Locals Only; Shutter + Light

I just have to note the irony of this post- I couldn't blog the past couple of weeks because my disk on my laptop was full. I'm writing about an awesome analog camera shop but my digital photos were taking up space...Well, I thought it was funny. 

Shutter + Light is a camera store located in Santa Ana, close to my favorite shops, Mothers Market and Harveys. When I head down there, I like to pop in Todd's camera store and say hello, and see what new stuff they carry. They are the only ones in Orange County that carry Impossible Film, offer tintypes, and will offer to test your Polaroid camera to make sure it works before buying film. How awesome is that? I can't keep track of the amount of time and money wasted in thrift stores and ebay searching for the perfect vintage camera only to discover it doesn't work. This is one of the perks Todd offers in his shop. 

I've actually just found out about tintypes through S+L, and I was curious about what they were. I was there for the process and it was awesome to watch. I saw how careful the process was, sometimes it's hit or miss, but just like film, that's the exciting part of it and I can see why Todd does them. 

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"A tintype is a handmade photographic process that was invented in the late 1800’s. It is a chemical based process that allows you to put an image on a piece of tin (we use aluminum). So the image you see on the plate is silver. Since it is a chemical based process each image is unique and one of a kind. If you have the same subject and controlled lighting the image will still look a little different because of the way the chemicals were poured on the plate. It’s a fascinating process...When I say beautiful images I mean that in the way they are unique and one of a kind. Like a lot of hand made products they have their flaws and special qualities. They are not perfect and to me that is what makes them beautiful."

You can see more of Todd's tintypes and book your appointment here. The prices range from $60 to $220.

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Visit the store for their vintage cameras, too. I was in awe of the vintage Diana cameras they had. It's a small shop but they have so much! If you're going to Disneyland and are short on film, this is the place to go. 

Shutter + Light on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

189 E. City Place Dr. 
Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 617-5374
Shop hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-5pm

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Lobster Nachos, Hidden Mickey's, and Sequins

Over the weekend we went to The Cove Bar in Disney's California Adventure. We've heard great things about the lobster nachos and the drinks. We went on a Friday at opening and it's not as crowded and you have first dips on the tables with the great views. Scott and I split the lobster nachos and I ordered the coconut elixir. I'm so hungry as I'm writing this and it was a bad idea to blog about delicious food. 

It was the first weekend of summer and with SPF 70, I still got sunburnt. I used to have this awful weird sensitive disorder where if I went in the sun at all, my skin would flare and get bumpy and bubbly. It was so gross but after pregnancy, it went away. Thank you, hormones. I look forward to spending my summer days comfortably outside. I also picked up a new set of Mickey ears. Pink, polka dots and sequins. It was a cherry on top of my sweet weekend. 

Opening Day at Anaheim Packing District

I went to the opening day at the Anaheim Packing House. I remember 2 years ago talking to a historical volunteer, standing in a city building, looking down on the balcony at an empty lot. He said they wanted to restore the packing house and hopefully in a year or two it would be full of shops and people. I had no idea two years later he would be right. Not only is there a restored historical building, but good food, a brewery, to name a couple things.

We tried Orange Tei, a ramen and sushi restaurant and the name "Orange" is a throwback to the packing house. The ramen has hints of citrus and so far, it's my favorite place to eat in the packing house.

We also picked up a popsicle from Pop Bar. Normally I wouldn't recommend a popsicle that costs $5 but this isn't just a regular watered down sugary treat. These are handmade with yogurt and gelato and they offer vegan options. I picked up the chocolate and it tastes like a crisp brownie on a stick- amazing! I would recommend this place and standing in line for a few minutes was worth it. 

My personal favorite place was Studio La Fleur. It's based out of Costa Mesa and they set up their own shop at the packing house. So far, I've been twice and loved it every time (see here and here). I tell them what my budget is and I tell them I want flowers that will last me the week. They not only get creative, but they've lasted me longer than a week the first time. It costs more than Trader Joe's but I get a one of a kind bouquet made and I'm supporting local. 

