Feed Your Soul with GOSPEL BRUNCH at House of Blues Anaheim!

(SoCal Locale was invited to attend a Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues in Anaheim for free.)

The new House of Blues Anaheim is pleased to introduce a reimagined Gospel Brunch experience happening every Sunday!

SoCal Locale readers can get $10 off each ticket using this code: CHICKEN

House of Blues’ new Southern-inspired soulful menu features signature brunch dishes like biscuits and gravy, seasoned potatoes, chicken and waffles, smoked brisket, an omelette station, and the best darn collard greens in Orange County! (Seriously, their greens are incredible!) Mimosas are available at the bar, or you can upgrade to bottomless for $15!

The electrifying, uplifting and unprecedented gospel show is unlike any other brunch experience available. Gospel Brunch is perfect for families, visitors and special celebrations. The band gets the whole audience up and out of their seats twirling napkins, dancing, and singing praises.

The non-denominational Gospel Brunch is perfect for anyone, no matter how spiritual they are, or aren’t. The band sings songs like “Oh Happy Day,” and “Lean on Me,” that everyone can sing along to.

Feed your body and your soul with Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim, every single Sunday at their new location in the Anaheim Gardenwalk.

Click here to buy tickets, and don’t forget to use code CHICKEN for $10 off each ticket!

The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California

If Horror is your thing, Southern California is a great place to get your scare on. With a variety of haunts that go from skipping a beat, to stopping your heart completely, SoCal has something for everyone. We’ve listed our favorite haunts in order of slight fright, to unescapable terror. Do you dare visit one of our Top 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California?

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Orange County’s First Paella Festival Is Almost Here!

We’re partnering with the Paella Wine & Beer Festival to giveaway two tickets to their OC debut! Read more to find out about the festival and how to enter for a chance to win admission for two – a $200 value.

Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center THIS Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of the Paella Wine & Beer Festival

The Paella Wine & Beer Festival is a series of one-day events celebrating Hispanic culture and Spanish cuisine held in Southern California, with separate events taking place in Los Angeles, San Diego and starting this year, Orange County.

The San Diego and Orange County festivals serve as the semi-final competitions for the 57th annual World Paella Championship, which will take place in Sueca, Valenciana, Spain, on September 10, 2017. Nearly 50 local chefs will compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship.

Chef Leo Razo of Villa Roma in Laguna Niguel will attempt to set a record during the event with the largest paella ever made in the United States – enough to feed 3,000 people!

Entry to the 2017 Orange County Paella Wine & Beer Festival includes unlimited wine, beer and paella for the entire event!

Attendees will be able to drink and eat to their heart’s delight and enjoy an experience reflecting what one would find while strolling through a lively outdoor market in Spain. There will be live entertainment including Flamenco performances and Spanish rock, and local vendors will offer tapas, sangrias, cocktails, cultural art, and much more.

For more information on the event visit paellawinefest.com. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win two tickets to this weekend’s event!

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Use the form below to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the 2017 Orange County Paella Wine & Beer Festival.

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Winner will be chosen at 9pm PST, Friday night, August 25th 2017, and will be contacted immediately upon being chosen. Winner will be provided with two promotional codes to be redeemed for their free tickets on the ticketing website. Must be 21 or older to enter and a resident of Southern California. Transportation and lodging are not included.

The World Fabulous Drag Brunch at House of Blues Anaheim

The new House of Blues Anaheim kicked off a new monthly event this summer featuring wild entertainment, mimosas and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch is held on the first Saturday of each month and is hosted by the always fantastic Willam Belli – actress, author, YouTuber and former RuPaul’s Drag Racer.

(FTC Disclosure: SoCal Locale attended the World Fabulous Drag Brunch with a complimentary ticket to facilitate our post. No other compensation was received.)

The hot and hilarious new show features performances from Willam as well as several other amazing ladies – and the occasional gentlemen. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch brings your favorite drag stars up close and personal while you enjoy the one of the biggest and best brunch food selections in Orange County!

The amazing House of Blues brunch buffet includes tons of Southern-inspired favorites including jambalaya, jalapeno-cheese cornbread, collard greens, a prime rib carving station, and chicken and waffles as well as brunch classics like french toast, smoked bacon, fresh fruit, homemade pastries, and more!

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are included with admission, and you can buy a World Fabulous Mimosa Bucket for just $25, with enough champagne and juice to share with a friend or two if you’re feeling generous!

Willam (and friends) will delight and entertain you with music, moves and a dose of comedy. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch is perfect for a wild Saturday morning with friends and special celebrations that call for a dash of glitz.  Get your tickets at houseofblues.com/anaheim!

