Popular Places To Eat In Santa Ana


Just because you live in a certain area doesn’t mean you’ve explored every corner of the city. Finding hidden gems or finally going to a popular location can take a lot of time. In order to speed along the process of exploring your city, let’s take a quick look at two popular restaurants near your Santa Ana apartment.

Shabu Shabu Bar

1945 E 17th St

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone number(714) 954-0332

The Shabu Shabu Japanese BBQ restaurant serves some of the tastiest food you can image. The location boast and average four-star rating on 1500 Yelp reviews (which is an impressive number if you follow the site). The rib-eye and pork tends to be a favorite and restaurant will even throw in a free sake if you check in on Yelp.

Chicken Maison

3332 S Bristol St
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone number (714) 434-0244

The Mediterranean style location offers a taste of the Middle East that your stomach will never forget. The cuisine is nothing too exotic and even those who have never tried the food will find something to enjoy. The location also has a four-star rating on 1400 reviews.

Enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” at the Santa Ana Zoo


The zoo might not be the first thing you think about when it comes to the holidays and Christmas events. But the Santa Ana Zoo hosts a year Winter Wonderland event during the month of December that will make the holidays even more magical!

The fun starts every day from 10 am to 4pm and includes a light display, holiday crafts, and Santa’s Workshop and more. And that’s not even mentioning all the wonderful animals that will be in attendance throughout the day. If you are a parent looking to keep the little ones busy for an entire day, the Santa Ana Zoo’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to create new family memories this holiday season. The fun is free with the price of admission to the zoo, so stop by and have fun this December.

Winter Wonderland at the Zoo
@ Santa Ana Zoo
Every Day in December

10 am to 4pm




Side Dishes: Thanksgiving Orange Scented Green Beans


Are you ready for a Thanksgiving recipe that will knock your guest’s socks off? Everyone loves turkey, but we all know your meal is only as good as your side dishes. Here is a quick and tasty Food Network Orange Scented Green Bean recipe to try this Thanksgiving. We hope you have a wonderful and tasty Thanksgiving.

1 Orange peel
2 pounds trimmed green beans, available in produce department
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped

The ingredients are few and the directions quick. Fill up a large pan with two or three inches of water and let it boil. Next throw in the orange peel and green beans (be sure to cut the edges). Let the beans cook for roughly five minutes (you do not want them to get soggy). Once cooked, drain the water and put them in a saucepan. Add in some butter, salt, pepper and chives and simmer for another few minutes. All done. Now serve and let your guest enjoy the side dish.


Experience Lita Ford at Yost Theater


Ready for a little entertainment this weekend? The Yost Theater in Santa Ana is hosting a massive concert headlined by former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford. The concert will also feature the world’s only Iron Maiden Tribute band (how awesome is that?) but a host of other opening acts. The events starts at 6pm and features a full bar and food.

If you are a music lover, the Yost theater is a must-attend location that creates an intimate concert experience like no other. Tickets are still on sale for the event, just go to the Yost Theater website or click the link below to get more info and all the pertinent details about the event. Have fun and get your rock on this weekend. Just stay away from the mosh pit!


The Yost Theater
307 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701 United States
(888) 862-9573


Santa Ana Fitness: Where To Get Active in the City


If you are the active type, there are a number of great places to work up a sweat in the City of Santa Ana. You can go to a gym, find a scenic hiking trail or run on a track at a local high school. The key is to get out and keep moving, especially during the last two months of the year when we all have a tendency to overeat at those holiday parties and family gatherings. Here is a look at three places to for your next exercise routine.

Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center, Santiago Park Nature

510 E Memory Ln
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 647-6904

The Santiago Creek is a wonderful place to run, walk, hike, or have a picnic. If you are looking for a day of exploring the wilderness, this is the place to go.

Foothill High School

19251 Dodge Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 730-7464

Foothill High School has a state of the art outside track open to the public during off hours. You can grab your running shoes and get in a great workout.

Gold’s Gym Santa Ana

1945 E 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 558-9700

Not everyone likes the gym, but if working out indoors is your thing, get a membership and use it during the holiday months to stay fit. Exercising outdoors during the winter can be uncomfortable because of the weather, so a gym membership is a great alternative.