Anaheim Packing House

440 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805

Locals Only; Amazing Cakes

I was surprised with a birthday cake from my family. I came home from Disneyland and when I walked in, Scott asked me to get him a glass of water. Before giving him the sideye (I can't remember him asking him for a glass of water the 6 years I've been married to him), I opened the fridge and there it was, in all it's glory. It's so beautiful in real life, these photos don't do the details the merit it deserves. Also, please note I've never used "merit" for a cake. 

The flavor was chocolate and it was delicious. Our family uses Amazing Cakes whenever we need to celebrate something. I mean, you can't have the word "amazing" in your store name unless you meet expectations and beyond and they do! They were also voted Best Wedding Cake for 2012 Bride's Choice Award. You can check out the gallery here. UPDATE! I should point out this cake is large enough for 8-10 people and cost a little under $50. 

Amazing Cakes

524 N. Magnolia Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Phone: 714-995-3399

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Locals Only; Harveys Original Seatbelt Bags

I love bags; I’m kind of a crazy bag lady. My favorites are Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Harveys. Wait. What?? Yes, Harveys! While the other designer brand names have status of luxury and style, Harvey’s status is happy, while still being stylish. I’ve mentioned Harveys before but they deserve their own highlight. Harveys resides in Santa Ana, where it began with Dana making his wife, Melanie, a purse handmade out of seat belts almost 20 years ago. That single bag gained an influx of other bag followers and this became Harveys. Harveys is a successful company that can go wherever they want- LA, even NYC, but they decided to stay in OC where their roots began. They’ve grown from popular bags to cult status when Disney licensed with them and following collaborations with artists and brands. You can’t have your Mickey ears without your Harveys bag! To make it even more fun, Harveys has First Fridays, a collection of bags (usually a limited edition) and they sell quick. Dana didn’t just think he could bank off a fun idea, he has background in sewing and designing. The original bag he designed is his favorite, and has become iconic to the brand. They've expanded from bags to accessories over the years. 

I love what Harveys represents-- they’re environmentally responsible, charitable, and have big plans to make a greener factory. Plus they’re 100% made in the USA. When I had a chance to tour the factory, I was blown away. They do everything in the building, from shipping, customer service call center, to their own screen printing for the lining of the bags. I know where my money was going when I buy from them. I support a local, conscientious company. They also stand by their product--so much, they offer a lifetime warranty...yes, a lifetime. I can’t remember the last time I read about an American company offering a lifetime of anything. I think my Marc Jacobs bag lasted me 4 years. At least Harveys has the bag spa-- drop your bag off or mail it in and let your bag have a day to be pampered come back to you as good as new.

When they expand, they’d like to give tours, and have customers design their own bags. I hung out a little bit with the design and social media team and they’re just as fun as the bags are. They’re funny, full of energy, and you can’t pick a favorite because you love them all.

You can follow them Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, read what they're blogging, see what they're pinning and shop online or both of their locations. Upstairs on the third level, they have a mini-museum of all the artists they've collaborated with, something fun to check out while you're there. 

Harveys Santa Ana 
3011 N. Main Street 
Santa Ana, CA 92705 
714-550-7105

Harveys Chino Hills 
13865 City Center Dr, Ste 3055 
Chino Hills, CA 91709 
909-465-1560

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Locals Only; RSSA Vintage

"Our name may be vintage, but we're brand spanking new" 

RSSA Vintage is a fairly new store that opened December 2012 in the Community retail row. They carry everything for your home from candles, books and working vintage rotary phones but their specialty is vintage-inspired new appliances. Going into their shop was like visiting a beautiful antique shop but without worrying if anything will work when you take it home- everything is new! Syna, the owner, has a great eye for decoration and she displays her shop beautifully. She's sweet, professional and will answer any questions you have about the coveted appliance. Her most popular item is the iconic Smeg Fridge. I've never seen one but only in photos and I'm blown away by the way they look in real life. If my fridge ever goes out, I know exactly what I'll be getting. My neighborhood loves historical and classic, and RSSA Vintage is a great addition to the area. You can even custom order with them if there's a color you want but don't see. They also take online sales and offer delivery and installation, you can contact them here

You can see more details of the shop here. 

