Happy Fall

May this autumn bring you a harvest of fun times and laughter with family and friends!

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen: Cajun Fare in Anaheim, California

Get a New Orleans experience with a trip to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Anaheim's Downtown Disney area. The French Quarter architecture of this fun eatery sets the tone, with an interior courtyard, informal ground floor dining at Jazz Kitchen Express and traditional dining upstairs. Get your groove on with live jazz at the Flambeaux jazz club inside the eatery.

The Express menu features a tasty array of New Orleans-style sandwiches and breakfast fare. Upstairs dining includes a Bourbon Street Sampler with popcorn calamari, coconut shrimp, Louisiana meat pies, crispy Parmesan artichoke hearts, & three dipping sauces. Entrees include Pasta Jambalaya with Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, & roasted chicken, and BBQ Shrimp & Grits with New Orleans barbecue sauce, & andouille-parmesan grits.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
1590 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-5200

How to Grow Cacti and Succulents—Green Thumb Not Required!

Equal parts attractive and easy to care for, cacti and succulents are just the thing to to dress up a sunny windowsill. Learn how to keep your cacti and succulents beautiful and healthy with these tips—green thumb not required!

  • Place your plant where it will get a lot of bright light, such as a sunny windowsill. Cacti and succulents grow best with four to six hours of sunlight a day.
  • Cacti do best in porous pots, which tend to allow the potting soil to dry quickly. Glazed pots don’t dry out as fast, which can lead to root rot. Opt for terra cotta pots.
  • A good soil mix is also important. You want equal parts of coarse sand and all-purpose potting mix.
  • The worst thing you could do for a cactus is to water it on a regular basis. You only need to water them when the soil is bone-dry. Sometimes this occurs once a week or sometimes it occurs once every three weeks.
  • You should repot your cactus or succulent every three to five years. This involves the removal of most of the soil from the roots and replacing the plant in the same sized pot, or larger if need be.

Cacti And Succulents Inside Your Home [Gardening Know How]
Cultivating Cacti and Succulent Plants [HGTV]
Growing Guide-Cactus [Cactusland]

Must-Read Tips for a Perfectly Carved Pumpkin

Carving a pumpkin may seem like a fun, relaxing autumn activity that you can do together as a family, but if you’ve ever actually attempted to carve a pumpkin, you know that this isn’t always the case. Carving the perfect pumpkin is possible, however, and these simple tips can help you get there safely and without too much stress.

  1. Start by choosing a pumpkin with a flat bottom so that it won’t roll around while you try to carve it.
  2. Cut the top of the pumpkin on an angle, so that once you scoop it out and replace the stem it won’t drop down inside.
  3. Soak the pumpkin in a bleach solution for one or two hours before carving to lengthen its lifespan. After you carve it, dry thoroughly and rub the edges with some petroleum jelly to prevent it from shriveling.
  4. While it may seem like a waste of money, it’s very helpful to purchase a kit of knives designed especially for pumpkin carving. Using a common kitchen knife that is too big or not sharp enough can be dangerous for everyone involved.
  5. If this is your first time carving a pumpkin, choose a pattern with bold features and large details to make it a bit easier.
  6. Cut out your stencil and either trace it directly onto the pumpkin or tape it on with clear tape before carving.

8 Pro Tips for Carving the Perfect Pumpkin [Good Housekeeping]
Pumpkin Carving Tips – How to Carve a Jack-o'-lantern [About Food]
How to Carve a Pumpkin [Martha Stewart]

Punjabi Tandoor: Indian Cuisine From a Clay Oven

Punjabi Tandoor brings a taste of India to Anaheim with a large selection of curries and dishes cooked in a tandoor, or clay oven. The restaurant’s tandoori delicacies include chicken legs marinated in yogurt and spices and minced lamb with herbs and spices. The menu features more than 10 breads, which can come stuffed with cauliflower, potatoes, or cheese. The restaurant cooks its naan bread in the tandoor too.

