Westminster gets a rep for being a bit slower-paced than it’s Orange County neighboring cities, but the reality is that if you know where to look, you can actually find yourself having a lot of fun. Westminster is full of great things to do, whether you’re hanging out alone or trying to get together with friends and family. There’s a spot definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a fun, immersive cultural experience. Stop by Little Saigon, which is pretty much a small scale model of modern Vietnam. There, you’ll find all the food, clothes, toys, medicine, and much more to get an authentic Asian experience. The great thing about Little Saigon is that whatever your troubles are out in the “real world”, you’ll be transported to a different reality with the opportunity to escape into something completely new and stimulating. For more reviews of Little Saigon, check out this link. This is a marvelous spot to bring someone for their birthday, shopping, a first date, or simply a place to catch up.
This upcoming New Year, you can pride yourself in making a resolution that isn’t too mainstream- committing to taking your family to the movies every month. Although today’s movies often get a bad rep, there are quite a bit of quality films that still make it into the box offices every year. Regency Movies makes a commitment to bringing its audience quality entertainment and other services to promote the art of movie-making in the community. And the great thing about exposing your kids (and yourself) to quality, age-appropriate movies is that they serve as a great escape from reality while inspiring you with their artistic vision.
So celebrate the New Year with a new resolution: tapping into the art of movie-making for the whole family. Make every Saturday or Sunday a tradition by going to see a movie together, and sign up for the rewards point program to get those special perks you’ll earn along the way. You can make it a tradition to see a movie and then reflect about it with your family afterwards over dinner. Hollywood is only an hour away, and it’s a great incentive to motivate your kids for encouraging their dreams of screenwriting, directing, or acting.
6721 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
All films starting before 5:15pm
Children 2-11, Seniors 61 and better
Taylor Made Events is doing something truly amazing this holiday season. The event company is hosting a FREE Christmas dinner for veterans and their families on Wednesday December 21st. The event, also sponsored by the Veterans Transition Support organization and the Veterans Career Collaborative are inviting all military veterans and their families to this wonderful Christmas celebration to honor their service.
The event takes place in Huntington Beach California on December 21st at 5pm and is expected to last until 8pm. The dinners includes food, music, live entertainment and plenty of friends and family looking to make Christmas special for local veterans. And of course Santa Claus will make a visit for all the children in attendance. If you are interested in attending visit the Taylor Made site below in order to get more information and RSVP for this awesome holiday event.
Events Taylor Made
7271 Murdy Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Wed, December 21, 2016
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
When was the last time you went out and sat down at an actual restaurant for a meal? If you are caught up in the fast food loop or rarely get to eat out because you have children, here is a quick look at two of the best and most popular restaurants in the Westminster area. So head over to one of these tasty spots the next time you plan to dine out–those McDonald’s meals can wait.
16300 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone number (714) 596-8833
This place is typically crowded at night because everyone loves Korean BBQ. The food is amazing, the service is great and the prices are just right. The spot has almost 1700 four star reviews so stop by and enjoy a great meal.
5871-A Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone number (714) 899-9100
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and it may also be the tastiest. The Ham ‘n Scram has earned a stellar reputation with a 4.5 average rating on 1100 reviews. The breakfast burritos get a lot of love and the overall welcoming atmosphere is something people mention in nearly every review.
The Christmas celebrations have already begun with shows, music and tree lightings, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about the ocean. If you are looking to try something different this December, why not revisit one of your favorite Disney Princess’ with a live performance of the classic Little Mermaid?
For select dates throughout the month of December the Rose Center Theater in Westminster will be hosting a special musical performance of Disney’s the Little Mermaid. Tickets cost $15 to $25 (which feels like steal for something this awesome)! If you are ready to sign along and fall in love with Ariel all over again, head over to the Rose Center’s website (link provided below) and find out dates and purchase tickets. Seating is limited and the play is expected to sell out. Have a blast heading under the sea this holiday season!
Rose Center Theater
14140 All American Way
Westminster, CA 92683
Call (714) 793 – 1150 ext.
Mashed potatoes get all the glory during Thanksgiving, but if you are looking to mix things up and try something new, we have a wonderful Lemon Maple Squash recipe from the cooking experts at the Food Network. The side dish is a must-try food and will help add a bit of variety to your holiday meal. Here are the simple directions. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Chop 4 pounds butternut squash into squares while removing the seeds. Put the squash cut-side up on a large sheet pan. Next mix ⅓ of a cup maple syrup, 1/3 cup of water, juice from a medium sized lemon, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper (just a pinch).
Next, pour the mix on top of the squash and add 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Bake everything for roughly 20 minutes at 350 degrees. After, flip the squash and let it bake until caramelized (usually about another 25 minutes).
Thanksgiving is next week, which is great, but the thing we’re waiting for is Black Friday. If you are a fan of shopping and receiving free goodies, the Westminster mall will be giving away a goodie bag to the first 250 mall shoppers this Thanksgiving. So on top of all the great sales, you’ll get some FREE stuff as well.
The giveaway starts at 6pm and will take place in front of the Target on the lower level. The mall is scheduled to stay open until 1am on Thanksgiving night, so you might want to plan dinner a little earlier so you can grab some of this free stuff. Check out the mall’s website to get further details about the giveaway. Have a great Thanksgiving and a peaceful Black Friday shopping day.
November 24 – November 25
6:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful. The food is great, the family is amazing, but the extra pounds that add up can be an unwanted addition. But don’t worry because this blog is definitely health conscious, so here are a few healthy eating tips for surviving the holidays.
Walk after meals: walking after meals can help your stomach settle and burn calories faster. The worst thing you can do is eat a big meal and lie down on the couch. Start a routine this holiday season where you talk a nice family walk after big meals.
Veggie overload: veggies can get lost in the holiday meal mix with all those carb loaded treats. This year decide to add more veggies into the mix and less carbs. Sure mac and cheese is great but broccoli and corn are just as good.
Lots of water: water can be your best friend when trying to stay healthy. Decide to drink nothing but water and do not touch any sugary drinks. Water can help curb your appetite will helping to keep your organs clean and running smoothly.
The end of the year is always a wonderful time to give back and support a few local charities. This year Orange County will host its 1st Annual Miracle Babies 5K in Orange County, to raise awareness for families with babies in a NICU. The NICU is a neonatal intensive care unit that focusing on the care ill or premature infants.
This year’s event takes place on November 13, and features a superhero theme, so even though Halloween is over, you can still dress up as Superman or any person you consider to be a superhero like a soldier or firefighter. Every racer receives a shirt and medal at the finish line.
1 Mile Walk/Run – $25
YOUTH 5k Walk/Run – FREE (12 and under)
Includes: registration for 5k, race bib and finisher medal.
VIRTUAL 1 Mile or 5k – $25
If you can’t make it to the event, you can complete one mile at any location (even on a treadmill in your house) and still donate and receive a finisher medal.