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In my relenting quest to explore Los Angeles, I often venture out of my local neighborhood and into this vast city in search of new and exciting adventures. This time around I had the opportunity to escape the normal scene and taking a step back in time to the Middle Ages. It’s not often such an opportunity presents itself, so my friends and I took full advantage, as is evident in our Royal Family portrait taken at Medieval Times — a truly grand and spectacular event we all enjoyed and so will you!

Upon entering the life-sized castle we were greeted by medieval stewards and assigned to a team via color-coded crowns — we were on the red team and proud of it! There is a large inner courtyard where the over 1,000 guests mix and mingle awaiting their supper and tournament. While inside, we enjoyed adult beverages and strolled through the castle shops and visited the horses.

At the beckoning call of a knight in shining armor, we were all summoned, given instructions, and shown to our designated sections: red crowns in the red section, blue crowns in the blue section, yellow crowns in the yellow section, and so forth. The enormous arena rivals any and resembles that of a Medieval Colosseum.  We sat anxiously waiting for the ‘Gladiator meets Beowulf’ showdown while the crowd settled.

Soon after, each team took their place, and the show began! Lights, sound, and smoke-filled the arena as each team cheered, laughed, and scoped out the competition. Trumpets blared as the King and Queen rode in to take their place and begin the opening ceremonies.

Each team was assigned a Knight according to their color and the entire arena filled with troops marching to a medieval beat.

Before the show, there was an equestrian demonstration with a beautiful white horse that came up right in front of us.

Then the moment we had all been waiting for had arrived! Tensions and spirits were high as each Knight challenged another in a jousting tournament. One by one they joust and one by one they fall, then a ground battle begins and each Knight chooses a weapon to fight with.

After the tournament and finishing our dessert, we cheered for our Knight one last time as we made our way out of the castle. We had a great time and I recommend the event highly. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a family dinner theater featuring staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting, and jousting performed by a cast of 75 actors and 20 horses in a replica 11th-century castle. Visit a castle near you today!

WHAT: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
WHERE: 7662 Beach Blvd | Buena Park, California 90620
WHEN: Click here for schedule

CONTACT INFO: 1-866-543-9637

DETAILS:

  • Rates: Adult: $57.95 (+ tax and processing fee) Child 12 years and under: $35.95 (+ tax & processing fee)
  • Lap children under the age of 3 are free.
  • Vegetarian Meal Available
  • Gratuity are not included.

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You won’t find a better family dining and entertainment bargain than at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. Home of the world’s largest lobster festival and 2009 winner of the Guinness World Record for the Most Seafood Served at an Outdoor Event. They feature fresh discount Maine lobster meals flown in fresh daily and cooked on the spot, and plenty of free entertainment. Lobster lovers enjoy a scenic outdoor park along LA’s historic waterfront, and shops at Ports O’ Call in San Pedro. After feasting on their world-famous discount Maine lobster meals, you can enjoy dancing, street performers, a pirate camp, tall ships, shopping for arts and crafts, and musical performances by some of today’s best up-and-coming acts. As they say at the Lobster Festival, “Come for the feast, stay for the fun.”

Lobster Meals

Every year they fly in fresh over 16 tons of live Maine lobsters direct from the clean, cold waters of the Gulf of Maine for the delicious lobster meal. They cut out the middleman and buy direct from the largest supplier in the world – The William Atwood Lobster Company. That’s why you don’t need to pay in advance at the festival. In over a decade they’ve never run out of lobsters because they ship them in daily during the festival.

They will also have on hand a special limited supply of Monster Lobsters – Godzilla on a plate, 3-4 pound monsters cooked to perfection.

There’s lots to eat at the festival in addition to lobster. The menu varies from year to year depending on the vendors, but they usually have many other seafood items including steamed and fried clams, fried shrimp, shrimp cocktail, roast corn, funnel cakes, and all varieties of traditional fair food, all done in the California way.

If seafood isn’t your thing, then you can dine on the finest ribs or tri-tip, chicken, Jamaican, Chinese, Thai, and other international foods and desserts. Beer and wine are also available. There is also consideration for those with a vegetarian diet. If you dine at the Ports O’ Call restaurant adjacent to the festival entrance and order their world-famous 50 item salad bar you get free admission to the festival. Just take your receipt to the front desk.

Entertainment

This be the Capn’ and crew of the Red Swan on land for a spell with their amazing crew of stilt walkin’, glass eatin’ , fire breathin’ crew. Be prepared to be amazed and delighted day and night with Pirate music, dancin’, and tours of their beached ship. All new this year, bigger, better and more exciting!