Along with its traditional dishes, Punjabi Tandoor also offers a variety of vegetarian dishes. And you can enjoy all of these dishes without breaking the bank. Besides the combo for two, everything on the menu is under $15. Many dishes are even under $10.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and for dinner on Sundays. You can choose to enjoy your meal inside or on the patio.

Punjabi Tandoor
327 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 635-3155

Happy Labor Day!

Have a relaxing day with fun and laughter!

Dahn Yoga: A Meditative Yoga Practice in Garden Grove

Dahn Yoga is all about energy. The Dahn style of yoga focuses on the “life force or energy” of its practitioners, helping to create balanced and healthy lives, according to the studio’s website. This Garden Grove studio welcomes everyone from beginners to established yogis to take part in the Dahn practice. The studio offers tai chi classes, meditation classes, and even tea time for students.

Students of the Dahn practice can also apply for and participate in various workshops and retreats to deepen your practice. New students can register for their first session online at the studio’s website.

Dahn Yoga is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Dahn Yoga
10015 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 537-3499

Slater’s 50/50 Burgers: Half Bacon, Half Beef, 100% Delicious

At Slater’s 50/50 Burgers, Scott Slater and executive chef Brad Lyons give Anaheim residents an extra serving of protein with 50/50 burgers, which are made with 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef.

The burgers come with a variety of toppings including mashed avocado, sunny side up egg, and pineapple. You can also design it your way by picking the size, meat, bread, cheese, toppings, and sauce. Looking for something unique? Pick some of the more unique ingredients such as alligator andouille, Spam, or bacon-infused country gravy. If you aren’t in the mood for a beef/bacon hybrid, you can make a burger from fried chicken, turkey, portabella mushroom, or the meat of the month.

Wash your hearty bites down with a cold beer. Slater’s features more than 25 craft and local beers on tap and another more than 80 bottles. You can feel confident that your beer is good hands too. All of Slater’s servers are certified beer servers.

Slater’s 50/50 Burgers
6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anahein Hills, CA 92807
(714) 685-1103

Seriously Tempting No-Bake Desserts to Try This Summer

If you can’t even imagine turning on the oven during the summer heat, no-bake desserts are the perfect alternatives to your usual fresh baked cookies. These oven-free desserts are just as delicious as more traditional options, and they’re often much easier to prepare, which leaves you with more time for lounging by the pool! Here are three no-bake dessert recipes to try at your next potluck dinner.

7-Layer Ice Cream Cake [marthastewart.com]
Cool off after a summer dinner with this colorful ice cream cake. Pound cake creates a sweet, dense base stacked between layers of tasty vanilla ice cream, while thick meringue is a wonderfully fluffy replacement for the usual heavy icing.

Creamy Layered Lemon Squares [snackworks.com]
Swap out your usual lemon square recipe for something much quicker — and cooler. Basic graham crackers create a crunchy crust, and the addition of ripe strawberries makes this dessert perfect for the summertime.

Hawaiian Cookie Balls [kraftrecipes.com]
The kids will adore these fun and tasty cookie balls made with sweet, crushed pineapple and flaky coconut. You can also decorate them with colorful gel icings and sprinkles to turn them into fun ducks or chickens for a child’s birthday party.

Noble Ale Works: Celebrate Craft Beer

Tucked between Angels Stadium and the Honda Center is Noble Ale Works, a microbrewery focused on awesome craft beer. The folks here have spent years developing their palattes and honing their brewing skills, refining recipes and using fresh ingredients to create some brewing perfection. These beers pack a punch, marrying big flavors with subtle notes to create a full and robust drinking experience.

Aside from the regular lineup of brews, Noble Ale Works constantly experiments to create fun additions to the menu, like the chili infused "Too Darn Hot." You can sample any number of these beers at the tasting room, and if you find yourself getting the munchies there are always terrific food trucks right outside. It makes for a fun gathering with friends before or after the game, so stop on by.

Noble Ale Works
1621 S Sinclair Street
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 634-2739


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