RSSA VINTAGE Follow them on Instagram and Facebook
423 S. BROOKHURST STREET, SUITE A
ANAHEIM, CA 92804 / Parking in front of store for easy pick up

TUES THRU SAT 11AM-6PM

(714) 225-8153
SYNA@RSSAVINTAGE.COM / They also offer delivery and installation

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Locals Only; The Cheese Shop

I normally don't highlight two shops on the same street back to back, but I had to for The Cheese Shop (and not just because it's next to Ink and Bean

The Cheese Shop opened up late last year on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. They're originally located in south county but this is a great addition to the area. They offer gourmet cheese, and as former vegan, I can appreciate dairy more than ever, and I love what they have to offer.

Every week they feature a new cheese to try. Whether or not you're a cheese connoisseur, the staff is helpful and offer samples before purchase. They also offer catering and will personalize a cheese plate to your party's needs. Click on the image to check out the full view below. 

They will soon be offering wine recommendations with cheeses purchased as well. The other bonus is they carry Apple Beer, a non-alcoholic drink (among others) that pair great with the freshly made cheese sandwiches they sell. The best part about the Cheese Shop is it feels more like a local artisan market that sells more than cheese. It's filled with honey jars, jellies, cheese boards, and pastas to name a few of the items carried. If you can't decide what to buy, they carry gift cards, too. I can't remember the names of the cheeses I've purchased, but if you ask them, they can keep a record of what you've purchased. Center Street is coming along nicely! 

Center Street Cheese Shop

149 W Center St Promenade

AnaheimCA 92805

(714) 520-0225

Follow them on Facebook for updates

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Locals Only; Ink & Bean

A sexy coffee shop? That's weird, right? When you walk into Ink and Bean then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. This is the coffee shop Anaheim has been waiting for. We've put up with Starbucks over-roasted beans and over-sweetened lattes for too long. This is a dark, moody yet inviting shop that serves the iconic Stumptown coffee and it's delicious. The baristas are polite and chatty. Unlike other coffee shops around the corner, they offer almond milk, soy, organic milk, and they make their own half and half. They have fresh pastries daily and they offer free wifi with purchase. The seating is limited inside, but there is an outdoor patio. On top of the coffee, the store is sprinkled with cool gifts to buy. 

This is exactly what Center Street needed, a great coffee shop. I really really want Center Street to survive in Anaheim. It's small but I believe it will triumph. If not, I'm going to be yelling at everyone "THIS IS WHY YOU CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS, ANAHEIM!" 

Ink and Bean

155 W. Center Street

Anaheim, CA 92805

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Shopping With Love

A few weeks ago, when Ashlee and Ashley came home from Liberia, they sent me two gifts intended for Max. When I opened the package, I was in awe at what I saw. Not only the baby shoes (those little shoes kill me), but the cutest elephant backpack (with pockets and adjustable straps!). What was even better was the quality. My mom was a seamstress and my grandpa taught me a thing or two about sewing. I instantly pictured the women who were a part of this, and how this is their craft. I felt like giving these to Max were not only saying Ashlee and Ashley wanted to get him something for him, but wanted to show him a little more than a backpack and shoes. 

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If you want to read more, Ashlee wrote the perfect words for it. They have a pop up shop available on Instagram. It's available only for this week and you can read more about that here.  I love local business because they support hard working residents. Amani women may be miles away but I'll happily support them. 

