Kick Off the Summer with a Festival

The much-anticipated Long Beach Bayou Festival is an incredible way to kick off your summer plans and it’s right around the corner. Back for its 31st year, you’ll have a cultural experience like none other and a great way to spend the day with your friends and family.

 

Held at Rainbow Lagoon Park (E Shoreline Drive) in Long Beach from June 24-25, the Bayou Festival is a weekend of authentic music, dancing, food, and more all inspired by New Orleans and the Lousiana Bayou Country.

 

Foodies will love the Cajun and Creole dishes and music lovers will delight listening to Zydeco and Blues. If you have a thing for dancing, then start practicing your best dance moves since the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band will be playing throughout the day and well into the night. You can purchase your tickets here as well as find more information on the event website.

 

 

Celebrate Dad with a Champagne Brunch in Huntington Beach

We’re always on the lookout for fun things to do near your apartment. Father’s Day is no different. If you don’t have plans yet to celebrate the neatest Dad around, then here’s one event that both he and his taste buds will love!

This Father’s Day, which is June 18th, Old World Village is hosting a Father’s Day Champagne Brunch! Yes, you read that right. The event will take place from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Along with the breakfast classics, here are a few of the special menu items he’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Roast Beef
  • Fried Potatoes
  • Lobster Ravioli
  • Shrimp Alfredo
  • Mac n’ Cheese
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • BBQ Beef Brisket
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Unlimited Champagne
  • And so much more!

For reservation prices as well as the full Champagne Brunch menu, check out the Old World Village event page here. Old World Village is located at 7561 Center Avenue.

A Memorial Day Tribute in Norwalk

We all know just how exciting Memorial Day weekend can be. After all, we’ve been looking forward to it nearly all spring long. It’s a 3-day weekend and it marks the beginning of the summer season! This year, though, make sure you also take the time to pay tribute to those who have served this country.

 

One way you can do just that is by heading over the Norwalk’s Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony, which will take place on May 29th from 10:30 am to Noon. This year, the City of Norwalk will be unveiling the newest art installation, the “Freedom Memorial.” There will be a keynote speaker who will deliver an inspiring message to the community.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to gather up your family and take part in something truly special. City Hall in Norwalk is located at 12700 Norwalk Blvd. in Norwalk. To discover more about this incredible event, check out the Facebook event page here.

Upcoming Brunch Specials This Mother's Day Weekend

Brunch is one of the perfect ways to celebrate the important women in your life. This Sunday, take your Mother’s Day brunch to the next level at one of these nearby venues.

 

Have Brunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

This Sunday, May 14th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, take the entire family out for brunch in one of the coolest venues in Long Beach. The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a delicious breakfast with menu items like Oven-roasted salmon, pastries, French toast, and more. When you’ve had your fill, spend the day exploring the aquarium that boasts over 11,000 unique animals. You can reserve your tickets here.  

 

Give Her the Rockstar Experience

So, your mom isn’t a regular mom. She’s a cool mom. Treat her like the rockstar she is by taking her to Rock and Brews’ Mother’s Day Brunch with $10 bottomless Mimosas and a whole lot of good times. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, you can enjoy delicious American-style fare in one of the coolest areas of Redondo Beach.

The Best Ribs are at This Long Beach Restaurant

Most of us can get behind the idea of some tender, juicy ribs. When the craving hits you (and you know it will), don’t waste your time and just head over to Naples Rib Company in Long Beach!

 

Located at 5800 E 2nd St., Naples Rib Company has been a part of the BBQ Long Beach scene since 1984. It’s family-owned and operated, which gives it the friendly neighborhood vibe that everyone has come to love.
But their ribs are really where it’s at. From St. Louis-style to beef to baby back, choosing might just be the toughest decision you’ll make once you’re here. They have a ton of other food varieties to choose from, including a Gluten-free and Children’s menu, so feel free to bring the entire family. If it’s a night out, take a look at their beer and cocktail specials that will complete your meal in the best way possible.

Where to Find the Best Vinyl Record Shops

It really doesn’t matter what decade you’re from, vinyl records are always cool and always in! Listen to all of your favorite musicians and artists in style by hitting up any one of these popular vinyl record stores near your apartment. Vinyl is forever.

