The Local List

Hungry girl looking for the next adventure.

Summer time and the living is…busy.

Summer time in Orange County can mean laid back beach weather, or crazy adventures attending all of the summer events going on in the area.  As a “porcelained skin” (read: pale as hell) person, I prefer to go to the events then lay on the beach.  So this past weekend, I packed in my adventures and had a great time at the OC Fair and Del Mar Horse Track.
fried cookie dough = heaven
The OC Fair is one of my favorites.  Large enough to give you tons of options, but small enough so you don’t get overwhelmed, the fair has live animals, tons of food and rides to keep you busy.  It’s open until August 10th everyday except Monday and Tuesday.  If you check out their website there are certain discount days if you donate goods or if you go early enough in the day.  Best food we had was the fried cookie dough – trust me.  (Quick tip: bring cash for the food vendors, not all of them take credit card – and you can monitor your eating if you need that kind of self control).

biggest corn dogs ever, and I don’t mean the girls…
Del Mar Horse Races has always been a fun day trip.  You can hop on the train and head down to the racetrack to avoid all of the horrendous traffic.  Once there, grab a (very overpriced) drink and take a seat while you bet on some horses.  If betting isn’t your thing, walking around and people watching is pretty awesome too.  When I went last weekend there was a beer fest going on from all local beers.  Pretty fun because you know San Diego has one of the best collections of craft breweries.  Skip the food here and instead bring in your own sandwiches or my favorite, California Burritos!

Other things to be excited for:
Taco Asylum’s brand new menu of tacos (including Bacon PB&J!).
C4 Deli’s Cupcake and Wine Pairing Nights on Thursday.
Blaze has opened in Mission Viejo.
The Robbins Nest Wine Bar is alive and kicking in Santa Ana.
Montreal Poutine has opened in Costa Mesa.

Where to post up for the (final) game.

USA takes on Germany in its final game of group play tomorrow at 9 AM.  Yes, 9 AM.  For some of you that don’t have to be at work and secretly stream it on, quite a few places are opening up early for your viewing pleasure.  Below are a few I recommend:

Crow Burger Kitchen (on the Peninsula) has announced that they will be open at 9 am for the game, and will be serving breakfast burritos and bloody Mary’s.  Problem is, the game starts at 9.

Mutt’s is THEE place to watch any USA team compete.  The crowd is wild, they usually play the sound and the mimosa’s, bloody’s, and scooners will ensure that you cannot drive at the end of the game.  The food is pretty decent for bar food too.

If you want to avoid crowds or  beach traffic, Classic Q in Irvine has more TVs than you know what to do. The selection of beers isn’t wonderful, but they do have breakfast specials during the game and has tons of seating.  I went here with a group of my friends on Sunday, and we arrived about two hours before the game and were able to snag enough room for 15 of us.  It WILL still have some crowds though so you will have to get here by 8 AM if you want a good spot.

#Ibelievethatwewillwin #USMNT America FFFF YAH!