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my wacky, windy weekend.

I need a weekend from my weekend sometimes.   I usually love planning events and get togethers. Lately, I have tried to NOT plan anything because I am so tired from working, but somehow I end up busy as ever.  This weekend was no different…

I started out my weekend with a girl’s night out at Crow’s Bar.  I’ve been before and cannot recommend the food more.  The burger and duck fat fries are a must have.  They also have a crazy variety of craft beer and wines.  And the happy hour there is such a deal.  I unfortunately decided to get the halibut sandwich and GREATLY regret that decision. But I devoured my fries so didn’t starve!
Saturday I tried something new and walked a 5k at Anaheim Stadium.  It was for the American Heart Association.  It was SO crowded, but it was fun because we got to walk on the field.  This is the fourth stadium I have walked on (Wrigley, Dodgers, Fenway).  The OC Marathon is coming up in May and I think I may sign up for the 10k…is anyone else running this?
After walking, we had to treat ourselves so we went to Anthill Pub.  If you haven’t been it is a great place to check out for beers.  Also the sweet potato fries are bomb.  It is located on UCI campus so you will have to deal with some weird grad students, and frat boys that have had one to many pints, but the beer selection is great and they even have some wine.  Tip: its cash only.
Our last spot for the weekend was Newport Peninsula.  My old stomping ground – when I was young and naive and cheap.  I met a big group of friends at Newport Beach Brewing Company for a birthday party.  I cannot tell you how much I despise this place.  The college kids like it because they have a special beer and a shot deal for about $7.  The beer, however, is disgusting.  Not only that, the shots are worse than well and are warm.  The place is so crowded you can’t move, and smokers sit on the patio and the smoke comes straight into the hot, sticky room.  Did I mention I hate this place?  
If you want a place to go out there are other options.  Rudy’s has dancing, Malarky’s has darts and pitchers, Mutt’s has scooners, and the District isn’t bad.  But if you are like me and are over the age of 25, its probably best you don’t come down here and just go to places like Costa Mesa or Santa Ana. 

What new place or activity did you try this weekend?  Any recommendations for others to check out?

Post-Thanksgiving Hangover

Well it’s been awhile since I gave you anything worth while or a must eat.  And now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for you to go out and try something new.  Taco Asylum at The Camp is just the place.  While it is a bit over-priced, it definitely is delicious. 

This is a nice place to add into your “every once in a while” spots, although I wish I could go all the time.  My favorite thing to do is get the taco flight.  Short rib is a must eat, the fried chicken is delicious, the duck is a yelp favorite and their surf in turf is quite good.  They have a shrimp special that changes all the time as well as a house special.  When we went it was a habanero duck confit sopa – SO spicy, but really good.  They also have homemade sauces for the tacos as well as fresh juices (definitely helps cut the spice).  They have a revolving tap full of local brews and a wide selection of wines.  Although parking is a pain, the food is worth the trip and the staff is super hipster and fun to talk with.

It seems I always crave sushi on Sundays, which as most of you know is the worst day to get “fresh” fish.  However, Sushi Box still seems decent, and for the price it’s a steal.  Sushi Box is a little hole in wall restaurant located in Costa Mesa.  Although the rolls aren’t pretty, the fish is good.  I love their yellowtail and tuna, and the salmon is pretty tender too.  The best part about this place is their lunch specials.  For under $10 you can get a California Roll and 5 pieces of sushi.  I personally enjoy the sashimi plate, which comes with three pieces of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and whitefish along with a salad and edamame.  Yes it isn’t fancy, yes it isn’t true sushi, but for a low price it is worth the fresh fish and large portions.  Bonus: you can make your own rolls for under $5.  I mean come on, it can’t get better than that.

Now that the holidays are upon us its time for parties, festivities, and going out.  And what better thing to do with friends and loved ones then head to a rodeo.  Okay, not really, but there is a bar in Anaheim serving up some amazing food and playing some awesome music.  The Ranch is located in the most odd places, at the bottom of an office building, but once you step inside you are transported to the heart of Texas.  This is a line dancing bar – if you want to booty grind, go somewhere else.  And this isn’t JUST a line dancing bar, it is line dancing only.  You have to know what you are doing.  This sounds frightening and scary, but believe me when I say it is a blast.  If you are adventurous enough to try it out, people are very friendly and help you along the way.  Some songs are easier to learn than others, but kick back a few cocktails, put on your cowboy boots and get out there!

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