Anaheim Packing District & Center Street

20150131_173559I was born and raised in Anaheim and I’m just now appreciating how cool it has become. A lot of places around downtown have been renovated and look nothing like they did when I was younger. It seems like the city is trying to attract a younger crowd and trying to appeal to college-age people. I think it’s a great idea to make the city more urban with outdoor shopping, gardens, and other public gathering places.

One of the newest gathering places is a large indoor food court called the Anaheim Packing House. It’s a renovated building that has become a hipster, healthy food place with live entertainment, unique and different restaurants, and lots of art to see. The premise behind the place it to have the Packing House resemble a public market where locals can enjoy food and community. Since it’s a fairly new place, there were tons of people lined up to try all the different food places. Popbar is a popular ice cream and dessert place, while Hammer is a bar and grill with open seating. Lining the upstairs are seats to observe the entertainment below on the first floor. The whole open area vibe is nice because there is always something to look at. Continue reading

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Howe-Waffle House & Architectural Tour

IMG_5251Welcome to my first post-graduation post! Thanks for coming back!

This post is about the Dr. Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum in Santa Ana, CA. I had seen advertised that the Santa Ana Preservation Society was going to be hosting a Gatsby Lawn Party at this location, so of course, I had to attend. The house, built in 1889 (the year Orange County became a county) was decked out in true 1920s fashion, complete with docents dressed in period piece costumes. I was able to tour the house, which they had fashioned into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s abode for the day.

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Orange Plaza and Historic District

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Old photo of Orange Plaza, 1971. From Orange Library Archives.

The Orange Plaza Historic District, also known as Old Towne Orange, was established in 1886 as the heart of the city of Orange. A roundabout joins Chapman Ave and Glassell St together in the center. The Plaza depicts an old town square, like you’re stepping back in time. People from all over the city gather here to explore Old Towne, get a taste of history, shop and dine. It’s a popular area for filming movies and for college students because of the proximity of Chapman University. Much of the architecture of the Historic District is authentic to its turn-of-the-century style, which adds an old-fashioned vibe to the area. Old Towne is famous for its antique shops and restaurants and is on the National Register of Historic Places in Orange County.

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