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Food Hall Frenzy

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Indecisive eaters, unite! SoCal has seen an increase in food halls recently, reaching Orange County and Los Angeles. What is a food hall? Essentially, it is a food heaven for foodies that can’t pick just one thing to eat. With cuisines as wild as a burger with fried mac n cheese buns to some as typical as PB & J Sandwiches, food halls across SoCal have something for literally everyone. Snap a pic for the ‘gram, and dig in to the amazing food at the places below!   Anaheim Packing House Disney isn’t the only fun zone in Anaheim. Save your buck and visit the Anaheim Packing District to make all your foodie dreams come true. With decadent dessert crepes at The Coop or savory poutine at The Croft, there’s no wrong choice here. Need something refreshing? Fresh juices and popsicles are also available on the second floor to keep you cool this summer. With a food coma in your near future, the district has swinging chairs and ample table space to sit back, relax and enjoy your treats. For adults, there is a speakeasy hidden on the first floor and another bar on…

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Drink Up on National Daiquiri Day

By Maria del Cisne Vital   “When life gives you lemons, make a daiquiri.” This common phrase used in the South is a motto to live by, since July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Made with rum, citrus juice and any sort of sweetener, a daiquiri is bound to make your summer day better. SoCal brings this sweet drink to life with different, colorful variations, adding a twist to the classic drink. Gather your closest friends, take an Uber or Lyft, and enjoy a daiquiri-filled day!   Preux and Proper, an L.A. restaurant and bar, offers delicious food with a southern flare. Some New Orleans cuisine includes hush puppies and po’ boys. Unlike most bars, Preux and Proper has a frozen daiquiri dispenser machine. Yes, you read correctly. You’ll feel as if you’re walking down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras with your frozen daiquiri. Different flavors are on rotation in the machine, but you are always in for a treat. You can sample a flight of daiquiris, or choose a combo of flavors to make your own multi-colored daiquiri. Think of it as an adult Slurpee. Address: 840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 896-0090   Poolhouse San…

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National Bikini Day

By: Jessi Soporito   Bikinis can come in all shapes and sizes — high-waisted, bandeau or strapless, push-up, cheeky, halter, you name it — and your experiences in them shouldn’t be any different. Southern California offers beach and water-fun excursions for anyone looking for a relaxing, yet fashionable, way to cool off. Get ready to lather on some sunscreen and suit up for some of the best ways to celebrate National Bikini Day on July 5:   Island Living Start your day relaxing in a cabana on Catalina Island. The Descanso Beach Club has plenty of options, like their Signature, Presidential and Hillside cabanas, along with chaise lounge chairs. You can even rent or buy folates, like the iconic flamingo floatie, to relax on out in the ocean. Nearby, paddle board and kayak rentals are available for the more sporty groups. On a clear day, try and spot the Long Beach port straight ahead.   Surf’s Up After you’ve basked in the sun, get your surf on in San Clemente. Located on the southern tip of Orange County, San Clemente is one of the best wave-rich towns in SoCal, according to Surfer Magazine. For this, invest in high-waisted bottoms and…

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Keep Calm and Clean On at the Beach This Week

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Southern California is a destination spot for its fun attractions and beautiful scenery— especially that of a beach with glistening waters and smooth sands. However, with the high popularity of beaches comes the high amount of trash left behind by its visitors. According to Kellogg, by the year 2050 the amount of plastic in our oceans will exceed the amount of fish if we continue at the same rate of pollution. This week, known as the Earth Day for beaches, SoCal’s beaches invite you to take action and help clean up. Check out the tips below for how to make your day at the beach a clean one!   Tip #1: Leave only footsteps on the beach. Always throw your trash away and don’t leave anything behind. This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but after a long day at the beach it’s hard to get the motivation to clean up after your self or make the trek to find the nearest trashcan. To make this easier, bring a bag or bin where you can place your trash throughout the day. That way, your trash won’t fly away in the sea breeze and it…

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Ring in the Fourth with Fireworks

By Maria del Cisne Vital   The Fourth of July is a great way for families and friends to reunite and celebrate independence and the beauty of our great nation. Take pride in the U.S., sport some red, white and blue, and wave the American flag high this fourth. End your night with a bang— firework shows will be displayed all throughout SoCal!   The Big Bay Boom San Diego’s North Bay will light up this Fourth of July with a massive display of fireworks starting at 9 p.m. Lasting about 18 minutes, this show is the largest annual event in the western United States with over 500,000 people viewing, whether in person or at home watching. In order to get the best view, it’s recommended to go to Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North/South Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Little Italy and more locations throughout San Diego. This show is “a salute to the military families of our service heroes.” bigbayboom.com/   Grand Park + The Music Center’s 4th Of July Block Party Enjoy an Independence Day celebration at L.A.’s Grand Park from 3 to 10 p.m. The festivities are kicked off with a fun block party with live performances on two…

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We All Scream for (Unique) Ice Cream

By Maria del Cisne Vital   We all know that summer time is best time for a deliciously sweet serving (or two) of ice cream. The perfect chocolate/vanilla swirl atop a waffle cone is a classic image that we can all appreciate. But sometimes classic is boring, and a spontaneous and daring option is as enticing as ever. SoCal is home to several ice cream shops that serve up wild flavors— Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, chicken and waffles, and avocado are just a few to mention. Forget vanilla, and celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day the right way at one of these shops:   The Coolhaus Shop  Coolhaus started out as two friends making ice cream sandwiches for fun, and ended up turning into a booming L.A. business. Its storefront in Culver City scoops up classic flavors, but also has some unique ones ready for you to try out. Their Fried Chicken and Waffles flavor features Brown Butter Maple ice cream with maple candied chicken skins and caramelized waffles. If meat and ice cream is too daring for you, settle for their Whiskey Lucky Charms flavor which is infused with Lucky Charms cereal and Jameson whiskey. Among the wacky flavors, there’s…

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