The Holidays are Here: Attend the Fourth Annual Plaza Navideña

Halloween is over, so let’s jump right into Christmas. Who’s ready for holiday festivals? The City of Santa Ana is ready to get things started with its Fourth Annual Plaza Navidena event. The festivities are set to take place on Saturday, November 19th at the Downtown Plaza Calle Cuatro on the corner of Fourth and French Streets.

The fun will include a tree lighting ceremony, live music and dancers, including a wonderful Mariachi band (this event already sounds awesome). Free refreshments and pintas will be provided along with a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus!

The free event starts at 5pm and will run until 8pm. If you are a cook, there will also be a “Best Tamale in Town” contest, so whip out those wonderful family recipes and show everyone in Santa Ana how great your tamales taste. http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/upcomingevents/ . Local vendors and food truck will also be in attendance, so bring some cash and a full stomach to enjoy this holiday event.

Best Trick or Treating Spots In Santa Ana

Trick or treating is not made equal. Some neighborhoods are vibrant and full of fun while others are boring with few houses and apartments participating in the holiday. If you have little children, of course you want Halloween to be special, which means you might have to travel to find the right neighborhood to go trick or treating. If your area isn’t the best spot to find something, let’s take a quick look at the best place in Santa Ana to trick or treat according to CBSlocal.com.

Rustic Cowan Heights
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Rustic Cowan Heights remains one the most affluent parts of the OC, and it may be the best place to trick-or-treating in the area. The community knows its fun Halloween reputation and preps for an influx of children during the holiday. Cowan is known for delivering on the Halloween fun with spooky decorations, create candy and a welcoming and safe community vibe. If you are stuck on a location to take your kids next Monday, try out the Rustic Cowan Heights are. Here is a link with a bit more info about the trick or treating.


Halloween Safety Tips For Your Santa Ana Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is a great family-friendly holiday, but it does involve young children roaming the streets at night. Even if you are planning on being with your children every step of the way, safety is something every parent and caregiver should thinking about. Here are a few tips for creating a safe and securing environment when Halloween.


Stay well lit: most people are worried about spoiled candy or child abductors on Halloween, but one huge concern that can slip your mind is traffic. Hoards of children will be crossing street and walking into traffic. Be sure to stay well lit with flashlights and anything else that will keep your little ones lit.


Plan your route: know where you are going to trick-or-treat and create a meeting area with your kids just incase someone gets lost. Visiting your trick-or-treating area during the day is a great way to get acquainted with the route.


Avoid mask: costumes with masks are difficult to see in, so try to avoid theses. Masks will only cause your kids to trip, fall, or get separated from the group.

Santa Ana Fun: Visit a Pumpkin Patch Near Your Apartment

Visiting a pumpkin patch can be so much fun. If you have children and are planning on carving a few Jack-O-Lanterns this month, why not turn it into a day long event and visit a patch? The pumpkins are affordable and most patches make their farms kid friendly with music, game, and other activities. If you are looking for inexpensive weekend fun, visiting a patch and then carving pumpkins is the way to find it. Take a look at these wonderful locations near your Santa Ana apartment.


The Pumpkin Factory

2800 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (800) 719-4420


Irvine Park Railroad

1 Irvine Park Rd
Orange, CA 92869
Phone number (714) 997-3968


The Original Manassero Farms

17th St & Newport Ave
Tustin, CA 92780
Phone number (714) 730-4790

Halloween Decorating Tips: Pumpkins

Halloween may be the funnest and most lively holiday of the year. You get to dress up, eat candy, and scare kids. What’s not to love? If you are planning on decorating your apartment, here are a few tips for carving your pumpkins.


Keep them hydrated: pumpkins dry out and shrivel because they lose moisture. So soak your pumpkin in a tub of water every few days. Leaving it submerged overnight will add days to its lifespan.


Use the stem: if you are looking to get creative, turn the pumpkin on its side and decorate around the stem. The stem will act like a witch’s ugly nose and instantly make your pumpkin scarier.  


Paint: if you feel like skipping the carving altogether, try painting instead. Painting a design on a pumpkin is much easier than carving one into it.