The World Fabulous Drag Brunch

1st Saturday of the month

The NEW House of Blues Anaheim (at GardenWalk)

400 West Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, CA

Tickets: $45

Parking: 2 hours free with validation

Flowerchild Family Music & Arts Festival Debuts at OC Great Park

Flowerchild Family Arts & Music Festival is making its debut at Orange County Great Park on September 17th, 2017!

The Flowerchild Family Arts & Music Festival, presented by Munchkin, Focuses on pregnancy and family life, blending music, art, and all-ages entertainment and activities. Attendees can discover the newest trends in popular baby brands, participate in a variety of engaging activities for children in the outdoor Munchkin Activity Village, and enjoy an indoor vendor-filled shopping village, as well as live music, and more!

Tickets for the festival are $10 per person (children 12 months and younger are free), and include all of the activities listed below and more!

  • Mommy & Daddy #TreatYourself area with chiropractic, massage, mom mini makeovers, nail color change, boho braids, and more…
  • Live music performances throughout the day, and special performances by princesses and fairies!
  • Facepainting presented by Charles Schwab!
  • Magical sparkling crafts and coloring for children!
  • PhotoBooth tent with custom backdrops and award winning photographers specializing in newborn, child and family photography. Get your photo taken with a princes, mermaid or fairy!
  • Multiple play areas where your children can get a workout learning how to tumble, build, craft and play with MyGym, Munchkin, Pretend City, Imaginarium and more!
  • Princess Story time with classic stories read by Tinker Princess, Mermaid princess, Flower Fairy and more.
  • Family Yoga with Kind Karma Family Yoga.
  • Educational booths with access to some of the region’s best educators and doulas to answer questions about birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, postpartum care, and more.
  • Nursing Lounge to enjoy breastfeeding in private with complimentary water and products from Lansinoh and Milk Makers.
  • Outdoor Explore Area with outdoor crafts and STEM activities for children.

There will be a food truck and concessions available on site, as well as multiple food vendors nearby at the Great Park Farmer’s Market. Attendees are encouraged to pack snacks, a lunch, and drinks and eat picnic style in the beautiful Great Park!

Plus, the first 100 families (with purchase of festival tickets) will receive a free gift bag filled with amazing goodies and freebies valued at over $100! (Gift bag sponsors include Pretend City, Munchkin, Luv2Nosh, MAM, Lansinoh, Lollaland, Wee Likely, Luna Grill, Corner Bakery, Aquarium of the Pacific, Stuck On You, and more!)

Don’t forget to bring it with your best boho style! Prizes will be awarded throughout the day for the best-dressed flower children!

Tickets can be purchased at flowerchildfestival.org, and 10% of proceeds will benefit MOMS Orange County. Parking for the event is free!

Flowerchild Family Arts & Music Festival

Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California

September 17th, 2017

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Parking: Free

Admission: $10 per person (12 months and under free)


The Gringo Bandito + Chronic Tacos challenge at Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival

It’s the match-up you’ve been waiting for: The 7th annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge will be held at the 4th annual Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Dana Point!

The Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge brings together top professional eaters from around the world to test their skills and speed at taco eating. Among the 10 professional eaters is well-known world-champion eater Takeru Kobayashi who will be defending his 2015 record of 144 tacos in 10 mins. This year’s challenge also welcomes defending European taco challenge champion Jesse Pynnönen. Other professional eaters include Molly Schuyller, Naader Reda, Kevin Ross, Erik Lampkin, and Dave Brunelli, among others.

Think you have what it takes to take down a mountain of tacos? An amateur competition will be open to 8 lucky contestants. Organizers will be in the festival crowd looking for potential taco-eating champions. You can also stop by the Gringo Bandito booth to sign up!

Get the most up-to-date info on the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival by visiting them at:

19th Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K

The 19th Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run returns to Orange County this March 26th, 2017 at Irvine Valley College!

The event honors pediatric cancer warriors, patients, and survivors everywhere, and brings runners, walkers, fundraisers, sponsors, vendors and volunteers from all over Southern California together in an effort to Reach for the Cure!

After the race, there’s a finish line festival – fun for the whole family! The festival features exhibitors, food and musical entertainment, and the PCRF’s famous Kids Zone with petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, video trucks, face painting, attractions and more!

There’s still time to join in and help support the fight!

Adult Half Marathon – $80.00

Adult 10K Run – $40.00

Adult 5K Run – $39.00

Adult 5K Walk – $39.00

Child – 5K Run, 5K Walk (Untimed), 10K Run – $25.00

1K Kids Fun Run (Untimed) – $20.00

Virtual Participant – $20.00

Use Code MOMMYMANIA to receive 15% off all adult entries!