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Locals Only; Remedy Hair Shoppe (+ a discount)

I used to be a hair dresser and one thing I've taken away from it is the higher standard I have for salons. I'm particular (code word picky) with service and technique and I've found a great salon (close by!) that fills both requests. Remedy Hair salon may be new to Center Street, but it's not new in business. Liz has owned Salon 9, the reputable hair salon in the historic Orange Circle, for 8 years. It's fitting she brings her savvy business skills to another historic area in Anaheim, Remedy Hair Shoppe. 

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It reminds me of something straight out of the set of Boardwalk Empire; it's a glamorous vintage inspired salon. To make the decor even more interesting, Liz, decorated everything herself. The unconventional salon chairs, the flooring, the dark room to wash and relax in, was completely DIY in less than 3 months. If you're in the area, walk in just to check out the salon decor. 

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If you're a local and familiar with Salon 9, the upbeat, fast paced and modern then Remedy is the introvert side of the business. It's calm, relaxing, and you can fall asleep getting your hair done easily. It's a great place to get the remedy you need for your hair, they specialize in treatments but they are offering hair cuts and color. 

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They carry Davines hair products, and when you walk into Remedy Hair, you'll get 20% off your hair products by mentioning "ourcitylights" until 10/31/13. I do get my hair blow dried once a week by Kathryn, and I highly recommend the salon (just don't take my appointments ;) ) . They offer packages for once a month to weekly with treatments. 

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For Disneyland fans, they're participating in Dapper Day and are offering a free treatment when you get your hair and makeup done with them. Stop by the salon for more details. 

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+ Remedy Hair Shoppe 

143 W Center St Promenade

Anaheim, CA 92805

(714) 780-1115

Closed Sundays and Mondays

10 minutes from Disneyland

Check them out on FB and Instagram.  

 

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Locals Only; Oh Hello Friend Shop

Oh Hello Friend is the brick and mortar baby of Danni Hong's appropriately named blog. I had a chance to visit Oh Hello Friend (OHF) recently and chit chat with Danni and her husband, Nick. I loved everything about the shop and I'm so excited to share it with you. 

for more photos click here 

for more photos click here 

OHF shop is a blogger's dream come true. Think mason jars, cartography, stationery, tote bags, tape, and everything you love about Danni's blog come to life. It reminded me of a cooler version of Michael's but with an independent vibe mixed with Anthropologie (without the overpriced items!)  She opened the store in February in Downtown Fullerton. There was a sense of nostalgia because I grew up in Fullerton. Everything about the shop was cleverly recycled for decorations. What I love about the store best was the layout- it was functional but also lead you to a path around the shop to buy everything (smart move, guys!) 

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Oh Hello Friend i especially great for shopping for that person that has everything. She picks up unique items to carry in her shop (a tape dispenser shaped like a camera!)  I'm already going through my head of what I'm getting next time I visit. Danni and Nick let me take photos before the shop opened and when it was time to open shop, there was already a line out the door. I'm not surprised, this shop is a gem and I can't wait to see how it grows. 

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+ Oh Hello Friend  

122 N Harbor Blvd
Ste 103

Fullerton, CA 92832

Parking behind store, less than a minute from the shop. 

Open Tuesday - Saturday / 11:00 - 6:00

Sunday / 12:00 - 5:00 / Closed Monday

+ Sign up for email for updates, special coupons, and sales alerts here.  

+ Find OHF on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter and if you can't make it to the shop, they do offer online shopping here. 

 

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Locals Only; A Little Known Shop

When I recently visited Craft Happy OC, I also took a mini tour of A LIttle Known Shop. It's a shop located inside Community in Anaheim. As soon as I walked in I had a visual of all those times spent trying desperately to find the perfect gift for hours on Etsy. I had a sense of relief I didn't have to take much time than a few minutes to this shop and find the perfect gift, they have everything for everyone. 

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The owners Danielle and Eva have curated a group of local handmade artists and given them the opportunity to sell their goods. They also host movie nights (the next one is coming up this week with The Sandlot) and Crafternoons, an afternoon dedicated to kids and crafting. Check out their info below for more details.

