best Cycling Classes to Stay Fit near Irvine

By keishajames | Posted in Local on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Sure, there are plenty of cycling classes around Irvine, California. However, classes like bike2thebeatNEAUMIX FIT, and UnionRYDE take things to a whole new level. Keep reading for more information.

bike2thebeat

Tustin, CA

What makes bike2thebeat so different from anything you’ve ever tried before? According to their website, it’s the unique style of cycling—you won’t touch the saddle a single time over the duration of an entire class! The instructors will focus on your form, giving you tips regarding the proper postures.

Oh, yeah, we almost forgot to mention—the studio is also set up to mimic the feel of an LA nightclub.

NEAUMIX FIT

Irvine, CA

NEAUMIX FIT was founded by Melissa Chavez and Kelly Barba. Their site tells you everything that you’ll need to know about these two cycling professionals: “2 Loyola Marymount University Alumni Athletes, 2 Moms, 2 Business Professionals – Living Their Dream.” If that doesn’t inspire, we don’t know what will.

Plus, their classes aren’t limited to just spin sessions. They also have Pilates, TRX, barre, yoga, and more.

UnionRYDE

Newport Beach, CA

Last, but certainly not least, there’s UnionRYDE. This is a “challenging full-body workout that will get your heart rate up and your spirit soaring.” Each class runs for 60 minutes—or, should we say, spins for 60 minutes—and all fitness levels are welcome. They also host a bunch of unique private events, such as Team Building, Girls Night, Fundraisers, and more. You can schedule a customized group event, as well.

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You can’t spend your entire day on the bike, even if you might like to; eventually, you’ll get way too tired. That’s where our blog comes into play—you can discover many other activities around Irvine!

 

Guide to the Pacific Wine & Food Festival

By keishajames | Posted in Events, Local on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Find us 10 people who aren’t passionate about quality wine and delicious food. If you can do that, we’ll quickly show you 10 people who might not be telling the truth. Are you getting the picture here?

The 2017 Pacific Wine & Food Classic is coming up soon, and we want to tell you more about it. Thanks!

Pacific Wine & Food Classic: Important Details

Their website calls it an “incredible world-class culinary experience.” Based on everything that we know about this wine and food festival, we’d have to agree. Here are all the important details to remember…

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, 2017

Where: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort – 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

How: You can purchase tickets here. There are general admission and VIP tickets available. Don’t forget that both types of tickets are all-inclusive, so they cover all the food and drinks you can take.

Who: You must be 21 or older to attend this event, as there will be rivers of wine. Please be sure to have a valid ID.

Why: Because wine and food are fun, that’s why!

Tell Us About the Wine! Tell Us About the Food!

You can look forward to sampling heavenly libations from dozens upon dozens of wineries at this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Classic. Some of the highlights include Concannon, Cherry Pie, Brassfield Estate Winery, Da Luca, The Crossings, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Joseph Carr, John Anthony, We Believe, and others.

And, once you’re starting to feel a bit tipsy, you can head over to the food and gorge on creations from some of the world’s top chefs: Pascal Olhats from Pascal Restaurant, Cathy Pavlos from Provenance Restaurant, Lauren Lawless from MasterChef Season 8, Chef Ernie Alvarado from Urbana, and others.

So, now that we’ve covered just a thin sampling of the nectar and ambrosia that you’ll find at this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Classic, it’s time to get your ticket. Or, for more info, go on their Facebook page.

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By now, you’re almost certainly excited for August 19th and August 20th. And it’s almost here! But, before you know it, the Pacific Wine & Food Classic will have come and gone. Check out our blog today to learn more about other events and activities near Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach.

 

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.

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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.

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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.