There will be a live music throughout the event. Click here for a full schedule.

In addition to the excellent food choices available there are many vendors exhibiting arts, crafts, and other goods that can only be found at the Festival. Several handmade, one-of-a-kind items can be found at the various booths. Also showcased at the Festival is entertainment and activities for all ages. The entertainment changes every year, but it is always free. There may be a magician performing in the eating tent, a face painter in the kids’ area while the best up and coming rocks groups perform on the Main Stage in the park area.

Click here for tickets. Print, clip, and present at the gate  for your discount admission.

One coupon per adult admission, may not be combined with any other discount offer. This coupon is not applicable when purchasing weekend passes or First Class Tickets. This is not a discount coupon for a lobster meal. 

WHAT: The Port Of Los Angeles Lobster Fest
WHERE: Ports O’Call Village | Berth 76 – Nagoya Way | San Pedro, CA 9073
WHEN: September 14 – 16, 2012 | Friday 5 – 11 pm | Saturday 11 am – 11 pm | Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

CONTACT INFO: (310) 798-7478

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $10.00 for adults, kids under 12 years of age are free
  • Alcohol tickets are purchased at the bar
  • No pets allowed in the festival site

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Inside the stone walls of the 11th century-style castle, Medieval Spain comes to life as six knights, donning authentic armor, clash in a jousting tournament for the title of King’s Champion. Medieval Times is the ultimate family or group dinner show!

Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during their All-New Show. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun and more excitement than ever before.

Not far from Hollywood is the Buena Park Castle. The fortress-like, 1,116 seat Spanish palace is right at home with the red tile roofs, palm trees, and blazing sun of Southern California. And its location couldn’t be better. The castle is only minutes from Disneyland, near the Santa Ana and Artesia freeways. Most of all, we’re proud to say that our show’s stunning battle sequences and authentic Medieval tournament offer one thing Hollywood doesn’t: the thrill of live action.

As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty.

The menu includes:

  • Tomato Bisque
  • Focaccia Bread with Olive Oil and Seasoning
  • Oven-Roasted Chicken
  • Larger BBQ Spare Rib
  • Herb-Basted Potato Split into Two Quarters
  • Braided Apple Strudel
  • Larger Beverage Servings and Coffee

Some of the most talented Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament cast members are their horses. The magnificent stallions are born performers. Nearly all of their more than 400 horses are raised at Medieval Times’ Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.

Training begins early. As weanlings, Medieval Times horses are introduced to lead ropes and halters. Saddles come at age 2. Long reins and simple exercises such as lunging follow. At age 3, the horses move to their new homes – one of their nine North American Castles – where they learn advanced-level dressage from a master horse trainer. Then life as a pampered performer begins.

After a few years in the spotlight, the Medieval Times horses move back to the Chapel Creek Ranch. In the serene setting, we make sure our horses live out their lives in royal treatment.

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Watch a video on the show here.

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WHAT: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
WHERE: 7662 Beach Blvd | Buena Park, California 90620
WHEN: Click here for schedule

CONTACT INFO: 1-866-543-9637

DETAILS:

  • Rates: Adult: $57.95 (+ tax and processing fee) Child 12 years and under: $35.95 (+ tax & processing fee)
  • Lap children under the age of 3 are free.
  • Vegetarian Meal Available
  • Gratuity are not included.

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The Taste, Southern California’s favorite food and wine festival returns after a successful inaugural year bringing over 15,000 Angelinos together for an unparalleled experience delighting their senses through fine foods, beverages, music, and more.

The event lets guests experience local restaurant tastings and cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs to wine tastings/seminars from some of the top vintners in the world. The signature events feature renowned chefs/celebrities and specialized cuisines celebrating different tastes of themed food trends from many different exhibitors.

Schedule of Events

  • Field To Fork hosted by Russ Parsons and Ray Garcia – September 1st 11 am – 3 pm
  • Cocktail Confidential hosted by Jessica Gelt and Julian Cox – September 1st 8 pm – 11 pm
  • Flavors of L.A. hosted by Jonathan Gold and Evan Kleiman – September 2nd 11 am – 3 pm
  • Dinner and Drinks hosted by Betty Hallock and The Beer Chicks – September 2nd 8 pm – 11 pm
  • Labor Day Picnic hosted by Noelle Carter and Zoe Nathan – September 3rd 11 am – 3 pm

Watch a video here.

Purchase tickets here.