For more photos click here.  Thank you to Danielle and Eva for their time! 

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A Little Known Shop  

Located inside Community

423 S. Brookhurst St.

Anaheim, CA 92804 

check them out on Facebook/Instagram/Home

 

Craft Happy OC

I'm not much of a crafter but I'm a big supporter of community. I stopped by Craft Happy OC, a crafting event at The Makery located in Community (I've blogged about them here). I didn't participate in any of the events or get goodies, but I did meet up with Lisa, founder of The Makery and host of Craft Happy. She was excited to share what is building at The Makery. What used to be Nest, a retail shop in Community, turned into a craft workshop. There is nothing like this in the area, unless you drive out to LA or South County, and this is perfect for those crafters who want to network and build a blogging contact. 

One of the craft workshops was a mason jar terrarium. Click here for more photos

One of the craft workshops was a mason jar terrarium. Click here for more photos

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The workshop gave away bags of goodies, including this tote bag with a Roald Dahl quote, perfect for a library tote!  Click here for more photos

The workshop gave away bags of goodies, including this tote bag with a Roald Dahl quote, perfect for a library tote!  Click here for more photos

The Makery is prepped and ready with equipment! Click here for more photos 

The Makery is prepped and ready with equipment! Click here for more photos 

Community has pop up shops. I'm excited to see what else they carry throughout the summer. Click here for more details. 

Community has pop up shops. I'm excited to see what else they carry throughout the summer. Click here for more details. 

In the next few months, The Makery will be hosting events like this, devoted to the passionate maker. The event included a food truck, instant photo booth, a Tattly station and even I met Xenia, the social media contributor behind Craft Happy, Sharon from Academy of Handmade (a union for crafters!), and the owners of A Little Known Shop.  

I would have loved to get out of my comfort zone and tried some crafting and meet new people but I suggest you do the same for the next event if you're in the area. 

  

SoCal Baby

I'm a huge supporter in all things local (or at least made in the USA with an ethical background). Of course when it comes to baby shopping, it's no different. I already have favorites and shops I'll be frequenting. 

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1. Cali Shirt Splendid LA - I've blogged about how amazing Splendid LA is and I was so happy when I found out they made baby clothes. Designed and sold directly from LA, this shirt would rep the Golden State perfectly. 

2. Vans Infant Classic Slip Ons - Vans represent Southern California, all you need is a skateboard and the sun. I grew up with Vans and even blogged them on Danielle's guest blog post here to exhibit Orange County a couple years ago (nothing's changed!) 

3. Bibbitec - I first saw Bibbitec on ABC's Shark Tank and she was turned down because the investors didn't believe moms would spend money on a bib that would be made in the USA, high quality, and made of high tech fabric. She sold out that weekend and is doing great without any investors. 

4. American Apparel Infant Strip Onesie - I'll admit I was a little conflicted on featuring an AA item in an ethical friendly list for babies. It's one of the few sweat free shops with higher quality clothing, made and shipped from LA. They even offer organic cotton at a great price. When I visited the AA store in NYC, the California flag was waving proudly. 

5. Harvey's Diaper Bag  in Tough Love and Treecycle - If you're not familiar with Harvey's and you live in SoCal, where have you been?! It's a staple with women of all ages from the upper South County to the urban areas of Santa Ana. Everyone has a Harvey's bag. It's a company run by OC residents husband and wife from Santa Ana, and they make bags out of recycled, eco-friendly seat belts. They sound funny, but I'll get more people walking up to me asking about it than I do my LV bag. I did pick up the diaper bag in pink before I knew I was having a boy. I'll be the one carrying it, not him, okay?? 

6. California Baby Products - You can't have your baby running around in cool gear without the protection of the sun. Seasons barely exist in Southern California, which means sunblock almost everyday. They carry organic, earth friendly packaging and they make products devoted to babies with sensitive skin to diaper rash creams. 

