June 17, 2014

Islands Summer Happy Hour Menu

Burgers and Fries oh my!  When it comes to summertime that is what I think of, eating a juicy burger and crispy fries. I was invited to Islands for a menu tasting of the new summer happy hour menu.  The new menu debuts Monday June 16, 2014 and offered in the bar Monday - Friday 3 - 7 pm and Sunday-Thursday 9 pm until closing.

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Some menu items are exclusive for the summer time only, like the Hawaiian Sliders with fresh pineapple and Islands special teriyaki sauce.  I have to admit warm pineapple on savory food is not my favorite.  But these little sliders were the bomb.com (yes I went there). LOL  The meat is tender and the flavors all blend so well together.  These sliders are a winner, make sure to try them before the summer menu goes away.

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The usual happy hour menu items are still available and you can't go wrong with the classics like buffalo wings. If you are trying to stay on the healthy side, did you know Islands also has salads and soups.  

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Now lets talk about the summertime drinks.  Islands has an extensive bar menu and special summer drinks. If your like me and not a beer drinker, these tropical and fruity drinks are perfect. Tasty and refreshing drinks pair up perfectly with your burger and fries.

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Hapa Bourbon Tea

Mai Tai

Makaha Margarita

Hand Shaken Strawberry Daiquiri
Spicy Mango Shandy

I was able to taste all the drinks except the Mai Tai, and all of them are really good.  I personally liked the Hapa Bourbon Tea and Spicy Mango Shandy the best, while my boyfriend loved the Makaha Margarita which is made with pineapple infused tequila by Islands bartenders.  So next time your ready for happy hour make sure to check out Islands and try out the summer menu before its gone.  

To make sure you get to taste all the goodness at Islands Summer Menu, I have a GIVEAWAY!  
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P.S. Islands Restaurants are only available in California, Arizona and Nevada



*Disclaimer:  I was invited to a media tasting for Islands summer menu and received a gift card.  All thoughts and opinions expressed on the blog are my own.  

June 2, 2014

Anaheim Packing House Grand Opening

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On May 31, 2014 was the grand opening of the Anaheim Packing House in downtown Anaheim on the corner of Anaheim Blvd and Santa Ana Street.  We have been anticipating the opening since we moved to Anaheim over a year and half ago.  Living about a block away, we have monitoring the progress of this renovation. This was the original orange packing house since 1919 and has now been re-imagined into a food hall and market place. The original building has been preserved and renovated into a beautiful rustic community gathering spot.  

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The Anaheim Packing House is right next door to a new farmers park, where a weekly farmer market will be held every Sunday. All this just a short walk away from my loft, in the center of downtown Anaheim. 

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The inside is filled with places to eat, have a drink, coffee and dessert.  Plenty of sitting areas all around the two story building to hang out.  Not all the vendors have opened yet, with about half still in the process of construction.  There is also a few retailers where you can buy different goods such as flowers, candies and kitchen wares. 

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Its very bright and rustic with modern touches, the decor is very inviting and a relaxing environment. I really just wanted to hang out and spend the whole day there, eating and people watching. 

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One of the places I was excited to try, is Cafecito Ogranico (organic coffee) a coffee bar right in the middle of the packing house.   After having 2 different types of coffee drinks, I can say we are definitely fans. There is also a bar, speak easy and juice bar for those non-coffee drinkers.

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There is a flower cart full of gorgeous blooms which brighten up the entire space. You can go grab a bunch of flowers, have some lunch and coffee or dessert all in one location.

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One of my other faves is the Buy n' Bulk where you can buy spices, nuts, candies and granola in bulk at good prices. The bulk spices and seasonings is genius, just buy what you need, who needs a whole jar of fennel seeds or turmeric for just one recipe.  I really love this concept!

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When we arrived the place was so crowded and full of people enjoying all it has to offer.  Unfortunately since most of the eateries were serving a limited menu, many had sold out of food.  Good for them, but sad for us we didn't get to try any food on opening day.

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We did get try Popbar, hand made sorbetto, gelato and yogurt pops, dipped in you choice of chocolates and toppings like nuts or sprinkles. We had the pistachio gelato pop with milk chocolate and pistachios.  Yup it is as delicious as it looks! 

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The packing house is very charming with lots of cute and nostalgic touches all around. It has a social room, a old time film room and outdoor sitting area made out of old train car as well as an outdoor venue with fire place and orange grove. I plan to go often and try out all the other eateries and of course have more coffee and desserts.  This is a great place to hang out for the whole family. If your in the Orange County area you need to come check it out, I promise you will not be disappointed.  For more info and list of all the merchants go here.