Click here to register!

Hope to see you there!

Sabroso: Craft Beer, Tacos, Music, and More! Tickets on Sale Now

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is back for its 4th year, and this time they’re heading to the beach!

The ultimate taco and craft beer celebration, presented by KLOS and powered by Gringo Bandito, is proud to announce an all-new location at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

This year’s music lineup will be headlined by Orange County-based, multi-platinum rock band The Offspring, along with performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, and Unwritten Law, as well as the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, Metalachi. There will also be roving mariachi band performances throughout the festival.

During the festival, taco lovers can indulge themselves in $3 gourmet tacos from top local chefs and restaurants, who are competing for the coveted Sabroso “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees can select their favorite via a Text-To-Vote system during the event. There is also a “Best Of Show” award, chosen by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

The 2017 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature renowned craft breweries including Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Riip Brewing, Pizza Port, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Stereo Brewing, Fall Brewing, Barley Forge, Ritual Brewing, Modern Times, Artifex Brewing and more.

If music, beer, tacos, and the beach aren’t enough, attendees will also be entertained by lucha libre style wrestlers like Red Spider, La Golosa, Lady Lee and Mariachi Loco, who will take to the ring for four action packed qualifying matches, followed by a championship match.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will run from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 8. VIP entry begins at noon, to include an extra hour of complimentary exclusive tastings in the VIP lounge. The festival is only open to attendees 21 and older.

For more info and tickets, head to www.SabrosoTacoFest.com!

How to Get the Most Fun for Your Money at the OC Fair! (Giveaway!)

The OC Fair is coming up in just a couple of weeks and it’s no secret that this is one of my absolute favorite things to do every Summer with my family. We haven’t missed a year since we started going when my oldest was little! I usually save up a little cash ahead of time so that we can thoroughly enjoy our visit without breaking the bank. You might be surprised at how much FREE and cheap fun the fair can offer! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for an awesome giveaway too!

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Things to Know Before You Try A Sensory Deprivation Tank

The latest craze in alternative medicine is called Flotation Therapy, which uses a sensory deprivation tank. After hearing about this new way to “relax, purify, and soothe”, I decided to try it.

The basic idea is that you float in a tub full of warm water and Epsom salt inside an enclosed environment where all your senses are blocked or otherwise dulled.

To proceed with my experiment, I bought a Groupon for the Awaken Float Lounge in Orange. Check 0ut their website here. The owner Eric told me he personally floats 3 days a week for about 90 minutes. Awaken Float Lounge has been open since March 2016.

What to Know Before you Go:

  1. You will float without any effort. There is so much Epsom salt in the tub that it’s almost impossible not to stay buoyant. About 1/3 of your body is above water, so you can still breathe.
  2. You can choose to close the door to the tank entirely, blocking all outside sound and light; or leave it cracked.  I left it open for about 10 minutes, then closed it. It is not recommended to keep opening and closing it because it interrupts the serenity of the experience
  3. The benefits of floating include stress relief, flushing away toxins, lessened pain, and pure relaxation.
  4. Floats average 60-90 minutes, but a gentlemen I met told me he floated for 4 hours one day.
  5. You may think – what am I going to do for 90 minutes?! Some people fall asleep, some people daydream. I personally was caught in a trance-like state.
  6. The experience is surreal and hard to explain but the closest explanation I can think of is that it feels like what your mother’s womb must feel like – warm, comfortable, dark, and peaceful.
  7. It’s easy to lose track of time and reality because all your senses are blocked. You can’t hear or see anything and all you feel is the warm water on your skin. To help pull you back to reality, soft music is played to signal the end of the session.
  8. Those who are afraid of small spaces/the dark (like myself) will be uncomfortable at first, but if they can relax enough they will enjoy the experience.
  9. Anyone can float, including those with medical conditions & pregnant women.

Being a Type A personality, I was skeptical about Flotation Therapy. I often have trouble relaxing, and being constantly surrounded by technology can be both a blessing and a curse. After having spinal problems all my life, I am always willing to try any kind of therapy that might help. I do believe Flotation Therapy helped me both relax and soothed my muscle aches, and I would recommend it. I believe everyone can benefit from this experience.

The normal price for each 90-minute session at Awaken Float is $55 ($45 for your first time).

Other locations in Orange County include Newport Float in Costa Mesa and Float Lounge in Laguna Beach.

Please note that SoCalLocale was not compensated for this review.