WHAT: Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine Magazine’s The Taste
WHERE: Paramount Pictures Studios | 5555 Melrose Avenue |  Los Angeles, California 90038
WHEN: September 1 – 3

CONTACT INFO: eventinfo@latimes.com

DETAILS:

  • Ages 21+ for all events except Labor Day Picnic
  • Programming is subject to change
  • Tickets are $65 per event and $75 after September 1st
  • Parking is available for a flat rate of $10/per car

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Ojai Getaway

August 20, 2012 — 2 Comments

For a small town, Ojai has a big reputation. A place to unplug and reconnect with real life. Bring a bike, or rent one in town. The Ojai Vally Trail takes you from the village center to the Pacific coast, along a converted rail line. Head to the hills and explore the many trails overlooking Ojai Valley by foot, horseback, or on a back-country jeep tour. At nearby Lake Casitas, enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, and a family water park.

Ojai was recently named the nation’s second best tennis town, and is home to one of the top 25 golf resorts in North America.

Art and Culture

Ojai celebrates the arts and the creative spirit. It’s an enclave for writers, photographers, painters, sculptors, composers, potters, and actors drawn to Ojai’s scenic beauty and mystical charm. The best place to start your cultural journey is right downtown – in the “village” as locals say. You’ll find inspiration on every block. Art centers, theaters, a museum, and an impressive array of galleries are all within walking distance.

Sensational Spas

People often say that Ojai Valley has an almost tangible feeling of serenity, a special aura, a spiritual vortex. Ojai is a great place to unplug and retreat from everyday life and urban stress, and offers an appealing menu of spas and treatments. Indulge in an Ojai Olive Oil body soufflé massage or a Moroccan mud treatment. When it comes to pampering, Ojai delivers.

Spa Ojai is America’s preeminent luxury Spa. The spa village features an environment of unparalleled beauty. Spa guests are encouraged to reach greater levels of fitness, balance and awareness with innovative programs and treatments that can be individually tailored to meet your personal requirements.

Shopping District

Ojai is everything but the same old, same old. Nowhere is this more evident than in the collection of unique boutiques and specialty shops in and around the village center. Cowgirl clothing, metaphysical gifts, high-end apparel, beauty products, and hand-crafted furniture … all this and more is on the menu in Ojai’s shopping district.

Rains of Ojai, a fixture in the village for more than 100 years, contains everything imaginable from clothing to accessories to items for the kitchen and your outdoor garden. Rains is centrally located in the Arcade, with dozens of great shops, restaurants, and galleries just steps outside its doors.

Dining

The year-round Mediterranean climate of the Ojai Valley makes it ideal for cultivating organic produce, citrus, nuts, grapes, and lavender. These locally grown ingredients are celebrated in the creative cuisine of Ojai’s award-wining bistros and restaurants. Immerse yourself in local flavors. Try a cooking class, explore the wine trail, or take a tour of a ranch where olive oil is produced. Think Tuscany, only closer.

When it comes time for dinner, you can’t go wrong with one of these Ojai favorites:

  • Suzanne’s Cuisine, rated one of our top restaurants, year after year, combines fresh California cuisine with Italian recipes from the kitchen of chef/owner Suzanne Roll.
  • The Ranch House – another culinary landmark – dishes up delectable California cuisine and award-wining wines. It’s the place to splurge on your getaway – dine al fresco on the patio overlooking the herb garden.
  • Feast Bistro where a warm and inviting atmosphere can be found, combining New American cuisine with locally-grown seasonal ingredients. The small open kitchen is the first thing to greet you when you walk through the door.
  • Azu Mediterranean Restaurant, an eclectic blending of Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, and Greek cuisine. Save room for fresh home-made gelato! At Osteria Monte Grappa the Italian dishes are both authentic and reasonably priced, with dining on a sunny patio. An Ojai tradition for over 60 years, Bodee’s offers a wide range of exceptional steaks, ribs, and fresh seafood while featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Find Your Pink Moment

Ojai is nestled in the valley of an east-west mountain range, making it one of the only places in the world to experience a “pink moment” – a twilight phenomenon when the fading sunlight creates a brilliant pink hue across the horizon. Find your pink moment on an Ojai hilltop, at an outdoor cafe, or from the balcony of an enchanting resort. Ojai is famous for its charming inns and resort spas.

In fast-paced Southern California, Ojai remains a place apart, suspended in time. Tucked away from the world, the Ojai Valley offers a place to relax, wind back the clock, and rediscover nature, art, and yourself. Ojai is where “one of a kind” really rings true. You won’t find any chain stores or fast food outlets within the city limits.

WHAT: Ojai Getaway
WHERE: 206 North Signal Street | Ojai, California 93023
WHEN: Open seven days a week

CONTACT INFO: Ojai Visitors Bureau (888) 652-4669 or info@ojaivisitors.com

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