 

Huntington Beach

Do yourself a favor and head to TKO Records located at 21405 Brookhurst St. You’ll find plenty of new releases as well as classic favorites. Just don’t spend all day on the pinball machines!

 

Long Beach

If you’re a big music fanatic, check out Fingerprints Music at 420 E 4th St. Not only do they sell vinyl records, but they also have CDs, cassettes, and more. Be sure to see when the next live band is performing!

 

Redondo Beach

Though technically in Torrance, Record Recycler at 17312 Crenshaw Blvd. is the place to go when you need to buy or sell any kind of vinyl record.

Here's Where to Grab the Best Lunch in Norwalk

If you’re in the Norwalk area, then you’re definitely in luck. With some amazing restaurants in this city, you’ll never have to go hungry again! The next time you want to stop somewhere for lunch, why not stop at any one of these local lunch hotspots that will leave you one very satisfied customer.

 

Renu Nakorn | Thai

This no-frills dining hotspot is a hidden gem. With traditional Thai dishes, all served in a relaxing atmosphere and casual dining room, you can focus on what’s important. The food.

 

MI Burrito Mexican Grill | Mexican

When you want just a quick bite to eat but don’t want to spend a ton of money or miss out on quality Mexican food, MI Burrito Mexican Grill delivers everything you want and more. You’ll find your classic Mexican dishes like carne asada tacos as well as some possible new favorites.

 

3 Ways to Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Life is pretty exciting when you live in southern California. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and we have a few ideas that will help you make the most of it.

Get Green

Okay, Bellflower. Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like a bright green “Kiss Me, I’m from Bellflower” t-shirt! Get yours here.

Get Baking

Time to warm up the stove! Cooking can be a great way to celebrate any holiday! If you like pies, then this Grasshopper Pie recipe made with mint and luscious chocolate could be the perfect after dinner treat. If you’re looking for a simple recipe that delivers, these St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cupcakes are going to be a huge hit.

Get Your Party On

Maybe you just feel like wearing green and dancing. Don’t worry. Cosmic Brewery is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day New Beer Release Party. If you come dressed in green, they’ll even give you a discount! If you’re headed to Long Beach, there’s a St. Patrick’s Day weekend cruise that will feature food, drinks, 3 dance floors, and plenty of good times.

A Few Ways to Explore Redondo Beach for Free

One of the perks of living in or near Redondo Beach is that there are always plenty of ways to explore! When you’re ready to have some outdoor fun without spending a ton, check out some of these fun things to do.
Get Beachy

Whether you’re into swimming, surfing, kayaking, or sunbathing, the beaches in Redondo are some of the best. Spending an afternoon with the family? Stake a spot at the Seaside Lagoon right off of Harbor Drive. If surfing is your thing, you’ll find some of the best swells between the pier and Palos Verdes Peninsula.

 

Go Fishin’

There’s nothing more relaxing than throwing out a line over the pier. The Redondo Beach Pier is a popular spot, in part because it offers some of the best views of the vast Pacific Ocean.

 

Get Rolling

Pull out the skates, the skateboard, or those roller blades and do like the locals do! The 22-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail stretches all the way from the Palos Verdes cliffs to Santa Monica and is the perfect path to get rolling. There are also restrooms and water fountains along the way for your convenience.

A Few Historic Attractions Near Your Apartment

When you live so close to the gorgeous coast, there’s always plenty to do and see. When you’re ready to try something new, here are a few historic places near your apartment that are definitely worth checking out.

 

Redondo Beach Historical Museum

302 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This 1904 Queen Anne mansion is not only home to one of Redondo Beach’s most iconic local attractions, but it also features a wide range of historic artifacts, memorabilia and so much more.

 

Marconi Automotive Museum

1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin, CA 92780

Calling all car lovers! This museum in Tustin features luxury, rare, and historic automobiles in one of Southern California’s largest car museums! The best part is that this is also a nonprofit museum and donates all admission fees to charity.

 

Mary Paxon Art Gallery

13200 Clarkdale Avenue, Norwalk, CA 90650

There’s nothing quite like spending an afternoon wandering around an art museum. The Mary Paxon Art Gallery is home to a wonderful collection of fine art that is worth checking out.