For shops in the area that carry made in USA, eco-friendly, and/or organic items, these shops deserve honorable mentions- 

Rosie Posie Baby (I've actually blogged about the shop here)  

 + Bel-Bambini in Newport Beach. This is a higher end shop filled with furniture to designer baby clothes. 

+ Granola Babies in Costa Mesa. I actually went in with questions about cloth diapering and walked out with cloth diapers for the next 2 years. The staff is so helpful and so encouraging. 

 + Smocking Birds in Costa Mesa. This is a higher end boutique for only baby clothes. The owner hand picks the items herself based on what she loves and they are adorable. 

If you're not in California, don't worry, I always encourage you to support your favorite local/handmade shop. It may be a bit more in pricing but the quality and ethical standard is what I love best about shopping for baby.  

Locals Only; Memphis at the Santora

In the middle of the artsy Santa Ana downtown area, you'll find some of the best restaurants in Orange County. I've slowly visited all of them but one of them I'm happy to start with is Memphis. Known for their brunch menu, they've grown a large crowd from foodies, hipsters to businessmen who wait long lines. It's especially packed during their happy hour, not just for drinks but for their most popular food, too. 

Being 5 months pregnant, comfort food is on the top of list of cravings. Memphis hits the spot, and the bartender was even sweet enough to make a virgin mint julep. I ordered The Cobra sans bacon- a fried chicken sandwich on buttery soft milk bread. The combination with the homemade style mac and cheese on the side topped one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. Ever. 

photo originally posted on Instagram

photo originally posted on Instagram

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+ Memphis brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner menu. There is public parking, but limited. Be prepared to bring cash to park at the parking structure nearby. 

+ Memphis at the Santora

201 North Broadway

Artists Village

Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Locals Only; El Guacho

I'm not Catholic or Argentinian. The talk of a new Pope from Argentina this week makes me think of empanadas, an Argentinian calzone-like pastry filled with savory tastes. I remember only having them once when I was younger, but I suddenly had this overwhelming craving. 

I tried some suggestions when I asked online (thank you!), but they didn't hit the spot. I forgot Calikatrina (one of my long-time favorite IG'ers) is Argentinian. After asking her (although in my head it was more like a beg) she recommended El Gaucho Meat Market. What seems like a tiny lot in Anaheim, is filled with delicious food and ethnic cuisine. This isn't a foodie paradise where the menu is beautiful and the presentation is equally amazing. No, this is a styrofoam and lopsided menu type of place. It may not be the place to take a ton of Instagram pics to share, but you'll be swooned by your food anyways. 

i had to bring out the heart plates, because it's a delicious occasion 

i had to bring out the heart plates, because it's a delicious occasion 

When I walked in, there was a line almost out the door. The most popular order? The empanadas! They offer spinach, chicken, beef, and ham and cheese. This is only a small corner of the store. If you want genuine Argentinian empanadas, El Gaucho is the place to get them. 

El Gaucho

847 S State College Blvd

Anaheim, CA 92806

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Locals Only; Animated Cupcakes + Genki Living

On our last day of 2012, we wanted to try Animated Cupcakes on Kam's recommendation (thanks, Kam!) We arrived before Animated Cupcakes opened, but it was inside a cafe, Genki Living. We were already in love with the place as soon as we walked in, there were cool vintage suitcases turned seats! We grabbed lunch while we were waiting for our New Years Eve cupcakes, and the food was as delicious as the decor was charming. 

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Udon

Turkey crepe

Turkey crepe

Taiyaki. A Japanese waffle shaped like a fish. This one is stuffed with Nutella! 

Taiyaki. A Japanese waffle shaped like a fish. This one is stuffed with Nutella! 

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How were the actual cupcakes? Well, one of them had a hidden Oreo inside it. You can't get better surprise than that for cupcakes. The red velvet was soft and the frosting was rich, but a lot lighter than Sprinkle's famous red velvet. If you're in the area and don't want to make the drive to Sprinkles, Animated Cupcakes is a great alternative. 

