With a bar, restaurant, and event space inspired by classic Italian design, Bliss 525 swathes guests in an upscale atmosphere. Arched doorways inside the facility open onto a floating staircase and dining tables with high-backed chairs. At mealtime, plates fill with hearty but healthy Californian fare such as Caribbean pasta, braised short ribs, and bruchetta stuffed chicken.
Each week, Bliss 525 hosts blues, jazz, rock, and soul musicians inside the bar. Guests can pair the melodic notes and tinted hues of sunset on the outdoor patio with selections from Bliss 525's full bar of fine wines, tap beers, and fresh-squeezed cocktails.
You never know what fairytale might be unfolding at Dream Come True Party Room. Depending on the day, the room can transform into an ocean filled with mermaids, a princess' castle, or perhaps Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter is hosting yet another of his famous tea parties. Costumed characters cavort about as if they've escaped from an unsupervised story book. These fun-time facilitators are all part of Dream Come True's themed parties that kick start little imaginations. During these events, storytellers spin tales while at the dress-up castle, kids don costumes and accessories, transporting them into their own stories.
But fantasy life isn't all about slaying dragons and driving all over town to find Rapunzel enough conditioner. Adventures break momentarily for tea and food, such as themed cupcakes and non-themed pizza. Aside from parties, Dream Come True's team lets kids and their parents escape into fantasy during regular story time sessions.
According to its website, the Art Theatre offers visitors the experience of "gourmet sight, sound, and taste," a proclamation that speaks to its enthusiastic mission as an independent theater and living tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Originally erected in 1924 as a single-screen silent movie house, the renovated building now boasts updated décor that reflects its original design. Art-deco and streamline-moderne accents such as columns, studio lights, and blue velvet curtains surround the singular film screen, which is still powered by horses. On most nights, the theater screens an eclectic program of modern independent works, documentaries, classic and foreign films, animation, and recorded opera. During other evenings, they host live music performances. The silver screen isn't the Art Theatre's only draw: it also houses a wine bar, where the staff serves international vintages paired with gourmet snacks, and a coffee bar, where they pour mugs of Illy coffee.
When something is simply referred to as "the beast," there's probably a good reason. In the case of Blake's Place BBQ, The Beast refers to a monster of a sandwich: slow-smoked pulled pork, pulled barbecue chicken, chopped beef brisket, coleslaw, sliced red onion, and a dousing of Blake's BBQ sauce. All those ingredients teeter between an over-sized bun, and as a whole, The Beast weighs in at 2.5 pounds. If you devour it in 20 minutes or less, you earn a T-shirt and food challenge immortality, and if you make it disappear behind someone's ear you earn lots of attention for your party-magician business.
Of course, plenty of people come to enjoy the food, not just to defeat it. The original Blake's opened in Anaheim in 1996 and has since filled the bellies of more than one million customers. A second location in Los Alamitos was added in 2012. At both, chefs use high-tech wood-burning barbecue pits that are big enough to smoke more than 3,500 pounds of meat at one time?some for as long as 16 hours. The resulting menu features entire plates of baby back ribs, hot sandwiches, and even smoked wings. Homemade desserts round out the Southern-style selection, including peach cobbler and bread pudding. And none of this goes unnoticed: Blake's was voted The Best of Orange County and Best Barbecue in Orange County by the Orange County Register, as well as Zagat-rated in 2013.
Andre and his girlfriend were renting a house in Palm Springs for the weekend, and he had a secret plan. After returning from an afternoon massage, his girlfriend found a photo booth waiting inside the doorway. The couple entered the booth, and Andre asked his girlfriend the most important question of his life: "Will you marry me?". She answered yes, the camera flashed, and the photo booth preserved the fleeting moment. This is just one of the special moments Sterling Photo Booth has documented. Equipped with high-resolution Canon cameras and HD touch-screen monitors, their photo booths capture smiling faces and funny poses at weddings and birthdays.
Owners Mark and Marlene Lizada know that each of these events is a unique experience; their staff works one-on-one with clients to design custom booth enclosures and photo strips. Overlaid texts and graphics help commemorate events such as "Mom's Birthday" or "The Grandfather Clock's 1,000th Chime."