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Animated Cupcakes // Genki Living 

10130 Garden Grove Blvd.

Garden Grove, CA 92844

Sun - Thurs: 11AM - 11PM Fri & Sat: 11AM - MIDNIGHT

Nobody Cares About Your Juicing Cleanse

Well, except me. and Ritual Wellness. I'm a believer in the power of juicing and what it can do to transform your life. I'm also a firm believer in the power of convenience. Depending on what you're making, sometimes it takes a little bit more than just throwing produce in the blender and call it a juice. If you're in a hurry, Ritual Cleanse is a great alternative. 

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The holidays were fun, but I'm sure the food tasted better. Now it's time to detox those cookies, cakes, and greasy meats. Fruit cake doesn't count, either. 

A detox is in order and if you're tight on time, rarely carry a Vitamix in your purse, Ritual Wellness is amazing. I was a little shocked by the prices but by the time I added up the organic veggies I would buy, and my time, Ritual Cleanse was the same price. They also don't use a regular blender. I had no idea how a non-pulp juice would fill me up, but it did. The way the juice their produce will have a shelf life of 3 days, and the packages are bio-degradable. Ritual Wellness uses the abundant organic produce California has to offer, and you can taste it. 

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For you sweets lovers, if you think a detox is too much, there's also a chocolate flavored one with organic cacao. It was amazing but my personal favorite was the pineapple mint lemonade. It's Summer bottled up. 

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Visit them at The CAMP or order online nationwide

(714) 337-4298

Suite C100b

2937 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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The Best of Disneyland Locals

Having a Disneyland pass for over a decade, I think I've seen every angle of the park, read every "secret" Disneyland trivia, and taken every photo I can think of in the park. Every once in awhile, I'll come across something that has a new eye for the mouse ears, sometimes a photo or a blog... On Instagram I discovered whereiskirstie. Her photos are beautifully filtered and she captures Walt's vision in a 4x4 photo.

All photos belong to @whereiskirstie

For a blog, there are thousands of Disneyland blogs, but I always catch up with My Year With the Mouse, from writer Shelby Hogan. Not only do I know Shelby from being my neighbor (yep, what are the chances another blogger would be my neighbor?!), but she blogs about things I didn't even know of the park. Catch up on secrets, tips and tricks with her.

I'd love to discover more of the park, even years later. If you're an avid Disneyland fan or just love to follow up on Mickey news, do you have favorites you want to share? I'd love to know.

Locals Only; Barbeer Shop

Barbeer is barber shop that soon will be serving beer (it's in the process of getting the alcohol license). It is a barber shop + bar, but it's also a nostalgia shop. When I walked in, I couldn't help but think of Don Draper hanging out in a place like this. It's targeted towards guys with an old school barber flair- it uses straight razors, a high quality pomade, blasts Johnny Cash from the speakers, and smells of freshly cut dudes. One complaint from my husband getting his hair cut at my salon was it was overpriced, and he just felt out of place. Barbeer is close to home, and it's exactly what he was looking for.Barbeer Shop

Barbeer Shop

It's professional, clean and there are two men's stores connected to the shop. Get your hair cut, grab your coffee, and then pick up a couple shirts all on Center Street Promenade in Anaheim. It is directed for men, but women aren't turned away but they are limited. The barbers employed have their State Board license for barbering and not cosmetology, so if you're a woman looking for a new stylist, this isn't for you. However, if you want a clean bang trim, this is a great place to check out. If you want a hip new place for your man to clean up well, bring him here. Barbeer Shop

Barbeer Shop

I only met two barbers- Kevin and Luis. They're polite, make you feel comfortable, and they take their craft seriously and it shows. My husband came out shiny and clean. Barbeer Shop

Barbeer Shop

More pics on Facebook and Flickr.

Barbeer Shop 165 Center St. Promenade Anaheim, California 92805

Locals Only is a series on our.city.lights blog highlighting Anaheim and surrounding areas in the OC.